Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business has a highly experienced professional program staff to oversee the details of corporate executive training delivery and to ensure a successful and memorable custom experience from beginning to end. Interested in a custom program for your organization?
Senior Associate Dean for Custom Executive Education and Teaching Professor of Management
Michael O’Leary graduated from the MIT Sloan School of Management (Ph.D.,
Organization Studies) and Duke University (B.A., Public Policy), where he also was a member of the Board of Trustees. Before joining the faculty at Georgetown in 2009, he worked in policy analysis and consulting, and taught at Boston College. He has won teaching and service awards at both BC and Georgetown, and has taught undergraduates, masters students, PhDs, and executives.
He has taught in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America, and in six of Georgetown’s masters programs (MBA, Executive Masters in Leadership, EMBA, GEMBA, M.A. in International Business and Policy, and online Masters of Science in Finance). His classes focus on teams, leadership, change, and global business. He has also taught and directed executive education programs for a wide variety of domestic and international organizations.
Associate Dean of Custom Executive Education
Ashley Baker is responsible for developing and implementing Georgetown McDonough’s custom programs centering on global leadership and operations, strategy, and change management for U.S. and international organizations. Baker arrived at Georgetown from Booz Allen Hamilton, where as an associate since 2006 he was responsible for program management and business development. He led client delivery teams across multiple functional disciplines and managed relationships with senior executive clients. Previously, Baker served as a startup member of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and as a communications director at the North American Securities Administrators Association. Baker also was a Presidential Management Fellow, completing assignments at the Government National Mortgage Association, U.S. Treasury Department, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and U.S. State Department.
Assistant Dean of Custom Executive Education
Imke Simpson is responsible for program development for Georgetown McDonough’s custom programs, centering on global leadership, strategy, FinTech, entrepreneurship, women’s leadership, and diversity and inclusion for organizations both in the U.S. and abroad.
Simpson previously worked as associate director of program management at Georgetown McDonough, managing the delivery of executive customized programs for clients such as SK Group, KPMG, and Booz Allen Hamilton. Prior to joining the team at Georgetown, Simpson developed and implemented professional exchange programs for dignitaries across the world as part of the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program. She holds a master’s degree in international relations from Georgetown University and bachelor’s degrees in business and management as well as sociology from Albion College in Michigan.
Associate Dean of Program Management
Roberto Flores leads the team that manages the operation and delivery of custom executive education programs. His work focuses on strategically building systems and processes for executive education programs, as well as collaborative projects with multiple departments at the McDonough School of Business. In addition to managing internal projects, Flores works with clients around the world on program development and delivery with an eye always on customer satisfaction.
Previous to working at Georgetown, Flores was the director of education at a leading after-school learning center in Bethesda, Maryland. He earned a master’s degree in security studies from Georgetown’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, a master’s degree in teaching from Johns Hopkins’ School of Education, and a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.
Director of Business Development
As director of business development, Kim Hunt is responsible for developing executive education programs for clients around the world. Prior to joining Georgetown, Hunt worked at Florida State University with the Center for Global Engagement where she planned and delivered special programs for international students for three years. She holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Florida State University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations: political science and economics from the University of California San Diego.
Director of Program Management
Binita Raval is the director of program management for the Georgetown McDonough School of Business Office of Executive Education’s Custom Programs team and the program manager for the Pivot Program. In her role, Raval oversees the 30+ customized executive education programs that are delivered annually at Georgetown and abroad. She is responsible for strategizing and implementing new systems and processes that enable the program management team to perform more effectively and efficiently. Raval works closely with the custom team to strengthen relationships between McDonough and its clients through providing high-quality service and creating transformative and valuable experiences for the participants. Raval also manages her own portfolio of programs and has worked with over 20 public and private sector clients across the globe.
Prior to joining Georgetown, Raval worked at the Institute for Defense and Business, where she planned and delivered custom education programs for the defense industry for over four years. She holds a master’s degree in international business and policy from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and Walsh School of Foreign Service and a bachelor’s degree in political science and peace, war, and defense with a minor in the languages of Hindi and Urdu from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Assistant Director of Custom Program Management
As the assistant director of custom program management, Adam Thies is responsible for supporting the delivery of various executive custom program accounts at the McDonough School of Business. He works closely with the custom programs team to plan, develop, and maintain executive education programs. Prior to this role, Thies attended the University of Virginia, where he received a M.Ed. Previously, he has worked in the D.C. area at the Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture. He holds a B.A. in history from the University of Illinois.
Assistant Director of Custom Program Management
Lauren Beckham is the assistant director of program management on the custom programs team at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. In this role, she leads program delivery onsite at Georgetown as well as offsite, domestically and internationally, and virtually for executive education participants. Beckham enjoys using thought leadership to inspire students to embrace imperfection and build confidence to become the best in the world and the best for the world.
Previously, she served as the events and communications manager at Business for Impact. Prior to Georgetown McDonough, she worked in the commercial real estate and non-profit industries in Memphis, Tennessee.
She holds an MPS in integrated marketing communications from Georgetown University and a B.S. from the University of Mississippi.
Crystal R. Francis
Assistant Director of Program Management, Pivot Program
Dr. Crystal R. Francis is the Assistant Director of Program Management for Georgetown University’s Pivot Program. She serves as the program manager for the 10-month, non-degree custom program in business and entrepreneurship designed for individuals returning home after a period of incarceration. Dr. Francis brings more than 14 years of experience as a senior program analyst for the federal government. She has over a decade of experience in the justice reform and policy advocacy space. In Maryland, she is recognized as a local champion for reentry, advocating for policies that remove education, employment, and housing barriers for returning citizens.
Outside of Pivot, she volunteers as a board member for the Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform and is the Community Representative for Baltimore County’s Equitable Policing Advisory Workgroup. In these roles, she works to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in Maryland’s Justice System while helping people returning from jails and prisons lead productive lives.
Dr. Francis earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, a Master’s in Homeland Security from Towson University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and the Fulbright Association.
Program Associate, Pivot Program
LaTasha Moore is the Program Associate for the Pivot Program. In her role, LaTasha assists with recruitment and admissions, manages day-to-day operations for Pivot Fellows, in-person/virtual classroom management, and alumni engagement. She also serves as a Pivot Coach.
LaTasha has over 20 years of government experience in the areas of training, resource management, budget, procurement, and project management. LaTasha’s government experience includes serving as a resource allocation analyst, agency contracting officer/contract specialist, program analyst, and computer specialist/registrar.
LaTasha is a recent graduate of the Georgetown Pivot Cohort 3. She is also the first place winner of the 2021 Pivot Pitch competition along with fellow Pivot alumnus Victoria Hunt for Next Endeavor Diversity Staffing, a staffing firm that focuses on Diversity and Inclusion.
Associate Director of Marketing
Lynn Maalouf is the Associate Director of Marketing for the Custom Executive Education Programs. Prior to joining Georgetown, Lynn had over a decade of experience in the Fashion industry. She headed the Marketing Department of ELIE SAAB, a luxury fashion house, for almost six years in Paris, France. Before that, she simultaneously handled the development, marketing and communication strategies for two French luxury brands in the Middle East: Mauboussin and Eden Park. She has a multinational profile with deep knowledge of different markets from the Middle East to Europe to the United States.
Lynn, has an MBA in Marketing and Management of Luxury products from L’Ecole Supérieure de Gestion in Paris, and a BA in Marketing and Advertising from Saint Joseph University in Beirut.
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