At a Glance - March 1, 2021

Mar 2, 2021
Online Programs Announcements
Recording: Real-Life Leadership Learned in the Trenches
If you missed – or would like to review – the lively discussion last week with President of Arbor Investment, Carl Allegretti, a recording of the event is now available.
Live Session Times For Second 8-Weeks Available Now
As you prepare for your second 8-week courses, please review the live session times for your courses. Attendance at one of the weekly live sessions is strongly encouraged. If unable to participate, students are expected to watch the recording of the live session as soon as possible. Attendance requirements will vary by course, so be sure to check the syllabus. Visit the website to view course offerings and live session times. 
Update Your Grouping Preference Form
Please take a moment to go into the group profile form and update your preferences as well as your availability. Preferences must be updated one week before courses begin. Bookmark the link to the form as it stores your preferences and will be continually used, unless otherwise updated. You do not need to fill out the form if there are no changes from your initial preferences.
Register for Prospanica's Leadership Summit
Prospanica, the Association of Hispanic MBAs & Business Professionals, is the leading organization for Hispanic Professionals. Register for this year's Leadership Summit: Strength: Listen, Relate, Build, which will be held virtually from March 17 - March 19, 2021. Topics include self-awareness, self-care, critical conversations, and equity-based conversations. To learn more about Prospanica, visit their website.
iMBA:  New Capstone Opportunity
The Carle College of Medicine is the world’s first engineering-based college of medicine where they are leveraging advanced technology to train physical-innovator. During the medical students' final year in the program, they complete a capstone project. This is a year-long project where medical students will team up with business and engineering students to develop a new product - at least a working prototype - for the capstone. While this is a year-round project, the bulk of the work from business students will occur April-August 2021 and then again in January-March 2022 during the market feasibility analysis phase of the project. Time commitment is around seven hours per week. Currently, we do not know the types of projects that students will be working on.

Students interested in being part of the capstone team will need to submit a resume and video introduction of yourself and the skills you will bring to the capstone team. The selection is competitive and determined by the Carle College of Medicine Capstone Committee. iMBA students who are selected will be able to count the medical capstone for both of their required specialization capstone. At this time, the opportunity is only available to iMBA students who reside in the U.S and have earned a minimum of 30 credit hours in the program.  

You can apply to participate at and the deadline to apply is Monday, March 15. If you have any questions regarding the opportunity, please reach out to Professor Ravi Mehta (
iMSA: Accounting Hall of Fame
We would like to share the exciting news that ACCY PhD (‘64) alumna, Dr. Sybil C. Mobley, will be inducted in the AAA’s Hall of Fame in August 2021. Dr. Mobley was one of a few African-American females to earn a PhD in accountancy in the 1960s. She completed her doctoral studies at Illinois in less than two years and her dissertation led to three published papers in The Accounting Review. She was the founding Dean of the School of Business and Industry at Florida A&M University and had a transformative career in higher education and accounting practice, including serving on the boards of corporations such as Anheuser Busch, Hershey Foods, Discover, and Sears Roebuck. The full biography for Dr. Mobley is below.
Special thanks to Martin Persson for his work on her biography that will be featured permanently in the AAA’s Hall of Fame. Martin also recently assisted members of the AAA Diversity Section to develop a profile and bio for Dr. James “Joseph” Cramer, Jr., the first African-American PhD to hold a tenure-track accounting professor position at a major research institution. Dr. Cramer had a distinguished career in the Big Ten and you can read more about him here.
Excellence in Teaching
Congratulations to iMSA professor, Michael Donohoe!  The Provost’s office has shared that he has been selected as a recipient of the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching award (campus-level). 
Webinar: Developing Data-Driven Decision Makers
Tuesday, March 2 |  6pm CST  |  Register Here
Business professionals with accounting and data analytics knowledge and skills are in high demand. If a career as a business analytics leader sounds intriguing, we invite you to join three faculty members from our Department of Accountancy – Vic AnandJessen Hobson, and Kim Mendoza – as well as Deloitte data analytics professionals Evan Palmer and Beth Mueller to explore the needs and career opportunities in this growing field. Learn how these skills can prepare you for a purposeful, impactful career. 
International Women's Day Webinar: Advancing Women in Leadership
Monday, March 8  |  12-1 pm CST  |  Register Here
Women professionals seeking to make a bigger impact as a leader need the strategies to get the recognition and responsibility they have earned. Join Gies Business Associate Dean Brooke Elliott for a conversation about how women in business can gain a seat at the table and become a true leader in an organization. Hear about Associate Dean Elliott’s journey and learn as she shares best practice for women as they take the next step in their careers.
Webinar: Gender Branding Trends and Consequences for Marketers
Tuesday, March 9 |  11am-12pm CST  |  Register Here
In the era of constant disruption, defining gender branding trends and potential consequences for marketers is of essence.  Join us for this webinar, led by Carlos J. Torelli, a professor of marketing at University of Illinois, as we review some recent trends in gendered branding (or the practice of imbuing brands with symbolic gender meanings), such as gender-inclusive branding (or brand gender bending) and the emphasis on body positivity and inclusivity. We will also discuss what the research tells us about:
- the psychology of traditional and novel approaches to gendered branding
- which consumers are more likely to respond to traditional and novel approaches
- what the trends might mean for marketers
Deadlines to Drop Classes
March 9, March 19 
March 9 Deadline to drop a first 8-week course that began on January 13. March 19 Deadline to drop a first 8-week course that began on January 25.