Request for Proposals to Host 2015 MBA for Working Professionals Conference

The MBA for Working Professionals, an affinity group of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International (AACSB), is seeking proposals from business schools to host its 2015 fall conference, which is usually held in October.

Proposals should contain a rough program outline, including suggested content, agenda and venue choices, as well as information on any aspects of your college that make it particularly appropriate for hosting the 2015 conference. It also should include a draft budget with expected room and airfare rates from various areas of the country to the proposed venue.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Sept. 30, 2014. Proposals should be submitted to Ray Whittington, dean of the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, at rwhittin@depaul.edu.

Want to apply? Here’s what you need to know:

About the Conference

The MBA for Working Professionals conference typically kicks off with a welcome reception on the evening before sessions begin. Sessions are usually offered sequentially in one room (although some hosts have done break-out sessions) for one full day followed by a half day. Click here for a typical agenda: Sample Agenda for MBA for Working Professionals Conference

Conference content usually focuses on issues of interest to senior administrators of the college, including market conditions, admissions outcomes and forecasts, program innovations and career management issues.

Conference Target Audience

Hosts should plan for between 100 and 120 participants. Director-level and above attendees are preferred, but those in significant roles below the director level may attend, especially in cases where no one else from the school is attending. The goal is to attract decision-level leaders to the conference.

Participation Fee 

Conference hosts may charge each attendee a $200 participation fee to help offset the cost of hosting the conference. The host school should offer a cut-off date for refunds in order to keep no-show numbers down. Schools hoping to increase the fee to offset costs must include a justification with the proposed higher fee and explain how this fee will be used to add value to the conference.

Conference Size

Two rounds of registration should be offered, with the first limiting participation to no more than two participants per school. During the second round, additional participants should be added from a waiting list. The exact timing of the rounds is left to the host, but the second round should happen in time for potential participants to get reasonable airfare.

You can also see a list of past host schools: MBA for Working Professionals Conference Hosts Since 2002

Questions? Email Ray Whittington, dean of the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, at rwhittin@depaul.edu.

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