University of San Francisco Alumna and AngelHack CEO Sabeen Ali Receives Influential Leader Award

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USF Graduate Sabeen Ali joins 99 notable alumni from the top accrediting body of business schools worldwide who are making an impact in the world through their business acumen, leadership or entrepreneurial success.

“It is my honor to recognize Sabeen Ali for her contributions as an Influential Leader, and to thank the University of San Francisco for its dedication to providing a business education environment based on engagement, innovation, and impact”

University of San Francisco alumna Sabeen Ali has been recognized as one of 100 influential leaders by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the global accrediting body and membership association for business schools. Ali earned an M.S. in Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco School of Management in 2009.

Ali's work exemplifies the innovative mindset and meaningful contributions to society that USF graduates display around the world and every day—whether they operate within large corporations, small businesses, or the nonprofit sector.

Ali is the founder, President and CEO of San Francisco-based AngelHack, the world’s largest and most diverse global hacker community. AngelHack, a female-owned, female-majority company helps drive open innovation of tech products, platforms and brands with extraordinary smarts, scale and speed via tech education, marketing and hackathons. Prior to AngelHack, Ali founded (and then sold) her own leadership training and organizational development company, Team Building ROI. She has consulted for Kaiser Permanente, Yahoo!, Peet’s Coffee, and Cisco.

"WOW! This is an amazing honor, to be chosen as the sole representative from USF for the AACSB Influential Leaders Challenge," said Ali. "Being recognized for an innovative mindset, entrepreneurial spirit and making an impact in both business and social good communities is a great privilege, and one that I am honored to accept."

Ali joins other individuals who will be recognized by AACSB for their societal contributions such as the CEO of one of the world’s largest global relief services, a technology pioneer who is working to cure cancer, the founder of a global e-commerce powerhouse and an enterprising president attributed with reviving an international toy industry favorite. The Influential Leaders are comprised of individuals from more than 20 industry sectors ranging from consumer products to healthcare to nonprofits across 21 countries.

For the nomination process, AACSB developed a short list of open-ended questions that provided a framework for expectations for nominees. From April to June 2015, AACSB-accredited schools submitted notable alumni who have made (or are making) an impact in the world. From the nominations, a selection committee reviewed and chose stories that showed a sampling of the positive impact that business school graduates have made on society.

“It is my honor to recognize Sabeen Ali for her contributions as an Influential Leader, and to thank the University of San Francisco for its dedication to providing a business education environment based on engagement, innovation, and impact,” said Thomas R. Robinson, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International. “If told, the success stories of all business school graduates would fill immeasurable volumes. AACSB is honored to celebrate Sabeen - and the collective 100 Influential Leaders - as a representation of how business school alumni have positively influenced society, as well as the management education industry’s, past, present, and promising future.”

For the full list of recipients, visit

For more information about Sabeen Ali, visit

About the University of San Francisco.
The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the world's most innovative and beautiful cities, and is regularly named one of the most ethnically diverse in the country. Its students enjoy direct access to faculty, small classes, and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. USF is San Francisco’s first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a student's passion for social justice and a desire to “Change the World from Here.” For more information, please visit

About AACSB International
Founded in 1916, AACSB is an association of more than 1,450 educational institutions, businesses, and other organizations in 90 countries and territories. AACSB's mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services. As the premier accreditation body for institutions offering undergraduate, master's, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting, AACSB offers a wide array of services to the management education industry. AACSB's global headquarters is located in Tampa, Florida, USA; its Asia Pacific headquarters is located in Singapore; and its Europe, Middle East, and Africa headquarters is located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

For more information about USF, contact Gary McDonald, USF Media Relations, at 415.422.2699, mcdonald(at)usfca(dot)edu.


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