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Speakers

Fisher College of Business consistently provides you with opportunities to interact with local, national, and global leaders through our speaker series. From formal speaking presentations to intimate executive lunches, you can take advantage of the enthusiastic business leaders who visit campus to share their insights and expertise with you.

2014

Cheryl Krueger

Cheryl Krueger
Founder and CEO
KRUEGER+CO Consulting, Inc.

Ms. Krueger shared the behind-the-scenes stories of creating her company Cheryl & Co. She spoke on the topics of entrepreneurship, customer service and innovation. Throughout the presentation her message was clear — there are no substitutes for hard work, determination and exceptional customer service.

Keith Wandell

Keith Wandell
Chairman
Harley-Davidson

Mr. Wandell discussed his leadership style, how he helped expand the company’s brand and improve employee performance. He also stressed the importance of focusing on current and future customers.

2013

Sandy Harbrecht

Sandy Harbrecht
President and CEO
Paul Werth Associates

Ms. Harbrecht discussed her leadership skills and the path she took to acquired them with Fisher graduate students. She also communicated the importance of developing effective habits and challenged students to create their own plan for becoming an outstanding leader.

Jeffrey Immelt

Jeff Immelt
Chairman and CEO
GE

Mr. Immelt gave students insight into his perspectives on global and U.S. economies. He also shared with them his career highlights and “game changing” experiences during the question and answer session.

Ian Forrest

Ian Forrest
Vice President, Global Marketing
GE Capital

Mr. Forrest spoke to students regarding marketing topics including market research, trends, brand management and marketing communications. He gave students an overview of the marketing initiatives at GE and GE Capital and explained why it’s a great time to be in marketing.

Robert Green

Robert Green
Chief Financial Officer
GE Capital

Giving the complete perspective on what it really takes to be a leader, Mr. Green spoke on broad range of topics from applied economics and data analytics to leadership development. He also reviewed current finance initiatives at GE Capital.

Craig Morrison

Craig Morrison
Chairman, President and CEO
Momentive Performance Materials Holdings, LLC

As the keynote speaker during our MBA Pre-term program, Mr. Morrison described his keys to leadership and value in building a stong team. He also stressed the importance of learning from the enviroment and the people around you.

Jodi Glickman

Jodi Glickman
Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, and Consultant

A former peace corps volunteer, investment banker, and policy analyst, Ms. Glickman now runs her own company and discusses professional success strategies included in her book "Great on the Job." She shared advice on the importance of clear communication, effective ways to stand out from the crowd, getting a promotion and making great impressions at work.

Speakers Archive

Bullet 2012

Sharen Jester Turney

Sharen Jester Turney
President and CEO
Victoria's Secret

Ms. Turney welcomed Fisher MBA students to campus by offering advice to students on finding a higher purpose for their lives. She emphasized the importance of improving lives, helping each other and enjoying the journey from academic to professional life. Leading one of Columbus' most exciting companies, she has evolved the retail brand into one of the world's largest direct marketers of women’s apparel and lingerie.

Jim Griffith

James "Jim" W. Griffith
President and CEO
Timken Company

Mr. Griffith discussed his corporate strategy for Timken's transformation from an automotive-focused, U.S.-based manufacturer of tapered roller bearings to a truly global enterprise creating value in diversified industrial markets with its broad line of industrial mechanical power transmission solutions.

Bill Isaac

William "Bill" Isaac
Chairman, Fifth Third Bancorp
Managing Director, FTI Consulting
Former Chairman of FDIC

Mr. Isaac is involved extensively in thought leadership relating to the financial services industry and provides advice to policy makers worldwide. He is the author of "Senseless Panic: How Washington Failed America." Business and law students had the opportunity to hear his speak about his impressive career experiences and challenges.

Lynn Turner

Lynn Turner
Managing Director, LitiNomics
Former Chief Accountant of the SEC

Named one of the "Top 100 Accountants in the United States" by Accounting Today, Mr. Turner is a leading expert on financial reporting, auditing and corporate governance. He has served as a board member of for multiple public companies, and was actively involved in the legislative process leading to the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

Kara Trott

Melinda Whittington
Finance Director, Procter & Gamble
North America Home Care

Mrs. Whittington leads the financial planning for the several billion dollar business that includes familiar brands such as Dawn, Cascade, Mr. Clean, Swiffer, and Febreze. Her responsibilities at P&G have included in a variety of accounting and finance roles including startup of P&G’s shared service center in Costa Rica.

Kara Trott

Kara Trott
Founder and CEO
Quantum Health

Ms. Trott chronicled her inspiring journey from practicing law to founder and CEO of a uniquely innovative healthcare company, Quantum Health. Her vision and leadership to "take the confusion out of healthcare" skyrocketed Quantum Health from humble beginnings to national notoriety and success.

Mike Pilot

Mike Pilot
Chief Commercial Officer
GE Capital

Mr. Pilot shared insights to the recent rebranding process at GE Capital and discussed the foundations for successful marketing professionals. Pilot also visited GE Capital's new collaborative effort with Fisher, the National Center for the Middle Market.

Mary Taylor

Mary Taylor
Lieutenant Governor
State of Ohio

While Ohio's Lieutenant Governor started her career as a traditional public accountant, she felt a call to public service not long after and is now the first CPA to hold this prestigious public office. She openly shared her journey and what motivates her to this day; a piece of simple advice from her father to always "do the right thing."

Craig Marshall

Craig Marshall
Managing Partner, Columbus Office
Ernst & Young

After sharing his personal story with Master of Accounting students, Mr. Marshall revealed words to live by and the important things to remember when developing your career.

 

Bullet 2011

Don Kimble

Don Kimble
Senior Executive Vice President and CFO
Huntington

As the banking industry strives to redefine itself; Mr. Kimble openly discussed the struggles of gaining back customer trust in the midst of economic weakness.

Jeff Immelt

Jeff Immelt
Chairman and CEO
GE

Mike Neal
Chairman and CEO
GE Capital

Mr. Immelt and Mr. Neal held a question and answer session with Fisher MBA students. Immelt and Neal visited Fisher for the 2011 National Middle Market Summit and to mark the opening of the National Center for the Middle Market, a multi-year research partnership between Fisher and GE Capital.

George Barrett

George Barrett
Chairman and CEO
Cardinal Health

The power of clear communication and understanding your environment were key points from Mr. Barrett's speech to Fisher's business students. Highlighting the importance of collaboration, he also explained that it's not just about you; it's about allowing yourself to meld into the whole to achieve personal and professional success.

Craig Morrison

Craig Morrison
Chairman, President and CEO
Momentive Performance Materials Holdings, LLC

As the keynote speaker during our MBA Pre-term program, Mr. Morrison emphasized the importance of learning from those around you by not only taking advantage of the diversity among classmates, but through global learning opportunities as well.

Jamie Dimon

Jamie Dimon
Chairman and CEO
JPMorgan Chase

Mr. Dimon conducted a question and answer session with Fisher MBA students during a visit to Columbus, focusing on leadership success, the financial industry and the global economy. 

Margery Kraus

Margery Kraus
Founder and CEO
APCO Worldwide

Ms. Kraus, who also chairs the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), spoke to MBA students about building an international business with integrity and transparency, and the exciting challenges within her growing, global communications company.

Les Wexner

Leslie Wexner
Founder, Chairman, and CEO
Limited Brands

Mr. Wexner, successful entrepreneur and Fisher alum, shared very personal stories of his upbringing, his relationship with Max. M. Fisher, and his road from a single storeowner to head of a multinational corporation and dedicated philanthropist.

Former Sen. Paul Sarbanes

Former Sen. Paul Sarbanes
Co-author of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act

Former Sen. Paul Sarbanes, co-author of the landmark Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which overhauled federal oversight of public companies, spoke to Fisher graduate students about creating the legislation.

Steve Russell

Steve Russell
Chief People Officer
McDonald's USA

Mr. Russell, human resource executive and Fisher alum, addressed graduate students about his leadership philosophy, experiences dealing with one of the nation's largest workforces, and diversity trends within leading corporations.