Unlock Digital Transformation with the Smith Digital First Network

An Exclusive Network for Business Leaders

Unlock a Transformative Experience

Collaborate with the renowned faculty and students at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. The Smith Digital First Network (SDFN) serves as your gateway to a comprehensive suite of opportunities: fostering education, facilitating research, building a thriving community, and offering mentorship programs solely aimed at unlocking digital transformation for your enterprise.

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Transform Your Business Strategy

Long-term change starts with knowledge. Leverage our top-tier educational resources tailored to your company's unique needs:


Gain full access to faculty-led workshops on emerging topics, offering an immersive learning experience for your team. Every year all members meet at UMD for two days.

Executive Education Courses

Enjoy exclusive discounts on courses tailored for digital leaders, ensuring your team has the latest skills and insights.

Focused, Timely Workshops & Symposiums

Explore focused seminars on top-of-mind topics, fostering continuous learning and innovation within your organization.

Tap into Smith faculty's valuable insights on data analytics and emerging digital technology:

Active Learning Sessions and Symposiums

Join Smith experts and your peers to exchange ideas and learn from each other. Engage in one-on-one briefings, cohort-level engagement, topical symposiums and more.

Industry Reports

Stay updated with reports on the latest developments in digital transformation and how it impacts your enterprise.

Customized Student Engagements

Dedicated students are chosen for piloting your initiative. Smith students are highly capable and academically strong.

Immerse yourself in our vibrant community and access a pipeline of emerging talent:

Active Learning Sessions

Leverage our graduate student body for hands-on projects addressing your business challenges with practical and innovative solutions.

Networking Opportunities

Connect with new talent prepared for success in today’s data-focused business landscape, fostering collaborations and partnerships.

Discounted Rates

Enjoy special rates for Smith conferences and workshops, providing cost-effective opportunities for continued learning.

Mentorship Programs

Mentor students and fellow business leaders interested in the data-driven economy, contributing to the growth of the next generation of digital leaders.

Who is it for?
  • C-Suite and Directors
  • Vice Presidents and Senior Associates
  • Portfolio Managers
  • Program Managers
What will you gain?
  • A low-cost, low-risk model for growth
  • A network of the brightest minds unified with a common goal
  • Effective  approaches to counter competition
  • An opportunity to network with stakeholders
  • Validation of your ideas with our frameworks
  • Access to student teams, working with academicians, to build a pilot project or Minimum Viable Product
  • Personalized academician reviews

Experience the Power of the Smith Network

With over 70,000 alumni globally, and partnerships with prestigious companies, organizations, and foundations, the Smith alumni network is a business community with open and unmatched opportunities.

In today's fast-paced marketplace, digital transformation is essential for enterprise success. However, many organizations are struggling to make significant progress, often due to a narrow focus on technology alone. SDFN is recognizing the importance of a holistic approach. By prioritizing people, process and technology, the platform empowers enterprises to achieve transformative results.

Dan Zelem

Technology Advisor

Ex-CTO J&J and CIO Medco

Smith Faculty

Tejwansh (Tej) Singh Anand

Tejwansh (Tej) Singh Anand

Clinical Professor
Academic Director, MS in Information Systems
Jessica M. Clark

Jessica M. Clark

Assistant Professor of Information Systems
Il-Horn Hann

Il-Horn Hann

Professor of Information Systems
Co-Director, Center for Digital Innovation, Technology and Strategy
Liye Ma

Liye Ma

Associate Professor
Lauren Rhue

Lauren Rhue

Assistant Professor of Information Systems
Siva Viswanathan

Siva Viswanathan

Dean's Professor of Information Systems
Jie Zhang

Jie Zhang

Dean’s Professor of Marketing
Harvey Sanders Fellow of Retail Management
Kunpeng Zhang

Kunpeng Zhang

Associate Professor

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