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The GWSB Alumni Advocate

October 2009

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.  

Jen Boulden, MBA '04 receives her award from Dean Susan M. Philips

MBA Alumni travel from across the country and around the world to participate in the 2009 MBA Reunion!

Participants honor MBA Alumnae who shine in the field of sustainability

The 2009 MBA Reunion was an enormous success this year thanks to targeted programming, MBA branding, and MBA Alumni peer outreach. Alumni travelled from across the country and around the world to participate in this year's reunion! Participants returned to the DC area from the West Coast and as far away as India and Ecuador to participate in this year's festivities!

To read this article in its entirety, please visit our reunion page.Current MBA students were able to network and mingle with MBA Alumni from a wide range of graduation years

The GWSB Office of Alumni Relations thanks our dedicated MBA Reunion Committee Members: Susanna Beshai, MBA '08; Liyan Kuang, MBA '08; Bryan Goshorn, MBA '07; Meaghan Hohl, MBA '07; Julie Powers, MBA '04; Ryfie Amkraut, MBA '04; Gerri Wesley, MBA '04; Noah Israel, MBA '99; Mehul Dhamsania, MBA '99; Deborah Darrell, MBA '94; Sharon Ingram, MBA '92; Robyn Sealey, MBA '92; Heather Kang Dull, MBA '89; Glynis Long, MBA '79; Charlie Kuebler, MBA '70; and Stanley Grube, MBA '66.

Expert Career Panels and Speakers Help the F. David Fowler Career Center Meet the Needs of GWSB Students

The F. David Fowler Career Center (FDFCC) is proud to wrap up an eventful October full of panelists and speakers who graciously provided valuable career information to GWSB students. Gil Yancey, executive director of the FDFCC stated, "We will continue to bring high profile guests to address our students because it enhances their awareness and preparedness and helps them stand out in this turbulent job market."

The career panels focused on finance, consulting, and international business. The panelists who participated included professionals from Fortune 500 companies, boutiques, and government agencies. Many of the panelists were GWSB Alumni who were excited for the opportunity to participate and be involved with the program. Sarah Guroff, MBA '09, an operations director for Chemonics International enjoyed meeting the students. She remarked that, "The event was a great opportunity to not only meet and guide current students, but to also identify potential recruits for our organization." In an effort to involve faculty members in their students' career development, professors of finance, management, international business, and public policy moderated the panels. 

In addition to the panelists, three distinguished speakers shared their insights with the students. George Lucaci, MBA '76, senior managing director for Channel Capital Group in New York spoke to a select group of students on the state of the hedge fund industry in the wake of the current crisis. William Fox, managing director for Alavarez & Marsal and CFO for Lehman Holdings spoke about his role in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy proceedings. Finally, the FDFCC's Fall Speaker Series ended with Chad Holliday, chairman of the board for DuPont, recently elected board member for Bank of America, and GWSB Executive-in-Residence. Holliday spoke to a room of nearly 100 students and alumni about "green jobs" and strategic corporate social responsibility. The event was co-sponsored with Net Impact and the GWSB Department of Strategic Management and Public Policy.

Stay tuned for Spring 2010 events. If you'd like to learn more about how to get involved, please contact the F. David Fowler Career Center or the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

Professor of management, Dr. Erik Winslow moderates the consulting panel in October

The F. David Fowler Career Center would like to thank all faculty members, speakers, panelists, and alumni who generously took the time to participate in these events:

-Mr. William Fox, Alvarez & Marsal
-Mr. Chad Holliday, chairman, DuPont, GWSB Executive-in-Residence
-Mr. George Lucaci, MBA, '76 Channel Capital Group

Faculty Members:
-Dr. Neil Cohen, associate professor of finance
-Dr. Fernando Robles, professor of international marketing and international affairs, chair, Department of International Business
-Dr. Mark Starik, department chair & professor of strategic management and public policy
-Dr. Erik Winslow, professor of behavioral sciences and management, co-director, CFEE 

Consulting Careers Panel:
-Michael Batlogg, MBA '08, Booz Allen Hamilton
-Sarah Byrne, MBA '07, Deloitte Consulting
-Kate Driscoll, MBA '09, IBM Consulting
-Pamela Lilak, MBA '07, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
-Jeff Mutimer, MBA '08, Corporate Executive Board
-Nicole Pajoohi, MBA '09, DRT Strategies

Finance Careers Panel:
-Christopher Garza, AT&T
-Gisele Holden, National Science Foundation
-Wayne Perry, MBA '09, OppenheimerFunds
-Jeremy Rohen, BBA '97, M.S, '99, Seale & Associates
-Val Volkau, BA '06, HSBC Premier USA
-Andrew Woolridge, Convergent Wealth Advisors

International Business Panel:
-Larry Cristini, MBA '07, Eurasia Group
-Ntoh O Etta, NetworkSolutions, LLC
-Sarah Guroff, MBA '09, Chemonics International
-S. Kent Gryskiewicz, BA '04, SAIC
-James Meffen, MBA '08, OPIC
-Susan Musich, Passport Career, LLC

Undergraduates reap the benefits from Links for Life Luncheon - By Jamie Ramacciotti, BBA '10

On Wednesday, October 14th, undergraduate students had the unique opportunity to sit down with GWSB Alumni at another installment of the Links for Life program.  In an informal setting, students were able to connect with alumni who not too long ago, were in their shoes. 

As a senior who will be graduating this December, speaking to alumni about my job search helped to ease some anxiety and opened my eyes to many opportunities that I hadn't considered before.  We spoke about job searching, internships, and how being a student at the School of Business provides students with invaluable tools for entering the workforce.  It is always great to meet GWSB Alumni who are willing to share their experiences with current students, and I look forward to participating in programs like this both as a student in the coming months and as an alumna next year.

On behalf of all of the students that attended the lunch, I'd like to thank the alumni that gave up their afternoon to be with us.  It was an excellent experience for all students who attended.

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs Travels to Paris for Event with GW Community

GW Community members gather in ParisAll GW Community members were invited to join Lawrence Singleton, associate dean of the GW School of Business Undergraduate Programs, for a discussion on the US Economy on October 6th at The American School of Paris.  Alumni, parents, friends, current and prospective students participated in, "Is the Crisis Over?  The business perspective of the US Economy."  Dean Singleton also shared updates of the exciting programs and events that are taking place on campus at GW.

Special thanks to Martha Court, BA '81; MBA '83; MSPM '07 for making this event possible. 

Get involved with the GWSBAA. 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

Host a School of Business Alumni Event in your town!

Hosting is simple! The Office of GWSB Alumni Relations can secure tickets/speakers, send invitations, manage RSVPs and more! Hosts are asked to attend the event, greet attendees, offer local expertise and share ideas for future events. To organize an event in your area, contact Amy Schwartz at 202-994-3497 or

Become a Mentor to an MBA Student

We are currently looking for MBA Alumni volunteers to participate in our mentor program for Fall 2009.  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

Calling all ISTM and Project Management Alumni!

The Office of Alumni Relations is working together with alumni leaders Chris Manger, MSIST '09 and J. Russell Fugett, MSPM '07 to help create new Alumni Groups.  If you are interested in getting involved, please email

Please join the GWSB Alumni Association at our upcoming local and regional events!

We look forward to reconnecting with you there.

DC Events

Register Now - October 28th GWSB ISTM Alumni Happy Hour

Mix and mingle with GWSB ISTM Alumni by sharing your career and life experiences post GW. Connect with former classmates and expand your network by meeting other ISTM Alumni.

We will gather at Mister Days. There is no cost to attend this event. Please register your attendance in advance

Event and Registration Details:
Wednesday, October 28th
5:00pm - 8:30pm ET
Mister Days
3100 Clarendon Blvd
Arlington, VA

Please click here for more details and registration information

Register Now - November 3rd How Do I Become An Eco-Entrepreneur? Featuring the entrepreneur behind Founding Farmers

It is possible to have a successful and profitable business while demonstrating your commitment to environmentally friendly operations each and every day. Learn how from alumnus, Dan Simons, GWSB '92, leading entrepreneur behind the restaurant Founding Farmers.

Simons is a principle of Vucurevich Simons Advisory Group, a food service consulting firm serving restaurants and fresh-food markets, hotel and hospitality firms, and is the management and operations company for the local restaurant, Founding Farmers.

Event and Registration Details:
Tuesday, November 3rd
6:30pm - 7:30pm ET
Alumni House
1918 F Street NW
George Washington University
Please click here for more details and registration information

Register Now - November 4th The Welling Professorship Lecture: "Democratizing Innovation"

Please join GWSB for The Welling Professorship Lecture featuring Eric von Hippel, PhD entitled "Democratizing Innovation."  Von Hippel is known for his research into the sources and economics of innovation.  His most recent book "Democratizing Innovation" explains user-centered innovation processes and policies. 

Event and Registration Details:
Wednesday, November 4th
6:00pm - 7:30pm ET
Funger Hall 103
2201 G Street NW
George Washington University
Email for more information and to register

Register Now - November 18th Alumni Career Networking Night

Join us for a school-wide Alumni Career Networking Night. The event is structured to provide a high level of networking among GW professionals and is open to all GW Alumni and graduate students.

The event will allow you to network with people in similar industries and with similar professional interests. Learn about the resources The George Washington Alumni Association (GWAA) provides to all alumni, and how you can make the most of your GW Community. The GW Career Center as well as the school career centers, will be present to answer questions.

Event and Registration Details:
Wednesday, November 18th
6:30pm - 8:30pm ET
Cloyd Heck Marvin Center, Continental Ballroom
800 21st Street NW
George Washington University

Please click here for more details and registration information  

New Jersey Event

Register Now - November 18th GWSB Alumni Networking Informal Public Outing

Mix and mingle with GWSB Alumni by sharing your career and life experiences post GW. Connect with former classmates and expand your network by meeting other GWSB Alumni.

We will gather at Big Fish Seafood Bistro. There is no cost to attend this event. Please register your attendance in advance.

Event and Registration Details:
Wednesday, November 18th
5:30pm - 8:30pm ET
Big Fish Seafood Bistro
3535 US Highway 1
Princeton, NJ 08540
Please click here for more details and registration information

Hong Kong Event

Register Now - November 13-14 GW Global Forum: The United States and Asia in a Time of Change

GW's inaugural Global Forum will provide an opportunity for alumni, parents, students, and friends to convene in one of Asia's most exciting locations. Join us to network with members of the GW worldwide community and to hear from GW President Steven Knapp, keynote speaker Ambassador Susan C. Schwab, GWSB PhD '93, American politician and former U.S. trade representative, faculty, alumni, and recognized experts from the U.S. and Asia about timely political, economic, and security issues, including the future of U.S.-Asia relations.

Event and Registration Details:
November 13-14
Hong Kong
Please click here for more details

Register Now - November 13 MBA Admissions Event

Enjoy a full bar and appetizers while you mingle with members of the MBA Admissions staff, prospective students, and fellow Alumni!

Event and Registration Details:
Friday, November 13th
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Shangri La Hotel
Hong Kong
Please email if you are interested in attending

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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