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The GWSB Alumni Advocate

May 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.  

Mentoring Program Off To a Promising Start

The GWSB Office of Graduate Programs and the GWSB Office of Development and Alumni Relations celebrated the first year of the MBA Mentor program with a reception and feedback session on April 30. MBA Alumni mentors joined their MBA student mentees to celebrate their new relationships and share the program successes and talk about areas for improvement.  The MBA Mentor program was created in the Fall of 2009 in conjunction with the roll out of the new Global MBA curriculum. The mentor program is an out of classroom learning and networking opportunity for the Global MBA students, so they can learn from the mentor's years of experience and also enhance their networking and relationship building skills.

The MBA Mentor Program year end celebration was held in order to honor those who participated but also as an opportunity for participants to reflect on the program and share their ideas for improvement.  Prior to the event, all mentor program participants were asked to complete a survey to measure the success of the program. The results were discussed following the reception. This discussion gave participants an open forum to talk about what worked and what could be improved for next year. Participants shared great feedback and we are excited to incorporate their ideas into the program for next year.

With the inaugural year of the MBA Mentor Program coming to a close, GWSB looks forward to continuing this program for alumni and students in 2010. We are currently recruiting new MBA Alumni mentors for the incoming class. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please email

New York Understands That "It's Just Good Business"

Alumni discuss the topic in small groupsThe School of Business Office of Alumni Relations held its third installment of the "It's Just Good Business" lecture series on May 21st in New York City.  The series features GWSB faulty members and alumni speaking on current business events related to corporate social responsibility.

With the Statue of Liberty in the skyline, D. Jeffrey Lenn, professor of strategic management and public policy and associate vice president of academic operations, spoke about corporate and managerial ethics and how they affect one's business and community at large.  By presenting the group with a case of corporate ethics, Professor Lenn engaged alumni in an interactive discussion. He encouraged alumni to actively take part in the exercise by breaking them into small groups.  One side looked at what makes a healthy business and the other group looked at what makes a healthy community. Alumni shared their thoughts, sought the opinions of their peers, and brainstormed ways to put the two pieces together. In order to illustrate his point on corporate ethics, Professor Lenn looked to the alumni participants to share what they would do if they were charged with making the strategic and ethical decisions for their organizations.

Professor Lenn also touched on the new Global MBA Program's contribution to educating GWSB students on this ever growing important issue of corporate.  Chairman of the Dean's Board of Advisors, Mitch Blaser, BBA '73, hosted the event at the downtown office space of Ironshore and was on hand to introduce Professor Lenn to the New York Alumni.

Professor Lenn speaks with Alumni after the program

GWSB will look to continue the "It's Just Good Business" series this fall.  Please look for details in upcoming issues of our newsletter.  If you have ideas for potential topics for our series, please submit them by emailing

Commencement 2009

Welcome Class of 2009 to the Alumni Community!

GWSB Graduate Programs Graduation Gala "A Night to Remember!"

Dean Susan M. Phillips and Associate Dean of Graduate Programs Murat Tarimcilar  hosted the School of Business Graduate Programs 2009 Graduation Gala.  As the kick off to a week long of commencement festivities, all graduating graduate students were invited to celebrate their hard work and numerous achievements with their fellow students, faculty, members of the GWSB staff, and the GWSB Office of Development and Alumni Relations.  With the Library of Congress as the setting, guests enjoyed cocktails, a live band, and international themed cusine.  Several food stations were set up to honor the many countries students have come from or traveled to during the time at GW.

Both Dean Tarimcilar and Dean Phillips toasted the Class of 2009 and praised them for their hard work and success.  Dean Tarimcilar made a special note on the importance of becoming an involved alumnus, giving back your alma mater and participating in the many GWSB Alumni activities.

The 2009 GWSB Graduate Programs 2009 Graduation Gala was a night to remember. This was a great start to commencement week and a great way to welcome the newest members of the GWSB Alumni Community!

GWSB Students, Faculty, And Staff Awarded For Their Service

Dean's Board of Advisor's member Howard Rubin delivers key note speechAs commencement week continued, students took part in many activities to commemorate their years at GW.  This year's GWSB Awards ceremony was held on Thursday, May 14th, the evening before the school commencement. The awards honored those students, faculty and staff who had achieved success for high academic achievement, service to their community, and recognition from their peers, colleagues and the Dean's Board of Advisors for their hard work in the school. 

With his daughter Danielle graduating from the Columbian College over the weekend, Dean's Board of Advisors member Howard Rubin, BBA '81, was on hand to give the keynote speech.  Along with words of wisdom for graduating students, Rubin explained their name is now tied to GWSB for life. He also shared the importance of being active Alumni, which is key to "keeping the school's stock continually rising."

As Dean Susan M. Phillips handed out the awards and gifts, students walked across the stage to be honored for their hard work and contributions to the school. This was a reminder that they will forever be connected to GW. For a complete list of award recipients, please visit

Taking The Next Step - By Betsy Smith, BBA '09

Four years, forty-three classes, five student organizations, two jobs and one phenomenal experience later, I am no longer a student at The George Washington University.  Graduation weekend was momentous, and trying to find the right words to say thank you and goodbye to a community that has given me so much was bittersweet.  While I am now a graduate, I somehow can't believe that I'm actually finished.  It's as if every academic year has been a line on a checklist, and I just completed "graduate from college."  Fortunately, I have also been able to check off "get a job," so after a quick respite, I will start my first full-time position at a healthcare company in the District. 

That's right ladies and gentleman, I'm about to be a real-life grown-up.  Like many of my classmates, I will soon be a young professional with an exciting career in a dynamic corporate environment.  I can barely believe that I fit that description.  GW helped me develop in innumerable ways, and it happened so gradually that I never noticed the person I had become; the person I am proud to be.  I'm finally realizing the depth of my education, only to find that I won't have the privilege of returning to school in the fall.  While I will relish not having homework, I'm a little disappointed that campus life will continue, unabated, without me.  Yet GW and I are inextricably linked, and I am confident that I can find new ways to define my relationship with the University.  I have not yet decided how I will contribute to GW as an alumna, but for now, I will kick-start my continued affiliation by proudly announcing that I am a graduate of The George Washington University.  All hail the buff and blue!

To read more about the 2009 GWSB Graduation, please visit our commencement page

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!

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 notes 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 Association at our upcoming local and regional events!

We look forward to reconnecting with you there.

DC Events

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

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

Save the date- June 30th MBA Pre-Reunion Reception DC 2009!

Join the MBA Alumni Community as we get together to celebrate the upcoming MBA Reunion.  Connect with your fellow MBA Alumni and share your memories of your time at the GW School of Business.

Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Click here to let us know that you intend to be in attendance!

Invitation and details to follow.

New York Events

Save the date- June 23rd MBA Pre-Reunion Reception NYC 2009!

Join the MBA Alumni Community as we get together to celebrate the upcoming MBA Reunion.  Connect with your fellow MBA Alumni and share your memories of your time at the GW School of Business.

Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Click here to let us know that you intend to be in attendance!

Invitation and details to follow.

Boston Events

Save the date- June 15th Stimulating the State: The impact of the economic stimulus package on The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Please join the GW School of Business Alumni Association as we kick off our new lifelong learning series "Stimulating the State," with GW Alumni in Boston. This program will explore the current economic situation and the impact of stimulus funds on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Our program will feature presentations by Daniel J. LaPlante, CFA, Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager with Citizens Bank and Meredith Ballou, BA '07, Chief of Staff for Representative David P. Linsky. Mr. LaPlante will present an overview of the current economic situation. Ms. Ballou and her colleagues will discuss the role of the Governor/Legislature in distributing stimulus funds to the Commonwealth. The speakers will take questions from the audience following the presentations.

Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

The GWSB "Stimulating the State" series features GWSB alumni or alumni connections speaking on the economic stimulus plan and the impact on specific states. This program was inspired by an idea from alumna, Jennifer Johnson Hrycyszyn, MBA '97. GW Alumni will benefit from this series by learning how the stimulus package will impact their home town.

Event and Registration Details:
Monday, June 15th
6:00 p.m.
Old State House Museum
206 Washington Street
Boston, MA

Please click here for more details and registration information



Dallas Events

Save the date- July 27 An Evening with GW and the Texas Rangers - Sold Out!

The Dallas Alumni Club and GW School of Business invite all GW alumni and friends to attend a special evening with the Texas Rangers! We have a private suite at Rangers Ballpark where you can enjoy food and drinks while cheering on the Rangers as they take on the Detroit Tigers!

Sometime during the first two innings, we will have a special guest appearance by former Rangers catcher, Jim Sundberg. Sundberg is a World Series Champion (1985, Royals), 3 time All-Star (1974, 1978, 1984), 6 time Gold Glove winner (1976-1981), and was inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame. You will also have the chance to view the Tigers pre-game batting practice from the field!

Event and Registration Details:
Monday, July 27th
5:00 p.m. Gates Open
7:05 p.m. Game
Rangers Ballpark
1000 Ballpark Way
Arlington, Texas

Please click here for more details and registration information




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For more information on Alumni Activities at GWSB, visit the GWSB Alumni Homepage.