Meet Our Program Team
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business has a highly experienced professional program staff to oversee the details of Executive Education program delivery and to ensure a successful and memorable custom experience from beginning to end.
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Deputy Dean for Executive Education and Innovation
Professor of Strategy and International Business
Paul Almeida is deputy dean for executive education and innovation and professor of strategy and international business at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He is also the co-director of the Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA program. He received his Ph.D. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
As deputy dean for executive education and innovation, Almeida oversees all aspects of executive degree and non-degree programs, as well as provides strategic planning and oversight for Georgetown McDonough's innovation in technology-enhanced learning and the creation of new academic programs on campus, online, and globally. Since 2010, he has worked with faculty and staff to design, develop, and launch four new degrees, including the Master of Science in Finance -- the school's first online degree program -- and the Master of Arts in International Business and Policy in partnership with the Walsh School of Foreign Service, in addition to more than 100 non-degree programs.
Almeida’s research studies innovation, knowledge management, alliances, and informal collaborations across firms and countries. He is particularly interested in understanding how knowledge flows and builds across people and organizations and how this affects performance. He has published in leading journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, Journal of International Business Studies, and Research Policy as well as in scholarly books. He has served on the editorial boards of several leading journals and as Area Editor for the Journal of International Business Studies. Professor Almeida was also previously Chair of the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management. He has received the Georgetown’s Faculty Research Award and the Dean’s Service Award.
Almeida currently teaches executives and MBA students at Georgetown in the areas of strategy, international business, technology and knowledge management. He has won the Joseph LeMoine Award for Graduate and Undergraduate Teaching Excellence, Best Professor Award for Executive Programs at Georgetown University, and is a seven-time winner of the Best Professor Award for Georgetown's Executive MBA program.
Under his leadership, The Office of Executive Education develops and runs innovative degree and customized certificate programs for executives with an emphasis on global education and technology- enhanced learning. Executive Education offers six highly successful degree programs including the Executive MBA, Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA, Executive Master's in Leadership program (EML), EML for DC Public School Principals, Executive Master's in International Business (Brazil), and Master of Science in Finance (online). In addition, Executive Education offers numerous customized programs in as many as 19 countries around the world for companies like Rio Tinto (UK), ICBC (China), Panasonic, Bayer (Germany), Abengoa (Spain) and Booz Allen Hamilton.
Almeida conducts executive education and corporate seminars with many organizations, including Microsoft, Gucci, Rolls Royce, IBM, Bechtel, Nextel, Sprint, Samsung, ARAMARK, AREVA, ENI, the World Bank, US Chamber of Commerce, National Public Radio, OPIC, the Department of Agriculture, FDIC, Federal Election Commission, Department of Commerce and Social Security Administration.
Associate Dean of Custom & Open Enrollment Programs
Ashley Baker is responsible for developing and implementing Georgetown McDonough’s custom programs centering on global leadership and operations, strategy, and change management for U.S. and international organizations. Baker arrived at Georgetown from Booz Allen Hamilton, where as an associate since 2006, he was responsible for program management and business development. He led client delivery teams across multiple functional disciplines and managed relationships with senior executive clients. Previously, Baker served as a startup member of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and as a communications director at the North American Securities Administrators Association. Baker also was a Presidential Management Fellow, completing assignments at the Government National Mortgage Association, U.S. Treasury Department, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and U.S. State Department.
"What differentiates Georgetown McDonough's custom programs team is that we start by listening, not just presenting. My first priority when listening to a client is to understand how they're defining success. At the end of the conversation I may ask, ‘If we do this program, how will we know we've succeeded?’ I've learned to say yes to programs only when what the client wants is something we do exceptionally well. Our priority is building long-term relationships, and the only way I know to do that is to exceed expectations, not just meet them."firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Program Development
Imke Baumann is responsible for program development for Georgetown McDonough’s custom programs, centering on global leadership and operations, strategy, and change management for organizations both in the U.S. and abroad.
Baumann previously worked as associate director of program management at Georgetown McDonough, managing the delivery of executive customized programs for clients such as SK Group, KPMG, and Booz Allen Hamilton. Prior to joining the team at Georgetown, Baumann developed and implemented professional exchange programs for dignitaries across the world as part of the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program. She holds a master's degree in international relations from Georgetown University and bachelor's degrees in business and management as well as sociology from Albion College in Michigan.
“I enjoy working directly with our clients — domestic and international — on customized programs that exceed expectations and serve as memorable, long-lasting experiences. I look for opportunities to add unique value and experiences to each program. I also enjoy building strong relationships with clients and participants.”
Assistant Dean of Program Management
Roberto Flores leads the team that manages the operation and delivery of custom executive education programs. Flores works with clients across the globe to establish strategic relationships. His background includes program and operations management for a leading after-school supplemental learning center and teaching high school English and literature.
“I pride myself in motivating my team to deliver a memorable experience for those companies and professionals who come to Georgetown University seeking growth, inspiration, strategy, and vision. In my experience, people long for quality and tangible customer service, and my mission is to create an environment in which people not only learn but feel that they came to the right place and made the right choice.”
Assistant Director of Program Management
As an assistant director of program management, Kim Kaiser is responsible for implementing and executing customized executive education programs for clients around the world. Kaiser works closely with the custom programs team to enhance connections between McDonough and its clients by developing meaningful programming and experiences for participants. Prior to joining Georgetown, Kaiser worked at Florida State University with the Center for Global Engagement where she planned and delivered special programs for international students for three years. She holds a master's degree in international affairs from Florida State University and a bachelor's degree in international relations: political science and economics from the University of California San Diego.
Assistant Director of Program Management
As an assistant director of program management, Nathan LaGrave manages the creation and implementation of customized programs for clients across the globe.
LaGrave most recently worked at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy, an academic research center housed at the McDonough School of Business. Prior to Georgetown, he held a position at Hager Associates, a consulting firm specializing in finance, trade and administrative law. Nathan has lived and traveled extensively in Europe and Asia.
“I enjoy working with our incredibly diverse participants, all of whom possess a unique perspective shaped by their respective industries, specializations and cultures. As a program manager, my position covers the full spectrum of program implementation, from managing the program schedule to arranging site visits. I appreciate being present in a program and engaging participants one-on-one, which allows me to build strong relationships and provide the best experience possible.”
Assistant Dean, Custom and Open Enrollment Programs
Paul Lambert is responsible for developing and implementing Georgetown McDonough’s custom programs centering on global leadership and operations, strategy, and change management for U.S. and international organizations. Prior to arriving at Georgetown, Lambert was an assistant professor and academic officer at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, he served as a daily representative of the United States to defense and foreign affairs leaders from over 75 nations enrolled at the university in programs focused on leadership and strategy. Lambert also directed the university’s American Studies Program which educates foreign leaders on American policy, government and global partnerships. Lambert received his master's in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a bachelor's degree in American studies from Brigham Young University. He also is a graduate of the Seminar XXI Fellowship Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for International Studies.
“It is a privilege to work in an organization like Georgetown that delivers on its promise of a custom, world class experience in a location at the heart of business and policy," he said. "Each of our clients work in complex, competitive environments that require a thoughtful, strategic, and comprehensive approach. Georgetown has the experience and knowledge to harness what each client does best and build upon that to reach desired outcomes. Additionally, we have the strategic advantage of location and excel in helping our clients understand and connect into the business and policy arenas. For us, success comes when we deliver a custom product that enables our client to reach its potential.”
Associate Director of Marketing
As associate director of marketing, Brynn Lampert is responsible for marketing strategy and outreach for custom executive education programs. She oversees social media and digital properties as well as print materials and external outreach efforts. Prior to this role, Lampert was assistant director of communications at Georgetown McDonough. Previously, she worked at the University of Mary Washington and at a public relations firm in Alexandria, Va. Lampert received a master's degree in communication from George Mason University and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Mary Washington.
Assistant Director of Program Management
As an assistant director of program management, Binita Raval is responsible for coordinating and executing customized executive education programs. Raval works closely with the custom team to further strengthen relationships between McDonough and its clients through providing high quality service and creating impactful and valuable experiences for the participants. Prior to joining Georgetown, Raval worked at the Institute for Defense and Business, where she planned and delivered custom education programs for the defense industry for four years. Raval holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and peace, war, and defense from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
As the program associate, Thies is responsible for supporting the delivery of various executive custom program accounts at the McDonough School of Business. He works closely with the custom programs team to plan, develop, and maintain executive education programs. Prior to this role, Thies attended the University of Virginia, where he received a M.Ed. Previously, he has worked in the D.C. area at the Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture. He holds a B.A. in history from the University of Illinois.
Director of Program Management
Sarah Tillotson is responsible for managing the delivery of customized executive education programs. Tillotson manages custom program implementation, oversees logistics, and works closely with clients across the globe. She has delivered programs for and worked with public and private sector clients from the United States, Spain, Peru, Japan, and China.
Prior to Georgetown, Tillotson worked as the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program coordinator at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. She also was a junior high school English teacher in Kyoto, Japan, for two years.
“I am inspired continuously by the custom team's passion, professionalism, and dedication to providing quality service to all of our clients. Georgetown's emphasis on transformative, global education has enabled me to work with clients and participants from around the world, and with each new program I learn how to work more effectively to build better relationships in a cross-cultural setting. As a program manager, it is my goal to ensure that the end product not only satisfies but exceeds the client's expectations. Delivering successful and memorable programs on campus and in other countries is incredibly rewarding.”