Join Terry College MBA Alumni for an incredible day of learning, connecting and celebrating Bulldogs in Business.

Business Learning Community
Athens, Georgia
March 19-20, 2020


Stelling Family Study | Moore-Rooker Hall

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Breakfast / Registration

8:30 am - 9:15 am

Welcome and Terry College / MBA Program Update

Benjamin C. Ayers

Dean and Earl Davis Chair in Taxation

Rich Daniels

Director, Executive and Professional MBA Programs

Santanu Chatterjee

Director, Full-Time MBA & MS Business Analytics Programs and Josiah Meigs Professor of Economics

9:15 am - 10:30 am

Keynote Presentation: Topic TBD

Dan Amos

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Aflac

10:30 am - 11:00 am


11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Faculty Roundtable – Business Trends by Discipline

Peter Shedd, Moderator

University Professor Emeritus of Legal Studies

Marie Mitchell

Professor, Department of Management

Sundar Bharadwaj

The Coca-Cola Company Chair of Marketing

Aaron Schecter

Assistant Professor, Department of Management

Annette Poulsen

Department of Finance
Augustus H. “Billy” Sterne Chair of Banking & Finance

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch Program: Intentional Leadership

Bill Faulkner, Associate Director – Career & Leadership

Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina

2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Immersion Sessions - Select From:

Capital, Systems, and Objects
Rick Watson
J. Rex Fuqua Distinguished Chair for Internet Strategy
Department of Management Information Systems | Master of Business & Technology

Crisis Communication
Mike Pfarrer
Professor, Department of Management

Employee Behavior/Corporate Responsibility
Jessica Rodell
Professor, Department of Management

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm

TerryX – 3 Big Ideas Worth Sharing

Rodney Bullard, MBA '12
Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for Chick-fil-A, Inc. and Executive Director of the Chick-Fil-A Foundation

Jay Ferro, MBA '03
CIO, Quickrete

Mike Pfarrer
Professor, Department of Management

4:30 pm

Conference close

**Reception to Follow Program**

**Tours of the BLC will be available courtesy of MBA liaisons/ambassadors**


Welcome Reception
Thursday, March 19, 2019
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
More details to come
Join us the evening before the conference for a chance to catch up and connect with former classmates and new faces.

Closing Reception
Friday, March 20, 2019
Immediately following program
Casey Commons
MBA faculty, staff, current students and alumni welcome!


Dan Amos

Daniel P. Amos
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President
Aflac Incorporated

Dan Amos is chairman, chief executive officer and president of Aflac Incorporated. In 2013, the Harvard Business Review began recognizing the 100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World, and has named Dan to the list for the past four years (No. 33). He is the second-longest serving CEO in the Fortune 200, and his innovative leadership style has led to astounding annual revenue growth from $2.7 billion in 1990 to $21.8 billion in 2018. Today, Aflac is a Fortune 500 company (No. 143), helping provide protection to more than 50 million people through its subsidiaries in Japan and the U.S., where it is a leading supplemental insurer. In Japan, Aflac is the leading provider of medical and cancer insurance in Japan and insures one in four households.

In January 2000, Dan launched the popular Aflac Duck advertising campaign, transforming Aflac from a successful supplemental insurance company to a top international brand recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in America for the 20th consecutive year and as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies for the 18th year. In 2015, Dan’s persistent pursuit to distinguish Aflac and demonstrate its commitment to policyholders led to the launch of One Day PaySM, Aflac’s trailblazing initiative in the United States. For eligible claims, Aflac can process, approve and electronically send funds to claimants for quick access to cash in just one business day. His commitment to ethical business practices has led the Ethisphere Institute to recognize Aflac Incorporated as a World's Most Ethical Company for 13 consecutive years, making Aflac the only insurance company in the world to appear on this list every year since the inception of the award in 2007. Dan has also appeared five times on Institutional Investor magazine’s lists of America’s Best CEOs for the insurance category.

In 1995, Dan inspired Aflac’s decades-long commitment to helping families of children diagnosed with cancer. The company and its independent sales associates have contributed more than $133 million to this cause, including funding for the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, which has become a leading childhood cancer facility in the United States as rated by U.S. News and World Report. In taking this commitment to the next level, Dan has been a driving force behind the introduction of My Special Aflac Duck, the company’s social robot that uses medical play, lifelike movement and emotions to engage and help comfort kids during their cancer care. In December 2018, TIME magazine named My Special Aflac Duck as one of the “Best Inventions of 2018.”

In 2013, Dan proudly accepted the Salute to Greatness Award from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta, joining a distinguished list of past recipients, including Ambassador Andrew J. Young, U.S. Poet Laureate Maya Angelou, Ervin "Magic" Johnson, and musicians Bono and Stevie Wonder. He has also received the Anti-Defamation League's Torch of Liberty Award.

A past member of the board of trustees of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Dan serves on the board of the House of Mercy of Columbus in Georgia. He is former chairman of the board of the Japan America Society of Georgia and the University of Georgia Foundation.

Dan joined Aflac in 1973, working in sales for 10 years. In 1983, he was named president of Aflac and was later promoted to chief operating officer in 1987. He became chief executive officer of Aflac Incorporated in 1990 and chair of the board of directors in 2001. He holds a bachelor's degree in insurance and risk management from the University of Georgia.

Marie Mitchell, arms crossed

Marie S. Mitchell
Marie Mitchell is a Professor of Management in the Terry College of Business at The University of Georgia. She received her Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida, specializing in Management. She also holds an M.A. in Human Resources from Rollins College and a B.A. in Political Science from George Mason University. Her research, which has appeared in such journals as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Personnel Psychology among others, examining social and ethical issues in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources, with emphasis in destructive work behavior (e.g., abuse, deviance), behavioral ethics, and the self. Focus is given to understanding the influence of leader-follower interactions and organizational factors that explain destructive and unethical behaviors, as well as how these factors affect employees’ self-resources, energy, and capabilities, which influence destructive and unethical behavior. She is an Associate Editor at Personnel Psychology and serves on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal and Journal of Applied Psychology.

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Mike Pfarrer
Mike Pfarrer is the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs and a Professor of Management in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. His research and teaching focus on corporate strategy, strategic decision making, corporate reputation, corporate communications, and crisis management. Mike has taught classes at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels, and he has been named Terry’s Professional MBA Program Outstanding Professor in 2018 and 2019. He also has been recognized twice as an outstanding teacher by the college.
Mike is a research fellow at the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation and a former Associate Editor at the Academy of Management Review. Prior to joining academia, Mike spent over a decade working as an investment consultant and director in both the U.S. and Europe.

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Aaron Schecter
Aaron Schecter is an Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems at the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business. He received his PhD in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from Northwestern University. His research interests span a number of application areas, including teams, organizational networks, and innovation. Dr. Schecter has also conducted significant research in the areas of social network analysis and computational social science. He currently teaches Business Process Management to MBA and MSBA students at Terry, as well as a doctoral seminar on research methods and philosophies.

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Peter J. Shedd
Peter J. Shedd received BBA (1974) and JD (1977) degrees from the University of Georgia. After clerking for a federal district judge, he returned to the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia in 1978 and remained an active member of the faculty through 2009. In addition to his teaching and research duties, Peter served in several administrative capacities. During his career, he was the Associate Dean of the Terry College, the Executive Assistant to the University President, the University’s Interim Vice President for Instruction, and, at the time of his retirement, the Director of the Terry College Full-time MBA Program. Peter is a University Professor Emeritus of Legal Studies. Following his retirement, Peter continued teaching in the Terry Executive and Professional MBA Programs until May 2019. He was a Visiting Professor at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, in 2009, 2012 and 2015. Peter is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and is an experienced mediator and arbitrator.

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Richard Watson
Richard Watson is a Regents Professor and the J. Rex Fuqua Distinguished Chair for Internet Strategy in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. He was Research Director for the Advanced Practices Council of the Society of Information Management for nearly a decade and is a former President of the Association for Information Systems. In 2011, he received the Association for Information Systems' LEO award, which is given for exceptional lifetime achievement in Information Systems. As a visiting researcher at the Research Institute of Sweden (RISE) Viktoria in Gothenburg, he is engaged in establishing and applying Maritime Informatics to the shipping industry. The University of Liechtenstein has established with government support a Center for Digital Capital Creation based on the ideas in his recent book, Capital, Systems, and Objects. Dr. Watson is a senior visiting professor at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in Shenzhen, China. Professor Watson has published over 180 journal articles and written books on electronic commerce, data management, and energy informatics. His work has been accepted by leading academic and practitioner journals and has been translated into several languages. He has given over 300 invited presentations to practitioners and academics in more than 30 countries, including keynotes on six continents.


  • Holiday Inn Express, 513 W. Broad St, Athens, GA 30601
    • King/2 Queen Room = $119 per night
  • Hotel Indigo Athens, 500 College Ave, Athens, GA 30601
    • King Only = $109 Thurs, $119 Friday
  • Hyatt Place, 412 N Thomas St, Athens, GA 30601
    • King/2 Queen $149 per night

Parking and Directions

The Terry Business Learning Community is located at the corner of Baxter and Lumpkin Streets on UGA's main campus in Athens, Georgia. Paid visitor parking is available in the Hull St. Deck, across from the Business Learning Community, near the Special Collections Library. Visitors will utilize the hourly pay station located on the 3rd floor, which requires a license plate number. Parking is enforced from 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Friday.

About the BLC

A drone captured image of the BLC

Terry’s Business Learning Community, located at the corner of Baxter and Lumpkin Streets, brings together classrooms, faculty offices, and meeting spaces to create a world-class learning environment that promotes the highest levels of excellence in teaching, research and service.

While You're Here

Be sure to check out the fun places to visit in Athens, GA!

Georgia Museum of Art – See the museum's event calendar for upcoming exhibits and special collections.

UGA Sports – Check out a Georgia Bulldogs game! See the upcoming schedule to find out who is playing!

Georgia Theatre – See what bands are in town at this local music hotspot

State Botanical Gardens of Georgia – You can schedule a tour or explore at your own pace by using the map provided here.