AACSB Recognizes Alumna Allison Hay (BBA ’78, MBA ’82) Among 2018 Influential Leaders
The Association to Advance College Schools of Business International (AACSB) recently recognized an alumna from the C. T. Bauer College of Business during the third annual Influential Leaders Challenge at the 2018 Deans Conference in Las Vegas, Nev.
Houston Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Allison Hay (BBA ’78, MBA ’82) is among a group of 29 business leaders from 13 industry sectors whose careers address today’s most pressing social, economic, environmental and educational challenges.
“As an alumna of the Bauer College, being recognized by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business validates the important beliefs that I learned at the University of Houston,” Hay said. “Bauer prepared me to work within many Houston businesses in my career, and the important need to give back and positively impact Houston neighborhoods and communities. I am grateful to represent our school.”
Throughout her tenure as executive director for Houston Habitat for Humanity, Hay has led the organization to many milestones and achievements, including the building of its 1,000th house, recognition from J.D. Power as the nonprofit brand of the year and rebuilding Habitat homes damaged during Hurricane Harvey.
The challenge is an annual initiative that honors notable alumni from accredited schools whose inspiring work serves as a model for the next generation of business leaders.
“Each honoree from the 2018 class of Influential Leaders reflects the mindset, knowledge, and passion that impactful business leaders must embody to impart positive change in today’s society,” AACSB President and CEO Thomas R. Robinson said. “We would like to thank Allison Hay for demonstrating the true excellence and leadership we wish to see in the world, and we congratulate Bauer College for their role in helping to mold a new generation of global business leaders dedicated to driving impact that results in global prosperity.”
Leaders were recognized across three categories, including Leaders Working in Nonprofit or Community-Based Organizations, Leaders Advancing Diversity and Inclusion and Leaders Influencing Business Education.
“Each of this year’s honorees is proof that business schools—and their alumni—are forces for good. Allison Hay’s achievements show just how critical it is for academe to prepare students to think of global social impact, while solving for all business challenges,” said Soumitra Dutta, chair of the AACSB International board of directors and Dean of Cornell University’s SC Johnson College of Business. “Bauer College should be proud of Hay as her accomplishments go beyond the business community and make a positive mark on the world.”
For more information about the Influential Leaders Challenge, and a full list of honorees, click here.
By Amanda Sebesta