Follow your inner voice. Elissa Kravetz ’99 has thrived by this yogic proverb. After graduating from the University of Maryland, Kravetz worked alongside shoe mogul Steve Madden before establishing a niche in Los Angeles as a fashion and lifestyle publicist. But three years ago, she launched the anti-bullying nonprofit organization, The Farley Project. The shift was deeply personal.
Growing up just four blocks from the University of Maryland, Cary Thomas ’70, MBA ’74, lived close to campus but saw higher education as something far out of reach. Most of his family had jobs at UMD but did not understand his desire to go to college.
Do the right thing when nobody is looking, Deloitte Global CEO Barry Salzberg said April 13, 2015, during a CEO@Smith keynote address in College Park, Md.
Brazilian immigrant Viviane Hembrock ’13 grew up surrounded by shipping. Her hometown of Santos, São Paulo, processes more than 3.5 million cargo containers annually, making it the busiest port in Latin America.
"Core competence (as a bedrock management principle) is dead," Fast Company proclaimed in 2013. But at least one Forbes writer disagreed. “It has not died," he wrote. "It has loosened up." In an apparent nod to Forbes, a writer for "Expanding Opportunities: A Resource Guide for Maryland's Small, Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses," recently approached Smith School professor Anil K. Gupta to give strategy lessons