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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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  • Paul Almeida

    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.

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  • Ashley Baker

    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."

  • Imke Baumann

    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.”


  • Roberto Flores

    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.”

  • Lauren Hayes

    Assistant Director of Program Management

    As assistant director, Lauren Hayes collaborates with executive stakeholders to implement and execute Georgetown’s custom programs for leading organizations. She manages the planning process and engages with thought leaders to provide a unique learning experience for the participants. She is focused on optimal delivery of all operational elements of the program.

    Hayes brings a unique blend of experiences to the team with her experience as an AT&T Mobility Manager, including responsibility for driving $4M in revenue and managing 25 sales associates. Her past duties as a program manager at Howard University allowed her to use her talents to manage, formulate, and execute strategic initiatives out of the President’s office. She was responsible for the Faculty Phased Retirement Program and planning complex events while providing national and international dignitaries, attendees, and participants with an exceptional experience. While obtaining her MBA from Howard over the last two years, she developed lasting relationships with clients as a successful real estate agent in the D.C. metro area.

    “As someone who has spent my entire career in a variety of high profile, client-facing environments and high-visibility program management roles, my goal is to continue professional growth, exceeding expectations and providing uniquely memorable experiences for our clients. Georgetown’s faculty are so passionate about providing our participants with such an enriching experience that it inspires me to ensure that every aspect of their participation is equally unforgettable."

  • Nathan LaGrave

    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.”

  • Paul Lambert

    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.”


  • Xiuzhu Lin

    Assistant Director of Program Management

    As an assistant director of program management, Xiuzhu Lin leads the execution of Georgetown’s custom programs to create unique, organizational-specific learning experiences for clients from various industries across the globe. Lin works closely with the custom team to build critical capabilities to enhance procedural excellence in the day-to-day operations of each program.

    Lin most recently worked at Rutgers University, where she created and delivered a substantial portfolio of leadership training programs. She comes from a diverse range of business and government affairs experiences -- including positions held at Tiffany & Co. in New York City, the New York City Mayor’s Office, and Caterpillar Inc.’s Asia Pacific Marketing division in Beijing.  Lin holds a master’s degree in International Affairs from Penn State University, and a bachelor’s degree in International Management and Spanish from Moravian College.

    “I thrive on providing exceptional client service and maximizing operational efficiency to promote the success of our clients. Georgetown’s distinguished expertise in delivering custom executive programs on a global scale allows me to capitalize on the best available resources to generate client-specific solutions; and to ultimately raise the industry standards of program delivery in executive education.”


  • Angela Morabito

    Program Associate

    Angela Morabito arranges small-scale custom programs for the program management team. She also assists vendors, plans site visits and cultural events, manages inventory, and researches strategies for the development of locally held international programs. Morabito is a graduate of Georgetown's School of Foreign Service with a bachelor's degree in culture and politics, focused on international development.

    “The best part about my job is that I get to assist the program management team on a wide variety of programs. Our clients are incredibly diverse in terms of where they come from and what they want to learn. It is a privilege to help create what these guests will remember as their Georgetown experience.”


  • Sarah Tillotson

    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.”