Why People Skills are More Important than Ever with Matt Kohut and Dan LeClair

DATE: Thursday, 8 December

TIME: 11:00 AM EST


Projects are the basis for meeting objectives at work. In all industries, project management emphasizes control, processes and tools. What Matt Kohut, the co-author of the new book, The Smart Mission: NASA’s Lessons for Managing Knowledge, People, and Projects. learned by interviewing the leadership at NASA, is how human skills and expertise have a bigger impact than technical tools when it comes to running successful projects.

This session, moderated by Dan LeClair, thought leader in management education and CEO of the Global Business School Network (GBSN), will explore the impact of learning, collaboration, teaming, communication and company culture–drawing on lessons from the book. This session will dive into getting things done, learning together and the three key components: people, knowledge and projects.

About the Speaker

Matthew Kohut is the managing partner of KNP Communications and co-author of Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities that Make Us Influential. He has coached public figures for events from live television appearances to TED talks, and served as a communications consultant for organizations including NASA, the Department of Energy, and Harvard University. He has taught at George Washington University and held a fellowship at Bennington College. His writing has appeared in publications ranging from Newsweek to Harvard Business Review.

About the Moderator

Dan LeClair is the CEO of the Global Business School Network (GBSN). Prior to GBSN, Dan was an Executive Vice President at AACSB International, an association and accrediting organization that serves some 1,600 business schools in more than 100 countries. His experience at AACSB includes two and half years as Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, seven years as Chief Operating Officer, and five years as Chief Knowledge Officer.

Widely recognized as a thought leader in management education, Dan is the author of over 80 research reports, articles, and blogs, and has delivered more than 170 presentations in 30 countries. As a lead spokesperson for reform and innovation in management education, Dan has been frequently cited in a wide range of US and international newspapers, magazines, and professional publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, China Daily, Forbes, Fast Company, and The Economist.

AUC School of Business to host African Deans Roundtable for COP27

In recognition of the critical role Business Schools in Africa are expected to play in addressing Climate Change goals, AUC School of Business is hosting a roundtable for African business school deans on November 7 on campus.

The event is held in preparation for the upcoming 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27), which will be held from November 6 to 18 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. This event is a collaboration between AUC School of Business, the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Chapter Africa, and the Business Schools for Climate Leadership in Africa (BS4CLA) initiative.

The roundtable aims to develop an Africa tailored framework of action for African business schools to collaboratively work together (in coordination with the private sector and civil society) that matches their needs and adapts to the realities of the continent.

AUC School of Business to host the 15th Eduniversal World Convention (EWC)

The 15th Eduniversal World Convention (EWC), the global educational, networking and multi-concept event, will be hosted by AUC School of Business in Cairo for the first time from October 30 to November 2, 2022.

Eduniversal is an annual ranking of business schools and universities in over 150 countries based in France. Building skills and learning and reconnecting with peers before, during and after the Convention with the Networking Matching Tool. The event will also announce the following awards and recognitions. Participants will be able to showcase their institutions, expand their academic network and boost their partnerships and alliances. 

The event will be held both in person and virtually, and will include the following key elements:

  • Plenaries
  • Breakout sessions
  • Group discussions with academic experts
  • Professionals sharing knowledge

Yearly the Eduniversal World Convention takes place in a new geographical zone to highlight the richness and diversity of higher education in the world. After 2 virtual editions, Eduniversal brings back to its initial mission to gather education leaders across borders with a new 4 days in person event.

Africa is not only significant in terms of economy growth, innovations, culture, leadership, politics, ethics, diversity… Africa appears also in HE industry as the most promising and dynamic continent of the XXI century. As the second biggest continent in the world, Africa has more than 30 countries represented in the Eduniversal Official Selection with 75 academic institutions in the Best 1000 Business Schools ranking (
As such, Egypt is appointed as hosting country for the upcoming COP 27 to be held in November 2022.

Gateway to the Nile delta, where the lower Nile separates into the Rosetta and Damietta branches, Cairo is the Africa’s largest city with nearly 9 million inhabitants located in the northeast of the country.

Thus, it appeared obvious to restart our global tour for the second time in Africa and to celebrate the 15th Eduniversal World Convention in the beautiful and so enriching city of Cairo, known as the “mother world” or “city of victory”.

At the 2022 Eduniversal Awards and Trophies of Excellence ceremonies, institutions achievements and results will be celebrated and rewarded.

Expand your academic network meeting in person during the event with your colleagues coming from all over the world.

International Virtual Conference on Cognitive Approach, Social Ethics & Sustainability

This is the first Woxsen Conference on Sustainability and Cognitive approach for a flourishing world and it intends to share commitments and ideas for taking immediate actions to seize opportunities for meeting the social challenges of the 21st Century.

The cognitive approach encompasses the entire realm of human existence. From learning, information processing, and carrying on complex mental activities to language acquisition, communication, coping with the social environment and making the decision for daily living; every phenomenon of modern society is getting included in the cognitive sphere. Leading a meaningful, sustainable and productive life, be it on a personal or professional front, the contribution of cognitive science to modern society has become undeniable.

We invite students, research scholars, social science researchers, academicians, policymakers, and professionals to attend this conference. All participants are encouraged to submit their abstracts for academic.

Our main speakers:

Prof. James A.F Stoner | Professor of Management Systems at Fordham University

Prof. Sir Cary. L. Cooper | Professor of Psychology and Health at Manchester University

Global Gender Equality and Higher Education

Date: October 19, 2022/ October 20, 2022 (for some timezones)

Time: 6:30 PM – Oct. 19

8:30 AM ACT / 8:30 AM PGT – Oct. 20

Location: Zoom

Contact: Maddie Handler,

For a 2nd year, GBSN is proud to provide unique entrepreneurship education-based workshops to two notable universities in Papua New Guinea, in partnership with the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) Papua New Guinea (PNG) program

This year, GBSN in partnership with CIPE PNG with support from the PNG-Aus Partnership, will be leading a workshop that is open to the entire GBSN global community, including university leaders from our Papua New Guinea network.

This workshop will be focusing on the role of higher education in addressing the reduction of gender inequality.  GBSN will be inviting leading business and gender ethics leaders from across the network to join guest speaker, Deputy Director of the CIPE Center for Women’s Economic Empowerment, Connie Gonzalez. 

The workshop will explore:

  • What the challenges are for addressing gender inequality in higher education
  • How gender equality shapes entrepreneurship education
  • The need for more female role models in higher education
  • What institutions can do to reduce gender inequality
  • Best practices for ensuring the progress and success of women

Please join us for this engaging discussion.


  • Neha Agarwal

    Lecturer (Assistant Professor), Department of Economics
    University of Otago
    New Zealand
  • Yvette Mucharraz y Cano

    Professor of the Personal Management Area
    IPADE Business School
  • Kathy Korman Frey

    Professorial Lecturer of Management; Director, Center For Entrepreneurial Excellence
    George Washington University School of Business
  • Connie Gonzalez

    Deputy Director
    Center for Women’s Economic Empowerment (CWEE)
    El Salvador
  • Mahreen Mamoon

    Assistant Professor
    BRAC Business School
  • Nicole Sutton

    Senior Lecturer of Accounting
    University of Technology, Sydney

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The workshop is free of charge and open to faculty and leaders the GBSN global network. All participants must complete an online registration form.

GBSN for Business and Human Rights Impact Community 6th Annual Meeting

The NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, the Alliance Business School at the University of Manchester, the Geneva School of Economics and Management at the University of Geneva, PRME and GBSN invite you to participate in the 6th annual meeting focused on the advancement of human rights research and teaching at business schools.

The meeting will take place in-person in Geneva, Switzerland and online, Friday, 2 December. We hope to talk about new initiatives and issues pertaining to business and human rights and discuss updates, activities, and collective action within the research clusters. 


12.00 – 13.00 – Light lunch and networking
13.00 – 13.05 – Opening of the meeting
Michael Posner, Director, NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights & Dorothée
Baumann-Pauly, Director, Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights

13.05 – 13.15 – Video: why should labour rights be mainstreamed into business education?
Testimonies from various stakeholders

13.15 – 13.20 – ILO-UNIGE-GBSN partnership: presentation of the MoU
Manuela Tomei, Assistant Director-General on Governance, Rights and Dialogue, ILO
Stéphane Berthet, Vice-rector, UNIGE
Dan LeClair, CEO, GBSN

13.20 – 13.30 – First Technical workshop, with lecturers on forced labour in fishing: illustrating
the work of the Global Supply Chains & Modern Slavery research cluster in collaboration with
Charles Autheman, Lead of the cluster
Alix Nasri, Accelerator Lab 8.7 Programme Coordinator, ILO

13.30 – 14.15 – Updates from all other research clusters 

14.15 – 14.25 – Mainstreaming sustainable business with human rights in business school
Nicholas Igneri, Global chief product officer, AACSB

14.25 – 14.50 – Discussion and planning of future work: what does it take to grow the network
and advance mainstreaming BHR in business education?

14.50 – 14.55 – Closing remarks
Yves Flückiger, Rector, UNIGE

14.55 – 15.00 – Closing
Michael Posner, Director, NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights & Dorothée
Baumann-Pauly, Director, Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights

*This schedule is tentative and is subject to change.

Interested in joining the GBSN for BHR Impact Community?

Individuals interested in joining the Global Business School Network for Business and Human Rights should complete the online sign-up form below. To attend the 5th Annual Meeting, please sign up for the Impact community.

2022 Africa Shared Value Summit

The Shared Value Africa Initiative and Shift Impact Africa proudly present the 6th annual Africa Shared Value Leadership Summit, taking place in Kigali, Rwanda on 25-26 October 2022.

The Summit brings together forward-thinking African business leaders, as well as political and non-governmental stakeholders, to inspire African solutions for Africa’s challenges. This year’s programme centres on the use of the Shared Value business management model to create technological and business solutions to bridge digital inclusion gaps and drive economic growth across Africa.

The Africa Shared Value Leadership Summit has been Africa’s premier Shared Value business event since its inception in 2017. Every year, the Summit assembles business leaders and change makers to investigate how Shared Value thinking and strategic partnership can create people-centred sustainable business solutions. Through in-depth discussions, experience sharing and collaboration, the Summit enables businesses to interrogate how they operate through the ‘profit with purpose’ lens and become growth catalysts.

One Africa, One Voice

The unifying theme ‘One Africa, One Voice’ underscores the need for organisations to work together across borders and industries for the benefit of all. The 2022 Summit will approach this theme through the lens of connectivity, interrogating how business can close the gaps in Africa’s digital landscape to promote economic growth and move the continent forward.

About the Organizers

The Shared Value Africa Initiative is a pan-African organisation and the regional partner of the global Shared Value Initiative. It assists and collaborates with organisations to profitably address social and environmental issues through the core business and build prosperous and sustainable economies and societies in Africa through a focus on profit with purpose.

Shift Impact Africa is a women-owned advisory and consulting firm that assists organisations to unlock the power of a Shared Value sustainability strategy centered on social and environmental impacts. We advocate strongly for profit with purpose, founded on the belief that business can create both economic value and value for society


For general inquiries, please contact

Steward Leadership 25 (SL25) & Steward Leadership Summit (SLS)

Steward Leadership 25

An initiative jointly curated by Stewardship Asia Centre, INSEAD Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society, WTW and The Straits Times, the Steward Leadership 25 (SL25) is an annual listing of the 25 best stories of steward leadership excellence within the Asia-Pacific region. It seeks to showcase the 25 best narratives from organizations that have demonstrated resolute actions in pursuing and achieving their own unique versions of stewardship purpose while living stewardship values. Come 25-26 July, the jury of SL25 consists of distinguished judges will meet and discuss over the judging kit and the qualitative criteria to be applied on the received nominations stories.

Nomination Requirements

Submissions should demonstrate how your initiatives or policies demonstrate steward leadership to create a collective better future articulated in your organizational purpose. These projects should have occurred between March 1, 2019 and March 1, 2022.

The SL25 listing covers the Asia-Pacific region and accepts entries from the following categories:

  1. Large and Multinational Companies
  2. Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  3. Social Enterprises

The best 25 steward leadership success stories will be chosen from among these three categories.

Steward Leadership Summit

Stay tuned for The Steward Leadership Summit (SLS) which is happening on November 30, 2022 in Singapore, where the top 25 best stories of organizations in Asia-Pacific that have demonstrated steward leadership excellence will be revealed and showcased. The SLS is slated to be a one-day high profile annual event attended by business, government and civil society leaders from around the Asia-Pacific region. Distinguished speakers and experts from all over the world shall be invited to discuss key issues around the practice of stewardship in all its forms. The forum will be structured around talks from experts in the field, panel discussions, and debates on provocative topics to encourage participants to be better stewards.

More Details to be Released in Due Time

11th UN Forum on Business and Human Rights


  • Rights Holders at the Centre: Strengthening Accountability to Advance Business Respect for People and Planet in the Next Decade.
  • Taking Stock of Efforts at Securing Accountability and Access to Remedy, to Focus on how the Implementation of the UNGPs can be Accelerated from a Rights Holder Perspective.

The 2022 UN Forum

The United Nations hosts its Forum for the world’s largest annual gathering on Business and Human Rights with 2,000+ participants. Registrants will partake in panel discussions regarding guiding principles as well as current business-related human rights issues.

Date & Location

Monday-Wednesday, 28-30 November, 2022

Virtual and In Person

Palais des Nations, Geneva (Switzerland)

Participating in the 2022 Forum

The Forum will take place in a hybrid format, which will include in person and virtual participation, as the situation allows. Information about the agenda, registration process, and any other relevant information will be posted on the Forum dedicated webpage in due course.

Registration & Program Information Coming Soon

Global Partnership for Poverty & Entrepreneurship Webinar: Understanding the Unique Challenges Faced by Low-Income and Disadvantaged Female Entrepreneurs

There is an emerging body of research on poverty and entrepreneurship, and a considerable amount of attention has been devoted to issues surrounding women and entrepreneurship. However, the unique challenges of women entrepreneurs who live in poverty and experience highly adverse circumstances are not as well understood. Yet, women are responsible for a significant proportion of the ventures started by those in poverty. In addition to a severe lack of resources to support their ventures, they can struggle with entrenched gender norms and institutional barriers, overt and subliminal discrimination from a range of different stakeholders, complex family pressures and dynamics, difficulties in achieving some sort of work-life balance, and constraints in establishing business legitimacy, among other issues. This panel of distinguished global researchers will share leading edge perspectives regarding these challenges and how they can be overcome. Differences between a developing and developed economy context will be explored. Priorities will be established for ongoing research needs at the interface between poverty, entrepreneurship and gender.

Date & Time

Thursday, May 26 | 11:00am-12:15pm ET via Zoom


  • Dr. Sucheta Agarwal, GLA University, Mathura (India)
  • Dr. Aleksandra Gawel, Poznań University of Economics and Business (Poland)
  • Dr. Lois Shelton, California State University, Northridge (USA)
  • Dr. Lavlu Mozumdar, Bangladesh Agricultural Unviersity (Bangladesh)
  • Dr. Said Muhammad, Zhengzhou University (China)