NANCY K. LAHMERS, JD
Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University August 2001 to present
SENIOR LECTURER FINANCE
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.
HONORS COHORT DIRECTOR
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. http://fisher.osu.edu/centers/coe
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.
Community Involvement Activities
Recognition and Awards
Public Speaking Presentations
Executive Education, Fisher College of Business
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.