Smith Women’s Month (March)

A month of empowerment, enlightenment and education around topics of interest to Smith women. Presented by the Office of Diversity Initiatives at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Join the conversation on social media at #SWM2017. 


Center for Social Value Creation hosting 9th Annual Social Enterprise Symposium (3/03/17, 12-5PM in VMH)

The Social Enterprise Symposium (SES) is the University of Maryland’s premier event on social enterprise, socially responsible business, and corporate sustainability. Hosted by the Robert H. Smith School of Business, SES is a signature event of the Center for Social Value Creation and brings together 400+ students, staff, and faculty to explore the role of business in creating economic, social and environmental prosperity.

We are excited to announce our keynote speaker is Shannon Schuyler, Chief Corporate Responsibility and Purpose Officer with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Check out the agenda and speaker bios to learn more about specific breakout sessions and our guest speakers. Registration will open January 23, 2017. In the meanwhile, please save the date and plan to join us for an exciting, inspiring day of keynotes, breakout sessions, and catered networking! Register now. 

Spring Smith Women’s Forum (03/06/17 from 12:15-1:15PM in VMH 1511): 

We had a great time last Fall at our first Smith Women’s Forum sharing challenges we’ve shaped as women in our professional careers and MBA programs. This time we’ll facilitate an interactive lunchtime discussion about challenges with misrepresentation. Participants will get 1 entry for our spring raffle of the Lo & Sons O.G. Bag. RSVP here.

Center for Financial Policy hosting Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards: How Do We Get There? (3/08/17 from 2-4PM at the Ronald Reagan Building – Smith’s DC Campus): 

Multiple studies show that gender diversity can improve a company’s performance, but offer little explanation as to exactly why – or even how, considering the continued lack of diversity on corporate boards. This event brings together experts to explore the issues of the underrepresentation of women on corporate boards — examining the likely causes and how companies can encourage greater diversity in their leadership. Hosted by the Center for Financial Policy, the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets and the Office of Diversity Initiatives.

Dingman Center hosting Ladies First Angel Investing Bootcamp (3/10 from 12-5PM in VMH): 

Ladies, want to diversify your financial portfolio and learn more about the exciting world of startup investing? Currently, only 25 percent of angel investors in the United States are women. It’s time to change that statistic. Join the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship on March 10 for a free workshop where you can connect with other women and discover what it takes to become a savvy startup investor. During this angel investing bootcamp, you will learn how to evaluate startup companies and then hone your new skills by hearing pitches from local female entrepreneurs. This bootcamp is open to female alumni, faculty, graduate students, and other community members interested in angel investing.
Center for Business Education and Research’s How Women Around the World Succeed and Lead (03/14 from 6-8:15PM in VMH 2333) :

The Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), Office of Career Services (OCS), and the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship* will host a session with Rania Habiby Anderson, international expert in the career and business advancement of women, author of the award-winning book Undeterred; The Six Success Habits of Women in Emerging Markets and executive business coach.
The opportunities for women to take powerful positions and increase their influence in emerging markets and international business is increasing with corporate investment and an environment ripe for entrepreneurship and growth. Whether you are an international student with a goal to return to your home country or stay in the U.S or an American student who wishes to advance in your career domestically or internationally, come
hear how women around the world succeed and the steps you can take achieve your own success. Join us and Rania Habiby Anderson to discuss the current state of women in emerging markets and the actions you can take to capitalize on opportunities.

Department of Alumni Relations hosting Smith Women Connect Online Meetup (3/15) :

Smith alumnae and current female students are invited to connect with one another from the comfort of their homes in this online meet-up. Alumnae will offer insights to current students about the issues unique to women in the workforce to better prepare them for the realities they will face after graduation. Hosted by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.
Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets hosting Taking Control of Your Career, Taking Control of Your Future featuring Sallie Krawcheck (3/27 from 6-8PM in Riggs Alumni Center): 

Women face many challenges to reaching leadership positions in their chosen careers and to investing and building wealth. Sallie Krawcheck is a finance and investing entrepreneur and CEO of Ellevest, a digital investment platform for women. Regina Lowrie has built her career on building and growing banking and mortgage companies and is currently president and CEO of RML Advisors. Their rise to the top of male-dominated industries gives them unique insight about career strategy, being a successful manager and confronting the challenges and opportunities facing women in business and in building their long-term financial security. Sponsored by New Day, USA and hosted by the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets. Register now.

Office of Diversity Initiatives hosting 6th Annual Women Leading Women celebrating Marguerita (Rita) Cheng (3/30 from 6-9PM in Frank Auditorium): 

Women Leading Women is an annual forum created to celebrate the professional successes and leadership of a Smith School alumna. This year, Smith is honoring Marguerita (Rita) Cheng, CEO of Blue Ocean Global Wealth, in an open dialogue about navigating careers in business. A Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards ambassador, Cheng helps educate the public, policy makers and the media about the benefits of competent, ethical financial planning. Hosted by the Office of Diversity Initiatives. Register now.

Executive Women’s Roundtable (Friday, March 31 from 6-8PM):  Join SAWMBA and Executive MBA students for an evening of networking around topics facing women in the workplace today. This is a great chance to meet our fellow EMBA cohorts! Participants will get 1 entry for our spring raffle of the Lo & Sons O.G. Bag.