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Day at K

Every week, Fisher hosts companies interested in recruiting MBA candidates for internships and full-time positions. Though attendance is never mandatory, it is not uncommon for student’s schedules to become completely filled with all the company visits and information sessions going on. And not just because of the promise of pizza or Panera (which admittedly does go a long way to attracting more attendees). It is always interesting to hear from different companies, often competitors, and learn about their unique approaches to the problems we discuss on a daily basis in our classes. But even better than attending these info sessions on campus is when we get invited to visit the companies on their own turfs.

On January 16th, Kellogg’s invited several first year MBA students interested in brand management to their headquarters in Battle Creek, MI, for their annual Day at K event. We were greeted by several current brand managers (including a recent Fisher graduate) and were led through Kellogg’s welcoming and history-filled entrance: dioramas worthy of placement in a museum; a miniature simulated grocery store displaying a current marketing campaign; artwork depicting a century’s worth of product and advertising innovation. It was truly an impressive introduction.

5:30 AM departure for a 4 hour drive. Worth it!

5:30 AM departure for a 4 hour drive. Worth it!

We were brought to a small conference room where we joined and socialized with more members of Kellogg’s marketing department, as well as several MBA students from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan (sidebar – this was 5 days after Ohio State won the national championship, so being with a bunch of Michigan students was particularly gratifying – end sidebar).  Several Kellogg’s presenters then spoke to us about marketing subjects ranging from Kellogg’s unique approach to marketing to challenges facing the company to relationships with their customers, retailers, suppliers, and agencies. A small panel of assistant brand managers allowed us to ask about working at Kellogg’s, projects they had personally completed, career trajectories, and overall satisfaction of their time with Kellogg’s. Hearing from such key personnel from a global powerhouse of a brand and getting a chance to ask them anything and everything marketing related was an incredible opportunity.

Tony the Tiger made an appearance.

Tony the Tiger made an appearance.

The Day at K was an absolutely wonderful event. It was a real treat (Rice-Krispy Treat, to be specific) to get to meet such talented brand and marketing experts and visit the headquarters of such a hallowed brand. We even got to take a tour of Kellogg’s archives and see marketing materials and advertisements across the decades.  I am very thankful for Kellogg’s invitation, and for the Fisher College of Business for providing me with such exciting opportunities like this.


Do You

In business school, there are so many options available to you – different majors, tracks, classes, case competitions, networking events, student organizations, internships, and other opportunities.  No one does the same thing in business school.  Sure, some people have the same major.  Others intern at the same company.  Still others are on the same student organization leadership boards.  But everyone has slightly different paths through this program.  And that’s a good thing.  So my advice to current and incoming students is this: Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing.  Do you.

This past week the Class of 2016 started Semester #2 of our MBA career.  This term was the first we were able to choose an elective.  I chose corporate finance.  Although I ultimately want to work in marketing, I also want to learn about finance while I’m at Fisher.  The first few days back were filled with people asking about each others breaks and what extra classes they were taking.  Invariably, when I gave my reply, there would be a shocked gasp and a “Why?!”

My background is in literature and creative writing, and I will freely admit that I like words better than I like numbers – but I see a lot of value in understanding numbers.  It’s important to know how to invest and save money.  It’s important to understand your finances and to know your limits – what you can and cannot afford.  Right now my philosophy about money is pretty squirrely – literally.  Birthday money?  Put it in the bank.  Christmas money?  Put it in the bank.  Everything extra goes into savings.  Always.  We’re storing up for winter, folks!  But that isn’t always the best way to do things, and especially not once you start working and making a bit of money.  So I plan to complete the investments track at Fisher and learn how to be a smart investor.  I don’t really care if I struggle with some of the topics (though I did very well in my Finance I and II classes).  I may get a B or two, and that’s okay.  What’s important is that I’m learning, and I’m learning about something I think is valuable.

And maybe a lot of people think finance is scary.  And maybe there’s a stereotype that words people can’t take numbers classes.  And maybe I will struggle more than the average finance student at times.  But ima do me.  And I’m going to get the most I possibly can out of this program.  And that’s what’s most important.

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Team 13! Abhijit is sitting on my left – he’s my corporate finance partner in crime this term!

 

 

 


Student-Client Pairing Projects

 

As the first semester of my second year as an MBA comes to a close, I would like to reflect on how the curriculum has been different between my first and second years in the program. As first year MBAs, we take classes concerned with the most traditional areas of business: from Accounting to Marketing, from Finance to Strategy, and beyond. But as second years, we get the opportunity to dive deeper into these topics, and sometimes this comes in the form of student-client pairings.

In my Advertising class, for example, our class has been partnered with Crimson Cup, a consulting, wholesaling and specialty roasting independent coffee company. The lectures for the class come from creative people at the largest independent creative agency in the country: Resource/Ammirati. Using their agency’s approach to digital advertising, we, students, are designing a digital strategy for Crimson Cup to grow their business.

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Another student-client pairing that I have been a part of came from the Business and the Environment Class in which I am enrolled. The client our class is working with is1111
Soles4Souls, a non-profit organization that has high awareness and a strong global presence. Our class was split into groups to focus on solving Marketing, Recycling and Repurposing, Product Procurement, Domestic Micro-Enterprise, and Viral Campaign problems that their organization is currently facing.

Perhaps the most valuable part of this pairing comes from the fact that each group was instantly connected to a C-Suite executive at Soles4Souls. For example, my group was connected with Kevin Cherep, the Chief Development Officer, who was in attendance for our final presentation. With his direction, my group took off on a journey to draft a creative marketing strategy for their organization’s Travel Program.

While it’s important to get touch all of the bases of business through the first year of the MBA program, I feel that the most learning comes from these kinds of projects where we get to work with an organization through student-client pairings. Through these pairings, we, as students have the opportunity to develop connections with existing business leaders, and we get the opportunity learn on the job, if you will. While internships provide us with real-life experience, so too do these student-client pairing opportunities. And as a student currently on the job market, I know that these pairing opportunities will be an invaluable way for me to show what I can do in any future interviews.


Fisher Follies: Fostering Community, Inspiring Creativity & Having FUN!

One of the greatest things about Fisher, which seems to come up quite often when I speak with prospective students, is the unique and supportive culture that we have here among students, staff and faculty. I truly believe it is rare to find a culture of collaboration where, for example, you can prep for an interview with a classmate who is interviewing for the same job. And, to have a community that truly cares about each other, their successes and their well-being.

That is the community that Fisher Follies, our unique social and non-profit organization here at Fisher, aims to foster. We raise money for the Fisher Follies Fund, which is a relief fund that make gifts (both monetary and in-kind) to any graduate student in the Fisher community that is facing extreme and unexpected hardship. Students are able to anonymously nominate themselves, or they can be nominated by two of their peers.

Each year, we hold a Fall Auction event that raises money for this fund. All auction items are donated by students, staff and faculty and range from dinner and desserts with other students or faculty, to your own personal “hype man” for a week, to a lavish trip to California to visit the “sea and c-suites” with one of your favorite professors. At this year’s event, which occurred on November 21st, we had over 110 items donated for our silent and live auction and over 200 people in attendance. Considered our “cocktail” event in the fall, it was a great time for everyone to dress up, take pictures at the photo booth, and socialize with their friends and professors.

In addition to it being an incredibly fun event for everyone, it was tremendously successful. We raised over $23,500 for the Fisher Follies Fund, which is the most money we have every raised at our annual auction! All of which goes directly back to students in need. This year, we unveiled the launch of our website, www.fisherfollies.com, so I encourage everyone to check it out to learn more about the Fisher community and the great things that we do as an organization.

Now that the auction is over, Fisher Follies will move on to begin writing and directing skits for our annual Variety Show in the Spring (February 20th), which celebrates our success and camaraderie as a community, and essentially enables us lampoon each other after a year of taking ourselves way too seriously.


Fisher Follies Auction

Here comes the time for the Fisher Follies Auction, which marks the beginning of the Thanksgiving season. Some background information on the event: Fisher Follies Auction is organized by Fisher graduate students and aims to raise funds for Fisher students who are facing unexpected or extreme hardship. This year, the auction has received over 100 generous donations from students, faculty, and staff.

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The auction has become a hot topic for all of our MBA students who are exciting to offer a bid. To me, I am interested in “A Day with Mr. Warren Buffet.” The lucky bidder will be joining the trip to Omaha and will get to spend a day with Mr. Buffet over the spring break. Some other interesting auction items are “Prime Seating for Your Family in the Pre-commencement Exercises,” “Best Seat in the Shoe,” and an “All Expenses Paid Trip to California: SEA and C-Suites.”  I have to mentioned that one of the most exciting moments in the auction was the bidding for the California trip. Prof. Matta, our Marketing professor, will lead a team to visit Apple headquarters, have conversations with C-level executives, and tour an exclusive winery and estate. Apparently, all the bidders have done a lot of studies in terms of the bidding strategy and it ended with a historical price of $4,100 for 4 persons.

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The auction has raised over $23,500, which will be used to strengthen the Fisher community. I have to say, I’m lucky to be one of the members of the Fisher family and know I will be taken care of all the time.


Being Out & Proud at Fisher (and Columbus)!

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When searching for business schools, I was not only looking for top-notch academics, but also whether there was a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) presence on campus and in the surrounding community. It was important for me to feel safe, accepted, and share my MBA experience with other LGBT students. Fortunately, Ohio State and Columbus have one of the largest LGBT populations in the Midwest. In fact, Ohio State was ranked as one of the top 50 LGBT-friendly campuses by Campus Pride (www.campuspride.org) and Columbus earned a perfect score as a LGBT-friendly city by the Human Rights Campaign (www.hrc.org), which is America’s largest LGBT civil rights organization.

On-campus: Although most LGBT organizations are undergrad-based, they all welcome LGBT graduate students and allies. Most of these organizations meet regularly and offer informative and fun events, ranging from socials to LGBT speakers. Laverne Cox, the transgender actress who appears on “Orange is the New Black,” even spoke at our school this semester. For business students, Out in Business (www.fisheroib.com) is Fisher’s main LGBT business club. I also recently attended the Reaching Out MBA conference (www.reachingoutmba.org) in San Francisco with several of my classmates. Definitely a fantastic conference that brought together LGBT business students from all over the country and included speakers, case competitions, recruiting fairs, and social events. Highly recommended!!!

Off-campus: Not surprisingly, the LGBT “scene” in Columbus pales in comparison to much larger cities, such as New York City and San Francisco. Even so, it is still very vibrant and active! There is something for everyone, ranging from nightlife in and around downtown Columbus to support and wellness organizations, such as Stonewall Columbus (www.stonewallcolumbus.org), and musical groups, such as the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus (www.columbusgaymenschorus.com). If you are ever looking to experience LGBT outside of the area, Columbus is in close proximity to other major cities, including Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati, and Cleveland.

So whomever you may be, Fisher and Columbus is definitely a welcoming LGBT environment! As a business student, now you just have to find the time to see all that it has to offer, but that’s for another post ;)


Experience the World through Columbus

International exposure and work experience is becoming hugely important in the business world. This year I had the pleasure of attending the Columbus International Festival. I’m a member of the Fisher Global Business Association and we used the festival as an opportunity to come together and have a fun international experience.

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A small group of us hit up the Ohio State Fairgrounds to see what the rave was all about. Thankfully it was indoors; if you don’t already know about Ohio it starts to get a little chilly in November. Obviously from the start of the festival we were pretty focused on FOOD, who doesn’t love food. I settled on some bubble tea and Chinese, but I couldn’t help but take a picture of this humungous pretzel.

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Throughout the few hours we were there, there was a stage hosting various styles of dances from all over the world. The variety was great, and ever better, some acts featured some cute kids doing their best to impress the audience. I captured some good ole bag pipe action.

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Outside of the food and performances, there were various booths ran by different international organizations from Columbus and a lot of shops with cool cultural knick knacks. Columbus is always hosting cool festivals that present you with new food and cultures that you may not have had the opportunity to confront otherwise. There’s a whole world out there, go experience it!

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NYC Financial Services Trip

At the end of October, Nancy Gilbertsen, a director in the Office of Career Management at Fisher, organized a trip to New York City with the purpose of connecting Fisher graduate and undergraduate students with professionals and Ohio State alumni working in financial services such as investment banking and asset management. Around twenty Buckeyes took advantage of this opportunity, with ten of those students coming from the graduate programs at Fisher.

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We started our trip with a tour of Bloomberg, which impressed all of us. In its main lobby, Bloomberg offers its employees and guests an all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink meal service free of charge.  Throughout our time at Bloomberg, we saw Bloomberg TV and radio studios, meeting rooms, and offices.  In the middle of our tour, Michael Bloomberg, the founder of Bloomberg and the past mayor of New York City, strolled right by our group – a very cool experience!  After Bloomberg, UBS hosted our group at its offices, where Steve Pierson, UBS’s Co-Head of the Financial Institutions Group, presented at Q&A sessions with topics ranging from current trends in the market to the differences between bulge bracket and boutique investment banks.  Upon conclusion of this presentation, we interacted with several UBS professionals in their Global Healthcare Group, all of whom were incredibly engaging and helpful in answering our many questions.

That night, we had dinner as a group at Nha Trang, a Vietnamese restaurant in Chinatown. We went through a countless variety of delicious Vietnamese dishes, all pre-selected favorites of Professor Dan Oglevee, who was a regular at Nha Trang during his career on Wall Street.

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On day two of our trip, we began with a tour of the New York office of KeyBanc Capital Markets, where we received a tour of the trading floor and presentations from a senior bankers in Key’s Debt Capital Markets group. Next, we travelled through Grand Central Station on the way to visit the New York Offices of Goldman Sachs, which are right across the street from the Freedom Tower, the tallest building in North America.

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At Goldman Sachs, we participated in Q&A sessions with wonderful, professional, and friendly Ohio State alumni ranging from junior bankers to Jim McNamara, the Global Head of Asset Management, Third Party Distribution. Afterwards, we visited Sagent Advisors, where we met with Marty Murrer, a proud Ohio State alum, managing director, and co-founder of the firm.  Mr. Murrer walked us through his career, gave us interview and career advice, and answered our wide array of questions.  Our fourth stop that day was at the New York Offices of the Australian-based firm, Macquarie, where we had a Q&A session with Timothy Gallagher, a managing director at the firm and another proud Ohio State alum.  We concluded this very long day with a networking dinner with over forty Ohio State alumni working in financial services at Da Noi, a wonderful Italian restaurant which reserved the entire back section of the restaurant for our event.

On our final day of the trip, we began our day at one of Professor Oglevee’s breakfast spots, the Majestic Delicatessen, where we enjoyed enormous bacon, egg, and cheese bagels. After we had sufficiently raised our cholesterol levels, we visited Barclay’s beautiful offices in Times Square.  There we met with several Ohio State alumni, including Elizabeth Mily, a managing director in the Healthcare Division.  These Barclays professionals were very generous in providing advice and insight to members of our group aspiring to work on Wall Street. We concluded our trip with a visit to ING’s New York offices, where we received presentations from seven professionals from throughout the firm and a tour of the trading floor.

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It was a jam-packed three day trip to the Big Apple, and I highly recommend this trip to every Fisher student seeking a career in finance. The lessons that we learned from hearing these men and women’s different career paths and the advice that we received are invaluable.  My interactions with these professionals provided some of the most helpful preparation for my investment banking interviews.  In my opinion, Fisher’s Office of Career Management is second-to-none for reasons like this NYC Financial Services trip.  As a Fisher graduate student, you have access to some of the best career advisors in the country, who will stop at nothing to help you make the most of the Ohio State alumni network of over half a million people.  Take advantage of this resource – I’m sure glad that I did!


Fisher Board Fellows – Bridges to the Boardroom

Last April I attended Fisher’s Red Carpet Event, which was a great way to meet some of my future classmates and professors and to learn more about the program. I learned about Fisher Board Fellows for the first time at that event, and knew instantly that it was something I wanted to be a part of.  Fisher Board Fellows is a student-run organization that places MBA students on the boards of non-profit organizations in Columbus.

First year students go through an application and interview process, and those that are selected as fellows are invited to attend events throughout the year that help inform and prepare them to sit on a non-profit board the following year. During their second year, fellows attend board meetings (and sometimes committee meetings) and work on a project that adds value to their non-profit organization.  The project varies based on the non-profit and its needs, as well as the fellow’s major and skill set.

This Monday, several first year fellows had a Bridges to the Boardroom luncheon with Mr. Tony Wells, President of the Tony R. Wells Foundation.  The foundation focuses on developing stronger non-profit leaders and is very involved in social innovations and entrepreneurship for non-profits.  Mr. Wells was passionate about the work his foundation does and told us about the many ways it helps other non-profits grow and develop.  He had wonderful advice, and he spoke about how non-profit work and volunteerism had impacted and helped his career.  He told us to really get to know our boards and the organizations we’re serving, and to learn as much as we can through mentors and committees.

Mr. Wells’ advice was extremely helpful for us.  None of us have ever sat on a non-profit board before, and although there’s a lot of excitement, there’s also some nervousness.  I definitely think we all walked away from that lunch feeling more prepared and with a better idea of what next year will be like.  And I have to tell you, I cannot wait to see what the next year brings!


Hook Me Up With a Job

Don’t think you’re going to show up to business school and they’re just going to hand you a job. Unfortunately that isn’t the way it works, but Fisher has done an amazing job of providing you with the tools you need to help you attain your dream career.

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As a first year MBA student I’m constantly stressing about getting an internship and learning the necessary lessons inside and outside of the class room that will propel me to my ideal job. Fisher matches you with a career consultant you can reach out to for help. This past month I’ve been meeting with my career consultant weekly and love to brag about how awesome the office of career management is.

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My career consultant Monica has worked with my resume, provided me with examples that I can use to restructure my work experience and cover letter. Prior to my first interview she scheduled a mock interview to help me answer behavioral questions and sculpt my story. I’ve expressed my interest in a few companies and she was able to put me in contact with an alumnus that could give me further insight about the company and internship opportunities.

 

This is definitely one of the most beneficial resources I utilize at Fisher!


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