School of Management Hosts Speakers on Entrepreneurship, Japanese Telecom, and Biodefense

Posted: April 27, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

The School of Management (SOM) will bring several prominent speakers to George Mason as the spring semester wraps up. Today, the “Founders Forum on Entrepreneurship” will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Mason Hall Board Room. Kellyanne Conway, president and CEO of The Polling Company Inc., and Mark Ordan, CEO, Sutton Place Group, LLC, will discuss entrepreneurship, with Mark Bisnow, of Bisnow on Business, as moderator.

Conway conducts research for political, trade association, and industry clients. Ordan owns Sutton Place Gourmet, Hay Day Markets, Balducci’s, and High Noon CafĂ©. He founded, built, and sold Fresh Fields, a natural foods supermarket chain. Bisnow produces and hosts Bisnow on Business, a series of brief radio spots profiling hundreds of Washington area CEOs and national political figures.

Tomorrow, SOM will look at the future of telecommunications in Japan with the seminar, “Seeing the Telecom Future in Japan.” Because Japan is at the leading edge of telecom, with broadband, mobile e-commerce, and wireless technology, many of the trends that start there tend to follow in the United States.

Yasu Taniwaki, economic counselor and telecommunications attaché with the Embassy of Japan, and David Jeppson, vice president of business development and public affairs for NTT DoCoMo USA, will be the main speakers of this seminar, which will begin at 7:15 p.m. A reception precedes the seminar at 6:30 p.m. in the Mason Hall Board Room.

Carole Heilman, director of the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the National Institute of Health (NIH), will visit SOM on May 3. Heilman has NIH responsibility for scientific direction, oversight, and management of all infectious diseases except AIDS. She will speak on “Biodefense and the Public Sector in Today’s World” beginning at 7:15 p.m. in the Mason Hall Board Room. A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. The talk is part of the Bioscience Management Distinguished Speaker Series.

Heilman has a PhD in microbiology from Rutgers University. She did her postdoctoral work in molecular virology at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and continued on at NCI as a senior staff fellow in molecular oncology. In 1986, she moved into the health science administration area, where she focused on respiratory pathogens.

For more information, contact Michele Hanson at 703-993-1974 or visit the SOM web site.

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