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New York Briefcase Breakfast
Date: March 26, 2014
Time: 8:30-10 a.m.
Location: Cooley LLP, 1114 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10018
Speakers: David Ambrose and Ellie Wheeler, moderated by Joshua Siegel

Inaugural Business Briefcase Breakfast Series Launch in Washington, D.C.
Date: March 27, 2014
Time: 7:30-9 a.m.
Location: Cushman & Wakefield, 2001 K Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20006
Speaker: Neil Bradley (C ’98) policy director for Rep. Eric Cantor’s office

Spring 2014 Hoyas Helping Hoyas Succeed Campaign
Annual Hoyas Helping Hoyas Networking Happy Hour

Date: March 27, 2014
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: Iron Horse, 507 7th Street, NW

2014 Georgetown McDonough School of Business Golf Outing
Date: April 6, 2014
Time: Shotgun start at 12 p.m.
Location: Renditions Golf Course, 1380 West Central Avenue (Hwy 214), Davisonville, MD 21035
Price: $110 (Includes round of golf and BBQ afterwards)
RSVP to the golf club mailbox at

Real Estate Luminaries Series Event
April 23, 2014
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Rafik B. Hariri Building, Lohrfink Auditorium

Undergraduate Reunion Weekend 2014
McDonough School of Business Alumni Reception

Date: May 31, 2014
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Location: Rafik B. Hariri Building, PwC Plaza

Georgetown McDonough Graduate Alumni Reunion Weekend 2014
Date: October 3-4, 2014
More to details to come.


New Appointments

IAVI Welcomes Louis Schwartz as Chief Fiancial Officer, Market Watch (May 30, 2012)

The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Louis Schwartz (B '85) as Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Schwartz will oversee the financial operations of the organization, working closely with IAVI's Senior Management Team and Board of Directors. 

J. Caleb Boggs III Joins King & Spalding, USA Business Review (April 30, 2012)

J. Caleb Boggs, III (MBA'96), a lawyer with more than two decades of experience in law, politics and public policy, has joined King & Spalding's government advocacy and public policy practice as a partner in Washington, D.C. He is expected to concentrate on the financial services industry. Boggs comes to King & Spalding from Blank Rome LLP, where he was a partner.

Laura L'Esperance Appointed VP at The Mission Continues (April 24, 2012)

After earning a master’s degree in business administration from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University,Laura L'Esperance (MBA'01) worked for Merrill Lynch before joining AIG. Additionally, she spent five years working for the City of Austin Convention Center Department managing logistics for hundreds of large-scale conferences, special events and trade shows. She began her professional career working in public relations and conference programming for the Center for Occupational Research and Development, an educational non-profit organization.

Nese Demirdag Joins the Government Information Technology Executive Council (April 24, 2012)

As Enterprise Solution Strategist of Microsoft Corporation, Nese Demirdag (MBA'10 )has a number of responsibilities spanning business strategy and business development. Nese has spent more than 12 years at Microsoft in a variety of technical and field positions. Her experiences include working with senior executives to drive efficiency in the data center, architecting solutions for financial services and building a solution channel for Enterprise Project and Portfolio Management (EPM). Nese is currently focused on productivity and mobility solutions for the Federal Government. 

Former Sprint Executive DannyBowman to Advise Wireless Customer Messaging Company Cenoplex, Business Wire (April 17, 2012)

Danny Bowman holds a BBA in Business Management from Evangel College, a leadership certificate in Business Administration and Management from Georgetown University’s The McDonough School of Business, and is currently earning his Executive MBA at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis.

Marty Griffith Joins Green Generation Solutions (April 12, 2012)

Marty Griffith's (MBA'11) studies include an undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College, and a certificate of completion from the Tuck School of Business Bridge Program. Marty graduated from Georgetown's McDonough School of Business in 2011 with highest honors. Marty is currently a LEED Green Associate and is working towards certification as a LEED AP with the Operations and Maintenance designation.

Mymetics Appoints Grant Pickering CEO and Christopher Henney Chairman, Market Wire (April 11, 2012)

Mr. Grant Pickering (MBA'97) has served since January 2011 as an Executive-in-Residence at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a venture capital firm located in Menlo Park, California. Since February 2008, Mr. Pickering has served as President and CEO and a Director of Juvaris BioTherapeutics, Inc., a developer of adjuvanted vaccines for infectious disease that out-licensed its technology to Colby Pharmaceutical Company for human health in 2011 and to Bayer AG for animal health in 2008. In January 2006, Mr. Pickering founded and served as the President and CEO of Pharmada, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing late pre-clinical and clinical stage small-molecule therapeutics for the treatment of cancer. Previously, Mr. Pickering held multiple senior management roles and was a corporate officer at Dendreon Corporation, a publicly traded biotechnology company, from 2000 to 2005. Prior to 2000 Mr. Pickering held various sales, marketing and business development positions with Johnson & Johnson, Glaxo, Inc. and Algos Pharmaceutical Corporation, a publicly-traded biotechnology company that was sold to Endo Pharmaceuticals for $205 million in 1999. Mr. Pickering received his B.S. degree from The Pennsylvania State University and his MBA from Georgetown University with honors.

Aleksandra Trpkovska Joins Board of Trustees for Arts For the Aging (April 9, 2012)

Aleksandra Trpkovska (MBA'11) joined the board after an inspired Fellowship with AFTA through Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business NetImpact program. As a Trustee, she has engaged hands-on with improvement to AFTA's operations, specifically in the area of program evaluation. Aleks is a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) with experience in human capital and project management. Prior to her work at PwC and BearingPoint, she worked at the Provost's Office at Georgetown University where she learned about faculty recruitment, evaluation, and retention. Aleks pursued her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Georgetown University. She holds a Masters in Business Administration with a focus on Strategy and Entrepreneurship, a Bachelor of Arts in Government, and two certificates: Marketing and Russian and East European Studies. She fell in love with D.C. ever since she came here for school, and loves traveling with her husband. She has been to Qatar, Mexico, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Greece, Bulgaria and Macedonia most recently.

Behr, Mueller Join JLL in DC, City Biz (March 20, 2012)

Evan Behr (B'03) joins Jones Lang LaSalle from Tishman Speyer where, as a senior director on the leasing team, he was responsible for leasing a portfolio of more than four million square feet of office buildings. Behr is a graduate of Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. Doug Mueller (B'03) joins Jones Lang LaSalle from CBRE where he worked with institutional landlords overseeing approximately four million square feet of office space in the Washington region. Mueller is also a graduate of Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business.

Barak Rabinowitz Joins Ecamb (March 19, 2012)

Barak Rabinowitz (B'00) is an entrepreneur and investor based in Tel Aviv. He is a social games expert and is interested in smartphone consumer apps with B2C business models. He is currently the CEO of gaming company MyTopia.

Paul Harvey Joins Stifel Financial Corp. (March 15, 2012)

Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE: SF) today announced that Paul Harvey (B'85) has joined Stifel Nicolaus Weisel's European Investment Banking team as a Managing Director in the firm's London office, heading up its European Technology practice.

Computer Vision Systems Laboratories Corp. Announces the Appointment of Douglas Miscoll to its Board of Directors, Market Watch (March 13, 2012)

"I'm delighted to welcome Doug Miscoll (MBA'86) to our Board of Directors," said Thomas DiCicco, President and Chief Executive Officer of Computer Vision Systems Labs. "His background of successful executive leadership in the worldwide private and public finance sectors, combined with his extensive Board experience, make him a strong addition to the CVSL Board as we pursue our global growth strategy."

Cereplast Appoints Paul Pelosi Jr. to Board of Directors, MaketWatch (February 27, 2012)

Paul Pelosi (MBA'91) currently serves as an adviser to governmental and private companies, including NASA Ames Research Center and AirPatrol Corporation, on a variety of infrastructure projects to promote both sustainable development and security.

Movers & Shakers, Alaska Journal of Commerce (February 9, 2012)

James Dunn (EMBA'99) has been appointed executive director of Connect Alaska. Dunn will lead the nonprofit's mission of creating jobs and new economic opportunities across the state through expanded telecommunications.

Industry Leaders

Intern Pick of the Week: Greg Berguig, In the Capital (July 9, 2012)

As valedictorian of the McDonough School of Business class of 2012, Greg Berguig's potential is clearly evident. Spending his undergraduate years at Brown University with a BA in Electrical Engineering and then receiving his first graduate degree in Engineering, his impressive background has not gone unnoticed by companies in the region. His cool, calm, and collected exterior balances his ambitious attitude towards business.

Purpose Beverage Adds Twist to Charity Donations, Washington Post (June 24, 2012)

Ian Simpson holds an MBA from Georgetown McDonough: Selecting the right charities to partner with was of the utmost importance, Simpson said. He and Artavia worked with business students at Georgetown University to devise criteria for selecting and vetting nonprofits.

A Different Path, Black MBA Magazine (Winter/Spring 2012)

Janny Frimpong (MBA '10), 29, of Washington, researched businesses schools knowing that she would use her MBA in a non-traditional sector... "I started looking for MBA programs with strong Social Marketing programs, and that's how I ended up at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business."

Christina Mercado, Georgetown Grad, Turns Job Hunt into Children's Book, Huffington Post (May 31, 2012)

Christina Mercado (MBA '11) didn't have any luck finding work after she graduated from Georgetown University with a master's in business administration in 2011, so she decided to write and illustrate a children's book. Digital Entertainment Plc: Extension of Group Strategy Into Social Gaming, 4-Traders (May 30, 2012)

A specialist management team led by Barak Rabinowitz (B '00) has been recruited to spearhead our social gaming strategy and the establishment of a dedicated social games studio.  Having studied at Georgetown University as well as the London School of Economics, Mr Rabinowitz spent three years working in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Global Technology Groups at Morgan Stanley before joining Yahoo! in 2006.

Top-Grade Advice, China Daily (May 18, 2012)

Lincoln Shi (MBA'06), managing partner of Naturelaw, says sending children abroad is getting more popular among families whose breadwinners are university professors and government servants. With the surge in Chinese students applying to overseas schools, there are more and more consulting agencies in China. "They have only 10 or 20 employees, but they will have a niche, such as high school students who want to go abroad, or students who want to study arts abroad," says Shi, who received his MBA degree from Georgetown University in 2002.

Gen Y StartUps Bootstrapping Viable Businesses, Women's Radio (April 18, 2012)

Irene Mwathi (MBA'06) is founder of Start Up Katalyst, an Austin, Texas-based organization that mentors startups and coaches them through funding and post funding stages to sustain growth. A native of Kenya, Irene graduated with an MBA in 2006 from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

National Speaker Chosen as Keynote for Medical Main Street's inaugural "Inno-Vention" Medical Device Conference, Oakland County Press Release (April 17, 2012)

Mark Leahey (EMBA'08) is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and a graduate of Georgetown University, the Georgetown Law Center and Georgetown's McDonough School of Business. His appearance is sponsored by PNC Bank.

Former Sprint Executive Danny Bowman to Advise Wireless Customer Messaging Company Cenoplex, Business Wire (April 17, 2012)

Danny Bowman holds a BBA in Business Management from Evangel College, a leadership certificate in Business Administration and Management from Georgetown University's The McDonough School of Business, and is currently earning his Executive MBA at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. 

Medical Device Trade Group CEO to Keynote Medical Main Street Conference, CBS Detroit (April 17, 2012)

Mark B. Leahey, president and CEO of the Medical Device Manufacturers Association, will be the keynote speaker for the inaugural "Inno-Vention: A Medical Main Street Conference," set for Oct. 4 in Rochester. Leahey is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and a graduate of Georgetown University, the Georgetown Law Center and Georgetown's McDonough School of Business.

Pristine Environments' CEO Nominated for Ernest and Young Entrepreneuer of the Year Award (April 16, 2012)

Brian Snow (EML'06), CEO of Pristine Environments has been nominated in the Washington region for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award®. Mr. Snow has a Master’s degree from Georgetown University’s, McDonough School of Business, where he graduated with distinct honors with a concentration in Leadership. He received his Bachelors of Science in finance from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI, where he graduated Cum Laude.

The CSR Profession: New Report Indicates Shifting Gears for CSR 2.0, CSR Newswire (April 6, 2012)

A blog post by alumnus Stephen Jordan (MBA'95)

Sylvia Arostegui, Esquire to Serve on Real Estate Seminar Panel (April 4, 2012)

Sylvia Arostegui (B'96) is an attorney in the Real Estate Transactional Department of Trainor Fairbrook. Ms. Arostegui represents a variety of clients in all aspects of complex commercial real estate development and loan transactions. Her representation of developers and investors extends to the acquisition, disposition, REO sales, receivership sales, leasing, financing, development, and construction of projects. She advises both borrowers and lenders in the context of acquisition financing, seller financing, construction financing, permanent financing, mezzanine financing, multifamily Fannie Mae financing, CMBS loans, loan workouts, defeasances of CMBS loans, forbearances and distressed real estate investments. Ms. Arostegui is a graduate of Georgetown University McDonough School of Business and Georgetown University Law Center.

The Morris O'Kelly Show Debuts Saturday (April 8, 2012)

Morris O'Kelly (B'91) is the son of two music educators and is a graduate of Georgetown University's undergraduate school of business. After an 11 year stint in the music industry, he began branching out into entertainment journalism, scribing for newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals. After a number of critically acclaimed Op/Ed pieces in the Los Angeles Times, he decided to combine his love of writing and media production.

Yale University honored O'Kelly twice in 2010 for his work, which has appeared in The New York Times, on CNN, MSNBC, Good Morning America, The Jim Rome Show and American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest and dozens of other national outlets. Presently, O'Kelly is a regular political commentator for the BBC Radio Network regarding the American political system.

Wells Fargo Advisors Recognizes Local Member (April 7, 2012)

Wells Fargo Advisors recognizes local member Wells Fargo Advisors has designated Cathie Galbraith Coleman (B'90), CFP, senior vice president of investments, as a member of the firm's Premier Advisors Program in recognition of his success and client service. Coleman has been a financial adviser with Wells Fargo Advisors for seven years. She graduated from Georgetown University with a BSBA in international management and attended the executive MBA program at Southern Methodist University.

Rum Journal: A Conversation with Atlantico Rum's Aleco Azqueta, Caribbean Journal (March 29, 2012)

The story of Ron Atlantico begins in the Dominican Republic. But even before that, it began at Georgetown University. It was there that co-founders Aleco Azqueta and Brandon Lieb (B'97) were classmates, and soon after colleagues at Bacardi. Azqueta then went on to run Grey Goose and Dewar's.

Eric Bell Launches is the brainchild of Eric Bell (MBA'06), a 28-year-old Washington, D.C., entrepreneur who sees a void in personal finance guidance for his generation.

The Carter Family--Leaders of Dusky Goose Vineyard (March 27, 2012)

Courtney Carter Charney was involved in the Dusky Goose adventure from the start, helping to provide communications, graphic design, and general advice to the project. Without her organization and enthusiasm, we would not have been able to offer our first vintage. Courtney, a Stanford University graduate, is married to Michael Charney and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with their daughter, Avery. She is in the residential real estate business on the San Francisco Peninsula. Doug Carter (MBA'10), also a Stanford University graduate, is with the consulting firm Accenture. He received his Masters in Business Administration from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. He has contributed greatly to the venture, and has a keen interest in the agricultural techniques used and soil composition of the vineyards. Doug and his wife Haley Carter (MBA'11), also a Stanford graduate as well as an MBA graduate from Georgetown's McDonough School of Business, are now living in the San Francisco Bay Area as well.

Suki Shah - Co-Founder and CEO of, Idea Mensch (March 27, 2012)

As co-founder and CEO of, Suki Shah (B'05) is a serial entrepreneur who co-founded his first company in 2008. He is a graduate from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

How to Get a 4-Day Work Week and Summers Off, Forbes (March 14, 2012)

[Kristi Hedges of Forbes Magazine] sat down to talk to Jennifer Folsom (MBA'02) from Momentum Resources about this trend, and to get a broader perspective. Momentum is a recruiting firm that places people in full-time, part-time and flexible careers. Originally founded with the idea of matching working mothers with challenging, highly skilled jobs, the company has grown to include placements for men and women in a variety of work assignments. Business is booming.

Sustainable Business Network of Washington, Lee Boyle (March 7, 2012)

While studying at Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, Lee Boyle (MBA'03) co-authored one of the first case studies on the social investing industry.

4 Funds to Play Buffett's Bullish Real Estate Call, Investor Place (February 29, 2012)

The Cohen &Steers Realty Shares (MUTF: CSRSX) fund also has a long history. Its portfolio managers, which include Martin Cohen and Robert Steers (B'75), have been operating the fund since the early 1990s



Future Alumni

Leading corporate services team joins Avison Young in Washington DC, MarketWatch (February 15, 2012) 
David Roehrenbeck (EMBA'13) joined the Washington, D.C., office of Avison Young as a Vice President in February 2012. He has six years of commercial real estate industry experience.

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