Team DHL Assembles in Germany

GAP Avengers

“There was an idea… to bring together a group of remarkable people to see if they could become something more.” – The Avengers

Eat your heart our Nick Fury.

Just as the Avengers Initiative assembled a team of complementary strengths to “solve” an incredible problem, so too does the Fisher College of Business’ Global Applied Projects program. Introducing Team Yellow, made up of six MBA students who are making the trek to Koblenz, Germany to work with DHL’s Global Automotive Sector.

Brian Glorioso brings three years of finance experience, having worked in the real estate industry following his studies at the University of Chicago. On the strategy, Team Yellow is represented by Devin Henderson and Natalie Jarecki, whose backgrounds include working for The Ohio State University and Abercrombie & Fitch respectively. Sruti Jagabattula gives the team its international flair, with experiencing working for Tata Power and Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited in India. Tim Kiss is the team’s automotive guru, having worked for a Honda supplier in product development for five years prior to arriving at Fisher. And finally, yours truly, Mark Steidler is the team’s marketing resource, with three and a half years in a business-to-business marketing role.

Over the next three weeks, this blog will document our work for DHL, life in Germany, and all of the adventures in between. But for now, we’re trying to fight off jet lag (Ed note: what Mark really means is that the team is exploring the city for the best beer garden). Catch up with us tomorrow when we’ll tell you a little bit more about our project with DHL and life in Koblenz. Auf Wiedersehen!

Off to Ethiopia!

Seven Master of Business Administration students from Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business will visit Ethiopia for three weeks in May as the in-country portion of our Global Applied Projects class. The class is taught by Kurt Roush and advised by Professor Scott Livengood.

We are: Javed Cheema, Katie Fornadel, Carla Garver, Alejandra Iberico Lozada, Daniel Meisterman, Niraj Patel, and me, Danielle Latman. Combined, we are from three different countries, have traveled to almost 70 countries, and have 65 years experience in sales, marketing, operations, financial services, nonprofit and military industries.

The Ohio State / Ethiopia One Health Partnership asked us to harness our business skills to help operationalize the partnership’s rabies elimination project, adding a layer of practical implementation to the research and training that veterinarians and scientists have already developed. We have split up into teams focusing on the finance, marketing, operations, logistics and data collection functions of the rabies elimination project. Our goal is to develop a proposed roadmap that will allow the U.S. and Ethiopian partners to implement the rabies elimination One Health model project on a targeted region in Ethiopia.

We will travel to Ethiopia from May 1-25 to work with officials in Addis Ababa and Gondar. For the past seven weeks, we have met with the CDC, Drs. Gebreyes and O’Quinn, cultural anthropologists and social service agencies to prepare for our trip. We have also eaten at the lovely Lalibela restaurant here in Columbus, received our travel visas, and gotten a lot of shots — and were dismayed to find a shortage of the yellow fever vaccine in the U.S.!

For all of us, this will be our first time visiting Ethiopia and sub-Saharan Africa in general, and we are excited for what are sure to be many new and rich experiences! We are looking forward to exploring the natural environment of the Blue Nile Falls and Simien Mountains, driving overland from Addis Ababa to Gondar, seeing the history of ancient castles and churches, visiting marketplaces and drinking delicious coffee with each other and our new colleagues and neighbors. We are thrilled for the opportunity to contribute our business skills and passion to build on the One Health Partnership’s success and help eliminate rabies in Ethiopia.

From left: Katie Fornadel, Alejandra Iberico Lozada, Daniel Meisterman, Danielle Latman, Niraj Patel and Carla Garver. Not pictured: Javed Cheema.

From left: Katie Fornadel, Alejandra Iberico Lozada, Daniel Meisterman, Danielle Latman, Niraj Patel and Carla Garver. Not pictured: Javed Cheema.