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The First Sunday Speaker Series, June 2, 8pm Eastern

-“ Secrets of Silicon Valley: What Everyone Else Can Learn from the Innovation Capital of the World— A Book Discussion” with Deborah Perry Piscione, best-selling author. Deborah Perry Piscione is an East Coaster who moved to Silicon Valley and built up three companies in six years; BettyConfidential, a leader in the content and e-commerce space, Alley to the Valley, an organization that networks the most influential women for deal-making, and Chump Genius, an educational gaming company for kids.

Deborah’s upcoming book,  Secrets of Silicon Valley: What Everyone Else Can Learn from the  Innovation Capital of the World(PalgraveMacmillan), takes readers behind the scenes to reveal the factors underlying the remarkable success of Silicon Valley, and exhibits how other communities and businesses can achieve a similar alchemy.

A former congressional and White House staffer, she has appeared on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, PBS and NPR programs, as well as in print publications including  The New York  Times and  Forbes. Deborah is a bestselling author and speaker who consults with governments and corporations around the world on the unique business culture of Silicon Valley.

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The First Sunday Speaker Series, May 5, 8pm Eastern

– “Social Entrepreneurship” with Scott Rechler, Director and CEO, LearnServe International

A Washington DC native, Scott is Director and CEO of LearnServe International, a non-profit organization that prepares high school and middle school students as community leaders, with a focus on global awareness and social entrepreneurship. Scott graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in social anthropology. He wrote his senior thesis on social entrepreneurship and social change in southern Chile, and co-founded Harvard’s Race, Culture, and Diversity Initiative to improve campus inter-cultural relations. Scott worked for five years at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, strengthening Ashoka’s dynamic global community of social entrepreneurs. Scott was selected a 2009 winner of the Linowes Leadership Award of the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region.  He received his M.B.A. from George Washington University’s School of Business in May 2012.  A fluent Spanish speaker, Scott has lived in Chile and Bolivia.

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The First Sunday Speaker Series, April 7, 8pm Eastern

“Pack Your Bags: International Study Abroad Options at GW’s School of Business” with Dr. Bryan Andriano, Director of International Programs, followed by highlight stories and pictures shared by students who have recently completed GW study abroad programs. Bryan Andriano serves as Director of International Education and Programs at The George Washington University School of Business. In this capacity he oversees international student services and study abroad programs including international consulting projects, university exchange programs, international student programming and support, and the development of overseas partnerships.


Bryan’s work in higher education has included the fields of marketing and promotion, admission and recruitment, pre-collegiate programs, graduate education, international student services, and study abroad programs. He has spoken widely on international student success, internationalization of the American college, and stratification and inequity in higher education.


Bryan received his doctorate in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University where his dissertation examined the role of the college environment on first-generation student participation in study abroad. Bryan holds a M.A. in Higher Education Administration with a focus in international education from GWU and an A.B. from Elmira College in French, Spanish, and Anthropology & Sociology.


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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