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 New Award Celebrates Service Leadership
New Award Celebrates Service Leadership
Educating and developing principled leaders with a global mindset to be in service to business and society is integral to the mission at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. To celebrate service leadership, alumnus Timothy P. Tassopoulos (MBA ’88), has invested in Georgetown McDonough community members with the creation of the Service Leadership Award.
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Reena Aggarwal
Reena Aggarwal Named Winner of Global Challenge for Innovation in Corporate Governance
Professor Reena Aggarwal received BlackRock Inc. and the National Association of Corporate Directors’ Global Challenge for Innovation in Corporate Governance. The award honors Aggarwal for her paper, “The Role of Institutional Investors in Voting: Evidence from the Securities Lending Market,” co-authored with Pedro A.C. Saffi (University of Cambridge) and Jason Sturgess (DePaul University), forthcoming in the Journal of Finance.
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Congressional Testimony
Professor Delivers Congressional Testimony About Freight Rail Regulation
On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, John Mayo, professor of economics, business, and public policy at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, delivered the following testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, on the topic of “The 35th Anniversary of the Staggers Rail Act: Railroad Deregulation Past, Present, and Future.”
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Global Business
Global Business Experience Leads
to GE Job
For Sri Sekar, the road to Schenectady, N.Y., ran through Bologna, Italy. Sekar, a 2015 MBA graduate of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, is one of two people joining General Electric’s Renewable Energy Leadership Program in upstate New York this year, In July, he’ll be heading to NY as one of two GE fellows, thanks to his hard work, determination, and his Global Business Experience.
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Former Secretary of Labor
Former Secretary of Labor Encourages Graduates to Create Value
On May 16, former Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao asked the Georgetown McDonough class of 2015 to use their business degree to bring value to the world. “You have completed a rigorous curriculum to prepare yourselves to be entrepreneurs, innovators, and job creators,” she said. “You will be the future drivers of wealth creation and increased standards of living for our fellow countrymen and women and, increasingly, people around the world.”
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Red Cross CEO Shares Leadership Advice
Red Cross CEO Shares Leadership Advice with Graduates
When Gail McGovern became president and CEO of the American Red Cross in 2008, it was facing a financial crisis. Despite her previous experience leading Fidelity Personal Investments and the Consumer Markets Division of AT&T, she found she had to develop a new leadership style to be effective in motivating both employees and volunteers – leading with both her head and her heart. That lesson was one of five she shared with graduates May 15.
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Students Honored at Entrepalooza
Students Honored at Entrepalooza
Georgetown University students Areebah Ajani (CCT ’15) and Surabhi Agrawal (MBA ’16) want to fight food deserts one food truck at a time. The District of Columbia has several areas classified as food deserts, defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as urban neighborhoods and rural towns without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. Ajani and Agrawal’s business idea, Farm Fresh Trucks, would provide healthy, fresh produce via a mobile grocery truck to D.C. residents.
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Hariri Symposium Tackles Challenges
Hariri Symposium Tackles Challenges, Asserts Role of Business Education
In an increasingly global business environment, companies have to grapple with issues ranging from terrorism to cybersecurity to militarism. The Business, Society, and Public Policy Initiative at Georgetown McDonough addressed these topics during its inaugural Hariri Symposium on “Doing Business in an Unsafe World” April with panelists former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, Mosbacher Energy Company Chairman Robert Mosbacher, Jr., former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman, and Business, Society, and Public Policy Initiative Managing Director James P. Moore, Jr.
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BA Legend Shaquille O’Neal Holds Court at McDonough
NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal Holds
Court at Georgetown McDonough
NBA superstar, “Inside the NBA” analyst, and a brand in his own right Shaquille O’Neal spoke on Feb. 27 to a students at Georgetown McDonough. O’Neal was joined by Perry Rogers (B ’91), president of PR Partners, who has represented O’Neal since 2001. Marlene Morris Towns, teaching professor of marketing, moderated the conversation, which was hosted by the Undergraduate Program Office and Georgetown Aspiring Minority Business Leaders & Entrepreneurs (GAMBLE) as part of the 2015 Diversity Dialogue Conference.
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Horse Sense
Horse Sense: Lessons in Horse Racing and Breeding from Professor Tom Cooke
It started when Cooke stumbled upon a racetrack in Laurel, Maryland, that hosted nighttime racing for standardbred horses — a breed of horses common throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and Russia. He took a quick interest, thinking, “I can do this. Why don’t I get one horse, try to find myself a good trainer, and get started?” recalls the distinguished teaching professor of federal taxation and business law at Georgetown McDonough.
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