2015 KeyBank and Fisher College of Business Leadership & Creativity Undergraduate Minority Student Symposium

The 8th KeyBank Leadership and Creativity Undergraduate Minority Student Symposium was held October 22-25, 2015.

Fisher College of Business and KeyBank 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 2015 KeyBank Leadership and Creativity Undergraduate Minority Student Symposium was from October 22 to October 25, 2015 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 had the opportunity to nominate two ethnically under-represented students whose GPA is at least above 3.0 (preferences 3.4 or greater). About 44 students from business and engineering programs are annually selected to participate. 

This three day event provides 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 44 students from universities around the country had the opportunity to join us for this exciting experience.  Participants engaged 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 were highlighted.  Students had an opportunity to receive individual awards ranging from $300 - $500 and to receive participation allowances ranging from $200 - $400.  Selected participants received complimentary housing and meals at the Blackwell Inn.  A special consideration was given to students who had student organization executive board experience (President, Vice-President, Treasurer, or Secretary) and to students who registered early. The regular deadline ended on Monday, August 31, 2015.

Additional Details

For additional information contact the KeyBank Coordination team at FCOB-keybanksymp@osu.edu 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.

 2015 Case Competition Winners

1st place: Team D

Daniela Salazar, American University


Kayla Livingston, Howard University


Sasha Estrella-Jones, Ohio University


Arlander Taylor IV, Tuskegee University


Romanna Romaniv, University of Connecticut


Ezinwa Omodon, University of Toledo


2nd place: Team E

Tuyet Hoa Adadmovich, American University


Haley Hall, Howard University


Jeffrey Billingslea, Ohio University


Somtochukwu Njoku, The Ohio State University


Ana Rios Salgado, University of Colorado


Sandy Nguyen, University of Toledo



 Preliminary Round Special Recognition Certificates Granted

Bracket I

Best Presenter: Wayne McKellar, University of Albany (SUNY)


Best Presenter: Wayne Nash, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Best Q&A: Kayla Livingston, Howard University


Bracket II

Best Presenter: Somtochukwu Njoku, The Ohio State University


Best Q&A: Carlos Salcedo-Archuy, Michigan State University



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