At a gala event at The Waldorf-Astoria in New York City on February 23, Reena Aggarwal, Robert E. McDonough Professor of Business Administration and professor of finance, and director of the Georgetown Center for Financial Markets and Policy at the McDonough School of Business, and Theodore "Ted" J. Leonsis (C'77),founder, chairman, majority owner, and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment were honored at the 12th Annual Wall Street Alliance Scholarship Dinner.
Each year the Wall Street Alliance
Scholarship Dinner brings together the Georgetown financial services community to honor colleagues who have made significant contributions to the community and their profession. Supported by more than 5,000 Georgetown alumni, parents, and friends in the business community, the alliance works to: raise the profiles of Georgetown and its members in the finance arena; provide networking, mentoring, and scholarship support to current and future Georgetown students; and, to build cooperative relationships between members' firms and the university.
Aggarwal is an expert on matters related to initial public offerings, investment banking, institutional investors, stock prices, valuation, corporate governance, securities market regulation, trading activities, and market structure. She has consulted for NASDAQ, Fidelity, Credit Suisse, Wachovia, Bechtel, WilmerHale, and Sidley Austin as well as for organizations including IMF, World Bank, United Nations, IFC, OPIC, IADB, OECD, and U.S. SEC. Aggarwal also has advised governments and financial institutions in China, India, Vietnam, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, and Nigeria. In addition to her current positions at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, she has served as Interim Dean and Deputy Dean of the school as well as Visiting Professor of Finance at MIT's Sloan School of Management; FINRA Academic Fellow; Academic Fellow at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; Visiting Research Scholar at the International Monetary Fund; and Fulbright Scholar to Brazil and Chile. She holds a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Maryland and M.M.S. from BITS, India.
Leonsis’ Monumental Sports & Entertainment comprises the Washington Capitals, Wizards, and Mystics, as well as the Verizon Center and the Baltimore-Washington Ticketmaster franchise. Leonsis retired from active management of AOL in 2006, where he spent 13 years in senior positions including vice chairman and president. In 2008, he founded SnagFilms, which enables online audiences to find, watch, share, and support thousands of documentary films. His second book, The Business of Happiness: 6 Secrets to Extraordinary Success in Work and Life was published in 2010. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.