Dean’s Message – Dr. Hugh Courtney, Associate Dean of Executive
Dear EMBA Alumni,
Rob Sheehan, Progyan Basu and I had the great pleasure to conduct
exit interviews with the graduates of our last cohort. Their feedback
was both gratifying and instructive. Several common themes emerged
from these interviews, formal evaluations and countless informal
discussions with EMBA students, alumni, faculty and staff. As a
result, we have made substantial, value-added changes to our program
in the last year, such as offering elective global study trips,
having the cohort vote on select mastery session topics, moving
graded strategy and ethics courses to the first semester, and making
substantial changes to how we run action learning projects. We are
trying to practice what we preach in the EMBA program by building
a learning organization focused on continuous improvement. For us
to succeed, we need your feedback on how we are doing and your ideas
for how we can do much better. Please contact me or Rob Sheehan
with your suggestions.
Speaking of continuous improvement, I'm happy to report that due
to Shelbi Brookshire's inspired efforts the student pipeline for
our next cohort starting in January 2011 looks outstanding so far.
Please keep your referrals coming and remember that Shelbi is happy
to meet you and potential EMBA candidates for a "lunch and learn"
session to talk about the program at your convenience. Shelbi will
also be inviting you all to a series of events this fall for our
alumni to network with one another, current EMBA students, and potential
future EMBA students. I hope you will be able to join us! I also
invite all alumni to participate in our new EMBA Faculty blog (http://blogs.rhsmith.umd.edu/emba/).
EMBA faculty will be posting regularly on issues they are most interested
in and relating these issues back to our EMBA program. A good blog
is an active blog, so please do contribute your comments, questions
and counter-arguments regularly to stir things up a bit.
Let me close with some news on EMBA program leadership. As of September
1st, I will be the Vice Dean of Programs at the Smith School. I
am very excited about working closely with Dean Anand in the coming
years in this expanded role that focuses on all aspects of the Smith
School's mission and programs. The only downside for me in taking
on this new role is that I won't have the time to focus on the EMBA
and non-degree executive education programs that I enjoy working
on so much. We will be searching for a new Associate Dean of Executive
Programs in the coming months and would appreciate your thoughts
on what type of person we should be looking for and/or nominations
for the job. We will forward the official job posting to you once
it is available. In the meantime, I will serve as acting Associate
Dean of Executive Programs until my replacement joins us. We will
keep you posted on progress in filling this position along the way.
It has been, and continues to be, a great honor and pleasure to
work with you all on the Smith EMBA program!
Admissions Update: The Incoming EMBA Cohort 11
Just a quick update on the good news for our current recruiting
cycle. Applications are up 62% for the 2010 July application deadline
from the 2009 July application deadline. The Admissions Committee
is busily interviewing the candidates.
Hopefully you will meet some of the incoming students at one of
the upcoming EMBA Fall Speaker Series listed below.
The Office of Executive Programs is pleased to announce continuing
education options through the miniMBA 2.0 program and the Smith
Introducing the miniMBA2.0 Certificate
If you're feeling left behind in the Business 2.0 world, here’s
great news. Whether you already have an MBA or you’ve been out
of school for a while, this program will update your expertise
and give you a competitive edge in today’s on-demand 24/7, Web
2.0 world. More than just a refresher, the program enables you
to develop new areas of expertise, exploit the technology,
expand your professional network and realize your ambitions.
Complete three core courses and two elective courses to earn the
distinct qualification of certificate from the University of
Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Introducing The Consulting Edge:
The Consulting Edge The Consulting Edge is a unique weekend professional
development program designed to help you build demonstrable skills
and differentiate yourself in the marketplace. Professional consulting
is all about solving problems and influencing partners —using the
facts at hand and collaborating to deliver the best answer with
limited time and resources. Developed by two former McKinsey consultants
at the Smith School, this unique program enhances your skills in
areas critical to the practice of consulting, including "Problem
Structuring," "Estimation," Influencing/Teamwork," "Communication,"
and more. The program is ideal for aspiring and practicing consultants
or professional managers looking look for a fresh perspective and
What's Happening at Smith EMBA?
Announcing the Fall 2010 EMBA Speaker Series
As many of you know from attending previous sessions, we began a
Fall EMBA Speaker Series in 2008. Originally geared towards helping
prospective students learn more about Smith's EMBA, the sessions
have become wonderful networking events for alums, current students,
professors and future students.
Below is information on dates, times and topics. All sessions will
begin at 6:45 p.m. in Van Munching Hall and be followed by a cocktail
hour with heavy appetizers. Registration pages will be live approximately
one month before the event. I will send a more formal invitation
once the registration page is live.
Thursday, Sept. 23:
Dr. Alex Triantis, department chair of finance, will discuss dealing
with risk in this uncertain economy.
Thursday, Oct. 14: EMBA
Alumni Panel - Return to Smith to reconnect and meet other alums,
in addition to adding your insight to the Q&A.
Thursday, Nov. 11:
Dr. Oliver Schlake,
one of Smith's top management & organization professors specializing
in corporate innovation, will discuss "Leadership Under Uncertainty",
a topic he has presented on at several Fortune 500 organizations.
I hope to see you at one (or more) of the above events!
The Smith School launches the
Smith Connector. The Smith Connector is a place to update your
contact information and connect with other Smith Business School
alumni professionally and socially. It links to Facebook automatically.
And the Smith Connector can be used to search for jobs or to post
jobs. In its first month 1,349 alumni updated their profiles! Make
sure you check it out.
For more information check out the article in Smith Business
Magazine (Spring 2010)
We have two areas where we ask you to make sure your email
and mailing address are up to date.
- UMD – Email university relations at
email@example.com. This is important if you want to
keep getting the Smith Business Magazine and other UMD publications.
- Smith Connector:
Don’t forget to look for the Smith School on LinkedIn, Twitter and
James Zenyuh (EMBA '01)
welcomed his son in Dec. 2009. Quinn Robert Zenyuh joins sister
Helena Marie, who turned two in March. The two are getting along
Alison and Pete Plotas (EMBA
'09) welcomed their son Alexander James Plotas into the world on
July 30. Mommy and baby are doing great and big sister Ariana (4
years old) is lovin' her new brother.
Job Opportunities for EMBA Alumni
From Mark Acton (EMBA '05): Position Open -- Director of Accountability
and Compliance, U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission.
Click here to view the job posting.
Finally, we would like to
request personal updates to share with all of our EMBA alumni. We
would like to highlight your successes! Please send any updates
you want to share such as new job or new baby. Email the updates
We are looking for a couple of your classmates; we do not have a
good email address for them. Please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your help!
- Heather Eck
- James Franklin
- Sandeep Thumula
- Heidi Walsh
- Robert Zakroff