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School of Business: GWSB News

July 24, 2009

F. David Fowler Career Center Gets Power Boost to Ignite “Ultimate Career Launch”

Gil Yancey, executive director, F. David Fowler Career Center

The F. David Fowler Career Center has partnered with an expert professional career-development firm, Meridian Resources Inc., further enhancing the center’s second-to-none range of employment and career-management services. Working together, the center and Meridian will provide GWSB students and alumni with comprehensive career-management methodologies and supporting technology.

Meridian provides both career-transition and developmental coaching for corporate clients and university business schools. The firm offers personally tailored career consulting throughout the United States and has been an industry pioneer in online and “virtual” career support.

“We have partnered with Meridian to deliver the best and latest in career-management services to GWSB students and alumni,” Yancey said. “Meridian will augment the center’s existing services and resources for career transition and career management – including the RISE ABOVE THE REST career-management strategy. Our partnership will introduce ‘Ultimate Career Launch’ and ‘Quantum Career Momentum’ programs specially designed to meet the differing needs of underclassmen, seniors, graduate students and alumni.

“We are a results-focused career center,” Yancey said. “We don’t simply count the number of students we coach, resumes reviewed or events sponsored. Rather, we measure success based on positive career outcomes for our clients. Our new Meridian partnership will be a valuable asset for the Career Center in fulfilling our mission.”

For more information, visit the F. David Fowler Career Center Web site.

¡Viva España! Barcelona International Residency

Barcelona international residency students make a site visit to the internationally renowned Freixenet winery.

In May, 24 graduate students, led by Rafel Lucea, assistant professor of international business, participated in the Barcelona International Residency, offered as part of GWSB’s new Global MBA program. The students received a two-week crash course in international consulting – culminating with the formal presentation of a U.S. marketing strategy plan they developed for Derbi, a Barcelona-based motorcycle and scooter company.

In addition to the Derbi presentation, the group made site visits to a number of other major Barcelona-based businesses, including: ACC10 (a financial and consulting firm); Barcelona Honda and Decathlon’s European distribution centers; Equipo Singular; and the world-class winery, Freixenet. The students also explored the Port of Barcelona ZAL (Logistics Activity Zone), learning how the city’s Mediterranean port provides a critical business and economic bridge to the rest of Spain, Europe and the world.

During the residency, the students put their new knowledge to use in a two-day case competition hosted by the ESADE Business School. The competition was based on developing a plan to increase awareness of the Nissan Titan Desert Challenge, an “extreme” mountain biking race. The winning group in the competition – which included three of the GW students: Todd Ahern, Chris Ruzika and Anand Vora – won an all-expense paid trip to Nissan’s next Desert Challenge event.

GWSB Staffer Sends Socks to Soldiers – and Sailors, and Airmen, and Marines…

Donita Vann

In the movie Forrest Gump, when the title character joins the army and is sent to Vietnam, one of his very first in-country experiences is a rather emphatic lecture from his platoon leader, Lieutenant Dan, on the life-saving importance of fresh socks. Clean, dry socks are just as important in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan today, as they were in the rice paddies of Vietnam in the ‘60s. Our servicemen and women need socks, and they’re often stationed somewhere that rules out a quick trip to K-Mart – or even the PX or the supply sergeant – to replace a worn-out pair.

Donita Vann, special events coordinator with the Office of Special Events & Scheduling, has been doing something about the military sock-shortfall. It all started more than five years ago when she sent a shipment of more than 150 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to her brother-in-law, Army 1st Sgt. Dennis J. King, and the other members of the 10th Mountain Division, then serving in Afghanistan. Vann continued to put together packages for the troops – including her niece, who was stationed in Iraq with the USAF – containing everything from hand cream and nail polish to socks. Based on feedback from the field, Vann quickly learned that socks were “it.” Since then, she’s collected and shipped more than 1,000 pairs of socks overseas.

GWSB faculty and staff have pitched in, supporting a “sock drive” during last year’s holiday party. Vann is currently in discussion with Dr. Comfort, a manufacturer that contacted her (a company rep doing an online search had come across an earlier GWSB News story about Vann’s sock donations) about donating some of their socks for the troops. Vann describes her sock program as “on-going,” and would gladly welcome anyone who wants to get involved. If you’d like to help out, please contact Donita Vann at 202-994-8259 or

Getting to Know: Benjamin Tomchik

Title: Development Associate

Job Duties: I work primarily with the GWSB dean’s board of advisors. My job has me preparing their three annual meetings and monthly conference calls. In addition, I prepare all of Dean Phillips’ stewardship notes for GWSB alumni who remain active in GW!

Years at GW: 5 Months

Best part of working at GWSB: Working with a great dean’s board of advisors who continually serve as fantastic envoys for the School.

What co-workers do not know about me: I’ve sat in the President’s office onboard Air Force One.

Family: Mom, Dad, two grandmothers, grandfather, a little sister and a great group of friends here in D.C.!

Favorite things to do on the weekend: Catch a show on Broadway!

Favorite vacation spot: New York City

Favorite book: So many...non-fiction: When Character Was King by Peggy Noonan; fiction: From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming


Larry Yu, professor and chairman of the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management, gave a keynote presentation at the 2009 International Summit on Globalization of Chinese Higher Tourism Education, in Shanghai, June 19-21. His presentation, “Knowledge Transfer in the Internationalization of Higher Education in Tourism: A Proposed Conceptual Model,” identified organizational culture, faculty absorptive capacity, innovative learning and cooperative arrangement as the factors influencing effective knowledge transfer in internationalization of higher education in tourism. The event was sponsored by the Steering Committee of Business Administration Education, Ministry of Education, China and Sino-US League of Tourism

Colleges. More than 200 tourism college administrators and educators from China, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and North America attended.

Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy, executive director of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) and visiting assistant professor of management, served as moderator for the 2009 ICSB Pre-Conference Policy Forum in Seoul, Korea. One hundred delegates from 16 countries participated in the forum, “International Issues in Entrepreneurship and SME [small and medium-size enterprises] Policy,” the fifth in an annual series of pre-conference events for ICSB members.

The first panel session, “SME and Entrepreneurship Policy in Turbulent Times,” included speakers from the United States, Australia, Egypt and Korea. “Most policy responses from government tend to focus heavily on short-term bail-out solutions, failing to address the need to prepare for the recovery period,” Tarabishy said. “The key question is what happens as the crisis recedes, when experience from previous recessions suggests the role of innovation is likely to be paramount.” The second panel focused on policy implications of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) project, with panelists presenting evidence from Slovenia, the Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina and the United Kingdom. For information on the event, please visit

Scheherazade Rehman, professor of international business and director of the European Union Research Center, was a featured speaker on a panel examining the implications for the EU of the global economic downturn. The June 11 panel presentation, “Economic Crisis, Political Rebound: The State of the European Union in 2009,” was jointly hosted by the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution (CUSE) and the Heinreich Boll Foundation.

Getting Ink

James Bailey, Ave Tucker Professorial Fellow of Leadership and professor of management, was interviewed for a five-part Fox News report on the Obama Administration’s appointment of several “czars” to manage certain policy areas. The segments ran on the 6 p.m. “Special Report with Bret Baier,” during the week of July 13.

“A czar supposedly would have accountability for something. That is, they are charged with delivering something specific,” said George Washington University Professor James Bailey, adding that their authority often crosses Cabinet boundaries.

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