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The GWSB Alumni Advocate

July 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.

GWSB Graduate Programs Reunion is Just Around the Corner, by Tricia Wigden, MBA '05

How long has it been since you were climbing the steps of the Marvin Center? When was the last time you visited the exciting DC campus? Can’t remember? Well now you have the perfect opportunity to come back this fall. The GWSB Office of Alumni Relations has put together a fun-filled Reunion Weekend set for Thursday, September 30 – Sunday, October 3, 2010, featuring an extensive Graduate Programs Reunion schedule. Reunions are the perfect chance to renew old friendships, make new ones, and reconnect with the intellectual life of GWSB that fed our curiously constantly during our time on campus.

A few highlights of the weekend include:
  • The weekend kicks off on Thursday at the W Hotel with the Distinguished and Recent Alumni Achievement Award Ceremony. This is a great opportunity to learn about the recipients' collective accomplishments first hand and mingle with old and new friends. Don’t miss the chance to pop up to the W roof deck for a breathtaking view of the White House and monuments!
  • Remember the constant flow of intellectual stimulation provided by almost daily brown bags? The weekend will offer many chances to get our brains back in the academic game. On Thursday evening Professor Anu Phene will lead a discussion entitled “Creating a Competitive Advantage during an Economic Crisis: How Firms can use Innovation and Technology Alliances to get ahead in the Global Economy.” On Friday, the Annual Ramsey Student Investment Fund Conference hosts a panel luncheon on value investing.
  • The highlight of the GWSB Graduate Programs Reunion will be the GWSB Graduate Programs Reception and Awards Celebration hosted by Dean Doug Guthrie. This will be a great evening of celebration and opportunity to connect with alumni from all of the GWSB Graduate Programs. The reception will be followed by a performance on the University Yard from a grammy award winning band! The name of the band will be released on August 1st.
  • Saturday you can eat breakfast with the Deans and get a sneak peek of the President’s historic home. President Steven Knapp and Diane Robinson Knapp have generously invited us all to visit their home on F Street. Never thought you would actually meet the President? Now is your chance!
  • There is no doubt that DC has become a foodie area with Top Chef filming in town this year and Jose Andres becoming a household name. It is finally on the food map! To give us a chance to enjoy the restaurant scene together, the Taste of GW will feature tastings from local restaurants owned and operated by fellow GW Alumni.
Fall is a beautiful time in DC; with the leaves changing on the edge of the Potomac and strolls on M Street, as well as a great time to visit the updated Newseum or the Smithsonians. Find a way to fit this weekend into your travels, and come experience the excitement of the campus transformation including the new Duques Hall, and share your memories and accomplishments with friends and classmates! I look forward to connecting with you on campus.

GW Brings International Banking to Latin America

The GW Office of International Alumni Relations hosted its first International Alumni Program in Latin America on June 30, 2010. This event was graciously sponsored by former GW Trustee and International Council member José Brito.

The successful event was open to alumni, parents and friends who live in Miami, the Caribbean and Latin America.

The evening started with a cocktail reception and a brief update on developments from GW as well as the Office of Alumni International Relation’s vision for building a lifelong and worldwide GW Community followed by a panel discussion featuring GW Alumni and faculty experts on the topics of Emerging Ideas in Global Banking, M&As and Energy Markets and Future Prospects for Latin America.

After the discussions, GW Alumni and friends of the university were able to mix and mingle at the buffet dinner.

The Office of International Alumni Relations plans to leverage the success of this event and expand its programming in Latin America within the coming year. Should you have any suggestions for additional alumni programming in Latin America we would greatly appreciate hearing from you!

To view pictures from this event, please see the GW Alumni Flickr page.

GW Net Impact Achieves GOLD Chapter Status

Due to the collective efforts from our members and our Board, George Washington University Net Impact has become a 2010 Net Impact GOLD Chapter!  Net Impact is a network of emerging business leaders committed to using the power of business to create a better world.

Gold chapters are the most outstanding chapters in the Net Impact Network. They are characterized by energetic members, dynamic leadership, and excellence in all that they do. They also go above and beyond minimum requirements to actively give back to the network by sharing best practices, mentoring other chapters, and working with Net Impact Central to improve chapter offerings.

GW-Net Impact is now among an elite group of 15 Gold Graduate Chapters internationally. With our Gold status, GW-Net Impact will continue to attract student leaders with a desire to engage in socially and environmentally conscious business practices.

It’s Just Good Business Brings Sustainability to the Midwest

The School of Business Office of Alumni Relations continued the "It's Just Good Business" lecture series in both Minneapolis and Chicago in June. The series features GWSB faculty members and alumni speaking on current business events related to corporate social responsibility.

Mark Starik, department chair and professor of strategic management and public policy and director, Institute for Corporate Responsibility, Environmental Sustainability Program, spoke on the importance of going green and sustainability in business. He also spoke about how GWSB was educating its future business community on this significant issue through the new curriculum of the Global MBA Program. Starik also explained how GW is working towards becoming a more sustainable university.

News from the F. David Fowler Career Center

The F. David Fowler Career Center sponsored a networking reception in Manhattan on June 26th for the current crop of GW students working as summer interns on Wall Street. Alumni employed by the major investment banks, including Goldman Sachs, Barclays Capital, Citigroup, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Jefferies and The Carlyle Group, met with GWSB students during the packed event.

The goal was to create a forum where GWSB students interning on Wall Street could have an immediate network with each other and with seasoned alumni. “We also wanted to show GWSB’s appreciation for our Wall Street alumni who were instrumental in getting our student candidates internships this summer,” said event host Andrew Swartz, who has been spearheading the Career Center’s effort to increase GW student employment on Wall Street.

“Our new Wall Street initiative has been validated as evidenced by double-digit offers received by our students in the first year of implementation,” explained Swartz, a former investment banker who now consults for the F. David Fowler Career Services Office.

“Furthermore, more than 80 percent of the offers were for competitive front office positions like investment banking or research,” noted Sarah Saxe, a finance career coach at the Career Center and a crucial partner in GWSB’s efforts to improve Wall Street employment.  Saxe has a background as an investment banker.

Alumni in attendance praised the Career Center’s initiative.

“It was great to see so many alumni on Wall Street making an appearance and all of the students GW has helped out. This is a real turnaround in our career services,” said Brian Palo, BBA ’09, who is employed by Citi in investment banking.

“GW has clearly taken several important steps to improve its visibility on Wall Street,” said Alex Foster, BBA ’08, of Barclays’ investment banking division. “I wish there were a program like this when I was in school.”

Students who landed positions on Wall Street this summer were equally supportive.

“I can honestly say I would not have the internship I do now if it were not for all of the help I received from GWSB Career Center. FDFCC staff worked with me tirelessly to help me prep for my interviews,” said Michael Waterman, a rising senior currently interning in the investment banking division at Barclays.

The Career Center plans to continue and build on its “Wall Street Initiative” in the coming year.

Special Offers for GWSB Alumni!

Get Tagged with GW License Plates

Show your Colonials pride on your ride in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia with our new GW license plate!

Plates are available through the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia DMVs to alumni whose vehicles are registered in each state.

Visit to get tagged!

For more information please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-800-ALUMNI-7 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. 

“I have enjoyed the two mentor relationships that I have had - both mentees are bright, interesting people, who are enthusiastic about entering our field - it is great to have the opportunity to 'pay it forward' by helping them research the field, make connections, and make good academic and career choices for themselves.” – Mary Miller, MBA ’78

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please email

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

The Office of Alumni Relations is working together with alumni leaders from the GW Tech Group, MSPM Alumni Group and the EMBA Alumni Association to cultivate and strengthen our Alumni Groups. If you are interested in getting involved or becoming a leader, please email

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 – August 2 China and the US: From Financial Regulation to Economic and Market Investment Flows – Which Nation Has it Right and Why?

Sure you might think that the largest economy of the world is the one that has right recipe for success. Or you might think that the surging export machine of the challenger might be ready to overcome. Neil George, investor, educator, and editor of By George and Stocks That Pay You, will discuss the realities of what's working

Mr. George has worked on six continents in all facets of the financial markets ranging from bank lending, underwriting, and trading to economic and market analysis, as well as asset management. Mr. George has served as chief economist and other senior positions at a collection of institutions including Merrill Lynch International Bank, Mark Twain Bank, Mercantile Bank, and Guinness Flight. He is also a professor and board member of Webster University's School of Business and Technology. Mr. George earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Kings College and a Master's degree in international finance from Webster University in Europe.

This event is open to the GWSB community, space is limited, arrive early.

Event and Registration Details:
August 2nd
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Duques Hall, room 651
2201 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20052
For more information, please contact Marsha Shinkman.

Register Now – August 26 Let’s Go Back to Business School!

The F. David Fowler Career Center and the Office of Development & Alumni Relations invite you to a reception welcoming the Global MBA Class of 2012. This reception is an opportunity to introduce the newest members of the GWSB Community to some of our most regarded alumni and employers. The 130 MBA students are excited to connect with you and experience the value of being a member of the GWSB Network.

Event and Registration Details:
August 26th
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Oglethorpe Hall, first floor of Duques
2201 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20052
Please click here for more details and registration information

Register Now – September 9-10 Corporate Responsibility in a Global Economy

The Institute for Corporate Responsibility at The George Washington University School of Business presents "Corporate Responsibility in a Global Economy" international conference on September 9-10, 2010. This conference will feature renowned speakers such as Ed Freeman, University of Virginia; Duane Windsor, Rice University; John F. Mahon, University of Maine; Rich Wokutch, Virginia Tech; Dirk Matten, York University; Stephen Brammer, University of Bath and many more. If you would like to receive a copy of the complete agenda, please email

Event and Registration Details:
September 9-10
Duques Hall, rooms 650 and 652
2201 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20052
Please click here for more details and registration information

Register Now – October 9 sisU Bootcamp: Develop Your Own Strategy in the New Sisterhood of Success

In this half-day intensive, participants will work through the exercises and chapters of Kathy Korman Frey's book and educational project: The Hot Mommas® Project and the New Sisterhood of Success. During this event, learn how to:

  1. Understand the hard-hitting facts behind the value of women and girls in society, and the role we can play in bringing that value to the forefront.
  2. Learn how to build your group of "5" (the magic number) professional supporters through a sisU plan.
  3. Discover how to claim time in our daily lives for our #sisU plan (aka creating a little impenetrable oasis for ourselves).
  4. Pay it forward to others, creating a measurable and meaningful impact while helping women and girls.
  5. Learn about success factors for women and their careers, including research and solutions on balance, communication, prioritization, negotiation, and self-confidence, as taught in the award-winning Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership class at the George Washington University School of Business, Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence and featured in the Washington Post Magazine article 'CEO of ME Inc.'
Event and Registration Details:
October 9th
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
The George Washington University School of Business
2201 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20052
Please click here for more details and registration information

New York Event

Save the Date – October 28-29 GW Global Forum

Building upon the success of the Inaugural Global Forum held in Hong Kong last November, the New York Global Forum will bring together leading faculty and alumni from around the world to exchange insights on timely global issues. The Forum’s panels will address two overarching themes: the Global Financial Crisis and Global Women’s Issues. The panels will not only showcase the depth of intellectual capital at GW, but also allow for representation from several schools on each of the panels.

The Annual MBA Career Trek will be held in conjunction with this event. More details to come.

Event Details:
October 28-29
The Waldorf Astoria Hotel
301 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022
For more information please visit

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