Call for Session Proposals


Tracks: October, 2021

Conference: Nov 15-17


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Connect with a vibrant hub of exchange, learning, collaboration and discussion by preparing a session proposal for GBSN Beyond 2021. Our innovative approach to what a virtual conference can be hopes to create an engaging community that will collectively explore multi-sector collaboration in development. We invite you to join the conversation by submitting a session proposal. 

GBSN Beyond convenes over 2,500+ participants from over 50+ countries including audiences from academia, industry, government, and civil society. Utilizing a versatile events platform –– filled with a variety of engaging, distinctive experiences, content, and opportunities –– GBSN Beyond is a premier international forum to connect with diverse perspectives.

Conference Topic

Business schools are ideally placed to be the nexus between government, business and civil society in shaping a collective response to our most critical challenges.

Existing inequalities have been exposed and exacerbated by COVID–19[1]. Our world after the global pandemic is likely to see the proliferation of these inequalities unless we focus on the inclusive management of our multiple challenges. From access to healthcare and education to the all-encompassing disruptions of climate change, as leaders of management education we have to forge a response that recognizes and addresses with intent the disparate ways these issues affect various populations[2]. Researchers warn the longer the delay, the more disorderly, disruptive and abrupt the policy responses to climate change will inevitably be[3]. Pre-pandemic numbers indicate approximately 250 000 additional deaths per year between 2030 and 2050 are likely to occur as a result of the climate emergency while areas with weak health infrastructure – mostly in developing countries – will be the least able to cope[4].

Every business school can act now to capture insights in the form of new curriculum content for the future we are building. Let’s translate current experiences into the lessons for sustainable development. By connecting business schools to business, government and civil society we hope to make a difference now.

How do we upskill, collaborate, and innovate across sectors with a need so urgent and vast? How are universities, businesses, and governments preparing for a new age of lifelong learning?

At GBSN Beyond, we hope to collectively explore multi-sector collaboration in developing talent needed for society. GBSN’s focal point is on people development. To build better societies and communities, we must collectively build trust, understand the role of each stakeholder and embrace the notion of adaptability. The goal is to go local, developing talent within the context of local community.


GBSN seeks a diversity of perspectives for sessions across 4 overarching themes.

Humanitarian Logistics

Climate Change


Human Rights


Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration

  • How can collaborative, cross-disciplinary thinking be brought to solve big problems?
  • How can business educators partner with colleagues in science and engineering to create sustainable solutions while preparing technical graduates with entrepreneurial leadership skills?
  • How can the stakeholders in these traditional sectors engage with educators to meet their goals and address changing economic realities?

Technology and Big Data

  • How can information and communication technologies (ICT) bring entrepreneurial thinking into traditional sectors?
  • How do technologies like big data, analytics, artificial intelligence and/or block chain offer entrepreneurial leaders levers for change?

Sustainable and Ethical Leadership

  • How can educators create globalized leaders who can respond to and anticipate disruptive economic trends?
  • How can entrepreneurial leaders incorporate the Sustainable Development Goals in systemic change?
  • How can entrepreneurial leaders navigate changing geopolitical realities while working in traditional sectors?
  • How do ethical entrepreneurs lead in entrenched systems of traditional sectors?

The Tools of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • What are the methodologies and tools that can be used by entrepreneurial leaders to innovate in established companies and sectors?
  • How can educators provide meaningful educational experiences that offer knowledge and skills students will apply throughout their careers?

Session Formats

Keynote Address

Individual ted-style talks by leading experts and industry leaders from across the globe. These sessions are prominently scheduled each day of the conference.  Duration: 20 mins talks with a 20 mins Q&A

Stakeholder Dialogues

Deep-dive Dialogues that focus on a theme, but have liberty with regard to regional or topical focus. Panels must include at least two different stakeholders, such as: Educator, Student, Government Officials, Civil Society Rep or Industry Professional. Duration: 45 mins


Sessions focused on individual learning and skills development beyond the pandemic. This could take the form of a design thinking exercise, group activity or similar approaches. Duration: 40 mins

Bite-Sized Innovations

Short talks featuring a single speaker that focuses on an innovation related to one of the themes, humanitarian logistics, healthcare, climate change, human rights. Presenters should relate to the modern learner, focused on expanding their knowledge in a quick & flexible way. Duration: 7-10 mins


Provocative, subject-driven moderated dialogues with two speakers. The moderator will ignite discussion using daring prompts and questions. Duration: 30 mins

PechaKucha / Ignite

Focused on the idea of “talk less, show more” to share stories and experiences, presenters should reflect that authentic experience of an individual, team or a community related to a conference theme. Duration: 8 mins

Key Dates

June 1, 2021

Call for Proposals Opens

July 16, 2021

Call for Proposals Closes

August 2, 2021

Selected speakers are notified

August 13, 2021

Selected speakers to confirm acceptance 

How to submit a proposal?

Proposals are required to be submitted through the online form. Submissions must include:

  1. Proposed Session Title
    (15-word limit)
  2. Preferred Session Format
    One of the listed formats (Keynote, Firestarter, Stakeholder Dialogue, Bite-Sized Innovations, PechaKucha/Ignite, Skill-Up)
  3. Session content overview
    that includes the objectives and what participants will take away from the session (250-word limit)
  4. Additional Resources
    If applicable, will be available for attendees to access on the Hubb platform
  5. Audience Engagement Each session must include an interactive element (i.e polling, icebreakers, etc.)

General Information.

1. Applicants may submit more than one proposal.

In the case of multiple submissions, only one proposal can be selected for inclusion on the conference agenda. Every effort will be made to ensure diversity of perspectives and expertise is represented on the agenda.

2. GBSN Membership is not required to submit a proposal.

However, priority consideration is given to proposals that include faculty or staff from a GBSN Member School.

3. Do speakers have to pay the registration fee?

Speakers whose proposals are chosen, the institution to which you are part of will register for GBSN Beyond. GBSN does not pay speakers.

4. Will their be modifications made to proposals that are accepted?

GBSN reserves the right to recommend changes to submissions upon consultation with applicants.

Conference organizers require one-time permission to publish the works on the Hubb platform and to share presentations online.


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