February, 2013

Update from Dean Sharpe

Norean SharpeStudents, Parents, and Members of the Georgetown McDonough Community,

As I consider our strategic priorities as set forth by Dean Thomas - particularly our goal "to embrace a global approach in everything we do" - I continue to be impressed by the variety of global programs our students are engaged in.

Each year we send over 50 percent of our students abroad to study at nearly 35 institutions world-wide. This increased interest in global education is supported by an increase in our applications this semester for all three of our custom summer programs (Oxford, Barcelona, and Shanghai). Whenever I speak with executives and recruiters from firms that hire our students, they stress the value of an employee having a global experience.

In addition to overseas opportunities, our students experience the value of a global education right here on the Hilltop through the eyes of their international classmates and the rigorous discussions on the global economy that take place in the classroom. Our academic offerings, such as Global Logistics, International Marketing, Intercultural Communication, Global Financial Market Institutions, and our first-year seminar in International Business, Public Policy, and Society, emphasize the importance of understanding global connections when evaluating the economy and business landscape.

Finally, we offer custom programs on the Hilltop for both undergraduates and M.Sc. students from such top-tier institutions as Bocconi University in Italy and ESADE Business School in Spain, so that non-Georgetown students can appreciate the value of our faculty and location here in Washington, D.C.

I would like to thank those parents who give so generously of their time to provide support as we continue to improve our undergraduate programming and create transformational experiences for our students. If you are a parent and you are interested in serving on our Advisory Council, please email Elizabeth Harless, associate director of development.
It takes a dedicated team to deliver an outstanding curricular and co-curricular experience for our undergraduates, so as always, I am enormously grateful to be a member of such a team. Be sure to visit us when you return to the Hilltop!


Norean R. Sharpe, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean
Director of Undergraduate Programs

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Undergraduate Program News

John Idol, CEO of Michael Kors, Speaks to Georgetown McDonough Students

On Friday, February 9, John Idol, CEO of Michael Kors, spoke to Georgetown McDonough students on the topics accessible luxury and maintaining strategic focus in business. The event was sponsored by G.A.M.B.L.E. and is co-sponsored by the Georgetown McDonough Undergraduate Program Office, McDonough Retail and Luxury Association (MRLA), the McDonough Global Student Association, and the Undergraduate Marketing Association

Pictured above: John Idol, CEO of Michael Kors and Keegan Carter, (MSB '14), co-president of G.A.M.B.L.E.  

Watch the video of Idol's speech here.


Entrepreneurship Fellows Program to Graduate Its First Class

The Entrepreneurship Fellows Program was designed specifically for undergraduate students with an interest in further exploring entrepreneurship. Through a combination of course work and co-curricular activities, students develop the tools and mindset needed to launch a venture and to succeed in an entrepreneurial environment.

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Dominico De Sole, Chairman of Tom Ford International
and Former CEO of Gucci, Speaks to Students

Dominic De Sole On January 17, 2013, Tom Ford International Chairman and former Gucci CEO Domenico De Sole drew upon his experience and knowledge of the retail industry to inspire students to focus on leadership and human resources as the way to success.

"Don't be afraid to hire people better, smarter than you," said De Sole. "Hire them, listen to them, and let them do their jobs."

The McDonough Retail & Luxury Association (MRLA) and Undergraduate Program Office sponsored the event with support from the Distinguished Leaders Series. "The purpose of the McDonough Retail & Luxury Association is to create a platform to connect all with retail and luxury through various learning opportunities," said Edouard Freda, MRLA co-president.

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Smart Start: A Springboard for Success

Smart StartSmart Start was launched this fall at Georgetown McDonough to prepare first- and second-year business undergraduates for academic and professional success. The year-long academic and professional development program was organized through the Georgetown McDonough Undergraduate Program Office and serves students from underrepresented backgrounds.

The 25 student participants were paired with mentors from PwC, many of whom are Georgetown alumni, who meet with the students formally and informally between the semi-monthly sessions. The sessions have ranged in focus from building sound faculty-student relations to personal branding, global experiences, and civic engagement. Smart Start has been so successful that PwC has adopted it as a best practice and plans to collaborate with other universities in similar ways across the United States.

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Student Highlights

Students Participate in Weekend of Service to Others

MLK Day of Service

On Saturday, January 19, 33 Georgetown McDonough students joined more than 300 students from the university and Ward 7 community members to participate in a day of community service as part of Weekend of Service. The national event was organized by the Corporation for National Service, a federal organization that leads the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and the President's Day of Service on Inauguration Weekend. Of the 300 students that participated, 33 were Georgetown McDonough students.

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Three Georgetown McDonough Students Drafted to Major League Soccer

Georgetown University Major Leage Soccer Draftees 2013

The Major League Soccer Superdraft was held in early January at the NSCAA Convention Center in Indianapolis. A record three seniors were selected after having participated in the MLS Combine, tying with the University of Louisville for having the most players selected from one team in the country.

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Students Participate in NIBC Case Competition in Vancouver

On January 10, 2013, Georgetown McDonough seniors Charles Kim, Yuchen Liu, Oltan Akin, and Yi-Hsien Ho participated in the National Investment Banking Competition and Conference, run by students at the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business in Vancouver, Canada.

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Georgetown Students Win Venture Capital Competition


Congratulations to the Georgetown team for winning the first ever national Undergraduate Venture Capital Investment Competition. The team included seniors Herbie Goldstein, Erin Cawley, Tom Zorc, Elizabeth Schieffelin, and Jeff Stefanis, with Jeff Reid, director of entrepreneurship programs at Georgetown, serving as advisor.

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Undergrads Win at Non-Profit Business Strategy Consulting Competition

Students from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business won first place at the McDonough Hilltop Business Strategy Consulting Competition. The non-profit case competition is sponsored by the Georgetown McDonough Undergraduate Program Office and organized by Hilltop Consultants, a student-run consulting group at Georgetown McDonough, and features a client with 501-3(c) status. The undergraduate team of Christina Hu, James Li, Andrew Theodotou, and Patrick Wyman were chosen for their recommendations for Goodwill Industries of Greater Washington, D.C.

The competition brought together 20 teams of students from universities in the United States, Canada, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Teams participating in the weekend-long competition came up with unique and sustainable solutions in response to the client's need. This achievement marks only the second time Georgetown McDonough has won the competition in the nine years it has been held, with the most recent first-place finish in 2006.

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Faculty & Staff Highlights

Faculty Publishing

Professor Robert Bies had the following acceptance: "At the crossroads of trust and distrust: Skepticism and ambivalence Towards Business." In A.C. Wicks, J.D. Harris, & B. Moriarty (Eds.), Public Trust in Business. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Associate Professor Christine Porath had the following acceptance (with Pearson, C): "The Price of Incivility: Lack of respect in the workplace hurts morale—and the bottom line." Harvard Business Review, January-February.

Associate Professor Ronald Goodstein's study "Customer Experience Management in Retailing: Understanding the Buying Process" received the 2013 Davidson Award for the most cited article over a five-year period at Journal of Retailing.

Professor Robert Thomas has coauthored (with Wind, J.) the lead chapter in an edited book: "Symbiotic Innovation: Getting the Most Out of Collaboration", Evolution of Innovation Management – New Ways for Innovations in an International Context Eds. Alexander Brem and Éric Viardot, Basingstoke, England: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Assistant Professor Sunita Sah had the following journal acceptances:

  • "Cheap Talk and Credibility: The Consequences of Confidence and Accuracy on Advisor Credibility and Persuasiveness." Forthcoming in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes

  • Investigation Momentum: The Relentless Pursuit to Resolve Uncertainty." Forthcoming in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Assistant Professor Preeti Choudhary had the following journal acceptance (with Bratten, B. and Schipper, K.): "Evidence that Market Participants Assess Recognized and Disclosed Items Similarly When Reliability Is Not an Issue," Forthcoming in The Accounting Review

Senior Associate Dean Sharpe Speaks at Jesuit Week 2013

Georgetown University Jesuit Week 2013

On January 29, Senior Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduate Programs Norean Sharpe spoke as part of Georgetown University Jesuit Heritage Week 2013.

Planned and executed by a committee of students under the guidance of the Office of Mission & Ministry, Jesuit Week celebrates Georgetown University's Jesuit heritage, identity, and mission through a week-long series of special programming and events.

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Georgetown McDonough Undergraduate Program Office Welcomes New Staff Member

Stephanie Rufino The Georgetown McDonough Undergraduate Program would like to welcome its newest staff member, Stephanie Rufino. She holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. in American Art and Architectural History from the University of Virginia. As a former adjunct faculty member, Rufino has more than a decade of experience working with students. Along with her teaching and curriculum development experience, Rufino previously served as a senior financial analyst for Houghton Mifflin Company and manager of business analysis at the National Geographic Society. While a graduate student at Georgetown, she wrote for the Budapest Business Journal in Hungary and studied in France.

For the past 15 years, she has lived with her family in Washington, D.C.'s Palisades neighborhood. Rufino will oversee the curriculum assessment framework for the school’s upcoming re-accreditation by AACSB.

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Important Dates

Greater Good Career Week
February 19 - February 22
Cawley Career Education Center

Careers for the Common Good - Networking Event with Alumni
Thursday, February 21, 6:30 p.m.
Fisher Colloquium

Government & Nonprofit Expo 2013
Friday, February 22, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cawley Career Education Center

Tips for Successful Interviewing
Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
Cawley Career Education Center

Get Hired!
Exclusively for Georgetown McDonough Students
Tuesday, February 26, 6:30 p.m.
Hariri 150
RSVP via Email

Spring Break begins after last class
March 1

Classes resume
March 11

The Big Hunt…for Jobs and Internships
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 4:00pm

Cawley Career Education Center

Writing Effective Resumes and Cover Letters
Friday, March 15, 2013 at 2:00pm
Cawley Career Education Center

LinkedIn 101
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 4:00pm
Cawley Career Education Center

The Major Decision
Friday, March 22, 2013 at 2:00pm
Cawley Career Education Center


Did you know?

"The filming of The Exorcist, written by Georgetown alumnus William Peter Blatty (COL '50) took place on campus in October of 1972."

D.C. Fun Fact

"The Pentagon has 17.5 miles of hallways."

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