2016 Directors’ Conference Registration Open

"The New Age Of Discoveries" - From Storytelling to History Making

Hosted by University of Porto Business School, Matosinhos, Portugal

April 13 - 15, 2016

The conference story will be told through a set of insights and learning experiences that will take participants to a world of discoveries in which the spirit of adventure, the spirit of pioneers and the spirit of “storymakers” will be explored.

Participants will be exposed to the stories of real people in real situations, who will show the art of
storymaking on Entrepreneurship, Family Business and Globalization.

By the end of the conference participants will be able to transpose these inspiring insights to Business School’s reality.

Details and Registration

* L
imit of 2 registrations per school until Friday, Feb 19.
* UNICON member school associates only.
* Check your country’s Visa regulations for travel to Portugal.

  Innovative practices in Executive Development

The UNICON Research team is launching an inquiry into innovative practices in our Executive Development businesses.  We are reaching out to the entire UNICON community to gather your stories about your innovative practices and learn what innovation looks like in your world.  These can be processes, services, products, cultural or organizational innovations - in the classroom or behind the scenes.  We are looking for examples of your successes or failures when trying to do things differently.  We want to know what you have learned.  These stories will be collected, grouped, and analyzed.  Our goal is to gain insight into what is being done at your organization and what your organization considers innovative. The larger goal is to  understand what kinds of innovation exist in executive education and what is considered innovation.

The UNICON Research Committee is launching this inquiry for our entire membership​ to learn about your examples of innovation in executive education.  We'd love to hear about your innovation stories. These can be shared anonymously.

Please send your stories to this email ..... by April 4

- Monica Sacristan (ITAM), Julie Shapiro (UC-Berkeley) and the Research Committee

  MOOCs by the numbers in 2015

By Jennifer (Jenny) Stine, Higher Education Leader and Innovator

Did you know last year more people signed up for a MOOC class than in the previous 3 years? That there are now 4200 courses offered by over 550 universities? and the top 5 ranked university providers are schools you might not have heard of? That business models are evolving? Great data on this important disruption in education in this article.

Original link: https://www.edsurge.com/news/2015-12-28-moocs-in-2015-breaking-down-the-numbers

  2016 Annual Workshop at Georgetown University


Georgetown University has confirmed the UNICON Annual Workshop dates of July 20-21. Details to follow.

  2016 Team Development Conference Location Announce

Hosted by University of California Anderson School of Management, Los Angeles, California, USA

December, 2016

More details to follow soon!

  UNICON Webinars Archived on YouTube

Find all recent webinars, including both webinars addressing the Financial Times study and Leveraging Alumni Relationships - Best Practices for Executive Education, archived on our UNICON YouTube channel

  UNICON Photos Archived on FaceBook

There are several albums of candid photos taken by members at the Team Development Conference archived on our UNICON FaceBook page.

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New Year Reflections

Clark Callahan is Chair of the UNICON board for 2015-2016, and is Executive Director of Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College.

Dear UNICON Colleagues,

I have thought a lot about the time many of us spent together in December at Kenan-Flagler’s beautiful campus in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Not surprisingly, the renowned US “southern hospitality” was in full force, matched only by the substance of the sessions.  

There were some great “aha’s” from sessions I attended like Dave Roberts on the Performance Equation or Larry Murphy and his admonition to put the client first, and be purposeful in the language we use to describe our work. And of course the hundreds of informal interactions with many of you make a conference the great event that it is. And we are doing so much more virtually and online – there were four webinars already this year – with much more to come with an improved website ready to go live in March.

In the midst of uncertain times in the global economy – where many of us are long-standing players in an industry ripe for disruption – we need to learn and grow together, and I value UNICON and all of our collaborative efforts more than ever. Thanks for all you are doing to support these goals for UNICON.

In keeping with the theme of global presence and a global consortium, Porto Business School will host the Directors Conference in Portugal in April. I look forward to seeing director colleagues there, and others online!

All the best,


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