The 18th Annual William D. Bradford Awards Banquet was held on April 27, 2011
at the Riggs Center, University of Maryland in College Park.
The Bradford Banquet is the marquee event of the
Associations that honors the legacy of one of Smith’s former deans and finance
chair - Dr. William Bradford - and celebrates the diversity at Smith.
While holding on to its traditions, the Bradford Banquet has evolved into a
signature networking event for the Smith School of Business. Over 100 people,
including faculty, staff, students, and guests of all backgrounds, came together
for the evening to meet new people and make valuable connections.
Smith students benefited from the multitude of event sponsors, as each
company sends 2 to 4 representatives to the banquet to network with the Smith
community. This year’s sponsors were Marriott Inc., General Electric,
PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, Constellation Energy, The Federal Home Loan
Bank of San Francisco, and Smith’s own CIBER office. BB&T supported as the
event’s Diamond Sponsor.
The theme for the 2011 banquet was “Leveraging Diversity: Paving Your Way
Through Corporate America." Keynote speaker Donna Meacham-Blackman, a Smith EMBA
program alumna and Vice-President of Finance at Marriott International, Inc.
gave a captivating address concluding with her best advice on how new MBAs can
achieve success in their career paths.
Anthony Taylor and Lina Montoya, both of the MBA Class of 2011 received
Academic Excellent Awards; Ian Cruse, PTMBA 2012 and Laura Rojas, MBA 2011 were
recipients of the Bradford Scholarship. LaVern Chapman, Director of Student
Engagement & Diversity and former Director the MBA Career Services Programming
received the Outstanding Staff Award. Finally, Ayo Odusote, MBA 2005, received
the Alumni Award for his continued commitment to the Smith School of Business
Shari King, Smith Media Group