B-School Highlights: March 30

Some of the events and announcements from top business schools in the U.S. and around the world that made news in the past two weeks:

Babson College and Focus on Tanzanian Communities (FoTZC), a nonprofit organization, held a one-week academy in Tanzania in March to teach leadership and entrepreneurship to locals, who pitched new business ideas to peers, VIP guests, and a panel of judges. The goal was also to lay the groundwork for a center dedicated to helping entrepreneurs in Tanzania.

University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management recently launched a YouTube channel to promote the school’s programs and give those interested an insider’s look at the campus.

By offering a $10 million gift to the University of Southern California, USC trustee William J. Schoen (B.S. 1960, MBA 1963) and his wife, Sharon, are providing additional support to military veterans studying at the USC Marshall School of Business and Viterbi School of Engineering. Including this latest gift, which was announced on March 27, the Schoens have donated $16 million to the university and provided $1.2 million in financial support to 173 students so far.

Business schools are gearing up for upcoming commencement ceremonies. The following is a list of keynote speakers and commencement dates for top schools:

University of Western Ontario’s Ivey School of Business, Prem Watsa, chief executive officer of Fairfax Financial Holdings, on April 4; UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola, on May 13; Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Joo Y. Boe, director of Credit Suisse Private Banking USA, on April 4; Harvard Business School Class Day (before commencement), Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, on May 23; University of Maryland Smith School of Business, Michael Ward, chairman and CEO of CSX, on May 20; Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, Roslyn M. Brock, chairman of the NAACP, on June 15; Columbia Business School, Dan Akerson, chairman and CEO of General Motors, on May 13; University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, Dr. Mehmet Oz of the Dr. Oz Show, on May 13; NYU Stern School of Business, Maria Bartiromo, anchor of CNBC’s Closing Bell and anchor/managing editor of the Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo, on May 17; University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Michelle Bernard, political and legal analyst, journalist, and activist, on April 27; Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business, Richard P. Simmons, former chairman, president, and CEO of Allegheny Technologies and former CEO of Allegheny Ludlum, on May 19.

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