The Girls’ Gamble is a Smith Legacy!

Maria CaceresBy Maria Caceres, a first year student in the Smith DC PT MBA program.

The ladies of Smith did it again! The second annual Girl’s Gamble event, led by our own Gina Reilly, PTMBA DC student, was a complete hit. It was an evening filled with poker, a little vino (a special thanks to SWAMBA group for keeping us hydrated), delicious food and new found friends! I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know several fellow MBAers from our Shady Grove Campus as well as our Baltimore Campus. Our various DC cohorts (1st year, 2nd year and 3rd year) were also well represented, and we had over 15 alumni in attendance!

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Now, whether it was your very first attempt to a perfect poker face or you were last year’s World Poker Tour winner, FUN was the name of your game that night. This year’s Girl’s Gamble included various professional poker dealers and instructors, not only providing a night of exciting casino style play, but a thorough teaching of the art of poker. Throughout the evening, each player had the opportunity to run through several live hands, and compete for some fantabulous prizes. What’s poker without the winnings piece, right?

After awarding our lucky winners, we were treated to a wonderful and empowering presentation by Sharon Strange Lewis, Director of Graduate Alumni Relations, a fellow Terp, and a 2005 graduate of the Smith EMBA program. Sharon pointed out that our learnings of Poker should be applied to our approach in the business world. In poker, as in business, tenacity, focus and confidence is key when figuring out what is necessary to be the night’s big winner.

A very special thank you to the PTMBAA for all their support and to all those extremely creative and determined Smith women who made this night possible. This was an unforgettable event, and a brilliant reminder of our fellowship and robust presence as women MBAs at Smith.

Maria Caceres was born in Lima, Peru, but has considered Maryland to be her home for the past 25 years. Before she received my BS in Psychology (minor in Human Resources) from University of Maryland, University College, Maria served four years in the United States Navy as a military training specialist and Navy career counselor. Maria was stationed aboard the USS Enterprise, aircraft carrier, based out of Norfolk, VA, for the duration of her military tenure. After the Navy, and simultaneously working through her BS coursework, Maria entered the not-for-profit sector as human resources generalist. Currently, she serves as a strategic partner in human capital planning for American Red Cross HQ.