2019 Fall Luncheon for Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business Faculty

On the occasion of the 2019 Fall Faculty Luncheon at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, it was a great pleasure to reunify Professor Emeritus Othmar Winkler (center) – our most senior faculty member, Professor Thomas Cooke (right center) – lead professor in accounting, Dean of Executive Programs Charles Skuba (far right), Professor Michael Czinkota (left center) and Professor Alan Mayer-Sommer (far left) – expert in accounting. A good time was had by all!

Expert Talk: Alan Beard from Interlink Capital Strategies

It was our honor to host Mr. Alan Beard, who leads Interlink Capital Strategies a management-consulting and private equity firm. He provided insights on the role of emerging markets in driving global growth, the concept of global export credit and the work done by Development Financial Institutions among various other topics. It was an interactive session where he discussed case studies and answered various interesting questions that the students had. One of the students wrote “His discussion of the variety of risks that inhibit cross-border capital flows, which are especially prevalent in the emerging and frontier markets, helped me contextualize and better understand the domain in which Interlink Capital Strategies operates and their institutional obstacles.”

Expert Talk: Barry Rhoads from Cassidy & Associates

 It was our pleasure to welcome Mr. Barry Rhoads to share his insights with the students at Georgetown on Oct 23rd. Barry described a fascinating journey from serving a member of the military to working in the private sector and then chairing one of the largest lobbying firms in Washington DC. “I was already curious about the lobbyist field, and this interest was only further encouraged by his wonderful presentation. “, one of the students wrote after Barry’s visit.

A celebration of Hungary

Professor Michael Czinkota, Ilona Czinkota and Ambassador Plenipotentiary of Hungary to the United States Szabo Laszlo

On October 21st 2019, in celebration of the 1956 Hungarian revolution against the Soviet regime, and on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Hungarian freedom, the Hungarian Ambassador Plenipotentiary to the United States Szabo Laszlo received close friends of Hungary in the new “Reach” edifice at the Kennedy Center for Performing  Arts. Ilona Czinkota presented the Ambassador with a copy of the book A Man of Honor and Nation’s Pride, dedicated by the author, her cousin Professor Robert Haddad. 

Expert Talk: Congressman Charles W. Boustany Jr.

We truly enjoyed having Congressman Charles W. Boustany Jr. and Margaret Cekuta to come and share with their work in international trade with us. One of our students writes, “I admired Congressman Boustany’s story about his career journey, as he started out as a heart surgeon, but without any political establishment in his district, decided to run for Congress to affect positive change in his community and beyond.” From heart surgeon to a congressman, thank you for sharing your insights with us! And thank you Margaret (GU’12) to serve as a role model for many of our students!