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Class of 2020 Welcome Event. The Class of 2020 is invited to join members of the Young Alumni Council, alumni volunteers, and staff at this event to learn more about opportunities and resources within the Maryland Smith Alumni Community on Wednesday, September 2!

Choose which breakout rooms you will attend to create an event experience that is unique to you and your post-Smith journey. Chat with alumni leaders from our regional clubs, learn tips from alumni on networking during your job search and discover how you can be involved in our signature alumni events. Don’t miss a chance to take part in the trivia contest for an opportunity to win Smith swag.

Register to attend our Class of 2020 Welcome Event on Wednesday, September 2!

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CEO2020 social final
CEO@Smith presents: EY CEO and Global Chairman, Carmine Di Sibio. On Tuesday, September 8, join the conversation between Interim Dean of Maryland Smith, Ritu Agarwal, and Global Chairman and CEO of EY, Carmine Di Sibo, about global business resilience and globalization, leadership in times of adversity and crisis, and how EY is overcoming challenges associated with the global pandemic.

Following the CEO@Smith conversation, join EY representatives for "A Life of an EY Professional." This panel discussion will focus on the EY shared experience and the judgement and diverse perspectives needed to reframe the future for their clients - now, next and beyond.

Register to attend CEO@Smith on Tuesday, September 8!

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Pivoting Shallal
Maryland Business: Rebooted - Pivoting is the New Normal with Andy Shallal. Andy Shallal, EMBA '19, CEO and Founder of Busboys and Poets joins Maryland Smith Associate Dean Victor Mullins in a conversation about pivoting your business strategy in the midst of a global pandemic, economic distress and racial protests. Join us on Tuesday, September 15 to share your thoughts and ask questions on how to move your business and your career forward in uncertain times.

Register to attend Maryland Business: Rebooted on Tuesday, September 15!

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Dingman Angels

Angel Investing with the Dingman Center Angels. Join us as Holly DeArmond, Managing Director, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, and Stan Smith, Investment Manager, Dingman Center Angels, present "Angel Investing with the Dingman Center Angels" on Thursday, September 24.

The Dingman Center Angels is a leading growth seed investment group providing accredited investors access to promising high growth potential Mid-Atlantic based startups. Since inception in 2009-10, the Dingman Center Angels have invested more than $16M in over 115 transactions. During this session, you will hear key insights on angel investing and learn about our network, portfolio companies and how you can get involved.

Register to attend Angel Investing with the Dingman Center Angels on Thursday, September 24!

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Diversity Sept Event
Smith Alumni Solidarity Series: Critical Conversations at Work. Join the Smith Alumni community on Monday, September 28 as we discuss how to move forward with the conversation around race, racism and anti-racism in the workplace. This event will feature a moderated discussion with Smith alumni Sherika Ekpo, MBA ‘09, of Google-AI and Malcolm Gillian ‘95, MBA ‘00, of Cogent Entertainment Marketing. Moderated by Smith professor, Nicole Coomber, this event will address an array of topics including language, the impacts of COVID-19, changing the work culture, talking about race in the workplace, and more.

Register to attend Smith Alumni Solidarity Series: Critical Conversations at Work on Monday, September 28!

Additionally, if you know of any Black or Latinx alumni or experts in your network that may serve as thought leaders at Maryland Smith, suggest them, with the nomination form.

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Smith Day Save the Date. Celebrate the strong community of students, alumni, faculty and staff on Thursday, November 12 during Smith Day 2020. Coronavirus won’t stop us! We’re going virtual and we’ll need your help with this transition.

How Can You Help with Smith Day?

  • Sign up to be a Smith Day Ambassador - share information and promote the day to fellow alumni
  • Be a Smith Day champion at your company - bring Smith alumni at your employer together (virtually), show your Smith pride, and enter a group photo with everyone in their Smith/Maryland gear into our contest
  • Share with the world why you are #UMDSmithProud on social media
  • Volunteer to be one of the many Smith Day profiles
  • Lead or assist with a virtual activity on Smith Day in a region

Partner with us on this annual celebration! Contact Mark Forrest at to share your interest. For additional information, visit the Smith Day website.

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September 1  Maryland Business: Rebooted - Income and Cash Flow Statements with Eugene Cantor
September 2  Class of 2020 Welcome Event
September 8  CEO@Smith
September 14-23  Collateral Risk Management Series
September 15  Maryland Business: Rebooted - Pivoting is the New Normal with Andy Shallal
September 21  Smith Summer Reading and Dialogue Series: Journal Edition
September 22  Maryland Business: Rebooted - Managerial Accounting with Eugene Cantor
September 23  Latinx Heritage Month Young Alumni Panel with Dean Mullins
September 24  Angel Investing with the Dingman Center Angels
September 28  Smith Alumni Solidarity Series: Critical Conversations at Work
October 6  Smith Pronoun Workshop
November 5  Virtual Smith in the City - Save the Date
November 12  Smith Day
Alumni Association Webinars  Check the AA calendar for additional events with fellow Terps
Past Webinars  View all of our past webinars
Bootstrapped Podcast  Listen to all of the Dingman Center's past episodes
The Inc Tank Podcast  Listen to all of the Snider Center's past episodes
UMDemocracy Virtual Event Series: Three Events
Smith Pronoun Workshop
Diversity and Inclusion: Smith Pronoun Workshop
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