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For the Community

In addition to the academic courses and co-curricular programming for students, the Conway Center also engages in research and offers multiple ways for faculty, staff, alums and community business leaders to get involved.

Ways to Engage



Alum Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Provide guidance to Smith students interested in starting new ventures, finance and consulting careers. Length of residency during the academic year and affiliated activities are negotiable.

Draper Competition Application Reviewer

A committee of individuals representing a range of backgrounds evaluate the two-page executive summaries submitted by students applicants to the Draper Competition. Each reviewer is assigned no more than 30 applications to review online using a rubric. Total time commitment: approximately 10 hours during the course of one week in February.

Entrepreneurship Competition Judge

The Conway Center hosts a few entrepreneurship competitions, including the Draper Competition, over the course of the academic year.

Guest Speaker

Offer your expertise via a Conway workshop or class focused on innovation, entrepreneurship or financial education. Total time commitment varies.


Provide guidance to Smith students preparing for Draper Competition and other startup venture support opportunities. Mentors work with teams from November through late March. Time commitment: approximately 1-hour per week.

Podcast Guest

The Conway Center podcast is a way to introduce the campus to alums and other women who have founded ventures. A Conway intern will conduct a 30-45 minute interview with questions provided to you in advance. Of course, if you’d like to be a guest host, we welcome your voice. Time commitment: approximately 4 hours in total.

Smith College Consulting Club

Club for students interested in consulting; members seek guidance on networking, information sessions, case workshops and consulting interview preparation.

Smith College Investment Club

Club for students interested in investment banking, asset management, wealth management and equity research; members seek guidance on developing interview skills, stock pitch presentations, and more.

Smithies in Business

Club for students interested in all fields of business; members seek guidance on personal branding, networking, mentoring, industry crash courses and developing interview skills.