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GWSB Undergraduate News

November 16, 2011

Battle of the Beltway 2011

2nd place team from GW: Gabbi Baker, Trevor Rockhill, Sam Goodman and
Michael Buss

Earlier this week 16 teams from 8 universities competed in the final rounds of Deloitte Consulting's Battle of the Beltway. Participating schools included American, GW, Georgetown, Howard, Princeton, Richmond, Wake Forest and William and Mary. All 16 teams presented to Deloitte judges on Monday. The judges narrowed the pool down to four teams that presented on Tuesday. The final four team placements are:

1st Place: American University
2nd Place: The George Washington University
3rd Place: Princeton University
4th Place: University of Richmond

Do you need financial resources for a program that supports student activism, diversity or dialogue between opposing political or religious perspectives? Apply for support through the Hoffman Fund!

The Hoffman Fund provides financial resources to support student activism around tolerance and diversity, in addition to promoting dialogue between opposing political, religious and cultural points of view. Designed to help bridge the gap between academic awareness and practical understanding of these issues, funding has been awarded to initiatives that have the potential to transform GW students into compassionate global citizens and business leaders. Events that have been funded in the past are GWWIB's Spring Conference, MBSA's Business Diversity Week and GW Sustained Dialogue Campus Network's "Leadership and Inclusion Discourse" workshop.

The Hoffman Fund is housed within the GW School of Business and administered by the GWSB Office of Undergraduate Programs. Applications are accepted in the fall and spring semesters and evaluated by a committee comprised of GW faculty, staff and students. Funding is distributed on a first come, first serve basis. All members of the George Washington University community are invited to submit!

Interested in applying? Complete the application available HERE.

Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership - Spring 2012

Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership - Spring 2012
MGT 4001 80 63727
MGT 6290 80 63867

Have an idea? Make it real.

Class modules:
-Business plan - write a business plan on a venture you conceptualize (during class)

-Toolkit - learn, piece by piece, how to build your plan in addition to other key skills ranging from communication to negotiation and discussions such as leadership and work - life balance.

-Mentorship and Networks - an invaluable part of the class you'll never forget. Build and manage relationships to seek and give guidance. You'll repeat this same process for years to come, and it will be key to your success.

2011 class syllabus link (subject to change):

Who takes the class? Business and non business majors, undergraduate and graduate, from the George Washington University as well as other universities in our learning consortium.

When: Spring Semester 2011, Thursdays, 12:45 to 3:15 (the latter part of each class will be reserved for peer forums, a concept used by some of the world's most successful entrepreneurs)

Why: GW’s WEL class is the recipient of a National Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education award which led to a ranking of the GWSB entrepreneurship program in Fortune Small Business.

Who: The class will be taught by Kathy Korman Frey, Entrepreneur in Residence, a co-developer of the WEL class suite, and founder of the Hot Mommas Project research initiative.

Enjoy the company of future leaders, and the opportunity to discover and map out personal leadership options for the future. BUSINESS MAJORS AND NON BUSINESS MAJORS WELCOME

GWSB Toys for Tots

In honor of the upcoming holidays, the School of Business is hosting our 2nd annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation toy drive for local needy children. Please see below for details.

Who: School of Business students, administrators, and faculty

(Who will donate the most toys? Faculty? Administrators? Undergrads? Global MBAs? AMBA? EMBA? HMBAs? PMBA? WEMBA?)

What: Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation toy drive for local needy children (e.g. hospitals, hospices, shelters)
Where: Duquès 5th Floor Graduate Lounge (552)
When: Now - 10 December
How: Drop off unwrapped toys for children under 13 at the location above and warm a needy child's heart.

Last day to drop off toys will be Saturday, December 10th, so put your toy or toys in the 5th floor grad lounge soon!

What ages of children are eligible to receive toys?

Answer: National rules and guidelines permit distribution of toys to children from 0 up to 13 years of age.

What are the criteria to qualify to receive toys from this Program?

Answer: Local social service agencies and other legitimate organizations are used to identify needy children and help coordinators distribute toys in the local community. This reduces the possibility of one family receiving multiple gifts. For the benefit of the Toys For Tots Program Marines, to the extent feasible, distribute some toys directly to needy children (e.g. hospitals, hospices, shelters, special children’s event, etc.).

What kinds of toys are not allowed?

Answer: Toys with military theme. Toys related to weapons/law enforcement type toys. Toys with candy. Used toys. No chemicals (i.e. experimental labs, acid, crystal projects, etc.). The Toys For Tots Program does not allow these toys. Toys For Tots of the Marine Corps Reserve will not distribute toys fitting this description that are donated to the Program to children. Instead, these toys will be donated to another charitable organization.

What kind of toys can I donate?

Answer: New, unwrapped toys preferably around the $10 or above price range. It is unsafe to distribute dangerous or dirty toys that could cause injury or illness to a child.

GWSB Ambassador Program Accepting Applications!

Interested in advancing the GW School of Business through professionalism, dedicated service and direct partnership with GWSB Undergraduate Programs? Join the GWSB Ambassador Program and become an undergraduate student leader who represents the School of Business to prospective students, campus recruiters and alumni donors.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide tours of Duques Hall to prospective students and parents
  • Attend bi-monthly training sessions to engage with the greater Ambassador community
  • Greet campus recruiters and escort them to the F. David Fowler Career Center before presentations and interviews
  • Represent the GWSB undergraduate population at various receptions and ceremonies

Skills and Abilities:

  • Possess strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the GWSB curriculum and co-curricular programs
  • Embody a service ethic and orientation


  • Enrolled student in the GW School of Business
  • Availability to dedicate 3 hours per week to Ambassador activities
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Satisfactory SJS record

Applications for the Spring 2012 semester will be accepted until Thursday, November 17, 2011. Interested students should complete the written application available HERE.

Do you have additional questions about the program? Contact

International Education Week

Save the date for International Education Week from November 14 - 18, 2011. The IBUS Society, GW-CIBER, the FDFCC, GW Toastmasters, Undergraduate Advising Center, the African Business Association, and International Education & Programs have teamed up to highlight the many internationally themed events at the GWSB throughout the week. Stay tuned for the full schedule of events the GWSB has planned to celebrate this nation-wide initiative from November 14th - 18th!

Dinner with Alumni

What to have dinner with a successful restaurateur? Thinking about practicing law and would like a GW contact? Now sure if microbiology is the right major for you? Get connected with the alumni community through the Dinner with Alumni Program. The DWA program is a useful resource for current undergraduate students, and both a source of information and fun! Check out the upcoming dinners and apply today. Not everyone who applies for a dinner will be accepted as there are limited spots.

November 16, 6pm

Andrew Lewis, GWSB BA ‘98 & Allen Devine, GWSB ‘03
Mr. Lewis is a partner and Mr. Devine is a senior manager with KPMG LLP, one of the big four public accounting firms. Both focus on public sector clients, including financial audits of large Federal, state and local government organizations. If you have an interest in the field of public accounting—especially audit or tax, and learning about the career paths available with an accounting degree, apply for this dinner today. Register for this dinner!

November 17, 7:30pm

Gerardo Brillantes, CCAS ‘95
Mr. Brillantes has worked in various accounting firms, including Price Waterhouse Coopers and Ernst & Young, specializing in program management for education and training. Currently Mr. Brillantes works to serve in over a dozen countries as a special agent in the Diplomatic Security Service, US Department of State. If you are a senior intending to work in an international field (governmental or private), this dinner is for you. Apply today. Register for this dinner!

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NEW! Battle of the Beltway 2011

NEW! Do you need financial resources for a program that supports student activism, diversity or dialogue between opposing political or religious perspectives? Apply for support through the Hoffman Fund!

NEW! Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership - Spring 2012

NEW! GWSB Toys for Tots

GWSB Ambassador Program Accepting Applications!

International Education Week

Dinner with Alumni

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