Design a forward-looking MSBA

Don’t miss this in-person, hands-on conference for faculty directors of business analytics master’s programs nationwide. At this two-day event, we will collaborate and share best practices on how to design an innovative, cutting-edge MSBA program. Together, we will solve the challenges of keeping pace with a rapidly-evolving field, hiring and retaining faculty, and student placement.

This is THE conversation MSBA faculty directors must be having. From panel discussions to working sessions, industry experts to networking, plus outdoor excursions, this is your opportunity to see what’s ahead in analytics and design or re-design a blueprint for your MSBA program.

Seize this opportunity to connect with your community at the one and only conference for faculty directors of MSBA programs.

Building Tomorrow’s Business Analytics Program
CU Boulder Leeds School of Business | Think Tank 2022

May 16-17, 2022
At the University of Colorado campus in Boulder, Colorado

Conference delivered at cost: $250

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Monday, May 16

  • 8:30 AM: Continental breakfast
  • 9:00 AM: Welcome: Sharon Matusik Ph.D., Dean – Leeds School of Business
  • 9:05 AM: Overview: Kai Larsen Ph.D., Associate Professor of Information Management | Faculty Director – MS Business Analytics Program
  • 9:10 AM: MSBA program overviews from Program Directors in attendance
  • 10:30 AM: Coffee Break
  • 10:45 AM: Facilitated session on problems and opportunities for MSBA programs
    • Small team breakouts
  • 12:00 PM: Lunch
  • 1:00 PM: Facilitated session on problems and opportunities for MSBA programs
    • Report back and discuss to the whole group with solution-minded goals
  • 2:30 PM: Keynote -  Business Analytics: Getting Back to Basics
    • Dan Putler, Chief Scientist - Alteryx
  • 4:00 PM: Panel discussion on the challenges of teaching MSBA online
  • 5:30 PM Dinner Downtown Boulder – Sponsored by Alteryx
  • 7:30 PM Arrive at Hilton Garden Inn

Tuesday, May 17

  • 8:30 AM: Continental breakfast
  • 9:00 AM: Group Sessions: How to future-proof MSBA programs
    • Facilitated team-work sessions
    • Whole-group discussions
  • 10:30 AM: Coffee Break
  • 10:45 AM: Why we hire MSBA candidates into consulting roles?
    • Nick Amabile, Chief Executive Officer - DAS 42
    • Kristi Lamar, Monitor Deloitte | Strategic Growth - Deloitte
    • Taras Bugir, President - Decentrix, Inc.
  • 12:00 PM: Lunch
  • 1:00 PM Leave for Eldorado Canyon hike
  • 1:30-3:30 PM Hike Rattlesnake Gulch Trail to Crags Hotel ruins
  • 3:30 PM Leave Eldorado Canyon
  • 4:00 PM Arrive at Hilton Garden Inn


Building Tomorrow’s Business Analytics Program
CU Boulder Leeds School of Business | Think Tank 2022
May 16-17, 2022
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. MT

Register Now

Leeds School of Business
995 Regent Drive
Koelbel Building, Room 125
Boulder, Colorado 80309



Featured Sessions

Dan Putler, Chief Scientist - Alteryx

Keynote Address: Dan Putler, Chief Scientist - Alteryx

Monday, May 16

You don't want to miss Dan's keynote "Business Analytics: Getting Back to Basics". Dan is a quantitative analyst with extensive experience in the use of statistics, econometrics, data mining, and GIS tools applied to marketing research and business analytics problems.


MSBA Program Overviews from Program Directors

Monday, May 16

Kai R. Larsen begins the day with an overview of events and activities then is joined by other Master's of Business Analytics Faculty Directors as they share overviews of their programs. This is a unique and insightful session designed to inspire dialogue and share different perspectives from a variety of programs.

Group Session

Group Sessions: How to Future-Proof MSBA programs

Tuesday, May 17

Keeping up with changes in technology and industry is challenging. This group session features facilitated team-work sessions and whole-group discussions with other faculty directors on how to future-proof Master's of Business Analytics Programs.

MSBA Conference

Why We Hire MSBA Candidates Into Consulting Roles

Tuesday, May 17

It is no secret that consulting firms are interested in well-qualified candidates with strong MSBA education. Join this though provoking conversation about the challenges faculty directors are facing preparing students and meeting changing industry demands.

Enjoy beautiful Boulder this spring

Boulder, Colorado, is America’s smartest (Forbes), happiest (National Geographic) and healthiest (Gallup) city. Situated at the base of the poster-worthy Flatirons, Boulder packs a punch with its high-tech startups, diverse culinary scene and 300+ days of sunshine per year.

You’ll find countless opportunities for activities and recreation during your stay.  



Where to stay

We have reserved a room block at the Hilton Garden Inn Boulder, one mile from the University of Colorado Boulder campus, with the discounted rate of $169/night. Nearby you’ll find the shops of Pearl Street Mall, Chautauqua Park and the Boulder Creek Path.

We will provide transportation between the hotel and campus. The hotel offers self-parking at the reduced daily rate of $15. Please call 1-800-HILTONS and use the following link to make your reservation.

Attend Alteryx's Inspire Americas 2022 while you’re here

At the conclusion of our conference, Building Tomorrow's Business Analytics Program, attendees will enjoy free admission to Inspire Americas 2022 | Analytics for All Conference by Alteryx, in Denver on May 16-19, 2022.

Inspire Americas 2022 is Alteryx’s flagship user conference where leading data experts, key decision makers and innovators in the analytic space come together to learn, share and explore. The in-person and virtual event features keynote announcements, training, access to technical sessions, Alter.Nation, the Grand Prix and many more activities.