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The GWSB Alumni Advocate

August 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.

Reunion Grows Nearer as Excitement Builds, by Bob Sempek, MSA '80

This will be my first reunion since graduating many, many years ago and I am truly looking forward to the return to campus. It will be heartening and highly enjoyable to see my classmates and learn about their lives, accomplishments and experiences since those formative years at the Business School.  Since graduation I have kept in touch with GWSB through reading the Alumni Advocate, making occasional trips back to campus, and recently getting more active in alumni support.  Still there is no experience like being there on the vibrant George Washington University city campus, mingling with the faculty, staff, old friends and new friends on a fine fall weekend for an unforgettable reunion experience. Hope to see you on campus!

For more information and to register, please visit

Dean Guthrie to honor four GWSB Graduate Alumni with the 2010 GWSB Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards!

The 2010 GWSB Graduate Programs Reunion will be held on campus September 30th-October 3rd. The signature event for the weekend will be the GWSB Graduate Programs Reunion Reception and Awards Ceremony hosted by Dean Doug Guthrie.

This year Dean Guthrie will be honoring four GWSB Graduate Alumni with the GWSB Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards. This award is the highest form of recognition given by the Dean of The George Washington University School of Business to alumni of GWSB Graduate Programs on an annual basis. Each selected recipient has made a lasting impact on the GWSB Community though outstanding contributions in the areas of work, wealth and wisdom. Awardees are recognized for their achievements in one of the three pillars of our GWSB community: Act Responsibly, Lead Passionately, and Think Globally.

The 2010 GWSB Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards winners are:

Tom diGaloma, MBA ’85-for his achievements in the pillar of Act Responsibly
Vicky Lazzell, MBA ’80-for her achievements in the pillar of Act Responsibly
Beverly Bogerty, MTA ’00-for her achievements in the pillar of Lead Passionately
Burlie Brunson, EMBA ’95-for his achievements in the pillar of
Think Globally

All GWSB Graduate Programs Alumni are invited back to campus to celebrate the reunion. This will be a great weekend to reconnect with your business school colleagues, honor your fellow alumni and welcome Dean Guthrie into the GWSB Alumni Network. For more information and to register, please visit

Dean Guthrie Rolls Out His New Blog

Doug Guthrie, an expert in the fields of management, economic reform in China, leadership and corporate governance, has joined The George Washington University School of Business. Kicking off his first month in office, he has embraced the digital market by launching his own blog. From this platform, alumni and students can read about his vision for the school, global issues and even watch several video entries. Witness his dive into social media by following his blog!

GW School Of Business International Program Ranked In Top 10 By US News & World Report

The George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) has one of the top international business programs in the nation, according to the 2011 “Best Colleges” rankings from U.S. News & World Report. GWSB’s international business curriculum for undergraduates is ranked seventh in the nation, up from 16th last year.  The magazine ranked the school’s overall undergraduate program as 34th in the nation, up from 38th in 2010.

“The consistent recognition of the GW School of Business international program as one of the best in the nation and in the world demonstrates our students’ readiness to lead in today’s global economy,” said Doug Guthrie, dean of GWSB and professor of management and international business.  “We are building our reputation by educating a generation of students who understand the connections between worldwide economic, political and social forces.”

The U.S. News & World Report rankings for undergraduate programs are based on a survey of deans and senior faculty at undergraduate business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

“We are pleased to be recognized for our high academic standards and the global perspective our students gain while at GW,” said Lawrence Singleton, GWSB associate dean for undergraduate programs. 

GW's School of Business prepares students for professional management careers. The depth and variety of its academic and professional programs, including five specialized master's programs, provide rich opportunities for students in the school's core bachelor of business administration, master of business administration, and doctoral programs.  GW's undergraduate- and graduate-level international business programs rank among the world's best.

Special Offers for GWSB Alumni!

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

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

Enroll in Executive Education Programs

The Executive Education Programs (EEP) offer short-term certificate programs in skills and executive competencies development.

  • Custom designed programs
  • Services include speaker’s bureau & research/advisory functions
  • Subject matter crosses functional and managerial disciplines
  • Responds to established and contemporary workforce development demands
  • Content reflects GWSB’s commitment and role as a thought leader

GWSB Alumni are eligible for multiple discounts! You may register or find out more information about any of the following programs by contacting the Executive Education Programs at or by calling Mark Grace, Director of Executive Education Programs at (202) 994-8581.

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 – 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 – September 30 Professor’s Circle with Anu Phene

Dr. 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.” Please join her for conversation and networking with your fellow GW Alumni and friends.

Event and Registration Details:
September 30th
6:00 pm
Duques Hall, Crain Center
2201 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20052
Please click here for more details and registration information

Register Now – September 30 – October 3 2010 GWSB Graduate Programs Reunion

The GWSB Graduate Programs Reunion weekend features a schedule of networking events, lifelong learning programs and celebrations! There is also time during the weekend for you to reconnect with alumni informally around campus or at your favorite off campus hang out!

All GWSB Graduate Programs Alumni are invited to attend and participate in the Reunion. This year we will be specifically honoring Alumni who graduated from any of the GWSB Graduate Programs in 2005, 2000, 1995, 1990, 1985, 1980 and 1960. Events and programs are also open to your guests and family.

Event and Registration Details:
September 30 – October 3
The George Washington School of Business
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
Please click here for more details and registration information

International Events

Register Now – October 18 Why Your GW Stock is Rising During an Economic Downturn: Discussion and Reception with Associate Dean Lawrence G. Singleton

GW alumni and friends are invited to the reception and discussion with Associate Dean Lawrence G. Singleton, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs School of Business.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

Cocktail Reception: 6:30 PM
Discussion: 7:30 PM
Dessert Reception: 8:30 PM

Event and Registration Details:
October 18th
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Sciences Po Paris
Goguel Bis Room
56 rue des Saint Peres
75007 Paris
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.

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