UNICON Directors' Conference 2024: Winning in a New Era: Futurists' Perspectives of Our Industry

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Navigate the complex terrain of executive education using insights, strategies, and tools to thrive in an evolving landscape.

In an ever-evolving landscape, where change is the only constant, executive education leaders must navigate a complex web of challenges and opportunities to ensure their institutions thrive in the future. This year’s Directors' Conference, co-hosted by Unicon, Michigan Ross, Ivey School of Business, and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, is designed to equip directors with the insights, strategies, and tools necessary to lead their institutions successfully into the future.

This year's conference theme is: Winning in a New Era: Futurists' Perspectives of Our Industry.

Who Should Attend

All attendees must apply and be accepted. Space is limited. Applicants within the following roles will be considered to attend:

  • Head of executive education operations
  • Individuals at the next level reporting to the top leader in larger executive education operations
  • Professionals in the most senior strategic roles within executive education organizations

The application deadline is February 23, 2024, for one registration per member school. After that date, subject to availability, we will open registration to more than one registration per member school through March 15, 2024.

Accommodation

The accommodation for your stay is at the Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel. Upon confirmation of registration, we will share the hotel reservation link with you.


Dress Code

The dress code for the conference is business casual.


Venue

Ivey Business School Asia campus, named the Cheng Yu Tung Management Institute, is a state-of-the-art facility centrally located in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The campus features two case-teaching classrooms with a seating capacity of 100 people and 7 breakout rooms.
 

Ivey Business School campus


The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) campus occupies a stunning 150-acre site overlooking the pristine Clear Water Bay, on the Sai Kung Peninsula. The area is famously considered one of Hong Kong’s havens for outdoor lovers.
 

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Conference Agenda Overview*

Day 1 - Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Campus

  • Welcome and Keynote Address: Future Trends
    • Areas of Focus: Macro Trends, Emerging Markets, Bold Predictions, Greatest Risks, Challenges, and Untapped Opportunities for Businesses
  • Working Session: Where is Leadership Development Going, and How Can Executive Education Differentiate?
  • Lunch and Optional Campus Tour
  • Deans/Senior School Leaders Panel: Perspectives on Emerging Markets, Opportunities and Challenges for Universities, Expectations for Executive Education
  • Faculty-led Presentation and Discussion: Understanding the Asia Market (Where Has It Been, Where Is It Now, Where Is It Going)
  • Daily Wrap-Up and Reflection
  • Cocktail Cruise
  • Dinner

Day 2 - Ivey Business School Asia Campus

  • Welcome: An Overview of the Day
  • Site Visit: Science Park
  • Client Panel: Priorities for Developing Future-Ready Leaders and How Can Executive Education Support? (Strengths, Gaps, New Expectations)
  • Working Session: Building the Executive Education Business of the Future - Breakouts: 
    • Structure
    • People 
    • Tools/technology
  • Daily Wrap Up & Reflection
  • Sightseeing: Victoria Peak
  • Dinner and Racing at HK Jockey Club

Day 3 - Ivey Business School Asia Campus

  • Welcome and Keynote/Faculty Address: Breaking into new markets (Opportunities, Risks, Pitfalls)
  • Executive Education School Panel Discussion
  • Wrap-Up and Closing Remarks

*This sample schedule is intended to represent the conference structure and content. Timing and session topics are illustrative and subject to change.


Speakers

Conference speakers are to be announced soon.


About UNICON

UNICON is a global consortium of business‐school‐based executive education organizations with over 115 members worldwide. Our members are the faces of UNICON who make up our organization and help us fulfill our mission of providing executive educational professionals with the best resources they need to stay informed and succeed. We are fortunate to have members of diverse backgrounds, experience and expertise in education. Each member is vital to keeping UNICON on the cusp of industry trends and establishing us as a leader in the executive education industry.


About Michigan Ross

Michigan Ross Executive Education was recently named the #1 North America Executive Education Provider in the Financial Times, 2022. Based on survey responses from managers around the globe, the FT ranking weighs factors from faculty to program follow-up. Among the highlights, Ross earned 9.6/10 for the overall satisfaction score for open programs and the Top 5 for Executive Education Faculty. We offer approximately 30 different open enrollment in-person and online course programs and various custom solutions annually, serving over 4,000 business executives worldwide. 

Ross delivers open enrollment programs in multiple formats around the globe and custom solutions wherever our partners request. Join us for any open enrollment program offerings, or contact us to learn more about our custom solutions opportunities. We invite you to experience first-hand the Michigan Ross difference. 


About Ivey Business School Asia

Ivey Business School at Western University, was established in 1922 and is Canada’s leading provider of real-world, case-based business education. With more than 32,000 degree alumni and 15,000 Executive Education alumni in over 100 countries, Ivey maintains a core focus on building strong global citizens. 1 in 2 of all Ivey alumni hold the title of Chair, President, C-Suite, Vice-President, Managing Director or Partner. Ivey was the first International Business School to establish a campus in Hong Kong in 1998. Renowned for its case method teaching, Ivey is the largest producer of business cases after Harvard Business School and is the world’s foremost producer of Asian case studies. Ivey's Case Study Method draws on real world business experience and provides an engaging and intensive educational experience, equipping graduates with the skills and capabilities needed to tackle leadership challenges in today’s complex business world.


About The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Established in 1991, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a world-class international research university dedicated to cutting-edge education and research. The University was founded with a mission to advance learning and knowledge through teaching and research, particularly in science, technology, engineering, management, and business studies complemented by humanities and social sciences, and to assist Hong Kong's socio-economic development. In just over 30 years, this young and high-achieving University has risen with miraculous speed to take its place among elite institutions, climbing to the peaks of international esteem and receiving numerous honors and accolades.

HKUST ranks No.58 globally among 1,500 universities in 2023 and No.3 in the world’s top 400 young universities in 2022 by Times Higher Education (THE). Our Schools also fly high individually. The School of Engineering is ranked No.26 in the THE World University Rankings by Subject – Engineering and Technology (2022) and No.3 in Greater China. HKUST Business School's sought-after Kellogg-HKUST Executive MBA (EMBA) program has also topped the Financial Times EMBA global rankings 12 times from 2007 - 2023.

  • Discover the transformative power of executive education in navigating global business shifts sustainably
  • Engage in dynamic discussions with peers from top global business schools on pressing industry issues
  • Gain strategic insights from diverse speakers, offering innovative solutions for both executive education and your business
  • Foster valuable connections and expand your professional network with like-minded industry leaders, creating opportunities for collaboration and growth

Faculty

There are no faculty members for this event.


Tuition & Fees

The conference fee is payable in advance in US dollars, is net of any tax, and includes:

  • Admission to all three days of the conference and evening activities 
  • Lunch is provided on all three days
  • Subject to a $250 cancellation fee
  • All attendees will be invoiced for conference fees to registered email address

All attendees must apply and be accepted. Space is limited.

The application deadline is February 23, 2024, for one registration per member school. After that date, subject to availability, we will open registration to more than one registration per member school through March 15, 2024.