Fisher alumnus Boyce Watkins, assistant professor of finance
at Syracuse's Whitman School of Management, was the keynote speaker
at the Black History Month Speaker Series, sponsored by Fisher's
Black MBA Association.
|MBA students receive warm
reception from Warren Buffett
Agrawal receives a hug from Warren Buffett
Despite the dismal economic climate, business leader and
philanthropist Warren Buffett was upbeat and
expressed his optimism to a group of Fisher students and MBA
candidates from five other business schools who met with him at his
company headquarters in Omaha, Neb. on Feb. 20.
For the second year in row, Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire
Hathaway Inc., hosted students from Fisher's MBA program for a tour,
lunch and a question and answer session. The 27 Fisher students
joined MBA students from Duke, Tennessee State, Northern Arizona,
Brigham Young and New York universities for the meeting.
To express their appreciation to Buffett
for hosting the meeting, Fisher students presented
him with his caricature posing in the O-H-I-O cheer with students in
Ohio Stadium. The caricature was created by Columbus-area artist
Three students, Vandana
Agrawal, Margaret Meyer and
Kevin Stephan, were able to have an one-on-one
exchange with Buffett. They shared their favorite memories about
their meeting with Fisher News.
Vandana Agrawal, who rode with Buffett from the
company's boardroom to the restaurant, said: "I grabbed shotgun, yes!
When I met him, I thanked him for this opportunity, as we all did. He
talked to us about his kids and then went on to ask each of us about
our backgrounds and what we want to do long-term."
|More than 300 people attend summit on
poverty and entrepreneurship at Fisher
Sharon Alvarez, associate professor of management, presents Ohio
Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher a Block O scarf, made by Bolivian
villagers, to thank him for his keynote speech at the Feb. 20
entrepreneurship and poverty summit.
"The whole metaphor of social safety net is wrong," said Ohio
Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher, who gave the
concluding keynote address at the Alleviating Poverty through
Entrepreneurship Summit on Feb. 20.
"We should be providing people economic elevators, giving them the
power within themselves and the tools they need to move up the
economic ladder," he said.
Fisher's address culminated a day-long summit that brought together
officials from the World Bank, the governments of Peru, Cote
d'Ivoire, the Ohio governor's Office of Appalachia, corporate
business leaders, entrepreneurship scholars and social entrepreneurs
who all discussed best entrepreneurship strategies for addressing
poverty from research theory to practice.
More than 300 students, staff and faculty from Fisher and across the
university along with members of the general public gathered in 375
Gerlach Hall and overflowed into 365 Gerlach next door to watch on
closed circuit television.
"This summit on poverty and entrepreneurship has been the most
tremendous experience of my life," said Samuel tete
Mathey-apossan, an MBA student and one of the organizers of
the event. "I was surprised at the response of participants - we had
more than 400 registered - and the enthusiasm of the guests as well
as the speakers."
|Fisher's Black MBA Association speaker series puts
focus on leadership, challenges
Boyce Watkins, keynote of Fisher's Black History
Month Speaker Series, chats with Mac Stewart, Ohio State's vice
provost and chief diversity officer.
It takes a lot of work to achieve success in a world where
institutional barriers have historically derailed the progression of
African-Americans. Yet, it can be done.
That was the message that was echoed by speakers throughout the Black
History Month Speaker Series organized and hosted by Fisher's Black
The month-long series featured four African-American leaders from
diverse fields, including the corporate world, social and community
service, athletics and management education and scholarship.
The first speaker in the series, Ohio State's Gene
Smith, director of Athletics, told of his background that
led to his present day achievements.
"I come from a blue collar environment where at the end of the day
you roll up your sleeves, get the job done with no excuses," he told
students and others gathered at Gerlach Hall on Feb. 4. An excerpt of
his speech is featured in a video on Ohio
State's Web site.
|Previous work experience not
always a positive in a new job
Employees with previous work experience bring valuable knowledge and
skills to their new jobs - but some of what they learned may
actually hurt their work performance.
A study of telephone call center employees is one of the first to
suggest that previous work experience isn't all positive for new
employees. Workers may keep some old habits and ways of doing things
that hurt performance in their new roles.
"Organizations pay a premium for workers with job experience that
will allow them to just step in and start contributing immediately,"
said Steffanie Wilk, co-author of the study and
associate professor of management and human resources.
"But what employers don't realize is that some of what their
employees learned in previous jobs will end up being a negative," she
employers have always assumed that it is good for new employees to
have prior experience, previous research has not always found such a
clear advantage, Wilk said.
This study is one of the first that has been able to explain why, by
separating the positive and negative effects of prior employment
experience on a current job.
Wilk conducted the study with Gina Dokko of the
Stern School of Business at New York University and Nancy
Rothbard from The Wharton School at the University of
Pennsylvania. Their research appears in the current issue of the
journal Organization Science.
students excel in
February case competitions
MBA students Jonathan Stone, Hardik Desai, Logan Cotter and Kumar
Parekh represent Fisher at Toronto trading competition.
Fisher students took to the road for three case competitions in
February, including one on diversity issues in business in Cleveland,
international trading in Toronto and operations management in
APICS Case Competition
A team of Fisher
undergraduate students placed third in a case competition beating out
teams that included MBA students as well as undergraduates at an
event sponsored by APICS: The Association for Operations
Twenty-six universities participated in the case competition.
Bradley Wise, Ryan Barker,
Ryan Shafer, Brian Meyer and
Samantha Howard represented Fisher
and the Buckeye Operations Management Society (BOMS) at the 14th
annual case competition in Chicago on February 20-21. The team was
advised by Andrea Prud'homme,
assistant clinical professor in management sciences.
|Fisher People: Sabra
Title: Program Coordinator, Center for
Business Performance Management and Fisher Professional Services
Hobbies: "I love doing anything outside. I enjoy
taking walks, which is why I love living in Grandview because you can
walk to a lot of things you have to drive to in the suburbs. I suck
at tennis, but I play it anyway. I also enjoy cooking, cross
stitching and I am teaching myself how to use my sewing machine."
Fisher Lure: "I really like how much opportunity
there is here. There are many places you can go within the college
and many people are here to help you expand your horizons. Also, I
love the variety of stories of the people that work here. I have
talked to some really fascinating people with really amazing