GSEHD Office of Alumni Relations

The GSEHD Office of Alumni Relations is here for you! We are committed to providing relevant events and services to GSEHD alumni. Our strategic focus centers on industry- and department-specific programming, student-alumni interactions, and sharing meaningful news.

We need your input as we continue to build our GSEHD alumni community. We are always looking for GSEHD alumni volunteers to host a dinner with current students or be a webinar presenter or serve as a speaker for a panel discussion. Want to get involved? Have some ideas? We’d love to hear from you! Contact us at

We look forward to helping to make your alumni experience more engaging! Make a Difference!

Alumni ResourcesWebinars

Professional Development Webinars

Think to Win: Developing the Capacity of Individuals, Teams & Organizations

  • Recorded: October 23, 2015 | 12 – 1 pm ET
  • Presenter: Paul Butler, GSEHD MA ‘93, co-author of Think to Win and president of GlobalEdg, discusses how he has helped individuals, teams, and organizations develop their full capability. During the session, you will have the opportunity to review a strategic thinking process that has been successfully implemented at several Fortune 500 companies.

Making LinkedIn Truly Work for You

  • Recorded: August 13, 2015 | 12 – 1 pm ET
  • Presenters: GW Alumni Association VP of Career Services, Asha Aravindakshan, GWSB BBA ‘02 and GW’s Director of Alumni Career Services and Professional Networks, Michael Steelman, GSEHD Cert ‘11, share best strategies and tips for you and fellow Colonials to utilize LinkedIn to become a networking ninja.

9 Pitfalls to Avoid in Your Military Transition

  • Recorded: Nov. 24, 2014, 12 – 1pm EST
  • Presenter: GW alumnus, Sultan Camp, GSEHD MA ’13, focuses on key aspects of a successful military-to-civilian transition for senior officers and senior Warrant Officers/senior NCOs.

How to Build a High-Performing Nonprofit Board

  • Recorded: April 10, 2013 | 12 – 1 pm EDT
  • Presenter: Misha Charles, GSEHD MA '08, helps nonprofit CEOs and board members, social entrepreneurs, and others who work with boards to build a governing body that performs at the highest level and adds value to the organization.

Job Search Strategy for GW Military Veterans

  • Recorded: July 8, 2011 | 12 - 1 pm EDT
  • Presenters: Carl Savino, GWSB MS '83, and Janet Spadola, GSEHD MA '69, will provide participants the opportunity to learn effective ways to leverage their military experiences and network.

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Top Thought Leaders in Trust 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Linda Fisher Thornton, GSEHD M.A. ‘94

Linda Fisher Thornton is named to the 2017 Top Thought Leaders in Trust by Trust Across America, and receives a Top Thought Leaders in Trust 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award for her work supporting trustworthy leadership. Linda is the author of 7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership. Thornton is CEO of Leading in Context, LLC, a leadership development firm in Richmond, V.A. She regularly blogs and speaks about how to lead responsibly in a global society and how to build high-trust work places to optimize employee performance. Ms. Thornton has been previously featured in the January 2013 issue of The Human Factor, a human resource magazine in India, in an interview about trends in ethical business development.

2016 Teacher of the Year Recipient

Topher Kandik, GSEHD M.A. ‘08

Topher Kandik is the 2016 Teacher of the Year from the District of Columbia. He earned National Board Certification in 2011. He is currently an Upper School English teacher at SEED Public Charter School in Washington, DC. Topher is also a co-founder (with Dr. Casemore of GWU) of DC Miscellanea, a creative writing collaborative for DC youth which hosts writing workshops in conjunction with local poets and arts organizations. Topher holds an M.A. from the George Washington University and is dual certified in English and Special Education. His class “Why New Orleans Matters” will be featured in the upcoming book, Arts Integration in Education: Teachers and Teaching Artists as Agents of Change.

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