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The Challenge: 2018 Influential Leaders

Nominations for the 2018 Influential Leaders Challenge has now closed.


The AACSB Influential Leaders Challenge honors notable alumni from AACSB-accredited business schools and their contributions toward having a positive influence on society. Business schools—and their alumni—are forces for good around the world, and sharing the stories and achievements will demonstrate true excellence in leadership, vision, and impact.

Stay tuned to learn more, as AACSB recognizes influential graduates from AACSB-accredited school across the three categories:

  • Business leaders who have made an impact in advocating for diversity and inclusion. Some aspects of diversity are widely discussed (gender, race and ethnicity, cultural backgrounds), while others are more nuanced and reflect a wide variety of lifestyle and life experiences.
  • Business leaders working in a nonprofit or community-based organization that is committed to making a local, regional, or global impact on the overall betterment of society. The leader demonstrates a personal commitment to applying their business acumen to cause-based work.
  • Business leaders who have directly impacted or helped to forward, change, or influence the way business education is delivered at an institution.

Honorees will be announced at the AACSB Deans Conference, February 7-9, 2018.