Schedule of Events

Friday, June 2

3:00 PM

Understanding the College Admissions Process

Room 1027 - Mason School of Business Faculty & Staff Classroom

Learn what to expect and how to help prepare your student for success in the college admissions process across the country.

Hosted by W&M Admissions:

Amanda Barth, M.Ed. '06, Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions
Randy Tripp '05, M.Ed. '16, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Admissions
Jennifer Dahnke, M.Ed. '08, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Business and One Year Business Masters Programs

3:00 PM

"Own It!" An Overview of Today's MBA

Room 2052 - James W. and Dana Brenner Brinkley Commons

Get an update on today's MBA program and learn how the Mason School focuses on five professionalism pillars to differentiate its students from those in other MBA programs.

Hosted by Ken White, Associate Dean of MBA & Executive Programs

3:00 PM

Navigating Digital Transformation

Room 1077 - Mason School of Business Faculty & Staff Classroom

Digital innovation is profoundly reshaping the way in which people interact, work, operate, and communicate, presenting a series of opportunities and challenges for businesses, policy-makers, and citizens. In light of the accelerating pace of technology-driven change, we need a compass to navigate digital transformation. The World Economic Forum's Digital Transformation Initiative (DTI) analyzes the impact of digital technologies on business, society and the individual, with the objective to transform the way public and private leaders think about their contribution not only to shareholders, but also stakeholders. This session will examine some of the initiative's findings and introduce a pioneering framework to help executives to incorporate societal concerns into their decision-making.

Hosted by Bruce Weinelt, MBA '00

4:00 PM

Back to the Classroom: Strategies for Navigating Wicked Problems with Professors Graham Henshaw & Jim Olver

Room 2052 - The Jim and Bobbie Ukrop Innovation & Design Studio

New approaches are necessary to navigate an increasingly turbulent, complex, and ever changing business environment. The highly specialized functional skills offered through standard and traditional MBA curricula - while still absolutely essential- are no longer sufficient. When the past is a poor predictor of the future, you need tools that will help you discover the unforeseen problems and opportunities and develop original, useful solutions. You also need to be an integrative thinker: able to entertain multiple novel and conflicting viewpoints long enough to find solutions that resolve the paradox. The tools and processes we'll develop in this session are designed with those goals in mind.

4:00 PM

Back to the Classroom: Organizational Change - How to Make it Happen in Today's Workplace with Professor Ron Sims

Room 1088 - Finance Academy Classroom

This session will provide participants with tips and ideas on how to successfully lead and manage organizational change.

We will focus on increasing your understanding of the dynamics of organization changes as well as effective ways to lead or manage change, increase collegial buy-in and minimize resistance to change within an organization.

By raising the awareness of critical success factors of organizational change, as well as individual change that people go through when confronted with changes in the organization they work in, participants will be better able to understand how to make change happen.

You will be provided insights as well as practical tools that can be deployed to lead organizational change. In addition, participants will better understand the critical components of change leadership or management as well as practical interventions focused on minimizing resistance and maximizing buy-in.

4:00 PM

Back to the Classroom: The Road to Business Analytics with Professor Hector Guerrero

Room 1082 - SunTrust Foundation Classroom

If your precocious six year old came to you and said that they heard some mean kids on the playground talking about BIG Data and Business Analytics, could you sit down and have a serious conversation about what it means and why they shouldn't be afraid?

Does the era of BIG Data have you scrambling to remain relevant? Well join the BIG Data club! This talk will add some historical perspective and a parsing of the important elements of Business Analytics applied to BIG Data.

Let's talk about how we got here. It has been a long trip and the train has been accelerating from the time it left the station. During WWII, the need to make the most efficient use of resources and materials gave birth to a field of applied mathematics called now Operations Research (sometimes called Management Science). If it made sense for the war effort, then it certainly made sense post-war.

That was the beginning, and since then so much has happened that even experts find it dizzying - Artificial Intelligence, Data Warehouses, Machine Learning, Algorithms, Optimization, and Data Visualization. We will try to put these emerging fields of Data and Business Analysis in some order and context. And finally, we'll talk about the technology that made it all possible - The Computer.

4:00 PM

Back to the Classroom: Business Strategies of the Past and Future With Professor Bob Williams

Room 1027 - Mason School of Business Faculty & Staff Classroom

When the recession of 2008 hit, many things changed. Business models were reinvented, companies created, Kodak retreated into history; many things changed...and it continues. Artificial intelligence promises to reinvent industries. Convergence of Al technology with robotics continues as a catalyst for faster and additional change in many businesses.

How do you strategize amidst all this? How has strategy changed in the way we think about businesses an their structures? How will leadership be impacted? These and other questions will be addressed by Professor Bob Williams in this seminar.

4:00 PM

Back to the Classroom: The Importance of Branding with Professor LD Metcalfe

Room 2003 - Bruce Boehm Center for Corporate Education

Branding and brand management have become a critical feature of successful business strategy. Developing brand strategy and brand identity are some of the most important steps of marketing a product. Learn what branding is, the importance of brand equity, and what it has to do with dating and vodka.

4:00 PM

Back to the Classroom: The Importance of a Professional Online Presence with Professor Dawn Edmiston

Room 1019 - John C. Jamison Classroom

Too often we take for granted first impressions and how others perceive us. However, such perceptions frequently form the basis for personal and professional success. And today, many first impressions are made online through search engines and social networks. Online information implicitly brands people, whether we explicitly choose to develop a personal brand or not.

This session will outline how to leverage the power of digital branding and make a positive first impression. Attendees will learn about changing market dynamics that impact how we communicate and will examine tools that can be leveraged to create and sustain a professional online profile. The insights and resources shared in this presentation will be valuable to attendees in understanding how marketing trends can be applied to advance both their professional roles as well as their personal brands.

6:30 PM

The Great & Grand Cocktail Party

Alan B. Miller Hall

Reunite with classmates from far and wide as we take over all of Miller Hall with a grand cocktail reception for all MBA program graduates.

Business Attire Suggested

Saturday, June 3

9:30 AM

Guided Tours of Alan B. Miller Hall

Tours will meet in the James W. and Dana Brenner Brinkley Atrium

Dedicated in October of 2009, Miller Hall has become the permanent home for the MBA program. Join classmates for guided tours of the building hosted by current students.

10:15 AM

Alumni Panel: Living Lives of Principled Achievement

James W. and Dana Brenner Brinkley Commons

Dean Pulley '74 states, as his unwavering vision and mission for the school, that we prepare our students for lives of principled achievement. Does this matter? In a world where quarterly earnings often define success, do integrity and trustworthiness play to our corporate earnings goals? These panelists will share their thoughts, experiences and lessons learned.

Hosted and Moderated by Professor Karen Locke


Nicolas Boël, MBA '89 Chairman of the Board of Directors, Solvay SA
Jennifer Guethoff '88, MBA '95, Global Deputy Chief Ethics Officer, Deloitte
Jim Kaplan, Jr., MBA '92, President, Cornell Dubilier Electronics, Inc.

12:00 PM

Lunch with Executive Partners

William J. Fields Courtyard

Join your favorite Executive Partners and meet some new ones while enjoying lunch together.

2:00 PM

Alumni Panel: Managing the Enormous

James W. and Dana Brenner Brinkley Commons

There are those who, when confronted with herculean tasks, mergers, acquisitions, exponential growth, devolving situations, or crisis, seem to float through the myriad of issues and life altering decisions that must be made. This panel will share their stories and insights.

Hosted and Moderated by Professor Brent Allred


Jeff Gardner, MBA '97, CEO, Monitronics
Mike Matacunas, MBA '93, Chief Administrative Officer, Dollar Tree Stores, Inc.
Nathan Ticatch, MBA '91, Partner, Stonecourt Capital & President & CEO, PetroLogistics
Frank Roach, MBA '76, CEO, Wolseley North America

3:45 PM

Batten Fund Analyst Reunion

Room 1082- SunTrust Foundation Classroom

With more than 15 years of investment activity, the Batten Fund continues to be one of the most popular courses in the MBA program. Come join fellow Batten analysts to celebrate the fund's investment performance and to reconnect with your classmates.

Hosted by Professors Jim Haltiner and Gjergji Cici

3:45 PM

MBAA Former Leaders Reception

Susan L. Brinkley Undergraduate Lounge

Come and reconnect with classmates that served on the MBAA while students in the program.

Hosted by Carlane Pittman Ph.D. '03, Director, MBA Programs

3:45 PM

Military and Major General James Wright Reception

Robert B. and Patricia Knauer Brinkley Graduate Lounge

The Mason School proudly boasts that more than 30% of our MBA student population is current or former military. Come and reconnect with your military classmates and be honored for your service.

Hosted by Amanda Barth M.Ed. '06, Director, MBA Admissions

6:30 PM

Cocktails & Celebration Dinner in the Sunken Garden

William & Mary's historic Sunken Garden

Join Dean Larry Pulley '74 and the entire Mason School community in William & Mary's historic Sunken Garden for cocktails and dinner to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the MBA program.

Hosted by Dean Pulley '74

MBA Alumni and guests only

Business Attire Suggested

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