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Global Business Initiative
As we continue to adapt to the global pandemic, we have switched to online tools in order to continue to offer global content to our community. Over the last few months, we have partnered with our MBA student associations to connect them via webinars with leading global executives of companies such as AB InBev and Colgate-Palmolive. Also, we received the wonderful news that our undergraduate program continues to be ranked among the top five in the United States for international business, according to U.S. News.

Stay healthy and stay tuned for updates on how our programs continue to adapt to this changing global environment.

Ricardo Ernst, Ph.D.
Baratta Chair in Global Business
Director, Global Business Initiative
Leading a Global Brewer During the Times of COVID-19
Carlos Brito, CEO of Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), discussed the challenges of leading the world’s largest brewer at a webinar event hosted by the Latin American Business Association (LABA) and the GBI.

AB InBev has many plants in China where the crisis hit first. “Our global presence became very important in terms of applying coping strategies from areas touched first by the pandemic,” said Brito.
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Madhappy Co-Founder, Joshua Sitt (B'18), Addressed the GBI Board
Joshua Sitt (B'18) addressed the GBI board during our recent board of advisors meeting to talk about Mahdappy, a lifestyle clothing label based in Los Angeles that has a strong focus on mental health awareness both through digital and physical experiences around the world.

"Our success has been based on our understanding of the younger generation, the use of social media and the importance of community building," said Sitt.
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Undergraduate Business Program Earns High Marks by U.S. News
U.S. News & World Report has listed Georgetown’s McDonough's Undergraduate Program 16th overall and 4th for international business in the United States.

“Our program continues to be successful because we place students at the center of all we do,” said Patricia Grant, senior associate dean for the Undergraduate Program. “We provide a curriculum that prepares them to lead in a rapidly changing world, as well as the principles to care for one another and make a positive impact.”

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Register for the Ninth TedXGeorgetown Conference: "Ripples-It Starts with a Drop"
The Ninth TedXGeorgetown conference will be broadcast on YouTube on Nov. 14, under the theme "Ripples - It Starts with a Drop." One of the feature speakers will be distinguished diplomat, public policy advocate, and human rights activist Kul Chandra Gautam.

Gautam will discuss the "Relevance of the United Nations and multilateralism in a post-COVID World."
A former deputy executive director of UNICEF and assistant secretary-general of the United Nations, Gautam has extensive experience in international diplomacy, development cooperation, and humanitarian assistance. Currently, he serves on the Boards of several organizations dealing with poverty reduction, peace-building, inter-faith cooperation, public health, education, and the well-being of women and children.
A Conversation with Colgate-Palmolive's Panagiotis Tsourapas
Panagiotis Tsourapas, group president, Colgate-Palmolive for Latin America, Asia Pacific and Africa-Eurasia, discussed his experience as one of the leading executives of a global household and consumer products company at an event hosted by the Graduate Marketing Association (GMA) and the GBI.

“Understanding culture specificity and the idiosyncrasies of each region is essential to succeed in a global company,” said Tsourapas. “There are cultures that require a more direct posture, whereas in others you need to be more passive. Mastering all these nuances and specificities relies on your ability to be intellectually curious when you arrive in a new country.”
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Alumnus Making a Global Impact, Alumna Featured on Poets & Quants
After getting his MBA, Terry Mulligan was laser-focused on landing his current dream job: product lead at XPRIZE, a non-profit in Los Angeles that designs global competitions to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. "I thought it would be incredible to design competitions that could positively impact millions of people throughout the world," said Mulligan.

Global Business Fellow Carolyn Kirshe (B'20) was featured on Poets & Quants' 2020 Best and Brightest. "As someone from a small suburb in Pennsylvania with limited international exposure, the chance to network, present my ideas, and learn on a truly global stage has been the opportunity of a lifetime for me," said Kirshe.
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MA-IBP Program Commences Social Action Projects in the Jesuit Tradition
The Master of Arts in International Business and Policy Program (MA-IBP), an interdisciplinary program at Georgetown University exploring the intersection between business and geopolitics, commenced its Social Action Projects this fall. Working in small teams, students are collaborating with a number of public, private, and nonprofit organizations to tackle international business issues.

Paul O’Brien (IBP ‘20) highlighted his sense of fulfillment when working alongside UNICEF on their Health Access Public-Private Partnerships for Mothers and Children project. “I was able to build actionable targets that can be employed to bridge this gap and bring health care to those who need it,” said O’Brien.
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Technology and Uncertainty Panel Hosted by FountainHead RI

Ricardo Ernst, Baratta Chair in Global Business and director, Global Business Initiative, participated in a panel hosted by FountainHead RI on technology and uncertainty, together with Rajiv Kumar, president and CMO, Virgin Pulse; Kathie Miley, CXO, Cybersecurity Collaborative; and moderated by Tien Wong, CEO, Opus8, Inc.

FountainHead RI's mission is to provide a platform for millennial engagement in Rhode Island (and across the country) in order to foster professional development, connect the next generation of leaders, and promote leadership in various sectors. FountainHead RI was co-founded by Jason Dodier (EMBA'19).

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