Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business

Professional Business Education: Lessons from External Certification Programs


Join us on Tuesday, March 28 to explore the critical lessons U.S. business schools and external financial certification programs can learn from each other.

Annual Series on the Future of Business Education

Unlike law and medical schools, most U.S. business schools’ curriculum and human resources standards have radically moved away from the practice of business as a profession.

Instead, professional organizations are directly preparing and equipping their members to address the professional demands of global organizations navigating in an uncertain and complex world. Frequently, their designations are more valued and sought after by employers than regular bachelor and graduate degrees offered by business schools.

Join a panel of distinguished professionals and academics on Tuesday, March 28 to discuss:

  • What are business schools missing in this process?
  • What can they learn from the professional associations?
  • Alternatively, what can the associations learn from business schools?

Event partners:

The exclusive event will feature a signing ceremony celebrating certification partnerships between the Quinlan School of Business and both CAIA and CFA.

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Featured Speakers

Peter Mackey, MBA, CFA profile →
Head, Examination Development, CFA Institute

Bill Kelly profile →

Belverd E. Needles, Jr., PhD, CPA, CMA profile →
EY Distinguished Professor of Accounting, DePaul University


Abol Jalilvand, PhD profile →
Ralph Marotta Endowed Chair in Free Enterprise, Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago

Event Details

Date Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Time 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location Quinlan School of Business, 16 E. Pearson, Chicago
Schreiber Center, Wintrust Hall, Floor 9
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Order of Program

5:30 p.m. Registration and Reception
6 p.m. Welcome and Introductions
6:15 p.m. Signing ceremony with CAIA and CFA
6:30 p.m. Featured Speakers
7:45 p.m. Questions and Answers
8:30 p.m. Event Concludes

About the Speakers

Peter Mackey, MBA, CFA

Head of Examination Development
CFA Institute

Peter Mackey manages the work of the teams of CFA Institute members developing CFA, CIPM, and Claritas exams, and is an active contributor to credentialing and testing industry forums and conferences. He has held leadership roles for the CFA Institute’s CFA Program and Curriculum Products, Office of District of Columbia Pensions, and Office of Investments for the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.

Bill Kelly

CAIA Association

William (Bill) J. Kelly has over 30 years of experience in the asset management industry with extensive managerial and boardroom experience gained through successive CFO, COO, CEO, and Independent Board director roles. He has led both start-ups and full-scale global organizations. He has served as the CEO of Robeco Investment Management, founder and former CEO of Boston Partners Asset Management, CFO of The Boston Company Asset Management. Read his full biography →

Belverd E. Needles, Jr., PhD, CPA, CMA

EY Distinguished Professor of Accounting
DePaul University

Belverd E. Needles, Jr. is an internationally recognized expert in international financial reporting and auditing. He teaches financial accounting and auditing at DePaul University and has many years’ experience in executive education. His textbooks, including Principles of Accounting (11th ed.), Financial Accounting (11th ed.), and International Financial Reporting Standards: An Introduction (3rd ed.) are used throughout the world. He has published in leading journals, including most recently on the subject of strategy and financial characteristics of high-performance companies. Read his full biography →

Abol Jalilvand, PhD

Ralph Marotta Endowed Chair in Free Enterprise
Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago

Abol Jalilvand is a seasoned academic leader with over 30 years of global administrative experience, having served as dean and senior scholar at major public and private universities in the U.S. and Canada. His scholarly work on corporate debt policy, risk management, sovereign debt, restructuring, and governance has been widely published and supported by major external research grants. Read his full biography →

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