MLHR alumna gives back to Fisher

Fisher alumna Terina Matthews’ voice continues to echo in the halls of the Fisher complex. Matthews, who earned her degree in the Master of Labor and Human Resources program in 1998, comes back to the college often to both volunteer her time and to recruit Fisher students and graduates for employment.

Her contribution was recognized twice this year, not only by the college but also by Ohio State’s alumni association. In May, she received Fisher’s 2009 Diversity Award and in July she was named a winner of the 2009 Ohio State Alumni Award for which she will be recognized in September.

She returns to Fisher often, she says, because she is appreciative of the support she received while a student in the MLHR program.

“At first I wasn’t sure I was going to make it through. But Fisher staff members David Harrison and Michelle Jacobson put me in touch with current MLHR and MBA students, alumni and the National Black MBA Association. With David’s and Michelle’s assistance, I was able to find people to support, guide and mentor me, who helped me make it through the program,” she said. “I have a daily mantra in which I live by—‘to whom much is given, much is required.’ Because I received so much from Fisher’s faculty, staff and students, it is very important for me to give back.”

Matthews is now a recruiter for Yum Brands—the Louisville-based fast-food company that includes KFC and Pizza Hut. She has been back to Fisher to interview full-time and intern candidates both for Yum Brands and LimitedBrands, where she was formerly the senior MBA recruiter.

“At Yum! we have recruited and hired two MLHR interns this summer.” she said. “They are doing an amazing job representing themselves and Fisher at the company.”

In Their Own Words

Terina Matthews
“I have a daily mantra in which I live by—‘to whom much is given, much is required.’ Because I received so much from Fisher’s faculty, staff and students, it is very important for me to give back.”

Terina Matthews (right), MLHR 1998, recruiter, Yum Brands.


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