Nima Farshchi is the director of the Center for Social Value Creation (CSVC) at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. Farshchi oversees the strategic direction of CSVC, focused on educating, engaging, and empowering Smith students to make a better world through business. Farshchi has a passion for how businesses can make the largest trickle-down effect on society through their practices.
Before arriving at Smith, Farshchi worked in charter school operations in both Washington, D.C. and Brooklyn, NY. He was the founding director of operations for Digital Pioneers Academy, the first computer science-focused middle school in Washington, D.C. Prior to that Farshchi worked at the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation, leading a team to develop the Business for Good map, an interactive database analyzing 3500 corporate social responsibility initiatives of 140 corporations.
Farshchi graduated from the University of Maryland with dual BS degrees in operations management and accounting, and also a minor in leadership studies. He is currently pursuing his Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland.
VP, Fidelity Investments (Retired)
John Chickering, MBA ’85, advises boards and senior executives on strategy, technology and operations. As a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, he began his career as a licensed engineer running engine rooms in tankers. After earning his MBA, Chickering consulted to the maritime industry and authored peer-review thought leadership papers on maritime information management.
Chickering’s career at Fidelity Investments spanned 22 years which included several chief information officer assignments. He led a multi-year enterprise initiative that transformed complex high-volume customer communications from paper to eDelivery. The work, which spanned across multiple business lines and service providers, improved the customer experience, generated a triple-digit Return on Investment (ROI), and continues to save over 100 acres of forest each year.
Chickering's board experience includes both fiduciary and advisory boards for both commercial and non-profit institutions where he has held various executive committee positions, including chair. He is a published author and an occasional speaker at industry conferences and seminars hosted in academia. Chickering volunteers with several community service organizations and has led 15+ hurricane/storm restoration work teams on the ground in Mississippi, New York, Vermont, and Florida.
Head of Content & Storytelling, GE Healthcare
Smith Alumna, MBA '11
Kristin Fallon is the global head of content and storytelling for GE Healthcare, a $20B medical technology company, where she is responsible for the company’s brand narrative, storytelling, and content marketing. Throughout her career, Fallon has helped non-profits and the private sector meaningfully engage with stakeholders and grow market share — working with innovative technology companies from start-ups to GE, and international development organizations from NGOs to the World Bank. Prior to GE, Fallon founded and ran a consultancy based in Indonesia that assisted multinational clients in business development and strategy throughout Asia and Australia. A component of her work included supporting, and photo-documenting, the Acehnese tsunami recovery effort. Fallon began her career in the Peace Corps in Benin, West Africa. With a deep consulting and entrepreneurial background, and 10+ years living and working outside the US, Fallon is committed to driving impact through a career that delivers innovative technologies and bold solutions. She received her MBA from the Smith School of Business in 2011.
Anjali Kalra is a junior undergraduate student double majoring in marketing and finance. She was recently inspired to switch her major from biology and join the Smith community after spending the summer interning at Abbott Pharmaceuticals and learning more about their marketing and advertising efforts. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors hammocking, skiing, traveling, and hiking.
New Projects Development Intern
Soda Lo is a sophomore undergraduate student studying international business and operations management business analytics (OMBA) with a minor in global poverty. Her dream would be to work for an international organization providing infrastructural and developmental aid to impoverished West African countries. She immediately felt drawn to the CSVC’s mission statement of “creating a better world through business”, and is excited to coordinate programs that merge business, sustainability, and impact! In her free time, Lo loves to travel, catch up on reading, or hang out with her friends and family.
Events Manager Intern
Crystal Pinckney is a junior information systems and marketing double major at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Her passions include entrepreneurship, sustainability, and climate change. She feels most connected with the United Nations sustainable development goal “life below water” as she thinks it is important to preserve marine life. Pinckney would love to work closely with the United Nations and hopes to also own her own company one day. Her interests include traveling, trying new foods and touring new museums.
Digital Media & Marketing Intern
Isabella Roccograndi is a senior undergraduate student majoring in marketing with a minor in leadership studies. Her passion for marketing stemmed from her fascination with food packaging, and how the differences in branding can affect a company’s success. She has a passion for social media, graphic design, and living a healthy lifestyle. In her free time, Roccograndi loves to workout, spend time with friends, and go on walks on the B&A trail with her family.
Special Events Marketing Intern
Julie Rosenberg is a senior undergraduate student studying communications, public relations at the University of Maryland College of Arts and Humanities. She loves to explore new and creative ways that brands create meaningful connections with their consumers. Rosenberg is minoring at the Robert H. Smith School of Business and believes the convergence of business learning and communication is only to be expected for the future of business education. In her free time, she loves watching stand-up comedy, finding new music and catching up on cool industry related news stories.
Digital Media & Marketing Intern
Simone Smith is a senior undergraduate student majoring in communication with a concentration in public relations. Her goal is to become a creative director or strategist for innovative and influential marketing campaigns with a social impact. She has a passion for diversifying the media and entertainment industry and has an interest in all things design — including interior, fashion and graphic. In her free time, Smith loves to indulge in her favorite shows and YouTube videos, explore new food places with friends and unwind to her favorite music.