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- Alumni Weekend 2011
- MBA Residencies Recap
- Volunteer Opportunities
- MBA Mentor Program
- Career Advisor Network
- Upcoming Events
- Social Media for Small Business
- Accountancy Dept. Event
- Submit a Class Note

The GWSB Alumni Advocate

July 2011

The GWSB Alumni Advocate is a newsletter featuring ideas on how you can get involved with the GWSB Alumni Network, articles on recent events and information on upcoming GWSB Alumni events.

Registration now open for 2011 Alumni Weekend and the GWSB Graduate Alumni Celebration!

September 15-18, 2011
Every year during Alumni Weekend, campus comes alive as thousands of alumni, friends and families return to GW. All Colonials and their families are invited to attend! The weekend will feature networking events, lifelong learning programs, and social engagements.

This year, two sensational acts – Grammy-nominated Robert Randolph & the Family Band and D.C.'s own Grammy-nominated Chuck Brown – will perform at the All-Alumni Kickoff Concert on University Yard, Friday, Sept. 16. The concert is free for all Alumni Weekend & GWSB Graduate Alumni Celebration registrants.

Undergraduate Alumni: Click here to register
Graduate Alumni: Click here to register

A look back at the 2011 Global MBA Residencies
By Anna Wakulchik
Program Assistant, International Education & Programs

In early to mid-May 124 Global MBA students spent two intense weeks completing the second and final phase of their international Consulting Abroad Projects (CAPs). This required program takes place at the culmination of the first year of core courses, and allows students to apply knowledge they gained in the classroom to a real-world client relationship. Although locations vary each year based on client availability and faculty strengths, the University seeks diversity in geographic region and business sector when selecting project locations to meet the varied interests, knowledge, and skills of our outstanding MBA students.

The 2011 projects took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Accra, Ghana; Belgrade, Serbia; Mälardalen/Stockholm, Sweden; Istanbul, Turkey; and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in the fields of organizing and marketing the 2016 Olympic Games, export and investment strategies, agri-food marketing, clean technology, economic and financial strategies, and out-sourcing and joint ventures. 2010 projects took place in Mumbai, India; Monterrey, Mexico; Belgrade, Serbia; Seoul, S. Korea; and Malmö, Sweden in the fields of international marketing, microfinance, agri-food marketing, and business and public policy.

The first phase of the consultancy projects takes place at GW where students worked in teams for seven weeks to develop specific business solutions for issues their international clients faced. Teams communicated remotely with clients throughout the 7 weeks, with mentorship from their faculty. The intensive 7 weeks culminated in a two week visit overseas in which students presented final deliverables and recommendations to their clients.

While abroad, teams working in Brazil and Turkey benefitted from the opportunity to interact with GW alumni by attending an alumni reception and hearing directly through formal presentations about global, regional, and local business issues from their colleagues and networks.

The University is always interested in connecting with alumni across the globe who may wish to get involved with the CAP program. From participating in alumni events in-country, to working with faculty and GW administrators to help identify potential host clients, the Consulting Abroad Projects (CAPs) are a superb way to connect with current GW students and develop mutually beneficial partnerships between the University and alumni community.

For more information about how to get involved please contact Bryan Andriano, Director of International Education & Programs at +1.202.994.1212 or

Visit the MBA Residency Blog:

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers sought for MBA Mentor Program

This fall the Office of Alumni Relations and The MBA Programs Office will be inviting MBA students from all programs to participate in the 4th year of the MBA Mentor program. The mentoring program is a real world, practitioner-oriented accompaniment to the MBA Programs based on the strategic pairing of MBA students and GWSB alumni. The goal of the program is to enhance the educational experience of graduate students through the vast wisdom, talents , and networks of the GW School of Business alumni community. Reciprocally, GWSB alumni are offered the opportunity to further develop leadership skills and to make a difference in students' futures.

Additional details about this year’s program will be shared in future communications. If you are interested in sharing your wisdom as a mentor this year, 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 connect with fellow alumni. To join the network, registration with the Alumni Online Community is required. Create Your Advisor Profile Today!

Upcoming Events

Please join the GWSB Alumni Network at our upcoming local, regional and online events! We look forward to reconnecting with you there. Check out our photo gallery with highlights from recent events.

Upcoming GWebinar

GWebinars: Social Media Ideas for Small Businesses
Thursday, July 28th | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST

Entire markets are moving online as consumers, business industry leaders and political elites adopt social technologies, unlocking a variety of opportunities for you to connect with people who could benefit from your expertise, products and services.

This webinar lead by GW alumnus, James Walker, CCAS BA '07 will provide participants with all they need to know when it comes to using social media for their business efforts.  (Read more and register...)

Department of Accountancy Kickoff Reception

Thursday, September 1st | 5:30 p.m - 7:30 p.m.
Duques Hall, Suite 650
GWSB accounting alumni, students and faculty are invited to kickoff the new academic year.  Join us for the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in the department and for the opportunity to network and reconnect with fellow GWSB accounting colleagues.  Hors d'ouevres and drinks will be provided.  There is no cost to attend this event, however we ask that you please register your attendance. (Read more and register...)

Submit a class note and 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, 2033 K Street NW, Suite 230, Washington, DC 20006. If you prefer, you also may fax your information to 202-994-4411, or email us at To view the most recent class notes from fellow alumni, follow this link.

Are you looking for a new way to connect with the GWSB Alumni Community? Join our groups on LinkedIn and Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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

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