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The GWSB Alumni Advocate

November 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.  


Another successful Links for Life Luncheon By Alan Susi, MBA '10 

Alumni spoke to graduate students about their experience and career adviceOn Thursday November 5th, 42 graduate students had the opportunity to meet with alumni from the various MBA and graduate GWSB programs in the 5th installment of the Links for Life Student/Alumni Luncheon.   The lunch gave students the opportunity to meet with alumni from a variety of business sectors including finance, marketing, sales, and human resources and companies such as Lockheed Martin and ESPN.

Alumni made themselves available to answer questions about classes, work experiences, as well as career and professional development.  As a second year global MBA candidate and Executive Vice-President of the MBA Association, I recognize the tremendous benefits that our distinguished alumni can have on the continued growth of the School of Business.  An unexpected benefit of the program was the ability to meet with other students within the School of Business who share similar career trajectories and to talk about their future plans.  I believe that current students are alumni-in-residence and it's great to see the Office of Alumni Relations make such a strong commitment to current students as well as the thousands of alumni throughout the nation and the world.Alumnae Amy Shapiro, MTA '06 and Melisa Mowry, MTA '07 address a table of students interested in the sports industry

I would like to thank the Office of Alumni Relations and the alumni who attended for providing the students with such a fruitful experience.  I can't wait to participate in the next installment!

Alumni table leaders included: Michael Anderson, MBA '91; Diane Brooks, MTA '05; Kevin Correll, MTA '99; Daniel Daly, MSPM '09; Matthew Krynovich, MS '07; Kate Larned, MA '06; Melisa Mowry, MTA '07; Doug Naegele, MBA '00; Amy Shapiro, MTA '06; Rose Troia, MBA '97; and Morgan Vokey, MBA '08.


 

"It's a Wonderful Town!" MBA New York Career Trek

"The Bronx is up and the Battery´┐Żs down" - GWSB MBA students spent three days exploring career opportunities in the Big Apple.

Despite another tough year for job seekers, MBA students at the GW School of Business remain focused and optimistic. A record number of students took part in the annual MBA New York Career Trek. The students spent three days, Oct. 21 to 23, attending corporate presentations and informal breakfast, luncheon and dinner meetings with alumni in New York City. The students also had the opportunity to network with hundreds of GW Alumni at a reception at the famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, where they were welcomed by GW President Steven Knapp.

"New York offers a fast-paced environment, countless international organizations and many opportunities for young professionals," said Ariana Massarat, a first-year MBA student and member of the Career Trek's executive committee. "Overall, I just love the city. Who doesn't?"

MBA student Catherine Lee, who serves as Career Trek president, said more than 40 GW Alumni participated in this year's event. "What makes the GW MBA career trek so different from similar programs at other schools is that we facilitate personalized, small-group meetings throughout the city," Lee said.

Students met with prestigious GW Alumni from Accenture, ACS Consulting, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Barnes & Noble, BlackRock, Brookfield Asset Management, C.S. Engel and Associates, Catalyst Capital Advisors, CBS Inc., Citi Alternative Investments, Citi Habitats, Citigroup, Commerzbank, Constellation Capital, Cue-NYC, Deutsche Bank, Development Partners, Edelman PR, EMI Music, Eurohypo AG, Everlast Worldwide, Fitch Ratings, Fox-Pitt Kelton, Guggenheim Capital Markets, Jefferies Asset Management, JPMorgan Chase, Lindblad Expeditions, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Mercer, Michael Kors, MTV Networks, NORD/LB, Polo Ralph Lauren, Something Digital, Sony Pictures Television, Taconic Investment Partners, the U.S. Department of State, X-Game Franchise and Zwilling JA Henckels, Demeyere and Staub.

"Building a lifelong community is a top priority for GW, and the Career Trek adds strength by providing a forum for our students and alumni to connect. Students can practice their networking skills and build relationships that make our GW community stronger," said Leah M. Kuppersmith, associate director for school alumni programs at the GWSB Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

"Our alumni have a lot to gain from this experience as well. This is a great way for our alumni to give back to their alma mater by becoming mentors to our future business leaders. By connecting with students, they can hear firsthand what they are learning in the classroom and what is new at the University," Kuppersmith added. "This experience is often the first step to a deeper level of involvement with GW, as a volunteer, board member or donor."


Special Offer for GWSB Alumni!

The F. David Fowler Career Center Offers Free Online Job Board

Are you interested in pursuing a career in one of these areas?

  • Asset Management and Hedge Funds
  • Corporate Finance/Marketing/Strategy
  • Investment/Universal Banking
  • Law
  • Management Consulting
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital

It's still not too late to sign up for Career Accelerator.  The F. David Fowler Career Center has arranged a FREE 30-day trial to Career Accelerator.  This is an exclusive online job search service, which provides announcements of job postings for positions in the sectors listed above.

To take advantage of this opportunity, please go to: http://www.careeraccelerator.com/gwsbalumni and enter Discount Code GW1928ALUMNI.

We invite you to take advantage of this free trial to see if it will assist you in your job search.  Once the 30-day trial is completed, (which begins from the day that you sign up), you will have the opportunity sign up on your own and receive a 25% discount to the premium service. (Note: the 30 day trial cannot be applied to existing memberships).


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 leah@gwu.edu.

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 amy_s@gwu.edu.

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 http://business.gwu.edu/alumni/volunteer.cfm 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 gwsbalum@gwu.edu.

Calling all ISTM and Project Management Alumni!

The Office of Alumni Relations is working together with alumni leaders Chris Manger, MSIST '09; Brian Moran, MSIST '07; Professor Maliha Haddad, D.Sc; and J. Russell Fugett, MSPM '07 to help create new Alumni Groups.  If you are interested in getting involved, please email gwsbalum@gwu.edu.


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 - December 1 Announcing an MBA Alumni Holiday Event!

Join your fellow MBA Alumni for an Informal Public Outing (IPO) to celebrate the holiday season! Come share your accomplishments, challenges, and experiences of 2009 as we embark on the new year. This will be a great event for you to mix and mingle with local area MBA Alumni. Current MBA Student and Alumni participants of our MBA Mentor Program will also be in attendance. If you are not currently participating in our MBA Mentor program, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the program!

Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

We will gather at Tonic Restaurant. There is no cost to attend this event. We encourage you to register your attendance in advance.

Event and Registration Details:
Tuesday, December 1st
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tonic Restaurant
2036 G Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
Please click here for more details and registration information

Register Now - December 8 Join us in Celebration of MSPM's Graduating Class of 2009!

The George Washington University's MSPM Alumni Association cordially invites you and your guests to attend a special reception as we welcome MSPM's newest alumni. Meet fellow graduates of the MSPM program during our inaugural event! This will be a great opportunity to learn more about becoming involved with future events and help determine the direction of the MSPM Alumni Group. We look forward to meeting future members of the MSPM Alumni Group, hearing about your experiences, and introducing our new graduates.

Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

There is no cost to attend this event. We encourage you to register your attendance in advance.

Event and Registration Details:
Tuesday, December 8th
6:30 pm
Duques Hall Room 650
2201 G Street, NW

The George Washington University
Please click here for more details and registration information

Save the Date - January 13 EMBA Alumni Advisory Group Open Meeting

Join James Robertson, EMBA '07 and Peter Geyer, EMBA '05 on January 13th for a meeting that is open to all EMBA Alumni. During this meeting we will discuss how the newly reformed EMBA Alumni Advisory Group can impact the mission of the EMBA Program and GWSB. A more detailed agenda will be sent around prior to the meeting.

We hope that you will be able to join us.

Event and Registration Details:
Wednesday, January 13th
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Duques Hall Room 520
2201 G Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
If you plan to attend, please send an email to gwsbalum@gwu.edu

Coming in January - ISTM Alumni Advisory Group Open Meeting

Join Chris Manger, MSIST '09; Brian Moran, MSIST '07; and Professor Maliha Haddad, D.Sc for a meeting that is open to all ISTM Alumni. During this meeting we will discuss how the newly formed ISTM Alumni Advisory Group can impact the mission of the ISTM Program and GWSB. A more detailed agenda will be sent around prior to the meeting.

We hope that you will be able to join us.

Event and Registration Details:
Date TBD
Duques Hall
2201 G Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Save the Date - April 7 Robert P. Maxon Lecture "Greater Global Transparency in Financial Reporting: Lighting the Path for Investors"

Mr. Robert Herz, chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), and Sir David Tweedie, chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), will deliver the 2009-2010 George Washington University School of Business Robert P. Maxon Lecture.  They will discuss "Greater Global Transparency in Financial Reporting: Lighting the Path for Investors."

This event is free and open to the public.

Event and Registration Details:
Wednesday, April 7th

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Jack Morton Auditorium, Media and Public Affairs Building First Floor
805 21st St., NW

The George Washington University
Please contact John Forrer, associate director, Institute of Corporate Responsibility for more infomation


Texas Event

Register Now - December 2 The MBA Council of Houston and Gallup Consulting Present: Navigating the "New Normal"

Join Bill Gottfried, MBA '76 and fellow members of the MBA Council of Houston for Navigating the "New Normal": Pulling Performance UP in a Down Economy. This event will feature:

  • New Research! New Gallup research around the "new normal" in our economy
  • Valuable Tools! Fundamental tools and behaviors you can use to drive employee commitment
  • Hands-On! Interactive Session will enable you to motivate employees to do more than show up and manage employees to increase engagement, productivity, and financial performance
  • Free Book! First 100 registrants will receive a free copy of the latest book from Gallup Press entitled 12 - The Elements of Great Management

The featured speaker will be Jeff Tobaben, managing partner at Gallup Consulting. Tickets are $20 and include cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

We encourage you to register your attendance in advance.

Event and Registration Details:
Wednesday, December 2nd
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
University of Houston - O'Quinn Great Hall
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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