Ascend at UMD (formerly Asian Business Association)
Ascend at UMD helps students develop extensive student and professional connections within various industries while improving leadership and communication skills in preparation for the business world.
Ascend is the largest, non-profit Pan-Asian organization for business professionals in North America. Established in 2005, Ascend has grown to serve professionals and corporations across various professions and across multiple industries. Ascend reaches 60,000 people with 30 student chapters and 17 professional chapters located in both the United States and Canada around major business hubs and educational institutions.
Key Employers: Deloitte, EY, PWC, Booz Allen Hamilton, Northrup Grumman
Key Events: Month-long professional development with EY and a case competition with a grand prize of $1,000!
Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA)
ALPFA is the largest Latino association for business professionals and student chapters nationwide with over 81,000 members. Our ALPFA-UMD student chapter is committed to promoting diversity, beyond race, ethnicities and gender, as well as, providing professional growth and development opportunities to our members. We are dedicated to providing our members jobs, internship, and development opportunities in business and related fields. We pride ourselves on helping to grow diverse leaders on campus and in the future workforce. We welcome all majors including non-Smith students.
National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)
The National Association of Black Accountants, better known as NABA, is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to bridging the opportunity gap for people of color in the Accounting, Finance, Consulting, Information Technology and other related business professions. Representing more than 200,000 people of color in these fields, NABA, Inc. advances people, advances careers and advances the mission by providing education, resources and meaningful career connections to both professional and student members, fulfilling the principle of our motto: Lifting As We Climb. This is made possible, in part, through the support of our corporate partners and the strength of our volunteer network.
We work with the Undergraduate Smith students to help them enhance their networking and interview skills, perfect their resumes and gain connections inside and outside of the University of Maryland. We encourage interested students to reach out to our secretary to be added to our list serve to receive updates of events and opportunities and follow our social media pages!
Key Employers: Big Four, Grant Thornton, CohnReznick
Key Events: Being Black in Corporate America with BBA, speed interviews with ALPFA, NABAQUE
Women in Business Association (WBA)
The Women in Business Association strives to create a welcoming sisterhood for business-oriented women. We look to form a broad professional network, empower our members, and develop strong female leaders. We accomplish this by hosting various companies and speakers that inspire our members to conquer the many issues that women face in the workplace. Our meetings foster confidence and give our members the resources to accomplish anything they set their mind to.
Key Events: Spring Game Night, Future Women in Business Conference, host recruiters from J.P. Morgan, RSM, PWC, and EY.
Key Employers: EY, KPMG, Accenture, J.P. Morgan, Unilever, Morgan Stanley, RSM, Capital One, Bank of America, and PWC
Women’s Empowerment Institute
The Women’s Empowerment Institute (WEI) creates an inclusive community for Black and Latinx women in the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Our mission is to embolden each member to maximize their full potential. The women of WEI are empowered to become confident global leaders by:
- Engaging in experiential learning that equips them with the business acumen necessary for success in a professional setting
- Connecting with business leaders in the field to build a robust professional network and create connections for future internship/career opportunities
- Creating an environment of trust where transparent feedback and experiences as racially underrepresented women will be shared and supported
- Sharing career resources within the community to facilitate a repository of current opportunities
Each semester members attend professional development workshops, skills-focused sessions and community events. WEI values mentorship and as such fosters connections between current members and program alumni.
Smith Business Academy (SBA)
The Smith Business Academy is an organization created to serve as an inclusive community for Black and Latinx men. Our mission is to empower every student in our multi-ethnic and diverse community to be men of distinction academically, socially, and professionally — so that they may ultimately serve as leaders within the academy at Smith and within the community at large. We seek to achieve this mission through events with companies and campus organizations that include — but are not limited to — industry-awareness meetings, skill-driven workshops, networking events, and community building activities.
We believe deeply in service through mentorship. As such, we engage with SBA alumni to further strengthen individual members' professional goals as well as the goals of the organization.
Queer Leadership Accelerator
The Queer Leadership Accelerator is an affinity organization striving to create a fearlessly inclusive community for LGBTQ+ students in Smith and beyond. It was built for the purpose of cultivating and equipping queer leaders for professional excellence. The Queer Leadership Accelerator is founded on the pillars of mentorship, inclusion, and education. Our organization conducts itself through skill-building workshops, mentorship programs, guest speaker appearances, and community-building events.