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The GWSB Alumni Advocate

October 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.


Links For Life Luncheon Series, by Alexa Vogel, BBA ‘13

On Tuesday, October 19th, undergraduate students from the Business School put on their best suits to attend a luncheon with alumni. Hosted by the GWSB Alumni office, the Links for Life Luncheon series is an event that takes place once a semester for students to get a taste of the work world, utilizing the skills they have learned in the classroom such as the 30-second "elevator speech," business function etiquette, and networking.

"The luncheon is a great event for our students and alumni to connect over informal conversation," said Leah Kuppersmith, associate director of school alumni programs for the Business School. "It gives students an opportunity to get insight into a career they might be interested in pursuing and it is an opportunity for alumni to hear about what's happening in the school today."

Many of the students that attended the event had been to a luncheon last year or had heard great things from their classmates. "It is a great opportunity for networking," said Christine Healy, sophomore in the business school. "These sort of events open up my eyes to different concentrations within the business school"

Students must pre-register for the event and indicate their field of interest, students are then seated at a table that is hosted by an alumnus in that field of business. Many students keep in contact with the alumni long after the luncheon is over, keeping in touch through e-mail and other alumni events.

"I really enjoy being a mentor for business students because I know it can be scary being an undergraduate student and not knowing what to expect when you graduate," said Lauren Rurak (BBA '07), account manager at the Borenstein group, a marketing firm that is located in Reston, Va. "I didn't take full advantage of the resources offered when I was here, but the business school had prepared me through out my four years when it came to thinking about the future, resume writing and my job search. I really want to give back to the school that has helped me to get to where I am today."

The next session of Links for Life will be held on November 16th and will be hosted for GWSB Graduate students.


The EMBA Alumni Association hosts an evening with Edward S. Knight, by Peggy Peterson, Friend of GWSB & Elvis Oxley, EMBA '08

Recent efforts by the EMBA Alumni Association Board to provide a high level, impactful speaker series came to fruition on October 13 when GW hosted Edward S. Knight, of NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. Mr. Knight is executive vice president and general counsel for NASDAQ OMX, the world’s largest exchange company. Mr. Knight is also the company’s chief regulatory officer, responsible for company listing standards and overall compliance.

James Robertson, EMBA ‘07, President of the EMBA Alumni Association, and Elvis Oxley, EMBA '08 of Oxley Consulting, LLC, coordinated to introduce Knight who then addressed an audience of a cross section of GW alumni including lawyers, accountants, business owners, and some current students. Mingling and networking opportunities flanked the hour long, interactive speech and Q&A.

Knight led off by explaining that while the company’s flagship feature is its technology-oriented U.S. exchange, its parent company, NASDAQ OMX Group, is the number one provider of technology to exchanges, clearinghouses, and regulators throughout the world. The NASDAQ exchange lists 2,800 U.S. companies and has attracted 167 company listings from the Asia Pacific region. China has been the best source of initial public offerings recently, and 152 Chinese companies are now listed on NASDAQ.

As a result of a number of factors including improved technology, decimalization of stock quotes, transparency and competition, Knight says the U.S. has the lowest cost of trading anywhere in the world. In order to provide the best price and execution for investors, Knight advocated transparent price discovery on open exchanges.

Knight discussed the crisis of the Fall of 2008, expressing his opinion that the U.S. was perhaps “weeks away” from financial collapse. Credit market activity froze as counterparties called for more collateral and higher quality collateral to cover derivative exposure. The markets stabilized when the U.S. government agreed to accept counterparty risk. He noted that twelve billion shares a day of equities were traded at the height of the crisis and that the exchanges continued to operate smoothly and handle the high volume.

Knight also discussed regulatory changes that are being brought to the over-the-counter derivatives markets as a result of the Dodd-Frank legislation, as well as efforts to reinforce market operations after the May 6 “flash crash.”

At the conclusion of the event, Robertson again thanked Knight for kicking off the 2010-11 EMBA lifelong learning speaker series and encouraged the crowd to be more involved with the GWSB Alumni Network and GW Alumni Association, in particular as a source of high level programming for future events. To become more involved, please contact Leah Kuppersmith, associate director of school alumni programs, at 202.994.0618 or leah@gwu.edu.

 


 

MBA Students Earn Top Honors in GE Case Competition!

Several first-year GWSB global MBA students took top honors in a regional round of the GE Experienced Commercial Leadership (ECLP) case competition, held Oct. 8 at GWSB. Click here to read the full story.

 


 

Check out the latest edition of Dean Guthrie’s video blog!

Dr. Doug Guthrie, Dean, Professor of International Business and Professor of Management at The George Washington University School of Business is an expert in the fields of economic reform in China, leadership and corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility.


 

 

Special Offers for GWSB Alumni!

NEW ALUMNI BENEFIT: KAPLAN TEST PREP & ADMISSIONS
The George Washington Alumni Association is proud to announce a new partnership with Kaplan Test Prep & Admissions, the world leader in test preparation.

Also, GW Alumni and their families can now take advantage of an exclusive 10% discount off one-on-one and on-site programs for the GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, DAT, OAT, or PCAT and SAT College Prep Advantage or Primer Tutoring courses. For more info visit: www.kaptest.com.

To enroll with the GW discount, contact the DC Kaplan office at 202-728-8500 and mention promotion code GWALUM10. Online registration will be available soon.

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 eep@gwu.edu 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.

Calling All MBA Alumni to play a role in selecting the next generation of GWSB MBA students!
 
Do you have fond memories of your time spent at GWSB? We want you to share your story! The MBA Admissions Office is looking for Alumni Ambassadors from all MBA programs to help them identify the best and brightest prospective students.
 
There are a variety of ways to get involved in your city:
  1. Speak to prospective students over the phone or by email to answer their questions about your experience at GW.
  2. Share your MBA story with prospective students over a dinner or reception hosted by MBA Admissions.
  3. Work with the MBA Admissions team at an MBA Recruiting Fair.
  4. Host an MBA Admissions information session at the organization in which you work or volunteer.
  5. Interview MBA applicants who live in your city.
 
We welcome alumni volunteers from the DC, New York, Philadelphia, LA, San Francisco, Miami, Dallas and Chicago areas.
 
By sharing your time and wisdom in this capacity, you will be increasing the value of your MBA degree and creating an even stronger GWSB Alumni Network! For more information on how to get involved, please email leah@gwu.edu.

 

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 gwsbalum@gwu.edu.


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

We look forward to reconnecting with you there.

DC Events

ALUMNI NETWORKING NIGHT
Wednesday, November 3 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The George Washington University, Marvin Center, Washington, D.C.

Looking to cast a wider net and expand your network? Join us for a university-wide Alumni Career Networking Night. Learn about 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 and school-based career centers will also be present to answer questions and offer guidance. Join us for a pre-event, 30-minute interactive workshop featuring networking tips to develop and maintain professional networks using LinkedIn and the GW Career Advisor Network. (Read more and register...)

REMOVING THE BARRIERS TO ORGANIZATIONAL AGILITY
A roundtable featuring current and past federal IT Executives
Thursday, November 4 | 5:30 - 8 p.m.
The George Washington University, Duques Hall, Washington, D.C.

This roundtable discussion, conducted by the GW Tech Alumni Group, will feature current and past federal IT executives. They will address barriers to organizational agility and will suggest specific recommendations for the most effective and productive technologies, strategies, and processes for creating agility. (Read more and register...)

Ethics In Procurement Management
GW MSPM Alumni Association Webinar
Presented By Ed Snowden, MSPM '07
Tuesday, November 9 | 8 p.m.-9 p.m.
Because of a global economy and instantaneous communications, organizations have to constantly monitor their supply chains to ensure business practices are aligned with their corporate social responsibilities.  For project managers engaged in the procurement management, we need to understand what ethics are, what ethics questions exist, why ethics are important to project management, how do we approach minimizing corrupt practices, what is our organization's corporate social responsibility and how that CSR relates to PSR.  Also, understanding the mechanisms for reporting an ethic breach and how organizational structure affects those mechanisms. (Read more and register...)

WOMAN CHANGING THE GLOBE
Thursday, November 18 | 6 - 8:30 p.m.
The Ritz Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

The George Washington University School of Business is pleased to bring together a group of accomplished women who have tremendously impacted in the corporate, social, and government fields, both domestically and internationally. This forum will highlight the leadership role that women play in our global society, the gender equity challenges that they face, and the opportunities they have to impact and positively change the world around them. To find out more and to register please email Emily Kliever at ekliever@gwu.edu. Limited space available.


 
New York Event

THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SPORTS BUSINESS
A Panel Featuring GW Alumni from the Sports Industry
Thursday, November 18 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The New York Palace

GWSB's offices of Undergraduate Programs and Development and Alumni Relations together with the Luther Rice Society Financial Services Alliance are pleased to present a panel featuring GW alumni from the sports industry. The panel will be moderated by Professor Lisa Delpy Neirotti. Confirmed panelists include Joel Segal, CCAS BA '86, president, BEST Football and Keith Wachtel, GWSB BBA '92, senior vice president of marketing, National Hockey League. Immediately following the program, all are invited to join us for a networking reception.
(Read more and register...)


LA Event

COCKTAILS AND CONVERSATION WITH DEAN GUTHRIE
A GWSB Alumni Reception in Los Angeles
Tuesday, November 16 | 6 - 8 p.m.

GWSB Alumni of the Los Angeles area are cordially invited to a reception to meet Doug Guthrie, new Dean and Professor of Management and International Business at the GW School of Business. Dean Guthrie will talk about his dynamic vision for the School of Business and facilitate a dialogue with event attendees. Please join him for conversation and networking with your fellow GW alumni and friends. (Read more and register...)


Sacramento Event

THE PROFESSOR'S CIRCLE WITH MARK STARIK
Monday, November 15 | 6 - 8 p.m.
Ten22 (Old Sacramento), Sacramento, CA
The Professor's Circle at the GW School of Business brings together GWSB's most notable professors with groups of alumni, parents and friends in cities around the country. Join us for an evening with Dr. Mark Starik, director of the new GW Institute for Sustainability Research, Education and Policy. Dr. Starik will lead a discussion on green and sustainable business at GW and beyond, followed by a chance to network with fellow alumni and friends. The event is no cost to attend. GW will provide complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drinks. (Read more and register...)


San Francisco Event

COCKTAILS AND CONVERSATION WITH DEAN GUTHRIE
A GWSB Alumni Reception in San Francisco
Thursday, November 18 | 6 - 8 p.m.
W Hotel

GWSB Alumni of the San Francisco area are cordially invited to a reception to meet Doug Guthrie, new Dean and Professor of Management and International Business at the GW School of Business. Dean Guthrie will talk about his dynamic vision for the School of Business and facilitate a dialogue with event attendees. Please join him for conversation and networking with your fellow GW alumni and friends. (Read more and register...)


Denver Event

From Wall Street to Your Street
The Crash, the Recovery and Your Portfolio
Wednesday, December 8 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The Denver Athletic Club
Please join local Denver alumni for cocktails, networking, and a panel discussion on the economic crisis, the recovery and what it means for your portfolio. The panel will include Professor Phil Budwick GWSB MS `02, director of GWSB’s Capital Markets Trading Room; John Roberts GWSB BBA `89, Director, Investment Counseling Services with Denver Investment Advisors, LLC; Brian Friedman CCAS BA `89, President GHP Investment Advisor Incorporated. The panel will be moderated by Rick Higgins GWSB MA `97, Co-CEO Wealth Touch, Inc. (Read more and register...)


Miami Event

THE PROFESSOR'S CIRCLE IN MIAMI
A Discussion with Mark Starik on Efficient and Renewable Energy

Tuesday, December 14 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Chart House, Miami , Fla.

The Professor's Circle at GW School of Business brings together GWSB's most notable professors with groups of alumni, parents and friends in cities around the country. Join us for an evening with Dr. Mark Starik, director of the new GW Institute for Sustainability Research, Education and Policy. Dr. Starik will lead a discussion on green and sustainable business at GW and beyond. Please join him for conversation and networking with your fellow GW alumni and friends. The event is no cost to attend. GW will provide complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drinks. (Read more and register...)

 


 

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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