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Academic Chapter of the Year: University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business

Posted By Nadia Alhashimi, Wednesday, November 1, 2017

NAWMBA Chapter at University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business

“Gets Confident”

The University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business leadership has put together a series of programming that has ignited a flame of inspiration. Their innovation has spread excitement throughout NAWMBA's academic chapters via our monthly presidents’ discussions. It has ignited collaboration within and across programs at business schools across the country. Their creativity and ability to adapt to their market audience has earned the University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business chapter NAWMBA’s 2017 Academic Chapter of the Year award.

Smith Association of Women MBAs created a “Get Confident” series that encourages women to try new cultural activities that would be beneficial for their professional development and success in business, but traditionally come with a heightened level of intimidation for most women. Leadership organized a series in an array of fields including:

  • An executive women’s roundtable featuring mini executive coaching sessions regarding intersectionality, diversity recruiting, competition and collusion, etc.

  • An Executive Presence for Women workshop partnered with their office of Transformational Learning to combat microaggressions in the workplace

  • Ladies-Only Golf Lessons with their Golf Association

  • Spirit Learning partnered with SPA to learn the basics of different spirits that tend to have a strong male consumer base but are often consumed situationally in business

  • Career Trek to a woman-owned whiskey business with advice to students about starting their own business, roadblocks and strategies used to combat them, and a tour of the facility.

  • Skeet Shooting Lessons partnered with their Veterans Association


Other programming included a women’s forum, an unconscious bias workshop, a “women leading women” panel, and a male ally initiative.

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