Past Alumni Summits

Starting with the inaugural event in 2012, the Hult Alumni Association has hosted a Global Alumni Summit in a major city to bring alumni together.

These events usually include a keynote address, a master class, and a professional development workshop throughout a weekend in the summer. Past summits have also included group activities to help alumni make more connections, networking sessions, and finally concluded with an Alumni award reception. Each event was a weekend to remember, thank you for your participation.
2016 | Bridging Global Perspectives | San Francisco, U.S.

The 2016 summit took place from June 17-18, 2016 in San Francisco. It boasted an international roster of global speakers, including Andrew Grill from IBM and Chip Conley from Airbnb. The summit was a perfect opportunity tocatch up with old friends, meet new ones, and learn from our professors and top business experts.

The theme of 2016 summit was “Bridging Global Perspectives” with a particular emphasis on disruptive thinking. It was perfectly fitting therefore to host the summit in one of the world’s capitals of technological innovation and research: San Francisco. More than 100 alumni from over 30 different countries gathered for the summit to hear from ten globally renowned speakers, attend interactive workshops led by guest professors, and participate in alumni panel discussions.

Global Alumni Events

Keynote Speaker

Chip Conley
Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy at Airbnb

Chip Conley. Chip is the founder and former CEO of Joie de Vivre Hotels, currently serves as Airbnb’s Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy, and is a New York Times bestselling author.

A veteran of the hotel industry, Chip founded Joie de Vivre in 1987 with the primary purpose to “create joy.” He grew the business into the world’s second largest boutique hotel company. Conley is a widely-respected leader and innovator, and has been a featured TED speaker. He’s also received The San Francisco Business Times “Most Innovative” CEO award, and was honored with the Pioneer Award—hospitality’s highest accolade—in 2012. 

Chip shares his unique prescription for success in his most recently published book PEAK: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow, based on noted psychologist Abraham Maslow’s iconic Hierarchy of Needs.

Read the alumni magazine to learn more about 2016 summit

Executive Speakers & Hult Professors

Hult Global Alumni Summit

Dr. Timothy Chou
Stanford Professor 
Former CEO of Oracle On Demand

Hult Global Alumni Summit

Andrew Grill
Global Managing Partner
IBM Social Consulting

Hult Global Alumni Summit

Ted Ladd
Hult Professor of Internet Economics and Strategy

Hult Global Alumni Summit

Cari Guittard
Hult Professor of Women's Leadership, Corporate Diplomacy and International Negotiations

Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship Panel

Topic: How They Co-exist on a Global Scale


Michele McConomy, SVP and GM of Corporate Innovation Services


Kevin Kraver, Director of Business Development
at Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Santa Clara University

Sebastien Taveau, Silicon Valley Sr Executive Innovation Evangelist 
having done work for PayPal, MasterCard and Validity
Eryc Branham, Client Partner, Technology Industry
at Slalom Consulting

2015 Global Alumni Summit

Boston, U.S.

iIn 2015, we welcomed more than 160 alumni from over 30 different countries to the 2015 Global Alumni Summit in Boston, U.S.

The summit agenda included a keynote address from Nancy Frates (Founder of the Ice Bucket Challenge), a master class with Joanne Lawrence and Rob Anthony, and a professional development workshop. The summit also included group activities to help alumni make more connections, networking sessions, and finally concluded with a Gala Dinner at the Boston Children’s Museum along the Fort Point Channel. It was a weekend to remember, and we’re still receiving glowing feedback from alumni.

Past Alumni summit locations

2014 Global Alumni Summit in London, U.K.
2013 Global Alumni Summit in Cartagena, Colombia
2012 Global Alumni Summit in Bali, Indonesia