Alumni News

Alumni Relations Update

You are one of more than 60,000 graduates of The George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) in 145 countries. No matter where in the world you currently reside, it is easier than ever in this age of social networking to connect with GW alumni. By visiting business.gwu.edu/alumni or alumni.gwu.edu you can learn about upcoming alumni programs and register for the GW Online Community, with its directory where you can search for classmates. Keeping your profile up to date lets your friends and alma mater keep in close contact with you; it also allows alumni in your field to seek you out for professional networking opportunities.

If you subscribe to e-mail updates, you receive GW Colonial Cable, The Regional Round Up and The GWSB Alumni Advocate. All three newsletters highlight alumni programs and provide details for upcoming events. You can subscribe at alumni.gwu.edu/alumni/update. You may also choose to join our alumni groups on LinkedIn and Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

We look forward to connecting with you at future alumni events!

GWSB Alumni Signature Programs

“It’s Just Good Business” Lifelong Learning Series

The School of Business Office of Alumni Relations continued its signature lecture series titled “It’s Just Good Business” with three successful programs. The series featured GWSB Professor Mark Starik speaking to alumni about current business events related to corporate social responsibility.

Starik is professor and chair of the Department of Strategic Management and Public Policy. He is also director of GW’s new Institute for Sustainability Research, Education and Policy.

Starik traveled to Seattle, Minneapolis and Chicago to speak with alumni about the importance of going green in business. He discussed how GWSB is educating the future business community about this significant issue through the Global MBA Program.

Starik also described how GW is working toward becoming a more sustainable university.

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

Student/Alumni Lunch Series: “Links for Life”

With the wildly successful Links for Life program gaining more momentum each year, the GWSB Office of Alumni Relations organized an unusual session of the luncheon series in March: undergraduates were invited to sit down with the Dean’s Board of Advisors members.

“When I entered the Links for Life luncheon, I was an international affairs major quite unsure about how I wanted to accomplish my goal of helping my mother’s home country, Haiti,” said Miyoshie Lamothe-Aime, BA, ’13. “I knew I wanted to have a hands-on experience helping the people who influenced my life the most and sculpted me into the person that I am today. However, I knew nothing about how I wanted to go about doing something like this, and I began looking toward other disciplines to help give me a fresh perspective.

“One of the avenues I decided to explore was the Links for Life luncheon,” Lamothe-Aime added.

The luncheon helped students like Lamothe-Aime gain insight into how, where and what they could do to achieve their goals.

The students in attendance heard funny stories and useful advice to help guide them in the right direction. The Office of Alumni Relations also presented a revamped version of Links for Life to the accelerated and professional MBA students in August. For the second year, students and alumni from these programs came together for a Links for Life cocktail reception. The evening event allowed them to work around their job schedules.

In a more casual setting of the cocktail reception, students connected with alumni who, like them, worked full-time jobs while earning their MBAs.

Through events like Links for Life, GWSB alumni not only interact with students pursuing the same path they did, but also share the knowledge they have gained through their own experiences.

GWSB Heads for Gold at the 2010 Winter Olympics

“Let the Games Begin!” Professor Lisa Delpy Neirotti announced to a group of GW alumni, parents, friends and students who gathered for an Olympic reception hosted at the home of Lorne and Melita Segal, parents of GW student Chanelle Segal, BA, ’13. The reception was hosted in honor of President Steven Knapp and his wife Diane Robinson Knapp, who traveled from Washington, D.C. to the winter Olympics in Vancouver.

The Segals graciously opened their home to approximately 50 members of the GW community. The group mingled over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Those in attendance had a chance to speak with the 28 students enrolled in Delpy Neirotti’s Olympic Games class, who also attended the reception.

The Segals welcomed the guests and detailed the amazing experience they said their daughter, also at the reception, was having at GW. Knapp thanked the Segals for hosting the reception and talked about his work to create a lifelong and worldwide GW Community. He also highlighted the unrivaled opportunity that GW students in the sport management program have to go behind the scenes at the Olympic Games.

“This is just one way that GW students are actively engaged in the world,” he said.

Delpy Neirotti gave an overview of the students’ activities, including a meeting with the International Figure Skating Association president and backstage tours of many Olympic promotional events. The program continued with comments by Greg Foscato, MTA, ’07, who attended the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy with Delpy Neirotti’s class.

GW Brings Program to Latin America

The GW Office of International Alumni Relations hosted an international alumni program in Brazil—its first in Latin America—on June 30. The event in Rio de Janeiro was graciously sponsored by trustee emeritus and Elliott School International Council Member José Brito and was open to alumni, parents and friends in Miami, the Caribbean and Latin America.

The evening started with a cocktail reception and a brief update on developments from GW as well as the Office of International Alumni Relations’ vision for a lifelong and worldwide GW community.

The evening included a panel discussion featuring GW alumni and international business faculty members who spoke about global banking, mergers and acquisitions, energy markets and future prospects for Latin America.

After the discussions, GW alumni and friends mixed at a buffet dinner.

The Office of International Alumni Relations plans to leverage the success of this event and expand its programs in Latin America within the coming year. If you have suggestions for additional alumni programs in Latin America, we’d like to hear from you.

News From GWSB Alumni Groups

MSPM Alumni Association

GW’s Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) Alumni Association, with 900 alumni throughout the world, is building on its energetic launch.

During commencement, the association hosted another successful event. J. Russell Fugett, MSPM, ’07, organized a reception honoring the May 2010 graduates of the program. New Program Director Anne Koprince and the GWSB Office of Development and Alumni Relations helped with the event. The MSPM Alumni Association looks forward to a year full of alumni gatherings and continuing education activities.

If you are an MSPM alumnus, we want to hear from you. All MSPM alumni are encouraged to join the Facebook and LinkedIn groups under the name The GWU School of Business Master of Science in Project Management Alumni. For more information, e-mail: mspmalumni. gwu@gmail.com.

GW Tech Alumni Group

In April, the newly formed GW Tech Alumni Group hosted its first official event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C. The event featured Jeff Barr, the cloud computing evangelist at Amazon. com and one of the industry’s leading experts on cloud computing. This event culminated efforts by alumni from different Information Systems and Technology Management programs to establish a group to foster outreach, innovative networking and professional development activities.

If you are interested in becoming involved with the GW Tech Alumni Group or learning more about its future events, please contact Brian Moran, ISTM, ’07 at brianvmoran@gmail.com.

EMBA Alumni Association

The Executive MBA Alumni Association (EMBAAA) moved into the new school year poised to make a meaningful impact both on its alumni and the EMBA program. Through several meetings, strong alumni leaders emerged and they have been working tirelessly to forge the direction of the group and create unusual events for its alumni.

As the EMBAAA continues to advance its efforts to make the alumni experience as meaningful and purposeful as possible, strong and passionate members are a necessity. If you have an interest in taking on a leadership position or being a part of a steering committee, please contact EMBAAA President James Robertson, MBA, ’07 at jlr206@gmail.com.

GW Tourism Alumni Network (GWTAN)

April played host to the Spring Colloquium, the signature annual event of the GW Tourism Alumni Network (GWTAN). In celebration of the 20th anniversary of GW’s International Institute of Tourism Studies, the 2010 Colloquium focused on “Corporate Social Responsibility in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry.” Destination Marketing Association International, a leading association for destination marketing organizations around the globe, sponsored the colloquium. Alumni and faculty who turned out for the event walked away with greater knowledge of how their field is moving forward in the area of corporate social responsibility.

GWTAN is made up of alumni from the undergraduate and Master of Tourism Administration programs. Its president is Beverly Bogerty, MTA, ’00. Interested in getting involved with GWTAN? Visit its Website: http://www.gwutourism.org/tan/ index.html or e-mail gwtan@gwu.edu

GWSB Alumni Volunteer Opportunities

Become an MBA Class Executive!

Class executives represent their class after graduation, keeping classmates connected to one another and to GWSB. Class executives share ideas and strategies with each other, serve 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. Class executive positions are available for MBA alumni from the full-time, professional and executive (EMBA) programs. If you are interested in representing your class or cohort as an MBA Class Executive, please contact Leah Kuppersmith at 202-994-0618 or leah@gwu.edu

Become a Mentor to an MBA Student

We are looking for MBA alumni volunteers to participate in our Global MBA Mentoring Program. Becoming a mentor is a wonderful way to connect with students and your alma mater. Levels of participation vary from relationship to relationship, and you will be paired based on your interests.

“The Global MBA Mentoring Program is truly unique to GW. As an alumnus, I was paired with two dynamic students who came into our relationship with enthusiasm for getting the most out of their time with GWSB,” said Mark Levine, MBA, ’78. “I looked forward to our regular visits, and we joked that they should visit the receptionist to make their next appointment on the way out like a doctor’s office.

“Their passion has not only inspired me to remain connected to the School, but also to urge my mentees to become mentors when then graduate,” he added. “The program is self-perpetuating and is building a future of accountable and engaged alumni.”

Interested in becoming a mentor? Contact gwsbalum@gwu.edu

GW Career Advisor Network

Consider joining the GW Career Advisor Network, a GW-only online network for students and alumni seeking professional development or advice on a particular career. The Career Advisor Network is open to alumni who wish to participate as a volunteer adviser or wish to use the network as a service. To use the network, registration in the Alumni Online Community is required. Create your Advisor Profile today at http://alumni.gwu.edu/ benefits/career/networking/

GWSB Alumni Benefits

Because You Are GW Alumni

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

Fall’s Featured Benefits:

The Charles E. Smith Center President’s Club Memberships: Special Alumni Rates

The Smith Center President’s Club includes an exclusive (but affordable) gym membership. Not only is the newly renovated Smith Center President’s Club the perfect downtown solution for remaining healthy, but it also allows alumni and neighbors to remain connected to The George Washington University. Call 202-994-5480 or e-mail scmember@gwu.edu to inquire about special alumni rates.

Get Tagged with GW License Plates

Show your Colonials pride on your ride in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Our new GW license plate is available to alumni with vehicles registered in D.C., Maryland and Virginia; they can be obtained through each jurisdiction’s department of motor vehicles. Visit alumni.gwu.edu/licenseplate to get tagged. Or, for more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-800-ALUMNI-7 or alumni@gwu.edu

GWSB Alumni Leaders

GW Alumni Association Alumni Trustees:
I. Allan From
BBA, '72

Steve Ross
BBA, '81

GWAA Officers
Vice President of Financial Affairs and Treasurer:
Blaine Atkisson
BAccy, '98; MBA, '02

Chair, International Programs Committee:
Pilar Rivera
BBA, '96

Representative, HSML Alumni Association:
Charles Kuebler
GWSB/SPHHS MBA, '70

GWAA School of Business Delegates
Matthew Cohen
BBA, '08; MBA,'11

Marc Goldsmith
BBA, '75

Blagovest Petkov
MAccy, '03

Regional Representative:
Michael La Place, Jr.
CCAS BA, '85;
GWSB MURP, '89

Kelly Schirmer
BBA '03;
SPHHS MHSA, '06

GWAA Members at Large:
Buddy M. Lesavoy
BBA, '80; MBA,'82;
LAW JD, '87

Leslie Megyeri
CCAS BA, '63;
LAW JD, '68; MBA, '80

GWAA Parliamentarian:
Jeremy Gosbee
CCAS BA, '98; MBA, '02

EMBA Alumni Association (EMBAAA):
James Robertson
EMBA, '07
President
jlr206@gmail.com

GW Tourism Alumni Network (GWTAN)
Beverly Bogerty
MTA, '00
President
gwtan@gwu.edu

MSPM Alumni Association:
J. Russell Fugett
MSPM, '07
Founder
mspmalumni.gwu@gmail.com

GW Tech Group:
Brian Moran
MSIST, '07
Founder
brianvmoran@gmail.com

Keep in Touch and Update Us Often!

GWSB Alumni—keep in touch with us! We want to know what you are doing, changes in your career, exciting personal news and how you are. Please send your class notes to gwsbalum@gwu.edu

Send us frequent updates on your news. And keep your contact information current by visiting alumni.gwu.edu/update. If you are looking for ways to reconnect with your GWSB Alumni Community, please send a message to gwsbalum@gwu.edu