Dean’s Message – Dr. Hugh Courtney, Associate Dean of Executive
Happy New Year! It is my great pleasure to introduce you to our
new EMBA Alumni newsletter. We hope that this bi-monthly newsletter
will quickly become a “must-read” for you and your fellow alumni,
helping you stay connected to each other and the Smith School, and
cultivating our shared interest in the EMBA program as it evolves.
As I look back on my first full year as Associate Dean of Executive
Programs at Smith, I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity
to work closely with such a talented and dedicated group of students,
alumni, staff and faculty. Together, we have achieved some great
successes this past year, including being ranked 21st among U.S.
EMBA programs by the Financial Times; graduating the “Ochos”
– our loud and proud 8th cohort; and recruiting and enrolling 36
top executives into our 10th cohort which just launched on January
10th. Similarly, I have enjoyed hearing about the many personal
and professional successes and milestones you have achieved in the
Nonetheless, I believe there is so much more we can all accomplish
as a School, a program, and as individuals, if we more fully leverage
our Smith EMBA network. That is the goal of this newsletter. I hope
you will check it out regularly, and I hope it inspires you to call
a cohort-mate or faculty member to reconnect; to return to campus
for an alumni or thought leadership event; to reach out to the EMBA
community for advice and support; or to just stop by on a Friday
to join the current students and faculty for lunch in Van Munching
Please provide us feedback on what you would like to see more and
less of in this newsletter and please send us your personal and
professional updates so that we can share them with our community
in future newsletters.
I look forward to seeing you all soon – check out the rest of the
newsletter for upcoming opportunities to reconnect!
Wishing you all a most wonderful 2010,
Save the date: EMBA Alumni Event on March 10, 2010
Join Dean Anand and other EMBA alumni for a Dean’s reception on
Wednesday evening March 10 location and exact timing to be announced
Upcoming Events – The Smith School has a variety of events over
the next few weeks.
Certificate in Innovation Management, Smith School and Clark
School of Engineering– Starts January 22
February 24, Next CEO @ Smith – Jim Parker (Former Southwest
CEO) “Leadership Under Pressure....Keys to Resilience”
Thought Leadership @ Smith
February 26, Joyce E. A. Russell, “Build Bench Strength
by Developing Your Employees” in DC
March 5, J. Robert Baum, “Passion—and Confidence—in Successful
Entrepreneurs” in Baltimore
March 12, Robert M. Sheehan, Jr., “Designing Mission-Driven
Organizations” in DC
April 9, Robert M. Sheehan, Jr., “Designing Mission-Driven
Organizations” in Baltimore
April 30, Clifford Rossi, “Risky Business: How Incentives,
Governance and Management Impact Your Firm’s Risk Profile”
May 7, Joyce E. A. Russell, “Build Bench Strength by Developing
Your Employees” in Baltimore
The Center for Complexity in Business will be holding its
second annual conference on April 23rd, 2010, featuring a variety
of distinguished speakers. The center’s research focuses on
practically all areas of modern management, including marketing,
information systems, operations, logistics, finance, and organization
science. This theme of this year’s conference is globalization
and technology in a complex world. For more information, please
What is happening at Smith EMBA? –Smith Executive MBA turns 10!!
By Shelbi Brookshire, Director, EMBA Recruiting
It’s hard to believe, but the 10th Smith EMBA cohort started with
a kick off dinner Sunday, January 10th. 36 EMBA students met to
begin their 19 month experience. It is my distinct pleasure to introduce
the next generation of Smith EMBA.
The average student is 37 years old with between 10 and 16 years
of professional experience – several have 20+ years. We are 25%
female and 39% underrepresented minority. 19% of the class is international
representing Denmark, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Greece, Senegal, Turkey
and Panama. 22% of the class has an advanced degree including one
Ph.D. (human genetics) and one medical doctor. There are also two
The class is a rich mixture of non-profit, government, energy, telecommunications,
healthcare, financial services, etc. I anticipate many lively discussions
between the cohort members.
Whether you were a member of the first or the ninth cohort, you
recognize the amazing journey on which these Smith EMBAs have embarked.
Additionally, you understand the significance of the networking
opportunities afforded within the program. Thus, I encourage you
to get to know the newest members of the Smith EMBA Community at
the next community event.
Hope to see you there,
Smith EMBA Students in Smith Business
Did you see the latest edition of Smith Business Magazine
(Fall 2009)? Three of our own were featured in the magazine; Michael
Barr (EM05), Liam Brown (EM03), and Dave Morgan (EM07).
If you missed it, you can view it online.
We have three areas where we ask you to make sure your e-mail and
mailing address are up to date.
- UMD –
E-mail university relations. This is important if you want
to keep getting the Smith Business Magazine and other
- Smith Alumni Portal which will soon be
- EMBA Office - Our office is attempting
to keep track of all e-mail address changes.
Please e-mail us with any updates.
Don’t forget to look for the Smith School on
Finally, we would like to request for 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 a new job or a
We are looking for a few of your classmates; we do not have a good
e-mail addresses for them. Please
e-mail us if you have their contact information. Thank you for