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Wednesday October 18, 2017

9:00 am

Conference Registration Open

9:00am – 5:00pm

9:00 am

Exhibitor Move-In

9:00am – 10:00pm



Thursday October 19, 2017

8:00 am

Conference Registration Open

8:00am – 5:00pm

9:30 am

Career Expo Open

9:30AM – 5:00PM
Explore exciting career opportunities with top companies and organizations; Network with peers; Interested in getting your MBA? Meet Top MBA programs from across the nation.

12:00 pm

Luncheon Keynote

12:00-2:00pm
Conversation with Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group: Interviewed by Kathleen Hogan, Chief People Officer, Microsoft

Sir Richard Branson is the Founder of the Virgin Group. Virgin is a leading international investment group and one of the world’s most recognized and respected brands. Conceived in 1970 by Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin Group has gone on to grow successful businesses in sectors including mobile telephony, travel and transportation, financial services, leisure and entertainment, and health and wellness. Virgin is a leading international investment group and one of the world’s most recognized and respected brands.

Sir Richard Branson
Founder
Virgin Group

Kathleen Hogan
Chief People Officer
Microsoft


Concurrent Sessions
2:45 pm

The Financial Services Sector is Ripe with Career Opportunities

2:45-4:00 pm
Finance and banking offer many career opportunities for people who want to work in global financial markets and serves as a bridge between capital raising entities and capital producing investors. The globalization of banks, the integration of banking activities, and the growth of emerging markets are ongoing trends. The financial services industry is traditionally broken down into the following areas:

  • Asset Management
  • Corporate Finance
  • Investment Banking
  • Sales and Trading
  • Public Finance

Panelists: TBA | Moderator: TBA

2:45 pm

Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Women in the C-Suite

2:45–4:00pm
Studies show companies with gender parity on boards and in the executive ranks outperform male-dominated ones. Yet, women represent only 9 percent of top management positions and 5.2 percent of CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.

Panelists: TBA | Moderator: TBA

2:45 pm

Careers in Consulting

2:45–4:00pm
The essence of management consulting is to help a client obtain information and advice which leads to real and lasting solution of a problem.

Consultants think, analyze, brainstorm and challenge good organizations to become even better by adopting new ideas. Great consultants are able to step into ambiguous, sometimes hostile situations and sense what changes need to be made. Great consultants are driven by ideas and a strong desire to have a positive impact on clients.

Panelists: TBA | Moderator: TBA

2:45 pm

Inside Amazon

2:45–4:00pm
From Amazon Web Services to Amazon Prime Music to the third-party seller platform, Amazon is disrupting the way consumers shop.

In this session, gain more insight about the world’s largest retailer.

Panelists: TBA | Moderator: TBA

2:45 pm

Inclusive Leadership

2:45–4:00pm
Inclusive leadership is the practice of leadership that carefully includes the contributions of all stakeholders in the community or organization. Inclusion means being at the table at all levels of the organization, being a valued contributor and being fully responsible for your contribution to the ultimate result.

Moderator:

Bernard C. Coleman III
Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion
UBER



Panelists:

Bo Young Lee
Global Diversity & Inclusion Leader
Marsh LLC.


Monica Francois Marcel
Co-Founder
Language & Culture Worldwide (LCW)


2:45 pm

The Art of the Ask: Negotiating with Confidence

2:45–4:00pm
Executives negotiate all day every day, often without even realizing they are in a bargaining situation. Whether the negotiation is a small, everyday matter, or a bigger, more structured deal, making the most of these conversations is imperative.

In this session, you will:

  • identify what your negotiation tendencies are
  • learn to flex your style based on the topic or person with whom you are negotiating
  • prepare for a negotiation from both informational and emotional perspectives
  • maneuver through negotiation using verbal and non-verbal communication, making concessions, managing tradeoffs and closing the deal

Panelists: TBA | Moderator: TBA

2:45 pm

Social Entrepreneurship

2:45–4:00pm
Social entrepreneurs drive social innovation and transformation in various fields including education, health, environment and enterprise development. They pursue poverty alleviation goals with entrepreneurial zeal, business methods and the courage to innovate and overcome traditional practices. A social entrepreneur, similar to a business entrepreneur, builds strong and sustainable organizations, which are either set up as not-for-profits or companies.

Moderator:

Gretchen Zucker
Managing Director
Ashoka Foundation

5:00 pm

Career Expo Ends



Friday October 20, 2017

8:00 am

Conference Registration Open

8:00 – 5:00 pm

9:00 am

Career Expo Open

9:00 – 5:00pm
Explore exciting career opportunities with top companies and organizations; Network with peers; Interested in getting your MBA? Meet Top MBA programs from across the nation.


Concurrent Sessions
10:00 am

Millennials: Finances, Investing, & Retirement

10:00am–11:30am
Millennials face the most uncertain economic future of perhaps any generation in America since the Great Depression.

Despite 70 percent of millennials feeling stress and anxiety when thinking about retirement savings and investments, 40 percent of them have no retirement strategy in place at all, a survey from Franklin Templeton Investment finds. This paradox highlights the importance of financial education for younger generations who are in the early stages of their careers and have the most to gain from thinking about retirement now.

In this session, you will gain insight how to better manage your money

Moderator:

Seun G. Olojola
Vice President of Global Wealth Management
Merrill Lynch

10:00 am

Is Private Equity Right For Me!

10:00am–11:30am
Career paths in private equity are comparatively straightforward, but what complicates matters is the point at which you enter the industry. Say you work for a couple of years as an analyst in investment banking. You will be brought into a private equity firm as an associate.

In this session, you will learn:

  • What’s the main difference between working at a bank and working at a PE firm?
  • What sort of personality succeeds in private equity?
  • Do you have more individual responsibility?
  • Who gets hired?
  • Is the work more interesting? Why?


Moderator:

Alexander Mears
Vice President
The Carlyle Group

10:00 am

Entrepreneurship: Insight on Buying a Franchise

10:00am–11:30am
Buying a franchise can be an investment in your future. But as with any major decision, you should thoroughly research the franchise industry, the franchise model and the pros and cons of owning a franchise. Owning a franchise allows you to go into business for yourself, but not by yourself. A franchise provides franchisees with a certain level of independence where they can operate their business.

Moderator:

Robert Cresanti
President & CEO
International Franchise Association

10:00 am

Inside The World Bank

10:00am–11:30am
Poverty has no borders. Neither does excellence. So we continually search for the brightest, most talented individuals from around the globe. And we are proud to employ a dedicated and committed workforce that is diverse in gender, nationality and background.

In this session, you will hear about exciting career opportunities at The World Bank and how to navigate organization.

Moderator:

Roberto Amorosino
Senior Recruitment Officer
The World Bank Group

10:00 am

Diversity & Inclusion Matters

10:00am–11:30am
Leveraging and harnessing different ideas, perspectives and experiences from a diverse talented and capable workforce regardless of their organizational position and background drives effectiveness in organizations. In this session, you will gain insight & perspective on what these diversity leaders are doing to drive diversity.

Panelists: TBA | Moderator: TBA

10:00 am

How Consulting firms are Leading “Innovative Disruption” within its Clients’ Operations

10:00am–11:30am
Businesses around the world have more and more to rely in consultancy to thrive through a more complex and disruptive fast changing economic, social and technological fast changing world. The consultancy industry is an increasing part of the business life as the international economy gets increasingly more volatile and software driven. In these scenarios and as it stands the global consulting industry revenues – HR, IT, strategy, operations, management and business advisory services – was about $470 billion in 2016, according to the company Plunkett Research estimative.

Panelists: TBA | Moderator: TBA

10:00 am

Marketing & Tech: The Evolution of the CMO & Brand Director

10:00am–11:30am
The CMO role, and marketing in general, is shifting dramatically. No corporate function has evolved more dramatically than marketing. In the past, the CMO role was more about branding and advertising. Today, the CMO is a strategic partner within the company and often held accountable for meeting corporate margin goals. There is no doubt that the rise of consumer consumption on social platforms and search has played a role in the new CMO responsibilities, forcing them to stay on top all things tech.

In this session, hear from marketers how their roles have evolved and CMO/Brand Directors should approach their roles and responsibilities.

Panelists: TBA | Moderator: TBA

12:00 pm

Luncheon Keynote

12:00-2:00pm

Keynote: TBA | Moderator: TBA


Concurrent Sessions
2:45 pm

So You Want To Be A Venture Capitalist?

2:45–4:00pm
Becoming a venture capitalist is a dream job for many MBA students. Getting there is no straight path and getting there can be a long ride with many switchbacks, detours, and dead-ends. So how do you get started? We thought it would be useful to see how some experienced VCs, and newbies, did it and what they have to say on the matter. This is not a detailed how-to on becoming a venture capitalist. In fact, if there’s anything that these VCs agree on, it’s that there’s no single path or guaranteed way to become a VC.

Becoming a venture capitalist is a dream job for many MBA students. Career paths in venture capitalist are not comparatively straightforward. What complicates matters is the point at which you enter the industry. Most will be brought into a venture capital firm as an associate.

In this session, you will gain insight on being a venture capitalist.Most VCs would agree that there’s no single path or guaranteed way to become a VC.

Panelists: TBA | Moderator: TBA

2:45 pm

Cultivating Purpose: Sustainability & Innovation

2:45–4:00pm
How are corporations addressing sustainability? Many companies feel that embracing sustainability will make them less competitive in the market. Research has shown that companies can develop workable and profitable strategies to reduce their impact on the global environment. Implementing a sustainability strategy often leads to breakthrough innovation.

In this session, you will learn what some companies are doing in the area of sustainability.

Panelists: TBA | Moderator: TBA

2:45 pm

Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Women in the C-Suite

2:45–4:00pm
Studies show companies with gender parity on boards and in the executive ranks outperform male-dominated ones. Yet, women represent only 9 percent of top management positions and 5.2 percent of CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.

Panelists: TBA | Moderator: TBA

2:45 pm

Reimagining the Cybersecurity Profession

2:45–4:00pm

There are currently 200,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the U.S today, a number that is expected to quadruple over the next five years, according to Raytheon.  There are 1000s of current MBA students and alumni with backgrounds in engineering, computer science, IT, and mathematics that qualify for rewarding cybersecurity jobs in areas of cyber risk management, cyber governance and more.  In this session, Professor DeLone will discuss career opportunities for MBA students in cybersecurity.

Panelists: TBA | Moderator: TBA

2:45 pm

Export-Import: Navigating the Trade Finance Maze & Getting Started in International Trade

2:45–4:00pm
Even within a free trade zone, exporting and importing can be complicated by varying national regulations and tax structures; outside of free trade zones, the complexities only multiply country by country.
In this session, you will gain insight & perspective on trade finance, as well as, the opportunities and challenges international trade.

Moderator:

Anku Nath
Director, Federal Affairs and Trade Policy
John Deere




Panelists: TBA

2:45 pm

Leveraging LinkedIn: Developing a Stronger Profile

2:45–4:00pm

It’s important to strong LinkedIn profile because it will be viewed by potential employers, current co-workers , past co-workers, clients, friends from college and from people in similar fields or areas of expertise. Continuing to grow your network could potentially open doors for you down the road
In this session, you will gain insight & perspective on how to develop a stronger LinkedIn profile.


Moderator:

Christian Moritz
Management Consultant & LinkedIn Expert
Klaxos



Panelists: TBA



Saturday October 21, 2017

7:30 am

National MBA Conference 5K Run

7:30am