Message From the Dean — May 2021

May 28, 2021

Dear GWSB Community,

There is much to celebrate in GWSB at the end of this academic year. In May, we celebrated the accomplishments of our graduates. The Class of 2021, their families, friends and loved ones were joined by our faculty and staff in participating live on our GWSB Commencement page and YouTube channel, and we were all united in our pride for our graduates. If you missed it, I recommend watching the celebrations which are filled with words of wisdom from our student speakers Cidnei Rucker and Casey Hayes-Deats and our Keynote speaker, Nate Morris and a true celebration of our graduates’ accomplishments. 

We also celebrated our outstanding faculty, staff and students — recognizing their effort and leadership. In addition to the many outstanding faculty and students who were recognized for their excellence in each program and the inductees into the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society, please join me in congratulating the following colleagues:

GW New Emeriti Faculty Award

Christopher Leinberger, Finance 

GW Silver Anniversary Faculty Awards

  • Elias Carayannis, Information Systems & Technology Management
  • Reid Click, International Business
  • Ayman El Tarabishy, Management
  • Liang Yu, Management

GWSB Dean’s Excellence Awards

  • Emerging Scholar Award: Luis Ballesteros, International Business
  • Senior Faculty Research Award: Tom Novak and Donna Hoffman, Marketing
  • Teaching Award for Tenured/Tenure-Earning Faculty: Reid Click, International Business
  • Teaching Award for Specialized Faculty: Rodney Lake, Finance
  • Dean's Inclusive Community Award: Brittany Johnson, Graduate Programs
  • Faculty Service Award: George Solomon, Management
  • Staff Service Award: Susan Copp, Instructional Design
  • Staff Service Award: Thomas Wood, Undergraduate Programs
  • External Engagement Award: William Handorf, Finance

Learn more about the awards and recipients of the Deans' Awards and the Faculty Teaching Awards.

GWSB Good News

  • Alumna Impact: Carleigh Berryman (BBA ‘19) Founder & CEO of Viva Vita: Live Life was celebrated on the Today Show for her company’s impact on senior care and quality of life through virtual reality. Berryman developed the idea in her Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership class in 2017, participated in the GW summer accelerator and won major awards in GW’s New Venture Competition.
  • Congratulations to GWSB student participants in the International Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition (IBESCC):  Collaboration between GWSB, ESIA and CCAS undergraduate students is an integral and unique aspect of this case competition. Shir Levy (ESIA), Xinwen (Sheena) Liang (ESIA), and Anna Shah (GWSB) - The Forward Firm was recognized with first place for their 25-minute presentation and runner-up for their 90-second Sustainability pitch. Alexa Williamson (GWSB) and Emily Rosenkrantz (GWSB) - District Consultants were recognized as runner up for their 25-minute presentation. Special thanks to competition mentors from GW-CIBER Anna Helm, Alexis Gaul and David Ruda. 
  • Diversity Council Retreat: Council members advanced work on a measurable strategy that will guide the next year on action that is focused on diversity, inclusion and equity. The council will be inviting more feedback from students, faculty and staff. 

Faculty Expertise

Awards & Recognition

  • Herman Aguinis, Chair and Professor of Management, was recognized as the recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Scientific Contributions award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Read the announcement recognizing a “lifetime of outstanding contributions to the science of industrial and organizational psychology”. 
  • Vanessa Perry, Associate Dean for Faculty and Research and Professor of Marketing, was recently selected as a nonresident fellow at The Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center (HFPC). Her expertise in marketplace discrimination, housing markets, and public policy will enrich HFPC as the center works towards building more equitable mortgage financing. 

Events & Reminders 

In June we will celebrate Pride throughout the month by featuring faculty expertise and articles that recognize the importance of allyship. 

  • Creating a Trans-Inclusive Workplace: Get Pride month started with reading professor Katina Sawyer’s insights shared in GWSB Expertise piece and reading her co-authored Harvard Business Review article. Dr. Sawyer will also lead an Allyship workshop with GWSB staff and faculty next month.  
  • June 16: Queer Adolescents Dating, Relationships, and Sexual Health: The Role of School, Family and Community is a virtual event hosted by GSHED on Wednesday, June 16 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. EDT. The discussion about the role and impact of dating, relationships, and sexual health on queer adolescents. A panel of experts will explore how attachment, social scripts, school-family-community stakeholders, and socio-ecological factors — in addition to diverse identities and experiences — can influence young people. RSVP to participate

With summer semester classes and internships underway, if you do have events do not forget to add them to the GWSB Event Calendar so that our community can join in. 

I hope we all will be able to take some time to rest and relax over the summer. With significant increases in vaccinations in our local community, across the U.S. and around the world we are able to really plan for fall. The university has released updated guidance for vaccinations, testing and preparations for fall. Be sure to continue to check both your email and the university’s updates. 

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Stay well and stay strong,

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Anuj Mehrotra, Ph.D.

Dean