Smith Graduates First Leadership Academy
The first-ever cohort of the Smith School’s new Leadership Academy graduated
with honors—and delight—on Friday, February 15.
Smith’s Office of Human Resources and Office of Executive Programs launched the
Leadership Academy to provide professional skills development to Smith staff utilizing
the expertise of Smith School faculty. Participants took mini-courses in customer
service excellence, project management, strategic thinking, financial acumen, negotiations,
and leadership. They spent six and a half days in class over a four month period
and worked outside of the classroom on team-based Action Learning Projects focused
on a real-world business challenges at Smith.
All Leadership Academy participants are full-time, director-level or below staff
persons who have worked at the Smith School for at least two years and were recommended
by their supervisors for inclusion in the program.
The day was a celebration of the work participants had done over the past four
months, as well as an opportunity for teams to present their recommendations from
the Action Learning Projects (ALPs). Projects included increasing connectivity for
the school's part-time MBA students, increasing diversity in the MS student population,
and developing and maintaining a Smith School intranet. Teams collected data, conducted
market surveys, benchmarked best practices and national trends, and analyzed the
budget implications of their recommendations.
None of the participants had a background in consulting or started with direct
experience with the problems they addressed, but it was clear the teams had made
good use of their new skills in developing recommendations for their ALPs.
"The presentations were really insightful, and the methodology the teams used
in their analyses was very sound," said Dean G. "Anand" Anandalingam. "I was very
impressed by the quality of the recommendations I heard today." The presentations
sparked some spirited discussion, and many of the recommendations are already being
implemented by the school.
In the future, the Smith School plans to offer Leadership Academy programming
to other schools and units within the University of Maryland as well as to regional
corporations, local, state and federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
Congratulations to the first cohort of the Leadership Academy:
Special thank to the faculty that provided incredible teaching and guidance in
the program: Dr. Joe Bailey, Dr. Gilad Chen, Dr. Curt Grimm, Dr. PK Kannan, Dr.
Joyce Russell, Dr. Alex Triantis and Dr. Ken White. Applications for the next
session of the UMD-Smith Leadership Academy will be accepted until
March 1, 2013. Application
materials can be found online and
should be submitted to the Office of Human Resources & Organizational
Effectiveness via email or to VMH 3570X. Please ensure that emailed documents
are scanned to show all necessary signatures.
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.