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The GWSB Alumni Advocate

May 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.

Global MBAs Celebrate Community for Graduation Week, By David Kirkland, MBA '10

I recently had the pleasure of being part of the first “Graduation Week” for the Global MBA Class of 2010. The aim of “Graduation Week” is to bring the class together for one last time, and in doing so encourage the development of professional networks and life-long relationships. As “alumni in residence”, GMBAs realize it is important to have a complete 2-year experience, capped with a week of fun and community-building.

The week started off with a trip to Nationals Stadium for a beautiful Sunday afternoon baseball game. On Monday, students volunteered their time toiling in the Fort Totten community garden, then enjoyed drinks with GWSB Alumni at Poste courtesy of the Office of Alumni Relations. Tuesday brought GMBAs together for “Cohort Night”, during which they gathered in their old classrooms, presented awards to professors, handed out superlatives, and enjoyed one final student-produced spoof of GMBA life. The GWSB Graduation Gala at the Library of Congress on Wednesday evening gave GMBAs an opportunity wear their gowns and black ties while dancing the night away. Thursday night marked the “Final IPO”, during which the GMBA class of 2010 enjoyed the last installment in their weekly happy hour-inspired “Informal Public Outing”. And lastly, on Friday, GMBAs donned their regalia and enjoyed the GWSB graduate commencement along with family and friends in attendance.

My two years as a GMBA were educational, formative, fulfilling, and certainly a time I will never forget. As a newly-minted alumnus, I plan to give back to the GW Community in simple, yet powerful, ways. While many people may think that monetary gifts are the way to contribute, in reality alumni can make an impact by mentoring, volunteering to speak, or providing a current student with an internship or full-time position. These basic acts are the building blocks of a healthy and vibrant Alumni Community, and key to the future of the GWSB. It’s my hope that the GMBA class of 2010, which embraced the concept of being good “alumni in residence”, will excel as the latest addition to the GWSB Alumni Community.

Graduating MBA Students Begin Final Week at GWSB With Service, By Lisa Manning, MBA '10

Graduating MBA students take part in service to celebrate commencementOn Monday, May 10th the GW MBA Class of 2010 kicked off their graduation week with a service event at a Fort Totten community garden.  Alumni and students worked in the Neighborhood Farm Initiative garden planting herbs and tomato plants, weeding and laying compost.  The food grown at the garden supports local homeless shelters and farmer’s markets.   It was a beautiful sunny afternoon, and the volunteers enjoyed spending time together outside the classroom.  As the former VP of Social Responsibility on the MBA Association, I was happy to see my classmates interested in giving back to the community.  After the service event, the volunteers headed to a reception with other graduate students and alumni hosted by the GWSB Office of Alumni Relations at Poste Brasserie

Other graduation week celebration activities included a Nationals baseball game, a gala at the Library of Congress and a final IPO (Informal Public Outing) at MadHatters.  As First Lady Michelle Obama said in our graduation speech, “Keep going. Keep giving. Keep engaging.”  I look forward to continuing my service after graduation with the alumni community.

Undergraduates Take the Stage at the National Mall, By Jamie Ramacciotti, BBA '10

It was somewhat surreal to sit among the thousands of graduates last Sunday, flanked by the various Smithsonian institutes, the Capitol and the Washington Monument. I earned my BBA in December and was fortunate to receive a job offer with a sports and lifestyle marketing agency in Connecticut. Coming back for graduation was my first time back to DC since I left in January, and it gave me an opportunity to reflect in a new way on my time at GW. It was great to catch up with friends and professors and to relive the memories of the last four years. But more than that, it was an excellent opportunity for me to see the ways in which my time at GW prepared me for my future.

Over six semesters on campus and one semester abroad in Milan, Italy, I learned and experienced more than I could possibly have imagined. Of course I received an excellent education in the classroom, but I believe that some of my most valuable learnings came from outside the classroom. Skills and wisdom that came from discussions with professors during office hours, taking the time to explore DC, networking with alumni, and interacting with my peers through student organizations and group projects. Now, just five months after I left Foggy Bottom for a new life in southern Connecticut, I am able to put all of the things that I learned to good use. When I tell people that I am a graduate of The George Washington University, I feel compelled to remind them that I went to school in our nation’s capital and that my college experience means much more than a required number of hours in the classroom.

My sincere congratulations to the class of 2010 – I am confident that you will all find yourselves well equipped to enter the corporate world and succeed beyond your wildest dreams.

MSPM Alumni Welcome the Newest Graduates to the Alumni Community

The newly formed Project Management Alumni Association came together to celebrate the graduation of 45 new alumni from the Project Management Program on Tuesday, May 11. The alumni have reason to celebrate, as of this spring they are more than 900 strong.

Led by Russell Fugett, MSPM ‘07, president of the Project Management Alumni Association and winner of the 2010 Outstanding Alumni Award, the Project Management Alumni Assoication hosted its second biannual alumni/new graduate reception at the Crain Center in Duques Hall. The newly established board was thrilled with the opportunity to connect with the newest group of alumni. This event offered past and present graduates the chance to network, reminisce, and share the highlights of their GW MSPM experiences.

MSPM Director, Anne Koprince commented, “We have an incredibly accomplished group of alumni and we are excited to be able to provide opportunities for networking and continued education through the Project Management Alumni Association.” As the alumni board becomes more established over the next six months, the association plans to organize career mentoring, regular webinars, e-newsletters, December and May alumni/graduate receptions, and a website and blog.

If you are an MSPM alumnus and have yet to get connected, we want to hear from you! All MSPM Alumni are encouraged to join the groups on Facebook and Linkedin both under the name "The GWU School of Business Master of Science in Project Management Alumni." For more information email:

DAY at DELL for European National Winners of 2009 Dell/ICSB Small Business Excellence Award

Dr. Tarabishy (far right) and David Smallbone (far left) with members of Dell

Dell Inc. hosted the European National winners for the 2009 Dell/ICSB Small Business Excellence Award in the UK last month. Over two days, the four country winners representing UK, France, Germany and Spain were involved in a number of sessions designed to enhance best practice and grow their business. Aside from presentations and networking activities, national winners had a chance to meet with Michael Dell, who was present at the event to share his insights and experiences. Selected press from across Europe attended the event, gaining a fascinating insight into the key challenges faced by small businesses and how they are using technology to overcome them.

Among the presenters were ICSB Executive Director and Dept. of Management Research Professor Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy, who gave a presentation titled, Global Trends from Dell Small Business Excellence Award Finalists 2009 and Dr. David Smallbone, incoming president of ICSB, who presented on Speed Mentoring: Judges Help address top business challenges (submitted by CEOs). As an official award partner, ICSB is responsible for management and operation of the competition to promote the development of knowledge in all areas of business theory and practice. Please visit for more information, including photos of the event and winner profiles.

News from the F. David Fowler Career Center

The Alumni Hook-up: The Career Center Offers a Connection that Works

Speed-networking with alumni, company site visits, on-campus recruiting events, and employer information sessions are just a few of the many resources GWSB junior Alex Latawiec has utilized at the F. David Fowler Career Center. But he says there's one service that has proven immensely useful in landing an internship and developing a strong connection with an alumnus.

"The Career Advisor Network houses data for nearly a thousand alumni who are professionals in practically every industry and want to help GW students," said Alex. "You can find alumni by major, geographic location, or company."

Through the Career Advisor Network, Alex connected with Geoff Cleveland, BA '05, a senior financial associate at the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). Alex was interested in an internship position at RBC and he contacted Cleveland hoping to learn more about the company. What he received was a prompt response and an invitation to visit the RBC offices. "The office visit lasted over two hours. This experience showed me first-hand what he [Cleveland] did and from that I was able to determine my 'fit' in wealth management," commented Alex.

Cleveland said throughout his undergraduate career at the School of Business, many alumni provided their time and talents to assist him and he’s glad to have the opportunity to 'pay it forward' with current students. "Giving back to GWSB not only benefits the School but also the entire GW Community," said Cleveland. "Alumni can stand to learn a lot through interactions with current students."

Students interested in linking with alumni through the Career Advisor Network can find contact information on the GW Alumni website. "I likely would not be in my career today if it had not been for the support of GWSB Alumni," said Cleveland.

Special Offers for GWSB Alumni!

MyWorkster Alumni Career Fair on June 18th

A DC Alumni Only Multi-School Job Fair hosted by GW and

Friday, June 18 | 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Marvin Center Ballroom
800 21st Street, NW Washington, D.C.

Looking to hire?
This event is an amazing opportunity to gain direct access to talented and experienced alumni exclusively invited by participating universities.

Looking for new career opportunities?
You won't want to miss this unique opportunity to meet with many of the nation's most respected employers in varying industries.

Read more and register!

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 Event

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

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.