Alumni News

You are one of the 60,000 graduates of The George Washington University School of Business—and a lifetime member of the GWSB Alumni Network. Your GWSB stock is continually rising, and by investing your time and knowledge in your alma mater, you increase the value of the alumni network, creating a more powerful legacy for current students.

Over these past few months, members of the GWSB Alumni Network have contributed to our community through their work and wisdom. They have attended alumni events, hosted student "Career Treks," served as MBA Mentors, led tables at the "Links for Life" luncheon, signed up for the Career Advisor Network, hired GWSB students or fellow alumni and submitted information for our alumni publications.

There are many ways to give back to GWSB. We invite you to participate in the way that is most meaningful to you.

One of the simplest gifts you can give GW is to keep your contact information updated. And it's easy to do—just visit alumni/update. While at this site, you can also subscribe to our alumni publications. That way you'll hear about all the opportunities to stay connected to your alma mater.

As you read about our events, programs and volunteer opportunities, please consider how you can contribute your work and wisdom to make the GWSB Alumni Network an even greater success!

We look forward to connecting with you.

GWSB Signature Alumni Programs

GWSB Students and Alumni "Link" over Lunch

The School of Business Office of Alumni Relations hosted its spring "Links for Life" luncheon for undergraduates on Feb. 15 and for graduate students on March 10. Each semester these luncheons provide a forum for students and alumni to create "links" to their industry or career of interest. Alumni share their knowledge with students, and students update alumni on developments at GWSB.

The School of Business stresses the value of networking and mentoring, and Links for Life luncheons provide a springboard for students just beginning to build their networks as well an opportunity for them to meet mentors in the D.C. area. The luncheons also give students a chance to use skills learned in the classroom, such as the 30-second "elevator speech" and business etiquette.

Alexa Vogel, BBA, '13, described Links for Life as very worthwhile.

"Duquès Hall was bustling with undergraduate students in their newest suits, prepared for a luncheon with alumni," she said. "Over a delicious three-course meal, dozens of GWSB alumni and current students chatted about professors, internships, D.C. and what it requires to work in a specific industry."

More than 50 students attended the graduate luncheon, taking advantage of the opportunity to discuss their career goals, ask for advice and practice their networking skills. Alumnus and table host Alan Susi, MBA, '10, delivered opening remarks that reflected on his participation at the lunches as a student. He encouraged current students to give back to the School and the University upon graduation.

Among the alumni at the spring luncheons were: Steve Potter, BBA, '05; Heath Winter, BBA, '98; Lauren Rurak, BBA, '07; Jessica Toy, MAccy, '07; David Gast, BBA, '93; Erin Sousa, BBA, '08; Michelle Ryan, MBA, '96; Molly Swenson, MBA, '07; Tricia Widgen, MBA, '05; Anna Tant, MBA, '08; Javier Arguello, BBA, '95; Dana Stirk, MBA, '07; Matt Gray, MBA, '10; Blaine Atkisson, BBA, '98, MBA, '02 and Eran Goudes, MBA, '08.

Thank you all for your sharing your wisdom and experience with GWSB students.

Luncheons will be hosted this fall for undergraduate and graduate students. If you are interested in participating, please email us at

GWSB Alumni Programs Online

Connect with Us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter

Alumni are invited to join us on LinkedIn (, Facebook (www. and Twitter (@gwsbalumni). The GWSB Alumni Network's socialmedia outreach not only keeps you informed about upcoming programs and events but it helps you connect with fellow alumni.

Through these networks GWSB Alumni Relations can share information with you—as well as spark communication and dialogue within and throughout the alumni community. If you have a news article to share or a topic for which you would like to solicit feedback, we invite you to take the lead by posting this information.

In whatever way you choose to follow us online, you will receive news and information about our upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. We appreciate your support online, and we encourage you to join in online discussions, post articles on business events, give us feedback on recent alumni programs or share your memories from business school. If you have questions or comments, feel free to contact us on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter, or e-mail us at

GWSB Tech Alumni Group

Happy hours, planning meetings and lifelong-learning programs were among the long list of spring events and activities sponsored by the GW Tech Alumni Group. On April 20, the group hosted a "Securing the Cloud" forum that explored security issues and challenges in the cloud-computing environment. More than 60 alumni, students and professionals turned up to hear speakers from business, government and academia. Organizations represented included Amazon, Akamai Technologies, the Federal Communications Commission and Apptis. Brian Moran, EMIS, '07, CEO of GovernmentCIO and president of the GW Tech Alumni Group, served as moderator. The conversation focused on strategies for using the cloud to minimize cyber attacks, enhance site security and provide an additional layer of protection for customer data. Video from the event (which was webcast live), is available at gw-tech-alumni-roundtable.

To become involved with the GW Tech Alumni Group or learn more about future events, please contact:

News From GWSB Alumni Groups

MSPM Alumni Association

The GW Master of Science in Project Management Alumni Association, with 1,000 alumni throughout the world, is kicking in to high gear.

The association honored the May 2011 graduates of the Master's Program with its annual commencement reception organized by MSPM Alumni Association President J. Russell Fugett, MSPM, '07, and the MSPMAA board. The association looks forward to a year filled with alumni gatherings and continuing-education programs.

If you are an MSPM alumnus or alumna and have yet to get connected, we want to hear from you. All MSPM alumni are encouraged to join the association on Facebook and LinkedIn; both are found under the name the GW School of Business Master of Science in Project Management Alumni. For more information email:

EMBA Alumni Association (EMBAAA)

The Executive MBA Alumni Association continued its work to benefit both its alumni and the EMBA program. Strong alumni leaders have emerged, working tirelessly to chart the direction of the group and create unusual events for its members.

In the spring, the EMBAAA co-sponsored a reception with GWSB to introduce the new World Executive MBA program to GWSB EMBA alumni and current students. Sixty people attended the event, which featured introductory remarks from Dean Doug Guthrie and a detailed presentation by WEMBA Director James Bailey, professor of management. "The alumni were deeply involved in designing the new program, and their contributions were welcome," Bailey said.

If you are interested in taking a leadership position or joining a steering committee, please contact EMBAAA President James Robertson, MBA, '07 at:

GW Tourism Alumni Network (GWTAN)

The GW Tourism Alumni Network's annual spring colloquium featured a timely program, "Tourism as an Economic Growth Tool—A Live Case Study—Egypt." A panel of industry experts led an in-depth discussion of tourism and hospitality issues in light of the political events that had taken place in Egypt.

GWTAN, made up of alumni from the undergraduate and MTA programs, is led by its president, Paul Totah, MTA, '09. To get involved with GWTAN, please visit the network's website,, or email:

GWSB Alumni Benefits

Because You Are GW Alumni

Don't forget that GW alumni are entitled to a host of benefits. You are eligible for 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 databases at Gelman Library.

Featured Benefit

Zipcar and the GW Alumni Association have partnered to give you discounted access to the carsharing service worldwide. Simply reserve online, walk to a nearby parking location, use a Zipcard to get into the vehicle and drive away. Gas, insurance, maintenance and dedicated parking are all included in the low rates. Zipcars come in more than 20 makes and models, including BMWs, pickups, minivans, MINI Coopers, Toyota Prius hybrids, Volvos and more. To take advantage of the special alumni rate, go to For more information, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-800-ALUMNI-7 or

Keep In Touch

Keep in touch! We want to know what alumni are doing, including career changes and exciting personal news. E-mail your class notes to:

To update your contact information, visit If you are looking for ways to reconnect with the GWSB Alumni Network, send a message to:

GWSB Alumni Leaders

GWSB Board of Advisors
Mitch Blaser, GWSB BBA, '73

GW Alumni Association Alumni Trustees
I. Allan From (GWSB BBA, ’72)
Steve Ross (GWSB BBA, ’81)

GWAA School of Business Delegates
Matthew Cohen, BBA, '08; MBA, '11
Marc Goldsmith, BBA, '75

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

GWAA Members at Large
Buddy M. Lesavoy, BBA, '80; MBA, '82; GW JD, '87
Leslie Megyeri, CCAS BA, '63; GW JD, '68; MBA, '80
Aaron Binstock, BBA, '04; GW JD, '07
Kyle Farmbry, ESIA BA, '92; MBA, '94, PhD, '99
Keith Greene, BBA, '79

GWAA Parliamentarian
Jeremy Gosbee, CCAS BA, '98; MBA, '02
EM BA Alumni Association (EMBAAA ):
James Robertson, EMBA, '07

GW Tourism Alumni Network (GWTAN)
Paul Totah, MTA, '09

MSPM Alumni Association
J. Russell Fugett (MSPM, ’07)

GW Tech Group
Brian Moran (MSIST, ’07)