CEO@Smith Speaker Series
President and Chief Executive Officer
Marriott International, Inc.
CEO@Smith Speaker Series
The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and the Tata Group of Companies hosted the Tata Dialogue on Innovation luncheon on April 1, 2016, at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. The featured speaker was Shankar Venkateswaran, chief of Tata Sustainability Group, who discussed the challenges of taking sustainability from policy to practice.
Don’t doubt your potential, alumni women executives told the next generation of talent at the fifth annual Women Leading Women conference March 31, 2016, at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.
On Feb. 16, 2016, the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business hosted an extraordinary event designed specifically for Smith’s professional community. The inaugural event, dubbed “Exploring the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry,” was highlighted by a fireside chat with Wendy Herrick, Unilever's VP of Supply Chain U.S., followed by a faculty dinner with company representatives, an executive panel, and an enticing networking opportunity for Smith students and alumni.
Every year, the town of College Park, Md., sees an influx of thousands of new students from every corner of the nation and even the world. You step into a classroom and you may find a student from Minnesota, Japan or Panama. The teachers that mold and inspire the great minds of the future here at UMD come from all parts of the globe: Lebanon, Germany, India, China, Romania, Nigeria, the list goes on and on. The companies and organizations that are studied meticulously in the classroom, from Pepsi to Apple, from KPMG to Samsung, are global entities with a global workforce and global assets. Take a stroll through Van Munching Hall, and you’re guaranteed to hear more than just the English language. So why is the global mindset so important? The answer is much closer to home than you think.
On Friday, Feb.19, a group of Smith Sophomores embarked on a one-day professional immersion program with KPMG called “Smith2DC.” The day was broken up into two halves: in the morning, the students learned about what social responsibility means to a company like KPMG, and in the afternoon, the students volunteered as KPMG representatives at a local elementary school, practicing what was preached. It was a fulfilling day, one that fused business and altruism, a partnership often overlooked in today’s, bottom-line driven society.
New “super-sized” programming will help MBA students explore career tracks at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Through a partnership with the school’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations, the Office of Career Services now offers panel discussions, keynote speakers, mock interviews and networking during Smith Super Days.
On Friday, Feb. 19, freshman business school students participated in Networking Day as part of the Smith Start program. Smith Alumni and recruiters from companies like KPMG, Target, Macy’s, and more led the day with words of wisdom, entertained questions, and detailed the importance of starting to develop one’s professional pursuits early.
Business leader, Navy veteran and Smith School benefactor Leo Van Munching Jr. ’50 died on Feb. 14, 2016, at his home in Darien, Conn. He was 89. Van Munching Hall, home to the Robert H. Smith School of Business and the School of Public Policy, bears his name.
Bill McDermott is a fantastic storyteller with tremendous energy. The CEO of SAP enthralled an audience of students, alumni, faculty, and staff at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business with tales of his life experiences. From his first entrepreneurial venture, to his most memorable sale, to his an overhaul of the worst branch at Xerox, to what he learned from a terrible accident, McDermott had his audience on the edge if their seats.