The George Washington University
School of Business: Alumni

The GWSB Alumni Advocate

January 2009

The GWSB Alumni Advocate is a newsletter featuring ideas on how you can get involved with the GWSB Alumni Association and information on upcoming GWSB alumni events.

Get involved with the GWSBAA. Here are some new programs for you to participate in.

Announcing the MBA Class Executive Program

Class Executives represent their class after graduation, keeping classmates connected to one another and to GWSB. Executives share ideas and strategies with one another and with the School, they are ambassadors for alumni outreach activities and actively support the programs of GWSB. The primary purpose of the Class Executive Program is to build the MBA Alumni community. Positions are available for MBA Alumni from the full time program, professional program and EMBA program.

If you are interested in representing your class or cohort as the MBA Class Executive, please contact Leah Kuppersmith at 202-994-0618 or

Volunteer for your Reunion Committee

We are currently looking for MBA Alumni to help us plan MBA Reunion 2009. If you are interested in volunteering for the MBA Reunion Committee, please email

Save the date for Alumni Weekend 2009 - Thursday, October 1st through Sunday, October 4th! Reunion classes for Alumni Weekend 2009 are 2004, 1999, 1989, 1984, 1970-1979, and 1959.

Host a School of Business Alumni Event in your town!

Hosting is simple! The Office of GWSB Alumni Relations can secure tickets/speakers, send invitations, manage RSVPs and more! Hosts are asked to attend the event, greet attendees, offer local expertise and share ideas for future events! To organize an event in your area, contact Leah Kuppersmith at 202-994-0618 or

Become a Mentor to a GW Student

Join the GW Career Advisor Network. The Career Advisor Network is a GW-only online network designed as a resource for students and alumni seeking professional development or advice on a particular career. The Career Advisor Network is open to alumni who wish to participate as a volunteer advisor or wish to use the network as a service. To join the network, registration in the Alumni Online Community is required.

Create Your Advisor Profile Today!

Please join the GWSB Alumni Association at our upcoming local and regional events! We look forward to reconnecting with you there.

DC Events

Are there finance jobs out there?

The F. David Fowler Career Center at the GW School of Business invites you to attend an intensive session on how to find opportunities in finance in this challenging job market.

Avi Sahi, Vice President of Renewable Energy Private Equity at Perseus, LLC; (a $2.5 billion private equity fund based in Washington, DC), and the founder of, will present on how to uncover job opportunities in finance in this challenging job market.

Event and Registration Details:
Date: Friday, January 30th
Time: Noon-5 p.m.
Expert Panel: 5:30 p.m.-6:30p.m.
Reception: 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Location: Marvin Center Grand Ballroom (3rd Floor)
Please RSVP through GWSBWork.

MBA Mentor Program Presentation and Networking Reception

Keeping Your Network Warm!

Join the MBA Programs Office and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations for an evening reception in honor of the MBA Mentor Program. This event gives mentors and mentees an opportunity to reconnect while also providing a forum to network with current and future program participants. This event is also open to those Alumni who are interested in learning more about the program.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. There is no charge to attend this event, but we ask that you register so that we can have a guest count.

Event and Registration Details:
Tuesday, February 3rd
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Duques Hall, Room TBD
2201 G Street, NW
Washington, D.C.

The Kalb Report

“The Business of Business Reporting“

Four of the nation’s top business reporters, Alexis Glick, Diana Henriques, Steve Pearlstein, and Ali Velshi, will join moderator Marvin Kalb to explore the “business of business reporting” on the next edition of The Kalb Report, Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 at 8 p.m. in the Main Ballroom of the National Press Club. The panel will examine the global economic crisis, the roles journalists have played in this evolving story, how the media affects the market, and how business influences the news media. The Kalb Report is produced jointly by The George Washington University Global Media Institute, Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center, and the National Press Club. The series is underwritten by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

Event and Ticket Information:
Monday, February 9th
8:00 p.m.
National Press Club
14th and F Streets, NW
Washington, D.C.

Free tickets for the February 9 Kalb Report are available at the GW TicketMaster on the Ground Floor of the Marvin Center (800 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C.) or online at

Save the date- March 9th “It’s Just Good Business!“

It’s just good business: Now is the time to go green!

Please join Mark Starik, Department Chair and Professor of Strategic Management and Public Policy and Director, Institute for Corporate Responsibility, Environmental Sustainability Program, as we continue our “It’s just good business” series with GWSB Alumni in Washington, DC. Professor Starik will address sustainability issues facing companies today. He will also provide an update on sustainability at GW and how the new Global MBA Program is educating our future business leaders on this important issue.

The GWSB “It’s just good business” series features GWSB faculty members and alumni speaking on current business events related to corporate social responsibility. Program topics are designed to reach alumni from all GWU schools and who work in a variety of industries.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Event and Registration Details:
Monday, March 9th
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
3241 M Street, NW
Washington, D.C.
Please click here for more information and to register.

Philadelphia Events

It’s just good business: Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility in a Global Economy

Please join Jennifer J. Griffin, associate professor of strategic management, as we kick off our “It’s just good business” series with GWSB and Law Alumni in Philadelphia, PA. In today’s global economy it is more important than ever for firms to act ethically and socially responsible.

Professor Griffin will build upon insights from corporate strategy, corporate responsibility, and international business in a global economy. She will also explore ethics as an integral part of corporate responsibility and the use of the legal lens as one of the multiple perspectives to better understand corporate responsibility. Professor Griffin will speak about these points as related to knowledge-based firms/sectors, including law firms.

Event and Registration Details:
Wednesday, February 4th
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
The Union League of Philadelphia - McMichaels Room
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA

Please reply by Jan. 30th with your name, guest(s) names, degree & year to or 202-994-7166. Include “Philly” in the subject of your message.

San Francisco Events

Save the date-March 5-6 “MBA Career Trek is coming to San Francisco!“

MBA Students will be visiting companies in the San Francisco area, having private dinners with Alumni and mingling with Alumni at a reception. Details on the company site visits will be available in upcoming issues of our newsletter.

The Student/Alumni reception will be held on Thursday March 5th. Complimentary hors d’ouevres and beverages will be provided. There is no cost for this event, but registration is appreciated.

Event and Registration details:
Thursday, March 5th
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
W San Francisco
181 Third St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Work Room 3
Please click here for more information and to register.

If you are interested in hosting a group of students at your company or would like to host a small group of students for a private dinner, please contact

Chicago Events

Save the Date! Informal Public Outing (IPO) with GWSB Alumni

Enjoy cocktails and conversation and connect with GWSB alumni by sharing your career and life experiences post GW at an Informal Public Outing (IPO).

Event and Registration details:
March th
6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
410 W. Huron
Chicago, IL 60654

Stay tuned to future issues of our newsletter for event and registration information.

Save the date-April 16th “Speed Networking Event“

Join alumni from the top business schools for a speednetworking event hosted via on behalf of GWSB and the participating business schools. This a great opportunity for you to mix and mingle with GWSB Alumni and alumni from the top business schools in the Chicago area.

Event details:
Event: Speed Networking
Participants: ABSAP top tier business schools (both MBA and undergrad alumni)
Date: Thursday, April 16th, 2008
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Registration
6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Speed Networking
7:45 p.m. - Additional Networking Reception
Location: Chicago - Sears Tower - Metropolitan Club - Oak Room
Fee: $30 per participant
Walk Ins: If seating is available. While we won’t turn people away we will not have a speed networking seat for them, but they are welcome to network.

Stay tuned for more details and registration information!

Are you looking for a new way to connect with the GWSB Alumni Community? Join our groups on LinkedIn and Facebook.

For more information on Alumni Activities at GWSB, visit the GWSB Alumni Homepage.