Liberty Mutual Leadership Forum (for Sophomores!)

Liberty Mutual Insurance
Leadership Forum
Sunday, June 21  – Tuesday, June 23, 2015

 The Liberty Mutual Insurance (LMI) Leadership Forum is a three-day externship designed to provide talented college students with exceptional leadership qualities an opportunity to learn about Liberty Mutual and careers in the insurance industry.

What to expect:
Students from diverse backgrounds, representing partnership schools across the country will travel to our corporate headquarters in Boston, MA to participate in workshops and activities geared towards bringing out leadership, team building, communication and negotiation skills.  Participants will have numerous opportunities to network and interact with recent college hires, senior leaders and recruitment professionals.  To see photos from last year’s Leadership Forum, click here.

Career exploration:
In addition, students selected to attend this forum will have an opportunity to interview for a summer internship in a function such as human resources, claims, underwriting, IT or sales the following year.  Summer interns, who perform exceptionally well, may receive a full time employment offer.

To be eligible for the LMI Leadership Forum, you must:

  • Be a current, full-time, undergraduate student in your sophomore year of study.
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities on campus or in your community.
  • Have a strong interest in the insurance industry.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident

When is the 2015 LMI Leadership Forum?
The LMI Leadership  Forum will take place Sunday, June 21 –Tuesday, June 23, 2015 in Boston, MA.  Liberty Mutual will incur all costs for approved travel, lodging and meal expenses.

How to apply?
Applications will be accepted through, April 30.  If you would like to learn more about the opportunity and start the interview process, here’s how to apply:

  • www.libertymutualcampus.com
  • Scroll down and click on “Apply Now”
  • Type in job number 57488  and hit “Search” for jobs
  • Apply to “2015 LMI Leadership Forum Externship”

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at LibertyMutualCampusPrograms@LibertyMutual.com.

Deloitte Battle of Ohio Competition

 by Patrick Goth, Yuan He, Levi Palmer, and Andrew Topinka

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Following the end of the Deloitte Battle of Ohio Case Competition, my teammates and I were asked to write a blog post on our experiences. We were all excited to have the opportunity to share what we learned with our fellow Fisher classmates.

In order to participate in the event, we had to submit our resumes, case experience and why were interested in competing. Following a short interview featuring a market-sizing question, we were admitted and placed into two teams that would compete in Fisher’s name. Some of the more popular reasons that we stated why were interested in competing included:

  • Representing Ohio State and Fisher in a large statewide competition
  • Compete against top students from other schools in Ohio
  • Learn about the consulting industry
  • Network and hear from Deloitte Consulting

We all had a meeting with Dan Oglevee where he discussed the best practices for approaching a case. He worked with us in order to decide upon the following structure:

  1. Financial Results and Effect on Share Price
  2. The Strategy
  3. The Timeline for the Project
  4. The Cost of Implementation
  5. Risks

This structure was what we used to guide us through the case, and ultimately it was how we presented our solution in the live competition.

When working on our case in the beginning of the week, we worked mostly from the information provided and discussed what we thought the actual problem even was. We met in the evening after receiving the case to discuss what we thought the problem was and what our initial reactions to the provided information were. On the second day, we built a model that would work as our “baseline” for what the company would do without implementing any changes. It was not until the third day that we began to lay out our strategy.

We were lucky to have a PowerPoint template from Deloitte to work with, which allowed us to focus on our content, rather than our style. This was especially important in the last few days of the case when we were deciding upon individual roles and who would be presenting what. This way, we could create our slides individually according to the template, and they would easily fit together in the final presentation. In retrospect, it may have been better to divide our roles earlier in the week. However, we had one of our teammates focus on the introduction and conclusion of our presentation, so not splitting up the work early allowed everyone to have a hand in the strategy of the case.

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Our case dealt with introducing a new manufacturing process to a company in the aerospace and defense industry, which opened up many doors in terms of points of research and factors that could risk our implementation. For example, the financial markets could change the rates at which a company could borrow just as much as international relations could change the sales potential of the company. Either way, it changes the bottom line and the share price for the company. We had to learn to make assumptions to build our case.

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It was a relief when it came to the actual day of the presentation, as we all felt confident with the work we did over the previous week. There were six schools present, with eleven teams. The eleven teams were divided between three different rooms for the first round of judging, with one team from each room moving on to the second round. We were lucky to make it through the first round, and have the opportunity to present to the entire crowd. The panel of judges for the second round included several partner level consultants.

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Following all the presentations, we waited patiently to hear the results of our effort. We ended up taking second place, which was fantastic considering the number of schools present and the caliber of students present. Overall, it was a great week and an awesome learning experience.

Washington Academic Internship Program

Interested in living and working in our nation’s capital while earning a full semester of Ohio State credit? Make the Capital your classroom! Become a John Glenn Fellow with the Washington Academic Internship Program (WAIP).

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WAIP is an Ohio State program that selects outstanding undergraduates from any major to spend a semester in Washington, DC as John Glenn Fellows. Students are placed with internships that reflect their particular areas of academic interest. While in Washington, John Glenn Fellows remain fully registered Ohio State students. Students earn academic credit hours for their internship, the research seminar in which a policy paper is developed, and a course in policymaking in Washington. Fellows will also have the opportunity to meet professionals working in their field while in Washington, allowing them to begin to build a strong network. To learn more, visit the WAIP website, meet the current WAIP fellows, or follow WAIP’s Twitter. The deadline to apply for summer 2015 is January 20, 2015. For more information, watch our website for upcoming on-campus info sessions, or contact the Program Manager, Katy Hogan, at hogan.124@osu.edu.

Site Visit to Sherwin-Williams

On Tuesday, November 11th, a group of 18 students and 2 staff members loaded up onto an OSU bus and headed north for the day. We participated in a corporate site visit for the Sherwin-Williams company.

Here they are, looking super awake at 8:00am on their day off:

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When we first arrived at their headquarters in Downtown Cleveland, we took a few minutes to admire their gorgeous building. It has so much character, and we later learned that each of the countries flag hanging represents over $1.5 million in sales in that particular country. You can find their products in 122 countries currently, but look for them in about 150 countries within the next 5-10 years.

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Inside the office, we were given a tour of the Center of Excellence, which was kind of a mini-museum that discussed the history of the company, how they’re growing (and BOY, are they growing!) and the culture of the company.

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You could definitely tell that Sherwin-Williams is a values-based company. They have immense pride in what they do, and that pride is reflected in each and every employee.

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It was also really interesting to hear about the evolution of the products and services offered by the company, particularly in the last few years. Did you know they are the largest producer of paints and coatings in the United States???

This showcase of collectors items was a glimpse into how Sherwin-Williams has been an icon in American culture.

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From the Center, we were treated to lunch (thank you S-W!) where students networked with professionals and each other. Then, we moved into a theater of sorts where our guide, HR Coordinator Desiree Gwynn, had lined up an impressive panel of speakers.

The students were amazed at how many senior-level professionals came to speak with them. The list included Ellen Stephens, VP of Human Resources-Corporate; Susan Keough, VP of Human Resources – Global Supply Chain; Allen Mistysyn, VP – Corporate Controller; and Thomas Liebhardt, Senior VP, Marketing – North America. As you can see, we had a room full of extremely talented, extremely successful individuals, and we hung on every word.

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The other amazing point to note was that for all except one of these folks, they all started out in entry-level roles with the company and worked their way up the ladder. This is an exciting concept, because it shows that not only does Sherwin-Williams have a positive culture that people want to join and stick around, but they promote from within and are committed to the happiness of their employees.

Fun fact: The CEO of Sherwin-Williams, Christopher Connor, is an OSU Alum! GO BUCKS!

Though we wished we could stay longer, at that point, it was time to head back to Columbus. We want to thank Sherwin-Williams, Desiree Gwynn, and the entire team that helped make this day such a success.

If you’re interested in learning more about Sherwin-Williams and their job/internship opportunities, check out their website at http://careers.sherwin-williams.com/jobs/

(Hint: They start posting their summer internships in late February/early March)

Keep Calm and Prioritize On

College schedules are absolutely insane. I thought I was a busy girl in high school but I had no idea what was coming! College is a time full of opportunity and excitement which includes dinner dates with friends, company visits, endless hours of studying, professional development and more. How have I dealt with these constant calls for my attention?

Prioritizing. It is something we all must learn how to do at some point. Being a freshman in college, I have learned how to prioritize pretty quickly. Obviously, I am attending The Ohio State University to obtain an education. Therefore, my top priority is always my academics. After thinking about what test I have this week or what homework is due tomorrow, I often will think about my passions. I have a passion for business and building my career, thus I put effort towards my career goals when I can. These efforts include things like blogging, updating my website and improving my resume. Another one of my passions is working out and being fit. Honestly, working out has been a bit of a struggle to maintain as a priority since school started. Working out is important to me because it acts as my main stress reliever. How have I continued to make this a priority? Each week, I try to focus on getting myself through the threshold, literally. If I walk in the door of the gym with my headphones in hand, I am making the time to work out. We all have these stress relieving hobbies that always seem to escape our schedules. I think the importance of these hobbies is often underestimated.

As I end this blog, I am already beginning to think about my next priority! I hope you are too.