GWSB Alumni Happenings

As a graduate of The George Washington University School of Business, you are among 60,000 alumni in 145 countries around the globe. In this age of social networking, it is easier than ever to connect with GW alumni no matter where in the world you reside. By visiting or alumni., you can read about our upcoming alumni programs and register to become part of the GW Online Community. Through these sites you can also search for classmates in our online directory. By keeping your profile up-to-date, not only will your friends and alma mater be able to keep in close contact with you, but other alumni in your field will be able to seek you out for professional networking opportunities.

You may also choose to join our alumni groups on LinkedIn and Facebook or follow us on Twitter. If you subscribe to e-mail updates, you will receive the GW Colonial Cable, The Regional Round Up and The GWSB Alumni Advocate. All three of these newsletters highlight alumni programming and provide details for upcoming events. You can subscribe online at alumni. We look forward to connecting with you at future alumni events!

GWSB Alumni Signature Programs

“It’s Just Good Business” Lifelong Learning Series

The GW School of Business Office of Alumni Relations recently rolled out a lecture series called “It’s Just Good Business” with three successful programs. The series featured GWSB faculty members speaking to alumni on current business events related to corporate social responsibility. Each speaker brought a fresh approach to the issue as well as his or her own teaching style.

The first program, held in Philadelphia, was co-hosted with the GW Law School.

GWSB Professor Jennifer J. Griffin shared insights about corporate strategy, corporate responsibility and international business in a global economy. She also explored ethics as integral to corporate responsibility and the use of the legal lens as one of the multiple perspectives to better understand corporate responsibility.

The second lecture, which was held in Washington, D.C., focused on the importance of going green and the role of sustainability in business. Professor Mark Starik led the discussion while D.C. alumni enjoyed the food and atmosphere of Hook, one of the first sustainable seafood restaurants.

Rounding out the year, the third installment took Professor D. Jeffrey Lenn to New York. He presented a study of corporate and managerial ethics and discussed the effect of ethics on one’s business and the community at large. Then he led a discussion on the material.

All three speakers touched on how each of these lessons was being incorporated in the curriculum of the new Global MBA program at GWSB.

Look for upcoming installments of “It’s Just Good Business” on our events calendar.

“Stimulating the State” Lifelong Learning Series

The new lifelong learning series, “Stimulating the State,” features GWSB alumni or friends speaking on the economic stimulus plan and its impact on specific states.

“Stimulating the State,” launched June 15, was inspired by Jennifer Hrycysyzyn, MBA, ’97. Hrycysyzyn contacted the School of Business Office of Alumni Relations and expressed interest in hosting a Boston-area alumni program on how the economic stimulus plan will affect Massachusetts.

The first gathering was held at The Old State House in downtown Boston, providing a historic backdrop for the program. The panel featured presentations by Daniel J. LaPlante, senior vice president and senior portfolio manager with Citizens Bank; Meredith Ballou, BA, ’07, chief of staff for State Rep. David P. Linsky; and Anne Browning Walker, MA, ’06, legislative aide for Governor Deval Patrick. LaPlante presented an overview of the current economic situation. Ballou and Walker discussed the roles of both the governor and legislature in distributing stimulus funds in the state. GWSB Dean’s Board of Advisors members Vicky Lazzell, MBA, ’80, and Howard Rubin, BBA, ’81, were on hand to make introductions during the presentation and to share the latest GWSB news with alumni.

We are hoping to bring installments of “Stimulating the State” to other regions. Look for information on future programs on our calendar.

“Links for Life” GWSB Student/Alumni Lunch Series

Students and alumni gave rave reviews to the two “Links for Life” GWSB Student/Alumni Luncheons held in the 2008-09 academic year. “Links for Life” is a program designed to create ties between members of the GWSB student and alumni communities by providing a forum for them to connect. The program expanded its scope to include students of the Professional MBA Program. A special Aug. 20 “Links for Life” reception will be complemented by a luncheon this fall. If you would like to volunteer to lead a table of students at a future “Links for Life” luncheon, contact Amy Schwartz at

MBA Alumni Programs

Mentoring Program Starts Strong

The GWSB Office of Graduate Programs and the GWSB Office of Development and Alumni Relations celebrated the first year of the MBA Mentor Program with a reception and feedback session on April 30. MBA alumni mentors joined their MBA students to celebrate their new relationships and share the program’s successes as well as talk about areas for improvement. The MBA Mentor Program was created in the fall of 2008 in conjunction with the rollout of the new Global MBA curriculum. The MBA Mentor Program is an out-of-classroom learning and networking opportunity that allows Global MBA students to learn from the rich experience of a mentor. It also enhances networking and relationship-building skills.

The MBA Mentor Program yearend celebration was held not only to honor those who participated in the program, but also to share ideas for improving the project. Prior to the event, participants were asked to complete a survey to measure the success of the program. The results were discussed in a forum following the reception. This discussion gave participants an open venue in which to talk about what worked and what could be improved. We received great feedback and are excited about incorporating the suggestions into next year’s program.

GWSB kicks off the program’s second year with a mentor/student reception during the MBA Reunion on Oct. 2. This is also a great opportunity for MBA alumni who are interested in learning more about the program. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, e-mail

MBA Alumni Reunion (Oct. 1-4, 2009)

The 2009 MBA Reunion Committee has worked hard to plan the final details. Scheduled events include a networking reception with current MBA students, a keynote speech and an MBA Reunion party hosted by Dean Susan M. Phillips. At the reception, the dean will honor Jennifer Boulden, MBA, ’04, with the first Dean’s Distinguished MBA Alumni Achievement Award. All MBA alumni are welcome to attend the reunion.

Some MBA alumni gathered in June to celebrate the upcoming MBA Reunion. First-ever MBA Pre-Reunion Receptions were held in New York and Washington, D.C. For alumni in the Los Angeles area unable to come to D.C. for the big party, a West Coast MBA Reunion was planned at the home of Jeffrey Hartsough, MBA, ’79, on Sept. 26. You can read about these events in the GWSB Alumni Advocate.

Planning for the 2010 MBA Reunion will get underway in early January. Next year, we will honor alumni who graduated in 1985, 2000 and 2005. If you are a member of one of those classes, please consider joining your MBA Reunion Class Committee. All MBA alumni are welcome to join the general MBA Reunion Planning Committee. We are looking for volunteers at all levels, so if you have even one hour a week to pitch in, please let us know at You can help shape the weekend into a phenomenal event!

News From GWSB Alumni Groups

EMBA Alumni Association (EMBAAA)

The Executive MBA Alumni Association is an active group hosting one program per month for EMBA alumni and current students. Current President Peter Geyer, MBA, ’05, keeps the executive committee and members engaged and active. Recent events have even included a golf outing and wine tasting event. The highlight of the spring 2009 schedule was a lifelong-learning program featuring former U.S. Rep. Michael Oxley, who spoke about the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the current economic situation. Interested in learning more about the EMBAAA? Contact Peter at

GW Tourism Alumni Network (GWTAN)

At the Spring 2009 GW Tourism Alumni Network Annual Colloquium, two guest speakers discussed the responsibilities of an asset manager, the career path and skills needed to become an asset manager and the role asset managers play among stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality industries.

Randall William Caroll, president of Lazer Lodging Asset Management Division of REVPAR International, and Lew Lemon, regional vice president of operations of Davidson Hotel Company, tackled the topic with an eye on the current economic climate, spurring much interaction between the presenters and the audience of current students and alumni. They also discussed the financial crisis’ impact on the future of the tourism industry’s infrastructure.

The GW Tourism Alumni Network is made up of alumni from the undergraduate and MTA programs. Its current president is Diane Brooks, MTA, ’05. Interested in getting involved with GWTAN? Go to or e-mail

Volunteer Opportunities

Host a School of Business Alumni Event in Your Town!

Hosting is simple. Alumni are asked to attend the event, greet attendees, offer local expertise and share ideas for future events. The GWSB Office of Alumni Relations will take care of tickets and speakers, sending invitations, managing RSVPs and more.

After hosting, alumni Grady Raskin, BBA, ’96 said, “When I found out the GW School of Business was trying to set up a few alumni events in Dallas, I contacted the alumni relations department to see how I could assist. The combination of my job and knowledge of Dallas/Fort Worth allowed me to help organize an event that seemed to interest many alumni in the area.

To organize an event in your area, contact Amy Schwartz at 202-9943497 or

Become an MBA Class Executive

Class executives keep classmates connected to one another and to GWSB after graduation. They share ideas and strategies with each other, act as ambassadors for alumni outreach activities and actively support GWSB programs. The primary purpose of the Class Executive Program is to build the MBA alumni community. Positions are available for MBA alumni from the full-time program, professional program and EMBA program. The first meeting of the MBA class executives will be Oct. 3. If you are interested in representing your class or cohort as an MBA class executive, please contact Leah Kuppersmith at 202-994-0618 or

GW Alumni Benefits

Because You Are GW Alumni

Don’t forget, GW alumni are entitled to a host of benefits. You can receive car and life insurance discounts. You are a member of the Club Quarters business-hotel chain; you can become a member of the NIH Federal Credit Union; and you can save on your home mortgage through CitiMortgage. Also, all alumni have access to the many databases in Gelman Library.

Fall’s featured benefit: Fitness Discounts

We have partnered with Washington Sports Clubs and Bally Total Fitness to provide discounted memberships for GW alumni.

WSC is offering alumni 15 percent off on Regional Passport one-year memberships. You’ll get access to all WSC locations—19 throughout D.C., Maryland and Virginia—for just $64 a month.

Bally Total Fitness is offering GW alumni a 12 percent discount on membership rates. With a local access membership you’ll be able to use 16 Washington, D.C., and Baltimore locations for only $25.68/month for 36 months. A national access membership provides access to more than 300 Bally locations nationwide for only $30.68 month for 36 months.

For more information about these benefits, please visit the Alumni Online Community.

Keep in Touch and Update Us Often

GWSB Alumni—keep in touch with us. We want to know about what you are doing, changes in your career, exciting personal news andgenerally how you are. Please visit to fill out our Class Notes submission form. Update us often! To update your contact information please visit: If you are looking for ways to reconnect with your GWSB alumni network, e-mail us at