Success Stories

Alum Highlight: Glen Lambinicio

Glen Lambinicio still has to smile when students call him “professor” or “Mr. Lambinicio.” After all, it hasn’t been that long since he was a student in the inaugural class of Georgetown University’s Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate, where he now co-teaches Fundamentals of Real Estate.

When Lambinicio started the program, he might have been a little older than some of the other students, and he had more experience. But that experience was in investment analysis, not specifically real estate. And when his employer was acquired by a larger investment firm with significant assets in alternative investments (including real estate), Lambinicio decided he needed more specialized real estate training.

“That’s when I decided to go to Georgetown,” said Lambinicio, now a portfolio strategist. “It really helped me become a subject matter expert with something I was already involved in.”

Once in the program, Lambinicio realized he knew more about real estate than he thought—he was just looking at it through a finance lens.

After graduating, Lambinicio helped create an alumni association for the program. D.C. is a small town when it comes to real estate, and in a field where networking is essential, it was important to him to get something started.

For the past seven semesters, Lambinicio has been co-teaching the Foundations course with James King, a consultant for PricewaterhouseCooopers. Lambinicio enjoys helping students with career questions that he might have asked himself just a few years ago. And with his background in finance, and King’s expertise in architecture, corporate real estate, and project development, the two can present a comprehensive view of a field that is fascinating, complex, and constantly changing.

“It’s mainly about being able to give back,” Lambinicio said. “I’ve kind of gone around full circle.”

Alum Highlight: Joanna Shapiro

Joanna Shapiro didn’t have a particular candidate in mind to teach the class she was proposing. A Managing Director for Global Client Management at Bank of New York Mellon and a member of the Advisory Board for Georgetown University’s Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate, she felt the program needed an intermediary course to bridge the gap between entry-level finance and the more advanced study of complex transactions.

The other board members agreed. Now—who to teach the class?

Ideally, it would be someone who knew the program well and was an expert in the field. A senior executive with extensive experience in the public and private sectors. A highly successful professional who had forged strong working relationships within the financial services community.

That’s how Shapiro, a graduate of the Real Estate program’s inaugural class, began teaching the Capital Markets course.

When she started the program in 2008, Shapiro already owned her own company and had acquired specialized skills in the process of securitization, whereby illiquid assets, such as home mortgages, are converted into securities.

But she wanted to gain more knowledge than she could learn on the job. And, even though she ended up staying in finance, she wanted to explore the development side of the field.

After submitting her Capstone, she was asked to become a thesis advisor. Now an instructor and mentor, she encourages students to be flexible in a fast-paced field in which relationships are key and opportunities may appear in unexpected places.

“When you’re 21, 25, you have this life plan, this career plan,” Shapiro said. “You really have to think that this finely tuned career plan will change.”