Gift From Top Businesswoman to Help GWU Promote Board Diversity

By Pamela J. Bethel According to a recent blog item in the Washington Business Journal, successful businesswoman Linda Rabbitt has made a substantial financial gift to the George Washington University School of Business to establish an executive education program designed to increase the number of women on corporate boards. This is a stubborn problem. According […]

JPMorgan Chase’s Trading Errors Help Make Case for Volcker Rule

By Pamela J. Bethel The announcement that JPMorgan Chase recently lost at least $2 billion due to ill-advised hedge fund trading could not have come at a worse time for the banking industry and for Jamie Dimon, the mega-bank’s CEO. That’s because banking regulators are close to agreement on the content of the so-called Volcker […]

US-Columbia Trade Promotion Agreement

The United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement entered into force on May 15, 2012. O’Riordan Bethel and Washington Consulting Corporation is ready to help businesses large and small  put the Agreement to work to expand and diversify their market reach. WCC has experience in Colombia helping US and multinational clients with Colombian investment and trade opportunities, […]

Anti-Corruption Effort in Afghanistan Snares 81 Contractors, Leads to Debarment

By Pamela J. Bethel Government contractors working in Afghanistan should be on notice that they are being scrutinized for possible fraud and corruption and could be excluded from bidding for contracts. Eighty-one companies – some American and some international or Afghan – have recently been debarred from government contracts related to the war on Afghanistan, […]

CFPB Makes Excellent Hire for Director of Minority and Women Inclusion

By Pamela J. Bethel We have already written about Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires that financial regulatory agencies set up Offices of Minority and Women Inclusion. The purpose of these offices is both to encourage diversity of employment within the agencies themselves and to promote diversity in hiring and contracting within the […]