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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

To Study or Not to Study (Abroad) – An MSPM Candidate Shares Her Experience

To Study or Not to Study (Abroad)

As a first year MSPM student and recent MBA graduate (GWSB 2010) I assumed that balancing school and work would not be very different from my time at GW as an EMBA candidate. While there are some similarities, attending class at night has had a larger impact on my ability to balance life, work and school, than attending class one eight-hour day a week. I began to reconsider my 6 credits-per-semester plan that I had developed to finish my degree in two years.

I found my answer in Dubai; specifically through the GWSB study abroad program in Dubai. I was able to take two three-credit courses, Strategic Brand Management and Advanced Marketing in Dubai and finish my spring semester on January 27, 2012. A few disclaimers:

  • This program is a lot of work and not for people who plan to treat the trip like a vacation.
  • This program starts in early December, while you are finishing your fall semester final exams.
  • Traveling in the UAE is amazing and I highly recommend it.

I am an experienced traveler, but even for those who are not; this was not a complicated endeavor. You need to be open to trying new food, willing to risk taxis and subway systems with signage in other languages and take changes in the itinerary with a grain of salt; if you can do that you will have a blast. We had assignments and pre-work due before we left for Dubai and deliverables due during the trip and once we returned home. The course work is a great blend of traditional course curriculum and of the culture and traditions of the UAE. We were encouraged to evaluate and describe our perceptions of marketing and branding concepts that we experienced in Dubai and define how successful the implementation was.

Consulting Practicum – This was one of the most valuable experiences of the trip. We were divided into groups of five and assigned a customer to work with. Customers ranged from finance institutions, to media clusters and sporting organizations. Teams were created by interest and customers. Each team developed their own project schedule and met with customers remotely and on-site in Dubai. We identified issues that customers were interested in solving, developed recommendations and presented solutions. It was very interesting and challenging work, but also very rewarding.

Our days were very full with meetings and discussion sessions but we all found time to see the sights and many remained in the UAE for a few more days after the session to see more of the country. Dubai is only one of the locations the GWSB offers for foreign study. If you have any inclination to travel for a few weeks, put in a lot of work and see the world, I highly recommend you check out http://business.gwu.edu/international/study-abroad/short-term/programs.cfm.

Have a great trip!

Fiona Saunders, MSPM candidate