Alumni Lunch in Washington, DC
April 11, 2011 § 1 Comment
The MS in Global Leadership program held its second annual DC area alumni lunch on April 6th at Clyde’s restaurant in Washington, DC. Attending were Mike Beidler (Cohort 13), Rich Wilson (C14), Rocky Burns, (C 15), TJ Mayotte (C 41), CeCe Dotzler (C 41), Louis Bergeron, (C 40), Joe Ruzicka (C 43), Jeremiah Baldwin (C 48), Jeremy Newton (C 49), and Chris Ward (C 52). Jason Hudson and Andrea Alvord, both on congressional fellowships also joined us to meet MSGL alums and find out a bit more about the program. In fact, it seems that a good percentage of MSGL Alums living in the DC area are Congressional fellows; in addition to Jason and Andrea, Joe, Jeremiah, Rocky, and Jeremy are all working issues on the hill for various members of congress.
We ordered a bottle of wine and our lunch, and after introductions, I gave a brief overview of developments in the MSGL program, aided by Joe Ruzicka who made sure I didn’t leave anything out. Joe was one of our best recruiters for this event, and helped generate interest within the close network of Congressional fellows to join us for lunch. Our three alums from Cohorts 13, 14, and 15 (Mike, Rich and Rocky), who had been longest away from MSGL seemed pleased to hear of the increasing diversity in the cohorts, and the dramatic enhancements to technology and support to distance learners, and were envious about the numerous overseas study opportunities that MSGL students now have that weren’t offered when they were students.
The luncheon concluded with a discussion of the dilemma Apple is facing with Foxconn in China, the main supplier and producer of the iPad. In 2010, twelve Foxconn employees committed suicide, with 18 attempts, due largely to working conditions in the Foxconn factory. Apple is dependent on Foxconn and cannot just go find another supplier. Discussion swirled around the intersection of business, public relations and ethical issues in this case. We concluded that one of the keys for Apple in dealing with Foxconn on this issue is fully understanding the concept of Guanxi. Then we realized it was 1:30 and we all had to go back to our real jobs.
Special thanks to everyone who attended – we hope you enjoyed meeting fellow MS in Global Leadership alums and hearing more about the latest developments in your master’s program. Clyde’s is a great restaurant in downtown DC and a great venue to get MSGL’ers together. We hope to continue the tradition next year!