17th Undergraduate Business School Leadership Conference (UBSLC)

Conference Theme: Crisis Leadership

February 18-20, 2016

Goizueta Business School, Emory University. Atlanta, GA

Keynote Speaker

Roderick W. Gilkey Ph.D. 

Rick Gilkey holds a joint appointment at Emory University, where he serves on the faculty of the Goizueta Business School as Professor in the Practice of Organization and Management, and the School of Medicine, where he is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry. Rick is the recipient of the university’s highest teaching honor, the Emory Williams Award and Goizueta Business School’s Mark Adler Teaching Excellent Award. Rick also serves as an Affiliate Professor at HEC Paris, France in Executive Education.

Rick earned his graduate degrees at Harvard University and the University of Michigan. Prior to joining Emory, Rick was at Dartmouth College, where he held a joint appointment at the Amos Tuck School of Business and at Dartmouth Medical School. Rick has served as a visiting professor of international negotiation at Groupe HEC, Paris, and as a visiting professor at INSEAD, Fountainebleau, where he has taught leadership and organizational behavior. Rick’s research and writing has been focused on neuroscience and leadership, executive development, team effectiveness and change management.

His current research is in the area of neuro-imaging, which involves the use of fMRI scanning technology to gain images of executives who are involved in strategic thinking, moral reasoning and creative problem solving. This research is focused on understanding how the brain operates in the high level cognitive tasks with an executive population, and how to facilitate these types of learning and thinking.

Rick Gilkey’s articles have appeared in several leading professional journals, and he has served as an editorial consultant to The New York Times and Fortune Magazine. Rick is co-author of a book on post-merger management entitled Joining Forces: Creating and Managing Successful Mergers and Acquisitions (Prentice-Hall), and he is a contributing author to Organizations on the Couch: Psychoanalytic Approaches to Understanding Organizational Dynamics. He is also editor of The 21st Century Healthcare Leader, and contributing author to a book on strategic corporate leadership entitled, The Agile Organization, published by Jossey-Bass. His most recent article (with Caceda, Bate, Robertson and Kilts) “Using the Whole Brain to Think Strategically, Neuroleadership Journal (2012) was awarded Paper of the Year. His most recent co-authored book, Learning to Lead in the Academic Medical Center was published in 2015. 

Rick has provided consulting and executive education service to a broad array of organizations, including: Alcoa, AT&T, Beirsdorf AG, Bertelsmann Music Group (RCA, Arista Records), Chiron Biocene (Ciba-Geigy), Coca-Cola, General Electric, Home Depot., IBM, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, , Morgan Stanley, Price aterhouse Coopers, The New York Times, Total A.G., Siemens A.G., Suez, SunTrust, United Parcel Service, , Warner-Lambert, and Zurich Financial. In addition, Rick has provided services to numerous non-profit organizations including: CARE, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States Department of State, and the United States epartment of Defense (IDB).

Goal and Purpose

The UBSLC, previously hosted by corporations such as GMAC, Goldman Sachs, Deloitte and The Home Depot, provides a forum for the top undergraduate BBA students to meet with leading business executives to become more effective leaders. Through distinguished speakers, mutual academic collaboration, and a dynamic environment, attendees will develop new leadership roles and build a social network among some of the world's most promising future business professionals.

Our goal in planning this year's UBSLC is to empower students with the skills necessary to return to their home schools and make a significant positive impact on their own student body. Intimate sessions with executives provide students with the opportunity to learn more about a wide variety of industries and participate in an engaging, interactive dialogue with many of the Southeast's most well known entrepreneurs.

Past Speakers

UBSLC 2015

Seth GoldmanSeth Goldman, Co-Founder and TeaEO of Honest Tea

Seth Goldman is Co-Founder and TeaEO of Honest Tea, the company he co-founded out of his home in 1998 with Barry Nalebuff of the Yale School of Management. Today, Honest Tea is the nation's top selling organic bottled tea, and is carried in more than 100,000 outlets. In March 2011, Honest Tea was acquired by The Coca-Cola Company, helping to further the reach and impact of Honest Tea's mission.

Under Seth's leadership, the company continues to deepen its relationships with Fair Trade certified suppliers in India, China, and South Africa. Honest Tea has also created innovative partnerships with organizations such as IndoSole, FoodCorps and National Parks Foundation. In 2014, Seth was recognized by the United States Healthful Food Council with a REAL Food Innovator Award for helping change the food landscape by providing options that are healthier for both the body and the planet. Honest Tea was also recently named as one of Greater Washington's Healthiest Employers of 2014 by the Washington Business Journal.

Seth serves on the boards of Bethesda Green, Beyond Meat, EcoLogic Solutions, the American Beverage Association, the state of Maryland's Economic Development Commission and the US National Advisory Board. Seth is also an Advisory Board member of Net Impact and the Yale School of Management. In September 2013 Seth and Barry celebrated the release of their first business book told in comic book form-- Mission in a Bottle -- The Honest Guide to Doing Business Differently -- and Succeeding, which was published by the Crown Business division of Random House.

UBSLC 2014

Isaac Tigrett, Spiritual and Visionary Brand Ambassador

Isaac TigrettIsaac Tigrett is the co-founder of the Hard Rock Café, the founder of the Hard Rock Hall of Fame and the House of Blues, and a leading global philanthropist. A renowned world famous brand builder, Mr. Tigrett created over a billion dollars in equity for his investors, and took the Hard Rock Cafe through three successful public offerings in the United States and Europe. His keen insights into trends and social movements, together with his expansive creative capabilities, fuel his visionary approach.

Mr. Tigrett served as trustee and regent to the St. John The Devine Cathedral in New York City and was honored on the floor of the United States Senate for his social, cultural and racial contributions. He is the Founding Board Member of the Smithsonian Rock and Soul Museum and the American Folk Art Museum, New York. He is the founding trustee to the Rama Foundation of Zurich, Sweden, which went on to become the principal sponsor of the Sai Institute of Higher Medicine, a free 500-bed advanced surgical hospital serving the poor of Andhra Pradesh, India. In 1993, Mr. Tigrett founded The International House Of Blues Foundation which promotes the teaching of Music and Art in American Public Schools. To date, nearly one million kids have experienced this highly acclaimed program, developed with the help of many social pro-activists, educators, musicians and actors. He additionally founded the National Freedom Award, given every year on behalf of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee to an individual who has displayed a dynamic commitment to Civil Rights.

Isaac Tigrett is the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Centre College and a Doctorate of Fine Arts, honoris causa from Rhodes College. He has unique professional experience building successful organizations poised to make meaning and impact with overwhelmingly positive effects on the global community, and he continues to leverage his passion for bridging social inequalities with a strong devotion to spirituality.

UBSLC 2013

Joey Reiman, Founder and CEO of Brighthouse

Joey ReimanNamed One of the 100 people who will change the way the world thinks by Fast Company, Joey Reiman is CEO & Founder of the global consultancy, BrightHouse, a company whose sole purpose is to bring soul to the world of business.

Father of ideation -- a term he coined -- Reiman has emerged as the subject matter expert in the area of purpose-inspired leadership, marketing and innovation.

His breakthrough purpose methodology and frameworks have been adopted by the likes of Procter & Gamble, The Coca-Cola Company, McDonald's and many other Fortune 500 companies around the globe.

In April 2012, Joey was the recipient of the Graham Executive in Residence at Sewanee University, a distinctive honor that only a handful of individuals have received. These select individuals include: the Founder and CEO of Southwest Airlines, the President of LionsGate Entertainment, and the President and CEO of Gulf Oil. In addition, he was the recipient of the Maynard Jackson Youth Foundation Ladder Award, demonstrating a consistent commitment to learning by helping others climb the educational ladder to achieve success.

Emory's Undergraduate Business School Leadership Conference has the distinction of being the first and largest conference of its kind.

Each year, UBSLC provides a collaborative forum for 120 student leaders from approximately 30 top business schools around the world to enhance their leadership capacities through development workshops, interactive programming, case competitions, and exposure to some of the most prominent business leaders.

An entirely student-run conference, UBSLC has a rich history of attracting some of the world's most respected global business thinkers to campus where they share their perspectives with attendees. Former keynote speakers include Usher Raymond IV, iconic recording artist and performer and founder Usher's New Look Foundation, Howard Schultz, founder of Starbucks, William Donaldson, Chairman of the SEC, Robert Nardelli, CEO of the Home Depot, John Chidsey, CVEO of Burger King, and A.G. Lafley, Chairman and CEO of Procter & Gamble.

UBSLC 2012

Usher Raymond IV, Iconic recording artist and performer, Founder Usher's New Look Foundation

Usher RaymondIconic recording artist and performer Usher Raymond IV has been delivering genre-defining music for over 15 years. The Tennessee native best known for his fluid voice and dynamic dance moves has also acted in a wide variety of film, television and stage productions.

In 2004 he became the first artist to top the charts with four consecutive number one songs and became the recipient of the coveted Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) Diamond Award, three Grammys, four World Music Awards, and four American Music Awards among other accolades.

As impressive as his musical accomplishments are, Usher is much more than a recording artist and performer. He is staunch advocate for youth empowerment and education and has proven to be a powerful force through his New Look Foundation, mentoring youth around the world.

Since founding Usher's New Look Foundation in 1999, the organization has reached more than 9,000 young people worldwide with over 150,000 hours of curriculum-based training based on four leadership pillars of talent, education, career and service.

With backing from Emory University's Goizueta Business School, New Look Foundation is embarking on a five-year strategy to certify 50,000 youth as global leaders by 2015.

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  • Arizona State University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • DePaul University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Georgia State University
  • Indiana University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Florida
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Washington
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Wake Forest University


  • American University of Rome
  • Bocconi University
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • EBAPE - Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration
  • EBS Business School
  • ICADE, Universidad Pontificia Cosmillas
  • MBA Institute Paris
  • University of Economics, Prague
  • University of St. Gallen
  • Vienna University of Economics and Business



  • Babson College
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Georgia State University
  • Indiana University
  • Northeastern University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Florida
  • University of Iowa
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of San Diego
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Wake Forest University


  • Cass Business School, City University London
  • EBS Business School
  • ICADE, Universidad Pontificia Cosmillas
  • Johannes Kepler University
  • Maastricht University
  • Manchester Business School
  • Stockholm School of Economics
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of New South Wales



  • Bentley University
  • Brigham Young University
  • College of William & Mary
  • Georgetown University
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Washington University in St. Louis


  • European Business School
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Singapore Management University
  • SVKM's Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Thammasat Business School
  • The University of Hong Kong
  • The University of New South Wales
  • The University of Sydney
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Los Andes
  • University of Navarra
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Wollongong

Venue & Directions

The venue for the conference is Emory University, located in beautiful Atlanta, Georgia. Most sessions will take place at the Goizueta Business School located on the Emory Campus.

Founded in 1836, Emory University is home to nine major academic divisions, numerous centers for advanced study, and a host of prestigious affiliated institutions. It is located in Atlanta, GA and presently has 14,700 students and 2,500 faculty members who represent all regions of the United States and more than 100 foreign nations. Dr. James W. Wagner, an award-winning teacher and scholar, became Emory's 19th President in 2003.

Emory's School of Business Administration was founded in 1919 but changed its name in 1994 to the Goizueta Business School, named after Roberto C. Goizueta, then Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company. Goizueta is home to a two-year and one-year MBA, an Evening MBA, an undergraduate degree program, the Executive MBA (in both a weekend and modular format), and a Ph.D. program. The school also offers a portfolio of innovative non-degree executive education programs. Dr. Erika James was named the John H. Harland Dean of Goizueta Business School in 2014. Goizueta's mission is to create and disseminate business knowledge to global managers and to build economic value for our students, alumni, corporate partners, and their enterprises.

The Emory Campus is located just 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta in the tree-lined suburban neighborhood of Druid Hills.

Emory Conference Center Hotel
1615 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta GA 30329
(404) 712-6000


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