• 2024 UMBrella Award Winners

    On the Rise, Leading the Way, and Champion of the Year Learn more about the awards program and the 2024 winners

  • WHM Symposium

    UMB’s Fifth Annual Women's History Month Symposium: "Reimagine the Possibilities" was held on March 6, 2024

    Click here for highlights.


  • 2022 UMBrella Speaker Series

    "A Presidents' Panel Discussion"

    University presidents Valerie Sheares Ashby, PhD, of UMBC and Carolyn Ringer Lepre, PhD, MS, of Salisbury talked about the first few months in their new roles and topics such as leadership, mentoring, and innovation.


  • UMBPace

    UMBPACE is a group dedicated to empowering the University’s administrative professionals by mentoring, teaching, encouraging, and identifying paths to excellence.

  • UMBrella Resources

    Explore articles, videos, and books on an array of career-related topics, offering different perspectives and strategies to help support your goals.

The UMBrella Group: UMB Roundtable on Empowerment in Leadership and Leveraging Aspirations.


Mission Statement

We work to support the success of women at UMB by building community and helping them achieve their personal and professional goals, enhancing their leadership skills, and championing women at all levels of the organization.


  • Foster a culture that embraces flexibility and a family-friendly work environment.
  • Support women at all levels of the University by providing a coaching program, professional development and networking opportunities.
  • Provide opportunities to women at UMB to connect and engage with a community that supports the success of women.


We will use our collective power to advance equity, inclusion, and justice for Black lives. Our systems are not “broken,” they were designed this way. We pledge to do our part to redesign policies, structures, and environments to support a fair and just world. We affirm that gender equity in programming, resources, and advocacy is a commitment to human rights. A commitment to human rights must also include the abolition of systemic racial violence and disparate impact that threatens the lives and health of our colleagues, patients, families, community, and ourselves. Our efforts toward identifying and removing the barriers to success for women will be framed in the context of combating implicit and explicit bias and racism. All lives cannot matter until Black lives matter equally. 


March 20, 2024   |  UMB affirms its commitment to support and advance the development of all women. With four out of seven school dean and key leadership positions held by women, the University’s commitment to gender equality is clear.

March 13, 2024   |  The American Council on Education (ACE) announced March 13 that the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) UMBrella Group was the 2024 recipient of its State Network Leadership Award. The honor recognizes innovative programs that help elevate or support women or women’s issues in higher education.

March 13, 2024   |  The March 6 event, which featured Edwards in conversation with Moore during a morning keynote address, was kicked off by UMB President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, who welcomed nearly 200 participants to the annual event.

November 7, 2023   |  The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is among the inaugural recipients of The Daily Record’s Empowering Women Awards, which recognize organizations in Maryland that show a strong commitment to supporting and elevating women.

October 11, 2023   |  University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, has announced the appointment of Sarah L.J. Michel, PhD, as dean of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (UMSOP).

September 25, 2023   |  September marked the launch of the UMBrella Coaching Program’s sixth cohort with a team of 14 incredible coaches and over 60 staff and faculty participants representing schools and offices across the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

March 10, 2023  |  Keynote speakers Berton and Tremaglio discuss their experiences during return to in-person event for first time in four years.

December 9, 2022  |  UMBC President Valerie Sheares Ashby and Salisbury University President Carolyn Ringer Lepre discuss a wide range of issues in UMBrella Speaker Series event.

March 11, 2022  |  Annual UMBrella symposium explores careers and courage during Women’s History Month.

March 23, 2021  |  Women’s History Month forum dissects myth of “balance.”

in the news

November 12, 2020  |  In UMBrella Speaker Series virtual event, former White House correspondent talks about past and current events and how she balanced work and family during her pioneering career.

January 29, 2020   |  Governor Larry Hogan has proclaimed 2020 as the Year of the Woman in Maryland as the state prepares to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment.

December 5, 2019  |  Social activist and sought after speaker Monica Lewinsky brought a message of hope to victims of cyberbullying and online harassment as part of the 2019 UMBrella Speaker Series.

August 9, 2019   |  Executive director of Health Sciences and Human Services Library named recipient of Marcia C. Noyes Award.

July 31, 2019  |  Nationally renowned surgeon-scientist will be the first woman to lead the Department of Surgery at the UM School of Medicine.

March 29, 2019  |  The University of Maryland, Baltimore celebrates Women’s History Month 2019 with a daylong symposium and workshops.

May 16, 2018  |  Artist/sculptor Joyce J. Scott discusses storytelling through her creative works in recent visit to the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

April 6, 2018  |  The late Angela H. Brodie, PhD, professor emeritus in the Department of Pharmacology at University of Maryland School of Medicine, was honored in a Women’s History Month event at Westminster Hall.

March 2, 2018  |  Ambassador Susan G. Esserman, JD, shares insights on progress in battling human trafficking and the challenges that still remain.

March 10, 2017  |  A powerhouse panel helped the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) celebrate Women’s History Month by sharing their experiences on March 9 in Westminster Hall.

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