Christine BeckmanChristine Beckman
Academic Director

Dr. Christine Beckman is an associate professor in the Management and Organization department of the Robert H. Smith School of Business. She joined the Center for Social Value Creation in Fall, 2014 as the Academic Director to help transition the center to it's next phase of growth, connect the center with current research on social innovation and coordinate the Center's curricular programming.

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Professor Beckman's research has been published in such academic journals as Administrative Science Quarterly,Organization Science, Academy of Management Journal, American Sociological Review, and Journal of Business Venturing. She currently serves as the elected Past Division Chair of the Organization and Management Theory division of the Academy of Management and is on the editorial board of Administrative Science Quarterly,Organization Science, and Academy of Management Journal. She has received research funding from NSF and NASA.

Her first faculty position was at University of California, Irvine, where she was most recently the Director of The Don Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Co-Director of the Center for Organizational Research. She currently teaches doctoral courses in organization theory and MBA classes in Implementing Strategy. She spent the 2008-09 academic year visiting at the Haas School at UC Berkeley and Fall 2012 at London Business School. She was the 2006 Western Academy of Management Ascendant Scholar and was a Chancellor's Fellow at UC Irvine from 2008-2011.

Kimberlee Robertella GlinkaKimberlee Robertella Glinka

Kim Robertella Glinka is Director of the Center for Social Value Creation (CSVC) at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. Kim oversees the strategic direction of CSVC, including key initiatives like the Social Enterprise Symposium and Principles for Better Business platform. With more than a decade of experience in project and program management, marketing and communications, and strategic planning centered on sustainability and social responsibility, Kim’s journey to revolutionize ‘business as usual’ began while still a student at Penn State University, back in early 2000.

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Before arriving at Smith Kim worked in the renewable energy sector supporting start-ups and large-scale renewable energy developers. Kim has a dual MS degree in sustainable environmental resource management and integrated science and technology from James Madison University and the University of Malta, and BS in business management from the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University. When not working you can find Kim playing in the garden with her young son Tyler and husband Tim, taking family walks in the woods with dog Coda, or attending live concerts at a local music venue.

Student Workers

Melissa BortsMelissa Borts
Graduate Assistant

Melissa Borts is an MBA candidate at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. With a passion for social impact and sustainability and a background in corporate non-profits, Melissa is working towards completing her degree with a focus in Consulting and General Management. Outside of classes, Melissa is involved with a few student engagements including: the Net Impact club, Smith Association for Women MBAs, and the Consulting Club. Melissa is also involved with the Change the World Consulting program, organized by the Center for Social Value Creation. Outside of school, Melissa enjoys being outside hiking, rock climbing, and running.

Elizabeth GillumElizabeth Gillum
Digital Media and Marketing Intern

Elizabeth Gillum is a junior studying marketing and supply chain management at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Elizabeth worked as a social media marketing intern over the summer with Dale Carnegie Training in Baltimore. She also has experience working with nonprofits through her work with terpAMA as Director of Nonprofit Consulting. She is involved with organizations on campus such as Colleges Against Cancer, the LeaderShape Institute, and the QUEST Honors program. Outside of academics, Elizabeth enjoys taking dance workout classes like Zumba and playing intramural sports.

Naresh PooniaNaresh Poonia
Graduate Assistant

Naresh is a second year MBA candidate at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. He is focused on finance and analytics in his MBA. As a software engineer who started his career with IBM, he brings nine years of corporate experience in banking with such banks as Citibank, where he managed client portfolios worth several millions of dollars and critical client relationships. Originally from India, Naresh founded and managed a non-profit that provides quality education to out-of-school children from poor neighborhoods in the country. He plans to expand his non-profit internationally and educate a million children across the world. He is a sports enthusiast and loves playing cricket, ping-pong and volleyball.