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Prabhudev Konana photo outside of Van Munching Hall on campusBeginning the Year, and Dean Role, with Gratitude: A Letter from Maryland Smith's New Dean, Prabhudev Konana

Dear Smith Alumni,

I wish you a joyful and purposeful new year. This is my first week as dean of Maryland Smith and it is indeed an honor and a privilege to serve you all.

I imagine that you, like me, are feeling grateful for the return to normalcy that looks possible in 2021. I’m full of gratitude: for the scientists who raced to bring us a vaccine. For the doctors and nurses who toiled without rest to care for the sick. For the faculty who taught in person and online while juggling their personal lives. For staff who worked tirelessly to provide the best support possible for faculty and the best experience possible for students. For students who showed resilience in the face of challenges they never could have imagined. For our loyal alumni who continue to support the school, our students, faculty and staff through this unique time.

Read Maryland Smith Dean Prabhudev Konana's full letter.

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Watch the Management in a Minute video. Landon Johnson, MBA '99, SVP of Acquisitions, Clark Construction Group, LLC, demystifies mentorship and shares his top three tips when searching for a mentor. Watch Landon's full Management in a Minute video.

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

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Take the Smith Alumni Virtual Event Interest Survey. As we look to plan our upcoming Smith alumni spring events in virtual format, we want to hear from you! Please spend 3 minutes on this brief survey about what event topics interest you.

As a thank you for completing the survey, we will be doing a random drawing for three Smith alumni to win Smith swag bags. If you'd like to be entered in the drawing, please include your name and email address. Otherwise, the survey will remain anonymous.

Please complete the Smith Alumni Virtual Event Interest survey by Sunday, January 17, and thank you for your input!

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Attend our next Smith Alumni Solidarity Series event. How do you define being an ally, partner, accomplice or co-conspirator? Join the Smith community to learn more about what it means to show up as an ally.

Smith alumni panelists will share examples of effective and ineffective forms of allyship at work. Moderated by Dr. Jeanette Snider, associate director of undergraduate programs, this open discussion will provide steps on how to navigate moments where you can show up in the workplace for your team and colleagues.

Register to attend Smith Alumni Solidarity Series: How to be an Ally on Thursday, January 14.

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Register for the Distinguished Speaker Series in International Business: Global Trade in the New Year event. Join the Center for Global Business and academic director, Kislaya Prasad for a conversation with two trade experts about the global trade outlook for 2021. Speakers Inu Manak, Research Fellow, Cato Institute, and Javier Lopez Gonzalez, Senior Trade Policy Analyst, OECD, will specifically discuss how the post-Covid environment, vaccine distribution and a new U.S. administration will impact global trade.

Register to attend the Distinguished Speaker Series in International Business event on Thursday, January 14.

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Participate in Career Week with Cracking the Creativity Code. Committed to creating an innovative team? Want to learn why your (or your team’s) creative ideas seem to go nowhere? Ready to learn about the roadblocks to innovation? Join Maryland Smith professor Vijaya Venkataramani, associate professor of management & organization, as she discusses her research about creativity in the workplace. This interactive discussion will include a short presentation followed by time for participants to ask questions.

Register to attend Cracking the Creativity Code
on Thursday, January 28. This event is part of the University of Maryland Alumni Association Career Week.

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Register for the Fearless Speaker Series event. Please join us in welcoming Smith alum Alphonse Kouagou, MBA '00, Executive Director and board member at World Bank Group, in a discussion of his career trajectory and the opportunities and challenges of doing business in emerging markets.  

Register to attend the Fearless Speaker Series event on Wednesday, February 3. In the meantime, join the MBAs for Working Professionals Facebook group and the MBAs for Working Professionals LinkedIn group!

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The ACB and YAC reflect on 2020 and look ahead to 2021. As we wrap up the 2020 calendar year, we asked members of our Alumni Chapter Board and Young Alumni Council to share some of their favorite events and initiatives from 2020, along with what they are most looking forward to in the months to come.

Jitin “Miki” Ahuja ’97, MBA/MS ’02: My favorite initiative has been the effort to spearhead and create a B1G task force comprising of peer schools for the purpose of networking, sharing best practices, joint initiatives and leveraging the collective strength of board members and leaders.

Ben Hawtof ’17: I'm looking forward to developing unique experiences as the pandemic (hopefully) subsides and we emerge from our "shells."

For more questions and responses, read what our ACB and YAC members have to say about their impacts and anticipations!

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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? Apply to join the ACB today! The ACB carries out the board's mission to

  • Advocate on behalf of Smith School alumni
  • Foster lifelong relationships between the school and alumni community
  • Leverage alumni relationships to benefit students
  • Create a vibrant alumni experience

Submit your Alumni Chapter Board nomination by Friday, March 12.

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Stay up to date on Maryland Smith Diversity & Inclusion initiatives. Maryland Smith strives to ensure that all members of the Smith community feel welcomed, valued, and proud of every aspect of who they are. Stay connected on these initiatives through the Maryland Smith Diversity & Inclusion website where you can find resources to make a difference, be educated and remain current.
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Join Terrapins Connect. Terrapins Connect is where you can connect with Terps from across the globe, as well as accessing networking and professional development opportunities and the ability to share advice with current students. We’d like to share the top five reasons why you should join or update your profile on Terrapins Connect in 2021.

  • Connect with Your Community: This fall, the Office of Alumni Relations launched an exclusive Smith Alumni & Student Group on the platform. Within this group, you can share available jobs at your company, ask fellow alumni for feedback on your resume, and support current students.
  • Strengthen Your Network: Search alumni by company, city and industry to make new connections and grow your network.
  • Share Your Expertise: Participate in resume reviews, mock interviews and informational interviews with current students and fellow alumni
  • Discover Resources: Browse the Resource Library for guidance on job search strategies, networking tips, how to be a better mentor and more!
  • Register for Events: Never miss another event. Check the calendar for upcoming events hosted by units throughout the University, just for alumni like you!
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January 14  Smith Alumni Solidarity Series: How to be an Ally
January 14  Distinguished Speaker Series in International Business
January 25  UMD Career Week
January 28  Cracking the Creativity Code
February 3  Fearless Speaker Series
March 4  Women Inspire - 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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Join the Spring 2021 Book Club
with Dean Mullins

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Save the Date: Women Inspire
on March 4

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Apply for CGB's Alumni Language Award
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