Leaders
The EMBAC Board of Trustees sets council goals and charts the strategies for council initiatives. The membership elects candidates for open trustee positions each year. The board includes 11 academic voting members and a corporate member representative as an ex-officio. Each board member assumes a role during the term, such as leading communications, research, conference, and professional development or serving as treasurer.
2021-2022 Board of Trustees

Arnold Longboy (Chair)
Executive Director, Recruitment & Admissions
London Business School
alongboy@london.edu
TERM EXPIRES: OCTOBER 2023

Jamie Breen (Past Chair)
Assistant Dean, MBA Programs for Working Professionals
University of California, Berkeley
Haas School of Business
jamiebreen@berkeley.edu
TERM EXPIRES: OCTOBER 2022

Michael Alexander
Assistant Dean, Graduate Programs
Texas A&M University
Mays Business School
malexander@mays.tamu.edu
TERM EXPIRES: OCTOBER 2024

Carla Adriana Arruda Vasseur
Associate Dean, EMBA
Fundacao Dom Cabral
carla.arruda@fdc.org.br
TERM EXPIRES: OCTOBER 2022

Patricia Carnicero
Executive Director, IE Brown Executive MBA and Global Executive MBA
IE Business School
patricia.carnicero@ie.edu
TERM EXPIRES: OCTOBER 2023

Jaclyn Conner
Associate Dean, Executive MBA
Emory University
Goizueta Business School
jaclyn.conner@emory.edu
TERM EXPIRES: OCTOBER 2024

Barbara Craft
Director of Admissions
University of Pennsylvania
craft@wharton.upenn.edu
TERM EXPIRES: OCTOBER 2024

Colette Feldges
Director
Northwestern University
Kellogg School of Management
c-feldges@kellogg.northwestern.edu
TERM EXPIRES: OCTOBER 2024

Bettina Kosiel
EMBA Program Director
University of Oxford
bettina.kosiel@sbs.ox.ac.uk
TERM EXPIRES: OCTOBER 2022

Su-Lan Tenn
Assistant Dean, Executive MBA Programs
York University
Schulich School of Business
stenn@schulich.yorku.ca
TERM EXPIRES: OCTOBER 2022

Jennifer Wiess
Director
Villanova University
jennifer.wiess@villanova.edu
TERM EXPIRES: OCTOBER 2024

Ex Officio
Alex Baranpuria

Co-Founder & Chief Growth Officer
Ivy Exec, Inc.
alex@ivyexec.com
TERM EXPIRES: OCTOBER 2022

Featured board member profile: Jaclyn Conner

In middle school, Jaclyn (Jackie) Conner discovered her love of mathematics, intrigued by calculus and algebraic equations.

She pursued that love while earning her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Spelman College in Atlanta and found a new path that combined her passion for math and her belief in education.

“I had an amazing professor at Spelman College,” she says. “He introduced me to using technologies to tell math stories. We created a CD-ROM that taught statistics to marketing professionals while I was in college, and this experience exposed me to the area of information design and technology. I truly enjoyed creating learning experiences and utilizing technology to enhance the delivery of information.”

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After graduating, she applied her knowledge and skills as an instructional designer at Bingwa Educational Software Company, while completing her master’s degree in information design and technology from Georgia Institute of Technology. She also worked as an information architect at the IBM e-business Innovation Center before she decided to call higher education home.

Ultimately, Conner’s career would lead her to Goizueta Business School at Emory University, where she now serves as associate dean of the Executive MBA (EMBA) Programs.

“I always knew that I wanted to be involved in education in some capacity,” says Conner. “My grandmothers were schoolteachers and stressed the importance of making learning experiences relatable. I wanted to impact the classroom without physically being in the classroom. I guess education was just in my DNA.”

After developing educational software and training faculty and staff at the Morehouse School of Medicine, Conner moved to Los Angeles to join the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science as a web and courseware developer and director of the Faculty Research and Curriculum Development Center.

She had her first experience with executive education when she took a position at the University of Southern California (USC) as an instructional designer at the Marshall School of Business Office of Executive Education. Her work involved creating and developing curriculum for executive educational programs and consulting with others to tailor educational programs.

She expanded her responsibilities when she became director of program design and development for executive education, not only generating new online courses, but also initiating and consulting on unique degree programs and custom, non-traditional programs, as well as managing faculty teams.  In addition, Conner taught an online practicum in business issues for students and advised students on career development.

Along the way, she received her Doctor of Education from USC, which helped prepare her for her role as associate director of instructional design, online learning. Her responsibilities included working with a team of instructional designers and media managers to create the school’s online MBA, as well as collaborating with faculty on MBA elective online courses and with the Experiential Learning Center on distance learning projects.

In 2014, she returned to Atlanta for an opportunity at Goizueta, again focusing on technology initiatives that enhance teaching, collaborating to build online courses, and advising faculty on best practices. As a result of a promotion to director of academic affairs and instructional design, she managed the academic oversight of all degree programs within the school and supported the instructional design and academic media services team.

All her efforts reflect her commitment to improving the experience for adult learners. “My professional focus is on providing engaging learning experiences for working professionals,” says Conner.

Leading the school’s EMBA Program offers a great fit for her talent and interests.

“I am attracted to the design process of any learning experience,” she says. “But I’m especially attracted to Executive MBA education since I truly enjoy working with adult learners. EMBA education is more than a curricular engagement, it is creating a work, life, learning experience for individuals under a tremendous amount of pressure due to their demanding lives. I find it rewarding to be able to support this type of learner.”

With students’ needs in mind, Conner revamped the program’s delivery model, integrating a hybrid delivery option to meet the needs of working professionals. And as project chair of the Goizueta Foundation – Advances in Teaching project, she explores ways to use educational technologies to advance student learning experiences.

With evolving world events, change remains one certainty, and programs need to respond quickly.

“The next few years we will be challenged with the necessity to constantly reassess and reinvigorate our learning experiences. Technology, social behaviors, and competing priorities are changing at a rapid pace and EMBA Programs will be required to be nimble and creative to address those issues.”

EMBAC is a great resource to help dive deep into those challenges and find those creative solutions. She was introduced to EMBAC in 2019 when she attended her first conference.

“The members were extremely collaborative and passionate about their contributions to the industry,” says Conner, who was elected to the EMBAC board in 2021. “I wanted to become more involved to not only learn more, but to contribute at a greater level.”

Connor also shared the following insights with EMBAC Voice:

  • My hobbies include: “Habitual house hunting, travel, walking daily.”
  • My favorite city is: “I don’t have a ’favorite’ city, but my favorite locations are multiple cities near the ocean.”
  • I'm most proud of: “My family (husband and three children).”
  • I'm watching: Jeen-yuhs, trilogy on Kanye West on Netflix.
  • I’m passionate about: “Attempting to live my best life on a daily basis.”
  • My next project is: “My husband and I have launched an app called Manna: Sermons for the Soul.”
  • You may not know that: “I have an original ET doll that is 40-years-old.”
  • When I think about the Executive MBA Council, I think: “Collaboration”

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“…I’m especially attracted to Executive MBA education since I truly enjoy working with adult learners. EMBA education is more than a curricular engagement, it is creating a work, life, learning experience for individuals under a tremendous amount of pressure due to their demanding lives. I find it rewarding to be able to support this type of learner.”
JACLYN CONNER
Associate Dean, Executive MBA Programs, Emory University, Goizueta Business School