I have noticed in the last couple of weeks as we prepare for the What If summit (http://whatif.eventbrite.com) and as I have been in contact with prospective speakers, that Columbus – Ohio is really a place full of people who have a wide range of world class talent. Also, it seems like Columbus is a business community that works together and promotes each other so well it’s a wonder to behold. It has been patently obvious to me that there are many successful professionals willing to share their experiences and help others success, as well as contribute to grow the Columbus community. Fisher is lucky to be part of such a community and to be surrounded by so many individuals willing to share with us.
Some great examples that have started in the locality and are showing a great potential for sustainable success are:
- Jeni Britton – Jeni’s ice-cream: built on hard work, innovation and talent, Jeni has grown her business by doing fair business with farmers and suppliers. Jeni is an artist with huge passion for her business and tremendous humbleness despite her success. Great person to meet and inspiration for entrepreneurship!!!
- Kelly Mooney– Resource Interactive: Kelly Mooney is a super successful and humble woman with an innovative and creative mind. She is considered a widely influential thought leader and spokesperson in the digital and multichannel arenas, and she is one of the feature speakers for the What If summit. Meeting her last week was a great pleasure and it was really fun to see how she and Professor Bills can talk about innovation for hours!! But the most important part is that regardless her extremely busy agenda she is always willing to share her thoughts with students and help MBA students understand better the Innovative world.
- Maren Roth – Rowe: Maren shared her love for clothes and her journey into the boutique business. She said that since she was 5 years old, she knew that one day she would have her own fashion style. “Having your own business is very hard, but you have to try it” Maren said. She also suggested to try to get as much help as possible from friends and family especially at the beginning; it is a great way to get things done!!
- Steve Weaver– Candle Lab: I got to know this place through a social activity hosted by Fisher Board Fellows. It was a really fun experience and a great place to create your own candle. Steve and his wife started the Candle Lab business due to their passion for candles and in a very short time they have expanded into several locations around Columbus. Steve mentioned that working with his wife is fun and challenging at the same time but at the end of the day they both are very happy with their business and their dream is to create a better community around every Candle Lab shop they open.
Jeni, Kelly, Maren and Steve are only a small sample of the great talent and things that are being created in Columbus. We are lucky to be in a city where its people really care about making a better community everyday. What can we Fisher MBAs do to make our community better?