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About Us

Women's Empowerment Institute is represented by strong leaders who are paving their way into successful futures through volunteering, social activities and academic excellence. This leadership continues through our prominent alumni network, who proudly help members find valuable jobs upon graduation. Browse through our site to learn more.


Dear Interested Student,  

You are part of remarkable woman apart of the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and we would love to see you join our prestigious fourth cohort. The community of the Women’s Empowerment Institutes highlights the importance of both professional and community development through workshops and community-building opportunities. 
We strongly believe in our mission statement:  To empower women from underrepresented populations within the Robert H. Smith School of Business to be successful personally and professionally by: 

  • Inspiring them to be confident in their ability to be a leader.

  • Connecting members with high-profile business leaders and experiential learning that will equip them with the business acumen necessary to succeed in a professional setting. 

  • Creating an environment of trust where transparent feedback and experiences underrepresented women will be shared and supported. 

The executive leaders of WEI have developed a comprehensive curriculum designed to inspire, connect, and empower women leaders at Smith.


Upcoming Program Schedule

Fall 2021

6:00 - 9:00

For the Stars Festival

Thursday September 2, 2021

The Robert H. Smith School of Business continues to prioritize the success and empowerment of students of Black and Latino descent. This empowerment starts on the day these students walk on campus. For this reason, Smith hosts its annual For The Stars Festival during the first week of classes in celebration of these students.

6:30 - 7:30

WEI Welcome You

Thursday September 9, 2021

We will be welcoming back old and perspective members, and introducing our organization in a manner that will welcome more member to benefit of our professional workshops, and sisterhood.

6:30 - 7:30

Interview Workshop

Thursday September 16, 2021

Speaker Maggie Chinn will present information about perfecting ones' interview skills in preparation to interviewing for positions. She will give us some examples of prospects she has interviewed, and give insights on how to ace an interview

6:30 - 7:30

WEI Talks

Thursday October 7, 2021

NAACP Representative will guide us on efficient activism, restoration of inner peace within black and brown communities due to American turmoil, further deepening the bond of sisterhood and trust within the organization.

6:00 - 7:30

LatinX In Business
Wednesday October 13, 2021

Deloitte UMD Alumni (TBD) will speak on their experiences as a Latinx professional in business and in honor of HHM, we will speak and educate members of issues Latinx communities face.

6:30 - 7:30

PepsiCo Supply Chain 

Thursday October 21, 2021

Diversoty Partner, PepsiCo will come speak about the befits of supply chain management.

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Contact Us

If you’d like to learn more about Women's Empowerment Institute, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We would be more than happy to answer any questions, comments or concerns.

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