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From Maryland Promise to Marketing Master: Smith Shady Grove Scholarship Student Shares Success Story

Ashlynn Battle ’24

Ashlynn Battle ’24, a Maryland Promise Scholar and recipient of the Capital One Scholarship for Transfer Students, has excelled at the University of Maryland Shady Grove. Having just graduated with her undergrad degree, she's continuing with her master’s via the Plus 1 program, driven by her desire to support her family and give back.

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Alumni Profile

Alumna Says Smith MBA Was “Transformational” in Career Development

Rose Cohen, MBA ’03, credits her Smith MBA for her career success, particularly in leadership and teambuilding. She and her husband endowed a scholarship to help others benefit similarly. Cohen advanced in banking, notably at J.P. Morgan and Citibank, before stepping back to pursue board opportunities.

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Student Profile

Finding a Fit With Accounting

Carina Ruyter, Class of ’25, MS ’26

When Carina Ruyter, Class of ’25, stumbled upon an online quiz suggesting a career in accounting, it felt like a perfect match for her lifelong love of math and puzzles, setting her on an unexpected yet fulfilling path at the Smith School. Now, enrolled in the Plus 1 program, she’s on track to graduate with an MS in accounting in 2026.

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Alumni Profile

Scaling Success Through Startups

Elan Mosbacher ’08

Elan Mosbacher, a Robert H. Smith School of Business alumnus, pivoted from traditional finance to co-found Pinch, empowering healthcare workers to start side businesses. Emphasizing impact, Mosbacher urges future leaders to give their all in making the world better.

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Student Profile

Accounting Undergrad Takes Stock of Her Smith Experience

Jordan Williamson ’24

Jordan Williamson ’24 carries on her family's legacy at the University of Maryland's Smith School of Business, but she's not just following in their footsteps; she's blazing her own trail. With a passion for accounting and international business, she embraces unique experiences, from studying abroad to running a jewelry business.

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Alumni Profile

Alumnus Creates Something He Hopes Stands the Test of Time

Krupesh Bhat, MBA ’05

Krupesh Bhat, MBA '05, transformed his frustration during a driver’s license renewal into an entrepreneurial breakthrough, leading to the creation of LegalDesk in 2014. Today, as CEO of SignDesk, he's revolutionizing business documentation in India, honored as a SaaS leader, with over 1500 clients and nearly 450 employees worldwide.

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Scoring Position: Alum Reflects on Career as an MLB Executive

Amiel Sawdaye ’99

Amiel Sawdaye's remarkable journey from baseball fanatic to World Series-winning executive with the Arizona Diamondbacks is a testament to passion and perseverance. Armed with a degree from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, Sawdaye’s transition from corporate life to MLB success offers valuable lessons for aspiring sports professionals.

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Alumna says Smith Gave Her ‘The Toolkit To Thrive’

Foluké Tuakli ’16

Foluké Tuakli ’16, a creative strategist at Meta, embraces life unapologetically after a transformative encounter. Her journey from the University of Maryland's Smith School to shaping industry narratives at Meta highlights her commitment to authenticity and empowerment. Read about how she pioneers storytelling in the digital age.

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Student Profile

Undergrad Reflects on Making the Most of Her Smith School Experience

Miriam Oke ’24

Miriam Oke, class of 2024, leaves an indelible mark on the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. As a finance major and merit scholar, she’s led initiatives like the Women’s Empowerment Institute and championed diversity. Explore her journey shaping communities and pursuing finance, plus her vision for the future.

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Smith Alumna Turns Passion Into Sweet Success

Caroline Ta ’21

Caroline Ta ’21, founder of Sweets by Caroline, turns her childhood passion for baking into a thriving career. Through entrepreneurship programs at the University of Maryland, she refines her business skills and wins accolades. Ta emphasizes the importance of leveraging university resources and remains committed to empowering future entrepreneurs.

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