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The GWSB Alumni Advocate

November 2010

The GWSB Alumni Advocate is a newsletter featuring ideas on how you can get involved with the GWSB Alumni Network, articles on recent events and information on upcoming GWSB Alumni events.

GW Tech Alumni Group Talks Organizational Strategy, by Tobi Pratt MSIST ’08

On November 4, 2010, the GW Tech Alumni Group hosted an interactive roundtable and networking event “Removing the Barriers to Organizational Agility” at the Crain Center in Duques Hall.

The panelists were invited to discuss their experiences in operating in a rapidly changing landscape and strategies to overcome barriers that prevent organizational agility in the federal government.  This discussion was led by current and past federal IT executives to provide solutions for some of the current issues confronting government agencies.

Federal Executive roundtable panelists in attendance were:

Hamid Ouyachi – Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Labor
Steven Bucci – Cyber Security Lead, Global Leadership Initiative, IBM; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense for Homeland Defense and Defense Support of Civil Authorities
William Kirkendale – Chief Information Officer, Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency
Mark Bryan Rosenfeld – Associate Partner, Public Sector CRM Call Center Optimization, IBM Global Business Services
Mariano Tan – President, Teletech Government Solutions

The roundtable discussion was moderated by Brian Moran, EMIS ’07, President, GW Tech Alumni group; CEO, Nester Consulting; Former Director of IT Services, U.S. International Trade Commission

Two topics were presented with a short introduction and a series of questions to frame the discussion.  The topics discussed were:

1. Agile versus Waterfall development approaches to Federal IT projects

The federal government faces challenges in managing IT projects: most projects are large and span multiple years and multi-year efforts are driven by IT managers who turn-over during the project’s lifecycle. Furthermore, agency business leaders are not held accountable for project success, and in turn, do not adequately invest in projects. As a result, milestones are spaced far apart and deliverables fail to deliver tangible end-user value as they are more focused on satisfying process check points.  Additionally, Federal IT change efforts are usually managed in isolation from business operations, so those working on multi-year projects are often not concerned with, or even aware of, the changes of day-to-day business considerations.

2. Federal Agency adoption on Cloud Computing versus FISMA, Acquisition and Budget

At this time, Federal agencies are moving slower on cloud computing than their industry counterparts. Federal organizations are gun-shy about migrating capabilities – especially mission-critical capabilities – to ‘the cloud’. Many of the government solutions touted today as cloud-based are merely systems hosted on virtualized servers.

The workshop format consisted of a 25 minute roundtable with the panelists answering questions posed by the moderator.  This was followed by a 10 minute small group discussion and report-out among audience members to identify barriers, and tactical and strategic solutions for each topic.  Thoughts and recommendations that came out of the small group discussion were captured using a mind mapping tool.

The GW Tech Alumni Group will publish a report on the recommendations for the most effective and productive technologies, strategies and processes to increase agility.  The report is scheduled for distribution in February 2011. 

The GW Tech Alumni Group seeks to increase the value of the members' GW education by establishing a professional network to help further graduates' careers in technology and management.

For information on the GW Tech Alumni Group, please contact the GWSB Office of Alumni Relations at

GWSB Alumni Share their Wisdom with Graduate Students Over Lunch!

On Tuesday November 16th, 35 graduate students had the opportunity to meet with alumni from the various GWSB Graduate programs during 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, tourism, energy, and consulting.

Alumni made themselves available to answer questions about classes, work experiences, as well as career and professional development. Students also said that 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.

Thank you to the Alumni who served as table leaders for this session: Diane Brooks, MTA '05; Jeffrey Donald, MBA ’06; Mary Glass, MBA ’91; David Goldstein, BBA/MTA ’06; Shelley Jennings, MBA ’77; Anu Kannegundla, MBA ’09; Lila Lee, MBA ’09; Marvin Turner, MBA ’98 and Milton Whitfield, MBA ’84.

Future sessions of the GWSB Links for Life Student/Alumni Lunch Series will be planned for the spring semester. For more information on how to get involved, please email


Thank you for your gifts of wisdom!

On behalf of the GWSB Office of Development and Alumni Relations, this Thanksgiving season it is my honor to thank those alumni who have graciously supported GWSB through a variety of programs. Gifts of time and wisdom are invaluable to creating a stronger GWSB Alumni Network.

There are a variety of ways for alumni to give back including serving as an MBA Mentor, hosting a table during the GWSB Student/Alumni luncheon, speaking to a GWSB class or student organization, hosting a group of students during a career trek, or providing a faculty member with access to information for research. 

Gifts like these increase the value of your degree and create a greater legacy for our students. Thank you to those who have already participated in these programs!  For those who are interested in getting involved, please feel free to contact the GWSB Office of Alumni Relations at 202-994-3497 or via email at We look forward to working with you!

-Leah Kuppersmith, BBA ’03, associate director of alumni relations, GWSB

Special Offers for GWSB Alumni!


Your GW Alumni Association has teamed up with Washington Sports Clubs and Bally Total Fitness to offer you exclusive membership discounts at both facilities!

Washington Sports Clubs Limited Time Offer — $49 to join and $0 dues through November 30!*

Washington Sports Clubs is also offering GW alumni over 20% off Regional Passport one-year memberships. You'll get access to all Washington Sports Clubs — 19 throughout D.C., Maryland and Virginia — for just $59 a month plus a one-time joining and processing fee.* Need more incentive? Studies prove that regular exercise can prevent disease, boost your mood, improve brain function and lengthen your life. To learn more about WSC membership, visit To take advantage of the GW Alumni Association discount, call 1-800-611-9833.

* Offer currently valid only at Washington Sports Clubs and only for new members. Other restrictions may apply.

Bally Total Fitness Special offer for 2010 — $0 Enrollment**

Bally Total Fitness is offering GW alumni $0 enrollment and a 30% discount on month-to-month membership rates. You'll get access to over 300 Bally locations nationwide for just $24.99 a month.**  To register online, visit, or visit any Bally Total Fitness club. When registering, you will need GW's ID: 2000039281.

** Offer only for new members. At time of enrollment, members must pay first month's fee, as well as a one time initial membership card fee of $20.00 now through 12/31/10.

To join or learn more about discounts for GW Alumni, visit the Washington Sports Clubs and Bally Total Fitness pages on our Web site.

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.

GWSB and PRMIA Offers
“A Complete Course in Risk Management”

A Certificate of Completion Program for
Risk Management Professionals Offered in Eight Individual Modules

Starting January 13 - May 26, 2011
Each Thursday Evening

GW School of Business - Duques Hall

2201 G Street NW, Washington, D.C.


GW alumni and students will receive an additional $300 discount on top of the early registration discount of $500.  Register by December 10th to receive this special discount.


This course is designed to meet the demands of risk professionals by bridging the gap between theory and practice in financial risk management. PRMIA (Professional Risk Managers International Association) and GWSB jointly offer this intensive classroom-based educational program featuring top faculty from the GW School of Business. 

Offered as a complete series or in 8-modules participants complete the program able to analyze the mechanism of corporate governance and its critical relationship to and with risk management. 

Course modules include:

  • Foundations of Risk Finance Theory
  • Analytical Foundations of Risk Measurement
  • Financial Markets and Instruments
  • Market Risk Management
  • Credit Risk Management
  • Operational Risk Management
  • Capital Allocation
  • Governance and Case Studies

If you are a Chief Risk Officer or Head of Risk Officer; Market, Credit, or Operational Risk Specialist; Regulator, Auditor; IT Personnel; or a Financial Engineer consider taking this course. The foundations apply across all sectors: banking, insurance, asset management, hedge funds, energy, securities, regulation/supervision and more.

For more information contact or call 1-917-421-9651

Share your wisdom with the GWSB Alumni Network. Here are some programs for you to participate in.

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

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

We look forward to reconnecting with you there.

DC Events

Challenges in Corporate Governance: The Case of Conflict-Free Minerals
Thursday, December 2 | 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Duquès Hall, Room 651

Please join the George Washington University’s Institute for Corporate Responsibility (ICR) for a panel discussion with board directors George Munoz, Donald Nicolaisen, and Karen Hastie Williams on the practical aspects of corporate governance using the new disclosure requirements of the conflict minerals section of the Dodd-Frank Act as a catalyst for the discussion. The panel will be introduced by Cynthia A. Glassman, Senior Research Scholar at the ICR and former SEC Commissioner and moderated by Catherine Dixon. For more information and to register, please visit

MSPM December Commencement Celebration!
Monday, December 6 | 6:30 p.m.
Duquès Hall, Room 650

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 annual December Commencement event! This will be a great opportunity for you to learn more about the MSPM Alumni Association. We look forward to meeting fellow MSPM Alumni, hearing about your experiences, and introducing our new graduates. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served. (Read more and register…)

The Social Graph Clinic
Thursday, January 20 | 8:15 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Duquès Hall

L2 and the GWSB invite your for an all-day intensive clinic that will address the opportunities, challenges, and underpinnings of social media. The event will feature speakers from academia, public sector, and private industry to lead discussions on social media strategies, rules of engagement, and metrics for marketing and digital professionals. For more information and to register, please visit


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

A Discussion with Mark Starik on Efficient and Renewable Energy
Tuesday, December 14 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Chart House

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...)

San Francisco Event

Save the Date!
Thursday, February 17th
“Where Washington Meets the Valley”

"Where Washington Meets the Valley" is a panel discussion that will feature GW Alumni discussing entrepreneurship. This event will be hosted in Silicon Valley. A networking reception will immediately follow the program. More program details to follow.

This event will be held in conjunction with the 2011 MBA Career Trek to San Francisco. A select group of students from the full and part time MBA programs will travel to the Bay area to meet with GW Alumni.  The treks consist of a variety of site visits and small group meetings (perhaps over a meal) where students learn about companies, career tracks and get advice about coursework, interviewing and networking.

Alumni interested in hosting a group of students should contact the Career Trek student organizers Kula Koenig and Rachel Schaengold by emailing

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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