Alumni News

Alumni Relations Update

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 rising continually and, by investing your time and knowledge in the vitality of the School, you increase the value of the GWSB Alumni Network and create a stronger legacy for our current students.

Over these past few months, members of the GWSB Alumni Network have contributed to our community through gifts of work and wisdom. They have attended alumni events, hosted students during career treks, served as MBA Mentors, hosted tables at the GWSB Links for Life Lunch, signed up for the Career Advisor Network, hired a GWSB student or fellow alumnus and submitted content for our alumni publications. There are a variety of ways to give back to GWSB. We invite you to participate in the opportunities that you find most meaningful.

One of the simplest gifts you can give is to keep your contact information current. It is easy to do so at When you visit this site, you can also subscribe to our alumni publications to ensure that you hear about all the opportunities for staying connected to your alma mater.

As you read about our events, programs and volunteer opportunities, please consider where you might contribute your work and wisdom to make the GWSB Alumni Network even greater.

Dean Guthrie Globetrots to Meet Alumni

In his first months with the School, Dean Doug Guthrie has made it a priority to meet members of the GWSB Alumni Network. His travels have taken him to Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Raleigh, South Florida and South Korea. In addition to sharing his vision for GWSB, the dean has engaged alumni in a dialogue to learn about their memories of business school and how they envision the School’s future.

“It was so inspiring to spend time talking to alumni and hearing firsthand about their enthusiasm for the future of this School,” Guthrie said. “I want to thank all of the alumni who were so generous to take time out of their schedules to meet with me, not to mention the philanthropic support we have received from them through their work, wealth and wisdom.”

Guthrie continues his worldwide tour this spring with planned trips to visit alumni in Denver, Charlotte, N.C., Taiwan and India.

GWSB Signature Alumni Programs

2010 GWSB Graduate Programs Reunion

More than 100 GWSB alumni from across the country took part in the 2010 GWSB Graduate Programs Reunion in the fall. That event honored alumni who exemplify the School’s pillars: Act responsibly, lead passionately and think globally.

Dean Doug Guthrie honored Tom di Galoma, MBA, ’85, senior managing director and head of the U.S. Fixed Income Rates Trading Group at Guggenheim Partners; Vicky Lazzell, MBA, ’80, senior vice president at Boston Private Bank & Trust Co.; Beverly Bogerty, MTA, ’00, owner of Occasions Inc.; and Burlie Brunson, EMBA, ’95, vice president of programs, plans and analysis for Lockheed Martin Corporate Strategy and Business Development.

The annual GWSB Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards are the highest honor given by the dean to alumni of GWSB Graduate Programs. Recipients are selected based on their lasting influence on the GWSB community though outstanding contributions in the areas of work, wealth and wisdom.

Following the ceremony, attendees joined University Alumni Weekend participants at the Barenaked Ladies concert on the University Yard. Other weekend highlights included the 4th Annual Ramsey Student Investment Conference featuring keynote speaker Steve Ross, BBA, ’81, and the GW Alumni Breakfast with Guthrie, Associate Dean Murat Tarimcilar and Provost Steve Lerman.

Save Sept. 11-18, the date for the 2011 GWSB Graduate Programs Reunion and GW Alumni Weekend. We look forward to seeing you back on campus.

GWSB Students Take Manhattan

GWSB students meant business when they took a bite out of the Big Apple during the 2010 MBA and Undergraduate New York Career Treks.

More than 40 MBA students took advantage of the fall trip, attending corporate presentations and informal breakfast, lunch and dinner meetings with alumni in New York City. Students were divided into business practice areas such as marketing, finance, real estate and consulting. Among the distinguished alumni who met with students were Charles Bendit, BBA, ’75, at Taconic Investment Partners; Tom diGaloma, MBA, ’85, at Guggenheim Partners; Adam Geisler, BS, ’99, at Everlast Worldwide; John Drayton, MBA, ’87, at Citigroup Inc.; Stephen Yalof, BBA, ’85, at Polo Ralph Lauren; and Carly Cohen, BA, ’03, at David Yurman.

The MBA students also networked with hundreds of alumni during the kickoff reception for the GW Global Forum at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. They were welcomed by GW President Steven Knapp.

The fall undergraduate trek, meanwhile, saw nearly 50 students travel to New York City. The students split into three groups—finance/accounting, marketing and sports management—for an experience tailored to their fields of interest. The trek included company site visits, breakfast with alumni, a “There’s No Business Like Sports Business” panel discussion and an alumni-networking reception.

During in-office sessions and small group breakfast meetings, the undergraduates met with more than 20 distinguished GWSB alumni. Alumni who shared their experiences, insight and professional advice included Eric Herd, BBA, ’06, at SportsFan Live; Caroline Turitto, BBA, ’04, and Karyn Shapiro, BBA ‘08, at Ironshore; Laura Braude Greenfield, BBA, ’04, at M&T Bank; Tiffany Putnam, BBA, ’01, and Aaron Spool, BBA, ’00 at Moody’s; and Jonathan Hochberg, BBA, ’85, at Hillview Capital Advisors.

The student/alumni panel and networking reception at The New York Palace proved to be a highlight of the trip. The program “There’s No Business Like Sports Business” featured panelists, Joel Segal, BA, ’86, president of BEST Football, and Keith Wachtel, BBA, ’92, senior vice president of marketing for the National Hockey League. Lisa Delpy Neirotti, associate professor of tourism and sport management, moderated the discussion focused on careers in sports management.

If you live in the New York area and want to be involved in the GWSB Career Treks, e-mail:

GWSB Alumni Programs Online

Stay connected with the GWSB Alumni Network on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter

The GWSB Alumni Relations team is excited to announce a new and improved presence on several online social networks. By joining us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, alumni can stay informed about programs and events while connecting with other members of the GWSB Alumni Network.

These channels not only allow GWSB Alumni Relations to share information with you, but they also encourage communication and dialogue within our community. If you have a news article to share or seek feedback on a discussion, we invite you to post this information on the following social media sites.


The GWSB LinkedIn Group is already connected to more than 6,600 alumni, faculty and staff members. By joining us on LinkedIn, you gain access to our postings on upcoming programs and volunteer opportunities. Group members can post and view information on career and networking opportunities. And you can share your experiences and ideas in discussions on topics ranging from career advice to networking tactics.

Group membership is restricted to those affiliated with GWSB. Before requesting to join, be sure to display your GWSB affiliation on your profile. Your membership will be approved within a few days.


The GWSB Alumni page on Facebook is your comprehensive “go-to” resource. This where GWSB Alumni learn about coming events and programs and develop GWSB News. Photos from recent events are also posted here, as well. We encourage alumni to post comments, take part in discussions and raise topics that will further engage the GWSB Alumni Network.
If you are currently a member of the GWSB alumni group on Facebook, we ask you to “Like” our new Facebook page:


Our new resource, @GWSBalumni, enables you to hear from the GWSB Alumni Network more frequently. In addition to updating followers on School, campus and alumni happenings, we plan to launch contests, questions and discussion items. To make the most of this networking tool, we invite you to tweet us with items you want to share with classmates.

You can follow us @GWSBalumni. We encourage tweeting with the hashtags #GWU and #GWSB. We also encourage your participation in posting discussions or articles on current business events, your feedback on recent GWSB alumni programs and your memories from business school. If you have any questions or comments, contact us via our social media sites or e-mail us at:

News From GWSB Alumni Groups

MSPM Alumni Association

The GW Master of Science in Project Management Alumni Association hosted several fall programs. With 900 alumni throughout the world, the MSPM Alumni Association has a truly global base.

Members of the MSPM Alumni Association kicked off the academic year with a reception and company fair to welcome the new class of MSPM students. Students had the opportunity to meet alumni and network with project management firms. The association also sponsored a webinar on ethics in the procurement industry before closing out the calendar year with a reception to welcome December graduates, the association’s newest members.

If you are an MSPM alumnus, we want to hear from you. You are encouraged to join us on Facebook and LinkedIn, both under the name The GWU School of Business Master of Science in Project Management Alumni. For more information

GW Tech Alumni Group

On Nov. 4, 2010, the GW Tech Alumni Group hosted the interactive roundtable and networking event “Removing the Barriers to Organizational Agility” at the Crain Center in Duquès Hall.

Panelists discussed their experiences operating within a rapidly changing landscape as well as their strategies to overcome barriers to organizational agility in the federal government. This discussion, led by current and past federal IT executives, provided solutions for current issues facing government agencies.

To become involved with the GW Tech Alumni Group or learn more about its future events, contact Brian Moran, EMIS, ’07 at:

EMBA Alumni Association (EMBAAA)

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

Last fall, the EMBA Alumni Association board’s work on a high-level speaker series became a reality when GW hosted Edward S. Knight of NASDAQ OMX Group Inc. Knight is executive vice president, general counsel and chief regulatory officer for the world’s largest exchange company, responsible for company listing standards and overall compliance.

The EMBA Alumni Association wants to make the alumni experience as purposeful as possible. If you have an interest in assuming a leadership position or joining the steering committee, contact President James Robertson, MBA, ’07, at:

GW Tourism Alumni Network (GWTAN)

This winter, GWTAN launched its Tourism Thirsty Thursdays, a program of monthly gatherings to encourage networking among MTA Alumni. GWTAN also looks forward to its annual Spring Colloquium.

The GW Tourism Alumni Network, made up of alumni from the undergraduate and MTA programs, is led by President Beverly Bogerty, MTA, ’00. To get involved with GWTAN, visit its website: or e-mail

GWSB Alumni Benefits

Because You Are GW Alumni

Don’t forget, GW alumni are entitled to a host of benefits. You can 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.

Spring’s featured benefit:

Introducing the new George Washington Alumni Association Checking Account at Bank of America. You can now get a George Washington check card and checks from Bank of America with many great benefits:

  • Checks and check card that show your GW spirit.
  • Access to “Keep the Change” with a bonus match rate.
  • Free Total Security Protection package.
  • Account access at more than 6,100 banking centers and 18,000 bank-owned ATMs.
  • Special pricing for members on CDs and IRAs.
  • Secure Online Account Access with up-to-the-minute account activity, credit card bill payment, monthly statements via e-mail and more.

Visit or your neighborhood Bank of America branch to open your account.

As with the GW credit card, every George Washington Alumni Association Check Card purchase you make provides valuable financial support to the Alumni Association—at no additional cost to you. Bank of America will also make a contribution for every new checking account opened.

For more information contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-800-ALUMNI-7 or e-mail:

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

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

GWAA Officers
Vice President of Financial Affairs and Treasurer
Blaine Atkisson (GWSB BAccy, ’98; MBA, ’02)

Chair, International Programs Committee
Pilar Rivera (GWSB BBA, ’96)

Representative, HSML Alumni Association
Charles Kuebler (GWSB/SPHHS MBA, ’70)

GWAA School of Business Delegates
Matthew Cohen (GWSB BBA, ’08; MBA, ’11)
Marc Goldsmith (GWSB BBA, ’75)
Blagovest Petkov (GWSB MAccy, ’03)

Regional Representatives
Michael La Place Jr. (CCAS BA, ’85; GWSB MURP, ’89)
Kelly Schirmer (GWSB BBA, ’03; SPHHS MHSA, ’06)

GWAA Members at Large
Buddy M. Lesavoy (GWSB BBA, ’80; MBA ’82; LAW JD, ’87)
Leslie Megyeri (CCAS BA, ’63; LAW JD, ’68; GWSB MBA, ’80)

GWAA Parliamentarian
Jeremy Gosbee (CCAS BA, ’98; GWSB MBA, ’02)

EMBA Alumni Association (EMBAAA)
James Robertson (EMBA, ’07)

GW Tourism Alumni Network (GWTAN)
Beverly Bogerty (MTA, ’00)

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

GW Tech Group
Brian Moran (MSIST, ’07)