The Graduate Business Curriculum Roundtable organizes virtual educational presentations related to graduate business curricular and co-curricular topics.

Don't miss our upcoming webinars:

Graduate Business Curriculum Roundtable
Peer Mentoring Program ReLaunch Presents:

Hiring Reset:  Adapting Higher Ed Staffing
to AI and "Customer" focus

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

1:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m. PAC

Join us for this members only exclusive webinar, as we announce the relaunch of our peer mentoring program.

Explore the shift needed in higher education staffing strategies for the AI era and changing student expectations. Learn why traditional hiring falls short and why a skills-based approach is gaining traction in some sectors. Together, we'll uncover critical skills for today's academic roles and how to assess them. This short, interactive session will highlight strategies for success in the new work and educational landscape.


Presenter: Soojin Kwon, Talent Peak Advisors
After dedicating 18 years to leading the MBA Admissions and Program at Michigan Ross, Soojin expanded her career by joining McKinsey. There, she coached consultants, contributed as a subject matter expert in higher education, and led personal branding workshops for mid-career professionals.  In October 2023, she embarked on a new venture with Talent Peak Advisors, focusing on leadership, career, and communications coaching as well as business school consulting. Through her firm, she provides one-on-one coaching, tailored workshops for organizations, and speaking engagements.  Soojin has shared her expertise at various conferences and organizations, including the GMAC Leadership Conference, Forte’s MBA Women’s Leadership Conference, Google, and the Harvard Kennedy School. One of her next speaking gigs will be at the GMAC Annual Conference where she will lead a workshop on storytelling. Her experience also includes teaching business communication at Michigan Ross and consulting in Strategy & Operations at Deloitte.  Soojin holds an MBA from Ross, an MPP from Harvard Kennedy School, and a BA in Economics & Political Science from Yale. She resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she and her husband enjoy empty nester life - much of which is spent visiting their six kids.


Innovator Award Winners Webinar featuring
University of Iowa Tippie College of Business

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

1:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m. PAC

Join us to learn about the amazing innovations from our 2023 Innovator Award Finalists and Winners.  This webinar will feature the University of Iowa – Ready, Set, Lead, How the Iowa MBA prepares students to be Executive Ready.  

While preparing students to be the leaders of tomorrow is not unique for MBA programs, the Iowa MBA’s Executive Ready approach is. Here’s how:  The Iowa MBA now includes multiple robust capstone options that expand applied learning and communication skills are integrated throughout the capstones and poised to be added throughout the curriculum. Their capstone courses develop Executive Ready skills such as big picture thinking, strategy, decision making, thinking forward, negotiation, team management, change management, and communication regardless of which capstone option a student selects. The Executive Ready framework is two-fold: throughout the capstone courses, students are guided and supported to develop strategic recommendations that can be presented to an executive audience; the experience also arms students with skills needed to become the executives.


Presenter: Jennifer V. Blackhurst, Associate Dean
Tippie Graduate and Professional Programs,  University of Iowa
Professor of Business Analytics

In 2018, Jennifer Blackhurst was an early adopter of developing online courses working in collaboration with University of Iowa’s Distance and Online Education to develop one of nine core courses in the MBA program, Operations and Supply Chain.  In July 2020, Jennifer assumed the role of Associate Dean for Tippie Graduate and Professional Programs. In this role she oversees the graduate management program portfolio consisting of both full-time on-campus master’s degree programs and part-time off-campus MBA and Business Analytics programs along with a variety of certificates, and an MBA/MSBA dual degree program.

Presenter: Jill Tomkins, Assistant Dean, Tippie Graduate and Professional Programs, University of Iowa 
Jill Tomkins has been with the Tippie College of Business since 2012, where she has been instrumental in our growth and expansion of graduate and professional programming and manages a team focused on course planning, curricular changes, academic policies, registrar functions, advising and student experience. Prior to working in higher education, Jill was a Fulbright scholar in Malaysia and worked with a number of refugee agencies, including the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, throughout Africa and the Middle East. 

Moderator: Stephen Taylor, Managing Director, BusinessCAS, Liaison International


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