Alumni / May 17, 2024

Alumna Says Smith MBA Was “Transformational” in Career Development

Rose Cohen
Rose Cohen, MBA ’03, inspiring future leaders through her successful banking career and generous scholarship endowment.

Rose Cohen, MBA ’03, says her Smith MBA experience “was transformational for me and, as my husband always reminds me – our best investment ever!” That’s why she and her husband, Robert, endowed an MBA scholarship – to give others a chance to see the impact a graduate degree can have on a career.

Cohen credits Smith’s MBA program for her leadership and teambuilding skills, calling her degree a “tremendous” opportunity that was pivotal in her career development.

She was 14 years into a banking career when entered Smith’s full-time MBA program, planning to make a career pivot. Instead, she used the degree to launch ahead in the banking industry.

Cohen’s next chapter saw her transition to private banking, advising ultra high-net-worth clients first at J.P. Morgan for a decade, then at Citibank for the past nine years where she led Citi’s mid-Atlantic region private bank division.

“I’m very proud of the team and the culture I created within my team at Citi,” she says. “There was a lot of trust among the team members and significant focus on leveraging different people’s strengths to benefit our clients.”

Cohen recently stepped back from her day-to-day role at Citi to spend more time with her family and explore additional board opportunities. She previously served on the Smith Advisory Board and currently serves as a trustee and executive committee member of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation.

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About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and flex MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, business master’s, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.

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