Undergraduate Business School Leadership Conference (UBSLC)

15th Annual UBSLC

February 6-8, 2014

We are proud to announce the keynote for UBSLC 2014:

Isaac Tigrett

Spiritual And Visionary Brand Ambassador

Isaac 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.

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

Past keynote speakers:

UBSLC 2013:

Joey Reiman
Founder and CEO of Brighthouse

Joey Reiman

Named 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 

New Look
New Look

Iconic 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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2013 Conference Participants

Domestic Schools

  • Arizona State University
  • Babson College
  • Brigham Young University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • College of William & Mary
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Georgia State University
  • Indiana University
  • Northeastern University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • The George Washington University
  • The Ohio State University
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Florida
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Michigan
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Washington
  • Wake Forest University

International Schools

  • Cass Business School, City University London
  • EBAPE - Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration
  • European Business School
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Johannes Kepler University
  • SVKM's Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies
  • Singapore Management University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of St. Gallen
  • Vienna University of Economics and Business

View 2012 Conference Participants

View 2011 Conference Participants


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 11,300 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. Thomas Robertson was named Dean in 1998. 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.


Directions to Emory

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Key Addresses:

Emory University Goizueta Business School
BBA Program
1300 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322
(404) 727-8106


2014 Sponsors



If you would like to sponsor the 2014 UBSLC please email UBSLC@bus.emory.edu.