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Smith Biz: The Robert H. Smith School of Business Alumni Newsletter logo  August 2021
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Welcome our newest Alumni Chapter Board & Young Alumni Council members. Give a warm welcome our newest members of the Maryland Smith Alumni Chapter Board (ACB) & Young Alumni Council (YAC)! These two boards meet throughout the year to create strategic plans for fostering lifelong relationships between Smith and the alumni community, guide the development of programming for Smith alumni, and create an overall vibrant alumni experience.

Learn more about each board and view the full list of board members online! Keep reading below to see features of one current ACB and one current YAC member.

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Jitin 'Miki' Ahuja Management in a Minute
Management in a Minute. Jitin "Miki" Ahuja '97, MBA/MS '02, Founder, SpaceJet Media, LLC, and Chair, Alumni Chapter Board, discusses key life lessons he's learned on his journey as an entrepreneur. Watch the full video.

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

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Zoddy Imoisili Alumni Spotlight headshotZoddy Imoisili ’15: Raising Your Hand at New Opportunities

“The mantra ‘Lead fearlessly’ is something that I’ve ingrained in myself since my time at Smith,” said Zoddy Imoisili ’15. “I’ve always hustled and looked for any opportunity to reach my goals.”

Zoddy spent the past six years of her career – her entire professional career – at Pepsi Beverages and PepsiCo. As someone who always raises her hand at new opportunities, she found herself promoted to five different positions in just these six years.

Zoddy’s interest in business was kick-started at the University of Maryland, where she entered as a dual pre-med student and a freshman fellow at the Smith School, but later put her full focus on business. She knew she was someone who got things done efficiently, so supply chain management appealed to her as a major, which she coupled with marketing to balance with her more creative side.

Read Zoddy's full story.

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Interested in supporting incoming Smith transfer students? Volunteer with the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets and the Intentional Life Lab!

What: We need your time and wisdom! Please join us for a fun and meaningful volunteer opportunity to support incoming Smith undergraduate transfer students. This year about 600 undergraduate students will be transferring into our Robert H. Smith School of Business. Our incoming cohort will be joining us from other schools across UMD's campus, but also from other institutions across the state, country, and the world.

Why: Transferring into our program has its unique benefits and challenges. Our incoming cohort is bright, enthusiastic, and ready to fully immerse in the Smith experience. However, given their shorter time at Smith, they also have a steep learning curve ahead of them. As such, we are offering a special onboarding symposium for them in partnership with UMD's Intentional Life Lab to jump-start their Smith journey. We want you to be part of this symposium and help our transfer students feel part of the Smith community.

We need about one hour of your time and will be pairing you up with a group of 8-10 students to chitchat informally about Smith and how our incoming students can maximize their time with us. We would love for you to join our transfer students for lunch, dinner, or virtually and give them a warm welcome.

When: There are four opportunities to contribute your time and we have listed them below. Please sign-up for the date/time that works for you. There are three in-person opportunities and one-virtual.

  • Wednesday, August 25: IN PERSON Lunch from 1-2 pm at the Shady Grove campus
  • Thursday, August 26: IN PERSON Lunch from 1-2 pm at the College Park campus
  • Thursday, August 26: IN PERSON Dinner from 6-7 pm at the College Park campus
  • Friday, August 27: VIRTUAL from 1:15-2 pm

Please submit your RSVP by Wednesday, August 11. Questions? Email

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Volunteer to help at new student orientation! The Office of Career Services is calling on Maryland Smith alumni! Are you available to help the next gen of Smith Terps get off to a great start in their career prep?

What: We are looking for 50 Smith alumni who want to participate in Career Orientation for Specialty Masters (MS) new students. Facilitate roundtable sessions where students can practice their “tell me about yourself” and “tell me about a time when…” stories.

Why: Network with fellow Smith alumni and support the incoming students as they prepare for their Smith journey.

When: Wednesday, August 25 or Thursday, August 26 from 9 am - 1 pm

Where: Van Munching Hall

If you’d be interested in participating for all or part of this event, please click on this link to see the detailed agenda and register your interest. We will be in touch with further details soon after!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Neta Moye ( or John Malone (

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Enroll in a professional certificate in digital marketing. Digital Marketing is the dominant tool in marketers’ toolboxes. Expertise in digital marketing presents the opportunity to track the ROI on every dollar spent. It’s critical that marketing professionals who employ a robust digital marketing approach continually build on and develop advanced marketing and creative skills. The four courses in this program are 100% self-paced and delivered on-demand. Register for this program.
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Join the Maryland Smith Federal Risk Academy. In today's ever-changing and increasingly complex world, understanding your organization’s risk landscape is of paramount importance. Federal risk managers, and those who do business with them, must master the challenges and myriad of factors as they manage and make organizational decisions. In collaboration with Deloitte, we bring you a proven, expert-led professional program for the federal risk management ecosystem. We will help you understand and implement a robust risk governance approach and construct the frameworks necessary to plan for the future and measure and mitigate your organization's risk. Join us for this cohort-style, active learning experience. Join the Maryland Smith Federal Risk Academy inaugural cohort!

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Save the date for the Smith Reunion Homecoming Tailgate. Join us at Van Munching Hall on Saturday, October 30 for a Reunion Homecoming Tailgate! Reunite with classmates and make new connections before heading to Capitol One Field at Maryland Stadium to cheer on your Terps as they take on Indiana University.

Registration information coming soon!

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Mark your calendars for Smith Reunions 2022! Save the date for Smith Reunions, happening on Maryland Day - Saturday, April 30, 2022! Get ready for a full day of celebrating your reunion milestone with your classmates. Join us for a State of the School with our new Dean, Prabhudev Konana, faculty sessions and an evening cocktail reception. All alumni are welcome, but we will be highlighting all alumni celebrating reunion milestones in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

The full schedule will be announced in January 2022.

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Follow the Maryland Smith Office of Alumni Relations on social media. Make sure you're following the Smith Alumni social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and our newly launched LinkedIn page (different from our private Maryland Smith Alumni LinkedIn group)! In August, we'll be promoting various contests on each of these three platforms. Keep an eye out for the chance to win some Maryland Smith swag, all while staying connected to Maryland Smith and your fellow #SmithAlumni!
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August 14 - October 9  Maryland Alumni Networks Crab Feasts and BBQs - Various locations nationwide
October 30  Smith Reunion Homecoming Tailgate - Save the Date
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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Register to attend one of nine regional UMD alumni crab feasts
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