The George Washington University
School of Business: Alumni

The GWSB Alumni Advocate

November 2008

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.

Alumni in NYC turn out to connect with GWSB Students!

More than 50 Alumni from the NYC area turned out to mix and mingle with MBA students at the Student/Alumni reception held at Morton’s Steakhouse on October, 23rd. Alumni heard from the MBA students about their site visits to the New York Stock Exchange, Credit Suisse and The New York Times. According to the students, networking with Alumni was definitely a highlight of the MBA Trek. Read all about the trek by visiting the students‘ blog at

Undergraduate students recently had their annual trip to New York, November 13th-14th. They kicked off their visit with an alumni panel and reception held at the UBS Conference Facility. Students heard from Alumni panelists Jon Handel, BBA ’03; Liz Crego, BAccy ’06; James Simmons, BBA ’07, and Mike Donaldson, BA ’01, about the transition from GW to NYC and what it takes to land a job. The panel was moderated by Carol Engel, BBA ’85 and MBA ’88. After the panel, students networked with over 30 Alumni from the NYC area. The next day students visited companies including TD Securities, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, McCann-Erickson and NewsCorporation.

Students and Alumni Forge “Links for Life!“

The School of Business hosted the inaugural “Links for Life” GWSB Student/Alumni luncheon on November 19. “Links for Life” is a new program designed to create “links” between members of the GWSB student and alumni communities by providing a forum for them to connect. Participating alumni served as “table leaders” and represented a wide variety of School of Business programs, including BBA, MBA, MTA, MS in Project Management, and MS in Information Systems. This allowed students to connect with alumni from their specific program or field of interest.

During the luncheon, alumni described their jobs, firms, career paths, and offered motivational and career advice to students, with a special emphasis on making the most of employment opportunities during this slow job market. “If you are deciding whether to spend your spare time studying to get an A+ instead of an A or to go to a networking event, choose the networking event. The connections you make with people could be invaluable," said Anna Tant, MBA ’08.

Alumni table leaders were: Steve Potter, BBA ’05; Scott Harmon, MBA ’03; John Kelle, MSIST ’98; Sarita Beorgenicht, BBA ’06; Habib Nasibdar, MSPM ’97; Jennifer Kirkhoff, MBA ’00; Lisa Kidder, MTA ’03; Anna Tant, MBA ’08; Eric Kerensky, BA ’97, JD ’06; Ron Costin, BA ’00, MSIST ’01; Alex Kuester, BBA ’97; and Paul Becker, BBA ’80.

Get involved with the GWSBAA. Here are some new programs for you to participate in.

Volunteer for your Reunion Committee

We are currently looking for MBA Alumni to help us plan MBA Reunion 2009. If you are interested in volunteering for the MBA Reunion Committee, please email Leah Kuppersmith.

Save the date for Alumni Weekend 2009 - Thursday, October 1st through Sunday, October 4th! Reunion classes for Alumni Weekend 2009 are 2004, 1999, 1989, 1984, 1970-1979, and 1959.

Links for Life: The GWSB Student/Alumni Lunch Series - The GWSB Office of Alumni Relations has launched Links for Life: The GWSB Student/Alumni Lunch Series. If you live in the DC area and would like to create “links” with GWSB students, consider hosting a table at our next luncheon. This is an informal forum for you and current GWSB students to connect. There is no charge for the lunch and tables will be assigned to alumni on a first come, first served basis.

We will be hosting our next luncheon during the spring semester. The date is TBD. Please contact Leah Kuppersmith at 202.994.0618 if you are interested.

Complete a survey for one of GWSB’s doctorial students, George A. Hrivnak, Jr.

One of the few remaining hurdles to earning his PhD is collecting data to complete his dissertation. Your participation in his survey will help provide that data.

His study examines the interaction of subordinate and supervisor personalities, the resulting effect on the collective working relationship, and the associated attitudes and perceptions of both individuals regarding factors such as job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and performance. Consequently - and what makes this study unique - his research requires completed surveys from both a supervisor AND his/her subordinate.

If you would like to participate, please email, and provide the mailing address where you would like to receive the surveys (i.e., home or office). Surveys will be mailed to you in the next week or two. Please return your completed survey by December 15.

Professional Development Opportunity

The demand for risk education is greater now more than ever before.

The George Washington School of Business and PRMIA have teamed up for the second year to bring you Complete Course in Professional Risk Management. This course is designed to meet the demands of risk management professionals by bridging the gap between theory and practice in financial risk management.

Washington DC
Complete Course in Professional Risk Management
Thursday evenings
January 15 - June 4, 2009
Offered in Partnership with: The George Washington School of Business
Click here to download a brochure which outlines the course details and faculty.

Contact Jill Fisher at for more information.

Become a Mentor to a GW Student

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!

Please join the GWSB Alumni Association at our upcoming events! We look forward to reconnecting with you there.


Washington Capitals vs Philadelphia Flyers Join fellow GW alumni for the DC Alumni Chapter’s annual Capitals vs. Flyers game. The GWSB Office of Alumni Relations has purchased a special block of tickets for MBA and MTA Alumni and their guests. The pre-game event will be held in the Verizon Center and we will be joined by GW Professor Lisa Delpy Neirotti who will discuss sustainability in sports management at GW.

We are able to offer tickets at a special discounted rate for GW alumni and their families! The cost of tickets includes the pre-game tailgate. Tickets will be available for pick-up on the day of the game at Verizon Center Will Call.

Tickets are limited, so purchase yours today.

Event and Registration Details:
January 6th
5:30 p.m. Pre-game event
7 p.m. Game
Verizon Center
601 F Street, NW
Washington, D.C.
MBA and MTA Alumni, click here for more information and to register.
All other GWSB Alumni, please click here for more information and to register.

Financial Strategies 101: Making Dollars & Sense of Investing: A Networking Event for the Young Alumni Network

This year has been the most volatile year in the history of the stock market. It doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned investor or just getting started, everyone has been affected by the current market conditions. While no one can predict the future, it is possible to minimize uncertainty through the use of disciplined fiscal strategies. Join William Phillips, GWSB, MBA ’07, financial professional at AXA Advisors, as he guides you through the advantages of smart financial management.

Event and Registration details:
December 10th
6:00 pm-8:00 pm
The George Washington University
Alumni House @ 1918 F Street, NW
Please click here for more information and to register.


Send us your program ideas!

GWSB Office of Alumni Relations is looking to host more programs in NYC this Spring. Please send your ideas to Leah Kuppersmith.



The GWSB Office of Alumni Relations is planning some programs for our Alumni on the West Coast. Please look for details in next months newsletter.

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.