Undergraduate Career Management Strategy Course (BADM 3001)


The F. David Fowler Career Center offers an innovative career class for sophomores and juniors, Career Management Strategy (BADM 3001), designed and developed to give students an extra edge in today’s highly competitive job market.

This one-credit course, required for GWSB undergraduates, is taught by industry professionals with experience from a variety of fields including: Finance, Consulting, Sport, Event and Hospitality, Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations.

The course is designed to provide a universal structured timeline for business students’ career preparation and increase student knowledge of jobs search strategies, interviewing techniques, and the transition from school to the workplace. By requiring all sophomores or juniors to participate in the course, the Fowler Career Center has ensured that every GWSB undergraduate student will have the base of knowledge required to be prepared for success in their internship and full-time job search.

Lisa Delpy Neirotti, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, School of Business, The George Washington University.

Lisa Delpy Neirotti has been a professor of sport, event, and tourism management at the George Washington University for twenty-five years. In this time Dr. Delpy Neirotti has established a strong academic program at both the undergraduate and graduate level and serves as the Director of Sport Management and the Director of the Master's of Tourism Administration program.   Dr. Neirotti also helped develop the Sport Philanthropy Certificate that serves to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of non-profit organizations using sport for social good and directs the GW Green Sports Scorecard to help increase the sustainability of sport facilities, organizations, and events. In addition, she serves on the faculty of the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Master's In Management of Sports Organizations (MEMOS).

Beyond her responsibilities at the university, Dr. Delpy Neirotti works with a number of sport event organizations, sponsors, and professional teams to conduct economic and market research studies including the Olympic Games, World Cup, BNP Paribas Open, Citi Bank Tennis Tournament, Rock and Roll Marathon, Marine Corp Marathon, College Football Bowl Games, among others.

As a pioneer in the field of sports tourism, Dr. Delpy Neirotti founded the annual TEAMS: Travel, Events, and Management in Sports conference. Since 1997, TEAMS serves to define, develop and expand the fast growing field of Sports Tourism. Numerous organizations including USAID have commissioned her to look at sport tourism as an economic development tool.

Dr. Delpy Neirotti co-authored The Ultimate Guide to Sport Event Management and Marketing and serves on the editorial board of SportsTravel magazine. She also is a member of the Women’s Sport Foundation (WSF), Up2Us, and Council for Responsible Sports advisory boards as well as Vice-President of the DC Chapter of Women In Sports and Events (WISE).

Prior to arriving at The George Washington University, Dr. Delpy Neirotti traveled to 56 countries around the world studying the development and organization of the Olympic Movement. Since 1984, she has attended 17 consecutive Olympic Games, 4 World Cups, and hundreds of other major sport events as a consultant, volunteer or researcher. In 2004, she served on the World Cup host committee in Washington, DC.

Born and raised in California, Dr. Delpy Neirotti received her undergraduate degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; a MS in Sport Management from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA; and a Ph.D. in Sport Administration from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Her doctoral dissertation was on the organizational structure and effectiveness of the U.S. national sport governing bodies.

James Callan


James Callan is a Lecturer of Business Administration in the GW School of Business, where he teaches an undergraduate course on Career Management Strategy and serves as a part-time senior career consultant. Mr. Callan has more than 25 years of Washington, DC-based experience, serving in senior positions within the private sector and federal government.

Currently, Mr. Callan is the Founder/CEO of James Callan Associates LLC, an independent government relations firm representing corporations, financial firms and associations in Washington, DC on U.S. agriculture policy and related issues before Congress and the Executive Branch. His work focuses on policies involving economic growth, advocating client positions through government relations, coalition building, outreach and analysis/research on agriculture biotech, crop insurance, crop protection, food, energy, the environment, federal budget matters, taxes and international trade. He has worked on several initiatives that have been enacted into law and federal regulation benefiting his clients, including historic biotech labeling legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by the President.

Mr. Callan has been a national spokesperson in prior positions. Previously, he was a senior appointed official in the Administration of President George W. Bush, serving as second-in charge of the nation’s leading farm program for America’s producers, Federal crop insurance, a multi-billion dollar public-private partnership administered within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He spoke to numerous U.S. and international audiences on crop insurance representing the Administration. Mr. Callan has held executive positions with national associations and served on the Boards of several Washington, DC-area organizations, including currently as President Emeritus, Board of Directors of the Claude Moore Colonial Farm in McLean, VA, the nation’s only privately-managed national park. Mr. Callan received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from American University, did graduate coursework at George Washington and has completed executive training programs.

Bryan Erwin


Bryan is the Founder and Managing Partner of BlueWave Merchant Partners. He was selected by President Obama in 2010 to run the Trade Advocacy Center, the nexus of senior official, US Government advocacy on behalf of US exporters.  While Director, Bryan advanced US commercial interest by leading 177 successful campaigns resulting in $199.7B in new business for US companies supporting 1 million US jobs. These were the best four years the Advocacy Center had in its 22 year existence.  This was accomplished, in part, by executing a comprehensive new business strategy resulting in an increased case-load of 165%.  This was the largest client roster in Advocacy Center history.  Prior to that, Bryan worked for 8 years as a Vice President in the Investment Management Division at The Goldman Sachs Group.  For the better part of the 1990’s Bryan was an aide to Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD.) Bryan hails from the North Fork of Long Island and is the current Chairman of the Long Island State Park Commission.  Bryan has a MPA in International Trade and Finance from Cornell University and a BA in Political Science, Economics and Sociology from George Washington University. He and his wife, Danielle, are raising two daughters and a stuffed lemur, Coco.



Carrie Hutchison

Carrie has over 15 years of experience in marketing and communications, mainly in the nonprofit sector. She is currently the Director of Corporate Communications for the National Geographic Society, where she works with executives and explorers to tell their stories, as well as that of the Society–through conference appearances, media, social media, donor engagement, and thought leadership. Prior to National Geographic, Carrie managed marketing and communications for Calvert Foundation, which allows investors to help empower disadvantaged communities through affordable housing, job creation, access to basic financial services, and microfinance. She has also held positions in the financial services, publishing, and technology fields. She currently teaches a course at GW’s business school. Carrie holds degrees in journalism and political science from Syracuse University and a Master's of Science in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Shyam Giridharadas


Dr. Shyam Giridharadas is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Management for The George Washington University School of Business. After 25 years of experience in top management consulting at McKinsey & Company and Prism Consulting International (a firm he founded), Dr. Shyam Giridharadas has re-oriented his professional endeavors towards teaching. He currently teaches Authentic Leadership – a course that he developed – and Developing Consulting Skills to the Global MBA students. He also teaches Managing Human Capital in the World Executive MBA Program and in the on-line MBA program. He is also a faculty member on McKinsey & Company’s internal leadership workshops.

Before coming to the United States in 1977, Shyam worked as a Marketing Executive at Tata Engineering handling their exports of trucks and buses to Africa and the Middle East. Giridharadas obtained his doctorate in management at Case Western Reserve’s Weatherhead School of Management in May 2009. He received his Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (1972), a Diploma in Business from Xavier Institute (1974), and an MBA from Harvard University (1979).



Heather Jacobs

For over 16 years, Heather Jacobs has provided strategic and implementation marketing services for Fortune 500 companies. As an account director for many years, across various agencies, Heather developed numerous marketing campaigns for clients, as well as managed teams of account managers to service clients. She has spent time working for non-profits, retail companies, and consumer package good companies before moving to the hospitality industry. Since 2012, Heather has worked for Marriott International, supporting the marketing and branding initiatives for many of the company’s 18 brands. Recently, she has been the marketing and implementation lead for The Ritz-Carlton brand voice redevelopment as well as refreshing the brand’s rewards and retail program. This fall is her second semester teaching and she is looking forward to meeting the next class of students.


Brian Ruther


Brian Ruther is a Senior Investment Strategist for the Washington D.C. area of Wells Fargo Private Bank.  As an investment manager, Mr. Ruther works with high net worth families, non-profit organizations and foundations to build asset allocation strategies and construct customized investment portfolios to help achieve their goals and objectives.   Mr. Ruther joined Wells Fargo in October 2015. In addition, Mr. Ruther is also currently an Adjunct Instructor at the George Washington University.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo Private Bank, Mr. Ruther held the role of Senior Portfolio Manager at Capital One Wealth Management where he was responsible for the growth and management of investment assets. Mr. Ruther was also a Portfolio Manager at U.S. Trust in Washington D.C. and as an analyst in Cleveland Ohio. He has been in the investment management industry for more than fifteen years.

Prior to his career in financial services, Mr. Ruther served three years as an infantryman on active duty with the United States Army at Ft. Benning Georgia, Ft. Stewart Georgia and Camp Casey South Korea.

Mr. Ruther earned his Master’s Degree in Finance at Johns Hopkins University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Kent State University. Mr. Ruther has earned the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designation and the Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) designation. He also completed the Graduate Certificate Program in Investments from the Johns Hopkins University.

Originally from Ohio; Mr. Ruther resides in Rockville Maryland with his wife and two children. Brian enjoys fitness and carpentry along with spending time with his family.

John Saad

John Saad is a Lecturer of Business Administration in the GW School of Business and a Partner in PwC’s Public Sector Consulting practice where he serves as the Practice Leader the firm’s Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Sector.   Over his 22 year career, John has delivered a number of consulting engagements for commercial and government clients in a range of disciplines including enterprise risk management, business process analysis and improvement, program management, organizational transformation, and large scale claims analysis.  

John has a BS in Finance and an MBA in Strategy from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. John holds the Program Manager Professional (PMP) certification and has participated in INSEAD’s Executive Education Program with a focus on corporate strategy. John lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife Claudia and their four daughters, where he is actively involved in the community.

Anthony Shop

Anthony is a pioneer in the field of digital media and online advocacy. A former journalist and press secretary, Anthony is the first new media professional elected to the prestigious National Press Club’s Board of Governors. He founded the Club’s popular “Get It Online” digital media series, which has hosted luminaries from USA Today, NASA and The White House to discuss media trends with the national opinion leaders and influencers. Starting from a deep belief that the future is bright and people come before technology, Anthony co-founded the digital innovation agency Social Driver with his husband Thomas in 2009. Social Driver has since been named the 7th fastest growing agency in the United States by The Agency 100. As Chief Strategy Officer, Anthony has sparked innovative campaigns for a portfolio of industry-leading clients. Anthony earned his MBA from The George Washington University School of Business, where he now teaches as an adjunct lecturer.