Message From the Dean — April 2023

April 5, 2023

Dear GWSB Community,

I want to begin by reiterating our condolences to the family, friends, and classmates of Samantha Jennings-Jones, a student in our MBA in Security Technology Transition (MBA-STT) program who recently passed away. Let’s please remember to support and care for one another during this time, especially for those who have been most personally impacted by this sad news.

The spring semester, especially the last month, has been full of important events. Our Accounting Department wrapped up their annual Cherry Blossom conference last week - they couldn’t have timed it better as the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. were in full bloom for the faculty who had come from around the country to participate in the conference. Our student leaders continue to execute amazing events, providing peers with an opportunity to learn more about different career paths and expand their professional networks. For example, it was great to experience the ‘Into the Industry’ event hosted by the Undergraduate Business Association in March and the GW Women in Business (GWWIB) 14th Annual Spring Conference on Saturday - both events inspiring and educational as always. And our Dean's DEI Advisory Council invited lisa wise, author of “Self-Elected - How to put justice over profit and soar in business,” to share her experiences with us. She has such a terrific and inspiring story.

And let’s not think about May yet which will be filled with festivities around Commencement and celebrations because April is full of exciting events.
GW Annual Giving Day April 4-5, noon to noon
We are in the middle of the university’s third annual Giving Day. I hope everyone in our GWSB community will consider supporting and contributing towards advancing GWSB’s mission to excel in education and research. Please help make a difference by spreading the word using the GWSB Giving Day webpage. As you may have seen in my prior message yesterday, we had 245 donors in 2022, and this year it would be great to see us reach 300 donors. Keeping my fingers crossed! 
Diversity and Women’s Empowerment
Our school’s diversity and inclusion efforts are being highlighted in the April issue of a top higher education publication called “Insight into Diversity.” The individuals who are mentioned in the article include faculty and current and former students of GWSB, speaking to the overarching theme of equity in education and in the workplace, and how organizations like GWWIB and others, are doing their part to empower women.
GW Business & Policy Forum: Attacking Cybersecurity Risks
All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the GW Business & Policy Forum on Attacking Cybersecurity Risks this month on April 25. It promises to be beneficial to everyone–a great learning and networking experience overall. For students, there is an option to register for all or particular sessions that spark your interest. The event will have speakers and attendees from influential firms, research institutions, and agencies from sectors including law, finance, tech, defense, national security and more.
GW School of Business Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame
Our Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame recognizes individuals from the GWSB community who have made “significant contributions to entrepreneurial excellence.” In a special ceremony on March 29 attended by our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends, we were honored to induct a remarkable group of individuals in our GWSB community as the inaugural class:
  • Charles R. Bendit, B.B.A. '75
  • Mitchell E. Blaser, B.B.A. '73
  • Kenneth B. Chaletzky, B.B.A. '71
  • Antwanye E. Ford, CCAS B.S. '87, GWSB M.S. '93
  • Angela H. Moore, GSEHD B.A. '80, M.B.A. '83 and (posthumously) George G. Moore, D.B.A. '78
  • W. Russell Ramsey, GWSB B.B.A. '81 and HON '14
  • LaJuanna Y. Russell, M.B.A. '98
  • Susie L. Selby, M.B.A. '85
  • Daniel B. Simons, B.B.A. '92
  • George T. Solomon, D.B.A. '83
  • (posthumously) Erik K. Winslow, GWSB Professor Emeritus
Congratulations to the GWSB Community
In the latest Financial Times Global MBA rankings, GW was ranked No. 32 in the United States, the best in our history, and fifth in ‘Value for Money’ among U.S. private institutions. And for a third year in a row, our Global MBA program has the highest percentage of women among U.S. programs.
Our GWSB students continue to impress in the New Venture Competition (NVC) this year with almost 50 percent of the participants coming from the School of Business. More than half of the finalists teams are from GWSB, in four out of the five NVC tracks. We are rooting for their success in the final pitches.
Please also join me in congratulating Dr. Yi-Chun (Chad) Ho, associate professor of information systems & technology management, who was ranked 24th worldwide for his number of publications in leading information systems journals, as well as Dr. Young Hoon Kwak, associate professor of decision sciences on his upcoming recognition with the Global Research Award from the International Project Management Association.
Stay safe and stay well,

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Anuj Mehrotra, Ph.D.