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Global Business Initiative
Initiative to Host Second Annual Hariri Symposium,
Oct. 25
The Business, Society, and Public Policy Initiative will hold the second annual Hariri Symposium on Tuesday, October 25. Several accomplished individuals from diverse backgrounds will address the topic: “My one piece of advice to the next President of the United States is …” Speakers include Charles Cobb, former U.S. Ambassador to Iceland; George Mitchell, former Senate Majority Leader; and Anthony Williams, former mayor of Washington, D.C. The symposium, two weeks before American voters head to the polls, will be held at Georgetown at 5 p.m. in the Rafik B. Hariri Building’s Lohrfink Auditorium.
Georgetown McDonough Sponsors Washington Post Event
In May, Georgetown McDonough sponsored the Washington Post event, “Transformers.” The all-day program addressed the question of pushing the boundaries of knowledge for business, government, and society leaders. The program's speakers included Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Carlyle co-founder David Rubenstein, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, and journalist Katie Couric. During the program, Betsy Sigman, distinguished teaching professor of operations and information management at the McDonough School of Business, interviewed Samsung Vice President Shankar Chandran on the future of transformative technology.
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William E. Mayer Joins the Initiative's Advisory Board
The Business, Society, and Public Policy Initiative is proud to welcome William E. “Bill” Mayer, former CEO of First Boston Credit Suisse and chairman of the Aspen Institute, as the newest member of the initiative's advisory board. Mayer joins more than a dozen other prominent leaders, including former heads of state, government officials, and corporate and nonprofit leaders.
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Initiative’s Vision Shared with Alumni Across the Country
In July, James P. Moore, Jr., managing director of the initiative, and Justine Schaffner, assistant dean for alumni and external relations, met with Georgetown alumni at events in Boston and Seattle. At both events, alumni learned about the mission and activities of the initiative, with an emphasis on how it is helping to leverage the comparative advantage of Georgetown McDonough and the university in addressing the intersection of business, government, and society. To learn about future alumni events, visit http://msb.georgetown.edu/alumni/events.
Initiative Engages Georgetown Students
Engagement with students who will become the world’s future business leaders is central to the mission of the initiative. From providing career advice to supporting student sponsored events like the Africa Business Conference, BSPPI has seen the number of students interested in the intersection of business, government, and society grow exponentially over the past two years. Their growing involvement in the initiative’s activities is having an impact on their budding careers and is helping to provide input on salient issues of the day.
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Brexit, the Rio Olympics, and Global Business: Media Looks to Initiative for Expertise
In June, Managing Director James P. Moore, Jr. -- pictured above with Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband, Philip -- shared his expertise with media across the world about the ramifications for business of the United Kingdom's decision to secede from the European Union. Moore’s comments appeared in numerous news outlets, including inBloomberg BNA , USA Today, and two op-eds in Fortune.

During the Summer Olympics in August, Moore and Ricardo Ernst, director of the Global Business Initiative, addressed the state of the Brazilian economy and the impact on business in Forbes, and Moore shared his thoughts on the aftermath of the games with Bloomberg.
The Initiative’s History At a Glance
Since its official launch on October 1, 2014, the Business, Society, and Public Policy Initiative has been engaged in a series of projects and activities with Georgetown McDonough students and faculty, the larger Georgetown community, leaders of all kinds, and the general public. The following timeline captures highlights of what has been transpiring over that time.
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Certificate Program In Nonmarket Strategy Starts Second Semester
Forty-one Georgetown McDonough Full-time and Evening MBA students are gaining an in-depth understanding of the nonmarket environment as part of the inaugural cohort of students seeking the Certificate in Nonmarket Strategy.

The fall semester launched the second of three required certificate electives, The Miracle of Markets?, taught by Professor John Mayo, which will be followed by Strategies Beyond the Market, taught by Lecturer Andrea Hugill. Austin Williams (MBA/MPP ’17), who enrolled in Strategies Beyond the Market in spring 2016 when it was introduced as an MBA elective, said that the course “provided the opportunity to explore and eventually better understand the strategic implications and opportunities for businesses that arise from the inevitable government interventions in the market. I left the class with new insights for corporate strategy.” The deadline for applications for the next cohort, open to first-year Full-time MBAs and second-year MBA Evening Program students, is January 2, 2017. To learn more, visit http://msb.georgetown.edu/nms.
Georgetown Launches M.A. in International Business and Policy
Georgetown University has launched a new Master of Arts degree in International Business and Policy, jointly offered by the McDonough School of Business and Walsh School of Foreign Service.

The 12-month, hybrid program is designed for professionals currently working in business, government, or non-governmental organizations who want to better understand the business frameworks and socio-political and economic issues that affect doing business around the world. It will be delivered in hybrid model, combining in-person and online components. The first class will enter the program in January 2017 and will graduate in December 2017.
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Initiative's Advisory Board

  • Chair, Lady Barbara Judge , CBE, Chair, Institute of Directors; Chairman, UK Pension Protection Fund; Chairman Emeritus, UK Atomic Energy; Authority Member, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (1980-1983)
  • His Excellency Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission (2004-2014); Prime Minister of Portugal (2002-2004)
  • The Honorable Tom Daschle, Chair, Center for American Progress; Democratic Leader, U.S. Senate (1994-2005); U.S. Senator (D-South Dakota) (1987-2005)
  • Thomas W. Farley, President and CEO, NYSE Group (New York Stock Exchange)
  • Carly Fiorina, Chairman, Unlocking Potential Project; CEO, Hewlett Packard (1999-2005)
  • Robert J. Flanagan, Executive Vice President, Clark Enterprises; Chairman, Federal City Council
  • His Excellency Vicente Fox, President of Mexico (2000-2006); Chief Executive, Coca-Cola Mexico (1975-1979)
  • Anthony Haggar, co-founder of HCH Partners and chief executive officer of Haggar Trading DMCC
  • The Honorable Jon M. Huntsman, Chairman, Atlantic Council; Governor of Utah (2005-2009); U.S. Ambassador to China (2009-2011)
  • Morgan E. O’Brien, Co-founder and Chairman, Nextel Communications (Sprint) (1987-2005)
  • Sheikh Dr. Khalid bin Thani al Thani, Chairman, Ezdan Chairman and Managing Director, Qatar International Islamic Bank; Chairman, Vodafone
  • His Excellency Aleksander Kwasniewski, Chairman, International Center for Policy Studies, Kiev, Ukraine; President of Poland (1995-2005)
  • William E. Mayer, partner and co-founder of Park Avenue Equity Partners; former CEO of First Boston Credit Suisse (1988-1990) and chairman of the Aspen Institute (2000-2008); professor and dean of the University of Maryland Smith School of Business (1992-1996)
  • The Honorable James P. Moore, Jr., Managing Director, Business, Society, and Public Policy Initiative; U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce (1983-1989)
  • The Honorable Robert A. Mosbacher, Chairman, Mosbacher Energy Company; President and CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (2005-2009)
  • Eric F. Trump, Executive Vice President for Development and Acquisitions, Trump Organization; Chairman, Eric F. Trump Foundation (St. Jude’s Hospital)
  • The Honorable Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director, UNICEF (2005-2010); U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (2001-2005)
  • The Honorable Anthony A. Williams, Chief Financial Officer, District of Columbia (1995-1998); Mayor of Washington, D.C. (1999-2007)
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