Alum & Corporate Executive for Gap Inc. Welcomes MBA Class of 2009

September 05, 2007 orientation_bauer

Urging students to "Think Big," Gap Inc. executive Eric Bauer brought a little taste of what's to come for those willing to forge a bold future in business.

Bauer, a 1988 graduate of the McDonough School of Business, headlined the school's August 15 graduate orientation as its keynote speaker. He challenged first years to maximize their resources and gather the skills they'll need to carry them to successful business practices.

"You [will] get a tool kit that I still use every day, from debits and credits to how to partner on a team," Bauer said, describing how he has applied his education to a very real-world setting as the Senior Vice President of Strategy, Development and Technology for the international retail giant.

Nearly 300 new students and faculty filled the Intercultural Center for the program kick-off event, also featuring second years who opened the festivities with hopeful words. SGA class president Jenny Lee and students Ashley Breed and Rebecca Conley (MBAs '08) asked incoming students to set their aspirations high for their next two years and beyond, reflecting on their own experiences as first-years.

At the helm of the event, Dean George Daly sought to bring all aspects of the Georgetown MBA experience together.

"Affective experiences are shared experiences," declared Daly, reminding each student that their tenure at McDonough School will transform them into effective professionals, a process they would share with future colleagues sitting next to them. "Earning an MBA at MSB 'labels you' as someone who has had the ability and drive to earn an MBA at Georgetown," said Daly. Most importantly, he added, it means students will have the advantage of all that a prestigious degree bestows: skills, understanding and a network that lasts a lifetime.

About the Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business

Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located in the nation's capital. Founded in 1957 to educate undergraduate business students through the integration of liberal arts and professional education, the McDonough School today welcomes approximately 1,300 undergraduates, 620 MBA students, and more than 500 participants in its executive education programs annually. For more information about the McDonough School, visit

About Georgetown University

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