Symposium for leadership and creativity planned for Oct. 30-Nov. 2

Students from Hampton, Michigan, Morehouse and Spelman are among the colleges and universities that will be represented for the first KeyBank Undergraduate Leadership and Creativity Symposium held on the Fisher campus.

The Oct. 30-Nov. 2 symposium, targeted to underrepresented business students from around the country, is an intense multi-day workshop that will sharpen skills in product innovation, entrepreneurial thinking and persuasive communication.

Fisher and KeyBank have collaborated to provide workshops for juniors and seniors that will develop skills to help them “put it all together,” said Rao Unnava, associate dean for Undergraduate Programs at Fisher, one of the designers of the program. The symposium is being organized by Fisher’s Office of Minority Student Services.

Fisher faculty teaching in the workshop include Sharon James, assistant professor of strategy; Michael Camp, director of Center for Entrepreneurship and David Schilling, professor of management sciences.

KeyBank executives and other business leaders will serve as keynote speakers including, Melissa Garrett, senior vice president and director of information management for KeyCorp’s Community Bank. Artie Isaac, former president and CEO of Young Isaac and an adjunct instructor at Fisher, will lead a session on creativity.

The event is funded through a gift from KeyBank, $85,000 annually over three years. The symposium is a natural extension of KeyBank's recruiting efforts partnered with Fisher and many of the college's peer institutions.

KeyBank is also the title sponsor of the annual KeyBank Fisher MBA Minority Student Case Competition. The program provides competitors with a real-life case surrounding a current business challenge that also presents diversity issues with national and international implications.