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Dean Newsletter FeatureJanuary Highlights with Dean Prabhudev Konana

“Happy New Year! It’s so exciting to welcome in 2023, the year of our Silver Jubilee, when the Smith School will recognize the 25th anniversary of our naming. We will induct the inaugural class into our Hall of Fame on April 27, and hold a banquet to celebrate the life and legacy of Robert H. Smith and reflect on the impact of his philanthropic investment in the school on October 27.


Other events and activities throughout the year will highlight our points of pride and advance the school’s strategic priorities in order to further the legacy of Robert H. Smith and continue his path to elevate the school to the next level." Read the Dean's letter.

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Vivian Liu 2Vivian Liu, EMBA '19 - From English Teacher to Human Resources Chief: Leveraging a Talent for Training and Coaching People

My professors at Maryland Smith have been my most valuable career resource. I could reach out to them for advice, coaching and feedback. My favorite professor is Dr. Liao Hui, who I could easily talk to about my thoughts and bold ideas. I’ve also been helped by the Smith team in China. Their customer service and professionalism are top-notch. Lastly, Smith’s alumni network is the best. Whenever I have challenges or difficulties I post “ask for help” in WeChat and I always get a response. The alumni have world-class qualifications and it is the Smith School that led them to where they are.” Read Vivian's Story

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Alumni Chapter Board nominations are open. Are you interested in making a lasting impact on Maryland Smith and the alumni community? If so, submit your application or nominate someone to join the Alumni Chapter Board (ACB) today!


The purpose of the Alumni Chapter Board is to promote the Smith School of Business and make its Alumni Network the most distinguished network of global business leaders by fostering vibrant life-long alumni relationships. The ACB carries out the board's mission to: 

  • Strengthen the Smith community through engaging alumni in philanthropy, volunteer opportunities, and events.
  • Leverage alumni relationships to mentor current students and help them with experiential learning opportunities, understand possible career paths, and secure jobs.
  • Build a strong alumni bench to tap into for networking, speaking and volunteering experiences. 

Submit your Alumni Chapter Board nomination by March 10, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact Denise Sughrue (ACB Vice-Chair) at or Mark Forrest (Program Director of Alumni Relations) at or visit the ACB webpage.


To nominate yourself or someone else please complete one of the following forms.

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Career Week 2023 Pic 2

Don't miss an opportunity to strengthen your negotiation skills at our upcoming workshop, "Job Negotiations - Myths and Tips", part of UMD's annual Career Week.  Take your negotiation skills to the next level with this interactive workshop designed to bust myths about job negotiations and provide attendees with tips that will allow them to "think on their feet" the next time they enter a job negotiation situation. Register today

The UMD Alumni Association's Career Week is back!  Featuring over 25 in-person and virtual events, you'll be sure to find a program to elevate your skills and advance your career.  Explore the full schedule.

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The latest edition of Smith Business magazine is here and ready to read! Flip through the pages of our digital version today. This time around we’re looking at how Maryland Smith is collaborating with other UMD colleges to bring business education to more students, making it everybody’s business. Read how integrated learning experiences are driving the future of business education and what Smith is doing to make it more widely available. The pages are filled with alumni success stories and student triumphs. You’ll also read about how to assess your fit with a company during the interview process. You’ll learn how to ward off a dreaded case of burnout. And, you’ll get a few tips on how to ace your virtual interview—even when work is getting back into the office.

Read the latest issue of Smith Business magazine.

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Exec Ed January 2023 

Check out "How to Ask for What You Want Before Taking a Job" By Dr. Rellie Derfler-Rozin, Associate Professor at The Robert H. Smith School of Business. Get some tips and tricks from the Smith expert for your next salary negotiation! 

Then, join her and Dr. Vijaya Venkatarami on March 9-10 for a workshop - "Workplace Negotiations: Unlocking Your Potential" to dig deeper and learn how to achieve win-win negotiations across all of your business initiatives!


Subscribe to the Smith Brain Trust and have business insights from Maryland Smith's world-class faculty delivered straight to your inbox. Subscribe today.

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Teaching award 2023 

Maryland’s Smith School endeavors each year to recognize faculty for overall teaching excellence and for originality, innovation, and creativity in teaching.


Nominations are open for the 2022-2023 Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence and the Legg Mason Teaching Innovation Award to be presented in May 2023. 

Your nomination can be for any faculty who is tenured, tenure-track, clinical, professor of the practice, or lecturer. It should include your thoughts on what makes this professor outstanding. Submit your nomination

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The Center for Social Value Creation's ESVC report is officially launched! The report sets out a new framework for understanding how companies, across nine industries, can generate meaningful, measurable improvement in environmental and social performance across industries. This report also identified six concrete ways, that companies can drive ESVC outcomes including product research, development, and innovation, sustainable production, supply chain management, coalitions, financial and in-kind support, and talent management. Read the ESVC report today

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Happy New Year 2023 

From all of us in the Robert H. Smith School of Business, we wish you a Happy New Year! We look forward to a year of exciting developments, including our Silver Jubilee, inducting the inaugural class into our Hall of Fame, and so much more. We hope you’ll join us!

January 12 New Year Networking Happy Hour (Washington, DC) 
January 15 KBBQ Lunar New Year Celebration (Rockville, MD) 
January 18 Terps in Your Town: Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
January 19  Frederick Terps Happy Hour (Frederick, MD) 
January 24 Career Week 2023: Job Negotiations - Myths and Tricks (Washington, DC)
March 2 Women Inspire (On Campus) 
March 3  Women's Leadership Conference (On Campus) 
Alumni Association Events Check here for additional events with fellow Terps 
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