about who will be there? How you should pack? What you’ll be
eating? How to make the most out of your networking opportunities?
Read on to learn the answers to these questions and more!
1.) Who is coming?
A pretty diverse crowd. As of this writing, participants from business
schools, foundations, corporations, and NGOs from 31 countries have registered
for the conference, and more sign up every day. It looks like our
conference will be about 150 strong this year. This being our first
conference in Latin America, we’re excited that so many people from the region
and from around the globe, will be joining us.
2.) Is it too late to register?
Absolutely not! We still have space at the conference and anyone
interested in a premier networking and learning opportunity around building
human capacity in emerging markets is welcome to register, though I encourage
you to do so soon. Click here to register now!
3.) What should I wear?
This will be a more formal conference than those we’ve had in the past.
Please plan to wear "business professional” attire for all conference events.
As for the gala dinner, which will be a fabulous 6-courses of regional
specialties, business professional is fine. But if you’d like to dress up
a little more with regional attire or formal wear we won’t stop you (and we
might glam up a bit ourselves). When you’re out in the town, note that
women tend to dress conservatively in this part of Mexico – pants or skirts
instead of shorts and tank tops.
4.) What is the weather?
Weather in Mexico City in June should be rather mild, with showers sometimes
happening in the afternoons, when you’ll be deep into your sessions at the
conference. The average high temperature is a balmy 77F/25C, but evenings
may get just a tad chilly, so you’ll want to plan to have a light jacket or
5.) Can I exhibit?
Absolutely! Registered participants are
invited to reserve a table space during the Project Showcase which takes place
during the cocktail hour prior to the Gala Dinner. This is a great opportunity
to highlight the innovative work your organization is doing while networking
with other conference participants. Please note that while there is no charge,
space is limited! Participants interested in showcasing must
submit their requests me at firstname.lastname@example.org,
by Friday, June 3.
6.) Will meals be provided?
Yes, certain meals will be provided
throughout the conference. And not just typical conference meals, but meals
prepared by some of Mexico's finest chefs, representing different culinary
regions to ensure each participant gets a true taste of fine Mexican cuisine.
Each morning participants will be treated to an informal, networking
buffet breakfast before the conference gets underway and lunch will be served
each day on the IPADE campus. In addition, participants and guests are invited
to attend the Gala Dinner on the evening of June 21.
7.) How do I get from the airport to the hotel?
the airport to the hotel is very easy.
Upon arriving in Mexico City you have two options for
traveling to the hotel. Viajes Capistrano can arrange for a private
chauffeur to meet you at the airport with your name on a sign, or
participants can elect to take a taxi directly from the airport.
If you would prefer to save on costs and not be met by a chauffeur
at the airport, there are authorized taxi stands inside the airport
where you can buy a ticket to your destination. Upon exiting
customs look for the stands that say"Transporte
Terrestre." You will inform them of your destination
(Presidente Intercontinental) and then purchase a ticket and proceed
outside to the taxi line to catch the taxi.You will
need to use local currency (pesos) or a credit card to purchase the ticket at
the taxi stand so make sure you exchange
money before heading to the taxi stand. (There are a
number of banks to exchange money as well as ATM's at the airport) Upon your
return to the airport you can arrange a taxi through the
hotel concierge. Taxis from the airport and hotel concierge are safe and
are a cheaper alternative to hiring a chauffeur driver to meet you at
the airport.Transportation by Taxi will cost180 pesos or
US $15, per person, one way. GBSN and IPADE recommend taking a
taxi to the hotel.
Alternatively, for those wishing to book dedicated transportation in
advance, you may do so by contacting Marcela Chavez Tristan at email@example.com.
Private chauffeur transportation will cost approximately US $144 (one
way), depending on the size vehicle. This would be a good choice for
those traveling in a group.
8.) Can I participate in the member's meeting?
The member's meeting scheduled for Monday, June 20 is a closed session for
GBSN member institutions only. (Not sure if you are a member? Click here to view list) The conference is
open to all registered participants starting with the welcome reception on
Monday evening and ending on Wednesday.
(8a) How do I become a member of GBSN?
Interested in becoming a member institution of GBSN?As members of
GBSN, leading business schools have the opportunity to collaborate with
like-minded peers from fellow network member schools, up-and coming business
schools in emerging markets, and GBSN’s NGO and corporate partners. GBSN
provides the opportunity to enhance campus internationalization and leadership,
which will shape the future of business and management education. The
conference is an excellent time to meet faculty from our member institutions
and learn more about GBSN activities and opportunities.Business Schools
must formally apply and meet our membership criteria. For more
information on our membership criteria and to access the application, please
9.) I am bringing a guest, are there events for him/her to attend?
Yes! A number of participants are bringing guests and we would like to make
their stay a memorable one. GBSN is organizing day trips for those not
participating in the conference on Tuesday and Wednesday. Please contact
me at firstname.lastname@example.org for
more information on how to join these tours. Guests are also welcome to
attend the Gala Dinner for a fee of $50 and the networking trip to the
Teotihuacan Pyramids on Thursday, June 23. A reservation is required for
both the Gala Dinner and networking trip to the pyramids, so please contact me
before traveling if your guest is joining you. If they plan to attend the full
conference, they will need to register and pay the conference fees.
10.) What type of networking events will there be?
Plenty! This year we have made networking activities a priority for the
conference. The participant list will be shared two weeks prior to the
event to allow for pre-conference networking. We encourage you to
schedule meetings before you travel to make the most out of your time in Mexico
City. Small meeting rooms are available throughout the conference for
this purpose. Participants are invited to network during the welcome
reception, tea breaks, networking lunches, Project Showcase and the
wine/mole/chocolate tasting. Interested in meeting someone in
particular? A GBSN staff member is ready to introduce you!
Click here to go to the conference website for
the updated agenda, speakers and more information on logistics and
Lisa Leander is the Membership Officer for the Global Business School Network. To learn more about joining GBSN please visit www.gbsnonline.org/JOIN or email Lisa at email@example.com.