Simon is Hosting the 30th Annual Graduate Business Conference

By: Julie Sadwick

This blog is based on information shared by Simon School Dean Mark Zupan

For the past 29 years, student government leaders from the top 50 business schools around the world have gathered at an annual conference coordinated by the Graduate Business Forum. This prestigious and constantly changing group of leaders works together for several days to improve the MBA Experience at their respective schools by exchanging best practices, discussing common challenges and opportunities, and building a stronger and more direct communication network. Bids to host the Graduate Business Conference are submitted in a fashion akin to the manner in which cities vie to host the Olympics, with similarly fierce competition and emotional investment.

I am pleased to report that the Simon School has been granted the honor of hosting the 30th annual Graduate Business Conference to be held in the spring of 2012 on the River Campus of the University of Rochester! Our winning bid (the first in the Simon School’s history) is the result of the vision, courage, and hard work of outgoing GBC President Sarah Pare ’11, incoming GBC President Varun Shah ’12, and Organizing Committee Chairman Brandon Sloane ’12. Vital support also came from Simon Alumni Velan Thillairajah ’85 and Ricardo Medeiros ’10 (both past GBC Presidents) who have been working with the Graduate Business Forum, the not-for-profit organization that coordinates the conferences.

The 30th annual Graduate Business Conference promises to be not only of great importance to the Graduate Business Forum, but also to our School. With the selected theme of “Size Matters”, delegates will have the opportunity to hear from a variety of business and academic leaders on issues of how size impacts decisions and outcomes, participate in best practice sessions, network, and explore Rochester’s heritage. Simon students, in turn, will have the opportunity to organize the Conference and our School will benefit from the visibility associated with hosting the gathering.

We are all excited about this amazing opportunity! 



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