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Nancy Lahmers

The Ohio State University
100 Gerlach Hall
Columbus, Ohio 43210


Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University August 2001 to present


I teach basic business law classes to honors undergraduate as well as full time, working professional and executive MBA students. I also teach employment law to human resource majors and lead the Sophomore Speaker Series Course.



I coordinate the educational enrichment program for 30 undergraduate business majors in the highly selective honors cohort program which focuses on developing the critical skills for future business and community leaders through experiential learning. In this role, I am responsible for fund raising to support program activities and for coordination of all community service- learning activities.

WOMEN LEADERS INITIATIVE DIRECTOR, Center for Operational Excellence (COE)

Created and now lead a new outreach and engagement initiative to connect women leaders in operations management throughout the world while increasing enrollment in the undergraduate major. Our speakers serve as role models for students and business leaders.


Webster University, Ozark Regional Campus, Springfield, Missouri 2000-2001

Director of Regional Graduate Degree Campus of a multi-site globally based university. Leadership responsibility for graduate curriculum, faculty recruitment and development, and all student initiatives. WebsterUniversityoffered seven Master degree programs (MBA and Master of Arts degrees) designed for working adults in an accelerated evening format.

Nancy K. Lahmers, P.C., Attorney at Law 1993-2000

With corporate clients throughout the United States, I worked with key officers and management teams in manufacturing and service corporations to develop and implement human resource business plans to improve productivity and profits. I was often involved in crisis situations involving class action law suits, plant closures, reductions in force, key leadership performance management, labor strikes, work place injuries and EEOC charges.

Served as external corporate employment legal counsel in preparation for litigation, negotiation, arbitration and government agency hearings. Prepared Corporate Policy Reviews, Affirmative Action Plans and Strategic Staffing Plans.


Moonlight Mushrooms Inc. (MMI) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1986 To 1992

Vice President of Human Resourcesin an $80,000,000 agricultural business. As a family owned company for 50 years, MMI was the world's largest mushroom farm with a work force of 1300 employees organized by the United Steelworkers of America. However, it was also unprofitable and at risk of closure. I was asked to join the turnaround management team to direct the human resources and employment law functions of a very labor-intensive business with soaring benefit costs of over $6,000,000 annually. The productivity and profitability of this family business improved to such an extent that we attracted venture capital and as a management team, we purchased the business in 1989. Building on the successful acquisition, we took the company public. It was traded on the NASDAQ as Sylvan, Inc.

I was responsible the management of the entire human resource function for 1300 employees including labor relations, salary and benefit administration, communications, safety, security, training and development. I developed and implemented strategic operating plans ensuring that we minimized the potential for successful litigation.


Rubbermaid Inc. Wooster, Ohio 1980 to 1986

Labor Relations Managerin a dynamic, well-managed and growing industry. Our challenge was to operate profitably with an organized (United Rubber Workers) labor force of 1200 employees while operating in a very competitive market. Using the performance management philosophy, we built a cooperative team environment where the employees shared partnership interests in the success of our company. We successfully negotiated labor agreements that provided a basis for continued business growth with employee involvement and profit sharing.


Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. Inc. Akron, Ohio 1976 to 1980

Labor Relations and Salaried Personnel Representativein an international corporation that was operating in a survival mode. Managed safety, security, suggestions, training, employment, labor relations and salaried personnel administration. Following a six-month strike and product boycott by the URW, we closed many manufacturing facilities.

During this four-year period I was involved in the permanent separation of over 4000 hourly and salaried employees.



  • Juris Doctorate (JD), University of Akron, (Ohio) 1980, evening program. Licensed to practice law in Ohio. (My licenses are currently inactive in Missouri and Pennsylvania)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA), Bowling Green State University, 1976. Dual Majors in Organizational Development and Industrial Relations.

Community Involvement Activities

  • Junior Achievement of Central Ohio Board Member 2003 to 2009
  • Komen Race for the Cure Participant 2003 to present
  • OSU Leadership Center Advisory Council 2006 to present
  • Volunteer, Judicial Education Center, The Ohio Supreme Court 2006 to 2008
  • MS 150 Charity Bicycle Ride participant 1992 to 2000
  • Springfield, MissouriCity Personnel Board Member 1994 to 2000
  • Rotary of Southeast Springfield, Missouri 2000 to 2001
  • SpringfieldMissouriBallet Board 2000 to 2001
  • Leadership Springfield Chamber of Commerce 2000 to 2001
  • Pro Bono Legal Counsel for the Family Violence Center 1998 to 2001
  • Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM) 1996 to 1998
  • Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge Participant 1997
  • Executive In Residence, Bowling Green State University (BGSU) Bowling Green, Ohio 1992 to 2003
  • BGSU College of Business Alumni Advisory Council 1992 to 2003


Recognition and Awards

  • Bostic-Georges Pacesetters Faculty Service Award 2008
  • FisherCollegeof Business Undergraduate Teaching Award 2006
  • The Ohio State University Annual Career Services Award 2006
  • Mortar Board and Sphinx Faculty and Staff Recognition Award 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008
  • Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, Cambridge High School 2005
  • Honorary Member of the Golden Key International Honour Society 2005
  • FisherCollegeof Business Undergraduate Program Service Award 2004
  • WebsterUniversity’s Academic Academy of Excellence Award 1999
  • Accomplished Graduate, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 1996
  • Honors and Awards Banquet Guest Speaker, Bowling Green State University 1996
  • Rubbermaid Inc.’s President’s Award for Outstanding Performance, 1985


Public Speaking Presentations

  • The Human Resource Management Challenges in Difficult Economic Times, The Human Resource Association of Central Ohio, April 2009
  • Managing in Difficult Economic Times: Avoiding Fraud and Embezzlement in the Workplace, The National Association of Women Business Owners, February 2009
  • Service-Learning: Teaching Junior Achievement in Nassau, The Bahamas, With D. Peter Sanderson, PhD, and Ben Roberts, Honors Cohort Student, February 2009
  • The Culture of Iceland, Otterbein College International Conference, February 2008
  • Preventive Law for In House Counsel, CaseWestern Reserve Law School,Nov. 2007
  • Can Innovation and Lean Co-Exist in Our Organizations? With Peter Ward PhD and Peg Pennington, Ohio Polymer Summit, May 2006
  • Successful Networking, Academic Library Association of Ohio, May 2006
  • Experiential Learning for Honors Cohort Students Through Community Outreach, National Undergraduate Business Symposium, Case Western Reserve University April 2006
  • How to Build Professional Relationships, The Ohio State UniversityAssociation of Faculty and Professional Women, February 2006
  • Lean Applications in Human Resource Management, Greif Inc. Administrative Excellence Skill Team, December 2005 and Global Human Resource Conference, October 2005
  • Preventative Law for In-House Counsel, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, April 2005
  • The Impact of Outreach Scholarship: Engaging Communities and Changing Lives, Outreach Scholarship Conference, Penn State University, with Peter T. Ward, PhD, October 2004
  • Non Traditional Legal Careers, CapitalUniversity Schoolof Law, April 2004
  • Progress of Women in Business, Association of Women in Communications
  • Finding Your First Job After Graduation, Missouri State University
  • Life Long Learning Opportunities and Challenges, The Women’s Forum, Springfield, Missouri
  • Human Resource Management in Not for Profit Organizations, Keynote Speaker, Missouri Sheltered Workshop Managers Annual Meeting
  • Reengineering your Workplace for Improved Productivity, Society for Women Accountants
  • What is the Best Small Business Structure for You?Missouri Small Business Development Center (MSBDC)


Executive Education, Fisher College of Business

  • Executive MBA Elective Business Law Course, Spring 2008
  • Lean Manager Certificate Program, Lean in Human Resource Management, 2007, 2008 and 2009
  • Management Certificate Program: 2005, 2006, 2007


University Teaching Experience

The Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio 2003 to present

I teach the Business Law Class for MBA and Honors Undergraduate Students, Employment Law for Human Resource Majors and coordinate the Honors Cohort Program.

Webster University Springfield, Missouri 1999 to 2001

Adjunct Facultyin the evening MBA program. Taught Organizational Development, Employment Law, Human Resource Management and Legal Ethics of Human Resource Development.

University of Akron, Wayne College Orrville, Ohio 1980 to 1986

Instructor in evening program, College of Business teaching Labor Relations and HR Management.