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The GWSB Alumni Advocate

April 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.

Department of Tourism Recognizes Donald Lehman During Their Annual Spring Colloquium

Michael Gehrisch, president and CEO of Destination Marketing Association International, speaks at the April 5 event

More than 120 GW Alumni, students, faculty and industry professionals attended the April 5th George Washington Tourism Alumni Network (GWTAN) and the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management's 2010 Spring Colloquium. Industry leaders from sport, event, destination and hospitality management shared their expertise around the topic of "Corporate Social Responsibility in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry."

The event was moderated by Michael Gehrisch, president and CEO of Destination Marketing Association International. Speakers included Doug Price, senior vice president of professional development at Destination Marketing Association International; Ghassan Aidi, president of the International Hotel & Restaurant Association; Kimberly Lewis, vice president of conferences and events for the U.S. Green Building Council; and Kenneth Abrams, former director of community relations for the Baltimore Ravens.

During the Colloquium, the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management recognized two outstanding individuals. Donald Lehman, PhD '70, senior vice president of academic affairs, was recognized for his outstanding efforts on behalf of the University as well as to the Department of Tourism. Doug Frechtling presented Dr. Lehman with an Award for Meritorious Service on behalf of the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Kannan Sankaran, BBA '98 received the Outstanding Alumni Award. This award is presented annually to a member of the GW Tourism Alumni Community who has continually supported the University's tourism program through service, by mentoring students and by providing internships, research opportunities and career opportunities. Sankaran is a vice president at PKF Consulting. Sankaran holds a Master of Tourism Administration degree with a concentration in international hotel management, as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in finance from GWSB.

GWSB Honors Dean's Legacy

Since becoming Dean of the Business School in 1998, Susan M. Phillips's strategic vision has helped propel the GW School of Business to become a Top 50 ranked business school recognized internationally for scholarly research, teaching excellence and innovative curricula.  As she prepares to retire, alumni, faculty and friends celebrate her unparalleled commitment to excellence at the School of Business.

On April 19th, the first event on the Dean's Legacy tour was held in Los Angeles at the home of Leah and Irv Rubin, current GWSB parents.  Alumni and friends joined Dean Phillips for an intimate dinner along with a discussion about GW's efforts to lead the way in sustainable practices of higher education with Mark Starik, professor of strategic management and public policy.

GWSB faulty and staff continued the celebration on April 23rd with a reception in her honor.  Gathered in the Oglethorpe Great Hall, members of the GWSB Community were joined by the Law School's Dean Frederick M. Lawrence and Columbian College's Dean Peg Barratt.  Speakers included Professor William Handorf, Professor Prabir K. Bagchi, Graduate Dean Murat Tarimcilar, Professor James Bailey, Undergraduate Dean Lawrence Singleton, William Carter and Mary ChangDean Phillips thanked everyone in attendance for their support throughout her tenure and her continued wish for GWSB's success.

GW Tech Alumni Group Kicks Off Its First Event, by Professor Maliha Haddad

As GW Tech Group President Brian Moran looks on, Professor Richard Donnelly presents Jeff Barr with a gift from the ISTM Department

On Friday April 9th,   the newly formed GW Tech Alumni Group hosted its first official event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, DC.  The event was the culmination of past efforts by alumni from different ISTM programs to establish a new group whose mission is to foster outreach, innovative networking and professional development activities. The event was a big success attended by a large number of GW Alumni, ISTM faculty and friends.  As a member of the GWSB faculty, it was a great opportunity for me to reconnect with many alumni whom I have not seen in a long time and hear their updates. I also enjoyed the presentation of the featured speaker Jeff Barr, Amazon's Cloud Evangelist and one of the industry's leading experts on Cloud Computing. The presentation walked us through Cloud Computing, discussed Amazon's platform and types of services, and elaborated on how business and government are using the Cloud. Jeff's talk was followed by a brief discussion of security in the Cloud and a Q & A session.

I look forward to meeting more ISTM Alumni at future events and hope that all alumni who are interested in technology will join the new GW Tech Alumni Group.  If you are interested in becoming involved with the GW Tech Alumni Group or learning more about its future events, please do not hesitate to contact me at or Brian Moran, ISTM '07 at 

As a GW alumna myself, I also encourage you to join the GWSB Alumni Community. For more information on Alumni Activities at GWSB, visit the GWSB Alumni Homepage or join one of the many GW Alumni groups on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Maxon Lecture Highlights Need For Transparency

From left: IASB Chairman Sir David Tweedie; Binyamin Appelbaum, former Washington Post reporter; and FASB Chairman Robert Herz discuss accounting standards.

Transparency in accounting practices and a movement toward converged accounting standards are key for regaining investors' trust, accounting leaders told a standing room only audience at The George Washington University School of Business Robert P. Maxon Lecture on April 7.

Robert Herz, chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), and Sir David Tweedie, chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), discussed "Greater Global Transparency in Financial Reporting: Lighting the Path for Investors." Speaking to a packed audience at the Jack Morton Auditorium, the accounting leaders highlighted the challenges of moving toward converged standards and the steps for getting there.

"We won't get another chance at global accounting standards," Tweedie said, highlighting the urgency for standards adoption.

Herz told the audience that there has been a "broad trend" to provide more information to investors. "Transparency is FASB's objective," he told attendees.

The event was moderated by former Washington Post reporter Binyamin Appelbaum.

The Maxon Lecture is named for GW alumnus Robert P. Maxon, who served his country in WWII and went on to hold several executive positions at Mobil, retiring as general manager of worldwide corporate public relations. The annual lecture features prominent executives and academics making presentations on contemporary global management issues. It is designed to add depth to the understanding of the next generation of global business leaders.

News from the F. David Fowler Career Center

Industry Experts to Join with Alumni in Helping GWSB Students Land Jobs and Internships

The F. David Fowler Career Center continues to find innovative ways to bridge the gap between the worlds of industry and academia.  The FDF Career Center is excited to announce the addition of Employer Development Consultants (EDCs) who will work with GWSB Alumni and business leaders to improve and enhance the School's relationships with current and potential employers.

"The addition of Employer Development Consultants to the staff is an important tool in helping GWSB students effectively launch and manage their careers," said Phil Flaherty, FDFCC assistant director of employer relations.  "Our goal is to put feet on the street to work with alumni and recruiters to develop successful partnerships that are mutually beneficial for employers and GWSB students."

Based in both Washington, DC and New York, the EDCs are career experts with a broad range of experience from various sectors and industries.  To leverage their professional experience and networks, the EDC's outreach efforts are divided by industry.  Based out of New York City are Andrew Swartz and Brooke Fina who focus on investment banking, other areas of finance, consumer products and retail.  Working out of Washington, DC are Steve Leavey, Roger Schwartz and Iris Zimmerman Garza who focus on the government and nonprofit sectors, energy, real estate, healthcare, media, entertainment, consulting and technology sectors.

The EDCs will begin scheduling brief meetings with alumni who are interested in helping students secure employment and internship opportunities within their firms.  To learn more about how you can help or to set up a meeting with an EDC, contact the FDFCC by calling 202-994-6704 or emailing

Special Offers for GWSB Alumni!

Summer 2010 Registration Begins May 10, Classes Start May 17

The Alumni Course Audit Program gives all GW Alumni the benefit of attending a wide selection of GW courses on a not-for-credit basis.

Available to GW Alumni of all ages and campus neighborhood residents above the age of 60, the Alumni Course Audit Program is a rewarding way to enhance professional skills, increase knowledge, and pursue a commitment to lifelong learning.

How To Register

-View the Summer 2010 courses available for audit listed by department
-Download course audit instructions and registration form
-Obtain the course professor or department chair's signature of approval
-Deliver or mail your registration to Alumni House @ 1918 F Street NW


-$125 per course for GW Alumni under the age of 60
-$65 per course for alumni and Foggy Bottom/Mount Vernon campus area residents over the age of 60

For More Information

Visit, or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 202-994-6435 or

Get involved with the GWSB-AN. Here are some new programs for you to participate in.

Volunteer for your Reunion Committee

We are currently looking for alumni from the Global, Professional, or Executive MBA Programs and alumni who recieved a Masters in Accountancy, Finance, Project Management, Informations Systems Technology, or Toursim Administration to help us plan the 2010 GWSB Graduate Programs Reunion. If you graduated in 2005, 2000, 1995, 1990, 1985, 1980, or 1960 this is a great way to get involved! If you are interested in volunteering for the GWSB Graduate Programs Reunion Committee, please email

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

On behalf of the GWSB Office of Alumni Relations, we want to thank our MBA Mentors for an extremely successful second year of the MBA Mentor Program. Your participation and dedication are an asset to the school and the students. We are currently looking for MBA Alumni volunteers to participate in our mentor program for Fall 2010.  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 28 How Do I Become a Federal Consultant?

Curious about organizational, financial and operational consulting within the federal community?  Interested in the diverse experiences that can lead you there?  If you are considering consultant employment opportunities and have thought about careers working with federal and public sector entities, then join alumnus Chris Young, BBA '80 and MS '83 as he talks about his career experiences and the role GW played in where he is today.

Event and Registration Details:
Wednesday, April 28th
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Alumni House
1918 F Street NW
The George Washington University
Please click here for more details and registration information

Register Now - April 29 ICSB Global Entrepreneurship Seminar

As part of President Barack Obama's Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, ICSB will host a two and a half hour seminar entitled, "National Factors Affecting Business Creation: A Global Assessment."  The seminar will focus on detailed analysis of individuals active in business creation and the impact of country characteristics on cross-national differences in participation in the entrepreneurial process.

The seminar will be moderated by Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy, executive director for ICSB and will include presenters Dr. Paul Reynolds, distinguished visiting professor, School of Public Policy, George Mason University; Mr. Amr Gohar, president, Middle East Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (MCSBE); Dr. Lois Stevenson, visiting research fellow, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Cairo; and Dr. G. Dale Meyer, distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Colorado - Boulder.

Event and Registration Details:
Thursday, April 29th
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Duques Hall 650
2201 G Street NW
The George Washington University
Please click here for more details and registration information

Register Now - May 6 GW Celebrates Northern Virginia

Please join us for an alumni reception at the Virginia Science and Technology Campus featuring an update on GW's latest research initiatives by Leo Chalupa, vice president for research.  You will have the opportunity to tour several research labs, hear from representatives from each lab and network with Northern Virginia area alumni while enjoying great food and drink!

Event and Registration Details:
Thursday, May 6th
6:30 pm - Reception

7:30 pm - Program
GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus
Ashburn, VA 
Please click here for more details and registration information

Register Now - May 10 MBA Graduation Celebration

Join us as we celebrate the upcoming graduation of the MBA Class of 2010! In the spirit of The George Washington University School of Business, come volunteer at the Neighborhood Farm Initiative's Community Supported Garden. Volunteers will be asked to help with spreading wood chips, weeding, planting and compost. The garden is across from the Fort Totten Metro. For more information, visit

Following the volunteer project, help us welcome graduating MBA students to the Alumni Community. Share your stories and post graduation advice while enjoying cocktails and hors d'oeuvres on the patio of Poste Moderne Brasserie.

Alumni and students may attend either or both events. The GWSB Office of Alumni Relations will provide one free drink ticket to those who attend the Celebration, and two for those who also participate in the volunteer project. We encourage you to register your attendance in advance.

Event and Registration Details:
Monday, May 10th

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Volunteer Project
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm MBA Graduation Celebration
Volunteer Location:
Fort Totten Park
Washington, DC 20011
Celebration Location:
Poste Moderne Brasserie
555 8th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
Please click here for more details and registration information

Register Now - May 11 Project Management Graduation Celebration

The George Washington University's Project Management Alumni Association cordially invites you and your guests to attend a special reception as we welcome Project Management's newest alumni. Meet fellow graduates of the Project Management program during our graduation event! This will be a great opportunity to learn more about becoming involved with the Project Management Alumni Association. We look forward to meeting future members of the Project Management Alumni Association, 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. We encourage you to register your attendance in advance.

Event and Registration Details:
Tuesday, May 11th

6:00 pm
Duques Hall Crain Center
2201 G Street NW
The George Washington University
Please click here for more details and registration information

Register Now - May 17 Have Fun Doing Great Work: Tourism Alumni Volunteer Opportunity

Work along side current MTA students, faculty, staff and friends.  The GW Department of Tourism has committed to provide 3-4 volunteers once a month to help make and serve dinner to folks in need at Miriam's Kitchen, a wonderful program that strives to serve healthy, delicious food to hundreds of people each day.  On the 3rd Monday of every month, members of the GW Tourism Community work from 4:00-6:30 pm.  No experience necessary. 

Event and Registration Details:
Monday, May 17th 
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Miriam's Kitchen
2401 Virginia Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20037
For more information, please contact Carolina at

Register Now - May 26 GW Alumni Networking Reception in Northern Virginia

Join fellow alumni for a networking reception and discussion with Ed Steinberg, BA '88.  Steinberg will discuss the benefits and challenges of online networking and how to approach networking in today's market.  Prior to Steinberg's discussion you will have the opportunity to mingle and network with fellow GW Alumni in the Northern Virginia area.

Event and Registration Details:
Wednesday, May 26th
6:30 pm
The Hilton - Tysons Corner
7920 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22102 
Please click here for more details and registration information

Twin Cities Event

Register Now - May 20 Women in Business Summit: A View from the Top

Why you need to attend:  Insights, perspectives, networking!  You want to excel and you need to learn the ropes.

These women know the new rules of marketing, communications, politicking, networking, life/work balance, and other key areas - and they are willing to share. 

Learn how innovative thinking, management style, risk management, strategic networking, and personal specialization play a role in your marketability and success. Don't miss this opportunity to get a leg up on in your corporate career or entrepreneurial endeavor.  The networking at this event will be invaluable!

The cost for this event is $35 with complimentary appetizers, cash bar.

Event and Registration Details:
Thursday, May 20th
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
W Foshay - Great Room, 2nd Floor
821 Marquette Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Please click here for more details and registration information

Ohio Event

Register Now - June 24-27 ICSB 2010 World Conference

The ICSB World Conference is a unique and special gathering place for ICSB's international community to share knowledge and network across borders. Over the last 55 years, the ability to develop both personal and professional contacts from other countries and across cultures has given ICSB members an advantage in the global marketplace. We expect a delegation of over 500 participants from 50 different countries to be in attendance.

The Conference Committee received over 400+ excellent submissions this year and has added 5-10 added value workshops to the program that include, but are not limited to, the Pre-conference Policy Forum, JSBM Reviewer Workshop and Research Opportunities with the PSED. Marquee sponsors for the event include Procter & Gamble, VISA and Dell Inc. Competitive paper tracks include Entrepreneurship Education, Individual Entrepreneurship, Women and Minority Entrepreneurship, Small Business and SME's in Developing Economies, Public Policy, Entrepreneurship and Technology, Family Business, Corporate Entrepreneurship, International Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship in the Arts, Entrepreneurship Across the Curriculum, and Social Entrepreneurship.

Event and Registration Details:
June 24-27, 2010

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
35 West 5th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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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