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The Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park wants to increase female enrollment in its MBA programs.

U. Md. wants more female MBA students

Of every 10 students in the University of Maryland’s MBA programs, only about three are women.

The Robert H. Smith School of Business wants to change that.

The school is pledging to boost female enrollment to 50 percent by the year 2020, and is already making strides to reach that goal.

Last year, the Smith school became an educational partner of the Forté Foundation, which is a consortium of companies, business schools and nonprofits working to empower women in the workplace.

As a partner, the school can give female students access to new scholarships, events and career opportunities, according to a news release.

“Many business schools talk about their commitment to women,” Smith Dean Alex Triantis said in a statement. “Now it is time to deliver results. Working together with public, private and social sector organizations, we will do what it takes to attract and advance more women in business careers.”

The “50/50 by 2020” pledge will focus on three priorities: recruiting and admissions; student programming; and alumni support.

More details of the pledge will be formally announced during the Smith school’s fourth annual Women Leading Women symposium on March 5.

The free symposium will be held from 6 p.m.  to 9 p.m. in the Frank Auditorium in the business school building at the University of Maryland, College Park. The keynote speaker will be Andrea Brody, an alumna of the school and the senior vice president of global marketing for BravoSolution.

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Alissa Gulin covers health care, education and general business at The Daily Record.

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