Keynote speakers

Idalene Kesner
Dean of the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management
Professor of Management

Idalene “Idie” Kesner was appointed Dean of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in July 2013. She is also the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management.

Dean Kesner joined the Kelley School faculty in 1995 and has served in many leadership roles, including Associate Dean of Faculty & Research, Chair of the MBA program, and Chair of the Department of Management & Entrepreneurship.

Her research focuses on corporate boards, executive succession, and mergers and acquisitions. In addition to teaching more than 100 executive education classes, she has consulted with many national and international firms on management and board-related issues. She currently serves on five boards.

She has won dozens of teaching awards at the Kelley School and at the University of North Carolina, where she was a professor for 12 years. In 2019, she was named Business School Dean of the Year by Poets & Quants, a leading business school media outlet.

Dean Kesner earned her MBA and PhD from the Kelley, and her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University.