Financial Literacy Seminar – October 2

September 30, 2014

Please join the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center for a Financial Literacy Seminar Series session presented by Beth Akers of the Brookings Institution and Alvaro Mezza of the Federal Reserve Board.  The seminar, entitled “Student Loan Debt: Is There a Crisis?” will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2014.  To learn more please click here.

Seminar: 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Reception: 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Location: 2201 G Street, NW, Duques Hall, Room 652

To RSVP please visit:

Entrepreneurship Conference – October 16 – 18

September 30, 2014

Every October international delegates representing major industry, NGOs, and government organizations come together to discuss the integration of entrepreneurship research and public policy at GWU.  The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Growth, Competitiveness and Sustainability’.  Conference partners include the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), VISA Inc. Small Business, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Gallup Inc., the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the International Council for Small Business (ICSB).  The opportunities for participants to gain knowledge and network with key decision makers in Washington DC will be significant over three days of activities.

For more information please visit:

To register please visit:

Students may waive the registration fee by using registration code: GWU14

Fall 2014 Graduation Applications Due October 1, 2014

September 30, 2014

If you are a student who anticipates completing your MBA degree requirements during the Fall 2014 semester you should apply for graduation using the electronic graduation application in GWeb no later than October 1, 2014. Instructions on how to apply can be found at:

If you are unable to apply as your MBA curriculum is not appearing in GWeb as a graduation option – you will need to complete a paper graduation application and forward it to your MBA Academic Advisor prior to October 1st. Students who apply after the October 1 deadline are required to fill out a paper application and will be charged the late fee.

For more information on the graduation process please visit:

International Careers Workshop: Creating a Winning Global Job-Search Toolkit

September 24, 2014

CIBER is pleased to announce the International Careers Workshop: Creating a Winning Global Job-Search Toolkit lead by Stacie Nevadomski Berdan, International Careers Expert.  The workshop will help graduate students increase their odds of going global and further develop their global mindset.

Date: Tuesday, October 7th
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Place: 2201 G Street, NW

Learn how to:

  • Acquire and package your international skills in order to apply them to current global business trends and needs of potential employers.
  • Devise a search strategy for an international job search, doing the appropriate research and networking.
  • Identify high-growth sectors, industries, markets, and organizations that are ‘hot’ right now.
  • Brand yourself in your resumes and cover letters and use social media for the international job search.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit:

Professional Women’s Roundtable Dinner

September 24, 2014

CIBER is excited to announce an opportunity to discuss your industries of interest with professional women with relevant backgrounds and experience in international and multinational work.  The keynote speaker will be Stacie Berden – a seasoned global executive, an international careers expert, and an award-winning author on how to succeed in the global marketplace.

Date: October 8, 2014
Time: 5:45 – 9:30 pm
Place: City View Room @ The Elliott School (1957 E Street, NW, 7th Floor)

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MBA Programs Announces Walk- In Advising Hours

September 8, 2014

The MBA Programs Office is pleased to offer walk- in hours where you can meet with your academic advisor without making an advising appointment. Walk- in advising appointments will last no more than 15 minutes and can provide answers to quick questions that you may have.

Topics that can be covered are:

  • Clarification of Policies
  • Concentration Requirements and Changes
  • Curriculum Requirements
  • Quick Reference Information

Walk in hours are as follows:
Mondays, 4:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Wednesdays, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Third Annual Walkable Urban Places Conference – Tuesday, September 16

September 5, 2014

Don’t miss this opportunity to join practitioners, advocates, and academics for a day-long conversation about housing affordability in revitalizing neighborhoods.  This full day conference will be a deep dive into the complexity of how to create vibrant walkable communities for all.

Date: Tuesday, September 16
Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Place: GWU Marvin Center, Grand Ballroom

Focus areas will include:

  • Impacts of increased investment and mechanisms to maintain economic diversity
  • Enhancing identity, connectivity and affordability in the suburbs
  • Policies, regulations and actions to advance social equity in Walkable Urban Places

To register please visit:

Real Estate Course Offering for Fall 2014: Real Estate Development

August 25, 2014

If your schedule can support it, here are two classes that you might not have heard about because they are part of an exciting new offering at GWSB. This great finance class is geared toward different aspects of real estate development and law. Class sizes for these two courses will be kept small to allow greater interaction between the students and the professor. If you have any questions about these two classes, please contact Rob Valero at 202-994-0920 or

This course also fulfills one of the six requirements for the new Real Estate Certificate and you may have already met other requirements from other courses you have taken.

Title: Real Estate Development (CRN: 80849)
Instructor: Stan Sloter
Credits: 3

Description: Real Estate Development (FINA 6240) is really about entrepreneurship in the context of real estate development and is taught by developer Stan Sloter. It will explore how value is created and extracted throughout the development process. How does a developer assess the likely success of a particular project? How is capital raised for each step? How are profits shared among the ventures participants? How do we use leverage to create the potential for higher returns (and at what risk)? When and how are guarantees utilized? Answers to these questions will be provided by real life examples and invaluable, well-known, reputable speakers. This is a very practical class that assumes that resources of time and capital are limited in all real estate enterprises and therefore focuses on the decision process for using those resources.

About the instructor: Stan Sloter is the President and founder of the Paradigm Companies. Paradigm is a full-service development, construction and property management firm with operations in Washington, D.C. and throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Paradigm has developed over 10,000 urban and high rise residential apartments, condominiums and townhomes, many as ventures with pension funds, landowners and even local governments. Paradigm’s reputation is built on its ability to conceptualize complex residential projects and follow through with accurate budgets and project oversight such that the investor, the community, and the ultimate residents realize value added throughout the process.

Real Estate Course Offering for Fall 2014: Foundations of Real Estate Law

August 25, 2014

If your schedule can support it, here are two classes that you might not have heard about because they are part of an exciting new offering at GWSB. This great finance class is geared toward different aspects of real estate development and law. Class sizes for these two courses will be kept small to allow greater interaction between the students and the professor. If you have any questions about these two classes, please contact Rob Valero at 202-994-0920 or

This course also fulfills one of the six requirements for the new Real Estate Certificate and you may have already met other requirements from other courses you have taken.

Title: Foundations of Real Estate Law (CRN: 87171)
Instructor: Peter Smirniotopoulos
Credits: 3

Description:Foundations of Real Estate Law (FINA 6290) takes a pragmatic, transactional approach to real property law in an urban context, with an emphasis on walkable urban places (“WalkUPs”). This provides a framework for students to learn about how a panoply of laws impact, directly and indirectly, a variety of urban real estate transactions and issues, while also addressing the use of a variety of legal agreements to govern particular relationships between the parties. This course—taught in an immersive, interactive classroom environment—offers students an overview of:

  • the manner in which legal issues arise in the course of the
    • selection,
    • acquisition,
    • development,
    • financing,
    • ownership, and
    • management of real estate;
  • the nature of these legal issues; and
  • how these issues may best be identified and resolved.

About the instructor: Peter Smirniotopoulos has over 30 years of hands-on experience in corporate finance, deal structuring and transactional analysis; public finance and other government funding sources and strategies; public outreach and advocacy; strategic thinking and organizational analysis; and the full range of project development, design and financing for large-scale residential, mixed-use, mixed-income, and urban revitalization projects. He has worked for and with private, public-sector, higher-ed, and non-profit organizations and institutions, as well as creating and serving public-private partnerships. He is also a nationally recognized author, speaker, commentator, and opinion writer. Since 1985, Mr. Smirniotopoulos has been a featured speaker at national industry conferences, and he has authored over 50 articles in national print journals and on the web, covering a broad range of topics including urban planning and revitalization; residential and mixed-use development and finance; federal tax and housing policies; affordable and low-income housing revitalization and finance; and education policy.

Last Day to Drop with Full Refund – Sunday, August 24th at 10:00 pm

August 22, 2014

The last day to drop a course with a full refund is 10:00 pm on Sunday, August 24th.  All students who drop after this time will be charged a penalty.  The penalty will vary depending on whether the course is hosted online or on-campus.  Please refer to the Dropping Courses page for more information.

Classes Start on Monday, August 25th

August 22, 2014

The Fall 2014 semester kicks off on Monday, August 25th.  All MBA students must be registered no later than Sunday, August 24th to avoid the $80 late registration fee.  Students who need to request a leave of absence should visit our Academic Policies page for more information.

GWSB Partners with Forté

August 8, 2014

We are very excited to announce that effective July 1, 2014, the George Washington University School of Business is one of six new academic institutions to join the Forté community. Forté is the leading organization that provides a national infrastructure for women at all stages of the career continuum to access the information, scholarship support and networking connections they need to succeed in business careers. Due to the strategic and deliberate nature of Forté’s sponsor selection process, 2014 is the first year Forté invited U.S.-based business schools to apply since 2011.

“GWSB is working to expand our pool of female applicants with the goal of building M.B.A. and leadership programs where women and men are equally and fully represented in the classroom as well as the boardroom,” said GWSB Dean Linda Livingstone. “Our commitment to diversity and female leadership both inside and outside of the classroom is reflected throughout our initiatives and activities, with Princeton Review recently ranking GWSB fifth on their list of Greatest Opportunities for Women.”

Not only does the George Washington University attract a majority female population, but also the business school consistently boasts a female representation of more than 40 percent. GWSB has a proud commitment to gender inclusion, and has always closely aligned with Forté’s efforts to attract more women to graduate business programs. With strong female leadership GWSB is a valuable partner of the Forté Foundation.

Read the full press release

New Online Course for Fall 2014: Health Care Administration and Affordable Care Act

July 30, 2014

MBA Programs is pleased to announce a new online healthcare elective for the fall semester!

Title: Health Care Administration and Affordable Care Act (CRN: 87635)
Instructor: Dr. John L Murphy, MPH, PhD, MSW
Credits: 1.5
Module: 1

Description: This course dissects the impact of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (more commonly called the Affordable Care Act or ACA) on individual and organizational behavior, and its broad effect on business and labor decision-making. Much attention and speculation has been given to the ACA. Pundits, practitioners, administrators and laypersons have all opined on the practical impact of the ACA. This course will take an empirical approach to the same. We will examine how the ACA impacts individual behavior in the market, specifically their choices about employment and workforce participation. We will also explore how organizations respond to new legislative mandates and what these additional pressures mean for business and the economy.

New Online Course for Fall 2014: Entrepreneurship II

July 30, 2014

MBA Programs is pleased to announce a new online management elective for the fall semester!

Title: Entrepreneurship II (CRN: 87670)
Instructor: Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy, Teaching Associate Professor of Management
Credits: 1.5
Module: 2

Description: By now any well-read student knows the basic scenario how established businesses become defunct (Kodak as example) because of disruptive innovation. Nearly two decades of management research, beginning with Clayton M. Christensen’s 1995 HBR article, “Disruptive Technologies: Catching the Wave,” have taught businesses to be on the lookout for upstarts (think Uber). “Who is an entrepreneur and what is entrepreneurial?” have been the key questions in academic entrepreneurship for decades. These upstarts are founded by entrepreneurs! Gartner (1988) challenged the assumption that there is a stereotype of the entrepreneur. However, the question persists despite the claim that it is the wrong question and despite many researchers reaching the same conclusion as Gartner. Policy makers, venture capitalists, researchers and practitioners have not quit searching for the prototypical entrepreneur.

The student taking this course will explore these topics and more by creating their own disruptive business ideas and asking themselves how they fit the mold of an “entrepreneur.” The course combines live interviews with entrepreneurial leaders from Gallup Inc. DC Central Kitchen, National Federation of Independent Businesses, and our own GWSB current MBA graduates.

New Online Course for Fall 2014: Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management

July 30, 2014

MBA Programs is pleased to announce a new online finance elective for the fall semester!

Title: Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management (CRN: 87525)
Instructor: Dr. Isabelle Besnainou, Professor of Finance and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: MBAD 6234

Description: Risk–reward analysis of security investments, including analysis of national economy, industry, company, and market; introduction to portfolio management; emphasis on theory and computer methods.

Healthcare MBA Externship Opportunity

July 30, 2014

GWU Healthcare MBA alumnus Dr. Jerry J. Marty (’09), Chairman of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center (MFSMC) in Baltimore, MD has offered a unique opportunity for HC MBA students to experience hands‐on the effective process improvements and operational efficiencies he instituted in his Department utilizing Lean Six‐Sigma principles.

This externship program is for HC MBA students who live in the immediate Baltimore/Washington D.C. area interested in operations management in a Hospital setting.

Externship Objectives:

1) Develop an understanding of how Lean Six Sigma and other process improvement concepts and their tools have been implemented and utilized in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at MFSMC.

2) Take ownersh p or provide input to an operations management project underway or review a completed project from its inception through implementation phases.

3) Develop mentorship relationships with MedStar Administrative & Medical leadership.

Hours per week: Flexible hours which can range from 5‐15 hours per week, but can be arranged.

Duration: Minimum of 12 weeks, up to 16 weeks.

To apply, please telephone Dr. Marty at 443‐777‐7197 or 410‐598‐8931 to discuss goals and any specific participant objective(s).

Send a resume and cover letter to: Dr. Jerry J. Marty at

New Assistant Director for Academic Advising and Administration

July 9, 2014

MBA Programs is pleased to announce the hiring of the new Assistant Director for Academic Advising and Administration – Jeff Peden.  He will serve as the academic advisor to MBA students (excluding HCMBA) for students with the last name A-C. Jeff will also handle MBA Programs course scheduling, DegreeMAP maintenance along with other administrative issues.

Jeff comes to the George Washington School of Business having spent the last four years working in the Office of Academic Advising and Student Services at the Elliott School of International Affairs. Prior to working at the George Washington University, Jeff worked for InsideTrack in Portland, Oregon. Jeff completed his BA from Knox College in 2004 and his MA in Higher Education Administration from the George Washington University in 2012.

New School of Business Dean Announced

May 27, 2014

The George Washington University announced Tuesday the selection of Linda A. Livingstone as the next dean of the GW School of Business. Dr. Livingstone brings significant experience to the job, having served for the last 12 years as dean of the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University. She also brings national and international expertise as incoming chair of the board of the leading accreditation organization for business schools worldwide. She will begin her service to GW on Aug. 1. “Linda Livingstone has been a highly successful dean, respected not only within her current institution but also by her peers in business schools around the world, who have elected her to lead their accrediting body. Her proven skill in managing a complex organization and recognized leadership in business education will make her a tremendous asset to our school of business and our university as a whole,” said GW President Steven Knapp. At Pepperdine, Dr. Livingstone led a business school with approximately 1,600 students on six campuses and more than 35,000 alumni worldwide. She oversaw a $200 million expansion of the business school’s regional campuses, increased the school’s international partnerships to 40 business schools around the world and led the school to membership in the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative and as a signatory to the Principles for Responsible Management Education.