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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GWAA 2016 Jane Lingo Alumni Outstanding Service Award Recipient

Maxine Freund, M.A. ’73, Ed.D. ’81

Dr. Freund will receive the Jane Lingo Alumni Outstanding Service Award—presented to a faculty or staff member who is a GW graduate and who consistently advances the mission of the university through dedicated volunteer efforts in support of its programs. She currently serves as associate dean for research and external relations at the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, where she advances the research efforts of GSEHD faculty and students collaborating on local, national and international funding endeavors.

GWAA 2015 Alumni Outstanding Service Award Recipient

Laura Taddeucci Downs, CCAS BA '92, GSEHD MA '95

As an undergraduate student at GW, Laura was a scholarship varsity athlete, an officer in her sorority and served on the Colonial Inauguration Cabinet. Upon graduating, Ms. Downs immediately began working for her alma mater and continued to work at the University for the next ten years. Ms. Downs held numerous positions at GW including Executive Director of the Student Activities Center, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Director of Colonial Inauguration. In addition, she also served as the Director of New Student Orientation at George Mason University. After leaving the workforce to raise her young children, Ms. Downs joined the Board of Directors of the George Washington Alumni Association as a volunteer in 2005 and held numerous officer positions including president of the GWAA from 2009-2011. She now continues her volunteer work at GW as Chair of the Council of Chairs, overseeing and supporting school-based alumni volunteer fundraising efforts and serves on GW’s National Council of Education and Human Development.

GWAA 2015 Jane Lingo Alumni Outstanding Service Award Recipient

Sylven Beck, GSEHD D.Ed. '81

Sylven Beck has made a career of influencing others. For the last 35 years, Dr. Beck has been a professor of elementary education at GW, instructing and mentoring some of the brightest aspiring teachers in the country. Her role at GSEHD is definitively prolific: she inspires and teaches students who then inspire and teach other—their own elementary students. And after three decades and hundreds of students, Beck's impact extends nationwide. But her influence is not confined to the classroom. "I've come to realize that it's not all about teaching our aspiring elementary teachers how to teach children reading, writing, and arithmetic—it’s about how to teach children to be kind to one another, to take care of one another. This is the most important lesson I could leave with my students." Her strategy may not be typical in its approach, but it is exponential in its effect. She continues to teach from the heart and through the Beck Endowment, continues to provide much needed scholarship funds to deserving students. The cycle of kindness endures.

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