CentreCourt | 2018


To inquire directly, please contact our event coordinator Ingrid Shults.

Registration for CentreCourt 2017  is now closed.  Cities and dates for 2018 will be announced in just a few weeks. If you are interested in CentreCourt for 2018, please complete the registration form HERE.  To preview the panels in all 3 cities, please view the Facebook Live coverage HERE.

Why attend CentreCourt MBA Festival?

Going to business school is one of the biggest investments you are going to make, both in time and money. So you want to make sure that you meet with the top schools, learn how to shine in the competitive admissions process, and turn your MBA dreams into reality.

The CentreCourt MBA Festival has been designed for MBA applicants by two of the world’s foremost authorities on business schools. John A. Byrne, editor-in-chief of Poets&Quants and Matt Symonds, bestselling MBA author and columnist for Forbes and The Economist are pulling together exceptional content and guest speakers – interviews, panels, workshops and school interaction – everything you need to know about the MBA.

Meet many of the world’s top business schools in one day.

Below is a recap of the 2017 CentreCourt event series.

New York City

May 20, 2017


June 3, 2017

San Francisco

June 24, 2017

This is your chance to:

  • Enjoy lively panels on important business school issues and major trends including, innovation, social enterprise, contemporary concerns in the LGBTQ community and what it’s like to work for a global company
  • Hear from top deans and directors about the state of business education, the value of the MBA degree and its return on investment, and how schools might adapt and thrive in changing times
  • Meet face-to-face with admissions officers of the world’s top 50 business schools
  • Make your first impression utilizing the combined resources of Poets&Quants and Matt Symonds to guide you before the event even takes place

Speakers and moderators

John A. Byrne
Matt Symonds

Deans and panelists (updated weekly)

Ilian Mihov

Dean and Novartis Chair of Management and Environment, INSEAD

The Deans Panel

Rich Lyons

Dean, UC Berkeley Haas

The Deans Panel

Ted Snyder

Dean, Yale School of Management

The Deans Panel

Judy Olian

Dean, UCLA Anderson School of Management

The Deans Panel

Martin Boehm

Dean, Business School, IE

The Deans Panel

Peter Tufano

Dean, Saïd Business School, Oxford

The Deans Panel

Andrea Masini

Associate Dean, HEC

The Deans Panel

Mark Nelson

Dean, Cornell University

The Deans Panel

M. Eric Johnson

Dean, Vanderbilt University

The Deans Panel

Doug Shackelford

Dean, UNC Kenan-Flagler

The Deans Panel

Rohit Verma

Dean of External Relations, Cornell Johnson College of Business

The Deans Panel

Scott DeRue

Dean, Michigan Ross

The Deans Panel

Matthew Slaughter

Dean, Dartmouth University, Tuck School of Business

The Deans Panel

George Yip

Associate Dean for Executive Programs, Imperial Business College.

The Deans Panel

Kirsten Moss

Assistant Dean and Director MBA Admissions, Stanford GSB

Admissions Director Panel

Soojin Kwon

Director of MBA Admissions, University of Michigan Ross

Admissions Director Panel

Peter Johnson

Assistant Dean, UC Berkeley Haas

Admissions Director Panel

Virginie Fougea

Director of MBA Recruitment and Admissions, INSEAD

Admissions Director Panel

Tina Mabley

Assistant Dean, UT Austin McCombs

Admissions Director Panel

Niki Da Silva

Managing Director, Rotman School of Management, (U of T)

Admissions Director Panel

Isser Gallogly

Associate Dean MBA Admissions, NYU Stern

Admissions Director Panel

Conrad Chua

Head MBA Admissions, Cambridge Judge Business School

Admissions Director Panel

Francisco Chabran

Director International Development, IE

Admissions Director Panel

Brandon Kirby

Director MBA Admissions, Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)

Reshaping Global Careers

Kate Smith

Assistant Dean of Admissions, Kellogg

Admissions Director Panel

Kurt Ahlm

Associate Dean Admissions, Chicago Booth

Admissions Director Panel

Rebecca Cook

Executive Director, IU Kelley

What to Expect in Tech and Standing Out in the Finance Sector

Paola Eicher

MBA Recruitment Manager, IMD Business School

Admissions Director Panel

Bruno Lea

Associate Director, IESE Business School

Reshaping Global Careers

Eric Crane

Product Manager, Envoy Inc.

What to Expect in Tech

Etim Edim

Senior VP, Credit Suisse

Standing Out in the Finance Sector

Matt Kidd

Executive Director, Reaching Out MBA


Rick Doyle

Head of Marketing, ESMT Berlin

What to Expect in Tech

Steve Feyer

Senior Product Marketing Manager, Apptus

What to Expect in Tech