Emory University’s Goizueta Business School hosted the Comprehensive Business School Deans Summit on March 20 and 21, bringing together business school deans from across the country to discuss the future of business education. 

The two-day event kicked off with a private tour of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights Museum. A highlight of the summit was a conversation with Reverend Dr. Bernice A. King and Emory University President Gregory Fenves surrounding the role of business schools in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. The discussion provided an opportunity for the business school deans to discuss how they can create more diverse and inclusive learning environments and prepare students to be effective leaders in a rapidly changing world. 

Emory University President Gregory Fenves moderates a discussion with Reverend Dr. Bernice A. King.

The summit also featured a panel of business leaders, moderated by Goizueta Business School’s Dean Gareth James, and featuring Dennis Lockhart, retired president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Katie Saez, Georgia region president of Truist, and Mike Anderson, senior vice president of Georgia Power and president & CEO of Georgia Power Foundation.

Goizueta Business School’s Dean Gareth James leads a panel of business school leaders.

“I am energized by the conversations at the Summit and optimistic about the future of business education,” shared Gareth James, John H. Harland Dean of Goizueta Business School. “As deans, we face many of the same challenges and opportunities in delivering a world class education to our students and redefining business in real time.”

It’s critical that we continue to develop principled and impactful leaders and entrepreneurs, foster innovation for a data and technology driven world, and grow a global presence fueled by local synergies – and our success depends on collaboration with the leading minds in the industry. 

Goizueta Business School’s Dean Gareth James
(L-R) Goizueta Business School’s Dean Gareth James, Reverend Dr. Bernice A. King, and Emory University President Gregory Fenves

The summit included a series of panel discussions and presentations, covering topics including

  • Capturing the Value of Specialized Master’s Program led by Ohad Kadan, Charles J. Robel Dean of Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business and Ash Soni, Interim Dean of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business 
  • Challenges of Managing Staff Working Partially or Fully Remote led by Lillian Mills, Dean of the University of Texas, Austin’s McCombs School of Business 
  • The Future of Business School Rankings led by Geoff Garrett, Dean of the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and Frank Hodge, Orin and Janet Smith Dean of the University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business 
  • Increasing the Impact of Faculty Research led by Andrew Karolyi, Charles Field Knight Dean of Cornell University’s SC Johnson College of Business and Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou, Dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business
  • Developing Future Faculty Leaders for Senior Administrative Roles led by Scott Beardsley, Dean of the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and Matthew Slaughter, Paul Danos Dean of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

The summit concluded with a reception and dinner at the Michael C. Carlos Museum.

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