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Standing Up for Climate Change and Leading With Purpose

Jessica Ennis, EMBA ’20

Jessica Ennis, EMBA ’20, set out to forge a career rooted in purpose. Now, that purpose has taken her all the way to the White House.

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Making the World a Better Place, One Sip at a Time

Jorge Richardson BS ’21

Jorge Richardson BS ’21 originally went to Maryland Smith to follow in his family footsteps, join a big investment bank and put in the years to climb up the ladder. During a summer at the World Bank, he was enamored at the Bank’s ability to catalyze massive sustainable development change through innovation & financing methods, piquing his interest in the climate space.

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Navigating Finance Through Resiliency - Jeron Davis Forbes 30 Under 30 Profile

Jeron Davis BS ‘15

From selling crayons for change in elementary school to investing i

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Taking A Passion for Research Outside Academia

Debdatta Sinha Roy, PhD ‘19

When we imagine researchers, we often think about the world of academia in which professors conduct research while taking on a teaching schedule. However, outside of academia, there are a variety of professional research scientists, like Maryland Smith alum Debdatta Sinha Roy, PhD ‘19, who use data to help companies find patterns in customer behavior and optimize future decisions. 

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Changing Lives, Through Social Entrepreneurship

L. Audrey Awasom ’18

L. Audrey Awasom, ’18, is leading an uprising. Her goal? To see a society where every woman has access to good healthcare, affordable housing and sustainable employment.

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A ‘30 Under 30’ Recipient, on Embracing Challenges

Ali Salhi, MS ’18

For Loop CTO Ali Salhi, MS ’18, Maryland Smith was a place to learn about the importance of learning through challenges.

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On Seeing the Bigger Picture, Not the Puzzle Pieces

Kent Baker, MBA ’69, DBA ’72, MEd ’74

He has invested almost 45 years teaching, earning eight academic degrees, including three doctorates, and publishing 35 books and more than 300 academic and practitioner-oriented articles. Yet, H. Kent Baker, MBA ’69, DBA ’72, MEd ’74, says it isn’t yet time for retirement – not, he says, until he can no longer take the stairs to his office at American University.

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Qualcomm CFO, on Finding a Passion

Akash Palkhiwala, MBA ’99

For Qualcomm CFO Akash Palkhiwala, Maryland Smith was a place to find his passion and adapt to life in a new country.

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Student Profile

Fusion100 Clothing Brand: From A Dorm Room to SportsCenter

Ilan Orgel

Ilan Orgel has always had an entrepreneurial drive – and a sense of style. Before coming to the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School and beginning his finance degree, Orgel lived in New York, where he’d often wait in long, early morning lines to buy sneakers he would later resell at a profit.

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From High School Onward, Driven Toward Social Entrepreneurship

Michael Zhao

He’s just a semester into his college career at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, but freshman Michael Zhao already knows exactly what he wants to do for the rest of his life – use a finance and computer science education to make the world a better place.

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