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The GWSB Alumni Advocate

June 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.

New Dean Tapped To Lead GWSB

GWSB has named Doug Guthrie of New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business, an expert in the fields of management, leadership, corporate governance and economic reform in China, to lead the School.

As dean, Guthrie says he plans to focus on globalization, leadership, and corporate social responsibility and ethics as key pillars to help GWSB lead "at the intersection of business and society." He will encourage students and faculty to go beyond a narrow definition of the economy and business to "think more broadly about the role of the corporation in society and what that means to train our future leaders."

Most recently, Guthrie served as professor of management at the New York University Stern School of Business. He also holds a joint appointment as professor of sociology at NYU's College of Arts and Sciences.

"Doug Guthrie brings to this position a unique combination of insight, creativity and global experience," said George Washington University President Steven Knapp.

"I am thrilled about joining the GW community. At the School of Business we will be continuing the process of building a business school that truly stands at the center of business, politics and society," said Guthrie. "With the advantages of the Washington, DC community, we plan on making this a school that educates future leaders in a way that no other business school can. It is going to be a business school that is different than any other."

Guthrie has taught at Harvard Business School, INSEAD and the graduate schools of business at Stanford University, Columbia University and Emory University. He holds an A.B. in East Asian languages and civilizations with a concentration in Chinese literature from the University of Chicago, and he earned his master's and PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Guthrie studied in Taipei, Taiwan during his undergraduate years and conducted his doctoral research in Shanghai, China. His dissertation research was recognized with the American Sociological Association’' national award for the top dissertation in the field in 1997.

"We are pleased to have someone of Doug Guthrie's caliber joining George Washington University," said W. Russell Ramsey, BBA ’81, chairman of the GW Board of Trustees and CEO of Ramsey Asset Management. "He has the vision and energy to take the School of Business to a new level of excellence."

Guthrie takes the helm on August 1st. Susan Phillips is retiring as dean after 12 years.

"We thank Susan Phillips for her outstanding leadership," said Donald R. Lehman, executive vice president for academic affairs. "GW's School of Business attained national prominence during her time at the University, and we look forward to Dean Guthrie continuing to advance our world-class business programs."

Special Offers for GWSB Alumni!


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.



  • $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

Visit, or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 202-994-6435 or
* Registrations for Summer Session II received after July 21 will be subject to a late fee. Summer Session I registrations are now subject to a late fee.

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

Calling all PMBA and AMBA Alumni!

Connect with students and fellow GWSB Alumni by volunteering at the Links for Life Cocktail Reception! The alumni involvement is very simple and it’s a great way to connect with students. Volunteering for this event mostly involves talking to students about your profession, industry, how you got to where you are, and how your experience at GWSB has helped your career if applicable. The students will also come prepared with questions to ask you. If you are interested, please contact

Finance and Accounting Alumni Volunteers Needed!

The Office of Alumni Relations is looking for dedicated and passionate alumni volunteers to help form Alumni Groups for Finance and Accounting. Alumni Groups allow GWSB Alumni to stay connected to GWSB through shared interests, degree programs, making an impact on their department, and/or careers. If you would like to get involved in creating these Alumni Groups, please contact

Volunteer for your Reunion Committee

We are currently looking for alumni from the Global, Professional, or Executive MBA Programs and alumni who received a Masters in Accountancy, Finance, Project Management, Information Systems Technology, or Tourism 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.

Twin Cities Event

Register Now – June 29 It's Just Good Business: Sustainability Management
Reception and Conversation with GW Professor Mark Starik

Please join GW alumni, parents, and friends for a reception and conversation with GW Professor Mark Starik, department chair and professor of Strategic Management and Public Policy and director, Institute for Corporate Responsibility, Environmental Sustainability Program. Professor Starik will make a stop in the Twin Cities as a part of a cross-country trip in his plug-in hybrid Prius and will discuss what sustainability management is, why it is necessary, what issues businesses face, what GW is doing about it, and how you can practice sustainability in your daily routines. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

The GWSB It's Just Good Business series features GWSB faculty members speaking on current business events related to corporate social responsibility. Program topics are designed to reach alumni from all GW schools.

Event and Registration Details:
Tuesday, June 29th
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Home of Tracie Ward, CCAS BA '84
1 Windy Hill Court
Sunfish Lake, Minnesota 55077
(Between Inver Grove and Mendota Heights)
Please click here for more details and registration information

Chicago Event

Register Now – June 30 Sustainability Management: It's Just Good Business
The Professor’s Circle with Dr. Mark Starik

The Professor's Circle at GW School of Business brings together GWSB's most notable professors with groups of alumni, parents and friends in cities around the country. They meet for a thoughtful discussion of current events and the shared experiences and expertise of group members. It is a unique opportunity for professors to meet with industry leaders to solicit feedback on current research, and for alumni to reconnect with favorite former teachers and each other to continue their GW education.

Join us for an evening with Dr. Mark Starik, Director of the new GW Institute for Sustainability Research, Education and Policy. Dr. Starik will lead a discussion on green and sustainable business at GW and beyond. Please join him for conversation and networking with your fellow GW alumni and friends.

Event and Registration Details:
Wednesday, June 30th
6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Robinson Curley & Clayton, PC
Suite 1700
300 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, Ill
Please click here for more details and registration information

Brazil Event

Register Now - June 30 International Business Post Crisis: Prospects for Latin America: Emerging ideas in global banking, M&As and energy markets

Join fellow alumni, family, and friends of The George Washington University for a reception and panel discussion hosted by the George Washington University Trustee emeritus and Elliott School International Council member José Brito. There will be a brief update on developments from GW as well as the Office of Alumni International Relation’s vision for building a global and lifelong GW community, followed by a panel discussion featuring GW alumni and faculty experts. The panel will discuss Emerging ideas in global banking, M&As and energy markets and future prospects for Latin America.

Event and Registration Details:
Wednesday, June 30th
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Gávea Golf and Country Club
Estrada da Gávea 800 São Conrado 22610
Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
Please click here for more details and registration information

Oxford Event

Register Now - July 12-16 New Strategies for a Changing Economy: Summer at Oxford 2010

This one-week program provides an understanding of strategies necessary to overcome obstacles in a recessionary economy.  Lead by an experienced George Washington Business Professor, renowned tutors from Oxford University come together with industry experts and senior executives from Harley-Davidson and Hill & Knowlton to explore innovative marketing technologies, investment strategies and change management processes in the new economy. Participants will also consider current and future strategies for navigating financial and regulatory environments across Europe and around the globe.  Interactive academic sessions, industry and historical site visits round out this one-of-a-kind program created specifically for GWU graduates.  The program will be held at historic Merton College, founded in 1260 and said to be the oldest of Oxford University’s colleges. 

Event and Registration Details:
July 12-16, 2010 
Merton College, Oxford University 
For more information, please contact Mark Grace at

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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