Global Summits and Speaker Series

The Global Business Initiative brings accomplished business leaders to engage the Georgetown McDonough community in dialogue about the challenges of leading global businesses in specific industries. By hearing from senior executives currently working in multinational companies our students receive invaluable experience transforming theoretical knowledge into practical business applications. The GBI makes this possible through our board members and our global network.

The GBI has also partnered with the Georgetown Retail & Luxury Association (GRLA), a student-run organization that focuses on educating peers about the retail and luxury industries as well as increasing opportunities for them within those fields.

GBI US China Panel3


“Deciphering the Future of U.S.-China Economic Relations”

With Scott Kennedy, Craig Allen, Vicki Wei Tang, Helen Toner, and Evan Medeiros

GBI Blackstone Zidle

Blackstone Group

“The Ten Surprises of 2021

Joe Zidle
Managing Director and Chief Investment Strategist in the Private Wealth Solutions Group

GBI Panos


“A Conversation with Panagiotis Tsourapas

Panagiotis Tsourapas
Group President, Colgate-Latin America, Asia Pacific & Africa-Eurasia

GBI Brito

Anheuser-Busch InBev

GBI SInegal

Costco Wholesale Corporation

“A Conversation with James Sinegal”

James Sinegal
Co-founder and Former CEO

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Supply Chains

“Global Supply Chain Strategies in a Trade War”

Executives from Tommy Hilfiger, Estée Lauder, A.T. Kearney, American Apparel & Footwear Association, and Amazon

Fabrizio Freda

Estée Lauder

“On Inspiring the Next Generation of Beauty”

Fabrizio Freda
President and CEO



“Digital Transformation Opportunities in Latin America”

Cesar Cernuda
Corporate Vice President



“A Luxury Journey with Herve Humler”

Herve Humler
President and COO


Global Sustainability

“Global Sustainability and Business Summit”

Executives from VF Corporation, National Geographic, Sodexo, Colgate-Palmolive, and Chevron



“The Past, Present, and Future of a Luxury Car Maker”

Alessandro Farmeschi
Chief Executive Officer – Americas Region


Tiffany & Co.

“On Appealing to the Next-Generation Luxury Shopper”

Alessandro Bogliolo
Chief Executive Officer


Global Business of Travel

“The Global Business of Travel: Land, Air and Sea”

Executives from Airbnb, Bentley Motors, Booking Holdings, Gulfstream, National Geographic, and Sodexo



“A Bentley Motors Case Study with Mark Del Rosso”

Mark Del Rosso
President and CEO – Americas Region



“The Global Digital Tidal Wave”

Walt Mossberg

Summit GRLA

Global Luxury Summit

“Building a Global Luxury Brand”

Executives from Tom Ford, Estée Lauder, Michael Kors, Kara Ross and Ermenegildo Zegna

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