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Alumni Network

With more than 66,000 alumni worldwide, and 35,000 in the Washington, D.C. Metro area, there is bound to be a Terp to help with an introduction at your dream company. Our alumni community is committed to giving back to Smith, and it benefits you through: 

  • Mock Interviews
  • Career Advice and Insights
  • Industry and Corporate Connections 

Kristie Bradford

MBA ’05, IBM Watson

Kristie Bradford has experienced the full power of the Smith alumni network. After years of working in mergers and acquisitions, Kristie reached out to her Smith classmate, Matt Rosenfield, MBA ’05, and used that connection to transition into working as an IBM Watson Business Development Executive with the world-renowned (and Jeopardy-famous) Watson.

“The distinguishing aspect of my Smith MBA is the network. My first opportunity with GE came through the Office of Career Services. Years later, I found my role at IBM through a fellow Smith graduate.”

Mohamed Boraie

MBA ’17, MFin ’17, PepsiCo

After years of juggling his career ambitions and his side hustle (a thriving photography business), Mohamed knew the value of balance. That’s why he chose the Smith School for his MBA: it balanced a sense of community and Washington, D.C.’s, vibrant culture with the analytical curriculum he knew he needed to move forward in his career. Now, he’s a brand manager at PepsiCo, which he likens to running a small company within a larger company, and he relishes the opportunity to use both his creative mind and the analytical expertise he gained at Smith.

“To be well-rounded in this position is very important. You become someone who runs a budget and is responsible for making decisions based on all of the information at your fingertips. You need to have a very solid quantitative skill set to be a truly effective manager.” 

Community

At Maryland Smith, each Part-Time MBA cohort is a unique blend of industries, cultures and perspectives. Joining you in the classroom are an exemplary group of people with the same drive and intellect, bringing different interests, strengths and goals to the table. Smith's culture is notably collaborative - never cutthroat. And when you come together as a team, absolutely nothing can get in your way.

Management Leadership for Tomorrow

MLTAs an MLT Partner School, Smith makes a definitive commitment to grow leaders from the African American, Latinx and Native American communities. Our partnership provides students with opportunities for career coaching, ongoing professional development and valuable networking events with industry peers.

Yellow Ribbon Participating School

Frank GoertnerThe Smith School is proud to be recognized as a Yellow Ribbon School, and we employ a director of military and veteran affairs to directly serve you throughout their MBA program. Plus, Smith students join an extensive and engaged global network of business-trained veterans and entrepreneurs.

Questions? Contact Frank Goertner, Director of Military and Veteran Affairs at fgoertner@rhsmith.umd.edu

Frank is a proud Maryland native and alumnus of two of our finest academic institutions: the University of Maryland (MBA & MA) and the U.S. Naval Academy (BS). A retired Navy Commander, he spent 21 years having more fun than he deserved as a pilot and foreign area officer.

Empowering Women in Business

Forte FoundationAn MBA is a transformative degree for anyone, but it’s invaluable to women who wish to advance their careers. With an MBA on her résumé, a woman has the potential to earn 55 percent more than her pre-MBA salary five years after she completes her degree. Over the course of her career, a woman with an MBA could earn $3 million more than she would have earned without her MBA.

Outside of the classroom women are provided many ways to engage and raise each other up. These include clubs with a female focus, like the Smith Association of Women MBAs, the Smith School Women’s Society, the Women in Finance Mentoring Program, and the Women’s Empowerment Institute. Smith has also forged relationships with the Forté Foundation and the National Association of Women MBAs, organizations focused on providing women with valuable skills to advance in all aspects of business.

Part-Time MBA Association

The Part-Time MBA Association (PTMBAA) acts as the coordinated voice of students across all our campuses, and is a student organization unique to Smith. Partnering with the Smith Administration, the PTMBAA works toward continuous improvement of the entire student experience and fosters a greater sense of camaraderie between Part-Time MBA students and the rest of the Smith community.

For more information visit the PTMBAA's Facebook, Instagram, or Networth page.