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Business Gives Back 3rd Annual Gala

Title: Business Gives Back 3rd Annual Gala
Location: National Press Club
Link out: Click here

What is Business Gives Back?

· Business Give Back often referred to as BGB is a student-led organization.

· The goal of the organization is to provide community service opportunities to current business students; as well as promote socially responsible business practices that give back to the community.

· Employers will be in attendance and sponsoring BGB. There will be alumni, students, and faculty from a variety of backgrounds, industries and departments.

One way that we promote socially acceptable business practices is through our Gala…

· The 3rd annual BGB Gala will take place on April 20th at the press club

· At the event we will be honoring one esteemed alumni and one student-led initiative that promotes the three pillars of GW business school “Act Responsibly, Lead Passionately, Think Globally.”

· This event is cocktail attire, so bring a date or go stag if you prefer; there will be music, dancing, and beverages – it’s a great place to celebrate the end of the semester in fun classy way.

· In order to buy tickets you must go to our website and select RSVP to event. Advanced tickets are $50, however on April 1st ticket prices will go up to $65.

Lastly we need Student-led Initiative Nominations!

· As mentioned before a student Led Initiative will be honored at the Gala.

· If you or someone you know is a part of a project, club, or business that exemplifies the three pillars of the business school, nominate them to win prize money and be showcased through a video presentation at the Gala!

· To nominate go to our website and click the box on the right side “Nomination Form-student”
Start Date: 2013-04-20
Start Time: 20:30
End Date: 2013-04-21
End Time: 00:00

Save the Date – April 11 – PMA and PMAA Speed Networking Event


Dear MSPM Students,

As your board of the GW Project Management Association (PMA), we are reaching out to update you on the latest PMA plans for the spring.  The PMA aims to help MSPM students connect with fellow students, program alumni, and the University through innovative programming and events.

Save the Date

This semester we are exploring opportunities for alumni to support current students in the MSPM program.  On April 11, 2013, from 5:30-7:30pm, the PMA and the Project Management Alumni Association (PMAA) will host a student and alumni networking event in Washington, DC.  If you are interested in participating, please save the date and send an e-mail to no later than March 15, 2013.  We hope to see many of you at the event.  Additional details will be provided as the event date approaches.

Connect with Us

If you are not in the DC area and have ideas on how the PMA can better engage with distance students, please do not hesitate to reach out to the PMA with your ideas and recommendations.

Thank you for your continued support of GW and the PMA!


PMA Board

Anna Matsiras, President
Fiona Saunders, Vice President
Kent Nye, Assistant Vice President

The First Sunday Speaker Series, March 3, 8pm Eastern

Please join us for the launch of our First Sunday Speaker Series on March 3 at 8:00pm. The objective of First Sundays is to provide students, particularly our distance and/or professional graduate students — an opportunity to experience “outside the classroom” learning.  First Sundays will also provide our alumni with a chance to continue their learning and a connection to their alma mater.  Our first presentation is entitled “Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz — A Book Discussion” with Dr. James Bailey followed by Q & A session.

Please register early as there are a limited amount of openings for the event.  To register for the First Sunday event in March, please click here.



8:00pm Introduction by Associate Dean Riddle

8:10pm Presentation by Dr. James Bailey


Dr. Liesl Riddle, Associate Dean for MBA Programs, is also associate professor of international business and international affairs in the Department of International Business. Dr. Riddle oversees the School’s five MBA programs – the Global MBA, Professional MBA, Accelerated MBA, Online MBA and Healthcare MBA.

Riddle’s areas of expertise include international entrepreneurship and national trade and investment promotion, particularly in the Middle East and Africa. She has written extensively about the roles that diasporas – migrants and their descendants – play in the economic development of emerging markets and is considered a leading expert on the topic.

Riddle played a pivotal role in the establishment and development of two nationally recognized research centers at GW: the Center for International Business Education and Research and the Institute for Middle East Studies. She also co-founded GW’s renowned Diaspora Research Program in the Elliott School for International Affairs. She currently serves as vice president for communications of the American Marketing Association’s Global Special Interest Group. Riddle holds a BA and MA in Middle Eastern Studies, a MBA in Marketing/International Business, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.

“Our students inspire me daily. Together with our faculty and alumni, our students are leading the way in the dynamic, international world of business. As they master essential business principles, they are also seeking to make the world a better place, through ethical business practices, corporate social responsibility and fiscal and environmental sustainability,” said Riddle. “I look forward to continuing to guide the School’s mission to teach students to think globally, lead passionately, and act responsibly.”



Dr. James R. Bailey is the Stacy and Jonathan Hochberg Professor of Leadership Development and Director of the World Executive MBA at the George Washington University School of Business, and a Fellow in the Centre for Management Development, London Business School.  He has been the recipient of many teaching distinctions, including three GWSB Outstanding Educator Awards.  In 2006 was named one of the world’s top ten executive educators by the International Council for Executive Leadership Development.  He has published over 50 academic papers and case studies, and is the author of five books, including the award-winning, best-selling Organizational and Managerial Wisdom and the forthcoming Meditations on Management.  He has designed and delivered hundreds of executive programs for firms like Nestle, UBS, Morgan Stanley, as well as several major law firms and US Congressmen.  Dr. Bailey is a frequent keynote speaker who has appeared on broadcast programs for the BBC, NPR, and Fox News Channel, and whose work has been cited in such outlets as the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, and Business 2.0.  He is a frequent contributor to The Hill, Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, and Harvard Business Review.  He is the past Editor-in-Chief of the Academy of Management Learning and Education.  Professor Bailey has served as a dean, department chair, and program director during his 20 year academic career.

Areas of expertise include:

Effective leadership

Leadership Development

Organizational and individual change

Strategy formulation and execution

Employee motivation, competence, satisfaction, and performance

Managerial decision making

Business ethics



Industries with experience include:

Law firms

Congressional Offices


Food and beverage

Higher Education

PMP Study Group and Boot Camp Hosted by Northern Virginia Group

MSPM students, alumni, and their professional colleagues are invited to participate in a PMP study group organized by a local group planning to sit for the PMP exam in April 2013.  Details are below regarding the group’s activities in the Tysons Corner area of Virginia.

The group is also organizing a PMP boot camp with Project Weavers the week of March 18-22, 2013.  Contact the event organizer, Jennifer Brezovic, for details on the study group and the boot camp at 814-270-0079 or

PMP Study Group

The group will meet for the next study group session on Thursday, February 21, from 6-9pm in the Tysons Corner area, exact location TBD.  The sessions will feature various PMP-certified mentors:

Mentor –  Pritish Nawlakhe, PMP = will review the PMP Application process / Nirvana International Inc. / / O: 571-215-0072

Mentor – Wyatt M. Miedema, PMP = will begin the PMP-Book 4th Edition review process (every other week) / / C: 703-314-9249

PMP Boot Camp
Project Weavers will offer a custom PMP Boot Camp for the group the week of March 18-22, 2013.  Matthew Weaver, PMP, President and CEO of Project Weavers, will facilitate the boot camp, which also provides the 35 hours of PDUs required for the PMP application.  A second boot camp may be offered April 1-5, 2013 for those looking to sit for the exam before July.  15 registrants required for boot camp to run.

GWSB Spring 2013 Career Fair

The F. David Fowler Career Center is hosting a career fair on Thursday, January 24, from 11am to 2pm, at the Marvin Center Grand Ballroom (3rd floor).  The fair is open to the full student body population.  Check out the list of the employers who will be onsite – GWSB S13 Career Fair Employers.

MSPM Program Hosts Chris Scolese, Director of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

The MSPM program, in collaboration with the GWSB Department of Decision Sciences, is pleased to host Christopher J. Scolese, director of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, to discuss the challenges faced by NASA on large-scale projects.

Christopher J. Scolese, Director of Goddard Space Flight Center.
Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls.

Mr. Scolese assumed his current post on March 5, 2012.  Previously, he served as NASA’s associate administrator at NASA headquarters in Washington, DC, the agency’s highest-ranking civil servant position.  Mr. Scolese has been with NASA since 1987.  His previous experience included work in industry and government.  For a full biography of Mr. Scolese, visit NASA’s website.

The event is free and open to the GW community.  Current MSPM students have been provided advance notice of the event, however.  Space is limited, we encourage all attendees to arrive early to guarantee a seat. Holiday refreshments will precede the event from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The event will be recorded and shared with all MSPM students following the event.

What:  A discussion on large-scale projects with the director of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and refreshments.

When:  Monday, Dec. 10, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where:  Duques Hall, Room 255

2201 G St, NW

Washington, DC 20052

*RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE:   Chris Scolese, Director of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Complimentary Webinar from Harvard Business Review on November 14 – Rules for Risk: A Model for Managing Operational Risks

Webinar Overview

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
5-6pm GMT/12-1pm EST/11-12pm CST/10-11am MST/9-10 PST
Operational risks exist in every endeavor and in every organization—including your organization. These include risks like damage to physical assets, business disruption and system failure, data theft, and fraud.
Despite knowing how important operational risks are, organizations still struggle with the best ways to identify and manage their operational risks. Organizations of all sizes and in all industries continue to seek out best practices for identifying and managing key operational risks. Organizations also want a governance structure to embed those best practices broadly.
On November 14, 2012, in an interactive Harvard Business Review webinar, Philippa Girling will share effective practices for identifying and managing operational risks. She will dissect the management of operational risk, will provide several case studies of organizations that have managed operational risks effectively, and will share lessons organizations can use in creating their own risk management framework. 
Girling has thought and written broadly about operational risk management. She formerly led the global corporate operational risk functions at Morgan Stanley and Nomura, and has authored the textbook Operational Risk Management.
If your organization faces significant operational risks—and is interested in finding better ways to manage these risks—join Philippa Girling and Harvard Business Review on November 14. You will leave with insights to help your organization create a framework to better manage your most critical operational risks.

About the Speaker

Philippa Girling has eighteen years experience in the global securities industry, working in the fields of Operational Risk, training, project management and organizational change.
Philippa has held several Operational Risk leadership roles, including heading the Global Corporate Operational Risk functions at Morgan Stanley and Nomura. She has delivered the Operational Risk Executive Education Program at Columbia University, NYC for the past four years, as well as leading Operational Risk education sessions for London Business School, Rutgers University and Carnegie Mellon.
Philippa authored a textbook “Operational Risk Management” for GARP and is currently writing a new textbook on Operational Risk for Wiley & Sons.  She is a regular speaker at global conferences on the topics of Dodd-Frank, systemic risk and regulation and the evolution of the Operational Risk discipline.
Philippa was selected as one of the Top Fifty Faces of Operational Risk by Operational Risk and Compliance Magazine. Philippa holds an English law degree from University of East Anglia, England and is a member of the New York Bar. She is a holder of the GARP Financial Risk Manager accreditation and is a Doctoral Candidate at Rutgers University, her area of study focusing on the relative importance of capital and strong risk governance in the mitigation of systemic risk.