Thursday, April 30, 2015

April 30, 2015 - Student Places 2nd in Film Contest with Video on Family

Congratulations to senior economics major, Sarah Seski, who won second place in the Institute for Policy Research video contest this week. Each year, the Institute for Policy Research chooses a specific theme for the contest - this year's theme was "community". Sarah's video is titled, "Core of Community."

Sarah's approach to the community theme stemmed from her love of economics, and specifically her interest in Dr. Aguirre's course, Economics of Development. In this course, students discuss the human family as the most basic unit of community and the high impact it has on society - both socially and economically. When asked to comment on her inspiration for the film, Sarah stated:
"I was inspired by The Catholic University of America's School of Business and Economics and the integral approach to economic development. The integral approach means studying more than the immediate effects of policy or implementation.  It means observing the long term effects; namely, observing its effect on the common good, which is more than the aggregate of the effects on the individuals. It includes how people interact with one another--something that can only be seen in the long run"
We welcome you to watch Sarah's film below, or find it here.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

April 23, 2015 - Final Integral Economic Development Seminar

The final lecture within the Leaders in Development Seminar, hosted by the Integral Economic Development program, took place this week. The speaker was Ms. Mary Ngugi, who spoke on her personal insights on international development.

Ms. Ngugi speaking to IED students
With over fifteen years of work experience in project management, grants management, program operations, financial management and program monitoring and evaluation, Mary Ngugi has a myriad of experiences from which she offers her advice and perspectives. Ms. Ngugi has worked in Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone and Liberia. She has also been involved in various developmental sectors including democracy and governance, HIV/AIDS, disability, conservation of resources, agriculture and institutional strengthening.

At the spring semester’s final Leaders in Development seminar, Ms. Ngugi emphasized that the method for ensuring a good start-up for projects is to look for local partners, engage donors, and understand accountability. Also important is understanding the local landscape and encouraging people to participate in their own development. Finally, she offered this advice: when you’re out in the field, remember to understand this, “Who owns the problem, and who owns the solution?”

The Leaders in Development series was hosted each Wednesday evening and has been open to the public. If interested in attending during the Fall semester, please check back here for the meeting day, time and location.

Friday, April 17, 2015

April 17, 2015 - Career Develoment "Shark Tank" Event, A Success

The Career Development Program within the School of Business and Economics launched its first ever, "Shark Tank" competition on Tuesday, April 14th, imitating the popular ABC show.

 The highlight of the evening was the opportunity to listen to five student teams pitch their business proposals to three actual Venture Capitalists - Andreas Widmer, John Burke, and Michael Gibble - who acted as the ‘sharks’. The students presented five minute pitches, followed by five minutes of questions and feedback from the investors. Daniel Tisone, a junior student in the School of Business and Economics, was the winner of the event. His pitch was for "Rub A Dub Eco Wash, LLC" which is an eco-friendly car wash and detailing service that provides customers an on-the-spot car wash and detailing service.
Additionally, two actual Shark Tank participants, Mike and Sarah Hartwick, were also in attendance. The Hartwicks are the creators of Surfset Fitness and appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank in season 5. Speaking from their own experience, they gave advice to students about launching a start-up company and the steps they took towards success, similar to how they found success prior to making a deal with Mark Cuban on Shark Tank.

The event was a success and drew over one hundred students in attendance. Those that attended enjoyed free Georgetown cupcakes, hors d’oeuvres and prizes. Based upon the enthusiasm from students, guests, and faculty, the Career Development team hopes to continue the Shark Tank tradition for years to come.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

April 16, 2015 - Career Discernment Day for Liberal Arts Majors

Just under one month away, the School of Business and Economics will co-host a career discernment day, officially titled, "The Catholic Business Career Discernment Day," with The Cardinal Newman Society. This day is geared towards undergraduate students of any major, specifically liberal arts students, who want to learn how and why a career in business might be the right choice for them as a faithful Catholic. 

The event will take place on Monday, May 11, 2015 from 8:30am - 5:00pm and the first 50 registrants will receive a free copy of Andreas Widmer's book, The Pope and The CEO. The discernment day's presenters include Dean Andrew Abela, Professor Andreas Widmer, and Patrick J. Reilly (President of the Cardinal Newman Society).

This discernment day was recently featured in an article by The Cardinal Newman Society, where they stated:
"Liberal arts students should be interested in careers in business because, as Dr. Abela said, 'senior business leaders I speak to repeatedly tell me that given the fast-changing nature of today’s global economy, it is essential that anyone aspiring to a career in business have a solid grounding in the liberal arts.'

...While the liberal arts may be in demand, it is not always easy for Catholic students to comprehend how they can transition into the world of business upon graduation. A popular choice for many students who earn their undergraduate degrees in the liberal arts is to continue their education in a specific field in graduate school.

For those wanting to enter business, CUA’s MSBA program may be an attractive option. The MSBA program is geared specifically to students with a background in the liberal arts to help them learn the tools and disciplines that will lead to success in business. "
To register for the Catholic Business Career Discernment Day and to see the full day's schedule, please visit this page

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

April 8, 2015 - Professor Duran Discusses Sustainable Development Goals

Dr. Paloma Duran, Integral Economic Development professor and Director of the Sustainable Development Goals Fund, was recently featured in the Inter Press Service News Agency.

Dr. Duran discussed the upcoming transition from the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 agenda. She discussed programs currently being implemented in several countries, and how the SDG Fund is working to bring together all relevant partners, including U.N. agencies, national governments, academia, civil society, and private sector businesses.

In the article, she states, "Drawing from extensive experience of development practice as well as the former Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund, we are continually seeking better ways in which to deal with challenges that present themselves.

Gender equality, women’s empowerment, public-private partnerships and sustainability are cross-cutting priorities in all areas of our work.

It is noteworthy to point out that we are focusing our efforts on forging partnerships with the private sector as we recognise the importance of actively engaging with businesses and ensuring their full participation in the development process."

Please read the full article here.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

April 7, 2015 - Professor Widmer on EWTN

Professor Andreas Widmer, former Swiss Guard for Pope Saint John Paul II and author of The Pope and The CEO, sat in as a guest on EWTN's News Nightly last week (Wednesday, April 1).

Professor Widmer was invited to speak to EWTN about the tenth anniversary of Pope Saint John Paul II's death and the extraordinary impact that the saint had on the Church.

Please watch the interview below, starting at 11:00 minutes, or find the video on EWTN's website here.