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School of Business: GWSB News

December 18, 2009

Career Center Partners with Business Community

Representatives of the charter members of the newly created Corporate Collaborative Council

Experts in a variety of fields are poised to give GWSB students extra career insight thanks to an unusual partnership with the business community. The F. David Fowler Career Center has created the Corporate Collaborative Council (CCC), which will promote networking and interaction between thought leaders from industry and GWSB. The goal is to advance student preparedness for careers in the global environment.

“This partnership with the business community will contribute to the mutual success of the School and the business community by ensuring that the academic and career development of GWSB students are consistent with industry career paths,” said Susan M. Phillips, dean and professor of finance.

The career center rolled out the red carpet for members at the CCC inaugural meeting on Dec. 7. Business leaders from 10 of the world’s most admired organizations received an overview of the School and its undergraduate and graduate programs. The group also participated in a focus group about proposed changes to the GWSB Executive MBA program.

The CCC includes nonprofit, transportation, government, finance, media and energy companies. GWSB Board of Advisors member John Fletcher, BBA,’68 will serve as interim chairman of the GW School of Business CCC.

“Very few business schools have this type of relationship with business leaders,” said Gil Yancey, executive director of the F. David Fowler Career Center. “This forum will foster interaction between business leaders and our students to improve GWSB students’ practical knowledge of, and readiness for, the job market.”

CCC memberships are organizational rather than personal. Each company’s representative is an experienced business leader in a career sector of particular interest to GWSB students. Ellie Hollander, AARP executive vice president and chief people officer, said she was immediately “sold” on the CCC vision.

“I’m always impressed with organizations interested in practicing what they preach, and setting the standard by being the standard as a continuous learning organization,” said Hollander. “That’s what I’ve tried to do in all of my work and personal life experiences – and what better way to do that than with such a well-respected, highly regarded learning institution such as the GW School of Business.”

CCC representatives will have the opportunity to provide suggestions on GWSB curriculum, recruitment, admissions and programs. “The CCC will help us to share feedback on the strengths of GWSB students and to advise the School’s deans and faculty on additional skills and areas of expertise that will make GWSB students more competitive in the marketplace,” said Andrew Lewis, senior manager at KPMG and a CCC member. Lewis is a GWSB adjunct professor of accountancy.

In addition to Lewis (BAccy, ’98) and AARP’s Hollander, members of the GWSB Corporate Collaborative Council are: Tom Anderson, senior vice president at Airbus; Joel Goldhammer (MBA, ’77), partner at A T Kearney; Maria-Paz Barrientos (MA, ’88), practice area leader at IBM; J. Wendy Thompson-Marquez, CEO of Onyx Media; Jeff Colclough (MSIST, ’01), assistant vice president of SAIC; Kevin Horan, vice president of human resources at TechnoServe; Rochelle Granat (GW JD, ’84), deputy assistant secretary for human relations at the U.S. Department of the Treasury; and William Ziegler, vice president of human relations and organization development at Washington Gas Co. The F. David Fowler Career Center plans to extend CCC membership invitations to five additional companies.

Fall 2009 Minerva Group Graduates

Graduates of the fall 2009 Minerva program with James Ferrer Jr., CLAI director (left), and Kevin Kellbach (right), CLAI executive assistant

A group of 11 mid-career, public-service officials from Brazil graduated Dec. 9 from the Minerva Program, a semester-long initiative focusing on economic theory, economic policy and good management practices. The Minerva Program is managed by GWSB’s Center for Latin American Issues (CLAI)

Since the program’s launch in 1994, nearly 400 Brazilian government officials have graduated from Minerva, which allows civil servants to enhance their knowledge of public administration and to acquire the economic expertise needed to advance Brazilian public-private cooperation. To learn more about Minerva, visit CLAI Web site.

IBI Hosts Brazilian Regulators

MBA student and CEO of Global Aid, Ketan Patel

GWSB student Ketan Patel still has a semester of studies ahead of him, but he has already set out to make his mark on the world through his co-founding of Global Aid. Patel, an MBA candidate in international business, said Global Aid’s mission is to promote health care awareness while improving access to health care in developing countries.

Patel, who also holds a 2008 degree in biomedical engineering from GW, said Global Aid plans to arrange four-week internships in India for as many as 40 students during summer 2010. The undergraduate and graduate interns will work side-by-side with health care professionals in a medical facility. Patel and his Global Aid co-founders – all current GW students or alumni – are establishing partnerships with GW and other universities, the corporate world and nongovernmental organizations to secure funding and other support for the internships.

Patel said that Global Aid will serve as a recruiter, facilitator “and as a motivator” for the internship program. “The best part of the internship is that students will get the best of both worlds – resume-building, practical experience and the humanitarian reward of helping people in need,” he said.

Patel stressed that the internship program is not limited to students pursing health-related careers. He said business students could gain valuable administrative, management and marketing experience through an internship. Patel said Global Aid seeks to build a clinic in India by 2012, as well as extend its internship program to Brazil, Costa Rica and China. For more information, visit the Global Aid Web site.

Turn On, Tune In…Check Out GWSB’s TV Ads

GWSB has hit the airwaves with an advertising campaign that highlights the School’s diverse offerings. The series of four 30-second commercial spots is airing on ABC’s Washington, D.C., affiliate, WJLA, Channel 7, during evening news broadcasts, the “Good Morning Washington” program and the network’s “Good Morning America” show.

GSWB students appearing in the ads are: Rakan Aldukheil, Global MBA, finance, ’10; Cassie Durkin, Global MBA, marketing, ’10; Chris Shybut, Global MBA, finance, ’10; and Sylvia Wang, Global MBA, entrepreneurship, ’10. Faculty members in the commercials are: Tim Fort, professor of strategic management and public policy; Vanessa Perry, associate professor of marketing; Scheherazade Rehman, professor of international business; and Mark Starik, professor and chairman of the Department of Strategic Management and Public Policy. The ad schedule for the remainder of December is listed below.

Dates, times and programs for GWSB’s TV ads
  • Dec. 21, 06:14:40 a.m., “Good Morning Washington”
  • Dec. 21, 06:40:40 a.m., “Good Morning Washington”
  • Dec. 21, 06:48:50 a.m., “Good Morning Washington”
  • Dec. 21, 07:27:58 a.m., “Good Morning America”
  • Dec. 21, 07:52:13 a.m., “Good Morning America”
  • Dec. 21, 07:58:39 a.m., “Good Morning America”
  • Dec. 21, 06:20:16 p.m., “ABC 7 News at 6”
  • Dec. 21, 06:27:00 p.m., “ABC 7 News at 6”
  • Dec. 22, 06:24:20 a.m., “Good Morning Washington”
  • Dec. 22, 06:33:10 a.m., “Good Morning Washington”
  • Dec. 22, 06:48:15 a.m., “Good Morning Washington”
  • Dec. 22, 07:24:43 a.m., “Good Morning America”
  • Dec. 22, 07:46:13 a.m., “Good Morning America”
  • Dec. 22, 07:52:13 a.m., “Good Morning America”
  • Dec. 22, 06:07:51 p.m., “ABC 7 News at 6”
  • Dec. 22, 06:13:06 p.m., “ABC 7 News at 6”
  • Dec. 24, 05:18:31 p.m., “ABC 7 News at 5”

MBA Alumni Celebrate the Spirit of the Season

More than 100 D.C.-area MBA alumni and students flooded the third floor of Tonic Restaurant on Dec. 1 for GWSB’s MBA Alumni Holiday Event. Alumni spanning several decades were on hand to send out the year in style.

In addition to celebrating the season, the event showcased the MBA Mentor program. Participating students had an opportunity to connect and network with their alumni mentors, strengthening the relationships forged over the course of the program, and non-participating alumni got a firsthand look at the rewarding mentor-student relationship.

The Office of Alumni Relations thanked the MBA mentors and their student protégés for their dedication to the program.

Getting to Know: Maria Charlene Arrillaga

Name: Maria Charlene Arrillaga

Title: Program coordinator

Job duties: Coordinating educational programs and events for the Center for Latin American Issues at the GW School of Business.

Years at GW: Six months.

Best part of working at GWSB: The people I interact with during my job.

What co-workers do not know about me: I love to sing karaoke and met my husband in a karaoke bar.

Family: My loving husband, Daniel.

Favorite things to do on the weekend: Visit Virginia wineries.

Favorite vacation spot: New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Favorite book: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.


“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.

Season’s Greetings

Best wishes for a happy, healthy holiday season to GWSB faculty, staff, students and alumni!

Getting Ink

Lisa Delpy Neirotti, associate professor of tourism and sport management, was interviewed by ABC-affiliate WJLA Channel 7 News about the Tiger Woods scandal. “More people are aware of Tiger than ever before. They’re paying attention to his endorsement deals and it’s actually an exponential benefit to the companies involved,” Neirotti told the station’s Julie Parker. The story also aired on News Channel 8.

Neirotti was also quoted in the Rochester, N.Y., Democrat and Chronicle, about New York’s 2011 Empire State Games. The article was headlined: “Economic impact of sporting events may be inflated.” From the Dec. 13 article: “ ‘It seems to me that somebody was a little sloppy with their numbers,’ said Lisa Delpy Neirotti, a tourism and sport management professor at George Washington University who is considered an industry expert on calculating economic impact. ‘I would call for a little bit more scrutiny or a more conservative approach of actually collecting more data as to what the real numbers are,’ Delpy Neirotti added. ‘The numbers are still going to be great.’ ”


Undergrads Show Small Business Know-How: Win Competition, Help Local Firm’s Bottom Line
Professor John Rollins presents a prize to the winning students in the small business consulting competition held in his Management 192 class. The winning team, its professor and business client, from left to right: Sameer Gupta, ’10; Jordan Rigor, ’10; Rex Houlihan, CEO of NorthStar Express Freight; Lara Abdo, ’11; David Litner, ’10; Stephen Litman, ’11; and Rollins.

This semester, John Rollins, adjunct professor of entrepreneurship, divided the 30 students in his undergraduate small business management class – Management 192 – into seven teams. The teams took part in a class consulting competition, with each group undertaking a consulting project with an entrepreneur-led small business in the D.C.-area. The winning student team worked with NorthStar Express Freight. “NorthStar will realize an increase in revenue in 2010 based on the market research provided by our GW student team,” according to the company’s CEO, Rex Houlihan.

Class Notes

Peg Boyle Single, PhD, BAccy, ’85, is the author of a recently published book on dissertation writing, Demystifying Dissertation Writing: A Streamlined Process from Choice of Topic to Final Text. In the book, Single emphasizes the importance of social support and accountability in dissertation writing. She encourages doctoral programs to offer dissertation-writing seminars and students to start their own writing groups. Single also pens an advice column for academic writers for the online newspaper Inside Higher Education, and offers coaching for academic writers at

Mark Sykes, MBA, ’87, has been named vice president and comptroller of hotels for Grand America Hotels & Resorts. Sykes also serves on the board of directors for AmBest. He previously served as vice president of international operations for ARAMARK and, prior to that, worked with the Marriott Corp. for nine years. Sykes resides in Brazil and Philadelphia.

Harvey S. Jacobs, BBA Accounting, ’80, announced that after 20-plus years managing his own law firm – Jacobs & Associates, Attorneys At Law, LLC – he has merged with Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, P.A. Jacobs described the merger with the Greenbelt, Md., firm as a “win-win” for all involved, especially his clients.

Zach Cutler, BBA, ’09, has launched a marketing consulting firm in Washington, D.C. The Cutler Group, a full-service marketing firm, provides branding, public relations and business development services. “Much of my knowledge and motivation required to start this venture came from my years at GW,” Cutler said. The company employs three GW students as interns.

Tom Goudreau, MBA, ’93, is now director of business development within Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Services’ global business unit. Based in Manassas, Va., Goudreau is responsible for driving the growth of the company’s lines of business through international consulting and partnership agreements, mergers and acquisitions, market campaigns and large government program contracts. Tom has worked for Lockheed Martin in various roles since 2003.

Edward Barrientos, MBA, ’90, has become interim CEO at Brazen Careerist, an online career-management tool for professionals. The site invites users to “create a profile on Brazen Careerist that showcases more than just your resume, because your ideas matter too. Then, follow real-time updates from your favorite members and begin to build a network through conversations: the way networking is supposed to happen.” Barrientos has served as a judge for the GWSB Business Plan Competition and the Pitch George competition. He has also lectured to the Colonial Entrepreneurs group. To learn more about Brazen Careerist, visit the GWSB Alumni Group site.

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