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Global Business Initiative

Because Business Has No Borders

The Global Business Initiative (GBI) seeks to distinguish the McDonough School of Business as the premier destination for global business education by partnering with other schools, organizations, and companies in Washington, D.C., and around the world. Through our signature Global Business Experience, Georgetown McDonough students have the opportunity to consult abroad and address complex business challenges. To learn more about the Global Business Experience please watch the video below featuring MBA alumni.

A Welcome from Ricardo Ernst, Ph.D.:

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 — from the undergraduate to the MBA to the Executive Education programs.

Located in one of the world’s most dynamic cities, Georgetown McDonough offers our students unparalleled access to global executives in business, government, and nonprofit organizations. GBI seeks to make Georgetown the premier destination for global business education. In order to create more transformational opportunities for students, GBI works 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.

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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 alumnus 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.

Committee members represent multilateral organizations and different industries such as health care, asset management, car manufacturing, legal services, consumer goods, energy, and consulting services, among others.

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Global Consulting:

The Global Business Experience course empowers students to more fully understand how business is conducted around the world. All graduate students travel abroad to consult either within an industry or with specific Fortune 500 companies.

A sample of client organizations Georgetown McDonough students have been consulting for in 2016 includes:

Shanghai Lima Bologna Dubai São Paulo











Booz Allen





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Student Experience:

The Global Business Experience course allows Georgetown McDonough students to obtain a better understanding of the local culture by attending cultural events, visiting local organizations and supporting the community through donations, fundraising, and service events. It also is a unique opportunity for students to build relationships with their classmates. 

• Hong Kong: Kung Fu classes at the HUB children's center.

• Brazil: playing the drums with the kids of Meninos do Morumbi.

• Spain: playing the piano on the streets of Barcelona.

For live updates from the international locations visit our Twitter page.

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Global Summits and Speakers:

This series brings accomplished business leaders to engage the Georgetown community in dialogue about the challenges of leading global businesses in specific industries.

In January 2015, Georgetown University held the inaugural Global Luxury Summit, which convened CEOs from global luxury brands such as Estée Lauder, Michael Kors, Tom Ford, Kara Ross, and Ermenegildo Zegna.

In October 2015,  Re/code co-founder Walt Mossberg visited campus to discuss the global digital tidal wave and its consequences for consumers and corporations.

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The Global MBA Curriculum:

Core classes: Global is in our DNA. Georgetown McDonough prepares students to be global ready. Students begin the Full-time and Evening MBA Programs with the Structure of Global Industries -- a highly integrated course that introduces students to the issues and industries they will focus on during their Global Business Experience and sets the tone for the entire MBA curriculum. While most business schools offer some optional study abroad component, Georgetown pioneered the Global Business Experience -- a required global consulting project where students partner with executives from multinational organizations to address complex business challenges.

International business certificate with the Walsh School of Foreign Service: Full-time MBA students have the opportunity to pursue an Honors Certificate Program with the Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy (IBD) through Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. Through this highly competitive, interdisciplinary program, students will learn to maximize the benefits that globalization of trade, investment, and technology can bring to citizens in developed and developing countries. Ultimately, this program will prepare our students to work at the intersection of international public and private sector activities.

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Global Alumni Network:

All Georgetown University alumni, graduate students, and undergraduate seniors can access Georgetown's Global Alumni Network, which contains over 20,000 active members worldwide.

This tool allows direct alumni-to-alumni networking and also includes a search option with filters by industry, company, title or position, and work country.

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GBI News:

Stay up-to-date with the latest events and announcements from the Global Business Initiative. Engage with us through our live tweets, read our quarterly newsletter, or just send us an email.

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The Global Business Experience (GBE) has empowered our students to more fully understand how business is conducted around the world.

  • 900+

    consulting projects completed

    Students have worked on more than 900 consulting projects in different areas including market entry analysis, e-commerce, growth strategy and real estate.

  • 27

    Destinations across the world

    Students have consulted abroad in 27 cities across five continents, including São Paulo, Beijing, Johannesburg and Mumbai.

  • 5,000+

    Students that have participated in GBE

    More than 5000 students across all Georgetown McDonough programs have participated in the Global Business Experience since its inception.