Alumni Stories

Georgetown alumni are passionate and driven leaders, prompting worldwide change in industries such as business, public policy, healthcare and the arts. Read about Hoyas making their mark as men and women for others.

Alumni Spotlight
Jul 2014

Alumni Author Spotlight: Summer Thrillers

Knowing your subject matter is a crucial part of creating an entertaining and believable story. This is especially important in the genre of legal thrillers, where a lack of research and accurate...
Alumni Spotlight
Deirdre Kelly Lavrakas
Jul 2014

Deirdre Kelly Lavrakas (F’69)

Senior Manager of Production and Teaching Artist, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Having studied at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown, Deirdre Lavrakas had no prior acting...
Alumni Spotlight
Michael Litton
Jun 2014

Michael Litton (B’72)

Founder and CEO, Bridge Brands Chocolate Michael Litton found his niche in the multibillion-dollar chocolate industry selling bite-sized gourmet chocolates packaged in personalized tins. Like many of...
Alumni Spotlight
Zack Schwab (C’11) and Calvin Andrews (B’11): Co-founders, Givons
May 2014

Zack Schwab (C’11) and Calvin Andrews (B’11): Co-founders, Givons

When Zack Schwab and Calvin Andrews graduated from Georgetown, they realized they were headed for real-world office jobs and would need to dress like the semi-presentable, newly-minted adults they...
Alumni Spotlight
May 2014

Proud Georgetown Firsts: School of Nursing & Health Studies Graduates

With commencement fast approaching for the Class of 2014, it is important to remember some of the Georgetown pioneers who paved the way for the diverse, ever-evolving student body today. In...
Alumni Spotlight
Josefina Urzaiz de Burke
May 2014

Josefina Urzaiz de Burke (MSFS’07)

Co-founder and Owner, Hammock Boutique As an investment banker in New York, Urzaiz de Burke felt disconnected with her upbringing in Yucatán, Mexico. She missed volunteer work and wanted a more...
Alumni Spotlight
Hoyas 1947
Apr 2014

Freshman Rules in the Early 1900s

It wasn’t easy being a first-year male student in Georgetown College in the early- to mid-1900s (Georgetown College was all male until 1969). Not only were you told where to walk, you also had to...
Alumni Spotlight
Kevin McGuire
Feb 2014

Kevin McGuire (L’87)

Founder, McGuire Associates Founder, AbleRoad McGuire began using a wheelchair at age 7 after being struck by an intoxicated driver. He has dedicated his life to improving access for people with...
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Doug Band
Nov 2013

Doug Band (SCS’97, L’01)

President, Teneo Holdings Doug Band is the president and co-founder of Teneo Holdings , a global advisory firm that helps organizations attain business objectives, protect and enhance their...
Alumni Spotlight
Ann Durst
Oct 2013

Sister Ann Durst (L’82)

Founder, Casa Cornelia Law Center After serving as an educator for almost 25 years, Sister Ann Durst felt called to the legal profession and attended Georgetown Law. In 1991, Durst, a member of the...
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Neda Funk
Aug 2013

Neda Funk (C’01)

CEO and Co-founder, FITiST Funk saw a need for a one-stop resource dedicated to the increasingly popular boutique fitness industry. In 2011, she co-founded FITiST —an online platform that has...
Alumni Spotlight
Matthew Schmidt
Aug 2013

Dr. Matthew Schmidt (G’11)

Assistant Professor of Political Science, U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies While earning his doctorate at Georgetown, Schmidt was exposed to design-planning concepts. In 2009, he...