Alumni & Friends
Winter College and Reception

2020 Winter College

Join us for our annual winter tradition in Naples, Florida. The day-long event and reception provides alumni and friends with a unique opportunity to connect with Fisher's talented faculty, staff and students, and hear about the many exciting programs, initiatives and research that is differentiating Fisher as a leader in business education.

Save the Date for Winter College in 2021!

January 27, 2021

The Club at Mediterra
15755 Corso Mediterra Circle
Naples, Florida 34110

2020 Program Details 

Thank you to all of those who joined us at Winter College on January 29, 2020. 

View the Winter College 2020 Presentation

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Welcome
9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Faculty Research Spotlight
Brian Mittendorf (PhD ’02), Senior Associate Dean for Staff, Human Resources and Culture
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 – 11:30 a.m. BRIGHT New Leaders for Ohio Schools
Ben Campbell (BS ’96), Associate Professor of Management and Human Resources
11:30 a.m. to Noon Tax Law Changes and Implications
John C. Woods, JD, Assistant Vice President, Estate and Gift Planning
Noon to 1 p.m. Lunch 
1:00 – 1:45 p.m. College Updates and Points of Pride
Anil K. Makhija, Dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business
1:45 – 2:30 p.m. OnRamp: A Student-Driven Innovation Accelerator
Christian Lampasso (BS ’18), Program Manager, Center for Innovation Strategies
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Wrap-Up
3:00 p.m. Reception Hosted by Bill Cseplo (BSBA ’73) 

Speaker Biographies

Anil K. MakhijaAnil K. Makhija
Dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business

Anil K. Makhija serves as dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business of the Max M. Fisher College of Business. Makhija is recognized as an expert in the field of finance, particularly capital structure, corporate governance and valuation, and he has more than 20 years of experience in academic leadership roles.

Prior to his 2014 appointment to dean, Makhija served as Fisher’s senior associate dean. He has held the Dean’s Distinguished Professorship and the David A. Rismiller Professorship in Finance since joining the business college in 1998. He chaired Fisher’s Department of Finance and served as an associate dean of executive education programs, where he was responsible for the development of Fisher’s top-ranked Executive MBA program.

He also played a key role in the development of the National Center for the Middle Market at Fisher and has led consulting and executive development programs for dozens of leading companies in the U.S. and around the world.

Makhija has held visiting faculty appointments in Korea, Hong Kong, Chile, Czech Republic, Ecuador and India, and he is a respected and widely published researcher with nearly 40 articles in top journals. He has served in leadership positions on numerous editorial boards, including as editor of Advances in Financial Economics.

He has been a featured expert in media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The New York Times, Financial Times and Bloomberg Businessweek, among many others.

Makhija holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; an MBA from Tulane University; and a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.

Brian MittendorfBrian Mittendorf (PhD '02)
Senior Associate Dean for Staff, Human Resources and Culture Fisher Designated Professor of Accounting

Brian Mittendorf, PhD, is the Fisher Designated Professor of Accounting at The Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business, where he also serves as senior associate dean for staff, human resources and culture. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Baylor University and a PhD in Accounting from Ohio State. Prior to joining Fisher College of Business, Mittendorf was an associate professor at Yale University’s School of Management.

Mittendorf specializes in managerial accounting, nonprofit accounting and the role of accounting in supply chain management. He has published many articles in academic journals including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Management Science and the RAND Journal of Economics, and he serves as an editor for Production and Operations Management and Journal of Management Accounting Research.

He has also been cited in media outlets including the Associated Press, Bloomberg, Chronicle of Philanthropy, CNN Money, MarketWatch, NBC News, Newsweek, Nonprofit Times, NPR, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian, The New Yorker, USA Today and The Washington Post. Dr. Mittendorf teaches courses on financial statements for nonprofit and governmental organizations.

Ben CampbellBen Campbell (BS '96)
Associate Professor of Management and Human Resources

Ben Campbell teaches the core Organizations, Markets and Management course in the MBA program at Fisher. He has been recognized with numerous awards, including the “BRIGHT MBA Outstanding Professor” in 2018; the “Outstanding Full-Time MBA Core Professor” in 2010, 2012 and 2013; and the “Outstanding Working Professional MBA Core Professor” in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2018. He received the Pace Setters Westerbeck Graduate Teaching Award in 2011 and was nominated for the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2013.

Campbell’s research explores the role of human capital in creating and sustaining competitive advantage in dynamic environments. His research has appeared in outlets including Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Management Science, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Industrial Relations, and Industrial and Labor Relations Review.

He is an associate editor of the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and has served the community of scholars as the elected representative-at-large for the Strategic Management Society’s Strategic Human Capital Interest group, as a member of the Research Committee of the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management and as a member of the editorial boards of several top tier journals. He has also co-organized multiple conferences on human capital, including the Strategic Human Capital Interest Group’s conference on the Value Proposition of Human Capital.

Campbell received an undergraduate degree in mathematics from The Ohio State University and a PhD in economics from UC-Berkeley.

John WoodsJohn C. Woods, JD
Assistant Vice President, Estate and Gift Planning

Prior to joining Ohio State in June 2015, John Woods was vice president of gift planning for the University of Arizona Foundation for 21 years. Before his time at the University of Arizona, he worked for the law firm of Dickerman and Nuckolls in Tucson, Arizona.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from the University of Arizona and a law degree from Creighton University. He is a member of the Worthington Estate Planning Council, Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, Central Ohio Planned Giving Roundtable and State Bar of Arizona.

Woods is a past member of the Southern Arizona Estate Planning Council and the Planned Giving Roundtable of Southern Arizona, where he has served as president. He also has been on the board of the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Tucson where he served as president.

Christian LampassoChristian Lampasso (BS ’18)
Program Manager, Center for Innovation Strategies

Christian Lampasso is a program manager for the Center for Innovation Strategies at The Ohio State University. Lampasso directs the OnRamp program, a student-driven innovation accelerator he helped create a year and a half ago as an undergraduate student. Under Lampasso’s leadership, the program has facilitated partnerships with notable companies such as Honda R&D Americas, The J.M. Smucker Company, National Church Residences and Nationwide.

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Lampasso is a former Ohio State men’s ice hockey player who helped the Buckeyes to advance to the NCAA Frozen Four in 2018 – the first time in 20 years.

Lampasso graduated from Ohio State in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in data analytics through the Integrated Systems Engineering Program and a minor in computer information systems. He is currently pursuing an MBA through Fisher’s MBA for Working Professionals degree program.

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