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School of Business: GWSB News

June 14, 2010

New Dean Tapped To Lead GWSB

Doug Guthrie will begin his role as GWSB dean in August.

GWSB has named Doug Guthrie of New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, an expert in the fields of management, leadership, corporate governance and economic reform in China, to lead the School.

As dean, Guthrie says he plans to focus on globalization, leadership, and corporate social responsibility and ethics as key pillars to help GWSB lead “at the intersection of business and society.” He will encourage students and faculty to go beyond a narrow definition of the economy and business to “think more broadly about the role of the corporation in society and what that means to train our future leaders.”

Most recently, Guthrie served as professor of management at the New York University Stern School of Business. He also holds a joint appointment as professor of sociology at NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences.

“Doug Guthrie brings to this position a unique combination of insight, creativity and global experience,” said George Washington University President Steven Knapp.

“I am thrilled about joining the GW community. At the School of Business we will be continuing the process of building a business school that truly stands at the center of business, politics and society,” said Guthrie. “With the advantages of the Washington, D.C., community, we plan on making this a school that educates future leaders in a way that no other business school can. It is going to be a business school that is different than any other.”

Guthrie has taught at Harvard Business School, INSEAD and the graduate schools of business at Stanford University, Columbia University and Emory University. He holds an A.B. in East Asian languages and civilizations with a concentration in Chinese literature from the University of Chicago, and he earned his master’s and PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Guthrie studied in Taipei, Taiwan, during his undergraduate years and conducted his doctoral research in Shanghai, China. His dissertation research was recognized with the American Sociological Association’s national award for the top dissertation in the field in 1997.

“We are pleased to have someone of Doug Guthrie’s caliber joining George Washington University,” said W. Russell Ramsey, BBA, ’81, chairman of the GW Board of Trustees and CEO of Ramsey Asset Management. “He has the vision and energy to take the School of Business to a new level of excellence.”

Guthrie takes the helm on Aug. 1. Susan Phillips is retiring as dean after 12 years.

“We thank Susan Phillips for her outstanding leadership,” said Donald R. Lehman, executive vice president for academic affairs. “GW’s School of Business attained national prominence during her time at the University, and we look forward to Dean Guthrie continuing to advance our world-class business programs.”

Students To Examine Impact of World Cup

Lisa Delpy Neirotti and several students attending the FIFA World Cup gather one last time before attending the games.

Seventeen GWSB students will travel throughout South Africa during the FIFA World Cup, held June 11 to July 11, to examine the economic impact of the games and study the ways in which businesses can use sports as a tool for social change. Lisa Delpy Neirotti, associate professor of tourism and sport management, is taking students as part of her “Impacts of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa” course. While attending the World Cup, students will conduct a survey about the economic impact of the World Cup and will examine various corporate social responsibility programs that take place during the event. “The World Cup in South Africa has the greatest potential to make an impact than any other mega event thus far,” Delpy Neirotti told ABC 7 News in Washington, D.C. Look for updates from the World Cup on the GW home page and on SportsFanLive.

MBA Graduates First to Receive Certificate in Responsible Management

Dean Susan Phillips presents the first Certificate in Responsible Management to students.

Five MBA graduates have earned GWSB’s Certificate in Responsible Management (CRM), the first certification program of its kind in the country. This achievement signals a shift in business education toward an emphasis on corporate social responsibility and ethical leadership. The coursework behind the certification is designed to encourage future business leaders to work toward a more inclusive and sustainable global economy. The CRM aligns with GW’s sustainability efforts, an important strategic initiative at the University.

The CRM was created by GWSB faculty and students, guided by the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). GW’s student-led branch of Net Impact, a global nonprofit established to use the power of business to affect positive change, led the charge to get the program off the ground. The CRM is offered through the MBA program within the Institute for Corporate Responsibility. GW’s five MBA graduates with the certification are Todd Ahern, Danielle Bash, Alex Chaikin, Andrew Dawson and Sabina Puppo. GW is one of 235 universities to sign the PRME initiative and pledge to incorporate these principles into degree programs. It is the first to take the next step by initiating a certificate program.

“Our first group of certificate recipients reflects the next generation of business leaders who are dedicated to improving the world, acting ethically and advancing sustainable economic benefits in global society,” said John Forrer, associate director of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility. “We are inspired by their commitment, initiative and dedication and are proud of their achievements.”

Launched in May 2009, the CRM requires that MBA students complete at least two courses focused on the PRME, contribute at least 15 hours per semester to a group or club that improves the University community and devote 50 hours toward service learning. A social media component requires students to blog about their experiences.

Conference Examines Causes, Next Steps in Housing Crisis

GWSB’s Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis hosted a May 26 conference on Housing and the Credit Crunch. The gathering at the Marvin Center drew more than 100 participants from academia, the federal government and the housing and finance industries. A series of papers was presented examining the causes and implications of the housing crisis that sparked the current economic downturn. Federal Housing Authority Commissioner David Stevens, who spoke at the event, outlined steps the federal government is taking to keep homeowners out of the foreclosure market and to strengthen the FHA’s regulatory oversight.

GWSB Hosts HRLF Annual Meeting

Gil Yancey (left), executive director of the F. David Fowler Career Center, and participants at the Human Resources Leadership Forum annual meeting and summer social.

GWSB hosted more than 100 human resources executives and professionals from some of the Washington area’s most prominent employment organizations on June 9. Mark Grace, GWSB director of executive education programs, and Gil Yancey, executive director of the F. David Fowler Career Center, invited the group to hold its meeting at the School of Business.

GWSB Dean Susan Phillips welcomed HRLF members and guests and stressed the School’s desire to strengthen long-term relationships with industry and organizations, both locally and globally. GWSB’s seeks to:

  • increase corporate partnerships that share knowledge and research;
  • be the preferred educational provider that strengthens workforce skills, knowledge and abilities;
  • be a collaborative thought leader on innovation as it addresses workforce development; and
  • be a source of top talent, assisting organizations with meeting their marketplace challenges.

Supporting this spirit of collaboration, incoming HRLF President Miriam Wardak thanked GWSB for its support and said the organizations would look to strengthen the relationship in areas of mutual interest.

The HRLF equips senior-level human resources professionals – both internal leaders and external consultants – to stay current with issues, research, trends and opportunities affecting HR and organizational and leadership development.

Getting to Know: Shelly Heinrich

Name: Shelly L. Heinrich

Job title: Assistant Director of MBA and Graduate Admissions

Job duties: Coordinating admissions for the Professional MBA as well as Master of Science in Project Management programs. Promoting GW MBA Programs through marketing and business development efforts.

Time at GW: Three months.

Best part of working at GWSB: The excitement of being with a program that is on the rise and surrounded by many hard-working colleagues.

What co-workers do not know about me: I am certified as a Myers Briggs Type Indicator assessment facilitator and enjoy leading presentations on group and team development. I also am a diehard Texas Longhorns fan. You may catch me wearing burnt orange during football season.

Family: I just celebrated my five-year wedding anniversary with my husband. We met while attending Texas Christian University for undergrad; he was my waiter at Chili’s Bar and Grill while my parents and I ate there during Family Weekend. He is a captain in the United States Army, currently stationed at the Pentagon. We do not have kids but consider our new cat Shiloh a member of the family. Both of our families are from Texas, where we were born and raised.

Favorite things to do on the weekend: We enjoy traveling and cooking. My husband and I recently have been taking cooking classes together, which has been fun. We also enjoy trying new restaurants.

Favorite vacation spots: The best vacation spots we have been are a cruise to Alaska as well as Oahu and Kauai in Hawaii. While they are completely different, both were absolutely breathtaking in their own ways.

Favorite book: The Kite Runner. My husband deployed to Afghanistan for 16 months and I found this book very fascinating and relevant to read at the time.


Phone: 202-994-5486


International Business Post Crisis: Prospects for Latin America

GW Faculty members will exchange insights on timely global issues and emerging ideas in global banking, mergers and acquisitions, and energy markets at a discussion and reception in Brazil.

When: Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Reception: 7:00 PM
Panel: 8:00 PM
Where: Gavea Golf and Country Club
Estrada da Gavea 800, São Conrado 22610
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
For more information, visit

The Professor’s Circle with Mark Starik
Sustainability Management: It’s Just Good Business

The Professor’s Circle brings GWSB’s most notable professors together with groups of alumni, parents and friends in cities around the country. They meet for a thoughtful discussion of current events and the shared experiences and expertise of group members. Join us for an evening with Mark Starik, director of the new GW Institute for Sustainability Research, Education and Policy. Starik will lead a discussion on green and sustainable business at GW and beyond.

When: Wednesday, June 30, 2010
6:15 PM - 8:00 PM CT

Where: Robinson Curley & Clayton, PC
300 South Wacker Drive, Suite 1700

For more information, visit


Scheherazade Rehman, professor of international business and director of the European Union Research Center, presented in early June on an Annual European Conference panel titled “From the Lisbon Treaty to the Eurozone Crisis: A New Beginning or the Unraveling of Europe?” for the Brookings Institute.


Anoma Kulathunga, a PhD candidate in international business, has just published her fourth book with the World Bank, Getting Finance in South Asia 2010: Indicators and Analysis of the Commercial Banking Sector (with Kiatchai Sophastienphong). The official book launch will take place at the World Bank on June 23.

Getting Ink

In-coming Dean Doug Guthrie was featured in a BusinessBecause article on his appointment. The article outlines his background in teaching at several universities as well as his scholarly pursuits. He will take the helm at GWSB in mid-August, replacing Susan Phillips, who is retiring after 12 years as dean. Guthrie’s appointment was also noted in a posting.

ABC 7 News reported on a group of GWSB students who will be flying to South Africa to study the economic impact of the World Cup. Led by Lisa Delpy Neirotti, professor in the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management, the students will examine the social and economic effects of the World Cup on South Africa. The student project was also featured in the Washington Business Journal, NBC News and the GW Hatchet. In addition, SportsBusiness Daily interviewed Delpy Neirotti about the World Cup and South Africa’s preparedness.

Tim Fort, the Lindner-Gambal Professor of Business Ethics, was featured in a Bakersfield, Calif., newspaper article on the value of modern business ethics. He was quoted from a US News & World Report article in which he emphasized ethics as one of the most reliable business tools that he teaches his to students. Fort was also featured in an article for the Aspen Institute on business ethics. He discussed the materials and techniques he uses for his Business Responsibility class, which uses ethical storytelling and film.

Danny Leipziger’s letter to the editor appeared in the Financial Times, rejecting the notion that Keynesian policy should be discarded to dampen or reverse economic downturn. Leipziger, professor of international business, was also quoted in the New York Times discussing South Korea’s road to success after reinvention. He explains that South Korea has done an excellent job with attention to detail in infrastructure and redeveloping its economy.

Kristin Lamoureux, director of the International Institute of Tourism Studies, was quoted in a Forbes article about America’s top tourist attractions. She explains that the new Travel Promotion Act will help market American tourism abroad as well as develop lesser-known attractions like national parks. Lamoureux was also featured in a Boston Globe article about the shifting dynamics of regional tourism, specifically in the Berkshires.

A study by Vanessa Perry, associate professor of marketing, and doctoral student J.D. Lee is discussed in a Los Angeles Times article about home buyers who make poor mortgage choices. Perry and Lee propose that a phenomenon called “cognitive resource depletion” causes homebuyers to tire after picking a house, making it difficult to choose the right loan for that home.

Leisl Riddle, associate professor of international business and international affairs, was recently quoted on VOANews about a new donation website to help Haiti. Riddle says that the people taking advantage of investment and support opportunities like these are often Haitians living outside their home country.

The GW Institute for Sustainability was featured in the CSR Minute. Mark Starik, professor of strategic management & public policy, leads the program.

Judith Stockmon, executive director of MBA and graduate admissions, was interviewed in an article for The interview provides an overview of the admissions process as well as tips for applying.

An article in the Dayton Daily News on the growing need for small dollar loans cited a GWSB study as further evidence of this consumer behavior. The survey found that most consumers considered tapping forms of credit such as bank or credit union loans before small loans partially due to unavailability.

BusinessBecause included student blogs from the GW Global MBA program in Serbia. The post discusses experiences the students had abroad during their International Residency Program.

A Bloomberg Businessweek article recently examined the higher earnings of MBA graduates from top business schools as compared to lower-ranked schools; MBAs from GWSB were included in the comparisons. On average, MBA graduates from GWSB see their salaries increase 114 percent during the span of 20 years.

Class Notes

Rosemary McManus Coleman, EMBA, ’94, has been appointed foundation vice president for Virtua. In this role, McManus Coleman will support health service programs and capital improvements throughout Virtua through fundraising.

Andrew Golub, MBA, ’96, has joined the Washington, D.C.-based practice of National Strategies LLC (NSI); he will serve as chief financial officer for NSI and its parent company, Interpoint Group. He will manage the firm’s financial operations, including financial analysis, budgeting, forecasting and strategic development, and will oversee corporate information technology and human resources functions. Golub will also manage the finances of Kratos Global, Interpoint Group’s strategic communications and public affairs consulting firm. Golub holds a seat on the executive committee of each.

Jenny-Rebecca Schmitt (Brown), BBA, ’93, and MS, ’95, founder of CloudSpark, a strategic communications and social media company, has been awarded PRSA’s Georgia Chapter’s Chapter Champion award in recognition of her outstanding volunteer work. The Chapter Champion award was created to recognize a member who has significantly contributed to the Chapter’s success.

Cushman & Wakefield honored Josh Kuriloff, BBA, ’91, with the global real estate services firm’s top producer honors for 2009. Kuriloff was involved in several of the most complex and significant transactions in the United States in 2009. They included Willis Group’s 140,000-square-foot lease – and the renaming of the former Sears Tower to Willis Tower, and Depository Trust & Clearing Corp.’s 600,000 square-foot headquarters’ renewal and office relocation in New York and New Jersey.

Capping off the 20th anniversary of his two successful ventures, Rent a Marketing Pro and The Business Doctor, Marc Colton, BBA, ’79, recently launched Synagogue Management & Marketing LLC, a boutique consultancy firm specializing in the challenges facing religious and other not-for-profit institutions. Colton is pleased to provide a complimentary phone consultation to fellow GW alumni; contact

Bernard J. Peters, BA, ’68, and Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree, ’73, recently retired from his careers in transportation and land-use planning with the New York State Adirondack Park Agency and as director of passenger services with Westchester County. He is currently a project director with 2Plus, Inc., a transportation-demand management-consulting firm in Carey, N.C.

Jeffrey R. Miller, MBA, ’95, has joined Dow Jones & Co. as the vice president and managing director of consulting services. He leads the global organization in integrating digital information and technology to improve enterprise and financial business’s sales/marketing, supplier management and collaboration/social media functions.

Kevin G. Schoeler, MBA, ’93, was recently elected to the board of directors of the Cambodian Children’s Fund (, based in Phnom Penh. He is president and CEO of the Kevin G. Schoeler Foundation, which focuses on funding of U.S.-chartered charitable organizations that operate in developing countries.

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