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Andrea Brody ’87 Headlines 4th Annual Women Leading Women Event

Women need advocacy and support at each stage of their careers. While the number of females in management positions is growing, women still have fewer role models and mentors than men. That’s why the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business hosts Women Leading Women, celebrating an inspirational female trailblazer in the business world.

Smith Community Participates in First Court Classic

Since last spring, the Smith Dean’s Student Advisory Council (DSAC), the Undergraduate Program, and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business have been planning a ground-breaking event in which students, alumni, and faculty teams take to the court to see who reigns supreme in a round robin basketball tournament. On February 27, 2015, Ritchie Coliseum was filled with over 350 students, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff for Smith’s first Court Classic.


A week of empowerment, encouragement and enlightenment sponsored by the Dean’s Office Women’s Initiative Group

Smith women — students, faculty and staff — please join us for a week of events created especially for you. Smith Women’s Week offers a breadth of engaging topics designed to inform, engage and grow your professional networks. It’s time to start the conversation.

Monday, March 2

TedTalk Forum: Can We All “Have it All”?
Noon - 1 p.m.
VMH 2333 (Executive Meeting Space)

Bring your lunch to a screening of public policy expert Anne-Marie Slaughter’s thought-provoking TedTalk. This will be followed by a lively and informal discussion of what it means to be a woman in today’s workplace.

Slaughter has exploded the conversation around women’s work-life balance, making waves with her 2012 article, “Why Women Still Can't Have It All.” Find out why shifts in work culture, public policy and social mores can lead to more equality — for men, women, all of us.

Dessert and beverages will be provided. Sponsored by the Masters Programs Office and the Office of Human Resources.

Tuesday, March 3

Women and Wealth (Lunch & Learn)
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. and 1 - 2 p.m.
VMH 2333 (Executive Meeting Space)

A.J. Fechter ’91 and Alyson Scott lead this “lunch & learn” session, which will help you define your personal wealth brand. Whether starting your financial portfolio at ground zero or re-defining your wealth options, Women and Wealth has something for everyone.

Lunch will be provided.  Sponsored by Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Group and the Office of Alumni Relations.

Wednesday, March 4

Personal Safety Strategies for Women
2 - 3 p.m.
VMH 2517 (Executive Dining Space)

Presented by Jody Maki, CEO, Girl on Fire DC, this dynamic session covers awareness, how to avoid an incident or assault, safety items to carry every day, and critical abuser signs to be aware of. Use these tips and share them with your loved ones.

Sponsored by the Office of Human Resources.

Monday, March 23 (Rescheduled from March 5 due to inclement weather. If you were pre-registered for the March 5 date you will automatically be registered for March 23.) 

Women Leading Women
6 - 9 p.m.
Frank Auditorium

Now in its fourth year, Women Leading Women provides advocacy and support to women at every stage of their careers.

This year, Women Leading Women features a conversation with Andrea Brody ’87, senior vice president of global marketing at BravoSolution. With more than 25 years marketing experience working for national and global high-tech companies, Brody has a proven track record for delivering results in marketing, sales, strategic planning, product management and business development. She holds a B.S. in marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an M.S. in information systems from American University.

This complimentary event is open to all Smith and University of Maryland women, including alumnae, faculty, staff and students, their guests and friends.

Presented by the Office of Alumni Relations.

Friday, March 6 

Executive Women’s Roundtable - Cancelled due to weather emergency
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
VMH 2517 (Executive Dining Space)

This excellent networking opportunity will cover issues such as salary negotiations, work/life balance, positive self-talk, executive presence, leadership styles and more. Our outstanding EMBA women coaches will facilitate each topic’s roundtable.

Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Smith Association of Women MBAs and the EMBA Executive Coaching Program.

Women Leading Women: Past Events


Andrea Brody ’87 Headlines 4th Annual Women Leading Women Event
Women need advocacy and support at each stage of their careers. While the number of females in management positions is growing, women still have fewer role models and mentors than men. That’s why the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business hosts Women Leading Women, celebrating an inspirational female trailblazer in the business world. Now in its fourth year, Women Leading Women is an event for, by and about women, and presents opportunities to discover common ground and make lasting connections. This year’s honoree was Andrea Brody ’87, senior vice president of global marketing at BravoSolution. [VIDEO]


Smith Hosts 3rd Women Leading Women Event
Two-time Terp Brenda Freeman ’87, MBA ’91, isn’t shy about offering advice to women, no matter what stage they are in their careers. She headlined the Robert H. Smith School of Business’s third annual Women Leading Women event on April 24, 2014, during which she talked to the crowd about fitting into different corporate cultures, finding a good mentor and having a good work-life balance, among other things. [VIDEO]


Smith Hosts Second Annual Women Leading Women Event
The University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business hosted female members of the community (alumni, students, staff, and faculty) for the Second Annual Women Leading Women event on March 1, 2013. This year's guest of honor was Kristen Welch ’90, MBA ’96, senior vice president of global content operations at Discovery Communications. [VIDEO]


Anders Speaks at Women Leading Women Event
Anders is vice president of business development at McKissack and McKissack, a woman/minority-owned organization specializing in architecture and construction management, and has 22 years of construction project management experience. On February 10, 2012, she joined members of the Smith Association of Women MBAs (SAWMBA) and the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA), along with female faculty and staff, at the Robert H. Smith School of Business’ Inaugural Women Leading Women event and reception, sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations. [VIDEO]


More Than a Gut Feeling: Smith PhD candidate Daniel Olson worked closely with managers and entrepreneurs during six years as a corporate and securities attorney. “These extremely smart and generally well-trained people consistently made their decisions based on little more than a gut feeling,” he says. “This intrigued me, and my curiosity about what factors determine success for entrepreneurs and for businesses led me to pursue a PhD in strategic management and entrepreneurship.” Olson says he chose Smith because of the diverse research interests and backgrounds he found at the school. “There are faculty members trained as economists, sociologists, psychologists, political scientists and historians, and they are all trying to understand both the processes that cause entrepreneurs and managers to make the decisions that they do and the consequences of those decisions.”

Enrollment: 82

Average GMAT: 720

Women: 28 (34%)

Minority/international: 52 (64%)

Advanced to candidacy: 14

Conference presentations: 31

Dissertation proposals: 12

“A” journal publications: 6

For more information about the PhD program at Smith, visit: www.rhsmith.umd.edu/programs/phd-program.


Scoring in Soccer and Business: Stephen King, MBA ’15, knows success on the soccer field. During four seasons with the University of Maryland, he scored 30 goals and added 33 assists. Along the way, he helped the Terrapins advance to two NCAA Sweet Sixteens and win the 2005 National Championship. He scored additional points during five Major League Soccer seasons. Now as a full-time MBA student at the Smith School, he is working to score business goals. “I have been a believer in the University of Maryland and Smith School of Business since 2004, when I entered the halls of Van Munching as an undergraduate finance major,” he says. “I have always been impressed by the quality of people — students, faculty and staff — who call Smith their home.” 

Full-time MBA

Enrollment: 221 (104 2013 admits + 117 returning)

Average GMAT: 653

Average age: 30

Women: 70 (32%) 

Paying It Forward: As a Smith School ambassador, Stephanie Cramer, MBA ’14, loves to tell prospective students about her part-time MBA experience. “I speak at recruiting events because it means a lot to me,” Cramer says. “It is totally a pay-it-forward kind of thing.” After earning an undergraduate degree in Florida, Cramer launched her career in Texas before moving to Washington, D.C. Today she leads business development and strategic planning as executive advisor at Avalere Health. “The flexible format of the part-time MBA allowed me to continue working while earning my degree,” she says. “I was able to apply classroom lessons immediately.” 

For more information about Smith’s Full-time MBA Program, visit: www.rhsmith.umd.edu/programs/full-time-mba.

Part-time MBA

(Baltimore, DC and Shady Groves)

Enrollment: 694 (223 2013 admits + 471 returning)

Average GMAT: 582

Average age: 31

Women: 214 (31%)

Long-term View: Military veteran Victor Valdez, EMBA ’14, arrived at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Sept. 22, 2014. But already the new chief operating officer and managing executive of the agency’s Enforcement Division is looking toward the future. “One of the principal parts of my job is to grow my successor — to grow the people who will replace me,” he says. “I want to make sure those people who work for me have a good idea of what it takes to move to the next level.” The same type of strategic thinking also led Valdez to enroll in Smith’s Executive MBA. “I wanted more business education to support my long-term goals,” he says.

For more information about Smith’s Part-time MBA Program, visit: www.rhsmith.umd.edu/programs/part-time-mba.

Executive MBA

(U.S. and China)

Enrollment: 61

Applicants: 93

Average work experience: 14.7 years

Average age: 39

Women: 22 (36%)

Priceless Experience: Like many of his classmates, James Cannon, MBA ’15, enrolled in Smith’s Online MBA looking for a solid return on his investment. After one semester in the blended program, the chief operating officer at Farr, Miller & Washington already is satisfied. “You start to realize that you are really getting the best bang for your buck,” he says. “It is not just a degree at the end. It really is knowledge that you can adapt to every part of your life.” Cannon says if he could film a commercial for the program, the slogan would be: “Online MBAs from the University of Maryland are priceless.”

For more information about Smith’s Executive MBA Program, visit: www.rhsmith.umd.edu/programs/executive-mba.

Online MBA*

Enrollment: 28

Average age: 31

Average work experience: 8.35 years

Average salary: $84,797

Women: 10 (35.7%)

* Program opened in January 2014. Statistics provide a spring 2014 snapshot of the first two cohorts.

For more information about Smith’s Online MBA Program, visit: www.rhsmith.umd.edu/programs/online-mba.

Specialty Masters

Global Mindset Pays Off: Chinese expatriate Stella Liu, MS ’13, embraced cultural differences when she arrived in the United States as a Master of Finance student at the Smith School. “It is important to keep an open mind to changes and differences,” says Liu, who also came with a strong work ethic. Her global mindset and tenacity already have led to career opportunities, first with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and now as an analyst with JPMorgan Chase in New York. “This is part of Chinese culture,” she says. “We are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve our goals.” 


Enrollment: 162

Applicants: 412

Women: 70%

Minority/international: 86% 

Supply Chain

Enrollment: 88

Applicants: 221

Average GMAT: 657

Women: 59%

Minority/international: 99% 


Enrollment: 214

Applicants: 599

Average GMAT: 707

Women: 55%

Minority/international: 98% 

Information Systems

Enrollment: 45

Applicants: 223

Average GMAT: 640

Women: 41%

Minority/international: 92% 

Marketing Analytics

Enrollment: 37

Applicants: 149

Average GMAT: 686

Women: 63%

Minority/international: 92% 

For more information about Smith’s Specialty Masters Programs, visit: www.rhsmith.umd.edu/programs/ms-programs.


Double the Experience: Fulbright Scholar Stephanie Graf ’14 knew she had an aptitude for business when she enrolled as a Smith undergraduate, but choosing a major was tricky. Finance and marketing both appealed to Graf, and she did not want to limit her options. In the end she chose both paths, thriving during her Smith experience as a double major. “Do not sell yourself short,” she says. “Do not self-select out of opportunities because you worry you will fall short.”

(College Park and Shady Groves)



Mean SAT score

1352 (fall 2013 freshmen)

Mean high school GPA

4.13 (fall 2013 freshmen)

Maryland residents

1,973 (69%)


1,147 (40%)


1,256 (44%)

For more information about Smith’s Undergraduate Program, visit: www.rhsmith.umd.edu/programs/undergraduate-programs.


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