Alice Rivlin to Discuss Federal Debt with Georgetown MBA Students

February 04, 2011

Feb. 5 Event is Part of Residency Focusing on Business and Public Policy at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business

 
Washington, D.C. – Economist, former cabinet official, and budget expert Alice Rivlin will speak about the nation’s debt and deficit problems and avenues leading toward debt reduction with MBA Evening Program students at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business as part of the school’s Business and Public Policy Residency.
 
The event will take place Saturday, February 5, at 11 a.m. in the Rafik B. Hariri Building’s Lohrfink Auditorium.
 
Media who wish to attend should contact Teresa Mannix, director of media relations at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, at (202) 687-4080 or tmm53@georgetown.edu.
 
Rivlin was the first director of the Congressional Budget Office and later director of the Office of Management and Budget. She now oversees the Brookings Institution’s Greater Washington Research Project, which studies the District of Columbia area’s finances and demographics. She currently is the co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Debt Reduction Task Force. Rivlin will speak to students about the nation’s debt and deficit problems and avenues leading toward debt deduction. MBA students also will have a question-and-answer session with the economist.
 
The Business and Public Policy Residency is being led by Bill Novelli, distinguished professor of the practice at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business and former CEO of AARP. He also is a member of the Debt Reduction Task Force (also known as the Dominici/Rivlin Committee).
 
The Business and Public Policy Residency teaches students how to analyze and navigate the public policy decision-making process, incorporating strategy development, operations management, and an understanding of where the roles of business and public leaders intersect. They will study how public policy – on a local, state, federal, or even global level – can affect the market opportunities, operations, and financial standing of an industry sector and a business, as well as the channels and requirements for a business enterprise to influence the public policy decision-making process.
 
The residency will continue through March 2011 and consists of individual study; lectures; teamwork; interviews of experts in academia, on Capitol Hill, and in the corporate community; presentations; and a culminating competition where students will present an analysis of federal budget/debt reduction scenarios, develop an advocacy strategy and tactics for their firm, and provide a business strategy that either mitigates the impact on or creates opportunities for the firm as a result of advocacy efforts. Students will break out into teams by industry, each of which will be led by a senior industry subject-matter expert mentor.
 
About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 500 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit http://msb.georgetown.edu.