Smith Association of Women MBAs

The Smith Association of Women MBAs (SAWMBA) helps grow and celebrate the careers of women in business. SAWMBA fosters professional and personal growth opportunities where we address the pressing issues facing women and their advancement in the workplace. SAWMBA develops a support system for women at Smith, and creates friendships that last beyond the two-year MBA.

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Board Members

Meg Gesner


After graduating from St. Mary's College of Maryland with a degree in Economics, Meg worked in finance and fundraising on two gubernatorial campaigns and most recently for the Governor of Kentucky. Meg played college lacrosse and loves all things competitive, with the current focus being on her golf game. As a lifelong Marylander, Meg is excited to be back in MD at Smith!

Fun Fact

I'm a water bug - as soon as it's nice out, you'll find me on the boat or beach!

Shivani Pandey

Vice President of Finance

Before coming to Smith, Shivani earned her Bachelor's degree in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Maryland, and then moved out to Wisconsin for an engineering role in the health technology sector. She's excited to be back at UMD to pursue her MBA and to help create opportunities for the SAWMBA and Smith communities to connect.

Fun Fact

I've trained in Indian Classical Dance and competed on UMD's classical dance team.

Sally Hanako Budiarti

Vice President of Engagement

I am a professional banker with 9 years of experience managing Corporate Clients' Financing and Transaction Service. I also lead and am involved in many Corporate Events and Retail Festivals. 

I graduated in Business and Management from Institute Technology Bandung - Indonesia. Currently, I am pursuing a Master of Business and Administration (MBA) at the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland majoring in finance and keen on exploring Tech Management.

As a former national softball athlete, I love spending my leisure time exercising and doing sports, especially playing golf, hiking, and running. I am also an epicurean and enjoy adventurous eating while traveling.

Fun Fact

Used to be a national team for softball when I was a high school student.

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