WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 25, 2014) — Business schools nationwide have struggled to close the gender enrollment gap, but the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business has found success with new programming options and personalized attention for part-time MBA students in Washington, D.C. Overall, about 45 percent of the 160 students who started evening or weekend programs this month in the nation’s capital are women — far above the industry average of 30 to 35 percent.
Hewlett-Packard already had made strides in diversity when Carly Fiorina, MBA ’80, arrived as CEO in 1999. The Silicon Valley giant had progressive policies, feeder pools and employee networking groups in place. With the recruitment of Fiorina, HP also had the first woman leader of a Fortune 20 company.
Right after spring final exams, 10 undergraduate students at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business traveled to Sydney, Australia, with Mary Harms, a clinical associate professor of marketing. The program began with an intensive two-week global marketing course taught by Harms and culminated with eight-week internships at companies such as PwC, Chubb, Otis, Nielsen, 3M, and the Greater Western Sydney Giants.
In this issue of the Smith Report, Chavuanne Wills, MBA Candidate 2015, tells us about working as a summer associate at Deloitte Consulting in Washington, D.C.
Orientation leaders at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business know exactly what incoming full-time MBA students need. A committee of returning students led by Jen Long, Smith MBA Association vice president of student affairs, has played a major role in planning and delivering the two-week module that ends Aug. 23, 2014, with a Washington Nationals baseball outing.