Feb 152016
 

There is an opening in my group at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business for a front-end website developer. This position is part of our digital team in the Office of Marketing Communications. Experience with building Drupal websites is a requirement.

For best consideration, apply by Wed. Feb. 24, 2016.

Details/Apply: https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/40403

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Jan 132016
 

Everyone is talking about it today! It’s not the State of the Union Address from last night, it’s the $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot tonight.

If you’re on social media as much as I am, it’s hard to not get a little day-dreamy about winning the big jackpot. I’m seeing stories on Facebook, tweets on Twitter, pictures of lottery tickets on Instagram.  Here are some things I learned over the past few days:

1) It’s better to take the 30-year annuity rather than the oh-so-popular cash option because you will get more money in the long run. Even though you may be dead in 30 years, the payments become part of your estate.  The New York Times.

2) Using the quick-pick option makes it more likely that you will be the only winner. Many people who select their own numbers choose lower numbers associated with months/days. I can’t recall where I saw this one.

3) There’s a 97% chance that there will be at least one winner in tonight’s drawing. FiveThirtyEight

4) The lottery board changed the probability last October to make the jackpots go higher. There’s a bigger chance to win small (changed from 35 to 26 Powerball options), but a worse chance to win big (changed from 59 to 69 options). Washington Post

5) If you bought every single combination of winning numbers it would cost more than $500 million… so if you had to share the jackpot, you wouldn’t make a profit.

When I bought my $20 worth of tickets last night I went to a liquor store because liquor stores are lucky, right? The people in line at the liquor store for lottery tickets all agreed… buying lottery tickets at the grocery store is just not lucky. The guy in front of me in line bought one quick pick Powerball ticket and said that he’s going all over the place buying just one ticket. Interesting strategy!

Personally, I used my lucky New Year’s money to make the purchase. This is a tradition that I’ve been doing for as long as I can remember: you put money outside your door on NYE and bring it in on New Year’s Day. That means you will be bringing in money all year long. New Year’s Superstitions.

Good luck! #PlayToWin #Powerball

 

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Jan 072016
 

Coming back to work this week after being off for almost two weeks was not easy! Normally, there is not much going on at UMD the first week of the year, but this week something very exciting is happening!

One of our recent grads from the Robert H. Smith School of Business – Evan Lutz (2014 marketing) – is going to be on Shark Tank tomorrow. I remember when he was starting up as a business student at UMD. He came around asking the faculty and staff to sign up for the produce deliveries from his new business, which was originally called Recovered Food and is now Hungry Harvest. I recall getting one box as a test.

Since graduating, his business has really grown and tomorrow he will be asking the Sharks on ABC’s Shark Tank reality television show for funding to help market and expand the business. The show was taped last June and will air on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016.

Here’s the official story I wrote about it on the Smith School website. As of this posting, the story has almost 900 shares – that is definitely unprecedented reach for early January when the website traffic is normally non-existent.

I’ll be live tweeting tomorrow at #TerpInTheTank #SharkTank @SmithSchool @AArford

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 Posted by at 4:07 pm
Dec 212015
 

It’s not easy to come up with new ideas for our annual holiday video at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. This year’s holiday video has the theme “Smith Holiday Idol.” Students, faculty and staff auditioned in front of a panel of judges (deans) to get a starring role. Watch to find out who wins!

I say this every year, but we really do think that this year’s video is the best one yet!  Take a look and let me know what you think. Below, I’ll add in some commentary.

Did you know…

  • This is my favorite video project of the year! Tony Richards (our photographer and videographer) and I work on this each year with our graduate assistants and undergraduate student volunteers. Special thanks to students Ying Chen, Dina Broydo, Lauren Kessler, and Francois DeZamaroczy for their help with this year’s project.
  • John Hetherington is our holiday video emcee. John is our director of advertising and has been working in the Office of Marketing Communications since 2000. He also emcees all of our graduation ceremonies.
  • Dina Broydo was our original emcee but during the final editing we realized that we needed more voice over to make it flow better so we ended up asking John to do it. You can still see her in the video as Rudolph and she sings the best song by far: I Throw my Latkes in the Air Sometimes. She was throwing a sugar cookie in the air – if you blink, you might miss it. She threw it straight to Tony and he caught it!
  • The first line-up scene was filmed after Gary Bulmash’s accounting class and included PhDs and undergrads. Another line-up scene was filmed in the undergraduate suite with students and staff.
  • One of my favorite parts is the response from Jason DeSanto Jones with Elton John’s Step into Christmas. I’ve been singing this song non-stop for the past three weeks! I can’t get it out of my head.
  • Another line-up scene was filmed right before a senior staff meeting with the judges in the OCS employer suite.
  • The banner in the background of the audition scene was created during our holiday video in 2012.
  • The judging scene was filmed in about 30 minutes and they only saw two live performances. Their reactions were scripted out and then edited into the various audition scenes.
  • We gave a list of potential songs to sing, but contestants were able to sing or lip sync any holiday song they wanted.
  • The most popular song by far was Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You.
  • I had two favorite performances. The first was a duet of Baby It’s Cold Outside by Amartyo Sen and Kathleen Curry. Amartyo and Kathleen also sang solo songs, that were just as good, but we didn’t have space to show all three. My other favorite performance was by our MarComm graduate assistant Francois DeZamaroczy. He really took one for the team. We asked him to sing badly and he did it so well! His rendition of Feliz Navidad is forever etched into my memory!
  • Another really fun segment is Ashlee Kerkhoff and her ‘stage mom’ Rachel Loock – both from the Office of Career Services. This was not planned out beforehand and we thank Ashlee for the great idea and Rachel for really stepping into the part!
  • We asked some others to sing badly too… Jesse Veihmeyer from Smith IT can really sing… but you wouldn’t know it from his performance of Frosty the Snowman because we cut out the good part!
  • Allison Leap and Cece Ukejianya were probably our best actors and they sang Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer very badly and also did some great responses to the camera.
  • Alyse Carter did a great performance to Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah Song, but the audio did not come out right so we had to cut it. :-(
  • A real standout in the video is Amy Taylor, Smith’s marketing manager and online MBA student. It was her idea to do the guitar tuning skit. So funny!
  • Were you wondering who was playing the harmonica? It was our creative marketing director Chris Decker.
  • We had hours of footage and it was really hard to cut it down to eight minutes… we plan to work on an outtake version after the holiday break. Stay tuned!
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 Posted by at 2:47 pm
Nov 162015
 
Smith School Business Summit - EMBA Cohort 9 with Basu, Nov. 13, 2015

Smith School Business Summit – EMBA Cohort 9 with Basu, Nov. 13, 2015

The Smith School Business Summit has become one of my favorite events of the year. This year’s event was held on Nov. 13, 2015 in Baltimore. It was the fourth annual conference and the keynote speaker was Calvin G. Butler Jr., CEO of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company.

My EMBA friend Kiati works at Constellation gave the introduction of Butler at the event. Many of my long-time blog readers will remember Kiati as being in the Baltimore Study Group (BSG) during our EMBA program at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Oh the shenanigans… the Wii dancing game is standing out in my mind most vividly right now.

Donna, another friend from EMBA, was on one of the panels at the event and many of our classmates came out to cheer her on since the event took place on the same day as the start of our five-year EMBA reunion weekend.

About 500 faculty, staff, students, and working professionals attended the event, which featured 11 panels focused on different aspects of “Workplace 2025.” Overall, the panels featured 45 business leaders from 40 companies.

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 Posted by at 4:35 pm
Nov 162015
 
UMD-Smith Cohort 9 EMBA Reunion, Nov. 13, 2015

UMD-Smith Cohort 9 EMBA Reunion, Nov. 14, 2015

Wow – it was great to see so many classmates at our five-year reunion celebration this month! The turnout was better than I anticipated – more classmates showed up than any other gathering over the past five years since we graduated from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

We had a private room at a restaurant in Washington, D.C., and it was good that we did. We were so loud! The conversation reminded me of our Friday nights at the bar in the Greenbelt Marriott, where we spent every other Friday for a-year-and-a-half during the program. It was just like old times.

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 Posted by at 4:14 pm
Nov 032015
 
UMD Smith EMBA Class of 2010 - Cohort 9

UMD Smith EMBA Class of 2010 – Cohort 9

I still can’t believe that it’s been more than five years since I graduated with my EMBA from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Time really flies!

I’m glad that we have a classmate who is a true “J” (think Meyers-Briggs) who has kept us all connected over the years and has planned out a great five year reunion for us. We will kick-off the reunion weekend at the Smith School Business Summit on Nov. 13. Then we have a couple events planned out for Saturday. Some of our classmates are flying in from across the country to attend, and we are all really pumped to be together again!

 

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 Posted by at 3:43 pm
Oct 202015
 

This is really exciting news for me as an alumna of the executive MBA program at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Smith is now a top 10 EMBA program in the U.S., according to Financial Times.

The UMD-Smith EMBA is #7 among U.S. Schools,  up from #11 last year. Smith also climbed in additional categories from the past year — to #11 from #15 among U.S. schools with joint programs or international campuses, and to 39th overall in the world, up from 44th.

#GoTerps

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 Posted by at 3:45 pm
Oct 052015
 
SSBS14

Here I am with my Smith EMBA friends Kiati and Tom at the Smith School Business Summit in 2014

One of the most popular events at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business each year is the Smith School Business Summit. This year, the event will be held on Friday, Nov. 13, in Baltimore and I’m particularly excited to have this great (free) event in my neck of the woods.

To say that this event is for anyone and everyone makes my marketing brain feel a little off target… but in all sincerity, anyone can and will benefit from attending this conference. With the theme of Workplace 2025, top professors will moderate about a dozen panels on the future of business. Who doesn’t want some insight into the future? The keynote speaker is the CEO of BGE – Calvin Butler. Part of the fun for Smith Terps is catching up with professors and administrators – and you won’t be disappointed! All of the UMD-Smith VIPs will be there at the event.

This year, we’re advertising for the event all over the place so we expect to reach capacity very fast. If you’re interested in attending, RSVP now! I even bought this fancy domain name for the conference:

http://www.SmithBusinessSummit.com

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 Posted by at 3:03 pm
Sep 172015
 

Carly Fiorina is the Most Famous Smith MBA

Ever since I started working at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business in 2000, Carly Fiorina has been our highest profile MBA alumna. She graduated in 1980. She’s visited the school numerous times for events, meetings, etc… and every single time I’ve seen her speak or interacted with her, I’ve been very impressed. I always come away thinking: she is so smart, she is such a great speaker, she is so well put together! I think that she’s the total package when it comes to professionalism. All politics aside, how can you not be impressed with the way she handles herself?

I’ve never been a huge fan of watching political debates this early in the process, but I’ve watched both GOP debates very closely this election, mainly because I’m such a fan of Carly. (#CNNDebate) I like to think I know her – in the broadest sense of the term. I mean she did sign a copy of Tough Choices to me, so that counts for something, right? I watched her on CNN this morning – the TV was on that channel from last night and I resisted immediately turning to The Today Show when I saw Carly’s smiling face on the screen when I turned it on. She got up very early to talk with them, even after debating late into the night. She is a class act.

She and I both have our MBAs from UMD-Smith, which is one of the top business schools in the world. #GoTerps. We both have Rudy Lamone, former Smith School dean, as a friend and mentor. I feel like we could be friends, even if we don’t share the same opinions on some issues.

Politics & Social Media

But, I didn’t start this blog post to show what a fan-girl I am of Carly. I started it to talk about social media and politics. I always recommend staying as far away as possible from politics on your professional social media accounts, unless you are “in” politics. Same goes for religion and other potentially controversial topics, like sports. For example, whenever I tweet about my beloved Ravens, I lose followers… but I figure who really wants followers who are Steelers or Patriots fans? [Are you offended? See sports is a very touchy subject!]

Earlier in the year, the Smith School posted a story about Carly Fiorina announcing her presidential run. That was obviously newsworthy because she is an alumna. But once you post too much, does it look like an endorsement? Obviously, we are proud of her… but it’s a delicate subject. Fortunately, we had a great media tie-in earlier this week that was easy for us to promote. Rudy Lamone was interviewed by NPR about Carly’s time at UMD (Listen). So it worked out perfectly, we were able to highlight the Rudy connection and the resulting social media posts were very politically correct — in this case, not political at all.

Personally, I’m pretty cautious about making any potentially controversial social media posts, but I love to tweet. So I created a separate anonymous Twitter handle so I can freely tweet my opinions.

Writing this blog post made me look back to the story I wrote in 2006 about Carly’s Tough Choices book signing event. Read more. 

 

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