Max M. Fisher College of Business Centennial Celebration

Leadership Through Innovation and Global Business

The Max M. Fisher College of Business will celebrate the culmination of its centennial year with a once-in-a-lifetime event—a Centennial Celebration.

The December 5 event, to be held at Mershon Auditorium, will recognize the contributions of countless alumni, friends, students, faculty and staff who, throughout the past century, have helped establish Fisher as a world-class educational institution that has advanced industries and communities around the world.

The Centennial Celebration will honor this 100-year legacy and will recognize Fisher alumni who have forged trails of innovation, explored the frontiers of global business, and continue to define the college’s path for future endeavors as Fisher moves into a second century of business education.

The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Fareed Zakaria. Host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, contributing editor at The Atlantic and Washington Post columnist, Zakaria is widely respected for his thoughtful analysis and ability to spot economic and political trends. Esquire magazine described him as “the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation.”

The Centennial Award of Distinction will be presented to Leslie H. Wexner, chairman and chief executive officer of L Brands, Inc., and longest-serving executive in a Fortune 500 company. An alumnus of the college, Mr. Wexner earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

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Centennial Celebration Keynote

Fareed Zakaria
Global Thinker ~ Columnist ~ CNN Host

fareed_zakariaFareed Zakaria GPSCNN’s flagship international affairs program, has become a destination for those seeking smart commentary and civil conversation about the big ideas and global challenges of our time. Winner of a 2012 Peabody Award, the Emmy-nominated GPS features Zakaria’s fascinating panel discussions and one-on-one interviews with heads of state, intellectuals, and business leaders. His columns and cover stories — ranging from the future of the Middle East and America’s role in the world to the politics and culture of the global economy — reach millions of readers.

Zakaria’s international bestseller The Post-American World is about the “rise of the rest,” analyzing the growth of China, India, Brazil, among others, and what it means for the future. The New York Times called it “a relentlessly intelligent book,” while the Boston Sunday Globe praised Zakaria for having “more intellectual range and insights than any other public thinker in the West.” His previous New York Times bestseller, The Future of Freedom, has been translated into more than 20 languages and was called “a work of tremendous originality and insight” by The Washington Post.

Born in India and educated at Yale and Harvard, where he received his PhD, Zakaria became the youngest managing editor of Foreign Affairs at 28. He was the editor of Newsweek International from 2000 to 2010 and Editor-at-Large at TIME from 2010 to 2014.

One of Jon Stewart’s favorite guests on The Daily Show, Zakaria is known for his good humor, wit, and unique approach to international relations that combines the knowledge of a historian and the theoretical command of a political scientist.

Zakaria serves on the board of the New America Foundation. He has won the Deadline Club Award for Best Columnist, a National Magazine Award, two Overseas Press Club Awards, and the Padma Bhushan. His work has appeared in The New YorkerThe New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and SlateForeign Policy magazine named him one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers.

His latest book, In Defense of a Liberal Education, debuted at #6 on The New York Times best sellers list in April 2015.

Centennial Award of Distinction

Leslie H. Wexner (BS ’59)
Retail Visionary ~ Longest-serving Fortune 500 CEO ~ Philanthropist

lhw-portraitLeslie H. Wexner, founder of L Brands, started the company in Columbus, Ohio, in 1963 with one store and first-year sales of $160,000. Today, total sales for L Brands businesses exceed $12 billion.

Mr. Wexner serves as Chairman and CEO of L Brands, a global leader in lingerie, fragrance and beauty, which includes Victoria’s Secret, PINK, Bath & Body Works, White Barn Candle Co., La Senza and Henri Bendel. The company’s products are available in more than 4,000 stores in 80+ countries around the world.

Mr. Wexner has a profound interest in the development of tomorrow’s leaders through the works of Harvard University’s Center for Public Leadership; the Wexner Foundation; and The Ohio State University. His areas of community interest include The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center; the Columbus Partnership; Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University; Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus; and the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, Columbus.

Mr. Wexner has received the Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award of the United Way of America, Woodrow Wilson Award for Citizenship, Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Knight of the Italian Republic and the American Jewish Committee Herbert H. Lehman Centennial Leadership Award. In 2015 he was named #11 on Harvard Business Review’s Top 100 Best Performing CEOs.

Mr. Wexner is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; chairman, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Board; chairman of the advisory council for the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University; member of the Royal Shakespeare Company International Council; and chairman of the Columbus Partnership. He is also a founding member and the first chair of The Ohio State University Foundation.

Mr. Wexner holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and honorary degrees from Brandeis University; Hebrew Union College; Hofstra University; Marietta College; the Jewish Theological Seminary of America; the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; University of Tel Aviv; and Yeshiva University. Mr. Wexner was inaugurated by Harvard University into the Society of John Harvard Fellows, and serves as a visiting lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Mr. Wexner and his wife, Abigail, are the parents of four children.