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The GWSB Alumni Advocate

September 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.

Mark Your Calendars for the GWSB Graduate Programs Reunion, by Beverly Bogerty, MTA ‘00

It’s hard to believe it’s actually been 10 years!  It seems like yesterday that I was studying for Dr. Yu’s statistics class! Besides the quality education, one of the best benefits I received from my time at GW is the relationships that I formed and have maintained with several of my classmates.  Which is why I am simply thrilled to come back each year for Alumni Weekend.  It is such a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with friends who you may not have seen in a while.  But it’s also a great opportunity to meet and make some new acquaintances as well and to learn what’s going on at GW today.  There’s always such a variety of events and activities to bring us all back together.  I encourage all of my fellow alumni to attend.  It’s a wonderful experience and I plan to be at every single one of them!

For more information and to register, please visit Please note online registration will close at noon on Monday, September 27th.

Dean Guthrie Invites all GWSB Graduate Programs Alumni to Meet Him on Campus!

The 2010 GWSB Graduate Programs Reunion is rapidly approaching! Dean Doug Guthrie is eager to host all GWSB Graduate Alumni at this year’s signature event, the GWSB Graduate Programs Reunion Reception and Awards Ceremony. At this event, alumni will not only get the chance to meet the new Dean, but mix and mingle with faculty, current students and fellow alumni. 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 di Galoma, 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 Please note online registration will close at noon on Monday, September 27th.

Giving Back to GWSB Means More Than Giving Money, by Matt Owens, MBA ‘05

After I graduated from GWSB I moved to northern California. I tried to participate in the alumni events in San Francisco, but lived about an hour north of the city and struggled to make the events after work. When I moved into the city by the bay it became much easier to get involved. There were alumni events sponsored by both the University and the School of Business. I was able to attend President Trachtenberg’s fond farewell and President Knapp’s warm welcome which allowed me to reconnect with professors and alumni that I lost touch with since graduating. I was even able to host a group of MBA students during their San Francisco Career Trek at the top of the Marriott Marquis in downtown.  

Last year when I was fortunate enough to relocate with my company back to the DC area, one of the first calls I made was to the Office of Alumni Relations. I simply said that I was back and asked “How can I help?” I began mentoring a first year MBA student, attending the Links for Life luncheons and receptions, speaking at informational sessions on degree programs in my industry, and ended up on campus quite a bit doing various other things.  

The most important message I can relay to other alumni is that I had fun getting involved. Whether or not you are located in DC, respond to an email from the Office of Alumni Relations; they would love to hear from you! Share you wisdom with students by volunteering, attend an event in your area, or give to a department you care about. If you love the University as much as I do, you will be glad you became involved.

GWSB Praised for Sustainability and Ethics

GWSB was featured in Net Impact’s 2010 Business as UNusual: The Student Guide to Graduate Programs, which provides a comprehensive directory of graduate programs that foster social and environmental sustainability through business.

The guide includes 95 programs compiled from the opinions of 3,000 students within the Net Impact network. Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire, educate and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.

“The George Washington University School of Business stands out from other schools because of its outstanding resources and public commitment to responsible business practices,” the guide’s authors wrote.

In July, the Net Impact chapter of GWSB attained a gold rating, joining an elite group of student-led chapters worldwide. Only seven percent of Net Impact chapters across six continents have attained gold chapter status. The gold chapters are “the most outstanding chapters in the global Net Impact network characterized by energetic members, dynamic leadership, and excellence in all that they do,” according to Net Impact.

The 2010 Business as UNusual guide is available for download at

Special Offers for GWSB Alumni!

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Members may review information about the rates, fees, other costs and benefits and apply by clicking here or calling 1-800-932-2775 (mention priority code UABEI6 for Alumni). TTY users, please call 1-800-833-6262.

The credit card program is issued and administered by FIA Card Services, N.A.

A copy of the credit card program agreement between The George Washington Alumni Association and Bank of America is available upon request by calling 1-800-ALUMNI-7 or e-mailing

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.

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

Volunteer to be a Table Leader at Links for Life

Connect with students and fellow GWSB Alumni by volunteering at the graduate or undergraduate Links for Life Luncheon! 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 in participating at the undergraduate lunch on October 19th or the graduate lunch on November 10th, please contact

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. 

“When I began mentoring a global MBA student two years ago, I was confident I would be able to help the student more easily navigate his way through the program, offer educational guidance and assistance when needed and be a constant source of information regarding job prospects, internships and career aspirations in general.  In fact, the experience as a mentor has been mutually beneficial.  I believe I've gained as much from my mentees in terms of issues, experiences and awareness as they have gained from me.  I would be happy to continue in this capacity in the foreseeable future.” – Taj Meah, MBA ’00

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

Host Marketing Students during their DC Career Trek!

The American Marketing Association at GW is organizing a tour of marketing and advertising firms (like yours!) across the DC area for our members.  Our goal is to create a mutually beneficial opportunity for students to learn about the variety of marketing and advertising firms in the DC area, and for local firms to engage with the marketing students at the GW School of Business.  We are currently looking for firms that are interested in hosting a group of GW marketing students to relay your experiences in the field on either November 4th or 5th, 2010.

If you are interested in hosting a group of GW marketing students or you would like to learn more about what is involved in hosting, please contact Steve Smith at

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 30 Professor’s Circle with Anu Phene

Dr. 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
To register, please email

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

Register Now – October 13 An Evening with Edward Knight – The Impact of the Financial Reform Legislation on the Public Markets

Join EMBA Alumni as they host Edward Knight, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of The NASDAQ OMX Group. Mr. Knight will discuss the impact of the financial reform legislation on the public markets and take questions regarding the current economic climate.

7:00 pm - Discussion in Duques Hall 651
8:00 pm - Reception in Duques Hall 650

Edward Knight is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of The NASDAQ OMX Group (NASDAQ: NDAQ), the world’s largest exchange. Mr. Knight served as the Chief Legal Officer of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD, now FINRA) from June 1999 until becoming NASDAQ General Counsel in 2001. In his role as General Counsel, Knight is responsible for providing legal counsel to senior management and for overseeing the quality of legal services across the global organization. He is also responsible for government relations, listing qualifications, market regulation and the office of economic research. In addition, Knight oversees the Office of Corporate Secretary, which is responsible for all of NASDAQ’s corporate governance activities and maintaining the Corporate Record. Mr. Knight is the Chief Regulatory Officer of the NASDAQ Exchange.

Event and Registration Details:
Wednesday, October 13th
6:30 pm - 9:00pm
Duques Hall 651 and 650
2201 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20052
Please click here for more details and registration information

Register Now – October 14-16-The Global Entrepreneurship Conference. The Latest Research on Business Creation

You are cordially invited to a special two-day workshop and seminar at the George Washington University School of Business in Washington DC from October 14-16, 2010. The event is headed by Dr. Paul Reynolds, Co-Principal for the Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics (PSED) I and II, and is sponsored by the George Washington University Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence (CFEE) and the International Council for Small Business (ICSB). The workshop and symposium is designed for scholars analyzing longitudinal data sets on business creation as well as those designing and implementing longitudinal studies of business creation.
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.

MBA students on the Career Trek will be participating in the reception during the Global Forum. If you are interested in volunteering in the MBA Career Trek, please contact Leah Kuppersmith.

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

Twin Cities Event

ROI OF SOCIAL MEDIA (Risk of Ignoring / Return on Investment) This event is being hosted by the Kelley School of Business and is open to alumni from the top 50 business schools!

Social media changes your business.  It allows companies to listen to and engage with their target market segments as never before.  It turns your customers into a community and your fans into a culture.  This discussion with help provide clarity on how to evaluate and leverage opportunities to gain advantage for your business.


Heather Polivka, Director of Employment Marketing, UnitedHealth Group

Gene Smaciarz, Creative Director, Marketing, Thrivent Financial

David Witt, Senior Public Relations Manager, General Mills, Inc.


Fred Roedl, Professor of Marketing, Kelley School of Business

Event - Details:
Wednesday, October 20th
6:00pm – 8:00pm
W-Foshay Hotel
821 Marquette Avenue
Minneapolis, MN
Please click here for more information and to register.

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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