GWSB Alumni Profiles

Vicky Lazzell

DEGREES: Washington College, Chestertown, Mass., BA, Humanities, ’74; GWSB MBA, Marketing, ’80.

CURRENT POSTION: Senior Vice President, Corporate Banking, RBS Citizens.

FIRST JOB: Maid, Holiday Inn, Anchorage, Alaska.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Being a working mother trying to balance the needs of my daughter and the demands of my work (and sometimes falling short on both accounts).

BEST B-SCHOOL MEMORY: GW’s Computer Center was always crowded, so we had to go in the middle of the night to run our SPSS cards. (It was a long time ago!) I thought it hilarious to be jammed in there at 2 a.m. surrounded by students speaking every language imaginable.

HOW GWSB LED TO YOUR CAREER: In addition to GWSB transforming the way I think, my marketing professor, Sal Divita, mentioned in class that a former graduate had called him about a job in an area that was of great interest to me. I got the job. Thank you, Dr. Divita!

GOAL: To emulate a mentor of mine who recently retired at age 91 and to enjoy the next phase of my life with the departure of my daughter from the “nest.”

FAVORITE BOOKS: Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest and Michael Lewis’s The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine.

PERSONAL: Twenty-five-year resident of Wellesley, Mass., a suburb of Boston. Member of various business, community and religious-related boards in the Boston area and the GWSB Board of Advisors. Favorite leisure activity? Traveling near and far.

William Pawlowsky

DEGREES: BBA (dual concentrations in Finance and International Business),’06.

CURRENT POSTION: Associate, Industrial Growth and Services Investment Banking Group, Oppenheimer & Co. Responsible for analyzing and executing M&A transactions, leveraged buyouts, acquisition financings and equity and debt offerings for industrial companies.

FIRST JOB: Upon graduation, joined Sandler O’Neill’s Investment Banking Analyst Program.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Maintaining a healthy worklife balance.

BEST B-SCHOOL MEMORY: Serving as a First Year Development Program mentor during sophomore and senior years. It allowed me to provide suggestions on how to best adjust to being an undergraduate at GWSB based on my own experiences.

HOW GWSB LED TO YOUR CAREER: GWSB provided a sound business education and the opportunity to network with alumni working in the investment banking industry.

GOAL: To be continuously challenged and take on more responsibility in the workplace.

FAVORITE BOOK: The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis, which embodies the spirit of America.

PERSONAL: Lives in New York City. Founding member and current chairman of the Colonial Business Board; honors earned at GW include the Presidential Achievement Award and membership in Beta Gamma Sigma and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Enjoys international travel, fine food and wine, and sea kayaking.