A commitment to seeking digital solutions, investing in technology and putting people first isn’t just how EY has weathered the global health crisis and ensuing economic upheaval. It’s part of the strategy that young people hoping to make a difference in the corporate workforce should embrace, the CEO and global chairman of the powerhouse professional services firm told a Maryland Smith audience on Sept. 8.
The CEO and Global Chairman of Ernst & Young, Carmine Di Sibio, will share his insights from leading one the world’s largest professional services firms in a conversation with students, alumni, faculty and friends at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Di Sibio will join the Smith community virtually, via Webex, on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at noon.
Mattel President and COO Richard Dickson answers a tough question: How do brands stay relevant? Speaking to an audience of students, faculty, staff and guests at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, Dickson ’90 told the story of Mattel, described how he finds inspiration, broke down the reinvention of a legacy brand and offered some good, old-fashioned career advice. Dickson was on campus this week for the fall 2019 installment of the CEO@Smith speaker series, a conversation moderated by Maryland Smith interim dean Ritu Agarwal.
Stanley Black & Decker President and CEO James Loree’s tools for success can be stripped down to a few simple rules: Be innovative, never stop learning, do the right thing and be forward-thinking.
Many CEOs sleep with their smartphones on the nightstand next to their beds. Some even sleep with it in their beds. Deloitte CEO, Cathy Engelbert prefers to keep hers downstairs at night. "Disconnect yourself every once in a while," she told an overflow crowd on March 14, 2018, during the CEO@Smith speaker series at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. “You work hard, but you need to find time to take care of yourself.”
CEO @ Smith Speaker Series presents Cathy Engelbert, Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte, on March 14, 2018, in Van Munching Hall, home of the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. As CEO of Deloitte, Engelbert leads one of the largest professional services organizations in the United States with more than 85,000 professionals, providing services to over 80 percent of the Fortune 500.
Students starting their careers should ask themselves three questions, Unilever North America President Kees Kruythoff said on Oct. 10, 2017, at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. “These individual discussions can help you discover your personal purpose,” Kruythoff said during a CEO @ Smith keynote address. “People with purpose, they thrive.” “Are you making a difference?” is the first question. Kruythoff said people can define impact in different ways. “But make sure you put a high ambition level in there,” he said.
In the face of hotel industry disruption, Marriott International’s answer is to grow, the company’s president and CEO said April 26, 2016, at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. The Bethesda, Md.-based hospitality giant is poised to become the world’s biggest hotel company later this year with the acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, allowing it to create more connections with middle-class travelers worldwide.
Business leaders need to win to advance their careers, but SAP CEO Bill McDermott says they must never lose sight of the need to play fairly. “You gotta win, but you gotta win the right way,” he told an audience of more than 250 people crowded into Frank Auditorium in Van Munching Hall on Feb. 11, 2016. “Winning the wrong way is losing in the end, and your character will reveal itself. Keep that in mind as you climb the ladder.”
The Smith School’s CEO @ Smith speaker series will continue in April with a presentation from Marriott International’s Arne Sorenson. Marriott operates and franchises more than 4,300 lodging properties in 81 countries and territories under 19 brands. Sorenson co-founded Marriott’s Global Sustainability Council in 2007, and in 2008 he launched the firm’s rainforest preservation partnership with the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation in Brazil.