Management in a 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).

Latest Video

Leading A Multinational Accounting Firm During COVID

David Kessler ’82, CEO, CohnReznick, describes how having multiple communities in a global business helps colleagues maintain connections throughout the firm.

Past Videos

Working in a Multicultural Environment

Margo Thomas, MS ’90, gives advice for professionals to be strong in their core knowledge and expertise, respectful of self and others, open-minded and open to learning in a cross-cultural workplace.

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Starting Out as a Social Entrepreneur

Audrey Awasom ’18, founder and CEO of Noble Uprising, gives advice for starting out as a social entrepreneur. She recommends doing what is necessary and then what is possible.

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Talent Development

Timothy Boyle ’83, Vice President, Finance, Leidos, shares why talent and leadership development are important elements for enterprises to be successful and how individuals can be their own advocates.

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People Are The Key To Managing Successful Integration Efforts

Etim Edim, MBA '05, CFO, Technology, Operations, Resilience Divisions, Morgan Stanley, discusses why culture and communication are integral components of successful M&A integrations.

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Life Lessons From an Entrepreneur

Jitin “Miki” Ahuja ’97, MBA/MS ’02, Founder, SpaceJet Media, LLC, and Chair, Smith Alumni Chapter Board, discusses key life lessons he's learned on his journey as an entrepreneur.

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Top 5: Critical Ethics in Sales and Customer Service

James Green, EMBA ’11, Director, Revenue Cycle at The Chartis Group, shares his top five critical ethics in sales and customer service in order to be successful.

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Demystifying Mentorship

Landon Johnson, MBA ’99, SVP of Acquisitions, Clark Construction Group, LLC, demystifies mentorship and shares his top three tips when searching for a mentor.

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Launching a New Co-brand Credit Card

Julie Fitzpatrick ’93, senior vice president, Co-brand Credit Cards, Wells Fargo discusses leading the product management team in the launch of a new co-brand credit card.

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Strategic Planning

Jennifer Hsin '98, vice president at Clark Enterprises, Inc., discusses strategic planning for non-profit and for-profit organizations.

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Supporting Women in the Tech Industry

Sherika Ekpo, MBA '09, global diversity and inclusion lead at Google AI, talks about the different ways to support women in the tech industry.

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Building the Confidence of Your Team

Al Carey '74, former CEO of PepsiCo North America, talks about the importance of building the confidence of your team to achieve the best results.

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Honoring Your Brand While Innovating

Meg Goldthwaite, MBA '96, chief marketing officer at NPR, talks about honoring your brand while innovating.

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The Importance of Sustainability in Business

Göran Espelund, MBA '87, founder and chairman of Lannebo, talks about the importance of sustainability in business.

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Entrepreneurship On A Personal Scale

Max Major '05 talks about entrepreneurship on a personal scale, cultivating what you love and turning it into a business. 

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Women Who Inspire Me

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

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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.

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Advice For Changing Careers with Wendy Sanhai

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

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The Importance of Mentors

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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 opportunities for tech-savvy entrepreneurs.

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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.

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The Local Food Movement

Adam Benecsh ’98, owner, founder, and CEO of Union Craft Brewing Co. LLC. discusses how consumer preference for locally-sourced products has helped businesses like his thrive in today’s economy.

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The Importance of Giving Back for a Community Brand

Ali von Paris '12, CEO and founder of Route One Apparel, talks about why giving back to the local community is a priority for her company.

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