Management in a Minute

In a Smith School Minute …

Get the view from the corner office with Smith’s video series, Management in a Minute, featuring impressive Smith alumni sharing insights and advice on how to be successful in business.

The minute-long videos offer useful nuggets from C-level executives who regularly visit the school as guest speakers, job and internship recruiters, board members and event participants. The videos focus on practical advice for managers—things like how to attract and retain millennial workers (from Mark Lewis ’87, managing partner of Bracewell and Giuliani LLP). They’ll also include thoughtful discussion on big-picture issues, such as the role of women in business leadership positions (from Phyllis Caldwell ’81, MBA ’87).

Women Who Inspire Me

Connie Weaver ’75, Founder and CEO of Tracker Group, talks about the women in her life who have inspired her.

Direct To Consumer Health Care Benefits

Hon Pak, EMBA ’17, Chief Medical Officer for 3M, talks about the growing demand for consumer health care benefits.

Advice For Changing Careers with Wendy Sanhai

Specialist Leader at Deloitte Consulting gives advice on how to successfully change careers.

The Importance of Mentors

Suzanne White, Vice President at CBRE, Inc., talks about the importance of mentors and mentees in a career.

Leading a New Team

Christina Farias, MBA ’14, CEO of Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, talks about the challenges of taking over a new team. These challenges include understanding the culture, gaining respect, and developing goals for each person in the group.

Keeping Your Team Connected

Michelle Rubie-Smith, EMBA '17, CFO at Global Resource Solution, talks about the challenges for leaders who have employees located remotely.

Hiring Best Practices

Keith Sullivan, '82, Co-Founder and Director of ArmadaGlobal, discusses how to identify the best job candidates during the interview process to ensure you’re hiring the right people for your organization.

Failure Is An Option, Success Is Our Goal

Viyas Sundaram, MBA '06, Chief Revenue Officer of Snagajob, discusses his leadership style in developing a fearless team that supports one another in taking risks to achieve stretch goals.

Collaborative Innovation

Dave Feldman, ’84 and MBA ’90, Director of the Center for Sustainability Solutions at Green America, discusses how organizations are redefining collaboration to create solutions to the world’s biggest challenges.

The Importance of Volunteerism

Mark Lewis, ’87, Managing Partner of Bracewell LLP and Chairman of the Smith School Dean’s Advisory Board, discusses why it’s important for professionals to get involved with organizations and causes about which they feel passionate.

Recruiting and Retaining the Best Talent

Adam Luecking, ’01, CEO at Clear Impact, LLC, named one of Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs in 2015, discusses how he motivates and inspires his team to do their best.

The Person As Publisher

Lee Nadler, ’89, Marketing Communications & Launch Manager at MINI USA, and Author of, discusses the opportunities and challenges for businesses when individuals become publishers.

Rising Consumer Demand for Transparency

Linda Dunn, MBA ’90, Vice President of Supply Chain & Quality Assurance at HMSHost, discusses how her company is responding to higher expectations from consumers for more information on the products they are buying.

Developing a Winning Team

Matt Baker, MBA ’83, Chief Adventure Officer at Terrapin Adventures, discusses techniques for improving team performance by getting members outside the “comfort zone” and into the “growth zone.

Creating Change in a Large Organization

Jim Edrington ’80, Executive Vice President of the American Bankers Association, discusses how he became a successful change agent in a legacy-focused organization.

Leveraging Technology to Address Business Needs

Arya Choudhury, EMBA ’15, CIO of Shady Grove Fertility Center, discusses the ways new technologies can improve- and disrupt- the business world.

The Impact of Big Data on Cybersecurity

John Czupak, MBA ‘89, CEO of ThreatQuotient, discusses the intersection of big data and cybersecurity and where he sees future opportunity for tech-savvy entrepreneurs.

Why We Need More Women Leaders in Business

Phyllis Caldwell, MBA ‘87, founder of Wroxton Civic Ventures LLC and Director of Ocwen Financial Corporation, discusses the importance of gender diversity in executive-level positions in business.

The Local Food Movement

Adam Benecsh, ’98, owner, founder, and CEO of Union Craft Brewing Co. LLC., discusses how consumer preference for locally-sources products has helped businesses like his thrive in today’s economy.This video is part of the Management in a Minute video series featuring impressive Smith alumni sharing insights and advice on how to be successful in business.