AIGAC Annual Conference

2014 AIGAC Conference A Success!

Now that our 2014 conference has wrapped up, I want to extend a big thank you to our conference committee, headed by Candy Lee LaBalle and Andrea Sparrey; the many members who came from multiple continents to attend; the schools — Yale SOM, NYU Stern, and Columbia GSB — who hosted us; and our generous sponsors, without whom our all-volunteer event wouldn't have happened: Veritas Prep, GRE, Hobsons, Clear Admit, MBA Empresarial, Maxx Associates, Georgetown McDonough School of Business, CEIBS, and Vanderbilt Owen School of Management. We are grateful for your continued support. Thank you, all!

This year's conference saw some exciting additions: a media session where we spoke with Melissa Korn of the Wall Street Journal and Francesca Levy of Bloomberg BusinessWeek; a session devoted to the results of our MBA applicant survey, which is already getting traction in the press; a tutorial on how to use video for your business; and a session on financing the MBA.

The admissions officers in attendance also shared their frank and helpful thoughts on all aspects of the application process, and we look forward to continued communication about ways in which we can all ensure that applicants are best served.

I'm also excited to announce that next year's conference will take place in London, where we will graciously be hosted by London Business School. We also look forward to a trip to Cambridge Judge Business School. Dates are still to be determined, and we will be adding more schools as well, so keep an eye out for updates. If you'd like to volunteer to help with next year's conference, please contact Shiela Wallace at

In the meantime, we'll find each other in the ether on LinkedIn, and in the webinars that our board member Brett Haber is hard at work on. If you'd like to volunteer to help arrange virtual programming that is of most interest to you, please contact her directly at


Anna Ivey

AIGAC 2014 Program Book (pdf)


Thank you to our AIGAC2014 Conference Sponsors



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
Michael Cohan - MBAPrepAdvantage