By Rachel Kottler
Despite the current economic climate, students at the GW School of Business remain focused and are connecting with alumni and companies on the West Coast. As part of the fifth annual MBA San Francisco Career Trek, a group of 21 GW students will attend corporate presentations and informal luncheon and dinner meetings with alumni from March 4-6. They will also network at an alumni mixer.
“Our students realize that in order to build a promising future, particularly in this uncertain market, they must take every opportunity possible. Traveling to San Francisco to meet and learn from experienced professionals is one of the most important steps,” said Catherine Lee, GWSB MBA student and trip coordinator.
Wells Fargo and Navigant Consulting are among the companies welcoming the students. Distinguished alumni will also meet in small groups with students. Those alumni represent companies such as Jacobs Associates, Solfocus, Visa, Sandler O’Neill and Partners, Kaiser Permanente, Marriott Corp., Adaptive Planning, Federal Realty Investment Trust, California Pacific Medical Center, Logitech, and Third Point LLC.
“Our connection with alumni is important to us. We want to demonstrate our commitment to them and let them know that we appreciate their contributions to the school,” said Karen Ancillai, director of programs at the GWSB Office of Development and Alumni Relations.
This year’s San Francisco Career Trek partners with the eco-minded GWSB Net Impact Club. Nearly half the students attending this year’s trek have an interest in environmental and sustainable business.
“San Francisco is the epicenter of the movement for more responsible, ethical, sustainable business practices. Net Impact seeks to add to the students’ Career Trek experience by exposing them to local industry experts and leaders,” said Andy Ludwig, president of Net Impact. Students will meet three sustainable-business leaders for breakfast at the San Francisco Good Hotel, the eco-conscious hotel where the students will stay.