Hello dear Hoyas.

We sincerely hope you can join us for a celebration of the birthday of the United States.

July 5 wp

The Georgetown Alumni Club cordially invites you to:

China’s quiet transformation: How e-commerce is changing China

Frank Lavin, CEO of Export Now

Most people are aware of the dramatic impact e-commerce has on everyday economic life in China, the improvement in consumer choice and quality, the empowerment of smaller businesses, and the social role of e-commerce. But as e-commerce matures in the market, is it also shaping societal behavior and expectations off-line and on-line? Frank Lavin will discuss how companies can successfully use e-commerce in China and also offer some thoughts as to the broader implications of the emerging e-commerce society in China.

Event Details:

Tuesday, November 19th
@ Grub and Groove
Building 2, 283 Jianguo Xi Lu, near Jiashan Lu
建国西路 283 号,尚街 X 楼, 近嘉善路 (最近地铁站:9 号线 嘉善站

We are holding this event with the Thinkery, and the Hopkins China Forum.
No RSVP necessary.

More about Frank Lavin

Frank Lavin (Franklin L. Lavin) is a native of Canton, Ohio. He is CEO of Export Now, which makes selling through Alibaba and Taobao easy for any consumer product company. As Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, Lavin headed the International Trade Administration for the United States Department of Commerce from 2005 until 2007. Lavin served as the United States Ambassador to Singapore from 2001 to 2005.

Under Secretary Lavin earned a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University; a M.S. in Chinese language from Georgetown University; a M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University; and a M.B.A. in Finance at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Georgetown Alumni Club cordially invites you to:

International Business Ethics and Chinese Foreign Investment

John Kline, Professor of International Business Diplomacy at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.


What is international business ethics in a globalized economy that spans different national political systems, disparate socio-economic conditions and diverse historical, cultural and religious traditions? Although many values are considered relative, international firms are increasingly expected to adhere to international norms. As Chinese enterprises expand their international investments in line with the “Go Global” policy, they can learn valuable lessons from how other global firms have responded, both successfully and unsuccessfully, to difficult ethical dilemmas. Whether oil investments in Sudan, bribery, product or workplace safety standards, or the environmental impact of corporate operations, ethics as a “best choice” process can help guide personal and organizational responses to ethical risk assessments.

Event Details:

Thursday, October 17th, 2013
19:15pm –20:30 pm
The Wooden Box
9 Qinghai Lu (just to the South of Nanjing West Road)
青海路 9 号, 近南京西路, 地铁二号线南京西路站

We are holding this event with the Hopkins China Forum. Please RSVP to Frank Tsai (Hopkins China Forum) at editor@shanghai-review.org.

More about Professor John Kline


John Kline is Professor of International Business Diplomacy at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. His teaching focuses on international business-government relations, international investment strategies and negotiations, and international business ethics. Kline is the author of the textbook, Ethics for International Business: Decision-Making in a Global Political Economy. Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, Kline was Director of International Economic Policy at the National Association of Manufacturers. He received his doctorate in Political Science from The George Washington University and holds a masters degree in International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Kline serves as a consultant to various international organizations and private multinational corporations. Recent projects include a comparative analysis for UNCTAD on foreign investment policy promoting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Malaysia and Singapore, and on electricity infrastructure in Chile and New Zealand. Currently he is testing in several African countries a method governments can use to evaluate foreign direct investment proposals on sustainable economic, environmental, social and governance criteria. Kline is also author of Foreign Investment Strategies in Restructuring Economies and International Codes and Multinational Business: Setting Guidelines for International Business Operations.

Two of our alumni are organizing a brunch series that we want to share.

Premiering: Georgetown’s Brunch Series

hosted by alumni JOHN LEARY and DIANA TSAI.

A scintillating biweekly brunch of Hoyas (&friends), bringing together changemakers within startup, corporate, NGO, and art communities.

Brunch Topic 001 | James Altrucher’s Cheat Sheet for Starting & Running a Business — do you agree or disagree with validity of these points in terms of business in China?


To receive an invitation, please read this article and consider its relevance to your experience in China. Then RSVP to diana.tsai@bundshop.com by Friday Sept 6th to receive the meeting venue for Sunday September 8th brunch.

Download the flyer (PDF)