Charlie Cook to Kick Off Business and Public Policy Residency

December 14, 2010

MBA Students to Study Public Policy Through Theme of Federal Debt and Deficit

Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report and political analyst for National Journal Group and NBC News, will kick off the Business and Public Policy Residency at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Thursday, December 16.
Offered to MBA Evening Program students, the Business and Public Policy Residency is an academic requirement designed to leverage the strengths of Georgetown University’s Washington, D.C., location. The residency’s theme is the federal debt and deficit, and the program will be led by Bill Novelli, distinguished professor of the practice at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Debt Reduction Task Force (also known as the Dominici/Rivlin Committee), and former CEO of AARP.
“Our students are being trained as business leaders, and therefore will have important roles to play in the public arena,” Novelli said. “Effective public policy needs business leadership, and business needs effective policies if we are going to solve our national and global social and economic problems.”
The residency begins Thursday, December 16, with an orientation for students followed by “A Conversation with Charlie Cook,” which will include an engaging dialogue between Cook and Novelli about business and public policy, the deficit, corporate citizenship, and advice for the Oval Office. Cook and Novelli will speak from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center.
“A Conversation with Charlie Cook” is open to media. To RSVP, contact Teresa Mannix, director of media relations at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, at (202) 687-4080 or
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