Known around the world for its emphasis on international business, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business created the Global Business Initiative (GBI) to ensure the school’s global mission is evident throughout all aspects of the student experience. GBI seeks to make Georgetown McDonough the premier destination for global business education by working to expand the school’s touchstone Global Business Experience and form partnerships with schools, organizations, and companies in Washington, D.C., and around the world.
GBI’s work is invigorating — and necessary. I like to tell people that business has no borders. In this age of globalization, it’s crucial that Georgetown McDonough educates future business leaders capable of making complex business decisions in a global environment. The Global Business Initiative exists to make that possible. Thank you for your interest in GBI. I look forward to welcoming you to our robust global business network.
Ricardo Ernst, Ph.D. Professor of Operations and Baratta Chair in Global Business
Global Business Advisory Board
The Global Business Initiative has assembled an outstanding team of business professionals from across the world to advise the dean on Georgetown McDonough’s global mission.
Chaired by Maximo J. Blandon (MBA’88), the Global Business Advisory Board leverages resources to improve and expand on the school’s ability to enhance its position as a leader in global business education and research and as a thought leader in the field of global business management.
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The Georgetown Retail & Luxury Association (GRLA) is a student-run organization that focuses on educating students about the retail and luxury industries as well as increasing opportunities for them within those fields.
With the COVID 19 pandemic affecting communities worldwide, the Georgetown Retail & Luxury Association (GRLA) was presented with the opportunity to help those in need through a recent fundraising initiative. The club decided to raise funds for Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital, which was founded in 1474 and is located in Bergamo, in the northern region of Italy.
Joseph Patrick Baratta II (B’93), global head of private equity at Blackstone, explained his work trajectory and how his career took a turn when he accepted an offer to move to London to help grow the company’s private equity business in the region.