I was born and raised in Northeast Ohio and like most, grew up a fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes and a sworn enemy of "that school up north.” I spent 14 years away from Ohio but always did my best to catch the best game in college football each year, the Ohio State-Michigan game, to cheer on the Buckeyes. Coming back home to Ohio in 2006 with my wife and three young children has given me an opportunity to raise my children as Buckeyes, and to continue my education as a Buckeye.
As a student in the Fisher EMBA program, I am able to work and learn alongside those who are on the same track to executive leadership, and with those who are currently in an executive leadership role today.
Living in the Greater Cleveland area gives me flexibility in my arrival for the on-campus sessions of the program which begin on Thursday mornings. I can drive in on Thursday morning just before class begins or Wednesday nights. I like to catch up over a drink and dinner with teammates and classmates so I usually come in on Wednesday. On a few occasions we have been able to get in early enough on Wednesday to get in a round of golf at the Ohio State Golf Club.
Thursday – Day One
Thursday morning breakfasts are a reflection of the closeness of our cohort. The breakfast area is filled with laughter and camaraderie as people catch up on the events of the previous four weeks and discuss the challenging aspects of the current classes. Classes begin at 8:00am, and as we start the first day, we take our seats promptly to receive updates from Mara and Jenni, the program staff. They keep us up to date on university and Fisher information and I for one, would be lost without their help!
Friday - Day Two
It’s Friday! But for us, it’s Wednesday. The Cohort is in a rhythm now and everyone is fully engaged. It seems the day flies by as the morning session wraps up and it’s time for lunch again. There are a variety of offerings that await us at lunch and we may be joined by current, past, and future professors. Before heading back to class, I usually return A few emails and returned calls and it’s back to class for the afternoon session. After the afternoon session is over a few of us take a moment to share a beer and few laughs in the Blackwell lobby bar before heading to the Friday evening social activity.
Saturday – Day Three (Already?)
Time sure does fly when you are having fun! Saturday morning breakfast is not unlike Thursday’s and Friday’s. No time to waste though as we head in for the morning session and take advantage of the time we have with our professors to ask questions, receive clarification, and set expectations about papers, quizzes and case studies.