The George Washington University
School of Business: Alumni

The GWSB Alumni Advocate

February 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.

Students and BOA Members Forge “Links for Life“

The School of Business Office of Alumni Relations hosted the second “Links for Life” luncheon on February 20. “Links for Life” gives GWSB students a valuable opportunity to sit down with prominent members of the GWSB Alumni community. This second lunch was a special session that coordinated with the Dean’s Board of Advisors‘ (BOA) visit to campus. During the luncheon students were able to discuss their career goals, ask for advice, and practice their networking skills. The students were seated with board members who either had studied a similar program or whose career lined up with the students‘ area of interest. The BOA members acted as table leaders for this session.

Mitch Blaser, BBA ’73, chairman of the board, was on hand to give opening remarks and explain how this forum could benefit both the table leaders and the students. He also shared with the students what it means to be an involved alumnus and the importance of giving back to your alma mater. Both graduate and undergraduate students were able to discuss with the BOA members their current goals in the business school, as well as where their education could take them in their career. For the BOA members this was an opportunity to share with the students how their education from GWSB helped them to succeed in their career, and also to learn from the students about the current happenings of GWSB. Dean Phillips was in attendance and was seated at a table of undergraduate finance students.

Thank you to the members of the Dean’s Board of Advisors who participated in this program. Dean Susan Phillips; J. Henry Ambrose, MBA ’93; Daniel Mateleska, MSHA ’74; Mitchell E. Blaser, BBA ’73; William V. Quinn, MBA ’92; Arnie Cares, BA ’64, MBA ’68; Mary M. Miller, MBA ’78; Thomas L. di Galoma, MBA ’85; Howard A. Matlin, former parent; John W. Rollins, Jr., GWSB faculty; Barton Kogan, BBA ’69, MA (GSEHD) 70; Randall B. Roe, MBA ’77; Philip S. Hunter, BBA ’64; William M. Drohan, MBA ’81; Victoria P. Lazzell, MBA ’80; and Howard B. Rubin, BBA ’81.

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

Host a small group of MBA students for dinner!

The MBA students will be in San Francisco March 4th-6th. If you are interested in hosting a group of students for a private dinner on the evening of March 4th, please contact

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 an 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

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 GW 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.

Save the date- March 18th EMBAA Lifelong Learning Event

“The Infamous $54 Million Lawsuit Against the District Drycleaner“
Learn How to Avoid Being Taken to the Cleaners

Don’t miss the first 2009 Lifelong Learning Series featuring the lead partner in the litigation group at Manning & Sossamon PLLC, Christopher C. S. Manning and his law partner, Melinda A. Sossamon.

Mr. Manning and Ms. Sossamon successfully represented the Chung family dry cleaners in the now infamous $54,000,000 lawsuit filed in the District of Columbia relating to the allegedly misplaced pair of pants of plaintiff, Judge Roy Pearson.

The $54,000,000 pants case might at first seem like the bizarre and isolated case of a single unbalanced dry cleaning patron who looked to play the lawsuit lottery and lost miserably but only after destroying the business of a hardworking immigrant family. Especially in times of financial and economic crisis, businesses need to do two things well: employ best legal and business practices and be prepared for the probability that there will be litigation or threats of litigation in your business‘ future. What is a business owner and manager to do? Join us as Manning and Sossamon share their insight on protecting your business and avoiding and surviving business litigation.

This event is open to GWSB Alumni and students

Event and Registration Details:
Wednesday, March 18th
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Crain Center, 1st Floor
Duques Hall
2201 G StreetWashington, D.C.
Please click here for more information and to register.

Save the date- April 13th Spring Colloquium

GW Tourism Alumni Network is pleased to be working with the GW School of Business and the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management to host the 2009 Spring Colloquium, entitled:

Asset Management in the Hospitality Industry

This year’s topic will explore the financial underpinnings of a very crucial portion of the tourism industry’s infrastructure and examine how the current economic crisis may effect successful hospitality management and investment in the near future.

Event and Registration Details:
Monday, April 13th
Reception 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Discussion 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Duques Hall Room 151
2201 G Street
Washington D.C.
For more information please email

Save the date- May 7th EMBAA Lifelong Learning Event

An Evening with Michael Oxley
The State of the Economy: Sarbanes-Oxley and Beyond

On Thursday, May 7 Michael G. Oxley will join with EMBA alumni and fellow GW School of Business associates to offer insights and take questions regarding the current economic contraction, as well as the public and private sector responses.

Oxley became a household name as the co-author of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which raised corporate standards and increased the reliability of financial reporting following the Enron/WorldCom era of corporate scandal. Though the implementation has been controversial, most would conclude that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act restored confidence in our financial systems and brought investors back to the U.S. capital markets. As chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Oxley was one of a group of key government officials who led the nation’s investors and our capital markets through the crisis and the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. After representing Ohio’s Fourth Congressional District for 25 years, Oxley wrapped up his distinguished, 34 year career in public service at the end of 2006.

Currently he is Of Counsel with the law firm of Baker Hostetler in Washington, D.C. and Vice Chairman of NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. With his unique experience in financial services policy, Oxley has been at the nexus of business and government for many years. In this new phase of his career, Oxley is a leading thinker in corporate governance issues and an ambassador for the U.S. capital markets.

Please look for location and registration details in upcoming issues of our newsletter.

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 5t
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
W San Francisco
181 Third St.
San Francisco, CA
Work Room 3
Please click here for more information and to register.

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:
Thursday, March 19th
6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
410 W. Huron
Chicago, IL
Please click here for more information and to register.

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

Join alumni from the top business schools for a speed networking 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, 2009
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!

Orlando Events

Tourism: Today and Tomorrow-A reception and discussion with Professor Stuart Levy

Join fellow alumni, family, and friends of The George Washington University for a reception and discussion with GWSB Professor Stuart Levy. Professor Levy will discuss the current state of the tourism and hospitality industries, including issues of sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and how tourism and hospitality businesses contribute to more peaceful societies around the world.

Advance registration is required to attend this event as space is limited.

Event and Registration details:
Thursday, March 12th
6:30 p.m.
Doubletree Castle Hotel
Venetian Room
8629 International Drive
Orlando, Fl.
Please click here for more information and to register.

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.