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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.
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.
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.
University of Maryland alumna Andrea Brody will share insights from her global career in marketing and sales during the fourth annual Women Leading Women forum March 5, 2015, at the Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Fede Garcia-Lopez (Smith MBA 2003; Engineering 1998) came up with the idea for Panas Gourmet Empanadas during an entrepreneurship class while in the part-time MBA program at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. It started as a wholesale business and in 2010 he opened restaurants in Dupont Circle and Bethesda.
Every five years, the University of Maryland Alumni Association honors and celebrates notable achievements of 21 outstanding individuals who have made their mark on the university and/or within their respective industry.
The 12th Annual Awards Gala, a prestigious, black-tie event held at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center on April 14, 2012, recognized five Smith alumni for their professional achievements, personal accomplishments and exceptional service to the university.
Carly Fiorina, named among the most powerful women in business by Fortune and Forbes Magazine, will headline a University of Maryland -Robert H. Smith School of Business conference exploring the transformative role of women in emerging markets.
A Smith MBA holder (1980) and former chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Co., Fiorina is a keynote speaker for:
Frank Islam, a member of the Smith School Board of Advisors, is the chairman/CEO of FI Investment Group LLC (FIIG), which focuses on providing growth capital to emerging companies, and managing specialized and branded funds. In addition to his volunteer work with the Smith School, Islam serves on the International Advisory Council of the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) National Advisory Board, the advisory committee of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and the Department of Commerce Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC).
When Christos Marafatsos ’09 and longtime friend Kosta Dionisopoulos started Delta Produce in 2009, they never dreamed that only two years later their business would be featured in Bloomberg BusinessWeek as part of an entrepreneurial contest.