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Exploring the Benefits of Mindful Leadership
By Beth Cabrera, PhD

Mindfulness is an important component of leadership success. With so many distractions, it can be difficult for leaders to focus, stay in control during stressful situations, make good decisions, and build relationships with employees. Read how cultivating mindfulness enhances clarity, control, and connection. Click here to read the full article.

Beth Cabrera is one of the developers and instructors for the Positive Leadership Certificate Program. We are now accepting registrations for fall 2015. Click here for complete program information.

Does your career need a boost?

The answer just might be earning a professional certificate in your field -- or in a new field!

Meet with faculty and program managers at George Mason's Arlington campus to learn how a professional certificate from George Mason University can help you or your organization plan for success. We invite you to take this important step toward advancing your goals.

Open House

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
Mason's Arlington Campus
Founders Hall, Room 126
3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington Virginia
(Near Virginia Square/GMU Metro on the Orange Line)


Fall 2015 Dates Announced for Exploring the Business of Wine Course

Students gathering outside to learn about the business of wine

Students from the Northern Virginia area look forward to attending the course Exploring the Business of Wine to learn more about ďall things wine.Ē The course was developed by instructor Jeff Spencer, a 25-year wine industry professional, and will cover topics such as the history of wine, grape varietals and major wine regions of the world and within the United States. Topics will also include recognized industry credentials, wine pricing, employment opportunities, and future directions of the wine business. Anticipated guest speakers for the course include author Richard Leahy and Master of Wine Jay Youmans.

Included with the course are two field trips to The Winery at Bull Run in Centreville, owned by George Mason graduate Jon Hickox. Students recently heard Mr. Hickox speak about his experience and passion for building and growing his winery. Dean Greunburg, Manager, also spoke to the class about growing grapes and vineyard management, literally in the vineyard!

Dates for the upcoming Exploring the Business of Wine course are September 21 through November 2 (no class October 12). For more information or to register, please visit

For course announcements and interesting articles about wine, follow the course on Facebook and Twitter.

Questions? Contact Jeanne Spencer, or call 703-993-8337.

GIS Certificate Program to Exhibit at
2015 Esri User Conference

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July 20-24, 2015 | San Diego Convention Center

George Mason University will be highlighting the Professional Certificate in GIS Program on July 20, 2015 at Esri's User Conference in San Diego, California.

The Esri UC is your event to meet Esriís software developers, technical and training staff, and customer service support teams. Learn tips and tricks from other Esri users who are located all over the world, in more industries than you can imagine. View maps, play with apps, listen to presentations, visit solution providers, network with your peers, and meet new friends. There is something for everyone.

Be sure to stop by the Academic GIS Program Fair from 3:30Ė8:30 p.m. where we can provide you with information about how a GIS certificate could enhance your career!

If you canít make it to the conference, but would like information about the GIS Certificate Program contact program manager, Jeanne Spencer at or 703-993-8337.

Summer International Security Courses Announced

Now in its fourth year, the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs (SPGIA) is addressing the critical topic of international security. The program is focused on two different areas critical to world safety. These short-courses are designed to introduce participants to science, security, and policy dimensions of the threats of chemical, biological, and radiological weapons. Participants will garner a deeper understanding of these potential dangers.

SPGIA encourages professionals in academics and public health, life sciences, industry, international affairs, law enforcement, emergency management, and national security to attend this program dealing with modern, emerging and distant threats. Courses are taught by Mason faculty and other nationally renowned experts. The following courses are scheduled at Masonís Arlington campus:

July 2015:

IS 0410 Terrorism in the 21st Century

IS 0300 Pandemics, Bioterrorism, and International Security

For detailed information and course outline, visit:

Questions? Please call 703-993-8335

Certified Financial Planner Certificate

Recognizing the increasing demand for competent and ethical financial advisors, George Mason University is now offering the Certified Financial Planner education program. Offered in cooperation with Dalton Education, this program is designed to prepare you in the theory and practice of financial planning. Upon completion of this program you will have a comprehensive foundation to practice financial planning.

For more information, visit or call 877-426-2373.




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