Trusted Partner Spotlights

Through the Trusted Partner program, the George Washington University School of Business works closely with businesses to create customized and unique engagement opportunities that allow your business to maximize its investment and achieve your objectives.

Partnership Spotlight: Deloitte Supports F. David Fowler Career Center, Battle of the Beltway

Deloitte is the largest employer of GWSB students, and one of the largest employers of students campus-wide. Deloitte participates in on-campus recruitment, holds multiple information sessions each semester, hosts workshops during the MBA Orientation, and teaches a course in Federal Consulting.

Each year, GWSB hosts the final round of Deloitte Consulting’s “Battle of the Beltway” real world business case competition for sophomores and juniors from a number of universities. In the competition, teams devise solutions to consulting cases involving an agency or branch of the federal government, such as the U.S. Navy or the Federal Railroad Administration.

In the preliminary rounds, up to nine teams of four students each compete at their respective universities. Students from any major can compete, although Deloitte advises that each team include both business and non-business majors. Two teams from each school will advance to the final rounds to compete regionally. Schools that have competed in the past include GW, American University, Georgetown University, Howard University, Princeton University, Wake Forest University, the University of Richmond, and the College of William and Mary.


Partnership Spotlight: PNC Bank, The Gallup Organization and Founding Farmers: Lemonade Day/GWSB Undergraduate First Year Development Program

Lemonade Day teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own businesses – using a lemonade stand. Through this enterprise, children learn the entrepreneurial skills necessary to be successful in the future and become contributing members of their communities. They learn the basic principles of business in a hands-on, active way.

In 2013, Emily Massel, a sophomore at GW, sought to inspire District of Columbia youth by challenging them to run and manage their own lemonade stands. The Lemonade Day-DC student organization was formed and the dream became a reality. GW students traveled through all eight wards of DC to teach budding entrepreneurs the concepts and skills needed to build a successful lemonade stand. Then on a single day across the District, the students put their plans into practice. This program provides an experience that these young entrepreneurs will never forget.

Sponsors PNC Bank, The Gallup Organization, and Founding Farmers, along with the generous support of Arthur (BBA ’66) and Judith Mintz (BA ’68) and numerous in-kind supporters, teamed up with the GWSB students to reach 800 fourth to seventh graders at 35 youth institutions throughout the District.


Partnership Spotlight: KPMG Founding Sponsor: On the Board: Advancing Women’s Corporate Leadership

The George Washington University School of Business, in partnership with the International Women’s Forum (IWF), was proud to launch On the Board, the first-ever of its kind, globally focused, comprehensive training and placement program for the world’s top female talent. Representing a powerful cohort of high-potential 21st-century leaders, On the Board is an initiative whose time has come.

Made possible through a generous gift from Linda Rabbitt (MA ’72), founder and CEO of Rand Construction Corporation, GW trustee and IWF member, On the Board promises to reshape the business landscape by building a pipeline of women prepared to serve on the boards of leading international companies. The goal of the program is to be recognized as a major international initiative for advancing women’s executive committee and board leadership.

Guided by Ms. Rabbitt’s vision and resources—and working in partnership with IWF—the School of Business is building an internationally recognized platform for high-potential women to assume leadership roles on corporate boards.

With generous support from KPMG and Accenture, On the Board is connecting leading faculty, current board directors, coaches, and other experts to the fellows through closed-door training and development sessions. The program is organized into three weekend residencies in Washington DC, with each residency including high-level networking opportunities with the business community.


Partnership Spotlight: Federal Reserve Board: Financial Literacy Seminar Series (FLSS)

The Financial Literacy Seminar Series (FLSS), a joint initiative between the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the George Washington University School of Business, brings together academics, practitioners, policymakers, and other experts to present and discuss cutting-edge research on financial literacy.

The FLSS has been developed to engage professionals from a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives to foster a medium for confronting key financial literacy issues and challenges. The FLSS offers twelve seminars per academic year.

Fall 2013 Schedule:

  • Seminar I: September 26, 2013 – Gerri Walsh, Distinguished Financial Literacy Speaker (President, FINRA Investor Education Foundation)
  • Seminar II: October 10, 2013 – Anna Paulson (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago)
  • Seminar III: October 24, 2013 – Julie Agnew (College of William and Mary)
  • Seminar IV: November 7, 2013 – James Choi (Yale University)
  • Seminar V: November 21, 2013 – William Skimmyhorn (United States Military Academy)
  • Seminar VI: December 5, 2013 – Richard Valentine Burkhauser (Cornell University)

Partnership Spotlight: Atlanta Improvement District and the Buckhead Improvement District: Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis: Atlanta Walk-Up

People increasingly want to live in walkable urban neighborhoods in Atlanta, a city long identified with modern suburban sprawl.

A new report from GWSB’s Charles Bendit Distinguished Scholar and Research Professor of Urban Real Estate Christopher Leinberger, who chairs the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at the School, found that metropolitan Atlanta is seeing a reemergence of walkable urban development.

The WalkUP Wake-Up Call: Atlanta” is the second report on walkable urban places (“WalkUPs”) from Leinberger, who is a fellow at the Brookings Institution public policy think tank and president of LOCUS, a national network of real estate developers and investors who advocate for sustainable, walkable development in America’s metropolitan areas.

Leinberger’s first report, released in September 2012, found that high-density, urban areas with multiple transportation options are driving growth in today’s real estate market. The findings were based on a study of WalkUPs in seven counties in metropolitan Washington, D.C.

“The market has spoken, it is now time for public policy to reflect this new market demand by putting in the necessary infrastructure and zoning” that supports WalkUPs, said Leinberger. “Metropolitan Atlanta is now experiencing the end of sprawl.”

In Atlanta, the study found a surprising, overwhelming emergence of walkable urban development.

The report identified 27 established WalkUps in the Atlanta area in 2013, and nine emerging WalkUPs. While 74 percent of established WalkUPs are within city limits, all nine emerging WalkUPS are in the suburbs. The report identified eight out of 10 potential WalkUPs outside the city.

However, it also found that Atlanta has underinvested in rail transit, an aspect of transportation infrastructure that supports walkable urban environments and is in demand in today’s real estate market.

Leinberger said the emergence of WalkUPs is generating a new “place management” industry of professionals who develop strategy and provide day-to-day management in walkable urban areas.


Partnership Spotlight: Washington, DC, Economic Development projects: Public-Private Partnerships

The Five-Year Economic Development Strategy for the District of Columbia has sought to build on the District’s unique intellectual capital. Four local graduate schools of business collaborated to conduct the analysis that drove the strategy. Led by a coalition of the District’s business, academic and government leaders, select teams of MBA candidates conducted in-depth interviews with business and civic leaders across seven economic sectors. The data, insights and ideas collected during the course of those interviews were synthesized into strategic initiatives, many of which have been analyzed for economic impact using a new Economic Impact Model, a business analysis tool that allows the District to evaluate and prioritize competing projects.

Findings from research and stakeholder interviews confirmed the need to grow and diversify the District’s economy while preparing the workforce for new employment opportunities. These two guiding principles build on the goals set forth in “One City Action Plan,” Mayor Gray’s visionary program to create a prosperous, equitable and sustainable District. Growing and diversifying the economy, along with preparing the workforce, became the strategic drivers that led to the creation of six bold visions for DC:

  1. Establish the most business-friendly economy in the nation
  2. Create the largest technology center on the East Coast
  3. Become the nation’s destination of choice
  4. End retail leakage
  5. Build a best-in-class global medical center
  6. Become the top North American destination for foreign investors, businesses and tourists

Partnership Spotlight: IBM Academic Initiative

For the first time this fall, graduate students are enrolled in GWSB’s newest specialized master’s program: the master of science in business analytics (MSBA).

The degree was launched in partnership with the IBM Academic Initiative, a program for college and university professors that offers no-charge access to IBM systems and software.

The field of business analytics focuses on developing insights and understanding business performance based on data and statistical methods. The degree is aimed at helping students acquire the skills necessary to meet a growing demand in organizations for analytics professionals.

“Analytics is increasingly important in a number of business disciplines including finance, marketing and operations, and is being applied in rather creative ways in health care, medicine and security, among other fields,” said Srinivas Prasad, associate professor of decision sciences.

The MSBA curriculum was developed collaboratively between the School, IBM Analytics, the Department of Decision Sciences and the Institute for Integrating Statistics in Decision Sciences over a period of years.

Aimed at students or working professionals with an aptitude for data or quantitative analysis, the 33-credit-hour program can be completed over 10 months, for full-time students, or part-time over two years.

A certificate program will also be available to provide students with a foundation in business analytics over a shorter time period.