McDonough School of Business
McDonough School of Business

Executive Careers

Integral to the intensive Georgetown experience is the opportunity to evaluate your career and define specific professional goals that form part of your journey with us. In addition to the stimulating academic learning experience, Georgetown McDonough provides you the personalized support you need to articulate your career aspirations and evaluate your options across different professional fields.

The Executive Careers team supports each student in the Executive MBA (EMBA) and Executive Master’s in Leadership (EML) programs with advice, coaching, and guidance throughout their Georgetown journey.

  1. Discover your strengths by understanding your values, leadership style, motivation and aspirations;
  2. Explore your options by synthesizing industry trends, work environments, and career paths and making meaningful career connections; and
  3. Create your future by articulating your current career narrative and personal branding while also preparing you for future career moves.  

EMBA Career Stats


received new responsibilities from their employer as a result of their involvement in the program


received a promotion while attending the program


average increase in salary upon graduating


plan to start their own business within 2 years of graduating


Executive Careers team provides you with a host of interventions that are outcome-driven, customized, and highly focused on individual needs. They include:

  1. Assessments that can help identify your leadership style, inter-cultural readiness, strengths, business reasoning, motivators, and drivers;
  2. In-class sessions and special events on career topics and leadership evolution that prepare you for the challenges in your career journey;
  3. Webinars on career transitioning, preparing career documents, improving your visibility, and personal branding;
  4. 1-on-1 coaching that ensures confidential sharing and helps you brainstorm, practice, and prepare for your career transitions;
  5. Connections to Georgetown’s global alumni network so you can broaden your own network and explore new opportunities while gaining new insights;   
  6. A career toolkit with a shared repository of templates, samples, and best practice documents that provide you with the right kind of guidance to achieve your career goals; and
  7. Mentorship Program providing students with the opportunity to develop a one-on-one relationship with a mentor to advance your career goals.

Our Assistant Dean, Executive and Specialty Masters Degree Programs

Denise Durgin

Denise Durgin (EML’16)

Assistant Dean, Executive and Specialty Masters Degree Programs

Denise Durgin serves the McDonough School of Business as assistant dean for Executive and Specialty Masters Degree Programs within the McDonough Career Center. Most recently Durgin was a patient experience performance advisor for the women’s and children’s clinical staff and senior executive clinical triad at Inova Health System. Before her role in patient experience, Durgin worked for more than 25 years at Marriott International and The Ritz-Carlton in sales, marketing, and revenue management leadership roles. She also served as senior director in asset management at Host Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest REIT.

Durgin earned her Executive Master’s in Leadership at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and her undergraduate degree in hotel, restaurant, and travel administration at The University of Massachusetts, Isenberg School of Management. Durgin also is a certified executive coach credentialed through the International Coach Federation. She lives in McLean, Virginia, with her husband and two pups, Stella and Stewie. She’s a stepmom of four daughters and enjoys time with her family, fitness, reading, Boston sports, and serving others through her volunteer work.

For more than 20 years, Durgin has given back to the D.C.-area community through her volunteer work on various boards and councils in the oncology space. Her passion to serve others also resulted in publishing her first book, Prescription for Proton Radiation, as well as numerous media appearances and participation on patient panels both locally and at the national level.

Contact Denise Durgin

Contact Executive Careers Team

Denise Durgin, Assistant Dean Executive and Specialty Masters Degree Programs
Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
Hariri Building, Suite 285