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2011 Conference Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions

Posted By Lisa Leander, Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Lisa LeanderCurious 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 sweater.

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 lleander@gbsnonline.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?

Transportation from 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 marcela@viajescapistrano.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 visit www.gbsnonline.org/join.

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 lleander@gbsnonline.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 registration.

 

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 lleander@gbsnonline.org.

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