While all of our International Conference and Annual Meetings are special, this year’s ICAM is particularly unique for a number of reasons. First, it is being held at our world headquarters in beautiful Tampa, Florida, USA. If you are among the many winter snow dwellers, consider this destination your spring revival, with average temperatures in the mid-70s to 80s (Farenheit). Further, attendees will have opportunities to meet and mingle with the staff they interact with on a regular basis, as all AACSB staff will have the chance to check out the conference taking place practically next door to the Tampa office.
Another important reason to visit ICAM this year is that both our outgoing and incoming president and CEO will be in attendance. Take this opportunity to say farewell to John J. Fernandes and welcome aboard Tom Robinson. While the leadership transition will occur throughout March and April, the official position change will happen at ICAM, where Fernandes, Robinson, and board chair Linda A. Livingstone will all be in attendance. The event serves as Robinson’s first occasion to speak to the membership as CEO, as he delivers the State of the Association address at the Annual Business Meeting, and it also serves as Fernandes’ goodbye to the membership for whom he has worked for 15 years.
And of course there is the highly valuable conference content to look forward to and learn from. We have a diverse array of plenary speakers this year:
• Carolyn Woo, AACSB’s first female board chair (2003–2004), now serves as CEO and president of Catholic Relief Services and will discuss at the conference Navigating the Currents of Change: A Compass and New Agenda for Business Education. Throughout her careers—including former dean of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame—Woo has earned many distinctions. She was featured in Foreign Policy (May/June 2013) as one of the 500 Most Powerful People on the planet.
• Daniel H. Pink is a best-selling author of business, work, and management books as well as a television show host on National Geographic Television. Pink was named one of the top 15 business thinkers in the world by Thinkers 50. In his session he will discuss How to Create a Culture of Innovation at Organization, drawing on his vast knowledge of the business world in the U.S. and globally.
• Economist Roger W. Ferguson Jr., CEO and president of TIAA-CREF and 2015 Beta Gamma Sigma International Honoree, is leading a plenary on Building Financial Security in the 21st Century. Ferguson has advised the Federal Reserve in turbulent times to keep the U.S. financial system functioning while simultaneously offering global assurance that the U.S. economy would not collapse.
If these reasons are not enticing enough to book your registration, check out the full conference agenda for further sessions and networking opportunities with affinity groups and new contacts from all over the globe. From AACSB's staff, we look forward to seeing you in just a few months! To register, visit http://www.aacsb.edu/events/conference/2015/icam/register/.