Student Spotlight – Kavanaugh Livingston

Quickfire Questions

Name: Kavanaugh Livingston
Year: Second
Campus: DC Evening
Company: United Nations Foundation (UNF)
Hometown/Current Town:  Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Alma Mater: Johns Hopkins University
Family/Pets: My husband Daniel, and one spider plant
Favorite D.C. Area Restaurant: Sally’s Middle Name
Favorite Baltimore/D.C. Area Tourist Destination: Freer Sackler Gallery
Favorite Travel Destination: Borneo, Malaysia was definitely the most memorable. My husband and I hiked up Mt. Kinabalu and reached the summit of more than 13,000 feet.
Favorite Book: Embracing Defeat
Favorite Movie: My Cousin Vinny
Favorite Song/Artist: Rush
Currently Binging on Netflix/Hulu/Amazon: Dark
Dream Job: Managing an international foundation
What’s your Guilty Pleasure? What can’t you live without? Ben & Jerry’s — all of the flavors

Let’s Get to It

Tell us a little bit about the Ambassador program? How long do you serve as an Ambassador, can anyone become an Ambassador, etc.? You have to keep your ears and eyes out when the informal announcement for an Ambassador position comes out, but if you enjoy meeting with a variety of people and engaging with the broader Smith community you should consider serving as an Ambassador. You are one of the many friendly faces to prospective students. And without a doubt, the experiences of prospective students with Ambassadors can help determine their decision to enroll in Smith. The role comes with a year-long commitment and a suite of responsibilities, but it is really fun! I’m really glad I made the decision to be an Ambassador.

Why did you decide to become an Ambassador? Smith has helped me grow and develop professionally and personally. To this end, I thought it was important to contribute to an institution that has made a positive impact on my career and future prospects. I’ve met many wonderful faculty, classmates, friends, and staff at Smith, and serving as an Ambassador allows me to give back to a community that has supported me for the past year-and-a-half. I believe many more students can benefit from the Smith experience, and as Ambassador, I have the privilege to help spread this message.

How do Ambassadors support the PTMBA program at Smith? While Ambassadors are representatives of the Smith School to prospective students, we can feed thoughts and concerns from students to Smith faculty and staff. Ambassadors don’t just focus on projecting a positive and approachable image of Smith; we also provide outside perspectives to help the Smith PTMBA program continue to grow and improve.

Have you volunteered to support the PTMBA program in previous capacities? If so, how? Also, What advice do you have for students who are hoping to get involved within the PTMBA program? I volunteered to speak on a student panel during the 2017 August orientation, which I greatly enjoyed. In many respects, I think we are all Ambassadors for Smith–I am sure we talk about it all the time! But if you want to create a positive experience for current and prospective students, there are many ways you can do this: volunteer for the PTMBAA Board, serve as a track rep, offer constructive suggestions to staff and faculty to improve the program, connect people within your network and with your employer, and encourage family and friends to consider pursuing their MBA with Smith. If you have any ideas and questions, feel free to reach out to me or Randy!

What have you learned so far as an Ambassador that can be valuable for your classmates to know? I am continually impressed with the breadth of programs and opportunities that Smith offers. I continue to learn something new about faculty research, student projects, and new initiatives. As part-time students, we have many competing priorities to contend with, but if we have the time to participate in different events, take a class outside of our comfort zone, or travel to a different country through a global course, we will learn so much more about ourselves and meet many new people.