AIGAC Annual Conference


AIGAC 2014 Conference

When we started planning the 2014 AIGAC conference, we had a simple goal: to create our best conference ever! Thanks to a dynamic team of AIGAC volunteers across, working hard across several time zones, it looks like we just may reach that goal. Just under seven weeks out, we already have 33 registered attendees from five continents, an unprecedented four host schools, 15 confirmed school representatives from the US and Europe and four generous sponsors.

If you haven’t registered yet, what are you waiting for?

And, if you know someone in the admissions consulting sector who might benefit from attending this amazing conference, please let them know about it. We hope the conference can be a catalyst to encourage new membership and a brighter future for AIGAC.

Some of the exciting news about this year’s conference includes:

  • A very positive response from Admissions Officers, with commitments from Babson, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, INSEAD, London Business School, MIT Sloan, NYU Stern, UT Austin, Wharton, and Yale SOM
  • Visits to an unprecedented 4 schools
  • Several new events to facilitate introductions between members
  • The greatest variety of panel discussions we’ve ever offered, including Integrating Video with Businesses, Executive vs. Part-time Programs and Media coverage of the MBA Sector
  • Broad, real-time social media coverage
  • AIGAC member registrations are higher at this stage than any other conference

To hear from other AIGAC members on why they continue to come to our conference year after year, read our article Why Attend the AIGAC Conference


Click here to Register for the 2014 Conference. Conference registration is open to AIGAC members only.  If you are not currently a member, you must apply for membership no later than April 30th in order for your membership request to be processed in time for the conference.

2014 Current Attendee List

Ticket Information
Ticket Type Sale Through Price
Super Early Bird January 27 - Feb 15 $599.00
Early Bird Registration Feb 16 - Mar 15 $699.00
Regular Registration March 16 on $799.00
New Member Registration N/A $699.00



We are excited to have a full slate of panels and discussions.  Watch Twitter and LinkedIn for conference updates, #AIGAC14.  Tweet at us! @OfficialAIGAC

Working agenda (April 8, 2014—subject to changes)

Agenda for: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 – New Haven, CT & New York City

8:00am                                Train to New Haven, CT (meet up with AIGAC members at Grand Central Station or travel to New Haven on own)

10:00am-3:00pm               Yale SOM Day! Spend the Day with Bruce Delmonico and the admissions and career services teams of Yale SOM, tour campus, lunch and more.

3:30pm                                Return to NYC via train (on own)

6:00pm-8:00pm                 Cornell Tech! Learn about the new one-year Cornell Tech MBA and visit their temporary location on the Google Campus in Chelsea, NYC.

8:30pm-10:00pm               Cocktails with AIGAC!
                                        Relax after a long day with AIGAC colleagues in a lively Chelsea bar (pay your own drinks). Location TBD.

Agenda for: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 – New York City                     

7:00am-8:15am                 Solo Practitioner Breakfast An optional event for solo practitioners to network with each and build an agenda for future collaborations. Location, breakfast spot near NYU Stern, will be announced shortly.

9:00am-1:30pm                 NYU Stern! An exciting half-day of events including lunch with the NYU Stern admissions and career services teams.

1:30pm-5:15pm                 AIGAC Presentations and Panels Setting the path for AIGAC for 2014/15 and professional development sessions on using video for your business and preparing clients for interviews.

7:00pm-9:30pm                 Rustico Cooking! An exciting evening of cooking lessons, wine tastings and an amazing dinner in this top cooking school with views overlooking the Empire State Building. Sponsored in part by Veritas Prep.

Agenda for: Thursday, May 29, 2014 – New York City

9:00am-5:00pm                 Exciting Panels and Interactive Discussions with school representatives from:

Babson College – F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business
Carnegie Mellon  – Tepper School of Business
Columbia Business School
Duke University – The Fuqua School of Business
Johnson at Cornell University
London Business School
MIT - Sloan School of Management
Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management
NYU Stern School of Business
University of California, Berkeley – Haas School of Business
University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School
University of Texas at Austin – McCombs School of Business
USC Marshall School of Business
Yale School of Management

Panels include:

> MBA for Entrepreneurs
> Full-time vs. Part-time or Evening Programs
> Specialized MBAs and Joint Degrees
> MBA Diversity programs with Forté Foundation and Reaching Out MBA
> Financing the MBA—scholarships, loans, and work opportunities for students
> AIGAC & Schools Round-table discussions
> The AIGAC MBA Applicant Survey Results

7:00pm-9:00pm                 Dinner with AIGAC Members. Location: TBD

Agenda for: Friday, May 30, 2014 – New York City

9:00am-1:30pm                 Columbia Business School! An exciting morning of events including lunch with the NYU Stern admissions and career services teams.

2:00pm-3:30pm                 Media Panel: Panels and discussions with leading journalists in the higher education sector, including Melissa Korn of The Wall Street Journal.

3:30pm-4:00pm                 Conference Closing      

Optional Event: Monday, June 2, 2014 – New York City/Ithaca

All day                                  Visit to Cornell University

An optional trip to Ithaca to visit The Johnson School, includes the bus there and back, a tour and visit with Johnson School staff, and lunch. Sponsored by The Johnson School. Registration details will be provided hortly.


The size of our group makes it cost prohibitive to establish and guarantee a room block, so instead we have developed a short list of personal recommendations from volunteers serving on the conference planning committee.  We hope you find this helpful. Click here for the list.


For information on getting to and from Yale SOM, click here.


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Thank you to our conference planning committee for their time and effort in developing this program!

Candy Lee Laballe, Co-Chair - mbaSpain
Andrea Sparrey, Co-Chair - Sparrey Consulting

Dan Bauer - The MBA Exchange
Brett Haber - Clear Admit
Mennette Larkin - Admissions Unlimited
Travis Morgan - Veritas Prep
Don Osborne - INQUARTA, Inc
Bara Sapir - Test Prep NY
Lisa Wenninger - Prime for MBA
Michael Cohan - MBAPrepAdvantage

Click here to Register for the 2014 Conference.

Conference Registration: Cancellation – Refunds

  • All cancellations must be received in writing to AIGAC in order to be processed. Cancellation requests may be e-mailed to Shiela Locatelli-Wallace at
  • Cancellation requests received by AIGAC prior to Monday, March 23, 2014, will be refunded in full minus a $50 administrative fee.
  • Cancellation requests received by AIGAC on or after Tuesday, March 24, 2013, will be refunded at one half the total fees minus the $50 administrative fee.
  • No refunds will be available for cancellations after Monday, May 12, or for no-shows.