october, 2021

fri08oct7:30 amfri3:00 pmReframing the WorkplaceExecutive MBA Alumni Network Conference7:30 am - 3:00 pm CST Hewson HallRegister

EMBA Annual Conference: Reframing the Workplace

Event Details

The past year has changed how we do business and manage, retain, and motivate our workforce. At this year’s Executive MBA Alumni Network (EMBAAN) Conference, learn from leaders exploring new ideas to transform our companies.

We have a stellar line-up of speakers who are experts in their fields of global leadership, talent development, and strategic operations of their businesses.


Companies continue to adapt to shifting circumstances that impact the workforce. What does the EMBAAN Conference offer to attendees?

  • Hear from leading experts
  • Network with other executives, UA EMBA and MBA alumni, EMBA students, talent development specialists, and corporate partners.
  • Stay on top of best practices.
  • Take a deep dive with an interactive session using a design thinking process allowing for the exchange of ideas, best practices, communication of effective messaging, and rethinking how to keep and retain employees.
  • Walk away with an application road map for you and your companies to put in place immediately.
  • Find both inspiration and practical ideas that you can apply to your workplace.
  • Understand trends and future possibilities and prepare for them now.

October 8, 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM Annual Conference


  • Bill Schaninger, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Co.
  • Tom Leddo, Chief Strategy Officer, MD7
  • Talent Management and Strategy Panel
  • Deep Dive Session with a takeaway Application Road Map
Bill Schaninger
KEYNOTE SESSION: William Schaninger, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Bill Schaninger works with employers globally as they address the challenges of the ever-changing world of work. He designs large-scale organizational transformations to strengthen business performance through enhanced culture, values, leadership, and the development of skills and talent systems. For the past 20 years, Bill has worked for diverse clients across Europe, North America, and the Middle East, helping notable CEOs, government ministers, and other senior leaders assess and improve organizational health.

His experience in strategic human resources has been particularly beneficial to clients navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. When the coronavirus crisis turned the US jobs market on its head, Bill helped support the launch of Career Exchange which uses artificial intelligence to match candidates with available roles, benefitting organizations, and individuals.

Tom Leddo

Tom Leddo is the Chief Strategy Officer of MD7, where he is responsible for realizing the strategic priorities of MD7 and enabling all stakeholders to understand the company’s objectives.

Tom started with MD7 in 2004 as one of the company’s first employees and has held multiple leadership positions across the firm in areas including operations, customer service, sales, and marketing. He plays a significant role in the development and execution of new initiatives to build MD7’s brand, increase competitive advantages, and capitalize on growth opportunities.

Previously, Tom was a Principal at Bridgewest Group, an investment firm focused on entrepreneurial businesses in the wireless infrastructure industry. He also served as Co-Founder & President of Sierra Towers Investment Group and Alpine Tower from inception to sale. Prior, Tom worked for Columbia Spectrum Management, focusing on spectrum clearing and microwave relocation for wireless operators.

Tom earned an MBA from the Manderson Graduate School of Business at the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Science in Corporate Finance and Investment Management from the University of Alabama.


Learn from talent management experts and how they worked through the challenges of COVID: reimagining their companies, hybrid models, productivity, supply chain breakdowns, and workforce engagement.


A deep dive and an interactive session using a design thinking process allowing for the exchange of ideas, best practices, communicating effective messaging, and rethinking how to keep and retain employees. Attendees will walk away with an application road map for their companies to put in place immediately.

REGISTRATION is now open for the 2021 EMBAAN Conference, October 7-8.

The EMBAAN Conference is open to all EMBA and MBA alumni, students, prospects, and guests, and Manderson Graduate School of Business corporate partners at no cost. Access the online conference registration form here to REGISTER.


(Friday) 7:30 am - 3:00 pm CST


Hewson Hall

380 Stadium Drive


Donna Blackburndblackburn@culverhouse.ua.edu