About Business Gives Back

What do we do?

  • Partner with GWSB alumni and local businesses that are engaging in great initiatives within the community to promote and maintain synergy between the school and society.
  • Host an annual gala highlighting the great things the business school has done for the community.
  • Annually, honor a current student and GW alumni who have engaged their business degree in socially responsible business endeavors.

What have we done?

  • Raised over $15,000 collectively for LearnServe International, the Financial Literacy Program, Abriendo Mentes, and Jonas Umbrellas
  • Presented 2 GW Alumni with the inaugural Business Gives Back Distinguished Alumni Award for leading ethically and responsibly in a business setting.
    • Dan Simons, Partner at Farmers Restaurant Group
    • Marcia Bullard, Director of the Hearth of America and Points of Life
  • Honored five GWSB students for their commitments to society:
    • Amir Abdallah, founder of the aforementioned Financial Literacy Program, a GWSB student organization educating individuals in the community on how to make good financial decisions in their lives.
    • Jay Leblang, founder of the Jenna Ashley Smiles 929 Foundation, which supports community service projects with a focus on youth, literacy, and medical research
    • Daniel Lieberman and Music for Matt, a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization that hosts an annual benefit concert in partnership with the Peace Corps, Tulane University, and Sigma Phi Epsilon that has raised more than $35,000 for deserving Tulane students and the Peace Corps Partnership Program in Mali.
    • Meredith Leebrick, Co-founder of Abriendo Mentes a community development initiative that empowers rural Costa Rican communities through innovative educational and social programming.
    • Josh Pavano, founder of Jonas Umbrellas, an initiative in which every limited edition umbrella sold by Jonas helps fund a clean water well at a school in Africa. Their goal is to provide clean water to children will help them grow, learn, and play

Where are we going?

  • Extend Business Gives Back to multiple events annually to strengthen the bridge between GWSB, alumni, businesses, and the community.
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