The George Washington University
School of Business: Alumni

The GWSB Alumni Advocate

April 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.

Accomplished Alumnae Return To GW For Women And Philanthropy Forum

Nearly 100 GW graduates and philanthropists gathered at The George Washington University on April 2 for a forum about women making a difference through charitable giving.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz, GWSB MBA ’87, Charles Schwab & Co. senior vice president and chief strategist/consumer education and Charles Schwab Foundation president, delivered the keynote address. Schwab highlighted three keys to successful philanthropy: 1) finding your passion; 2) utilizing your resources strategically; and 3) ensuring your personal financial security.

Following the keynote address, a panel of noted alumnae discussed their approach to philanthropy, shared advice, and answered audience questions. The panel was moderated by Sharon G. Hadary, GWSB DBA ’75, immediate past executive director of the Center for Women’s Business Research and principal of Sharon Hadary & Co, and featured Kristina Bouweiri, ESIA BA ’85, president and CEO of Reston Limousine; Marla Lerner Tanenbaum, LAW JD ’83, chairperson of the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, principal owner of the Washington Nationals, and president of the Lerner Family Foundation; and Meredith LaPier, GWSB BBA ’81, MBA ’85, senior vice president and partner at CB Richard Ellis.

Alum Helps Americans Become Financially Fit - By Karen Ancillai and Amy Schwartz

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, MBA ’87, senior vice president and chief strategist for consumer education at The Charles Schwab Company and president of The Charles Schwab Foundation, spoke to MBA students on April 2 as part of the MBA GLOBE series. Schwab-Pomerantz’s topic was corporate social responsibility in practice at Schwab. She discussed how since taking over the foundation in 2001, she has channeled her passions and interests towards an overall foundation strategy to make Americans financially fit and fluent.

Schwab-Pomerantz said she wanted to maximize Schwab’s resources to be able to do more than give money and to reach beyond the company’s headquarters in San Francisco. She forged a partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to develop a program to build children’s financial literacy. Schwab said the program, “Money Matters - Make it Count," has benefited more than 100,000 kids in the U.S. Schwab-Pomerantz called it her proudest accomplishment, and more important than ever in today’s economy.

“At the very least, we need to instill having a basic understanding of every day financial issues," said Schwab-Pomerantz. “We need to focus on the young, get them educated so they can then become good role models.“

With the current recession and Main Street backlash against Wall Street, Schwab-Pomerantz said she believes that Schwab’s conservative investment strategies and carefully-guarded brand has kept the company in a positive light. Schwab’s community involvement has also played a role. Schwab supports the National Financial Literacy Challenge, a 35 question test administered to high school students, and the President’s Advisory Council for Financial Literacy, where she serves as an expert advisor.

Corporate social responsibility is part of the foundation of the new Global MBA program. At the start of the GLOBE event, Associate Professors Jennifer Griffin of Strategic Management and Christopher Kayes of Management provided an overview on GWSB’s programs to illuminate the connections to Schwab-Pomerantz’s talk.

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 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.

April 24th Solar Energy: A Solution To Energy And Environmental Problems?

The Institute for Analysis of Solar Energy Kickoff Symposium

The George Washington University Institute for Analysis of Solar Energy announces the first in a series of annual conferences focused on using solar electricity to meet challenges in energy independence and climate change. New research, key technical leaders as well as influential decision-makers, including Sam Baldwin, Hans Josef Fell, Gabrielle Giffords, John Lushetsky, GWSB, MBA ’94, Ted Turner, Jon Weelinghoff will be featured, with the aim of developing a consensus vision for the role of solar energy.

Event and Registration Details:
Friday, April 24th
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The George Washington University
Media and Public Affairs Building, Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st Street NW
Washington, D.C.
Click here for more details and to register.

April 25th- Hands on DC!

The GMBA Class of 2010 is pleased to announce the spring community service event and fundraiser, Hands on DC. This event is a great way to give back to the community while connecting with current GW MBAs.

Hands On DC is a community service event aimed at cleaning up DC public schools. Typical projects include painting, building planter boxes and planting flowers, cleaning and reorganizing classrooms, creating murals around the school, building shelves, picking up trash around the school grounds, making repairs to playgrounds, building benches and tables, etc.

If you are unable to volunteer, you can also show your support by making a donation under the “General Team Donation” tab of the Web site.

Event and Registration Details:
Saturday, April 25th
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School
659 G Street NE
Washington, DC
Click here for more details and to register

Save the date- May 2nd Virginia Campus Library 2nd Annual Homecoming Event

...The Spirit of Research...

Discover what Alumni library databases and privileges you have access to for free, understanding research: Its Ethos, Its Passion & the Ground of Its Being, find out methods of searching for grants and funding online, learn Google Scholar and Research Tips, and network with peers and faculty! The event is FREE and open to all GW Alumni, current and ABD students.

Event and Registration Details:
Saturday, May 2nd
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The George Washington University
Virginia Campus Library
44983 Knoll Square
Ashburn, VA
Please RSVP by 4/24 via email or calling (703) 726-8230

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

Cheer on the Washington Nationals as they take on the Boston Red Sox!

Join fellow GW alumni for a pre-game party and talk with GW Professor Lisa Delpy Neirotti. Neirotti will discuss sustainability in sports management at GW and within the Washington DC area sports teams.

The pre-game tailgate will take place inside Nationals Park, the nation’s first major professional stadium to become LEED Silver Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The cost of tickets are $29 ($24 for Young Alumni Network and $34 for non-alumni guests) and includes the game and tailgate food and beverage. Seats are located in Section 103. Tickets will be available for pick-up on the day of the game at Washington Nationals Will Call.

Event and Registration Details:
Thursday, June 25th
5:30 p.m. Pre-game Party
7:05 p.m. Game
Nationals Park
1500 South Capitol Street SE
Washington, D.C.
Please click here for more details and registration information

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

May 21st “It’s Just Good Business“

Please join D. Jeffrey Lenn, professor of strategic management and public policy and associate vice president of academic operations, as we continue our “It’s just good business” series with GWSB Alumni in New York, NY. Professor Lenn will address corporate ethics in light of the economic financial crisis looking at managerial ethics and business government relations. He will also discuss how the new Global MBA Program is educating our future business leaders on this important issue.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

The GWSB “It’s just good business” series features GWSB faculty members and alumni speaking on current business events related to corporate social responsibility. Program topics are designed to reach alumni from all GW schools and who work in a variety of industries.

Event and Registration Details:
Thursday, May 21st
6:30 p.m.
1 State Street Plaza
New York, NY
Please click here for more details and to register

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.