Conference Committee

What We Do

The Conference Committee maintains a pipeline of potential host schools and supports them in the planning and execution of relevant and high-quality conferences.

Goals and Objectives
  • Share industry best practices.
  • Discuss current issues affecting the industry.
  • Build relationships to expand network and promote collaboration.


Our Conferences

Directors’ Conference – Held annually in late March or April, this two-day conference is for heads of executive education at member schools. The conference occurs at a global location selected for both accessibility and interest or diversity.

Annual Workshop – Held annually in July, this one-day themed workshop puts the focus on specific issues and latest trends that affect our industry. This annual workshop can have a commercial, operational or methodological perspective and is designed for varying segments of executive education staff depending on the theme.

Team Development – Held annually in late November/early December in North America, this three-day conference is the largest of the three annual conferences. It is open to all executive program staff at all member universities and is focused on team development. This is an excellent opportunity for participants to network, exchange industry insights and best practices, and understand recent developments in executive education.

How to Get Involved

Serving on the Conference Committee allows members to influence the location and content of our conferences and to serve as champions supporting attendance and participation. Recognizing that the creation of large scale meetings is what we do professionally, working closely with the planning and execution of UNICON’s conferences gives committee members the opportunity to expand their networks, share best practices, and promote collaboration.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Devin Bigoness at

Hosting a Conference

A member school, working with the Conference Committee, will make a proposal to host a conference that will be considered for approval by the UNICON board of directors. Once approved, the host school will proceed with the conference preparations. Host schools are highly encouraged to read the Conference section of the UNICON Policy Guide posted on the UNICON website.

A candidate school should attempt to secure approval to host a conference approximately 12-18 months in advance of the conference date. This will ensure that they have plenty of time for conference planning and execution.

The key contacts for the host school will be designated members of the UNICON Conference Committee and the UNICON Executive Director.

Host schools are highly encouraged to read the Conference Host Guidelines_10-25-18

Devin Bigoness
Co-chair, 2021-2022
Cornell University

Shalini Bhatia
Co-chair, 2021-2022
Stanford Graduate School of Business

Christine Thompson
Off-board Co-chair, 2021-2022
University of Maryland

Sharon Doopan
University Of Toronto

Nicholas Hamilton-Archer
Carnegie Mellon University



28sep8:00 am9:00 amCarrington-Crisp Webinar: Redesigning & Reimagining Executive Education


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12nov5:00 pmRegistration Deadline for the Team Development Conference

30nov(nov 30)9:00 am02dec(dec 2)1:00 pm2021 Team Development Conference Nov 30-Dec 2


30nov(nov 30)9:00 am02dec(dec 2)1:00 pm2021 Team Development Conference Nov 30-Dec 2


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Prior Conference Materials: 2016 UNICON Directors' Conference

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