Associate Director, Office of Smith Programs and Events
Dakia Kelly-Adams is the associate director with the Office of Smith Programs and Events at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. In her role, she manages a portfolio of school-wide events. She also assists in the development of marketing plans for events, venue marketing for rentals at Smith campuses and other related marketing projects. Dakia has over 10 years of experience in the events industry – managing weddings, conferences, meetings and special events for social, corporate, non-profit, and educational clients.
In addition, she is a program manager for the Office of Diversity Initiatives where she works to develop event programming that supports the Smith School's role in contributing to a diverse and inclusive environment for all students, faculty and staff.
Prior to joining the Smith School, she served as the assistant director of events and marketing for the University of Maryland Alumni Association. In this position, she provided event planning services and managed event logistics for over 100+ events a year at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. Additionally, she grew the event business through new marketing initiatives for wedding, special event, non-profit, and campus clients.
Dakia graduated magna cum laude from Morgan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. She currently is a December 2018 candidate for the Executive Master’s of Public Management at the University of Maryland, School of Public Policy.
She enjoys spending time with family and friends, visiting museums, and experiencing new restaurants and eateries in her city, Washington, D.C.
Marlo Smith is an event coordinator in the Office of Smith Programs and Events at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. In her role, she provides logistical and administrative support and event coordination for the programs and events managed by the OSPE office. She also assists in the venue marketing and management of rentals at other Smith campuses.
Prior to joining the Smith Events team, she served as a wedding coordinator for a reputable event-planning firm in the Washington, D.C., area. Marlo handled a variety of weddings with an array of populations, cultural distinctiveness, and unique venues to include The White House. Her position involved executing most “day-of” tasks, vendor management, and event logistics. Additionally, her meeting and event experience also includes work with The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond where she focused on video conferencing, travel arrangements and catering needs. Marlo holds a Master of Science in Management and Marketing from the University of Maryland University College and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Virginia State University.
In her downtime, Marlo enjoys working out, hula hooping, traveling abroad, and watching the Food Network.