Nearly 100 alumni, students, faculty, and staff gathered on Monday, January 28 to celebrate the 10th year of the Consulting Abroad Program (CAP) at the GW School of Business (GWSB). CAP is a compulsory, faculty-mentored international consulting experience in which Global MBA candidates work in teams to find actionable and sustainable solutions to business problems faced by client partners around the world.
Throughout the 10 years of the program, Global MBA students have travelled to 17 countries across six continents, worked on projects in over 35 industries, and consulted for over 110 client partners. In addition to providing students with first-hand, live-client consulting experience, CAP offers the opportunity for students to develop teamwork, communication, project management, and presentation skills all while applying and deepening their knowledge of strategy, finance, operations, marketing and data analysis.
Highlights of the celebration included remarks from GW President Leblanc, GW School of Business Dean Anuj Mehrotra, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs Liesl Riddle, and Marguerite Lucea, whose late husband, Dr. Rafael Lucea, was a much beloved professor of international business at GWSB and one of the first faculty members to lead a Consulting Abroad Project. The Rafel Lucea Global Experiential Fund was established in 2016 to commemorate the life of Dr. Lucea and provides two annual scholarships to CAP participants who demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities and a commitment to community.
Under the leadership of GWSB faculty Dr. Tom Geurts, Professor Lake and Professor Akyuz, the members of the Global MBA class of 2020 will travel to Germany, Hong Kong and South Africa May 5-17, 2019 to meet with their respective clients and ultimately present their final recommendations on a variety of unique business challenges.
View a slideshow from the 10-year anniversary celebration below.