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December 4, 2009

Fowler Center Provides Guidance for Planned Japanese University Career Center

F. David Fowler Career Center Executive Director Gil Yancey welcomes Tetsuya Miyashige.

The global economic crisis has significantly upset the traditional Japanese career model. Japan’s strong economy had produced a high rate of employment, with the vast majority of workers starting and staying in one job until retirement. But now, with companies increasingly forced to let people go, Japanese workers are at a disadvantage due to lack of effective job-search and career-management training.

That’s why Tetsuya Miyashige, assistant professor of technology in the Department of International Trade and Transport at Toyama (Japan) National College of Maritime Technology, was in the United States in early December. The aim of his fact-finding trip was to gather information in preparation for the launch of a university-based career center in Japan. Currently there are no such facilities in that country. Tetsuya toured the F. David Fowler Career Center, met its staff and learned about the center’s successful career-management strategies and resources.

Gil Yancey, executive director of the F. David Fowler Center, said Tetsuya was seeking information and guidance on the most effective systems and methods to provide students with lifelong career-management skills. Yancey said the successful methods of the GWSB career center offered a good blueprint for Tetsuya – with some cultural adjustments. Yancey explained that networking as practiced in U.S. business relationships is not common in Japan. He also said the concept of “selling one’s self” in an interview could be viewed as boastful or rude in Japanese society.

Despite minor differences in mores and manners, Yancey noted that, “the fundamentals that drive our success are applicable across cultural lines.

He added: “We have a winning formula and I was happy to be able to share it.”

Tetsuya represents eight higher-education institutions in Japan: the University of Toyama, Toyama Prefectural University, Toyama University of International Studies, Takaoka University of Law, Toyama College, Toyama College of Welfare Science, Toyama National College of Technology and Toyama National College of Maritime Technology. He plans to have a career center operating by 2014.

Brazilian Democratas Party Leaders Visit GWSB

IBI Director James Ferrer (right) and members of the Democratas party.

Last April, GWSB’s Institute of Brazilian Issues (IBI) hosted a group of senior leaders of Brazil’s Democratas party, that country’s fourth-largest political party (among the 21 currently represented in the Brazilian Congress). The participants were so impressed with their weeklong Washington program that they asked for a similar awareness-building experience for some of the party’s up-and-coming young leaders. A dozen young Democratas leaders, many of them elected officials at the local-government level, spent five days in November at GWSB. They attended lectures on “The Knowledge Society,” “The Environment and Economic Development,” “Managing Innovation” and other cutting-edge topics. They also exchanged views on governance with a half dozen officials from political jurisdictions in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland. IBI plans to host other groups of political leaders from Brazil in the coming year.

Alumni and Students Forge Strong Links over Lunch

Learning from each other: alumni and students at the Nov. 5 Links for Life luncheon

In early November, 42 graduate students had the opportunity to meet with alumni from various GWSB MBA and graduate programs at the fifth installment of the Links for Life Student/Alumni Luncheon series. The Links for Life program was designed to foster “links” between members of the GWSB student and alumni communities by providing a forum in which to connect.

Alumni from a variety of business sectors – including finance, marketing, sales and human resources – were represented at the Nov. 5 luncheon. They came from companies such as Lockheed Martin and ESPN and made themselves available to answer questions about classes, work experiences and career and professional development. During the luncheon, alumni described their jobs, employers and career paths. They also provided students with motivational and career advice, with a special emphasis on making the most of employment opportunities in this slow job market.

“As a second year global MBA candidate and executive vice president of the MBA Association, I recognize the tremendous benefits that our distinguished alumni can have on the continued growth of the School of Business,” Alan Susi, MBA, ’10, said.

Among the alumni table leaders were: Michael Anderson, MBA, ’91; Diane Brooks, MTA, ’05; Kevin Correll, MTA, ’99; Daniel Daly, MSPM, ’09; Matthew Krynovich, MS, ’07; Kate Larned, MA, ’06; Melisa Mowry, MTA, ’07; Doug Naegele, MBA, ’00; Amy Shapiro, MTA, ’06; Rose Troia, MBA, ’97; and Morgan Vokey, MBA, ’08.

“An unexpected benefit of the program was the ability to meet with other students within the School of Business who share similar career trajectories and to talk about their future plans,” said Susi. “I believe that current students are alumni-in-residence and it’s great to see the Office of Alumni Relations make such a strong commitment to current students as well as the thousands of alumni throughout the nation and the world.”

IBI Hosts Brazilian Regulators

GWSB recently hosted Brazilian regulatory agency representatives for a two-week program in Washington, D.C.

Twenty-seven officials from more than a dozen Brazilian regulatory agencies took part in a special two-week seminar at GWSB. The November event was organized and hosted by the Institute of Brazilian Issues (IBI). The group heard lectures by GW faculty on principles of regulation and on U.S. and third-country practices. They also discussed practical aspects of regulation with officials at U.S. regulatory agencies and at Washington-based multilateral and nongovernmental organizations. IBI expects to host three additional groups of Brazilian regulators during 2010. The program is sponsored by the Office of the Presidency of Brazil, which is seeking to enhance the capacity of the Brazilian regulatory agencies.

GWSB’s advertising manager, Tom Loper, MBA, ’10

GWSB is now offering three great ways to get out the word about your product or service to a sophisticated, affluent and well-educated audience – your fellow Colonial alumni!

GWBusiness magazine is now offering advertising space for its spring 2010 issue. Advertising space will available for both the print and electronic versions of the magazine. According to Tom Loper, marketing and advertising manager at the GWSB Office of Communications, the School’s biweekly online newsletter – the one you’re reading right now – also will be accepting ads.

“We began taking paid advertising in the fall 2009 issue of GWbusiness,” Loper said, “and we did quite well for the first time out. Now we’re looking to build on that success.”

Loper said reasonable rates and widespread distribution combine to deliver a “big bang for the buck.” GWBusiness magazine has a circulation of approximately 60,000. The GWSB online newsletter goes to out to 30,000 e-mail subscribers every two weeks. “It’s a great way to get the most out of your advertising dollar and a great way to reach the GWSB community,” he added.

For more information on placing your ad in one of GWSB’s publications, contact Loper at or 202-994-4057.

Getting to Know: Charlene McKinney

Name: Charlene McKinney

Title: Senior Secretary, Admissions, PhD Program Office

Job duties: Handling admissions process and secretarial duties.

Years at GW: 1995 to 2000…Nov. 20, 2009 to present.

Best part of working at GWSB: Interacting with faculty, staff and students.

What co-workers do not know about me: I am a native Washingtonian.

Family: Husband, three boys, one girl and five grandchildren – three boys and two girls.

Favorite things to do on the weekend: Read.

Favorite vacation spot: Disney World with the kids.

Favorite book: Master of the Game by Sidney Sheldon


Welcome New MSPM Alumni, Dec. 8

The MSPM (Master of Science in Project Management) Alumni Association will hold a special reception to welcome MSPM’s Class of 2009. The event will be a great opportunity to learn more about becoming involved with future events and help determine the direction of the MSPM Alumni Group.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. There is no cost to attend this event. Attendees are encouraged to register in advance.

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009
6:30 p.m.
Duquès Hall, Room 650
2201 G Street, NW
Washington, D.C., 20036

“A Time to Sing a New Tune” – USASBE 2010 Conference in Nashville

The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), an affiliate of ICSB, will hold its annual conference in Nashville from Jan. 14-17, 2010. This event is one of the premier gatherings of entrepreneurship scholars and educators. It is also a great place to learn about best practices in entrepreneurship education and program development. Each year the conference recognizes model academic programs, pedagogy and outreach efforts in the United States.

Save the Date: Jan. 13, 2010 – Executive MBA Alumni Advisory Group Open Meeting

Join James Robertson, EMBA, ’07, and Peter Geyer, EMBA, ’05, on Jan. 13, 2010, for an open meeting of the EMBA Alumni Advisory Group. The meeting will focus on how the newly reformed group can support the mission of the EMBA Program and GWSB.

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Duquès Hall, Room 520
2201 G Street NW
Washington, D.C., 20036

2010 ICSB World Conference: Register Today!

The International Council for Small Business (ICSB) World Conference provides an opportunity to network, share and learn about best practices in small business and entrepreneurship education, research, innovation and technology commercialization, policy-making, outreach programs and much, much more. ICSB 2010 will be held in Cincinnati, OH from June 24-27. ICSB is currently accepting paper, workshop and symposium proposals for the conference.


The International Council for Small Business (ICSB), housed within GWSB’s Department of Management, reported that its European affiliate, ECSB, attracted 300 participants to its annual RENT Conference held in Budapest, Hungary, in November. RENT XXIII was deemed a great success. It featured presentations about innovative research on entrepreneurship and small-business development from experts, professionals and doctoral candidates. The focus of the conference was “Entrepreneurial Growth of the Firm.”

Kirk Schueler, assistant professor of marketing, took part in a panel presentation titled “Healthcare Marketing: The Impact of Healthcare Reform.” The event was co-presented by the Washington, D.C., chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMADC); Bisnow, publisher of e-mail newsletters on local business; and the GWSB Department of Marketing. Schueler was joined on the panel by Garth Granrud, director of marketing for Professional Healthcare Resources; Suzanne Kelly, director of marketing and physician relations at Commonwealth Orthopedics; Karen Alcorn, vice president of marketing at Medstar Health; and Mary Jo Carden, president of Carden & Associates. Justin Ivatts, the vice president of technology for AMADC, served as the moderator.


Professor Jorge Rivera’s new book, Voluntary Environmental Programs, will be published later this month by Rowman & Littlefield for the Policy Studies Organization. Rivera, associate professor of strategic management and public policy, co-edited the book with Peter deLeon, professor and PhD program director in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver.

The book examines Voluntary Environmental Programs (VEPs) as an alternative to government regulations that command certain action on the part of industry and then control how well they perform. It provides an overview of current research on such self-regulation programs, looking at issues such as what motivates firms to participate and how a VEP structure affects a company’s performance and credibility with stakeholders. The book also discusses the particular considerations for VEPs in developing countries where information flows and regulatory oversight capacities differ from the United States.

Voluntary Environmental Programs has received advance praise from academics familiar with the issues covered by the book. Richard N. L. Andrews, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said the book would be “valuable to anyone interested in doing research on [voluntary environmental programs], as well as to anyone interested in knowing what we have learned about these policy tools and what they have and have not accomplished.” Matthew R. Auer, a professor at Indiana University, added, “This book offers a clear-eyed, evidence-based assessment of one of the most important developments in environmental policy and management over the past quarter century.”

The Journal of the Knowledge Economy, a new publication sponsored by the Norwegian Institute for Studies in Innovation in cooperation with GWSB and developed under the leadership of founding Editor-in-Chief Elias G. Carayannis, will debut in March 2010. Carayannis is a professor in GWSB’s Department of Information Systems and Technology Management.

The publication is the first journal devoted to the knowledge-based economy. It highlights the role of knowledge creation, diffusion and application across a spectrum of organizations, industries, nations and regions. It will incorporate insights from the fields of economics, management, law, sociology, anthropology, psychology and political science as it sheds light on the evolving role of knowledge and its economic implications. Articles will emphasize empirical studies, balancing practice and application with theory and concepts.

Getting Ink

Susan M. Phillips, dean and professor of finance, was interviewed for the BBC World Service radio program, “Business Daily.” The program is carried in syndication by NPR and is available on the BBC’s pod-cast page.

George Solomon, associate professor of management, was quoted in an article on “The Entrepreneur Economy” in the December issue of Entrepreneur magazine. From the article: “George Solomon, co-director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence at George Washington University, and other business academics share a similar vision: ‘In the future,’ he says, ‘the net source of new jobs will be predominately created from an entrepreneurial climate, not from revitalizing old industries.’ ”

James R. Bailey, chairman and professor of the Department of Management, was quoted in a Nov. 29 Washington Post column, “The rising titans of 1998: Where are they now?” “‘These characters, Robert Johnson, Steve Case, helped change the business environment,’ said James R. Bailey, who teaches leadership at the George Washington University School of Business. ‘They now have to operate in that environment, which demands different skill sets, different temperaments and different workforces. If they intend to be successful going forward, their skill sets are going to have to evolve.’ ”

Lisa Delpy Neirotti, associate professor of tourism and sport management, was interviewed by WTTG Channel 5 Fox News about the implications of the Tiger Woods scandal.


Young Hoon Kwak, associate professor of decision sciences, has been awarded a research stipend from the IBM Center for the Business of Government to conduct research on “Harnessing the Power of Web 2.0 for Open Collaboration in Healthcare Administration.” He will be working with Gwanhoo Lee, associate professor at American University’s Kogod School of Business.

Class Notes

Sharon H. Sykes, MBA, ’79, has been named vice president of marketing for OBA Bank. She brings more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry to her new position. Most recently, she served as vice president of marketing for the Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association. Prior to that, she served as vice president of marketing at SECU Credit Union and as marketing director at Tower Federal Credit Union.

Sykes is a Certified Financial Marketing Professional (CFMP). She has a BA in business administration from Towson University, is past president of the American Marketing Association’s Baltimore Chapter and volunteers for several organizations, including the Alzheimer’s Association and the American Heart Association.

American Schools: The Art of Creating a Democratic Learning Community, the latest book by Sam Chaltain, MBA, ’07, features a forward by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and has received enormous advance praise from academics and education experts. Chaltain is national director of the Forum for Education and Democracy.

Ira Meklinsky, BA, ’88, and JD, GW School of Law, ’91, a partner in the Princeton office of Fox Rothschild LLP, presented at the paid family leave briefing, “Navigating Paid Family Leave: How To Comply With the New Law and Final Regulations,” offered by the New Jersey Business and Industry Association. At the Nov. 20 event in West Orange, N.J., Meklinsky joined other attorneys in providing insight to employers on the new, broad paid family leave insurance mandate recently implemented in the state.

Meklinsky has authored and co-authored several articles on topics such as the New Jersey Paid Family Leave Act, employee rights and employer responsibilities and safe hiring practices. He contributed to the American Bar Association’s treatise on The Fair Labor Standards Act and West Publishing’s treatise on advising small businesses. He often lectures to employer, professional and civic groups on navigating employee relations.

Jabneel (Jenny) Abreu, MTA, ’09, has accepted a two-year appointment to the board of directors for the Network of Latino Meeting Professionals.

Anna Staton, MPA, ’02, will serve as Public Health Fellow to the U.S. Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions’ Subcommittee on Children and Families during 2010. Following the fellowship she plans to return to her role as a public health adviser in the Science Policy Branch at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She currently resides in Baltimore with her husband and two stepdaughters.

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