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School of Business: GWSB News

March 26, 2010

Leaders from Mozambique Discuss Potential for Sustainable Tourism

(From left) Minister Sumban, Ambassador Amelia Sumbana, Dr. Donald Hawkins, GW Eisenhower Professor Tourism Policy, Dr. Stephen Lubkenman, GW Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs.

GWSB’s International Institute of Tourism Studies, in collaboration with the GW Department of Anthropology, on March 24 hosted the Minister of Tourism of Mozambique, His Excellency Minister Sumbana, and Mozambique’s Ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Amelia Sumbana.

Mozambique is committed to sustainable tourism development, including developing the SAVE (Scientific, Academic, Volunteer, Educational) travel market. Minister Sumbana and a group of leading industry experts, including representatives from the U.S. Department of State, World Wildlife Fund, the United States Agency for International Development, the Work Bank, African Diasporas Heritage Trails Movement and the Africa Wildlife Foundation, discussed the potential for SAVE to help local institutions in Mozambique, while building future tourism infrastructure and revitalizing the local economy.

Sports Industry, Networking and Career Conference Attracts Prominent Leaders

This month, GWSB hosted the 2010 Sports Industry Networking and Career Conference, a two-day event, which brought together more than 75 prominent sports industry leaders, including New York Yankees President Randy Levine and NFL Athlete Representative Joel Segal. Students, recent graduates and career changers from around that the nation had the opportunity to attend sessions on sustainable sports best practices, innovations in the industry, sports tourism and the growth of online sports marketing. The event was hosted by the GWSB Sports Marketing Association in partnership with D.C.-based Swanson Communications. For more information, please visit

Hot Mommas Case Studies Winners Announced

The Hot Mommas Project on March 24 announced the winners of its 2010 case study competition. Top honors went to Ilona Becker, a refugee from Romania who escaped and built a career as an entrepreneur in the United States, and Jennifer Folsom, a working mother who struggles to balance her life and work. Top winners will be published in a leading Prentice Hall textbook and honored at the Women in Philanthropy Forum held by the George Washington University on April 28.

“Our case studies represent women connecting with women, across oceans, and through stories and social media,” said Kathy Korman Frey, founder of the Hot Mommas Project and GWSB Entrepreneur in Residence.

“Hot Mommas” is an independent venture housed at the GW School of Business and included in the mission of the Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence. It seeks to spotlight innovative businesswomen and create an online database of case studies of successful female role models.

For a complete list of winners and case studies, please visit:

Lecture Series Examines Sustainability, Responsibility

The GW School of Business Office of Alumni Relations continued the “It’s Just Good Business” lecture series in Seattle last month. The series features GWSB faculty members and alumni speaking on current business events related to corporate social responsibility. This was the first installment of the series held on the West Coast.

Mark Starik, department chair and professor of strategic management and public policy and director of the Institute for Corporate Responsibility, Environmental Sustainability Program, spoke on the importance of going green and sustainability in business. He also highlighted ways that GW is becoming a sustainable university and how GWSB is educating future business leaders on this significant issue through the new curriculum of the Global MBA Program.

GWSB MBA Students Travel to San Francisco for Annual Career Trek

Overcoming “snowmageddon,” a select group of students spent three days networking with alumni and building relationships with potential employers, including Google.

Last month, eight MBA students returned to campus after spending three days in the Bay area during the San Francisco Career Trek. The GW MBA Career Trek is an annual event and School of Business tradition, where a select group of full- and part-time MBA students visit San Francisco and New York City to engage with successful alumni and companies.

“San Francisco Career Trek provides students the opportunity to get an in-depth look at the career paths at various companies and develop relationships with a number of employers in the Bay area,” said Ariana Massarat, Global MBA Student and President of Career Trek.

While in San Francisco, students met with employers representing various industries, including the technology, marketing, finance and consulting sectors. Among the many scheduled employer visits were Google, Visa, IDEO, IBM and BlackRock.

The Career Trek Executive Committee also partners with GWSB’s Office of Alumni Relations and the F. David Fowler Career Center to schedule meaningful career meetings and alumni networking opportunities.

Dana Marsten, a part-time MBA student and Career Trek participant, was most impressed with the Alumni dinner hosted by Visa.

“The alumni were very interested in our experiences and plans, and they made sure to answer our questions about everything from living in cities around the world, making your way through school, and after, to career planning in a particular industry. The advice was sincere and helpful. This was a great way to kick off the trek,” said Marsten.”

To learn more about Career Trek and how you can participate in future events visit

Experts Discuss Recession, Bank Failures and Government Policy Response

The Finance and Investments Club hosted a discussion on Feb. 22 on the current financial crisis with “The Great Recession: Bank Failures, TARP and Various Government Initiatives.”

Panelists included Richard Brown, chief economist at FDIC; Patrick J. Tadie, MBA,’93, executive vice president of the Bank of New York Mellon; and GWSB professor of International Business Jiawen Yang. Experts discussed policy responses to the subprime-mortgage crisis, monetary policy, recent trends in bank failures and current proposals for regulatory reform. U.S. Bank Vice President and Risk Manager Dale Robinson, BBA,’00, was a guest at the discussion. Somender Chaudhary, MBA,’04, MSF’10, moderated the panel.

Students Share Experiences at Olympic Reception

Lisa Delpy Neirotti greets GW President Steven Knapp

“Let the Games Begin!” Lisa Delpy Neirotti, associate professor of tourism and sport management, announced to a group of GW Alumni, parents, friends and students who gathered for an Olympic reception hosted at the home of Lorne and Melita Segal, parents of GW freshman Chanelle Segal, BA ‘13. The reception was hosted in honor of President Stephen Knapp and his wife Diane, who traveled from Washington, D.C. to enjoy the winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. For additional photos from the event, please visit:

To learn more about the Olympic Games class and watch the video blog, please visit:

Magazine Highlights Donita Vann’s Passion for Fashion

From left: Donita Vann and Nicole Miller

GWSB Executive Coordinator of Special Events Donita E. Vann was featured in the February issue of MORE magazine for her achievements in fashion design. The magazine paired three women with a famous mentor in their field. For the story, Vann, who has her own clothing line, met with designer Nicole Miller in her New York City studio. Vann’s clothing line is Donita Vann of Philadelphia, or phillygurl (






Getting to Know: Chandru Rajam

Name: Chandru Rajam

Title: Visiting Associate Professor of International Business; Director, Assurance of Learning, GW School of Business

Job duties: Teaching in the International Business Department; Coordinating GWSB’s assessment of learning activities across its undergraduate and graduate programs to enable the School to comply with AACSB requirements, providing an empirical basis for the design of curriculum and pedagogy.

Time at GW: Eight months

Best part of working at GWSB: Colleagues and the opportunity to make the School more data-driven and able to better measure what students are learning.

What co-workers do not know about me: Worked in two start-ups, one of which I founded. I find the pace in start-ups exhilarating, because one has to constantly juggle thought and action in rapid succession. There is a tendency to let strategy unfold (even drift a little through commission and omission), but one has to constantly rein it in. This is a struggle when you’re already working 18-hour days!

Family: Wife (Shanthi) and daughter (Priya, age 12) and son (Harish, age 10)

Favorite things to do on the weekend: Catch a movie

Favorite vacation spots: Theme parks with kids



The GW Business Plan Competition and the GW Entrepreneurs Round Table awards ceremony are partnering for first ever GW Summit on Entrepreneurship. The two-day event highlights and promotes the creative, innovative and pioneering efforts of entrepreneurs in the GW community. In addition to an awards luncheon and ceremony, the Summit on Entrepreneurship includes panel discussions on different aspects of entrepreneurial endeavors, poster sessions for students to present their business ideas and networking opportunities for alumni, students and friends.

The Summit on Entrepreneurship is sponsored by GWSB, its Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence and the GW Alumni Association. The main event of the summit is the GW Business Plan Competition, directed by John Rollins and sponsored by Rick and Annette Scott, parents of a former GW student.

When: Thursday, April 15, and Friday, April 16
Where: Funger and Duquès halls and other campus locations.
For more information, please contact Jillian Krupski or go to

Webinar Examines Business and Peace

GWSB’s Institute of Corporate Social Responsibility, The United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education, The Kogod School of Business at American University and the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame will host an online discussion on business and peace. The group will identify the practices that businesses engage in that advance peace.

When: Tuesday, March 30
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST

Maxon Lecture Focuses on Transparency in Financial Reporting

Robert Herz (left), Sir David Tweedie (right)

Robert Herz and Sir David Tweedie, the 2009-2010 Robert P. Maxon Lecturers, will discuss “Greater Global Transparency in Financial Reporting: Lighting the Path for Investors.” Herz is chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board. Tweedie is chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board. Binyamin Appelbaum of The Washington Post will moderate the gathering.

When: Wednesday, April 7, 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: Jack Morton Auditorium, Media and Public Affairs Building, 805 21st Street, first floor.
For more information, visit the ICR web site.

The Business Response to Climate Change

Join local entrepreneurs, consultants, policy experts, corporate officials and non-profit leaders at a student-led conference to explore how forward-thinking businesses have innovated and created opportunity from the climate change challenge.



When: Thursday, April 8, 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Where: Jack Morton Auditorium
The George Washington University
805 21st Street, NW

For more details and to RSVP, please visit:

Career & Internship Fair

GWSB is hosting its annual Just in Time Career & Internship Fair. The event brings together employers, GWSB students and recent alumni.

When: Thursday, April 8, 2:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Where: Duquès Hall
2201 G Street, NW,
Washington DC, 20052

Employers can register at:

Please contact Kristen Nicole, Employer Relations Associate, at, with any questions.


Susan Ariel Aaronson, associate research professor of strategic management and public policy, published “Is China Killing The WTO?" in the Winter 2010 edition of the magazine The International Economy. It is a chapter from her upcoming book China in the WTO: An Early Harvest (Petros Mavroidis, ed.).

Getting Ink

Dean Susan Phillips was quoted in the New York Times on Obama’s picks to fill the Federal Reserve Board. The dean commented in the March 12 story headlined “Obama Focuses on 3 to Fill Fed Board” on the possible appointment of Janet Yellen, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Dean Phillips was also quoted a March 17 Washington Post story on a congressional plan to make changes to the Federal Reserve that would shift power from regional Fed banks. The changes would also make the New York Fed president a presidential appointee. The New York Fed “already has a special role, and it would become more special," Phillips, a former Fed governor, told the Post.

In addition, Dean Phillips was interviewed March 16 on the Market Wrap With Moe Ansari radio program about the Fed’s move to leave interest rates unchanged. The program is syndicated throughout the West Coast.

Murat Tarimcilar, associate dean for graduate programs and professor of decision sciences, was featured in a March 15 Financial Times story on the future of online MBA programs. “The stigma [that online degrees are inferior] is still there but less every day,” he said.

Lisa Delpy Neirotti, associate professor of tourism and sport management, was quoted in a March 21 Desert Sun story on the economic impact of the BNP Paribas Open, an annual tennis tournament in Indian Wells, Calif. “Sports tourism is the most robust tourism market there is,” she said.

In addition, she was interviewed by NBC4 News on March 23 about the future of Wizards basketball player Gilbert Arenas, who pleaded guilty to a felony gun charge for bringing a firearm into the Verizon Center.

J. Howard Beales III, associate professor of strategic management and public policy, was cited in several publications, including Forbes magazine, on a survey he conducted with the Network Advertising Initiative on the practice of behavioral targeting in advertising. Behavioral targeting tracks consumers‘ Web surfing and shopping habits so marketers can deliver ads to audiences most interested in them.

Philip Dine, adjunct professor of labor relations, penned an opinion piece in the Washington Times lamenting the lack of knowledge among the American public about the labor movement’s history. “Class struggles and the fight for social and economic justice have been an integral part of the nation’s experience. Yet, they are rarely taught in the schools, mentioned in the media, discussed by public officials or chronicled by Hollywood,” he writes.

BusinessWeek’s MBA Journal featured a first-year MBA student from GWSB. In the March 21 issue of the magazine, Jeremy Dommu writes about the benefits of being involved in student-run organizations. “I believe the projects I’m involved in outside of class are the most valuable and justify the time I’m putting into this degree,” he writes.

GWSB was cited in the Financial Times on March 15 as part of an article on business schools and social media. GWSB is mentioned for its link to, a news and social media site for business schools.

Class Notes

Arnold Guanco, MTA ’02, was selected to carry the torch for the 2010 Paralympic Games this month in Vancouver. Guanco, who wrote a winning essay for the competition, was selected among hundreds of applicants to carry the torch at the games. The Paralympic Games are held for athletes with physical and visual disabilities.

“It was an affirmation of the things that I want to do. I want to use sports to help other people,” said Guanco, who worked as a venue systems manager for the Vancouver Organizing Committee at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Michelle L. Cuozzo, BBA ’03 and alumna of the GW Water Polo team, has been promoted to Assistant Vice President of Operations at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. BBH is a privately-held financial services firm serving clients globally in three main businesses: Investor Services, Investment & Wealth Management and Banking & Advisory. Cuozzo joined BBH in 2003 after completing her degree from GWSB.


New Workshop Sessions Added to the ICSB 2010 World Conference Program

The 2010 International Council for Small Business (ICBS) World Conference, held June 24-27 in Cincinnati, Ohio brings together the international entrepreneurship and small business development communities to share knowledge and network across borders. In addition to the main program, the ICSB 2010 Conference will include pre-conference events and workshop sessions. For more information, please visit:

ICSB to Host Informational Webinar for GWU Students and Alumni

ICSB will host a Webinar on the council and its link to the global economy. Founded in 1955, the ICBS was the first international membership organization to promote the growth and development of small businesses worldwide.

When: Monday, April 5, 3 p.m.

RSVP: Please register for the webinar here.

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