Undergraduate students in the Smith Business Academy at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business traveled to New York City last weekend (April 29, 2016) with Associate Dean Victor Mullins. “The members of the Smith Business Academy have been working diligently for the entire year in efforts to develop professionally, socially and academically," said Mullins. This is, in fact the mission of the Smith Business Academy: to develop students professionally, socially and academically as a community of minority African American and Latino students. The Academy is dedicated to creating a community where students are embolden to challenge themselves and encouraged to engage in impactful service, leadership and cultural experiences.
Smith alumnus, Khalil Pettus '15 (Goldman Sachs) greeted the students with a private tour of the company followed by an intimate discussion on investment banking, securities, lending, and investing. Pettus also walked students through his journey while at the University of Maryland, describing how he landed his position at Goldman Sachs. “We are so proud of Khalil,” said Mullins.
The students attended a special lunch and presentation at AT&T facilitated by Grant A. Reid, University Relations Manager, and a few of his AT&T colleagues. During this visit, students learned about mobile services, next-generation TV, high-speed internet, and smart solutions for people and businesses. They also discussed the importance of developing a brand.
The Academy concluded its Friday agenda with a special visit to Anchin, who hosted the students at Dave and Busters. Founded in 1923 in New York City, Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP (Anchin) is the largest single-office public accounting firm in North America. The visit was hosted by Michael Belfer, partner. “Smith has a very special relationship with Anchin and we truly enjoy visiting with Michael and his colleagues each time we visit New York,” said Mullins.
Before leaving on Saturday morning, Mullins arranged for the students to have lunch with a group of NYU MBA students from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business. “I extend a special thanks to Alicia Burks, my former student mentee from Illinois, for arranging for this exceptional group of students to visit with the Academy," said Mullins.