The George Washington University
School of Business: Alumni

The GWSB Alumni Advocate

March 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.

These days, “It’s Just Good Business” to go green! - By Amy Schwartz

The School of Business Office of Alumni Relations continued the “It’s Just Good Business” lecture series on March 9th. 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 in the Washington, D.C. area.

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.

Capitalizing on the ever growing green market, the event was hosted at Hook in Georgetown. Founded on the principle of being an eco-friendly restaurant, Hook has an ever changing menu that adjusts with the state of sustainable fish. They pride themselves on using locally grown produce and humane animal products. As stated on their website, “The two things that link every human on the planet are food and environment and we cannot live with out either.“

The third installment of the “It’s Just Good Business” series will be held late this spring in New York City and will feature Professor D. Jeffrey Lenn.

D.C. Sports Icon Honored at GW School of Business - By GWSB Communications

Abe Pollin, owner of the NBA Washington Wizards, has been inducted into the GW School of Business Sports Executive Hall of Fame. Pollin, BBA ’45, received the honor at a March 9 ceremony at the Charles E. Smith Center. Dignitaries on hand for the induction included NBA Commissioner David Stern and Washington Capitals hockey-team owner Ted Leonsis. Pollin’s accomplishments highlighted at the event included his development of the Verizon Center. Since its launch in 1997, the Verizon Center has revitalized Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown neighborhood.

“Abe Pollin is a sports and business legend," said Lisa Delpy Neirotti, GWSB associate professor of sport management and tourism. “His contribution to the sports industry is unparalleled, and it was an honor for us to induct him into the GWSB Sports Executive Hall of Fame. I was touched by his kind words about the School and strong support of the sport management program.“

Pollin joins an illustrious group of sports executives and GW alumni, including David Falk, JD ’75, founder and CEO of Falk Associates Management Enterprises (F.A.M.E.); Jerry Reinsdorf, BA ’57, chairman of the Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox; Ted Lerner, AA ’48, LLB ’50, managing owner of the Washington Nationals baseball team; Randy Levine, BA ’77, president of the New York Yankees; and Sam Perlozzo, BS ’73, former manager of the Baltimore Orioles and current third-base coach for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Pollin and his wife Irene are in their 45th season as owners of the Washington Wizards (previously known as the Washington Bullets), making them the longest-tenured owners in the NBA and putting them on the front line of some of professional basketball’s most memorable moments. Their sports management leadership has also included ownership of the Washington Capitals, a National Hockey League franchise, and the launch of the professional women’s basketball team, the WNBA Washington Mystics.

Pollin also is chairman of the board, chief executive, and majority shareholder of Washington Sports and Entertainment, through which he oversees the operations of the Washington Wizards, Washington/Baltimore Ticketmaster, and in-house promoter Musicentre Productions, as well as the management of the Verizon Center and The George Mason University Patriot Center. Thirty-five years ago, the Pollins opened the Capital Centre in Landover, Md.

MBA Students Give High Marks to San Francisco Career Trek - By Catherine Lee, MBA ’10

Twenty MBA students recently spent three days meeting distinguished alumni, visiting corporate headquarters, and listening to business executives talk about their industries. The activities were part of the 2009 San Francisco Career Trek, held March 4-6.

Students met with 19 distinguished alumni from the GW School of Business, interacting with them throughout San Francisco at in-office sessions, meetings, lunches, dinners, and an alumni mixer.

Alumni who shared their experiences, insight, and professional advice included Neil Baquiran, MBA ’07, of, and his wife, Aileen Baquiran of Jazz Pharmaceuticals; Scott Beeber, BBA ’93, of Craford Benefit Consultants; Logan Coker, MBA ’07, of Del Monte Corp.; and Melanie Warrick, MBA ’01, of Accenture.

Early on March 5, the students began the trek with in-office visits to Wells Fargo and Navigant Consulting. Maya Paul, MBA ’07, human resources consultant with Wells Fargo, and Bob Behray, MBA ’80, senior vice president of Wachovia Securities, greeted seven students majoring in finance. Paul and Behray led an insightful presentation and a vibrant question-and-answer session focused on the Wells Fargo-Wachovia merger.

Ave Tucker, BBA ’77, sponsored the Navigant Consulting session. Thirteen students majoring in environmental business and consulting visited that company to learn about sustainable business, green business, and alternative energy.

On Friday morning, the GWSB chapter of Net Impact, a leading sustainable business student club, organized three speakers from local green businesses to speak during a breakfast featuring organically grown foods. Students closed the career trek with a “Last Supper” meeting with Jim Carruthers, MBA ’80. Carruthers, a fund manager at Third Point LLC, spoke about his career in hedge-fund management.

Over the course of the two days, students also met with distinguished alumni from Adaptive Planning, Business Researchers, California Pacific Medical Center, Federal Realty Investment Trust, Jacobs Associates, Kaiser Permanente, Logitech, Marriott, Sandler O’Neill & Partners, SolFocus, and Visa.

Unlike previous career treks, the 2009 San Francisco Trek offered an opportunity to exchange thoughts and pose questions in a more intimate environment. Afternoon meetings brought groups of no more than six students together with a single alumnus in restaurants and offices across the city. The trek also engaged more alumni than ever before. Students found themselves making meaningful introductions and involved in thoughtful discussion and debate about business issues - a superb learning and networking experience. Please read more about the trek by visiting the students‘ blog at

EMBA Alumni Association Helps You To Not Get Taken to the Cleaners - By Amy Schwartz

The School of Business Office of Alumni Relations partnered with the EMBA Alumni Association for its first 2009 Lifelong Learning event on March 18. The program used the example of “The Infamous $54 Million Lawsuit against the District Drycleaner," to explain how a business should conduct itself in a way to avoid litigation, and also how to survive the process successfully if it should occur. The lead partners in the litigation group at Manning & Sossamon PLLC, Christopher C.S. Manning and Melinda A. Sossamon lead the presentation. With the hard work of their legal team, they were able to save the Chung family dry cleaners from being infamously “taken to the cleaners” because of a misplaced pair of pants.

The EMBA Alumni Association will continue its Lifelong Learning series on May 7, 2009 with “An Evening with Michael Oxley - The State of the Economy: Sarbanes-Oxley and Beyond.” Please look for location and registration details in the upcoming issues of our newsletter.

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 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 Amy Schwartz at 202-994-3497 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

April 2nd Women and Philanthropy Forum

Women Making the Difference

The Women in Philanthropy Forum: Women Making the Difference, will bring together prominent women philanthropists to discuss the scope and impact of women’s wealth, and to highlight the social and economic change driven by women’s philanthropy.

9:30 - Registration and Coffee
10:00 - Welcome: Adrienne A. Rulnick, associate vice president for alumni relations and development
10:05 - Remarks: President Steven Knapp
10:10 - Keynote Speech: Carolyn Schwab Pomerantz, GWSB MBA ’87
10:45 - Panel Discussion
12:00 - Lunch and Table Discussions
1:00 - Closing Remarks: Laurel Price Jones, vice president for development and alumni relations

Please respond by Monday, March 30 to reserve your space.

Event and Registration Details:
Thursday, April 2nd
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The George Washington University
1957 E Street NW, 7th Floor
City View Room
Washington, D.C.
Click here for more details 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.
The George Washington University
Duques Hall Room 151
2201 G Street, NW
Washington, D.C.
For more information please email

April 22nd the GW Capital Investment Project


Discussion and Reception with Drs. Tjai Nielsen and Liesl Riddle

Please join Dr. Tjai Nielsen, assistant professor of management, and Dr. Liesl Riddle, associate professor of international business and international affairs, as they discuss and answer questions about the GW Capital Investment Project (GW-DCIP).

Formed in 2006 the GW-DCIP is a collaborative research effort of faculty and students from a variety of academic disciplines across the university, including economics, international affairs, international business, management, and public administration. The team studies how and why migrants and their descendents, or “diasporas," invest in their countries of origin--and how these investments contribute to economic development.

Event and Registration Details:
Wednesday, April 22nd
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
The George Washington University
Alumni House
1918 F Street, NW
Washington, D.C.
Click here for more details and to register.

Save the date- May 7th EMBAAA 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.

This program is open to all GW Alumni. EMBA Alumni are invited for a post program reception.

Event and Registration Details:
Tuesday, May 7th
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
The George Washington University
1957 E Street NW, 7th Floor
City View Room
Washington, D.C.
Please click here for more details and registration information.

Save the date- June 25th Washington Nationals vs. Boston Red Sox

Join fellow GW alumni for the DC Alumni Chapter’s Nationals vs. Red Sox game. The pre-game event will be held in Nationals Park and we will be joined by GW Professor Lisa Delpy Neirotti who will discuss sustainability in sports management at GW.

We are able to offer tickets at a special discounted rate for GW alumni and their families! The cost of tickets includes the pre-game event. Tickets will be available for pick-up on the day of the game at Nationals Park Will Call.

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

Boston Events

Attention Boston area GWSB Alumni. We are coming to you this summer!

Please look for event details in upcoming issues of our newsletter.

New York Events

GWSB will be hosting an alumni event in your city!

Our third installment of the “It’s Just Good Business” lecture series will be held in New York City. The event will be held in late spring and will feature Professor D. Jeffrey Lenn.

Please look for details in upcoming issues of our newsletter.

Chicago Events

Keeping your Career Vision and Becoming a Business Star

Event and Registration Details:
Wednesday, April 1st
6:00 p.m.
The Metropolitan Club
Michigan Room
66th Floor of Sears Tower
233 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, Ill
Click here for more details and to register.

Speed Networking with Top-tier Business School Alumni

Event and Registration Details:
Thursday, April 16th
5:30 p.m.
The Metropolitan Club
Oak Room
67th Floor of Sears Tower
233 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, Ill

Click here for more details and to register (to register click on the event date)

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.