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October 2021
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Alan Grantham SpotlightAlan Grantham ’05: Raising Awareness About Disabilities in the Workplace

For many people, work can be stressful. Between the deadlines, meetings, presentations and other responsibilities to be managed, the professional world can be tough to navigate. And it can be made that much harder for people who suffer from a disability.

Alan Grantham ’05 knows how that is. And in his organization, he’s working to make it a little easier. Grantham is executive director of leveraged finance at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) and co-head of the Recruitment and Workforce Committee for UNIQUE, a program that focuses on engaging people in the workplace to both understand and support those with disabilities.

“What is important to understand is not all disabilities come in the same size, shape or form. Education and awareness are key components to ensuring we as a firm have the appropriate accommodations and level of empathy to foster a safe, healthy, and productive workplace,” Grantham says. Read Alan's full story

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Management in a Minute. Timothy Boyle '83, Vice President, Finance, Leidos, shares why talent and leadership development are important elements for enterprises to be successful and how individuals can be their own advocates. Watch the full video.

This video is part of the Maryland Smith Management in a Minute series.

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Shop the Maryland Smith Pop-Up Store. The Maryland Smith Office of Development and Alumni Relations is pleased to announce the fall Maryland Smith Pop-Up Store! Now is your chance to grab your Smith swag like long-sleeved shirts, vests, and beanies to keep you warm in the winter! The Smith Pop-Up Store offers a variety of products for you to celebrate your Smith pride. 

Please note, this pop-up store is only open for a limited time. All orders must be placed by Friday, October 22, at 11:59 pm. When the store closes, all orders will then be processed and mailed by November 26. For all international orders, shipping will be billed after your order has been shipped.
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We hope you can join us at one of our upcoming fall socials!  Get to know Smith alumni near you and meet alumni leaders!

October 13th at Pinstripes Georgetown Hosted by the Smith DC/NoVA Alumni Club

October 26th at Diamondback Brewing Company Hosted by the Smith Young Alumni Council & Smith Baltimore Alumni Club
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The Homecoming Tailgate is back. Don’t miss a chance to gather with your former classmates and friends, grab a bite to eat, try your hand at giant Jenga, and of course, meet the new dean! Register today.

All Smith alumni are welcome to attend.  We will be commemorating reunion milestones for the following class years:

  • Classes of 2019, 2015, 2010, 2005, 2000, 1995, 1990, 1985, 1980, 1975, and 1970
  • Classes of 2020, 2016, 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996, 1991, 1986, 1981, 1976, and 1971
  • Classes of 2021, 2017, 2012, 2007, 2002, 1997, 1992, 1987, 1982, 1977, and 1972
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Smith Day - November 9. Put on your favorite Terp gear, grab a fellow Smith Terp, and celebrate your combined Smith Pride on Thursday, November 9 for a worldwide Smith Day 2021. The day will include:

  • Ask Alumni - volunteer to help students understand careers in various industries by sharing your career testimonial
  • Regional Eventsjoin fellow alumni and Smith community members for evening celebrations of Smith Pride around the world
  • NEW: Meet-Ups - grab a few friends for a smaller, informal gathering of two or more Smith Terps
  • Workplace Gatherings - celebrate Smith Day at your office (or virtually) with colleagues who are also Smith Terps
  • Opportunities to Share your Smith Pride with #UMDSmithProud social media frames and virtual swag
  • And more.

Take some time on November 9 to connect with the vast Smith community of alumni, faculty, staff, and students for this annual tradition. To assist with scheduling a Regional Event, a Meet-Up or a Workplace Gathering, contact Mark Forrest at For additional information, visit the Smith Day website.

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Smith’s LatinX Heritage Month Celebration On Thursday, October 7 join ALPFA and the Smith community from 6:00-8:00 p.m. as we celebrate our Latinx community and history with Smith's Annual Latinx Heritage Month Celebration! Come join us for great food, music, dancing, and more! Please RSVP if you wish to attend.
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Distinguished Speakers in International Business Series Join the Center for Global Business for a discussion with three experts from the International Finance Corporation, Inter-American Development Bank, and Brookings about economic disparities exacerbated by the global pandemic, nongovernmental efforts and opportunities to address the growing crisis in the developing world, and what this all means for means for investment and doing business in the Global South. RSVP for this virtual event.
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Welcome to the future of business. The new Business Decoded Saturday Seminar series starting on October 23 will demystify the business trends that are just on the horizon and provide game-changing insights to propel you ahead of the competition. Taught by top Maryland Smith faculty and rooted in cutting-edge research, the sessions are designed to: Spark innovation, Boost your business knowledge, Keep you current, Expand your network. Visit the website for more information and to register. 
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Are you AI-ready? AI is now an essential part of any organizational strategy, which is why Maryland Smith is launching AI/ML for Business Leaders, an online certificate for working professionals.

This self-paced online program starts on October 25, 2021. UMD and Maryland Smith alumni receive a 20% discount off the standard program fee. While you’re signing up, share this opportunity with your colleagues and friends!

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Maryland Business Adapts 21/22. The Center for Global Business announces the second annual Maryland Business Adapts initiative and call for nominations for 2021/2022. The Maryland Business Adapts 21/22 initiative seeks to celebrate the adjustments during the ongoing pandemic of Maryland SMEs in international business, while providing insights for topics like minimizing business risk of their global operations or preparation for sudden operational changes. Nominations are being accepted through November 19, 2021. To find out more information about Maryland Business Adapts 21/22 or submit a nomination, visit the webpage.
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October 7 Smith’s LatinX Heritage Month Celebration - College Park
October 12 Distinguished Speakers in International Business Series - Virtual
October 13  Fall Alumni Social at Pinstripes - Washington D.C.
October 23 Business Decoded Saturday Seminar - College Park
October 25 AI/ML for Business Leaders - Virtual Certificate Program
October 26  Fall Alumni Social at DiamondBack Brewery - Baltimore
October 30  Smith Reunion Homecoming Tailgate - College Park
November 3  Adding New Tires to Your Career: Getting Back on Track - Virtual
November 9  Smith Day - Worldwide
April 30, 2022  Smith Reunions - Save the Date
Alumni Association Webinars  Check the AA calendar for additional events with fellow Terps
Past Webinars  View all of our Maryland Smith alumni past webinars
Bootstrapped Podcast  Listen to all of the Dingman Center's past episodes
Distinguished Speaker Series in International Business  Catch up on the Center for Global Business's past episodes
Global Pulse  Watch the Center for Global Business's past recordings
The Inc Tank Podcast  Listen to all of the Snider Center's past episodes
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Adding New Tires to Your Career: Getting Back on Track

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