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Women Leading Women

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS: Smith Hosts 3rd Women Leading Women Event
Two-time Terp Brenda Freeman ’87, MBA ’91, isn’t shy about offering advice to women, no matter what stage they are in their careers. She headlined the Robert H. Smith School of Business’s third annual Women Leading Women event on April 24, 2014, during which she talked to the crowd about fitting into different corporate cultures, finding a good mentor and having a good work-life balance, among other things. 

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Frank Auditorium, Robert H. Smith School of Business
University of Maryland, College Park

Women Leading Women is an annual event that celebrates and showcases our fearless female alums and other women in business and empowers them to reach their fullest potential. This complimentary event is open to all women from the student to the c-suite. Smith alumnae, professors, staff, and students, as well as women in our University of Maryland community and the region are all welcome.

Women need advocacy and support at each stage of their careers. While the number of females in management positions is growing, women still have fewer role models and mentors than men. Women Leading Women is an event for, by and about women, and presents opportunities to discover common ground and make lasting connections. 

A Conversation With...


Brenda Freeman
Chief Marketing Officer, Animation,
Young Adults & Kids Media

Turner Broadcasting, Inc. 

Each year, Women Leading Women showcases an inspiring trailblazer in business. This year, we celebrate Brenda Freeman

Freeman is chief marketing officer for Turner Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media. She is responsible for providing overall vision and leadership to all areas of marketing, creative services and strategy behind Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang, which is seen in 100 million households. 

A veteran brand marketing and promotion executive, Freeman held senior leadership positions at Nickelodeon, MTV and VH1. CableFAX Magazine named her among the Top 50 Most Influential Minorities in Cable (2009), the Most Powerful Women in Cable (2008) and the Top 50 Most Influential Minorities in Cable (2006). 

Women Leading Women is presented by the Office of Alumni Relations at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.  This is a complimentary, female only event. 

Clone of Alumni Board

Alumni Event

The Smith Alumni Chapter Board functions in an advisory capacity to the Office of Development and Alumni Relations in the areas of programming and marketing to the alumni. The mission of the Alumni Chapter Board is to support the vision of the Smith School of Business by creating a vibrant alumni experience and fostering lifelong relationships between the school and alumni community.

The Alumni Chapter Board will support the Smith School in achieving the following objectives:

  • Strengthen the Smith community through alumni events that are well attended, executed and provide alumni with lifelong learning opportunities.
  • Build a strong alumni bench to tap into for networking, speaking and volunteering experiences.
  • Leverage alumni relationshops to help current students identify career paths and secure jobs.

The Alumni Chapter Board members are alumni from the undergraduate, full-time MBA, part-time MBA, MS and PhD programs.  In addition, the board also consists of student representatives from each program.  The experience and feedback from alumni are key to the success of the Smith School.


2013-2014 Alumni Chapter Board

Melissa Davis, MBA '06


Etim Edim, MBA '05 



Clarence "CJ" Grant, MBA '05


Eric Grant, MBA '07


Brittany Hargest '08


Stacey Lacer '06


Lin "Liam" Li, MS '12


John Masoudpour '01, MBA '07


Brian Meenaghan '05


Robin Meister '03


Todd Poling, MBA '06


Jennifer Reynolds, EMBA '11


Alison Taylor '09


Mark Weinstein '05
Immediate Past Chair



Upcoming Events

Please check back soon for upcoming events.

Past Events

Terps Gamewatch
Saturday, February 16, 2013

Terps in the Community
Saturday, January 13, 2013
PhilabundanceFieldhouse Philly

Finding Your Ethical North with Dr. Gerald Suarez
Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Smith Philly Alumni Club Launch
October 24, 2012
Xfinty Live! Complex
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Beer Tasting
February 12, 2012
Yards Brewing Company

Community Service Project
January 1, 2012
Community Service Project
Philabundance (a non-profit food bank)

Eagles Gamewatch
December 1, 2011
Cavanaugh's Rittenhouse

Happy Hour
September 7, 2011
The Triumph Brewing Company

Club Leaders

Matt Bridge ’03

Drew Holzapfel, MBA ’06

Dave Charton '02
Marketing Chair

Laura Hamilton '11
Membership Chair

John Savoy '09
Programming Chair

About Us

What is the Smith Philly Alumni Club?

  • A volunteer board that is committed to promoting Smith’s values and camaraderie through service and action.
  • The club hosts a variety of events to include social events, networking events and professional and career development events.
  • The Smith Philly Alumni Club meets once a month and all members of the leadership team work on individual committees that focus on specific initiatives, such as engaging our alumni and our entire student body (undergraduate and graduate).

Club Goals

The Smith Philly Alumni Club is structured to connect alumni to the Smith School, to each other and the business community; to provide valued services to alumni, and to support the University and Smith School’s mission.

  • GOAL 1: Service and connection to alumni (and students)
  • GOAL 2: Educational and career opportunities
  • GOAL 3: Outreach to alumni and corporate communities
  • GOAL 4: Engagement opportunities with school and university
  • GOAL 5: Strengthen Smith School’s brand and create awareness within the region and globally

Quick Facts

  • Over 49,000 Smith School alumni worldwide
    • MBA | MS alumni: 8,500+
    • PhD alumni: 350+
    • Undergraduate alumni: 41,000+
  • There are over 4,000 Smith alumni in the Philly region
  • Regional clubs in New York, Baltimore & Philadelphia

Contact Us

For all inquiries, send an e-mail to SmithPhilly@rhsmith.umd.edu, and we will be sure to get back to you within 48 hours. 


Upcoming Events

Please check back soon for upcoming events.

Past Events

Inaugural Crab Feast
Date: August 15, 2013
Location: Nick's Fish House & Grill

Holiday Party
Date: December 13, 2012
Location: Bond Street Social
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Win the Happiness Game
Dr. William D. Nickels (speaker)
Date: September 21, 2012
Location: UM BioPark - Baltimore Campus
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Wine Tasting
Date: August 15, 2012
Location: Bin 604
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Happy Hour
Date: July 12, 2012
Location: Blue Hill Tavern

Smith Baltimore Alumni Club Launch 
Bob Billig '88 (host) with Gary Williams '68 (guest speaker)
Date: June 6, 2012
Location: Legg Mason Tower @ Harbor East
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Orioles Game and Bullpen Picnic
Date: May 15, 2012
Location: Oriole Park at Camden Yards
View Photos

ACC Terps Gamewatch
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Field House Baltimore

Holiday Party
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Field House Baltimore


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