Business Leaders Convene to Discuss Social Impact at Inaugural ESG Conference

Maryland Smith is pushing students and business leaders to create a better world through business. That means considering multiple stakeholders – how a company’s environmental, social and corporate governance policies impact the world beyond just returning profits to shareholders. ESG is gaining momentum among businesses and investors and was the topic of Maryland Smith’s inaugural ESG Conference: Reimagine Your Impact, hosted by the Center for Social Value Creation on May 6, 2022.

Join the Center for Social Value Creation at Maryland Smith for our inaugural ESG Conference: Reimagine Your Impact. This conference will bring together thought leaders, researchers, Smith School faculty, industry innovators, students, and more for an afternoon of learning and connecting. Attendees will hear from esteemed speakers including Chrissa Pagitsas, Stephan K Thieringer, Apoorva Gandhi, Corinne Doughtery and many who will challenge the way we think about business impact.

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The Art and Science of Risk Management

Beyond quantifying and getting their boards to understand traditional financial risks such as credit and market risk, corporate risk officers are grappling with a host of nontraditional risks associated with and ranging from cyber to ESG (environmental, social and governance) and DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion).

Join us on Monday, February 7 from 6 to 7 p.m. in Room 1524 (Frank Auditorium) for our first Smith Executive Speakers series. Learn from Akash Palkhiwala, Chief Financial Officer of Qualcomm Incorporated, and Sasmit Dwivedi, Senior Director of Investor Relations, and their journey from Smith MBA students to become executives in one of the world's largest wireless network and innovations companies.

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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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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 part-time MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, specialty 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.

Tata is coming to the Smith School! On November 30 join the Center for Social Value Creation in learning about Tata’s latest sustainability practices and the Tata Global Internships program. The Tata Global Internships program is an immersive experience where interns work on specific projects and gain hands-on experience within a global business.

A networking reception immediately following the event will be provided for attendees.

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Are you interested in learning more about social impact, creative problem solving, project management, and more? Come out to VMH 1505 on November 8 from 5 to 6 p.m. to hear about an exciting new course covering these topics launching in the Spring 2021 semester! This course, called “The Value Creation Challenge Course”, will be housed within the Smith School of Business but is open to all students, no prerequisites are required. By the end of the semester, students will have had the opportunity to build their own internship!

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Join the Smith School’s Center for Social Value Creation and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in welcoming PepsiCo to campus on November 2 from 5 to 6 p.m. in VMH 2333! At this event, you will hear from PepsiCo team members and learn about PepsiCo’s latest sustainability initiative, pep+, and how it integrates into their business strategy. You will also gain information on a case study that PepsiCo will be hosting at UMD! Food and networking opportunities will be provided to attendees.

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Farshchi Chairs Americas Day at Conference for Value Creation

When industry professionals want to take the next step in their career and focus on a bigger picture, the Conference for Value Creation can help. Maryland Smith’s Nima Farshchi, who chaired the first day of the three-day conference this year, says the event offers a robust discussion of the definition of value creation in business, showcases various cultures and perspectives, and explores how to utilize research to create positive change in industries.

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