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Smith Partners with Dedication to Community Tour (D2C)

May 22, 2014
Experiential / Reality-based Learning


On October 8th, 2014 the Dedication to Community Tour (D2C) will be partnering with the Robert H. Smith School of Business Undergraduate Program and the Smith Undergraduate Student Association (SUSA) to provide more than 300 students from the University of Maryland with the unique opportunity to engage in a deeply substantive dialogue with world-class business leaders who have reached the pinnacle of success in their respective industries.

“We are looking forward to hosting D2C this fall as we have heard great things about this experience. I am excited that Smith undergraduates will be impacted by Quentin and his team," says Dr. Victor Mullins, associate dean of the undergraduate program.

“The Smith School and SUSA are looking forward to hosting the D2C tour. D2C will equip students with the skills necessary to be successful in business, and empower them to make a positive impact in the community," says Khalil Pettus, president of the Smith Undergraduate Student Association.

D2C is an international forum for the exchange of ideas in business and society. The purpose of the tour is to empower all generations in business, bringing them out from behind traditional means of learning by encouraging them to interact with successful executives in a real-time, exciting, and in-person dialogue.

Past D2C tours have been held at such places as Springfield Technical Community College, St. John’s University and Seton Hall University.

The D2C tour was created by M. Quentin Williams, a well-respected attorney, business advisor and crisis management consultant with more than 25 years of established legal and business expertise in the sports, entertainment, media, technology and law enforcement industries.

"The D2C team and I are excited to bring our tour to the University of Maryland. Empowering society is our mission, and UMD is a perfect fit for our next stop, especially given Dr. Mullins' forward-thinking educational and business strategies," says Williams.

The D2C panelists, all highly successful executives in a diverse range of industries, are able to connect to their audience through their genuine willingness to share personal stories with concrete examples of how entrepreneurship, risk, hard work, leadership and social responsibility directed them to ‘success’ – a term that is not defined solely by the accumulation of wealth, but also includes the achievement of career and personal goals while maintaining a strong commitment to family and community. By assembling this diverse group of panelists, Mr. Williams drives home the point to students that they must be self-starters who create their own opportunities while maintaining a clear perspective on that which is in the greater interest of society.

Some of the scheduled panelists for the October tour stop include:

  • Ed Fantegrossi - CEO, Geographic Network Affiliates-Int’l
  • Ed Foster-Simeon - President and CEO, U.S. Soccer Foundation
  • Jennifer Pogorelec O’Sullivan, ESQ. - General Counsel, RSE Ventures
  • Octavius “Ted” Reid III - Senior VP & Wealth Advisor, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
  • Eve Wright – VP & Associate General Counsel, Miami HEAT, Author & Entrepreneur

Further information about D2C and the upcoming October event can be obtained by visiting the D2C webpage at

About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business 

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, specialty masters, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.