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Fall Kick-Off Recap

AMA is back! We are so excited to see everyone after a long summer and meet our new members! The kick-off is jam-packed with information about the upcoming year and all the exciting events and opportunities AMA has to offer!

Our Vice President, Ananya, starts the meeting off by sharing AMA’s missions and values as a chapter and national organization. AMA has three pillars that are the core of what we do. The three pillars are education, professional, and social. Ananya also shares AMA’s commitment to DEI as it is the foundation for creativity in all spaces, especially in marketing.

“Our mission is to enhance our members' educational, professional, and social experience through personal brand development and industry exposure”

Ananya goes on to explain how being a member of UMD AMA is not just being a member of our award-winning collegiate chapter, but being a member of a national organization with 11,000+ student members and 30,000+ professional members. AMA can lead to so many wonderful opportunities, Our VP of Marketing, Samaura Steele, tells the group that she got an internship through a connection she made in AMA.

Sarah and Ananya receiving SUSA Club Event of the Year

Now that we know a little bit about the organization, the executive board members introduce themselves and tell us their favorite things about AMA and a fun fact about themselves. Some of their favorite things about AMA are the people, opportunities for growth, and fun events!!

Anjali Sharma, the VP of Community Affairs tells the new members about the mentorship program. This program is an incredible way to connect with a mentor within AMA. Anjali is excited to announce this semester there is going to be a mentorship bingo competition between mentorship pairs!

Do you want experience consulting for a real company? Well, we’ve got you covered! Austin Elkis, the VP of Marketing consulting discusses RedBlack Consulting, a consulting group within UMD AMA! Members who apply will be put into groups and assigned a company. Groups then have 8 weeks to complete a marketing project that fits the company's needs. RedBlack members have access to exclusive training workshops and meetings to sharpen their skills and provide the best results for their company!

RedBlack presentations last year!

After discussing the Mentorship program and RedBlack, our executive board members share the director positions they are looking to fill! The open positions include Director of Social Media, Director of Film & Photography, Director of Public Relations, Director of Corporate Sponsorship, Director of Events, Director of DEI, Blog Director, Director of Website Development, Director of Terp-Thon, and Director of Fundraising.

For those who are excited to become members, the Co-VPs of Membership Operations, Luca Mancino and Isabella Guggino have released the General Application! This is the one-stop shop to apply to become a general body member and apply for the Mentorship program, RedBlack, or any open director positions. The form is due Sunday, September 17 at 11:59 PM.

The final step to becoming a member is paying dues. There are national and local dues. The national dues give members access to AMA National resources. National dues are $29 for the full calendar year and are valid for two semesters, they can be paid here. Local dues are $6 and help us fund prizes and food for some of our events! Local dues can be paid by Venmo @AMAUMD. If you cannot pay dues, please contact our VP of Finance, Matthew at

Get excited for AMA! The wonderful VP of Events, Gabby Ada, announces the upcoming events! Mark your calendars for…

September 19: Creating a Winning Nonprofit Campaign

September 26: Omni Channel Marketing & The Digital Shopper

September 28: PwC Event

October 17: What Marketing Recruiters Look For

October 24: Creative Marketing Workshop

We hope you enjoyed our kickoff meeting! We are so excited for an AMA-zing year! Don't forget to apply by filling out the General Application. If you are ever wondering when or where the next AMA event is, you can check out our Events Calendar!

See you next Tuesday at 7 PM in VMH 1202!!

- Maeve Smarick

Meeting slides can be viewed here.


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