Undergraduate Program

Sophomore Global Mindset Consulting Colloquium



 "[The Sophomore Global Mindset Colloquium] was honestly one of the few classes I took this semester and genuinely enjoyed fully and got a lot out of."

"I think this class was very useful to my personal and professional development because I was able to learn from so many successful business people, and the class a whole opened my eyes to all the different aspects of global mindset that I still need to work on."


 The Sophomore Global Mindset Colloquium is aimed at students who want to develop a deeper understanding of what constitutes a global mindset- or the attitudes and behaviors that help you influence and work with others who are different than you- and its importance to contemporary business. Colloquium participatns then apply global mindset techniques and global business practices to address real-world business situations. This program is open to all majors. 

Kristin LaRiviere will be directing the program, with EY professionals teaching course material. 

Currriculum- 1 semester program

BMGT298F: Global Mindset Consulting Colloquium*

*Course will require substantial out of class commitment due to consulting project

 Previous course material included:

  • Regulatory Considerations
  • Global Human Capital
  • Transfer Pricing
  • Culture and Communication
  • Determining What Makes Good Business Sense

Semester Consulting Project

At the beginning of the semester, students will be placed in teams. Each team is given a specific company and a region/country said company is considering for market expansion. Based on the information presented in class and independent research, groups are tasked with answering the question: “Should your company expand into your given market based on what you learned in class and independent research?”

Throughout the project, teams will also work with EY “mentors” to help provide insights and feedback.


  • Must be entering second year at Smith during Fall 2015 semester
  • Have a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • All Business majors are encouraged to apply
  • Must have completed 75% of Smith Start Events 

Application Process

The Global Mindset Colloquium is an application-based course. Applications for the Fall 2015 cohort will are available through 11:59 PM on Friday, March 13th.

Elements of a complete application:

  • Demographic information
  • A 300-500 word essay answering the question: what is a global mindset, and why do you want to cultivate a global mindset?

Students will be notified of their status by the end of March 2015.

Questions? Contact Kristin LaRiviere (klarivie@rhsmith.umd.edu).