The Trusted Partners Program


George Washington embodied leadership. Your organization can share in his legacy of leadership by investing in the school of business that proudly bears his name. As a George Washington School of Business Trusted Partner, you can join an exceptional community of scholars, alumni and organizations committed to advancing the study of business. Your support is an investment in the future, helping to build a better world through better business.

The George Washington University was created in 1821, fulfilling this great man’s vision of an institution in the nation’s capital dedicated to educating and preparing future leaders for their responsibilities to society.

Companies today are operating in a challenging global environment. As a Trusted Partner, you will have access to the knowledge, research, networks, and talent that will help your organization navigate this terrain successfully, as well as facilitate engagement with constituents and maximize value for your stakeholders.

As a George Washington School of Business Trusted Partner, you join an exceptional community of students, faculty, alumni, and partners committed to advancing the study of business and preparing the next generation of business leaders. Your support is an investment in the future, helping to build a better world through better business.

The Potential

Our centers are hubs of excellence. They are at the leading edge of research, scholarship, and strategy, putting forth bold ideas and creative solutions that provide your organization with a competitive edge and yield benefits to society overall. As a Trusted Partner, you can support the important work of these centers and have access to great thinking, great students, and important research.

Companies can engage with our centers through a multitude of partnership and sponsorship opportunities including research, programming and events, publications, and access to student talent at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Research Centers

Center for International Business, Education and Research (CIBER)

GWSB is one of only 33 business schools in the U.S. that are part of CIBER, founded under the federal government’s Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 and administered by the U.S. Department of Education. CIBER links businesses with the expertise of U.S. universities in areas of international education, language training, and research.

  • Promotes economic development through scholarship, education, and outreach to the business, academic, and policy communities.
  • Expands the nation’s capacity for international understanding and economic engagement. For example, in 2013 CIBER hosted a faculty development workshop in international business, “Succeeding in Emerging and Development Markets: Understanding How Institutions Impact Firms and Managers.” Business leaders were invited to the exclusive dinner, which featured a keynote address by Jianhai Lin, DBA ’86, secretary of the IMF and its International Monetary and Financial Committee.


Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis (CREUA)

The Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis (CREUA) does research and teaches on the structural shift that is occurring in real estate, and how metropolitan areas are being built. CREUA focuses on walkable urban development, environmental sustainability, international real estate, and housing policy reform. Examples of recent work include:

  • GWSB MBA students helped craft the five year (2012-2017) economic plan for the Washington, D.C. government that outlined priorities and trends and is currently being utilized.
  • Developed landmark research on walkable urban development: WalkUp DC in fall 2012 and WalkUp Atlanta in fall 2013; future WalkUp studies are under way in key U.S. and international markets. Coverage of the research appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and USA Today, among many other national media outlets.
  • Creates networking opportunities for students, alumni, and trusted partners, at both the local, national, and international levels.


The F. David Fowler Career Center

The F. David Fowler Career Center’s mission is to support students and alumni in developing life-long career management skills and building partnerships among students, alumni, employers, and faculty, resulting in rewarding and fulfilling careers.

  • Embeds career preparation into all aspects of the student experience, from refining course curriculum to enhance skills that are desirable in the workplace to having a required, for-credit, for-a-grade career strategy course for undergraduates that is tailored to specific career tracks based on a student’s interests.
  • Offers comprehensive in-person and online support for undergraduate and graduate students as well as networking opportunities and aggressive corporate outreach to ensure GW fulfills our responsibility of helping every student find a competitive position in the workforce upon graduation.


Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center (GFLEC)

GFLEC has positioned itself as the world’s leading center for financial literacy research and policy. Through rigorous scholarship and research, wide-reaching education, and global policy and services, the Center works with partners in Washington, D.C., throughout the U.S., and across the globe to raise the level of financial knowledge, inform policy, and develop and promote financial literacy programs. For example, GFLEC and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) organized the Global Policy Research Symposium to Advance Financial Literacy, held in Paris, France and attended by high-level international researchers, officials, and experts from the public, private, and NGO sectors.

  • Conducts groundbreaking research, with particular emphasis on financial education in schools, the workplace, and the community.
  • Makes research findings more accessible to policymakers and practitioners in order to help shape the national and international dialogue around financial literacy. One example is the biweekly seminar series hosted at GWSB in collaboration with the Federal Reserve Board.


The Growth Dialogue Center

The Growth Dialogue is a venture supported by the governments of Canada, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Korea that is housed at the GWSB. It seeks to be an independent voice on economic growth and a platform for policy dialogue among leaders in developing and emerging market economies.

  • Convenes high-level policymakers and thought leaders with those whose policy decisions can benefit from practical experience and the latest work on economic growth. For example, with the OECD, the Center is co-hosting an upcoming conference on green growth and sustainable development in Paris in December 2013, and similar conferences are planned in Bangkok, Thailand in January 2014.
  • Fosters exchanges of information and knowledge on topics related to growth and sustainable development.


Institute of Corporate Responsibility (ICR)

ICR is a leading resource to the business and policy communities, fostering business-university-government partnerships—U.S. and global—that present a unique knowledge creation and dissemination asset, build scholarly capacity for our faculty and students, and enhance GW’s prestige worldwide.

  • Promotes research and scholarship pertaining to corporate social responsibility (CSR) that can help corporations define and optimize their corporate social responsibility strategies.
  • Acts as a vehicle of change, catalyzing discussions on the role of corporate social responsibility in the wider Washington, D.C. business community, such as the Denit Trust Challenges in Corporate Governance Series, which examines the role of corporate directors in a corporate crisis.
  • Provides innovative leadership reshaping the business landscape through initiatives such as “On the Board” that builds an executive education pipeline of women prepared to serve on the boards of leading international companies.
  • Authoring pioneering thought leadership books examining public-private partnerships to be published in summer 2014.