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In This Issue

- Links for Life Recap
- GW Tech Luncheon Recap
- "Business Gives Back" Event
- GWSB T-Shirts Now Available!
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Upcoming Marketing Panel
- GW Career Advisor Network
- Upcoming Events
- GW Tech Meeting
- MBA Mentor Event
- GW Tech Happy Hour
- EMBA Reception
- GW Real Estate Event
- Sports Hall of Fame Induction
- GWSB Spring Symposium
- Business Case for Diversity
- Denver Event with the Dean
- Upcoming GWebinar
- Online Speed Networking
- Submit a Class Note

The GWSB Alumni Advocate

February 2011

The GWSB Alumni Advocate is a newsletter featuring ideas on how you can get involved with the GWSB Alumni Network, articles on recent events and information on upcoming GWSB Alumni events.

Undergraduates connect with Alumni at Spring Links for Life

By Alexa Vogel, GWSB Class of 2013

On February 15th, Duquès Hall was bustling with undergraduate students in their newest suits, prepared for a luncheon with alumni. Over a delicious three course meal, dozens of GWSB alumni and current students chatted about professors, internships, DC, and what it requires to work in a specific industry.

One of the core tenets in the Business School’s undergraduate program is the value of networking and mentoring. The Links for Life Luncheon, hosted by the GWSB Office of Alumni Relations every semester, is a springboard for students to begin building their network, connect with mentors in the DC area, and utilize the skills they have learned in the classroom, such as the 30-second “elevator speech” and business function etiquette.

It is also an opportunity for GWSB alumni to give back to the University and expand their own business network. The Links for Life lunch series is one of the many ways GW continues its education and offers numerous resources to alumni.

"The luncheon is a great event for our students and alumni to connect over informal conversation," said Leah Kuppersmith, Associate Director of School Alumni Programs for the Business School. "It gives students an opportunity to get insight into a career they might be interested in pursuing and it is an opportunity for alumni to hear about what's happening in the school today."

Professor Willial Halal offers Tech Forecast at GW Tech Luncheon

William Halal, Professor Emeritus of Information Systems and Technology Management, spoke Jan. 25 at a GW Tech Alumni Group luncheon. He discussed the effects of a "moral crisis of capitalism," as forecasted by TechCast, a virtual think tank tracking the technology revolution. "It's a challenge for the corporations. The wealth gap eliminates buying power; it's not sustainable," Halal said. "Disruptive technologies create opportunities for businesses that are unique, that you would not find ordinarily."

To learn more about Halal's work and his newest book Technology's Promise, visit his website at

Join GWSB Students for "Business Gives Back"

In line with the GWSB  mission: “Act Responsibly, Lead Passionately, Think Globally,” Business Gives Back is a student-led initiative bringing together the GW and D.C. communities in order to celebrate a commitment to sustainable business and responsible management.  The evening will feature musical performances by current GWSB students.

All proceeds will directly benefit LearnServe International, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit led by a current GWSB student. LearnServe International equips high school students with the tools of business planning, innovative problem-solving, and cross-cultural fluency. The program challenges students to lead and join community-based social change efforts across the D.C. area and the world.

Saturday, March 5 | 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
House of Sweden
2900 K Street, NW
Cocktail Attire

$50 if purchased between Feb 21st and March 1st
Tickets can be purchased at
(No tickets will be sold at the door)

Corporate sponsorship packages are also available. Contact Scott Gold at for more details.

GWSB T-Shirts now available!

The GW School of Business and the GW Bookstore are excited to now offer a GWSB T-Shirt. With commencement just around the corner, this could make a great gift for future alumni. The shirt is available now in-store and will soon be available at If sales are successful, expect even more GWSB branded items in the future!

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers needed for American Marketing Association Panel

The GWSB Chapter of the American Marketing Association will be hosting a panel on Thursday, April 7th.  Topics covered in the panel will include digital media and marketing, social media, branding, strategy and pricing.  Alumni who are experienced in these areas and are interested in volunteering to be a part of the panel can send an email to

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 with the Alumni Online Community is required. Create Your Advisor Profile Today!

Upcoming Events

Please join the GWSB Alumni Network at our upcoming local and regional events! We look forward to reconnecting with you there. Check out our photo gallery with highlights from recent events.

DC Events

GW Tech Alumni Group Meeting
Tuesday, March 1 | 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Duques Hall, Room 420
2201 G Street, NW

The GW Tech Alumni group will be hosting a meeting to discuss future events and programs and opportunities to get involved with the organization. Please plan to join us to learn more about our affinity group. This meeting is open to all alumni. Please email if you plan to attend.

MBA Mentor Program Networking Night
Thursday, March 3 | 6:00 p.m.
6th Floor, Duques Hall
2201 G Street, NW

All participants of the MBA Mentor Program are invited to our spring semester Networking Night. The event is designed to encourage attendees to form connections with each other through industry related discussions. For more information and to register, follow this link.

EMBA Student/Alumni Reception
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 | 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Room 650, Duques Hall
2201 G Street, NW

Dean Doug Guthrie and Professor James Bailey invite you to join them for the spring semester EMBA Student/Alumni Networking Reception. This event will be a great opportunity for members of the EMBA Community to meet each other and build new connections. Dean Guthrie and Professor Bailey also plan to share their vision for the future of Executive Education at GWSB. Cocktails and hors d'ouevres will be served. There is no cost to attend but we encourage you to register by following this link.

GW Real Estate Cocktail Reception and Discussion
Wednesday, March 9 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Room 650, Duques Hall
2201 G Street, NW

The GW School of Business, GWSB's Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis, and the Real Estate Investment and Development Organization cordially invite you to spend an evening with fellow GW Real Estate Alumni, current students, and prospective MBA students. A cocktail reception will be follow by remarks from Scott Johnston, MBA '98, Principal at Newmark Knight Frank, Global Real Estate Advisors. The evening will also include a panel discussion featuring alumni and current students. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served. For more information and to register, follow this link.

GW Tech Alumni Group Happy Hour
Tuesday, March 15 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
2036 G Street, NW

Join the GW Tech Alumni Group for their Spring Happy Hour. GW Tech Alumni events are the perfect way to network and make new connections while enjoying time with old friends. Appetizers will be provided. There is no cost to attend this event, but we encourage you to register so we may get a headcount. For more information and to register, follow this link.

Save the Date - GWSB Sports Executive Hall of Fame Induction
Honoring Joel Segal, BA '86, NFL Sports Agent
Thursday, March 24 | 5 p.m.

The GW Sports Executive Hall of Fame was created in 2007 to honor alumni working at executive levels in professional sports. The 2011 inductee is Joel Segal, CCAS BA '86, Professional Football agent and President, BEST Football. His impressive client list features numerous Pro Bowl and first round draft picks including Reggie Bush, Michael Vick, Chris Johnson, Jason Campbell, DeAngelo Hall, and many others.

Past inductees were Ted Lerner, AA '48 LLB '50, (Managing Owner, Washington Nationals), Randy Levine, BA '77, (President, New York Yankees), Sam Perlozzo, BS '73, (former Manager, Baltimore Orioles), David Falk, Esq., LAW '75 (Founder and CEO, F.A.M.E., and professional sports agent), Jerry Reinsdorf, SBPM '57 (Chairman, Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox) and Abe Pollin, BBA '45 former owner, Washington Wizards, and Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive, and the majority shareholder, Washington Sports and Entertainment

Save the Date - GWSB Spring Symposium
"Crossroads: The Interplay of Business, Government, and the Global Economy"
March 31 - April 1
Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st St, NW

Dean Doug Guthrie invites alumni to participate in a symposium illustrating the interplay between business, government, and the global economy. Located at the center of the regulatory and economic policy universe, GWSB is uniquely positioned to lead the business school community in exploring the intricacies and complexities of government's role in global business development.

A variety of speakers and panels will focus on the delicate balance of business growth and the public's well-being within the context of an international economy that is defined by widely varying markets, cultures and people.

Save the Date - "The Business Case for Diversity"
Saturday, April 2 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Join alumni, current students and partnering organizations for a discussion on the evolution of the workplace, and the continuing importance of diversity and organizations such as NSHMBA and NBMBAA. A dessert reception will follow where these organizations will have a chance to share their mission and goals.

Denver Event

Cocktails and Conversation with Dean Guthrie
March 10 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Home of Dr. and Mrs. Stuart S. Kassan
265 Madison Street
Denver, CO

Please join Trustee Dr. Stuart S. Kassan, SMHS MD '72, and Mrs. Gail Kassan for a reception to meet Doug Guthrie, new dean of the GW School of Business. Dean Guthrie will offer a broad update on the University and share his dynamic vision for the School of Business. This is a great opportunity to network with local alumni while reconnecting with GW. The event is open to all GW alumni, parents and friends. For more information and to register, please follow this link.

Online Events

GWebinars: Step Aside Super Woman: Career and Family are for Any Woman!
Wednesday, March 2 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Inspired by 20+ years of balancing a high-powered career in international finance, author and entrepreneur Christine Brown-Quinn, GWSB MBA '92, is committed to helping other professional women succeed. In 2010, she launched her consultancy practice The Female Capitalist (TM) and authored Step Aside Super Woman...Career and Family is for Any Woman.

Christine will lead the webinar discussion, providing advice and insights on how women can maximize their own potential both at home and in the workplace. GWebinars require registration and are limited to 100 participants. For more information and to register, follow this link.

GWSB Online Speed Networking
Tuesday, March 29 | 8:00 p.m. EST

As you well know, our students routinely grow into successful executives, social entrepreneurs, and CEOs of companies that change the world. Have you considered mentoring one of our MBA students? Are you looking for top-talent for your organization? What about that next great idea which could change the world? Well you should consider GWSB Online Speed Networking! Find the perfect match during the speed online networking event from the comfort of your very own home or office. Meet at least 20 of the best and brightest GWSB students. For more information and to register, follow this link.

Submit a class note and 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, 2033 K Street NW, Suite 230, Washington, DC 20006. If you prefer, you also may fax your information to 202-994-4411, or email us at To view the most recent class notes from fellow alumni, follow this link.

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

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

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