Discussion Breakouts: Weaving student well being into your GME program curriculum


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Discussion Breakouts:  Weaving student well being into your GME program curriculum

Moderator: Donna Smith
Graduate Program Director, MBA Programs, Professor, Retail Management, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University


Dr. Donna Smith is the Director of the Ted Rogers MBA program at Ryerson University. She is a 2021 recipient of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Education Award, for bringing the new MBA curriculum to life by advocating incorporation of mental health and well-being into course design and content, and MBA school culture. An experienced academic administrator, Dr. Smith launched Canada’s first School of Retail Management and raised over $10 million dollars to support innovative programming initiatives and student scholarships. As Associate Dean, Faculty of Communication & Design, she worked on the launch of 3 new professional graduate programs.  Professor Smith teaches Managing Customer Value and the International Experience Capstone in the Ted Rogers MBA program. She has included leaders of forward-thinking organizations into her classroom to share elements of discovery and to challenge her students. Her research focuses on social media. A recent publication with colleagues, Employees as influencers: measuring employee brand equity in a social media age, examines employee behavior on Instagram in the fitness and health industry. Her newest project will study toxicity in the workplace through employee voice on social media. She is a dual Canadian/US citizen, having been born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.