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Dean’s Message – Dr. Hugh Courtney, Vice Dean
Dear EMBA Alumni,
During a recent interview with one of the applicants for our
EMBA 11 class, I was asked, “what do you think surprises students
most about the EMBA program.” My answer? The power of the cohort.
As alumni of the program, you already appreciate just how transformational
the cohort-based learning experience can be. I’ve seen how you have
worked together to birth new businesses; explore new career options;
rally around those who need support in times of crisis; develop
deep and lasting ties with each others’ families and friends; and
even learn a bit of accounting, finance, microeconomics and strategy!
But, of course, this sort of intense, cohort-based learning experience
is rare in academia, and most of our applicants just can’t imagine
how important the cohort will be in their lives.
My hope for you all as alumni of the program is that you will
continue to leverage the “power of the cohort.” It is true that
you may never be able to recapture the intensity of the cohort experience
you knew as EMBA students, but you can stay connected as EMBA alumni
and continue to rely on the cohort as a source of insight, inspiration,
support and fun. And as alumni, please keep in mind that the entire
EMBA community – alumni from other cohorts, faculty, staff and current
students – make up your cohort now. It is, indeed, a very powerful
Please let us know how we can help you better leverage the power
of your cohort.
Meet the Smith EMBAs of Today and Tomorrow
Dr. Yochelson - Current EMBA 10
Michael Yochelson is not only a Smith EMBA current student,
he's a brain surgeon. His work at the National Rehabilitation
Hospital is helping to provide specialized care for patients
living with both severe and mild cases of traumatic brain injury
In Michael's own words - "The Smith EMBA has been a great
experience for me. As I move up in hospital administration, the
importance of understanding all facets of business becomes a
critical piece to successful management. But I find that even in
my day to day practice, the skills we learn in leadership and
management classes comes into play regularly. The executive
coaching experience has been great as it really helps me deal
with day to day issues that arise as a manager in a hospital
setting. The professors at Smith understand that we have our own
careers already so they encourage us to write papers and do
projects that relate to our current jobs. Incorporating work and
school makes it more fulfilling and educational."
You can read more about Michael's real work in the August
2010 issue of US News & World Report or pick up his
Managing Brain Injury: A Guide to Living Well with Brain Injury
edited by Michael Yochelson, M.D. and Penny Wolfe, Ph.D.. There
is also a clip from a recent segment on Channel 4 regarding
youth sports and concussions - September being
National Concussion Awareness Month.
Incoming EMBA Cohort 11 Student’s Long History of
Elie Ashery will be joining the newest EMBA cohort beginning
January 2011. Elie is a successful entrepreneur with a history
of venture experiences. He is President and CEO of Gold Lasso, a
tech firm focusing on product marketing and building association
memberships. His company was recently profiled in
The Washington Post and he also just closed a round of
funding via The
Dingman Center of Entrepreneurship at the Smith School of
- Capital Access Network.
He's just one of the many exciting incoming students for
Cohort 11, which is shaping up to be just as exciting and
diverse as the first 10 EMBA cohorts.
We are accepting applications through November 1st for Cohort
11, and classes start January 2011. Feel free to pass along any
potential future Smith EMBA students to Shelbi and/or pass along
her contact information (Shelbi Brookshire 301-405-2386 or
Follow Up on Sept. 23rd Finance Discussion
Thursday night, Sept. 23rd was the first session of this
year's Fall EMBA Speaker Series. The room had a wonderful mix of
alums, current students, admitted incoming future EMBAs and
others to hear
Dr. Alex Triantis speak about, among other things, the idea
of successfully managing risk in this uncertain market. Insights
ranged from on such topics as government debt to GNP ratio and
to the current tendency of companies to hoard cash.
I. Smith CIO Forum
Save the date - November 5th all day event at the Ronald
Reagan Building. Smith EMBA alum Luke McCormack (Cohort 2) will
be a panelist at the event titled Innovation 2.0: Information
Technology in Government and Business. View a list of other
speakers at www.rhsmith.umd.edu/cioforum.
II. Final Fall EMBA Speaker Series
Save the date - November 14th -
Dr. Oliver Schlake will
discuss Leading During Uncertain Times. As many of you know from
his former innovation mastery sessions and corporate venturing
elective, Oliver is not just a global citizen with enormous
energy and the ability to engage his audience, but also an
expert in scenario-based strategic planning and innovation
strategy. No charge for the event but registration is requested.
The registration site will be ready by October 15th.
III. Smith EMBA Alum/Current Student Networking Event
Network, network, network and reconnect on November 17th. In
the past, many of you have attended events at the National Press
Club and The University Club. Once again we would like to get
everyone together over cocktails and appetizers. The plan is for
alums, current students and incoming EMBA 11 students to join us
on November 17th. Come get to know members of other cohorts and
catch up with your fellow cohort mates. Feel free to bring along
someone who may be interested in learning more about our EMBA
Location TBA but will most likely be in downtown/central DC.
Registration will be ready by mid October. There is NO COST for
the event but please do register for catering purposes.
Other Smith 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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Dr. Jeff Kudisch has accepted the position of
Managing Director of the Office of Career Services.
Although many of you know Jeff as an excellent teacher
and one of those most sought after by our students, he brings to
us years of working as a consultant for numerous companies
around the country. Of course, Jeff will also bring his
extensive knowledge of assessment tools, training and
development and organizational change to the position. His great
skills as a teacher will serve him well as he helps our MBAs and
undergraduates manage the career search process. His work with
executives in the EMBA program and elsewhere will be invaluable
as he builds greater connectivity with employers.
In June 2010 Dan Pugh (EMBA 7) became Chief
Operating Officer of 40billion.com, a startup company focused on
helping entrepreneurs and small businesses raise seed-stage
funds using social networking tools. In this position he is
responsible for company operations as well as development and
roll-out of our services, strategic partnerships, and
fundraising. Check out www.40billion.com to learn more or set up
a Raise, and feel free to e-mail me at
email@example.com for more information.
Al Dominick (EMBA 6) is now the Managing
Director and Executive Vice President of Bank Director.
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 to
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
- Christopher Groshko
- Vincent DeCarlo
- Mark Haraway
- Keith Bishop