Diversity and Personal Brands
Guests at the 19th Annual William D. Bradford Minority Awards Banquet were
encouraged to embrace their diversity last night.
“It is important to remember that your diversity adds value to your personal
brand,” said Henry Hernandez, a diversity consultant and the event’s featured
speaker. Hernandez has worked with some of the nation’s top organizations
including SAIC, American Express, the CIA, Pitney Bowes and others.
Hernandez encouraged the audience to step out of its comfort zone at work.
2012 Award Winners
Latin Community Involvement Scholarship
Beatriz Ariza (MBA '13 -
African American Community Involvement Scholarship
Ian Cruse (PT-MBA -
Academic Excellence Award
Rodrigo Marin (MBA '12 - LAMBASA)
“Sometimes, minorities allow their culture to hold them back,” he said. “They
may not volunteer for projects or interject comments into a business meeting.
But it is important to show others your energy and your desire. At times,
because of our culture, that can be difficult but I encourage you to take that
Over 100 Robert H. Smith School of Business students, alumni, faculty, staff
and corporate partners attended the event hosted by the School’s Black MBA
Association and Latin MBA Students Association. The banquet was held at the
University of Maryland’s Samuel Riggs Alumni Center.
Hernandez said a personal brand is a promise professionals make to others. He
shared a number of tips to help audience members build and grow their personal
After Hernandez spoke, the 2012-2013 officers of the Smith School’s Black MBA
Association and Latin MBA Students Association were introduced to the audience.
The new BMBAA officers are: John Bernier, president; Stephanie Cary,
executive vice president; Nicole Orhue, vice president of finance; Ugonma
Onukwubiri, vice president, external relations; Bayo Togonu-Bickersteth, vice
president, marketing and communications; and Cynthia Osueke, vice president,
programs and events.
The new LAMBASA officers include: Adrian Sanchez, president; Beatriz Ariza,
executive vice president; Isabel Caruana, vice president of finance; Marcus De
Paula, vice president of marketing; Ana Castro, vice president of external
The Banquet was sponsored by GE and Choice Hotels International. Dean Anand
Anandalingam and club leadership presented plaques to the sponsors.
More information on the student clubs is available on
Linkedin at Smith
MBA Association and Latin
American MBA Students Association – Robert H. Smith School of
Business, University of Maryland.
About the Robert H. Smith School of Business
The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader
in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the
University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate,
full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, MS in business, PhD and executive
education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The
school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning
locations in North America and Asia.