Message From the Dean — January 2022

January 31, 2022

Dear GWSB Community,

With the spring semester in full swing, our community remains resilient and focused on making an impact! Just in the last month we have welcomed GW President Mark S. Wrighton, celebrated King Week, Diversity Week hosted by the F. David Fowler Career Center and launched our new Strategic Plan for the school.  

The new GWSB Strategic Plan builds on our history and focuses on a future that empowers our community to embrace a new mission, vision and core values. To achieve these - and advance into GW’s third century - we have set out key goals for the school. I invite you to get involved in making an impact in GWSB!

GWSB Good News

  • Congratulations to Isabel Villamor: Villamor, who will be receiving her Ph.D. from the Department of Management in May, accepted a tenure-track position at IESE Business School in Barcelona to begin in the Fall of 2022.
  • Continued Recognition in the Rankings: GWSB received recognition from U.S. News and World Report moving up in the rankings for our Online Master’s in Business (#21) and our Online Master’s in Business for Veterans (#8).
  • Elana Meyers Taylor Returns to Winter Olympics: Elana Meyers Taylor (MTA ‘11), three-time Olympic medalist for bobsledding and GW Almuna is competing in the 2022 Winter Olympics in new event, the monobob. Read about it in the GW Sports article.
  • Failure is an Option: Givebutter Co-founders Liran Cohen (B.S. ’18, M.S. ’19), Max Friedman (B.S. ’17) and Ari Krasner (B.A. ’18) encourage aspiring GW student entrepreneurs in GW Today article. The article discusses their business ethos and growth of their fundraising platform that makes an impact for important causes.
  • Mayor Bowser Reimagining D.C.’s Central Employment District: GW Today recaps the first George Talks Business of the spring semester where the mayor laid out ideas to keep D.C. attractive to current and prospective businesses.
  • Rudy Rodas Appointed in New Jersey: Rudy Rodas (BBA ’08) was recently appointed by Senator Robert Menendez as New Jersey State Director. Read more details in Bob Menendez’s Press Release.

Faculty Expertise

  • James Bailey, Hochberg Professorial Fellow of Leadership Development and Professor of Management, shared his insight in the an end of the year piece for Forbes on social media, provided guest commentary in the Washington Business Journal  on “Viewpoint: Business leaders must face ultimate Covid question — and a 'clash' of interests” and was quoted in the Denver Gazette in the article, “Omicron spurring worker shortages across key industries” discussing the variant’s effect on GW.
  • Lisa Delpy Neirotti, Director of the MS in Sport Management Program and Associate Professor of Sport Management, was interviewed by multiple media outlets regarding the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing, including Voice of America regarding human rights and the Olympic games and by Chinese Global TV Network Beijing regarding game preparations and she was quoted in an article by The Dispatch, “The Coca-Cola Ad You've Never Seen” providing insight on athlete sponsorship in the Olympics.  CGTN America featured the professor in the segment, “Sports Diplomacy with Lisa Delpy Neirotti,’’ as well as in another interview on CGTN America.  In American football news, Forbes quoted her in the article, “The Curse Of The Kicker: Why Evan McPherson And Other NFL Clutch Players Will Still Lag In Starpower.’’
  • Donna Hoffman, Professor of Marketing and the Louis Rosenfeld Distinguished Scholar and Co-Director of The Center for the Connected Consumer, was interviewed in the Slate podcast “One year: 1995” for the episode entitled, “Carolyn’s Diary.”
  • Danny Leipizer, Managing Director of The Growth Dialogue and Professor of Practice of International Business, was interviewed by Andrew Hilton, Director of the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation on “Argentine debt - back to the 80s?” You can watch the interview on YouTube
  • Scheherazade Rehman, Director of the European Union Research Center (EURC); GW Deans Professorial Fellow of International Finance; Professor of International Affairs and Professor of International Business, was quoted in Threatpost article “Destructive Wiper Targeting Ukraine Aimed at Eroding Trust, Experts Say” about the cyberwarfare activity involving Russia and Ukraine. Rehman’s insight on 5G and the military was featured in ClearanceJobs article “Does the 5G Rollout Put Military Planes in Danger?” Furthermore, Rehman’s expertise was utilized in an article by The U.S. Sun, “Warning ‘World’s First CYBERWAR will Erupt & US will be Under Attack’ if America Wades into Russia-Ukraine Conflict.”

Awards & Recognition

  • Asha Aravindakshan (BBA ’02) published her new book Skills: The Common Denominator.
  • Lakea Chatmon (MSIST ’17) recently completed her Doctorate of Science in Cybersecurity at Marymount University.
  • Homayoun Khamooshi, Chair of the Project Management Academic Committee; Program Director, Master of Science in Project Management and Associate Industry Professor of Decision Sciences, was selected by the College of Performance Management (CPM) as the first recipient of “Professor of the Year Award” for 2021.


  • Herman Aguinis, Avram Tucker Distinguished Scholar; Professor of Management and Chairperson of the Department of Management, will have an article published in Organizational Psychology Review entitled “It’s the theory, stupid”. The article is co-authored with M. A. Cronin. 
  • Vikram R. Bhargava, Assistant Professor of Strategic Management & Public Policy, shared his expertise in an article published by Business Ethics Quarterly (BEQ) entitled "Ethics of Employment-At-Will: An Institutional Complementarities Approach." 
  • Joel Gehman, Professor of Strategic Management & Public Policy and the Lindner-Gambal Chair in Business Ethics, was recently published in Organization Studies for his paper “Theorizing Institutional Entrepreneuring: Arborescent and Rhizomatic Assembling," co-authored with A. Veveridge and G. Sharma. 
  • Jennifer Merluzzi, Associate Professor of Strategic Management & Public Policy, will have an article published in Organization Studies on "Early Career Leadership Advancement: Evidence of Incongruity Penalties toward Young, Single Women Professionals" co-authored with Damon Phillips.
  • Vontrese Pamphile, Assistant Professor of Strategic Management & Public Policy had an article recently accepted for publication in Organization Science entitled "The (bounded) role of stated-lived value congruence and authenticity in employee evaluations of organizations."

Events & Reminders 

  • February 1 (Tuesday): Black Heritage Celebration: Been Black Homecoming will kick-off at 7 p.m. with keynote speaker Dionna Dorsey, a designer, creative entrepreneur and the founder of District of Clothing. Click here to register and learn more about the events throughout the GW Black Heritage Celebration. 
  • February 1 (Tuesday): Info Session for Global Bachelor’s Program: Register and participate in an info session for the GW Global Bachelor's Program from 4 - 5 p.m. in District House Room B114.This session is designed for GWSB applicants. For more information on the Global Bachelor’s Program.
  • February 2 (Wednesday): George Talks Business: Participate on YouTube in an engaging virtual discussion with Sirisha Bandla (MBA ’15), Vice President of Government Affairs and Research Operation at Virgin Galactic on Wednesday, February 2nd from 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. EST.
  • February 2 (Wednesday): GWWIB Spring Conference Launch Party: Don’t miss this annual event to reveal the theme of the conference and launch tickets on Wednesday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m. EST. This event will feature food and activities. Learn more about the launch party here.
  • February 4 (Friday): Meet & Greet: This opportunity to attend the Meet & Greet for Building Inclusive Financial Systems on Friday, February 4 at 9 a.m. EST, will include discussion on a cutting-edge business topic. Click here for more information on this virtual event.
  • February 4 (Friday): Graduate Program Open House: Participate in the virtual Open House Info Session to learn more about our MBA, Specialized Master's and Graduate Certificate programs on Friday, February 4 at 9 a.m. EST. This event will allow you to get application advice from our admissions officers, explore funding opportunities and connect with faculty and current students. Register here.
  • February 6 (Sunday): Entrepreneurship in Korean Management: The Case of Samsung is a GW Korean Management Institute distinguished lecture series virtual event. Join Professor Jungho Suh, Ph.D. as he moderates a discussion with Keum Ryong Lee, Ph.D., President and CEO of with trasnlation from GW MBA student Hoon Kim at 7 p.m. EST.
  • February 11 (Friday): Graduate Industry Roundtables: Attend this 30 minute panel of alumni, faculty and students, followed by small group breakouts and plenary debrief on Friday, February 11 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. EST. Click here to register.
  • February 15 (Tuesday): Diversity Week: Join the F. David Fowler Career Center's LIVE discussion on Tuesday, February 15th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. EST, on identifying red flags when being recruited. Register here
  • February 16 (Wednesday) Diversity Networking Event: The F. David Fowler Career Center is hosting an in person out networking event on Wednesday, February 16th from 5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. EST. Register here.
  • February 17 (Thursday) Undergraduate Industry Roundtable: Register to participate in the GWSB Signature Event hosted from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. EST. Click here to register.
  • February 17 (Thursday): Live with Rodney Lake: Come to the GW Investment Institute session with Professor Rodney Lake’s discussion on market news from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. EST. Click here to register.
  • February 18 (Friday): UBA Into the Industry: This opportunity allows students to gain insight into various industries that interest them and will be held from 3:30 to 5:45 p.m. EST. For more information, contact ​​[email protected].
  • February 23 (Wednesday): Meet & Greet: This opportunity to attend the Meet & Greet on Managing a Digital Organization from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST. Click here for more information on this virtual event.
  • February 25 (Friday): GW Women in Business D.C. Trek: Sign up for one of GWWIB's signature events in the Spring, where attendees visit 5 different company sites.

As the university announced last Thursday, we are resuming more in person activities on campus. We are able to do this because of our commitment to GW policies that have helped us achieve a safer environment for us to connect in person. I thank each of you in GWSB for coming together as a community virtually - and in person - to ensure that we stay the course. Our actions impact each other, and because of the hard work we’ve done together this last month we are able to gather together again in person. Please continue to review Onward GW and prioritize your health as well as the wellbeing of our GW community so we may continue in person gatherings throughout the semester.

I look forward to seeing you virtually - and on campus!

Stay safe and stay well,

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Anuj Mehrotra, Ph.D.