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The GWSB Alumni Advocate

March 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.

MBA Speed Mentoring Kicks Off, by Bryan Goshorn, MBA '07

Lorin Luchs, BBA '86 and JD '71 speaks with MBA students in 3 minute intervals during Speed MentoringOn Wednesday March 3rd, the GW School of Business kicked off the inaugural "Speed Mentoring" event.  This event, which is an extension of the formal MBA Mentor Program, was recently initiated to provide a forum for MBA candidates to voice concerns and ask MBA Alumni questions in order to more effectively position themselves for placement in industry as graduation rapidly approaches.  Best practices and lessons learned were given to the candidates as they prepare to penetrate human resources, navigate the corporate environment and continue to grow their networks exponentially.

The event not only benefited the MBA candidates, but also assisted many of our MBA Alumni as well.  The alumni were exposed to updated MBA student logic and methodology which now allows our firms to modify and tailor recruiting programs to more effectively attract these same MBA candidates in upcoming career fairs.  It was a great night, and certainly benefited everyone involved.

I look forward to continuing my role as an MBA Mentor and encourage other MBA Alumni to participate in this highly rewarding program as well.

Dean's Board of Advisors Join Students at Links for Life, by Miyoshie Lamothe-Aime, BA '13

On March 05, 2010, the GWSB Office of Alumni Relations hosted the Links for Life Luncheon which gave undergraduate students a chance to connect with members of the Dean's Board of Advisors. This luncheon facilitated a means to gain insight into how, where, and what students could do in order to achieve their goals. The students in attendance were presented with funny stories and useful advice to help guide them in the right direction.

When I entered the Links for Life Luncheon, I was an International Affairs major quite unsure about how I wanted to accomplish my goal of helping my mother's home country, Haiti. I knew I wanted to have a hands-on experience helping the people who influenced my life the most, and sculpted me into the person that I am today. However, I knew nothing about how I wanted to go about doing something like this, and I began looking towards other disciplines to help give me a fresh perspective. One of the avenues I decided to explore was the Links for Life Luncheon.

It took me 10 minutes to realize exactly what I wanted to do to help Haiti in a significant way. I sat with two members of the Dean's Board of Advisors, Mary Miller, MBA '78 and Kenneth Chaletzky, BBA '71, who told us about their experiences. Ms. Miller is a development specialist at an international development institution, and Mr. Chaletzky is an entrepreneur who started his own business and opened offices all over Europe. Ms. Miller and Mr. Chaletzky gave me priceless advice that will stay with me throughout college and my career. It is because of advice like this that I can honestly say that I left the luncheon with more focus on a career path that will also enable me to help Haiti.

The Links for Life Luncheon truly did what the title said it would do. Whether it was the links we formed with people at our table or the links formed to help shape our future, the conversations I had and the people I met helped me and the other student participants form links for life!

Board of Advisors Unveils Dean's Legacy Campaign

Mitch Blaser, chairman of the Dean's Board of Advisors, served as master of ceremonies at a dinner held by the board during its spring meeting.

The GWSB Dean's Board of Advisors used its March 3-4 meeting to launch the Dean's Legacy Campaign, a philanthropic effort designed to honor Susan Phillips and the advances made at the School during her 12 years at its helm. The board pledged more than $275,000 to support the new Phillips Undergraduate Investment Portfolio and Duques Hall and Funger Hall art collection, two priorities tied closely to Phillips' legacy.

The fundraising goal for the legacy campaign is more than $700,000. To make a gift, please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 202-994-8157 or give online.

Twenty-two board members from New York to California came to campus for Phillips's final board meeting as dean. The group's agenda included discussions on academic and philanthropic priorities, GWSB's investment portfolio classes and distance learning programs. Don Lehman, executive vice president for academic affairs; John Kudless, interim vice president for development and alumni relations; Murat Tarimcilar, associate dean for graduate programs; and Phil Budwick, director of GWSB's Capital Markets Trading Room, gave presentations.

The board also used the meeting to launch its emeritus group, the Dean's Encore Circle, to recognize members with more than 10 years of service.

Chaired by Mitch Blaser, BBA '73, and the parent of a GW student, the Dean's Board of Advisors is a group of alumni, parents and friends providing ideas, support and resources as GWSB continues its push to become one of the Top 25 business schools in the nation.

GWSB Moves Up in BusinessWeek Rankings

GWSB's undergraduate program has jumped 14 spots to 51st place overall in BusinessWeek's rankings of business schools. BusinessWeek also had high praise for the academic quality of GWSB's undergraduate program, rating it No. 23 among 111 programs.

To read the full article, please visit:

Support GW Students in Michelle Obama's Service Challenge

Hopefully you have heard that GW Alumni will be participating in the Alumni Service Weekend on April 10-11, 2010.  This is an effort to support our students in reaching their goal of 100,000 hours as outlined in Michelle Obama's challenge.  To read more about Alumni Service Weekend and track your volunteer hours, please visit

The weekend will coincide with this year's Relay for Life, and we encourage our GWSB Alumni to show their support!  The MBA Association has made a commitment to help save lives from cancer by taking part in this important event.  At the event, MBA students will camp out overnight and take turns walking around the track.  To learn more or make a donation, please visit the MBA Team page.

To register your alumni team, please visit (you should see a big purple "sign up" button as you scroll down).  Once you or the designated team captain have formed a team, you can invite alumni to join from your participant center.  The website offers email templates with which you can recruit team members and solicit donations.  Registration is $10 per person, and each alumni team can have a maximum of 15 members.  As for fundraising and involvement, each team member is asked to raise $100 and each team to hold one fundraiser before the event.  There will be space available for teams to fundraise the night of the event.

You can find other volunteer opportunities by going to or

We are looking forward to seeing you all at this event and hearing about other volunteer opportunities you are participating in!

News from the F. David Fowler Career Center

You are cordially invited to the GWSB "Just in Time" Career and Internship Fair.

Each year the School of Business hosts the "Just In Time" (JIT) Career Fair, exclusively for School of Business students and top-notch recruiters who are looking for "just in time" opportunities and hires.  On behalf of the staff of the F. David Fowler Career Center of the GW School of Business, we look forward to seeing you at JIT!

The GW School of Business Just in Time Career and Internship Fair is on April 8th from 2:00pm-6:00pm.  There is no charge for employers to attend the JIT Fair, however, in order to attend employers must have current or imminent full-time and internship opportunities.  If faculty, staff or alumni have employer contacts that are looking to hire GWSB students, we would be pleased to have them attend. Employers can register here:

Students and recent alumni (graduated within the past year), who are interested in attending the fair on April 8th, can register and send their resume to employers by logging into their GWorkSB accounts.  Once you are logged into your account, click on the "Events" tab and scroll down to the "School of Business Just in Time Career Fair 2010".  From here you can see a list of employers who are attending, as well as the positions they are recruiting for. You can send your resume in advance to these employers, by clicking on the yellow RSVP button.

School of Business Just In Time Career Fair
April 8th, 2010
Employer Arrival and Registration: 12 pm - 2 pm
Student Arrival, Registration and Fair: 2 pm - 6 pm
Location: 4th and 5th Floors of Duques Hall (2201 G Street, NW, Washington DC 20052)

If you have any questions please follow-up with Kristen Nicole, employer relations associate, at

We look forward to seeing you, Just in Time!

Special Offers for GWSB Alumni!

GWAA Teams with Washington Sports Clubs and Bally Total Fitness to
Offer Exclusive Membership Discounts

Create a New You in the New Year with the help of GW Alumni Association. We have partnered with Washington Sports Clubs and Bally Total Fitness to provide discounted memberships for GW alumni.

Washington Sports Clubs is offering GW alumni over 20% off Regional Passport one-year memberships. You'll get access to all Washington Sports Clubs - 19 throughout D.C., Maryland and Virginia - for just $59 a month plus a one-time joining fee.* Need more incentive? Studies prove that regular exercise can prevent disease, boost your mood, improve brain function and lengthen your life. To learn more about WSC membership, visit To take advantage of the GW Alumni Association discount, call 800.611.9833.

* Offer currently valid only at Washington Sports Clubs and only for new members. Other restrictions may apply. Please call (800) 611-9833 for details.

Bally Total Fitness Special offer for 2010 - $0 Enrollment*

Bally Total Fitness is offering GW alumni $0 enrollment and a 30% discount on month-to-month membership rates. You'll get access to over 300 Bally locations nationwide for just $24.99 a month.*  To register online, visit, or visit any Bally Total Fitness club.  When registering, you will need GW's ID: 2000039281.

* Offer only for new members. At time of enrollment, members must pay first and last month fees, as well as a one time initial membership card fee of $20.00.

To join or learn more about discounts for GW Alumni, visit the Washington Sports Clubs and Bally Total Fitness pages on our Web site.

Get involved with the GWSB-AN. 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

Please join the GWSB Alumni Network at our upcoming local and regional events!

We look forward to reconnecting with you there.

DC Events

Register Now - April 5 GWTAN Spring Colloquium

The GWTAN Spring Colloquium is an annual event that addresses important issues that are affecting the Tourism and Hospitality Industry. 2010 marks the 5th Annual Spring Colloquium. In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the International Institute of Tourism Studies (IITS), this year's Colloquium topic will focus on "Corporate Social Responsibility in the Tourism & Hospitality Industry". We are very pleased to have this year's event sponsored by the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), the leading association and most reliable resource for official destination marketing organizations (DMOs) across the globe.

Event and Registration Details:
Monday, April 5th
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duques Hall Room 151
2201 G Street, NW
The George Washington University 
Please click here for more details and registration information

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

You are cordially invited to the 2010 Maxon Lecture and pre-lecture reception sponsored by The George Washington University School of Business Alumni Network.  The pre-lecture reception will begin at 5:00 pm and will be held on the second floor of the Media and Public Affairs Building.  The Maxon Lecture will immediately follow at 6:00 pm and will be held on the first floor in the Jack Morton Auditorium. The 2010 Maxon Lecturers are Mr. Robert Herz, chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), and Sir David Tweedie, chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). They will discuss "Greater Global Transparency in Financial Reporting: Lighting the Path for Investors."

Event and Registration Details:
Wednesday, April 7th

5:00 pm - Pre-Lecture Reception
6:00 pm - Maxon Lecture
Jack Morton Auditorium, Media and Public Affairs Building
805 21st Street., NW

The George Washington University
Please click here for more details and registration information

Register Now - April 8 The Business Response to Climate Change

The Business Response to Climate Change is a 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

12:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st Street., NW

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

Register Now - April 9 GW Tech Alumni Group Kickoff Event

Please join the newly formed GW Tech Alumni Group as they kickoff their first event on Cloud Computing featuring Jeff Barr, Amazon's Cloud Evangelist and GW Tech Alumni.

The event will begin with a short meet and greet followed by a presentation from Jeff Barr, one of the industry's leading experts on the topic. The talk will walk us through Cloud Computing, discuss Amazon's platform, and dissect how business and government are using the Cloud. Jeff's talk will be followed by discussions of security in the Cloud and a networking reception.

Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

There is no cost to attend this event. We encourage you to register your attendance in advance.

Event and Registration Details:
Friday, April 9th
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Four Seasons Hotel
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washinton, DC 20007 
Please click here for more details and registration information

Register Now - April 9 Real Estate Alliance Reception at the REIDO Case Competition

You are invited to an exclusive reception with Real Estate industry professionals the evening before the 4th Annual GW Real Estate Investment Development Organization Case Competition. You are also welcome to join us the following day as MBA students from leading universities compete in front of an esteemed panel of judges from various sectors of the industry.

REIDO Case Competition
Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 8:00am
GW School of Business
Duques Hall - 2201 G Street, NW

The 4th Annual REIDO Case Competition is sponsored by Boston Properties, JBG, City Interest, and Paradigm Development.

Past participants in the REIDO competition have included Georgetown University, University of Maryland, University of North Carolina, University of Pennsylvania, Texas A&M University, and the University of Washington.

Event and Registration Details:
Friday, April 9th
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Duques Hall, Crain Center
2201 G Street, NW
The George Washington University
Please click here for more details and registration information

Register Now - April 15-16 The GW Summit on Entrepreneurship

The GW Business Plan Competition and the GWERT awards ceremony, two previously disconnected events, have teamed up to celebrate the first ever GW Summit on Entrepreneurship, a two-day event designed to highlight and promote the creative, innovative and pioneering efforts of entrepreneurs in the GW community.  The Summit on Entrepreneurship will include two main events: the Business Plan Competition and the GWERT (GW Entrepreneurs Roundtable) Awards luncheon and ceremony.  Other events will include panel discussions focusing on different aspects of entrepreneurial endeavors, poster sessions for students to present their business ideas, and plenty of networking opportunities for alumni, students and friends to meet and cross-collaborate in their entrepreneurship.

Event and Registration Details:
April 15th - 16th
Duques Hall
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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