Sessions and Schedule

2017 Annual Conference: Sessions and Schedule

Welcome to the AIGAC Conference Sessions and Schedule page!  As our conference approaches, we are receiving more exiting details on the sessions and daily schedules.  For your convenience,  a downloadable copy of our full conference program can be found here

 

Sunday, June 18

The Graduate Berkeley (formerly Hotel Durant), California Room

    • 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – New Member Recognition Reception (all attendees invited)
    • 7:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. – Welcome Reception (all attendees invited) sponsored by Prodigy Finance 

Monday, June 19 – All Schools Day, hosted by Berkeley Haas.  

    • 7:45 a.m. – Optional walk over to Berkeley Haas from The Graduate Hotel (formerly Hotel Durant). Meet at 2600 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
    • 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. – Breakfast
    • 8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Welcome (President, Conference Chair, Berkeley Haas)
    • 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – MBA Applicant Survey Analysis Wells Fargo Room
    • 9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – BREAKOUT-GROUPS (SESSION #1) – Building a Class Various
      Admissions is all about fit: which applicants will assist a school’s goals and community and who will thrive in a particular program? We’ve created an exercise—with no right or wrong answers—during which groups will assess mini applicant profiles for fit to a fictitious university. The material, provided at the session, will enable a conversation about how schools craft their classes and how consultants can best understand and assist in that process. This session is free-flowing, conversational and social-media free (no tweeting, recording, etc.)
    • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Visas & Global Career MobilityArthur Anderson Auditorium
      With greater geographical movement among MBA candidates post-graduation, our vision for this panel is a discussion about students’ global career choices. We would like to begin by discussing visa policies across panelist countries and then discuss career services practices and trends in employment and career trajectory. Are there new trends in employment following greater MBA global business skills training and programming? Are students moving around the world more frequently for careers, by choice or by necessity?
    • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch
    • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Evolving Curricula and the Admissions ProcessWells Fargo Room
      In this panel, we will address the relationships between career demands, school curricula, and the admissions process. How are industry needs, such as global readiness and analytics, and developing fields, such as financial technology, influencing curricula? How are these curriculum changes reflected in admissions processes, both internally and externally? In what ways can applicants demonstrate their readiness for these curricula?
    • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – BREAKOUT-GROUPS (SESSION #2) – AIGAC & YOU Various
      This conference-favorite returns offering a chance for all to get to know one other better. Ask your questions about consultants’ work and admissions process perceptions in a free-flowing, conversational and social-media free space (no tweeting, recording, etc.)
    • 3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Break
    • 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. – New/Unconventional Tools for Evaluation Arthur Anderson Auditorium
      Our vision for this panel is to discuss the role of unconventional and new application elements, such as videos, team-based interviews and online courses, that are broadening schools’ ability to understand and evaluate applicants and applicants’ ability to express themselves.
    • 4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Closing remarks  – Arthur Anderson Auditorium
    • 4:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the University Club – Memorial Stadium – Walk
      • 4:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Reception hosted by Berkeley Haas
      • 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Dessert and Champagne Toast sponsored by ETS GRE

Tuesday, June 20

  • Berkeley Haas
    • 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Breakfast- Wells Fargo Room
    • 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Haas Overview & Meet the Team (Wells Fargo)
    • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Interactive roundtable discussions (4 rotations, 15 mins each) with Haas staff from admissions, student services, and academic affairs – Wells Fargo Room
    • 10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Ask admissions anything, Q&A – Wells Fargo Room
    • 10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Break
    • 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Career management overview – C210
    • 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Student and Alumni story salon – C210
    • 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Lunch with Admissions and Students – Wells Fargo Room
  • AIGAC Afternoon
    • 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – AIGAC State of the OrganizationWells Fargo Room
    • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – AIGAC Speed DatingWells Fargo Room
      Members get to know as many people as possible, and have fun in the process; demonstrate that agility is a core skill for admissions consultants
    • 3:10 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Membership Directory Update Wells Fargo Room
      How to update your profile in order to attract client referrals
    • 3:30 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. – Committee UpdatesWells Fargo Room
      Give AIGAC Committee Chairs a few minutes to update on their plans and ask volunteers to join their committees.
      • Survey
      • Communications
      • Conference
      • Q&A
    • 4:10 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – AIGAC Principles Wells Fargo Room
      Join the discussion of the AIGAC Principles and how to distinguish you from others who don’t join AIGAC
    • 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Client Management Various
      Members can share experience (w/o breaking client confidentiality) and discuss best practices regarding consultant and client well-being, business and reputation management, and unique cases. As many of the client management and self-care issues we face are universal, members can identify thought leaders and resources within the organization, and conversations can continue via the private AIGAC LinkedIn group throughout the year.
  • 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Networking Dinner at Skates on the Bay, sponsored by Veritas Prep

Wednesday, June 21

    • 7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. – Board motor coach for School tours. Bring your luggage to be stored under bus.
    • 8:00 a.m. – Motor coach departs Berkeley promptly at 8:00am

  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Wharton SF

    • 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – Welcome to Wharton/Presentation on the Program & Admissions for the Wharton Executive MBA Program – Room 612
    • 9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Entrepreneurship@Wharton – Room 612
      For this presentation we will be joined via telepresence by our colleagues in Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship
    • 10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Break
    • 10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Tour of Wharton SF
    • 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Wharton Full-time MBA Admissions Conversation – Room 612
      Frank DeVecchis will speak about the admissions process, likely to be joined by a colleague or two in Philadelphia via telepresence
    • 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Motor coach boarding
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Motor coach to Stanford; departs promptly at 12:30pm
  • 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Stanford GSB & MSx
    A map of the campus can be found here.
  • 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Presentations from admission and programs team – Room P102 (Patterson Building)
  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Campus tour
  • 4:000 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. – Sessions resume – Room P102 (Patterson Building)
  • 5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Dinner with directors & alumni hosted by Stanford, sponsored by GMAC 
  • 7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. – For those continuing south for our overnight in San Luis Obispo, we will depart promptly at 7:00pm. For attendees not wishing to continue south on the motor coach, you will need to arrange travel plans from Stanford’s campus to the Los Angeles area for arrival by 2pm on Thursday – you can easily fly out of SFO or SJC.

Thursday, June 22

  • 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Professional Business Development Sessions at UCLA Anderson. – Strategies
    for Getting to Yes with Lisa Gates – Room D307
    Lisa Gates is a negotiation consultant and executive coach and co-founder of She Negotiates, a firm committed to closing the wage and leadership gaps for women. She is the author of five courses available online at Linkedin Learning and lynda.com, including Asking for a Raise, Negotiation Fundamentals, Conflict Resolution Fundamentals and Coaching and Developing Employees. She has been a frequent contributor to Forbes Woman, The Daily Muse and LinkedIn, and the work of She Negotiates has been featured on NPR, CNN, Fox, and in publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, More Magazine, and Real Simple, among others
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  – Networking Dinner at Napa Valley Grille in Westwood

Friday, June 23 – Morning tour and presentations at UCLA Anderson.

All sessions to take place in room D307

    • 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Networking breakfast, sponsored by Agos Japan 
    • 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Welcome and Admissions Overview by Ilana Van Allen, Associate Director of MBA Admissions
    • 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. –AMR and BCO at UCLA Anderson,
      Professor Jeff Scheinrock
    • 10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Presentation by (sponsor) Agos Japan
    • 10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Break
    • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. – Parker Career Management Center – Chris Webber
    • 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. – Lunch, Tour of campus
    • 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. –  Welcome from Dean Judy Olian, interview by Gary Fraiser – Asst Dean of Student Affairs at UCLA Anderson
    • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Global Management Opportunities at UCLA Anderson,
      Professor Gonzalo Freixes
    • 3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Closing Remarks by Ilana Van Allen, Associate Director of MBA Admissions

 

This year’s conference promises to bring exciting sessions content which will enable us consultants and our admissions colleagues to dialogue as a group about the impact of recent worldwide social, economic, technological and political shifts on our industry and profession!  This year, Breakout Sessions, an annual conference favorite will be returning – and there will be plenty of time for frank, respectful conversations between us consultants and admissions colleagues to learn from each other.  Stay tuned for more sessions and schedule information!