WE CONNECT THE DOTS. YOU CREATE THE BIG PICTURE.
Meet Rick, a Smith MBA ’12 grad. As co-president of the MBA
Finance Association, Rick organized the Smith’s M&A Competition,
supported in-part by the Annual Fund, where he worked closely
with Smith School staff to make the event a success. Those staff
then connected Rick with an alumnus who needed the right person
for a banking internship. Rick got the internship… and landed a
full-time job at the UBS Leverage Finance Group after
advice for future students? Get involved in activities beyond the
classroom. These connections are going to get you far.
Rick Spadaro, MBA ’12
Meet Brianna, a Smith School undergraduate. As a scholarship recipient,
Brianna understands the importance of philanthropy firsthand. This goes beyond
just her scholarship to an appreciation for every corner of Van Munching
Hall—our building filled with resources and innovative technology due to gifts
from donors and alumni.
As a Smith School student, every day when I walk down the
halls of Van Munching, I witness the generosity of many Smith School alumni.
Philanthropy within the Smith School community brings a sense of success and
inspiration. It sends a constant reminder that as you prosper in your career,
always remember the ones who helped you along the way, and more importantly,
remember to always help others’ dreams come true, too.
Brianna Burnette, Smith School Undergraduate
Meet our EMBAs.
Meet our EMBAs. Being part of an Executive MBA program means juggling established
careers, family time and an intensive executive education program.
Fund helps fund social events open to EMBAs and their families, events which
foster networking and community building.
Smith EMBA is such an intense experience, so I always looked forward to the
social events that the Smith School put on for us -- especially the BBQs and
holiday parties. These events not only gave us the opportunity to relax and have
some fun, but our families could also attend some events. I believe that really
helped us build a strong and lasting community.
Alissa Arford, EMBA ‘10
Meet Ritu and Rebecca.
Ritu and Rebecca. Both Smith School professors, they have many roles to play. In
addition to being members of our stellar faculty, these women are also members
of the greater academic community. The Annual Fund provides membership dues for Ritu, Rebecca and many other
professors and PhD students, for the world’s top professional associations, so
they can do what they do best: represent Smith as an intellectual force to be
in professional societies are an outstanding way of connecting with new ideas
and building relationships with colleagues at other institutions. My
long-standing association with INFORMS, a leading professional society for
operations research, management science, and information systems, has allowed me
to play a variety of leadership roles in the profession, including my current
position as Editor-in-Chief of one of the top journals in Information Systems.
Ritu Agarwal, Professor of Information Systems
in professional organizations like the Association for Consumer Research
and the Society for Consumer Psychology is critical to faculty and PhD
student development. Sponsoring these memberships raises the stature of
the Smith School by allowing our faculty and PhD students to participate
in the essential academic process of presenting research and providing
feedback on others' research.
Rebecca Hamilton, Professor of Marketing