GWSB Associate Dean for MBA Programs Liesl Riddle announced the creation of electives for graduate students that will increase their exposure to the Washington, D.C., business and policy community through speakers and projects.
Riddle made the announcement at the fall meeting of the F. David Fowler Career Center’s Corporate Collaborative Council (CCC). Two years ago, the Center formed the CCC to bring business, government and nonprofit leaders together with the School to prepare students for work in a global environment.
Riddle said the new electives include:
- “External Development Finance,” through which students work for the U.S. Agency for International Development (U.S. AID) on projects focused on Africa;
- “Clean Tech Consulting Practicum,” which links students to local start-up firms; and
- “Consulting Strategies for the Public Sector: Federal, State, and Local Levels,” in which students will hear from a consultant with Grant Thornton LLP, a firm that specializes in auditing, risk management, corporate finance and information technology.
Also at the fall meeting, the CCC conducted mock interviews with graduate students and “MBA-In-Action” roundtables that allowed students to meet professionals from industries that matched their interests.
Gil C. Yancey, executive director of the Career Center, said the business and policy perspectives provided by Council members make GWSB students “market ready.” Council members have also advised GWSB faculty as they design new academic programs.