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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 advocate for a culture that embraces flexibility and family-friendly work policies, coach women at all levels of the University, and provide opportunities to women at UMB to connect and engage with a community that supports the success of women.
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 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.