MTA: Industry Engagement

Our MTA program is proud to welcome successful, high-profile guest lecturers who share their expertise and cutting-edge knowledge with our students. These champions of industry, government and non-profit organizations are a key component of the GW experience.


Donna Johnson
Strategic Account Director
Courtesy Associates

Michael Hannan
Fortezza Consulting, LLC

Michelle A. Mobley
Account Director, Marketing & Events
VRS Meetings and Events

Annette Suriani
Chief Marketing Strategist
AMS Meetings Solutions

Nicole L. Krakora
Global Protocol & Event Strategy Associates, Inc.

Faye Levin
Project Manager
Library of Congress National Book Festival

Alex Rolfe
Event Solutions Manager


Bill Minnock
Managing Director, Asia Pacific
Marriott Vacations Worldwide

Leslie Adler
Corporate Development & Innovation

Choice Hotels International.

Loren Gray
VP of Digital Strategy
Standing Dog Interactive

Michael Bennett
Managing director, Digital Marketing & Strategy
KSL Resorts

Noori Janjani
General Manager
The Churchill Hotel

Robert Gilbert
President & CEO
Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International
Board of Directors

Aaron Katz
President & CEO
Modus Hotels

Cecilia Lewis
Vice President of Lodging Program
Marriott International





DeMaurice Smith
Executive Director
National Football League Players Assn.

Phil de Picciotto
Founder & President
Octagon Worldwide

Christine Brennan
Sports Columnist
USA Today

Ric Bucher
Media Training Consultant
Bleacher Report NBA Columnist

Ted Leonsis
Founder, Majority Owner, Chairman & CEO
Monumental Sports & Entertainment

Taylor Branch
Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist
Author, The Cartel: Inside the Rise and Imminent Fall of the NCAA

Steve Fainaru
Senior Writer,
Co-AuthorLeague of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth

B.J. Surhoff
former Major League Baseball Player

Jim Small
Vice President, Asia Pacific
Major League Baseball


Donald Dell
Group President
Media, Tennis & Events
Lagardère Unlimited

Keith Peters
Executive Director
Council for Responsible Sport

Dr. Charles Steinberg
Executive VP for Business Affairs
Boston Red Sox

Joel Segal
NFL Agent
Lagardere Unlimited Football

Shripal Shah
Sr. VP & Chief Strategy Officer
Washington Redskins

Alexis Gros-Piron
Head of Spectator Experience & Ticketing
International Olympic Committee

Sunil Gulati
US Soccer

Gary Stevenson
MLS Business



Mark Gerchick
Aviation Consultant & Author

Cheryl Crowell
Crowell & Moring’s Advertising & Product Risk Management Group

Donald Leadbetter
Centennial Partnership Coordinator
National Park Service

Leslie Zeck
Director of Meetings
American & International Associations for Dental Research


Jonathan Tourtellot
Sustainable Tourism Consultant

Dr. Marc Gopin
Diplomacy & Conflict Resolution Center for World Religions

Geoffrey Lipman
International Partnership for Tourism

Hanna Messerli
World Bank