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In This Issue

- Sports Exec. Hall of Fame Recap
- MBA Mentor Program Event Recap
- World EMBA Introduced
- Links for Life Grad Recap
- GWSB T-Shirts Now Available!
- Exec. Education Programs
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Career Advisor Network
- Upcoming Events
- GWSB Symposium
- Business Case for Diversity
- UWIB Launch Event
- GWTAN Colloquium
- GW Real Estate Event
- Entrepreneurial Policy Forum
- EMBA Alumni Meeting
- Business Plan Competition
- GW Tech Group Discussion
- Alumni Service Awards
- MSPM Commencement Event
- Submit a Class Note

The GWSB Alumni Advocate

March 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.

GWSB Inducts Joel Segal into Sports Executive Hall of Fame

GWSB officially inducted professional football agent Joel Segal, BA, ’86, into the GW School of Business Sports Executives Hall of Fame on March 24th. His client list features numerous Pro Bowl and first round draft picks, including Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.

Segal has negotiated record-setting contracts for his clients. He also serves as president of Lagardere Unlimited Football. More than 10 former and current NFL players were in attendance to honor Segal, including Vick, Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans, Ashton Youboty of the Buffalo Bills and Ike Taylor of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In his introduction, GWSB Dean Doug Guthrie said sports are an important industry and a growing focus for the School of Business. “Joel Segal is a legend in this area and has an unbelievable roster of people he works for and with,” Guthrie said. “We are so happy to call him one of our own and to celebrate his presence.”

Segal praised the School of Business and Lisa Delpy Neirotti, director of GW’s Sports Management Program, for their work in the industry, stating “I think if I had [Delpy Neirotti] in school, I’d really be a super agent!”

“My whole professional career started at GW; I learned about work ethic and [developed] an understanding of how to out work people,” he added. Mr. Segal thanked his clients, family and friends for their support, noting they were the reason he’s been so successful.

You can read more about Joel's induction on GW Today.

The GW Sports Executive Hall of Fame was created in 2007 to honor alumni working at executive levels in professional sports. Past winners include Ted Lerner, AA, ’48, LLB, ’50, managing owner of the Washington Nationals; Randy Levine, BA, ’77, president of the New York Yankees; and Abe Pollin, BBA,’45, former owner of the Washington Wizards and former chairman, chief executive and majority shareholder of Washington Sports and Entertainment.

MBA Alumni, Students Make Connections Through Mentor Program

It’s all about building connections. That’s what 50 alumni who came out for the March 3rd MBA mentor program’s Spring Networking Night experienced. In addition to networking with current MBA students, participants heard remarks from Associate Dean of MBA Programs Liesl Riddle. In her new role, Riddle will oversee the school’s five MBA programs – the Global MBA, Professional MBA, Accelerated MBA, World Executive MBA and the Healthcare MBA.

Attendees, including members of the Dean’s Board of Advisors Burlie Brunson, EMBA, ’95, Denise Noznesky, BA, ’88, Mark Levine, MBA, ’78, and Chris Young, MS, ’83, BBA, ’80, came out to connect with their MBA mentees and fellow alumni. In 2008, the Dean’s Board of Advisors committed to implementing a mentoring program for all new students entering the Global MBA Program. The goal of the mentoring program is to enhance the educational experience of graduate students through the vast wisdom, talent and networks of the GW School of Business alumni community.

In addition to personal meetings between mentors and students, a networking event has been held each semester to bring the entire mentor group together and further strengthen students' relationships with alumni. This most recent event was open to all MBA Alumni, so those not currently participating in the program had the opportunity to learn more about what is involved from the mentors and to experience first hand the significant impact mentors have on their students.

GWSB will be recruiting mentors for the incoming Class of 2013 this summer. If you are interested in becoming an MBA mentor, please email

World Executive MBA Introduced at Student-Alumni Reception

GWSB hosted a reception on March 8th to introduce the new World Executive MBA program to the GWSB EMBA alumni and current students. The event was attended by 60 people, and featured introductory remarks by Dean Doug Guthrie and a detailed presentation of the program by James Bailey, director of the WEMBA. The alumni were deeply involved in designing the new program, and their contributions were welcome, Bailey said.

Students connect with Alumni at Graduate Links for Life Luncheon

The School of Business Office of Alumni Relations hosted its spring graduate "Links for Life" luncheon on March 10th. Each semester, undergraduate and graduate luncheons are held to allow students an opportunity to sit down with prominent members of the GWSB Alumni community. The luncheon was attended by over 50 students who were able to discuss their career goals, ask for advice, and practice their networking skills. Alumnus and table host Alan Susi, MBA '10, delivered opening remarks that reflected on his time at the lunches as a student participant and encouraged current students to give back to the school and university upon graduation.

Alumni participants in the luncheon included Michelle Ryan, MBA '96, Molly Swenson, MBA '07, Tricia Widgen, MBA '05, Anna Tant, MBA '08, Javier Arguello, BBA '95, Dana Stirk, MBA '07, Matt Gray, MBA '10, Blaine Atkisson, BBA '98, MBA '02 and Eran Goudes, MBA '08.

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 can be ordered online at this link and is also available in-store. If sales are successful, expect even more GWSB branded items in the future!

Enroll in a GWSB Executive Education Program

The Executive Education Programs (EEP) at GWSB offer certificate programs in executive skills and competencies development. Focused on the real practices of business, these convenient programs are designed for the manager who must consistently upgrade their skills to be relevant and perform optimally. Upcoming programs include:

-"Becoming Conflict Competent", a certificate program for those who train and develop others in negotiation and conflict resolution;
-"Being an Effective Virtual Manager", ideal for those challenged by having to lead and produce results from international work teams;
-"Corporate Governance Finance and Regulation of Business Associations", designed for those new to the executive role but unfamiliar with its' corporate obligations and duties or those managing a start-up or entity projected for growth.

GWSB Alumni are eligible for multiple discounts! You may register or find out more information about any of the following programs by contacting the Executive Education Programs at or by calling Mark Grace, Director of Executive Education Programs at (202) 994-8581.

Volunteer Opportunities

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

GWSB Symposium "Crossroads: The Interplay of Business, Government, and the Global Economy"
March 31st - April 1st
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. (Read more and register...)

GWSB MBA Admissions Presents "The Business Case for Diversity"
Saturday, April 2nd | 2 p.m.
Duquès Hall, 2201 G St NW, Washington, DC

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. (Read more and register…)

United Women in Business Launch Event
Saturday, April 2nd | 7:00 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
GW Alumni House, 1918 F St NW, Washington, DC

The United Women in Business Foundation (UWIB) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the professional and personal development of women in the business world. UWIB's mission is to foster success for its members by providing educational programs, mentorship and networking connections, and leadership and growth opportunities.

UWIB was founded by former members of GW Women in Business, a student organization dedicated to women helping women. Join them in celebrating the launch of their organization with appetizers, refreshments, and remarks from Kate Farrar, Director of Leadership, American Association of University Women and Ann Hopkins, author So Ordered: Making Partner the Hard Way. (Read more and register...)

GWTAN Spring 2011 Colloquium
Wednesday, April 6th | 6:00 p.m.
6th Floor, Duquès Hall, 2201 G St NW, Washington, DC

The GW Tourism Alumni Network Board cordially invites you to join them for the 2011 GWTAN Spring Colloquium, "Tourism as an Economic Growth Tool – A Live Case Study – EGYPT." This year’s colloquium will explore this current issue in the tourism and hospitality industry through a panel of experts and interactive discussion. (Read more and register…)

"The Art of the Deal" GWSB Real Estate Alumni Program and Networking Event
Thursday, April 7th | 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
650 Duquès Hall, 2201 G St NW, Washington, DC

The George Washington University School of Business Real Estate Investment and Development Organization (REIDO) and the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis (CREUA) cordially invite you to spend an evening with fellow GW Real Estate Alumni and current students, featuring a presentation Stephen Yalof, BBA '85, Senior Vice President of Real Estate at Polo Ralph Lauren, and Anthony Lanier, Founder of EastBanc, Inc. These two distinguished real estate executives will discuss "The Art of the Deal."

6:00-7:00 p.m.: Registration, Networking and Opening Remarks
7:00-8:00 p.m.: Presentation: "The Art of the Deal"
8:00-9:00 p.m.: Networking Reception

Please join us for this unique opportunity to network with fellow Real Estate colleagues at this exciting program! Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served. (Read more and register...)

Entrepreneurial Education Policy for Economic Development
Monday, April 11th | 12:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Duquès Hall Room 651, 2201 G St NW, Washington, D.C.

Local, regional and national leaders have long debated the issue of whether entrepreneurship education positively impacts economic development. This policy forum will address the relationship between entrepreneurship and education - Can you measure the impact using a public policy perspective?

The event will begin with a keynote presentation by Dr. Reynolds, who will highlight key research and implications for entrepreneurial education as a driver of global economic development. Following the opening keynote, distinguished panelists from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), SCORE, and George Washington University's School of Business among others will discuss their viewpoints on the public policy dynamics at work and how it relates to current research and practice. (Read more and register...)

EMBA Alumni Association Spring Planning Meeting
Tuesday, April 12th | 7:00 pm
Duques Hall Room 320, 2201 G St NW, Washington, D.C.

All EMBA Alumni are invited to join the EMBA Alumni Association for our spring program planning meeting on April 12th. We look forward to hearing your input and developing the framework for our spring/summer programs. If you plan on attending please RSVP your attendance to

GW Business Plan Competition and Reception
GWERT Honors Edward Barrientos, GWSB MBA '90
Thursday, April 14th | 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
6th Floor, Duques Hall, 2201 G St NW, Washington, DC

Join us to honor the 4th annual George Washington Entrepreneurs Roundtable (GWERT) Award Recipient Edward Barrientos, GWSB MBA '90, President and CEO, Brazen Careerist and to meet other alumni interested in entrepreneurship, business and innovation. This reception is being hosted as part of the 3rd Annual GW Business Plan Competition. For more information and to register for the reception visit this link. For more information on the GW Business Plan Competition, visit

"Securing the Cloud" - A GW Tech Alumni Group Roundtable Discussion
Wednesday, April 20th | 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
650 Duques Hall, 2201 G St NW, Washington, DC 20052

Join the GW Tech Alumni Group as they host their lifelong learning event for the 2011 Spring semester featuring experts in cloud computing. This event's focus is "Securing the Cloud". Expert panelists will be on hand to discuss challenges and experiences with securing the cloud environment from both industry and academic perspectives.

The panelists represent organizations on the cutting edge of cloud use. They will share experiences where the cloud has been an indispensable tool in minimizing the impact of attacks, and address the challenges organizations encounter in moving to the cloud. Speakers will also focus on how the cloud can be used to enhance site security and provide an additional layer of protection for customer's data.

Food and drinks will be provided. For a full list of topics and scheduled speakers, and to register, follow this link.

The 50th Annual Alumni Outstanding Service Awards
Honoring Howard Rubin, BBA '81
Thursday, April 28th | 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The City View Room, 7th Floor, 1957 E Street NW, Washington, DC

The Alumni Outstanding Service Award is given to alumni who advance the mission of the university through dedicated volunteer efforts in support of its programs, thereby ensuring the university's impact on our community and future generations of students. Join us for a reception honoring this year's award winners including Howard Rubin, BBA '81. For a list of all award winners and to register, follow this link.

MSPM May Commencement Celebration!
Sponsored by the MSPM Alumni Association
Monday, May 9th | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Duques Hall, 2201 G Street NW, Washington, DC

The George Washington University's MSPM Alumni Association cordially invites you and your guests to attend a special reception as we welcome MSPM's newest alumni. Meet fellow graduates of the MSPM program during our annual May Commencement event! This will be a great opportunity for you to learn more about the MSPM Alumni Association. We look forward to meeting fellow MSPM Alumni, hearing about your experiences, and introducing our new graduates. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served. There is no cost to attend this event, however we encourage you to register your attendance in advance by visiting this link.

Save the Date - International Receptions with MBA Students

Wednesday, May 11th | Istanbul, Turkey
TBD May 2011 | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Join fellow GW alumni in Istanbul and Rio De Janeiro for a reception with traveling MBA students participating in the Global MBA International Residency Program.

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.

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