Women Inspire

Save the Date: Thursday, March 2, 2023 ● 6 to 8 p.m. ● Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center

Women Inspire will showcase Maryland Smith’s fearless alumnae leaders excelling in business. This annual event will celebrate female empowerment that inspires attendees and challenges them to realize and reach their full potential.

The 2023 Women Inspire Honoree will be Maryland Smith alumna Janice deGarmo, MBA ‘07, Director of the Office of Management Strategy & Solutions at the U.S. Department of State. We are planning for an in-person Women Inspire program, which is scheduled for Thursday, March 2, 2023 at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center.

For questions about the event or media inquiries, please contact Mark Forrest at maf31@umd.edu.

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Don’t Forget! Attendees of Maryland Smith Women Inspire are also encouraged to attend the new Women’s Leadership Development Conference on Friday, March 3, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The conference will be hosted by the UMD Alumni Association.

2023 Honoree

Janice deGarmo, MBA ’07

Janice deGarmoJanice deGarmo serves as the Director of the Office of Management Strategy and Solutions (M/SS) focused on providing strategic insights and solutions to help improve the Department of State’s management platform and advance foreign policy goals.  In this capacity, Janice oversees the Policy and Global Presence (PGP), Center for Analytics (CfA), and Consulting and Advanced Projects (CAP) directorates.  In her role, she is focused on a variety of initiatives that are headlined in the Secretary’s modernization agenda to include global presence and agility, mobility and the Future of Work, risk management, data and analytics, optimization, and sustainability across the enterprise.

Janice was previously the Deputy Director for M/SS, as well as the Department’s first ever Acting Chief Data Officer where she created and scaled the Department’s first enterprise analytics capability, the CfA, and worked to elevate data-informed diplomacy across the enterprise. Prior to that, Janice was the Executive Director for the Bureau of Administration (A) and the Bureau of Information Resource Management (IRM).  The Executive Office provided management operations to the Chief Information Officer and Assistant Secretary to include strategic planning and evaluation, budget execution and formulation, contract support, personnel and human resources, and global application IT development for the enterprise. Janice was pivotal in modernizing business process management and cloud services at the Department.

Read Janice deGarmo’s full bio.


Dr. Margo Thomas, MS ’90
Founder and CEO, Women's Economic Imperative

Audrey Awasom ’18
Founder and CEO, Noble Uprising, Inc.

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Wendy Sanhai, PhD, EMBA ’09
Specialist Leader, Deloitte Consulting

Ali von Paris ’12
CEO and Founder, Route One Apparel


Meg Goldthwaite, MBA ’96
Chief Marketing Officer, NPR

Sherika Ekpo, MBA ’09
Global Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Google AI


Carly Fiorina, MBA ’80
Chairman, Carly Fiorina Enterprises


Donna Blackman, MBA ’10
Senior Vice President of Business Operations, BET Networks


Marguerita M. Cheng ’93
Founder and CEO of Blue Ocean Global Wealth


Past Honorees Reunion


Andrea Brody ’87
Senior Vice President of Global Marketing, BravoSolution


Brenda Freeman ’87, MBA ’91
Global Head of Television Marketing, DreamWorks Animation


Kristen Welch ’90, MBA ’96
Senior Vice President, Global Content Operations, Discovery Communications


Lisa Anders, MBA ’95
Vice President, Business Development, McKissack & McKissack

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