I’m currently taking a Smith Experience course through Smith’s Center for Social Value Creation in which I am working on a consulting project for a nonprofit called Year Up. On Saturday, Year Up held its annual gala at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor. I attended to observe and gather information for the consulting project.
The gala gave my team and I our first opportunity to interact with Year Up students and alumni, and learn more about their experiences. We met one student who, along with two other students, had written a a song called “Dress Shoes” and participated in the filming of a music video for it during a visit to The John Lennon Education Tour Bus.
However, the Year Up gala was the just the first half of my Smith Experience this past weekend. During my winter break, I’ll be one of 33 Smith MBA students participating in a study abroad trip to Chile. I spent my Sunday afternoon in Van Munching Hall for the first of two classes to prepare for the trip.
In our first session, we were paid a visit by Dr. Carlo Pietrobelli, lead economist at Inter-American Development Bank and a professor at the University of Roma in Italy. Dr. Pietrobelli has studied the economies of Chile and other Latin American countries, and is the author of “Upgrading to Compete: Global Value Chains, Clusters, and SMEs in Latin America.”
I’ll leave you with a video of the Gaylord Hotel’s extravagant holiday display: