A Capitol Idea!

EMBA students go to Washington, D.C.

EMBA Students in Washington DC

A study trip to Washington, D.C., is part of the JSOM Executive MBA curriculum, and the class traveling there in March is seen here posing outside the Office of Management and Budget. Inside, the students heard from Ken Baer, OMB's senior advisor and associate director for communications and strategic planning.

OMB was one of four seminar stops on the tour's opening day, which began with a visit to Patton Boggs' Washington office, included lunch at the Washington Press Club — where students heard from Politico's managing editor, Bill Nichols — another seminar stop at the FBI and ended with a meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, former mayor of Dallas.

The second day, the students went to the Federal Trade Commission to learn about antitrust enforcement, talked about the European Union's international business perspective over lunch, got Washington insiders' views of global political strategies in another seminar and heard how "Politics Goes Public" from Doug Pinkham, preside of the Public Affairs Council.

On Day 3, the trip closed with a tour of the U.S. Capitol and a seminar on "How Washington Works" led by Andrew Duke, chief of staff in the office of U.S. Representative Jeb Hensarling (5th District of Texas).