Women Leading Women

Women Inspire: Five Ways to Support Women Leaders

How do you deal with the “broken rung” that affects women trying to climb the corporate ladder? One way is to enlist the help of other women.

The image of the broken rung was popularized by a landmark LeanIn.Org and McKinsey study that showed men outnumber women almost 2 to 1 in first-level manager jobs. That first missed promotion creates an imbalance, the research showed, that follows women throughout their careers.

NPR, Google Leaders to Speak at Maryland Smith’s Women Inspire

Event Honors Smith Alumnae for Their Achievements

College Park, Md. (Feb. 10, 2020) – Meg Goldthwaite, chief marketing officer at NPR, and Sherika Ekpo, global diversity and inclusion lead for Google AI, will be the honored guests at this year’s Women Inspire event, hosted by the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Both women are graduates of the school’s MBA program.

Women Inspire

Women InspireFor the ninth year, Women Inspire (formerly Women Leading Women) will showcase Maryland Smith’s fearless alumnae leaders excelling in business. Under the new moniker, this annual event will celebrate female empowerment that inspires attendees and challenges them to realize and reach their full potential.

March 5, 2020 - 6:30pm

BET’s Donna Blackman Kicks Off Smith Women’s Month

Approximately 250 female students, alumni, faculty and staff from the Smith School and across the University of Maryland, along with guests from the surrounding community, attended the event. The discussion was moderated by Nicole Coomber, associate clinical professor in Smith’s management and organization department, and in attendance were four former honorees: Andrea Brody ’87; Marguerita (Rita) Cheng ’93; and Kristen Welch ’90, MBA ’96.


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