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The GWSB Alumni Advocate

December 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.

GWSB Undergraduates Take Manhattan!

GWSB students meant business when they took a bite out of the Big Apple for the 2010 Undergraduate New York Career Trek. Forty-seven students traveled to New York City for the Nov. 17-19 event. The students split into three groups, Finance/Accounting, Marketing and Sports Management, for an experience tailored to their respective fields of interest. The trek included an array of activities such as company site visits, breakfast with alumni, a “There’s No Business Like Sports Business” panel discussion and an alumni networking reception.

Each group visited a variety of big name companies. Students in the Finance/Accounting group visited Barclays, Citi, Ernst & Young, Ironshore, Jefferies, Jones Lang Lassale, M&T Bank, Moody’s, Morgan Stanley, Oppenheimer & Co. and PWC. The Marketing group visited BBDO, Chandler Chicco, Mindshare, Mother New York and Ogilvy. Sports Management students visited The New York Mets, NBA, NFL, NHL and Momentum, a marketing agency.

Students met with more than 20 distinguished alumni from the GW School of Business, interacting with them throughout New York at in-office sessions and small group breakfast meetings. Alumni who shared their experiences, insight, and professional advice included Eric Herd, BBA, ’06, SportsFan Live; Caroline Turitto, BBA, ’04 and Karyn Shapiro, BBA ‘08, of Ironshore; Laura Braude Greenfield, BBA, ’04, of M&T Bank; Tiffany Putnam, BBA, ’01, and Aaron Spool, BBA,  ’00 of Moody’s; and Jonathan Hochberg, BBA, ’85 of Hillview Capital Advisors, LLC.

A highlight of the trip was the student/alumni panel and networking reception hosted at The New York Palace. The program entitled “There’s No Business Like Sports Business” featured GW Alumni panelists, Joel Segal, BA, ’86, president of BEST Football and Keith Wachtel, GWSB BBA, ’92, senior vice president of marketing for the National Hockey League. The discussion, which focused on careers in sports management, was moderated by Lisa Delpy Neirotti, associate professor of tourism and sport management. The event provided an opportunity for New York area alumni to meet each other and current students. Students also heard “real life” career stories and practiced their networking skills with the GW alumni community.

Student participant Morgan Modugno, BBA ’10 said, “At first I was skeptical about what the trip would be like, concerned about what a "site visit" would mean in terms of furthering my career.  After I attended the trip, I was extremely pleased with what the Business School put together. I'm grateful for the vast relations that our school maintains with alumni.  The trip wouldn't have been the same without the connections that GW was able to make.  Each day was carefully planned out and each site visit was unique.  I left each one with an inside perspective that you can't obtain through research of the company alone.

The breakfast with alumni was my personal favorite.  I was welcomed into the beautiful home of a GW alumna, who prepared an amazing breakfast and shared inspiring career advice.  We were divided into small groups by our majors so the setting was a lot more personal and intimate.  It's a nice feeling to know that alumni are willing to share their insights and take us under their wing, so to speak.  Though I was miles away from GW, I experienced an overwhelmingly strong sense of GW community and pride." To view more photos from this event, please visit our photo gallery on Flickr:

Spotlight on Entrepreneurship

This fall, GWSB hosted a variety of programs and events to engage the GW Community in entrepreneurial activities. On October 14-16, CFEE, GWU and ICSB hosted a two day workshop and seminar entitled Global Entrepreneurship: The Latest Research on Business Creation. The event was headed by Dr. Paul Reynolds, Co-Principal for the Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics (PSED) I and II, and GW’s Howard Hoffman Distinguished Research Scholar. The workshop and symposium was designed for scholars analyzing longitudinal data sets on business creation as well as those designing and implementing longitudinal studies of business creation. To read more about the conference, you may read the following article:

Additionally, More than 50 aspiring entrepreneurs rose to the challenge of selling a winning business idea to judges for the third annual Pitch George competition which was hosted on November 13th.  Participants competed for $10,500 in seed money from the Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence of the GW School of Business. Student competitors rode in an elevator and pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges, all within the space of three minutes. Click here for more.


The excitement around entrepreneurship will heat up this spring with events and activities leading up to the GW Business Plan Competition, which will be held on campus April 14-15. For competition rules and deadlines, please visit

To learn about University initiatives related to entrepreneurship and to read about upcoming events leading up to the GW Business Plan Competition, please visit:

Thank you for your gifts of work, wealth and wisdom!

On behalf of the GWSB Office of Development and Alumni Relations, this holiday 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 a 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 of wealth are also an opportunity to make an impact on the School and University. As you think about making your annual gifts, I would like to make you aware that this month alumni gifts can have an even greater impact. An anonymous alumni donor has issued GW a $100,000 all or nothing challenge: If 9,000 alumni contribute by December 31, he will make a gift of $100,000 to the Power & Promise Fund for student aid. To learn more about this challenge and how you can ensure your gift is counted, please read:

Gifts of work, wealth and wisdom increase the value of your degree and create a greater legacy for our students. Thank you to those who have already contributed!  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!

Enroll in the Alumni Course Audit Program



The Alumni Course Audit Program gives all GW alumni the benefit of attending a wide selection of GW courses on a not-for-credit basis.

Available to GW alumni of all ages and campus neighborhood residents above the age of 60, the Alumni Course Audit Program is a rewarding way to enhance professional skills, increase knowledge, and pursue a commitment to lifelong learning.


  • Visit
  • View the Spring 2011 courses available for audit listed by department
  • Download course audit instructions and registration form
  • Obtain the course professor or department chair's signature of approval
  • Deliver or mail your registration to Alumni House @ 1918 F Street NW


  • $125 per course for GW alumni under the age of 60
  • $65 per course for alumni and Foggy Bottom/Mount Vernon campus area residents over the age of 60

We want to hear from you!  Look out for a course audit survey in Spring 2011.

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!

Volunteer to be a Table Leader at Links for Life

Connect with students and fellow GWSB Alumni by volunteering at the graduate or undergraduate Links for Life Luncheon! The alumni involvement is very simple and it’s a great way to connect with students. Volunteering for this event mostly involves talking to students about your profession, industry, how you got to where you are, and how your experience at GWSB has helped your career if applicable. The students will also come prepared with questions to ask you. If you are interested in participating in our lunches for the spring semester, please contact

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, 2033 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20006. 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. Visit our photo gallery with highlights from recent events:

DC Events

$50K GW BizPlan Comp: Teambuilding Event with Serial Entrepreneur Ed Barrientos, MBA ’90
Tuesday, January 11 | 5:00 -6:00p.m.
Tompkins Hall

Successful high tech and manufacturing ventures require teams with both business and technical skills.  More often than not, the sales & marketing or finance whiz will not also be the incredible coder or mad scientist.  But how do you recruit someone who speaks C++, DNA, or MRI when you only speak ROI, GAAP, or Six Sigma?  Learn how GW alumnus, serial entrepreneur, and angel investor Ed Barrientos, MBA ’90 got it done with 3 technology-based companies of his own: Brazen Careerist, Arc Second and MaxSchlatterer GmbH.

Immediately following the talk, there will be a competition where teams will be challenged to come up with a startup idea that solves an existing problem.  This event is free and open to all, especially GW students, faculty, and alumni planning to enter the $50K GW Business Plan Competition.  Food and beverage will be served. Please follow this link for more information and to register.

How to meet your future business partner: Network Roulette!
Friday, January 14 | 8:00 p.m. EST
Online Session

Today's most successful startups thrive because of two things: great business people and great engineers/scientists.  We're very lucky because the GWU campus has both!  Join us for this online speed networking event and meet over a dozen professionals with the skills that you're looking for in a business partner.

For more information and to register,
follow this link! For questions on this event, please email To learn about upcoming events leading up to the GW Business Plan Competition, please visit:

The GW Tech Alumni Group Lunch Series - Technology Forecast with William Halal, professor emeritus
Tuesday, January 25 |12:00- 2:00 p.m.
Duques Hall, Room 650

Join the GW Tech Alumni Group for the first of their lunch series with William Halal, professor emeritus of management, technology and innovation. Professor Halal will present the work he is doing as founder of the TechCast Project (, a virtual think tank that pools the knowledge of 100 experts worldwide to forecast breakthroughs in all fields of science and technology. The National Academies cited TechCast as one of the best systems available, Google searches ranked it number 2-3 out of 5 million hits and The Washington Post Published a full page article on its work.  (Read more and register…)

The 12th Annual Robert P. Maxon Lecture presented by the Institute for Corporate Responsibility
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 | 6:00 p.m.
The George Washington University Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20052

Please join the Institute for Corporate Responsibility for the 12th Annual Robert P. Maxon Lecture.  Mr. Ian M. Cook, chairman, president and chief cxecutive officer, Colgate-Palmolive has been announced as the lecturer for 2011. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit this link.

San Francisco Event

Save the Date!
Thursday, February 17th
“Where Washington Meets the Valley”
A panel discussion featuring GW Alumni hosted in Silicon Valley.
A networking reception will immediately follow the program.

Join fellow alumni for a panel discussion about entrepreneurship featuring GW Alumni. A networking reception will immediately follow the program. Additional program and panelist details will follow in upcoming issues of this newsletter.

This event will be held in conjunction with the 2011 MBA Career Trek. Students from the MBA programs will travel to the Bay area to meet with GW Alumni for site visits and small group meetings. Students will learn about companies, career tracks and get advice about 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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