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National Black MBA Association Scholarship Recipients

2011 GWSB NBMBAA scholarship winners (from left to right) Bilal Pasha, Emma Fofanah, Renee Rufen-Blanchette and Joy Mangum.

First-year MBA-candidate scholarship recipients Bilal Pasha, Emma Fofanah, Renee Rufen-Blanchette and Joy Mangum were recognized at a luncheon for the D.C. chapter of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), hosted at GWSB on Aug. 26.  The scholarships were awarded on the basis of academic achievement, community service and active membership in the NBMBAA.

Pasha comes to GWSB after working for T. Rowe Price Retirement Plan Services for the past three years.  He was responsible for selling small-market corporate retirement plans and developing a pricing and sales strategy for large and mega-market retirement plans sales.  He has a degree in financial economics from the University of Maryland.  Prior to joining T. Rowe Price, Pasha worked as a financial adviser for Morgan Stanley.  He grew up Silver Spring, Md.  He has lived in Massachusetts, California and Florida and has spent the past four years in Baltimore.

A native of Sierra Leone, Fofanah has worked in the environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) industry since 2003.  She joined Calvert Investments in 2007 as a sustainability analyst.  She started her career at RiskMetrics (formerly ISS) as an account manager with the Institutional Proxy Voting Services group, and was promoted to the ESG analytics division as a research analyst and later, senior research analyst.  Fofanah earned a BS in business administration from Longwood University in Virginia.

Rufen-Blanchette is currently a branch manager for CHASE Bank in New York City.  She has worked in retail banking for the past six years.  After completing her BS in economics at SUNY Oneonta, she started her career in banking with a focus on community outreach, developing and fostering multiple finance programs in low-income neighborhoods.  She also worked closely with senior management to develop sales and marketing strategies to increase branch presence in local communities.  Rufen-Blanchette is a volunteer mentor for Sponsors for Educational Opportunity.

After earning a BA in sociology from the University of Virginia in 2007, Mangum began her career at Burson-Marsteller LLC, a leading global public relations and communications firm.   She was hired in the Washington, D.C., office to assist the director of human resources and complement the HR team as a junior generalist and client staff assistant.  Mangum earned promotions over the next few years, most recently to U.S. HR associate and recruiter.  Her areas of expertise include recruitment, and sourcing and hiring diverse, high-quality talent in public affairs, media relations (traditional and digital), healthcare PR, advertising, crisis management and grassroots communications.

Posted by gwsb on August 30, 2011 | Filed under: GWSB News.

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