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Boyce Watkins

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

Warren Buffet and Vandana ArgawalVandana 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.

quote box 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 Kory Hubbell.

Three students, Vandana
Agrawal, Margaret Meyer
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."
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More than 300 people attend summit on poverty and entrepreneurship at Fisher
Lee Fisher and Sharon Alvarez
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."
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Fisher's Black MBA Association speaker series puts focus on leadership, challenges

Watkins and StewartBoyce 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 MBA Association.

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.
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Previous work experience not
always a positive in a new job

Steffanie WilkSteffanie Wilk

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 said.

While 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.
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Fisher students excel in
February case competitions

Rotman case team
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 Chicago.

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 Management.

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. Read More>>

Fisher People: Sabra Armentrout

sabra armentroutTitle: 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 lives."

March 9, 2009
In This Issue:

MBA students recieve a warm reception from Warren Buffett

More than 300 people attend summit on entrepreneurship and poverty at Fisher

Fisher's Black MBA speaker series puts focus on leadership, challenges

Previous work experience not always a positive in new job

Fisher students excel in February case competitions

Fisher People: Sabra Armentrout

News Briefs

Fisher In The News

Dick Dietrich - Columbus Dispatch

Pam Park-Curry - Columbus Dispatch

Jeff Rice - Columbus Business First

Upcoming Events
March 11, 2009

mni Relations Information Session

March 12, 2009
MBA Spring Book Draw

March 20, 2009
WPMBA Winter Quarter Graduation Ceremony

March 30, 2009

Cullman Executive Luncheon Series

April 10, 2009
Workshop: Financial Crisis and the Economy


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