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2014 KeyBank and Fisher College of Business Leadership & Creativity Undergraduate Minority Student Symposium

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The 7th KeyBank Leadership and Creativity Undergraduate Minority Student Symposium will be held October 9-12th 2014. Registration will open March 14th, 2014. The $30.00 early bird registration deadline ends May 15th, 2014. The registration fee will increase to $50.00 after May 15th, 2014. The final date to register is Friday, August 8, 2014.

Fisher College of Business and KeyBank have collaborated to provide undergraduate business and engineering junior and senior students a three-day intensive camp on leadership, creativity, product innovation, spreadsheet management, entrepreneurial thinking, persuasive communication, and the art of "putting it all together." The 2014 KeyBank Leadership and Creativity Undergraduate Minority Student Symposium will be held from October 9 to October 12, 2014 at The Blackwell Inn, our campus hotel and conference center.

The annual KeyBank Leadership and Creativity Symposium is a natural extension of KeyBank's recruiting efforts partnered with Fisher and many of the College's peer institutions.

Each participating university has the opportunity to nominate two ethnically under-represented students whose GPA is at least above 3.0 (preferences 3.4 or greater). About 40 students from business and engineering programs are annually selected to participate. 

This three day event will provide a competitive forum for skill building in the following areas:

  • Leadership training
  • Creativity and the power of creative thinking
  • Product innovation and new product development
  • Spreadsheet management and analysis
  • Entrepreneurial theory and practice
  • Persuasive communication

Approximately 40 students from universities around the country will have the opportunity to join us for this exciting experience.  Participants will be involved in an intensive series of workshops focusing on the areas listed above.  Thanks to the generous and active involvement of the KeyBank organization, specific examples of the banking industry will be highlighted.  Students will have an opportunity to receive individual awards ranging from $300 - $500 and will receive participation allowances ranging from $200 - $400.  Selected participants will receive complimentary housing and meals at the Blackwell Inn.  A special consideration will be given to students who have student organization executive board experience (President, Vice-President, Treasurer, or Secretary) and to students who register early (dates will be posted in the near future).

For additional information contact the KeyBank Coordination team at or 614.292.1978

Modules for the Symposium


What do we know about effective leaders? Who are they? What traits do they possess? What practices do they implement in leading organizations? Effective leadership can trigger the value chain in organizations, or it can become the single biggest obstacle to overcome.


This module is linked with the product innovation module. It will introduce students to the power of creative thinking by taking them through problems where creative solutions are demanded.

Product Innovation

The students who participate in this module will understand the process of innovation, propose new product ideas, and defend them in a formal presentation setting.

Spreadsheet Management & Analysis 

This module will help students understand the use of spreadsheets in management decision-making, as well as guide them through a routine management problem where they make decisions based on spreadsheet analysis.


This module takes students through the process of evaluating new ideas and the steps needed to implement those ideas.

Presentation Skills      
Effective presentation skills are critical to your professional and personal success. This module focuses on presentation style for different audiences, content, and how you can deliver an effective analysis of a challenge or problem facing an organization.
 2013 Case Competition Winners

1st place: Team F

Moises, DeLeon, Syracuse University


Eric Russell, Allen University


Stefon Towler, University of Dayton


Cecilia De La Cruz, University of Oregon


Janina Cisneros, Pennsylvania State University


2nd place: Team C

Yanrui Yin, The Ohio State University


Nnenna Cox, Florida A&M University


Ihinosen Dibua, University of Pittsburgh


Kimberly Louis-Charles, Florida State University


Jose Gonzales, Cornell University




 Preliminary Round Special Recognition Certificates Granted

Bracket I

Best Presenter: Zainab Kandeh, Ohio University


Best Q&A: Bianca Davis, Indiana University


Bracket II

Best Presenter: Tiffany Hallback, Savannah State University


Best Q&A: Noor Nahavandi, Pennsylvania State University