In Recognition of Professor Ricardo Ernst, LAB Managing Director 2006-2023
On Monday, October 16th, Georgetown University’s Latin American Board (LAB) members came together to celebrate the long-standing contributions of its departing founding Managing Director, McDonough School of Business (MSB) Professor Ricardo Ernst. The event was held at the Riggs Library at Georgetown University and attended by the members of the Latin American Board and their spouses and university leadership, including President DeGioia, Provost Groves, the Vice-president for Global Engagement Tom Banchoff, and Deans Almeida (McDonough School of Business) and Hellman (Walsh School of Foreign Service).
Professor Ricardo Ernst joined Georgetown University in 1987, where he currently serves as Baratta Chair in Global Business and Professor of Operations and Global Supply Chains, Director of the Baratta Center for Global Business, and Executive Director of the Latin America Leadership Program (LALP). Before that, he also served as Deputy Dean at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University. Professor Ernst has been the recipient of several accolades for his teaching excellence, including the Outstanding Teacher Award for the International Executive MBA program, the Joseph F. Le Moine Award for Graduate and Undergraduate Teaching Excellence at Georgetown University, and the MBA Core Curriculum Award, at The Wharton School University of Pennsylvania. He has also been listed as one of the Best Professors by Business Week magazine.
Personally, it´s been a privilege to serve you all as Managing Director for the past 18 years, but especially to have had the opportunity to get to know you and work with you all on so many projects, first from this Board and most recently from the Latin America Leadership Program (LALP, as we call it) that is the engine that continues to elevate the initial ventures we designed from the Board, and, which, I am proud to say, keeps them well and thriving still today.
After GCL’s success in 2014, the Board launched its Innovation and Leadership in Government Program (ILG), conceived for public managers to promote new ideas and programs in their respective organizations. Now, in its 10th edition, the ILG program has already reached 264 participants spanning the public, social, multilateral, and international cooperation sectors. These flagship programs, GCL and ILG, conceived by the Board continue to impact the region and the broader Georgetown community.
Our programs become learning opportunities, not just for the participants but also for the faculty, staff, and guest speakers who support them in their journey and the broader Georgetown University community that gets to interact with them. But their true journey starts when they return to their countries and build bridges across generations and programs and Georgetown to relive their Hoya experience and keep their shared commitment alive.
Professor Ernst firmly acknowledges the crucial role of the Board and its members' critical contributions that made all of this possible.
But all of this would not have been possible without all of you. It was your extraordinary vision and unwavering commitment that made these dreams a reality. You helped Georgetown elevate its impact across the region through new centers and initiatives, such as the Latin American Initiative, which was essential in revamping the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) in 2017, and the launch of Georgetown Americas Institute (GAI) last year.
I am confident that from my other roles within the university, we will continue to work together on many new and existing projects. It has been a true privilege to have cofounded and served this Board as its Managing Director since its inception, and I look forward to the many contributions that the Board will continue to make to the university and the region.
President DeGioia giving his remarks in recognition of Prof. Ricardo Ernst
Professor Ricardo Ernst thanking the members of the Latin American Board
Isabel Ernst, wife of Prof. Ernst recognizing Ricardo and the Board
Gally Mayer, Latin American Board member
Prof. Ernst with Latin American Board members in the Riggs Library
Rolando Gonzalez-Bunster, Latin American Board member
Latin American Board members with President DeGioia and Prof. Ernst
Miguel Mendoza, Isabel Ernst, Ricardo Ernst, Rolando Gonzalez-Bunster, Gally Mayer and Christina de Trapaga
Gally Mayer, Lorenzo Mendoza, Dionisio Gutierrez, Pita de la Vega, Ricardo Ernst, Manuel Balbontin, Maria Campo, Miguel Dueñas
LAB Chairman Manuel Balbontin, Ricardo Ernst, Dionisio Gutierrez
Miguel Dueñas, Isabel Ernst, Ricardo Ernst, Ana Lorena Gutiérrez, Sylvia Dueñas, Dionisio Gutiérrez
Lorenzo Mendoza, Isabel Ernst, Alexandra de Mendoza, Ricardo Ernst