Alumni Spotlight: Travis Wright at the National Guard Bureau Counterdrug Office

Thanks to Travis Wright, MSPM ’10, for sharing the following:

I wanted to give you a quick update on how I am putting my degree to use already.  I work for the National Guard Bureau Counterdrug office and we have used the same funding model for the past 20 years.  For the past 3 years we have been searching for a process to more efficiently distribute these funds in a way that would withstand political and practical scrutiny.  Using techniques I learned in the MSPM program and with help from Drs. Prasad and Forman, we have revamped our funding process.  This will allow us to more efficiently fund 54 programs (50 states, 3 territories and the District) and provide measurement of those funds.  I truly believe my leadership was more accepting of my ideas based on the stature of the GW name and the quality of the education I received.

GWSB Academic Talk – Stan Litow, President of IBM Foundation​, April 27th at 10am

From Dean Guthrie: I am pleased to announce that Stanley S. Litow, IBM’s Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President of IBM’s Foundation, will present our next academic talk for GWSB faculty, staff and students on Wednesday, April 27th at 10:00am in the Minerva Room, Duques 451.  A light breakfast will be available from 9:30am – 10am.
 
The topic of Stan’s talk is “Beyond Responsibility: The Role of Corporate Citizenship in Modern Business.”  In honor of IBM’s centennial, he will discuss how business and technology have evolved over the last 100 years and share insights on how that evolution has made innovative corporate citizenship a necessity for any successful company.
 
After his presentation, we will open it up for Q & A for roughly 20-30 minutes.

GWSB Graduation Speakers Announced

From Dean Guthrie:

The GW School of Business is pleased to announce that Mark D. Lerner, BBA, ’75, will serve as the 2011 graduate commencement speaker. Lou Rosenfeld, BBA, ’80, will deliver the undergraduate commencement speech.

Lerner is a native Washingtonian and principal owner and vice chairman of the Washington Nationals Baseball Club. He is also a principal of Lerner Enterprises, the largest private real estate developer in the Washington, D.C. area. The company was founded by Mark’s father Theodore N. Lerner, a GW Law School alumnus and former George Washington University Trustee and Executive Committee member. Lerner’s son Jacob will be graduating with his BBA/MTA in the 2011 Graduate Commencement ceremony.

Rosenfeld currently serves as managing director in the mortgage-backed-securities department at Goldman Sachs. Prior to this role, Rosenfeld spent 15 years in a similar capacity at Bear Stearns and also at Kidder, Peabody and R.B.S. While at Bear Stearns, he initiated and helped institutionalize a recruiting relationship with the GWSB undergraduate career center that helped many students land summer internships and full-time positions at Bear. He also serves as a member of the GWSB Board of Advisors.

Students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to
a program with
Ken Salazar
Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior
Monday, April 11, 2011
1:00 p.m.
The George Washington University
Media and Public Affairs Building
Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st Street, NWWashington, D.C.
Reserve your seat at http://energytalk.eventbrite.com.

Secretary Salazar will discuss President Obama’s plan for America’s energy security and the role the Department of the Interior is playing in this national strategy.
In addition to undertaking a major overhaul of the nation’s offshore oil and gas regulatory system, Salazar has spurred the development of clean energy alternatives, including the first commercial scale solar energy projects on public lands in the West and launching historic offshore wind turbine development off the Atlantic Coast.
As part of the effort to promote safe development of offshore oil and gas resources, Interior is conducting an intensive recruitment campaign to hire engineering and science graduates to join the expanded offshore oil and gas regulatory program to strengthen inspections, permitting and enforcement.