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Find your voice. Become empowered. Achieve your potential.

The UMB Roundtable on Empowerment in Leadership and Leveraging Aspirations (UMBrella) works to support the success of women and those who identify as women at UMB by helping them achieve their personal and professional goals, enhancing their leadership skills, and championing women at all levels of the organization. 

In 2014, Jennifer Litchman, MA, senior vice president of external affairs and special assistant to the president, created UMBrella to fill a void that she felt existed on campus. She crafted the name for the initiative with a clear purpose to help women find their voices, feel empowered, and achieve their potential. With the support of then-President Jay A. Perman, MD, Litchman formed a founding committee of women in leadership positions throughout the University, representing all schools and administrative units.

In its early years, UMBrella hosted seminars and lunch-and-learn events and established a book club and affinity groups as a part of its programming. Today, UMBrella focuses on a robust coaching program that helps to develop and support UMB staff, a speaker series focused on women’s issues, and scholarships to provide opportunities for professional development and student leadership. UMB Professional Administratives Committed to Excellence (UMBPACE) was established as an UMBrella affinity group for the University’s administrative staff. UMBrella’s signature event is held each year in March to commemorate Women’s History Month, featuring guest speakers, workshops, and discussions to engage and empower the UMB community.