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The GWSB Alumni Advocate

February 2010

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.

It's Just Good Business Stops off in Seattle

GW Alumni in Seattle listen attentively to Professor Mark StarikThe School of Business Office of Alumni Relations continued the "It's Just Good Business" lecture series on February 18th.  The series features GWSB faculty members and alumni speaking on current business events related to corporate social responsibility.  This was the first installment of the series that was held on the West Coast. 

Mark Starik, department chair and professor of strategic management and public policy and director, Institute for Corporate Responsibility, Environmental Sustainability Program, spoke on the importance of going green and sustainability in business.  He also spoke about how GWSB was educating its future business community on this significant issue through the new curriculum of the Global MBA Program. Starik also explained how GW is working towards becoming a more sustainable university.

GWSB Heads for Gold at the 2010 Winter Olympics

Professor Lisa Delpy Neirotti welcomes President Stephen Knapp"Let the Games Begin!" Professor Lisa Delpy Neirotti announced to a group of GW Alumni, parents, friends and students who gathered for an Olympic reception hosted at the home of Lorne and Melita Segal, parents of GW freshman Chanelle Segal, BA '13. The reception was hosted in honor of President Steven Knapp and his wife Diane Robinson Knapp, who traveled from Washington, DC to enjoy the winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

The Segals graciously opened their home to approximately 50 members of the GW Community. The group mixed and mingled over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. The 28 students from Professor Neirotti's Olympic Games class were also in attendance and shared their Olympic experiences with the alumni, parents and friends who were at the reception.

Lorne and Melita Segal gave welcome remarks and shared their delight that their daughter Chanelle, who was in attendance, was having such an amazing experience as a student at GW. President Knapp continued the program by thanking the Segals for hosting the reception and shared his focus on creating a GW Global Community. He also highlighted the unique opportunity that GW students in the sport management program have to go behind the scenes at the Olympic Games. "This is just one way that GW students are actively engaged in the world." Professor Neirotti briefly shared an overview of the activities the students were participating in, including a meeting with the President of International Figure Skating and backstage tours of many Olympic promotional events!

The program continued with a few comments by Greg Foscato, MTA '07, who is an alumnus of Professor Delpy Neirotti's Olympic Games class. Greg recalled memories of his time at the Torino games. Current students thanked the Segals for their hospitality and also gave a brief overview from the student perspective on this unique learning experience.

The students presented the Segals with GW Olympic hats and pins. It was a wonderful evening that brought together GW's Global Community. For photos from the event, please visit:

To learn more about the Olympic Games class and watch the video blog, please visit:

Support GW Students in Michelle Obama's Service Challenge

The Office of Alumni Relations would like to announce a unique alumni service initiative launching this spring: The Alumni Service Weekend, April 10-11. The Alumni Service Weekend is an effort to engage alumni in First Lady Michelle Obama's challenge to GW students, faculty, and administrators to complete 100,000 service hours by the end of the academic year. While alumni service hours will not count toward GW's total service hours, we believe it's important for our alumni to be part of this exciting time at GW. We encourage them to act as ambassadors of the university in their communities and set an example of service leadership for our students.

Alumni are encouraged not only to volunteer, but to track your hours on our web page, and send us your pictures from your service experiences.

GWSB Undergraduates Are On Their Way to New York!

School of Business undergraduates are headed to New York City for their annual Career Trek.  You can follow their site visits, interactions with GWSB Alumni, and all of their professional adventures on their blog.

News from the F. David Fowler Career Center

GWSB's Corporate Collaborative Council Holds Brainstorming Session on Campus

Members of GWSB's Corporate Collaborative Council (CCC) roll up their sleeves during the group's first official meetingProminent members of the business community gathered at the GW School of Business on February 18th for the first meeting of the School's new Corporate Collaborative Council (CCC).  The CCC is an initiative spearheaded by the F. David Fowler (FDF) Career Center. 

CCC Interim Chairperson and GWSB Board of Advisors Member, John Fletcher, BBA, '68 facilitated the work session.  Fletcher told the group that a business school's main job is to educate but it is best done in close partnership with the business community.  He stressed the increasing importance of Washington, DC to the world's economy and the uniqueness of GWSB's location in the nation's capitol, at the intersection of business and public policy. 

The CCC members suggested several priority areas where they can assist the FDFCC and GWSB students including branding the school, raising awareness of trends and career tracks, and surfacing internships and full-time opportunities.  Gil Yancey, FDF Career Center executive director said, "The F. David Fowler Career Center is attempting to provide world-class career services to GWSB students and we are very fortunate to have top business leaders helping us meet that challenge."

One of the CCC members Jeff Colclough, MSIST, '01, assistant vice president of SAIC said he is "all in" and would like to see more student involvement. 

The CCC was set up to promote networking between industry thought leaders and GWSB to advance student preparedness for careers in the global environment.  The council, while still growing, currently includes organizations in areas of accounting, consulting, energy, government, international development, manufacturing, media, nonprofit and technology.

Special Offers for GWSB Alumni!

GWMAIL - Alumni Email for Life

Announcing an exciting alumni benefit: free lifetime e-mail! More than 17,000 fellow alumni have already signed on. Will you be next?

The GWMail system, hosted by Google, provides alumni with 6 GB of storage space.
GWMail is an opt-in service for alumni. Follow these 5 simple steps to create your GWMail account:

1) Visit the alumni email services web page
2) Click "Create Account" under Alumni GWMail
3) Login to the Alumni Online Community *
4) Fill in the E-mail for Life Registration form **
5) Success! Click the "Go To E-mail" link to access your account ***

* Not a registered member of the Alumni Online Community? Click here to register. Please choose your Online Community username carefully as it will also serve as the beginning of your GWMail address. Forgot your password? Click here to reset your password. Having difficulties logging in or registering? Contact us at 1-800-ALUMNI-7 or
** The password required is the same password you use for the Alumni Online Community.
*** After your account is created you may sign into your GWMail account through the alumni email services web page or

Liberty Mutual - Protect Your Belongings with Renters Insurance

Years of hard work have earned you a degree, and now, a special discount on your renters insurance. Your affiliation with GW entitles you to a Group Savings Plus discount - with an average cost of just $20 a month*. With this small investment, you gain a lot of protection. Just think of all you have accumulated since graduation - a new laptop? Watch or jewelry? Flat screen TV? Five-megapixel camera? Renters insurance from Liberty Mutual will protect these and other possessions from theft, fire, and other covered events. And remember, your landlord's property policy does not protect you, nor does your parents' homeowners policy when you move out on your own.

To learn more about the value of renters insurance and to take advantage of the discount through the George Washington University Alumni Association, click here.

* Discount available where state laws and regulations allow and may vary by state. Not available in AL, AK, FL, TN or WY. To the extent permitted by law, applicants are individually underwritten; not all applicants may qualify, except as required by law. Coverage subject to policy provisions, limitations, and exclusions. Applicable limits will apply; deductibles may apply. Please consult a Liberty Mutual sales representative for additional information. Coverage underwritten by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and its affiliates under the LifeGuard(r) Tenants policy. A consumer report from a consumer reporting agency may be obtained for underwriting purposes. (c) 2009 Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. All rights reserved.

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

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 each other 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

Become a Mentor to an MBA Student

We are currently looking for MBA Alumni volunteers to participate in our mentor program for Fall 2009.  Becoming a mentor to a GWSB student is a wonderful way to connect with students and your alma mater.  Levels of participation vary from relationship to relationship and you will be paired based on your interests. 

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please visit where you will find our Mentor Program FAQ that explains the program and an online application.

GW Career Advisor Network

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!

Keep your classmates updated!

Submit your class notes and keep us current on where you work, promotions, new business ventures, and any business or academic honors.  Don't forget to send photos - wedding photos, baby photos, class reunion photos, etc!  If you would like your class note to be publicized please send it to Class Notes, GWSB, 2131 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20052.  If you prefer, you also may fax your information to 202-994-4411, or email us at

Calling all ISTM and Project Management Alumni!

The Office of Alumni Relations is working together with alumni leaders Chris Manger, MSIST '09; Brian Moran, MSIST '07; Professor Maliha Haddad, D.Sc; and J. Russell Fugett, MSPM '07 to help create new Alumni Groups.  If you are interested in getting involved, please email

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 - April 7 Robert P. Maxon Lecture "Greater Global Transparency in Financial Reporting: Lighting the Path for Investors"

Mr. Robert Herz, chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), and Sir David Tweedie, chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), will deliver the 2009-2010 George Washington University School of Business Robert P. Maxon Lecture.  They will discuss "Greater Global Transparency in Financial Reporting: Lighting the Path for Investors."

This event is free and open to the public.

Event and Registration Details:
Wednesday, April 7th

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Jack Morton Auditorium, Media and Public Affairs Building First Floor
805 21st Street., NW

The George Washington University
Please contact John Forrer, associate director, Institute of Corporate Responsibility for more infomation

Save the Date - April 8 The Business Response to Climate Change

The Business Response to Climate Change is a student-run, student organized conference that explores the unique roles and responsibilities of business in addressing social, environmental, and ethical issues.   At the inaugural event, the focus is the business approach to climate change.

Join us as business leaders, progressive policy makers and thought leaders will come together to challenge the economic, political, and social status quo to offer a vision for a renewable and sustainable future. Experts in business, government, and research will discuss essential policy efforts and business innovations needed to create this monumental change. While we cannot change the world in a single afternoon, we can inspire the business leaders of tomorrow to think about ways that they can.

Event and Registration Details:
Thursday, April 8th

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st Street., NW

The George Washington University
For more information, please contact or go to

Register Now - SEAS Seminar Series on Entrepreneurship

Please join the GW School of Engineering and Applied Science for a Seminar Series on Entrepreneurship. SEAS will host panel discussions on topics ranging from getting an idea off the ground to accessing start-up capital, and will feature successful entrepreneurs working in many different fields.

Please register your attendance today! This event is free and open to alumni, students, faculty and staff of GW.

March 24 - Access to Capital

6:00 pm Reception
7:00 pm Panel Discussion

- Elias Shams SEAS '96, CEO, Searchles, CTO and founder,
- Lou Wagman SEAS '64 entrepreneur-in-residence, NJ Institute of Technology Enterprise Development Center
- Howard Tischler SEAS '80, CEO, exORG Chairman of the Board, Scientific Research Corporation

Event and Registration Details:
Wednesday, March 24th
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The George Washington University
Funger Hall, Room 103
2201 G Street NW
The George Washington University
Please click here for more details and registration information

April 15 - Product vs Service Entrepreneurs

10:30 am - 11:30 am Panel Discussion

- Allyn Kilsheimer SEAS '63, executive vice president, KTLH Engineers

Event and Registration Details:
Thursday, April 15th
10:30 am - 11:30 am
The George Washington University
Duques Hall, Room 652
2201 G Street NW
The George Washington University
Please click here 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.

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