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Fisher AMP Chicago HOP 2012

A yearly tradition at Fisher has once again proved to be a highlight of our year as marketing students.  Each year a group of approximately 20 Marketing students travel to the Windy City to learn from leading marketing companies about cutting edge marketing concepts.  As the president of Fisher Association of Marketing Professionals (AMP), it was up to me to create a fun and educational experience for our members.

Luckily this year was once again a great success (whew!).  We had the extreme honor to visit Edelman, the world’s largest PR firm, Jack Morton, a brand experience agency, Wrigley’s, focusing on brand management of their gum brands, and finally a stop at Navigate Research, a sports market research and sponsorship valuation firm.

Another highlight of the trip was an Alumni networking night sponsored by an alumnus at the Hilton Chicago.  What a great venue to chat with 30 local Chicago Fisher alums!

Thanks to all of our sponsors and hosts.  We all had a fabulous time and learned a little along the way too ;)

Photos from Fisher Follies Auction

Fisher Follies Auction had wonderful donations from our student, faculty & staff! (Click here for more information on Fisher Follies.) Here are some quick facts and photos from the auction:

Number of donations at this year’s auction: 134

Amount of money raised at this year’s auction: $19,708

Julian and Alycia

Two beautiful ladies getting ready for the big event. Thank you, Julian & Alycia!

Most popular items were…. are you ready?

1. A Winter BBQ at “The Sanctuary” for 20 Donated by Professors Larry Inks and Tony Rucci Raised $2,520
2. C-Suite Mentoring Trip to Chicago for 3 Donated by Professor Shashi Matta Raised $2,200

3. Two sets of 2 Fisher Suite football tickets in the Horseshoe (for one conference game and one non-conference game) plus invitations to the official Fisher Tailgate at the Blackwell Hotel. Donated by Dean Christine Poon Raised $1,500

I donated a vintage Japanese wedding kimono.

Follies auction

Wedding kimono

All of us were having so much fun, I don’t think anyone wanted to leave when it was over.

Gift basket

Child’s gift basket


Wine basket

Wine basket & Tickets to see Conan

Live auction

Live auction

The Countdown to Fisher Follies Auction

Last Friday evening, all graduate students at the Fisher College of Business united at the Blackwell and eat, drink and BID.

Bid on what, you ask?

A wine night with Professor Anand,  bowling with Ankerman, a thirty minute flight with a first-year MBA pilot, a ride in a 1967 Chevekke SS 396, brownies, A clippers game, a scrumptious cake, coffee for a week, a trip to the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame and more. This event is put on by the student organization, Fisher Follies, and all proceeds to to members of the Fisher community who face unexpected hard times.

A quick peek of what’s to come…


This was my first auction, and I was SO EXCITED for the auction. It was a great way to bond with my Fisher classmates, but also to take a break from classes and finals. Fisher Follies is another way get to know my Fisher family even better. It’s a way for professors, faculty and students to relax outside of the classroom and get to know one another.

Want to know what incredible prize will be mine or who wins the BBQ with Dr. Inks and Rucci? I’ll let you know in the next post!

See you soon!

Still want more of Follies? Great news – it lasts ALL YEAR. The 2013 Fisher Follies Variety Show is on April 19 – I know that we have some incredible talent in Gerlach Hall that is ready to be on stage!

Career Support at Fisher

I attended the 2012 MBA Women International Conference, thanks to Fisher Graduate Women in Business (with support from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion). This conference was a great opportunity for networking with a wide array of professionals. It was a small conference, which meant there were shorter lines for the career fair, as well as opportunities for more in-depth conversations. The smaller size also allowed for smaller sessions and panel discussions, and an opportunity for those of us in the audience to actively participate in the conversation and interact with members of the panel.

The opportunities for networking were plentiful – the attendees of the conference ranged from entrepreneurs and CEOs to C-suite executives of large firms to fellow MBA students, and everything in between. I had the chance to hear from several inspiring keynote speakers (Lee Rhodes, Scott Woelfel, Leo J. Hindery Jr among others!), as well as meet and network with people from all over the world!

I met many graduate students, from schools all over the US, all of whom were second-year MBA students or recently graduated from an MBA program, all targeting full-time jobs. Most were surprised to learn we were first-year MBA students aiming for internships, which made me very grateful for the support that Fisher offers us very early in our job-search process.

Based on this experience (and countless other experiences!), I was not surprised to learn recently that Fisher moved up 5 spots in the Bloomberg rankings, something I expect will continue annually!

Case-Based Interviewing

 I first learned about case-based interviewing in my first week at Fisher, when we participated in a mock team-based case interview during a workshop hosted by Ernst & Young.
During the first meeting of the Fisher Consulting and Strategy Club (FCSC), we got the chance to participate (as a group) in another mock case-based interview.
A few weeks ago, I attended a talk by Marc Cosentino, a leading expert in case interviewing and author of  the best-selling book “Case in Point: Complete Case Interview Preparation“.
He gave a really great breakdown on the anatomy of the case interview, how to prepare for one, and some tips and tricks for success! We also went through a practice case interview.
As part of FCSC, the first years are grouped with a second-year mentor, and our mentor introduced us to “interviewer-led” case-based interviews.
I also attended an information session for Kalypso (a wonderful consulting company!), where we ran through another case-based interview.
Are you seeing a pattern here? I’ve heard it over and over again: if you want to succeed in a consulting-oriented interview, you need to practice case-based interviewing! And then you need to practice some more.
I was very intimidated at first – people spoke of cases with dread; a necessary evil, that had to be mastered. Very few spoke with enthusiasm and excitement, but it was these people I related to, because I have a secret: I love cases! They are challenging, but exhilarating..  intimidating and yet, intellectually stimulating!
It forces me to organize my thoughts in seconds, think on my feet, be succinct and concise and state my “conclusions” with confidence I don’t really feel ( not yet anyway.. not under that amount of stress!). I haven’t had a chance to practice much, but I can already feel myself becoming better organized in my thinking, coming up with better ideas, and definitely feeling more confident!
I will have to practice many more cases before I can confidently sail through a real (read: stressful) case-based interview, but I am very much looking forward to the practice!

Meet the 2012-13 MAcc Council

One of the many opportunities Fisher MAcc students can take advantage of early on in the one-year program is MAcc Council.  This board serves to represent the entire MAcc class by organizing events, collaborating with other Fisher graduate programs, building relationships with faculty, and many other responsibilities.  Our class elected four wonderful representatives, who in turn selected the remaining members of MAcc Council.  Here’s a little bit about this year’s council members:

Kaitlin Key, President:  As president, Kaitlin will represent the MAcc on the Fisher Graduate Student Association Board (FGSAB), which is a collection of all Fisher graduate council presidents.  She’ll lead our council in making decisions about academic and social events throughout the year.  In my view, she’s the face of the MAcc, and she’s doing a wonderful job already if I do say so myself!!

Alice Liang, Vice President:  Alice will support Kaitlin and the rest of our council.  She’s already stepped up to help us organize a group to participate in Fetch!, a program sponsored by the Ohio Society of CPA’s that will bring financial education to elementary students throughout Ohio through fun games.  I’m excited to see what else Alice comes up with for the year!

Robert Paul, Social Chair:  Robert has made it his goal to make sure we all get to know each other this year and feel like a part of the MAcc and Fisher community.  He’s done a great job so far of organizing social events like our first MAcc family dinner at Mad Mex in the Gateway, and he is planning a variety of outings that will highlight popular Columbus attractions like COSI, a hub of science and education even us “older” children can enjoy!

OJ Mardanov, Treasurer:  OJ will not only be the master of our money, but he will also play a huge part in our MAcc class having meaningful academic and professional opportunities.  I’m confident his likable personality will help our council in funding some great academic/applied talks, seminars, and trips throughout the year.

Kyle Hostetler, Community Service Chair:  Kyle will help communicate campus and Columbus-wide service opportunities to our MAcc class throughout the year.  A canned food drive and possible trip to the Mid Ohio Food Bank is already in the works, so I’m excited for some great service events this year.  Kyle will also inform our class of events we can participate in through Fisher Serves, the Fisher graduate student community service organization.

Sarah Hambley (me!), VITA Service Chair:  I’ll be organizing VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program) this winter.  After participating as a general volunteer at Ohio State last year, I’m excited to get a behind-the-scenes look at a program that provides free tax preparation services to low-income taxpayers in the Columbus area.  More to come on that next semester!

Shiyuan Tian, Academic Relations Chair:  Shiyuan will serve as a liaison between the MAcc students and our academic director, Professor Anil Arya.  She’ll also help Kaitlin in organizing our MAcc Academic talks, where we invite professionals in academia to talk about their research and other academic progress in the accounting and other related business fields.

Ning Zhao, Chair for International Student Engagement:  We’re fortunate to have MAcc students from different backgrounds and different home countries.  Ning will be a representative of the international students in our class so that we can better communicate with all students and both respect and embrace our cultural differences.

I’m so excited to be a member of MAcc Council with all of these great people this year!  I’m sure many future posts will include events in which at least one of these council members played an integral part.  So, in advance, thanks for all of your hard work :)

At the Forefront of Innovation: Watershed Distillery

The first few weeks of the full-time MBA program have been a whirlwind! Between classes, career prep, joining clubs and meeting classmates, there is always something going on. The opportunities are endless, and I can’t imagine going through this process anywhere else! One of the many benefits of Fisher’s FTMBA is a student’s ability to join organizations that speak directly to their interests and intended career.  For me, Innovation Fisher (IF) instantly stood out- marrying marketing and innovation is natural… and IF’s first event of the year definitely solidified that.

IF had the opportunity to tour Columbus’s locally owned Watershed Distillery, a true example of a company that has literally (and figuratively) ‘gone against the grain’ of others in the industry. Founded in 2010 by OSU Alumni Greg Lehman and Dave Rigo, the company focuses on three (and soon to be four) main products: Gin (two types), Vodka, and, (coming in November) Bourbon.

A Small-Scale Approach
The company’s mobility in the industry stems from its smaller size and innovative spirit. The custom-built copper still in the back is the smallest in the region; the next smallest size Greg mentioned was that of a distillery in Kentucky. At this smaller scale, Greg and Dave have quite a bit of flexibility, as they can switch gears between their offerings quickly. They also have the ability to try out or test a new innovation at the drop of the hat if they’d like to.

‘Watershed Moment’
According to Greg and Dave, a ‘Watershed Moment’ celebrates a point in time or event in one’s life that symbolizes change. Their brand is built around this ideology; celebrating and embracing life and these moments has been the backbone of this rapidly-growing company. It has also been the driving force of their marketing and social media campaigns, which have drawn serious momentum for the distillery.
Watershed Distillery was founded in 2010, from an idea that came about years prior. Dave and Greg recognized a gap in the industry; there was little to no presence of locally produced spirit in Columbus or the surrounding areas. Recognizing this ‘Watershed Moment’, the two entrepreneurs jumped on the idea quickly, and have seen great success, and as of late, great recognition.

Young Professional Achievement
On Friday, September 21st, Greg will receive the Young Professional Achievement award at the Max M. Fisher College of Business Alumni Awards Dinner. Recipients are “alumni under the age of 41 who have records of distinguished career accomplishment and who serve as role models in business for younger individuals.” After visiting Watershed Distillery and seeing the true innovative ‘spirit’ of the company, I know this award is recognizing a genuine, entrepreneurial achievement. What a great example of entrepreneurship and innovation coming from the Fisher College of Business!

The tour group from Innovation Fisher. Thanks for a wonderful experience, Greg!

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In Da Club

If there is one absolute truth in business school, it’s that you will most definitely be In da club.  Fisher’s Clubs give B-Schoolers the opportunity to obtain additional information and skillsets beyond the classroom. During their first month on campus, students gather information on any and all clubs, associations, or projects of interest, weigh any interest against their available bandwidth, in some instances fill out applications, and finally make their choice.  Sound easy?

Gathering Information boils down to two methods of Information collection:

  1. The Info Session:  The info session typically occurs between morning and afternoon core classes on Tuesdays or Thursdays.  They are run by the officers of the club in question, and always include food.  Most of the time its pizza, but occasionally you’re provided with something stellar like Piada.  (Innovation Fisher knows how to Club!)
  2.  The Career Foundation Seminar:   Career foundation seminars focus on either a specific majors or career track.  They are substantially longer than the info session and span between 6 and 8 hours.  During this time The Office of Career Management works with student organizations to bring a wide array of information about the major or concentration.  For instance, the Fisher Graduate Finance Association  included keynote speaker Kenneth R. Kent, speeches by senior executives from The Limited, and two panels consisting of leaders in the finance industry.  When you attend a seminar you’re provided every opportunity to do a deep dive into a major.  They also include the all-important networking opportunities during, and after the event.  Why is this relevant to joining a club?  It’s strongly advised that you become a member of the club or association that pertains to your particular major.

Still sound easy?  The hardest part of the whole process isn’t attending enough events.  In fact, that’s the simple part!  The challenge is identifying your available time, and with that in mind whittling down the plethora of choices to ones that achieve your MBA strategic goals.  For me, I knew before setting foot on campus that I wanted to be an active member of the Fisher Graduate Finance Association , take part in the Fisher Professional Services consulting project with a local client (Huntington Bank in this case), and work with a Corporate Mentor to improve my leadership skills.  In addition to that I have signed on with Innovation Fisher, the Fisher Consulting and Strategy Club, and I am considering the International Business Club to round everything out.  My participation levels may vary, but I know going in that I will get something special and different out of each.

Senior? Grad Student? Life as a Combined Student

Some days I call myself a senior, others I call myself a grad student.  I’m working on a Master’s degree, yet I don’t have a Bachelor’s degree.  Life can be a little confusing for us combined BSBA/MAcc students, but more than anything, it sometimes feels as if I’m being pulled in ten different directions!  Here are some undergrad and grad activities I’ve been able to fit in this year:

1.  MAcc Social Events!  It’s easy to continue to hang out with my friends from undergrad, but I really want to make an effort to get to know all of my MAcc classmates this year, too.  Our MAcc Council Social Chair, Robert Paul, threw together a happy hour at Harrison’s on Third last Friday as a wind-down to a stressful week full of career fairs and quizzes.  It was a great way to relax and get to know some classmates better!  I suggest that all combined BSBA/MAcc make an effort to branch out and get to know all MAcc classmates.

2. Beta Alpha Psi, my undergraduate accounting honorary, is an organization in which I’m still very active.  I pledged BAP my sophomore year and am happy to continue on as president into my year as a MAcc student.  I have a lot of great memories from BAP, and I can’t wait to do more community service and get to know the undergraduate members this year!

Proud moment as Beta Alpha Psi recognized Mark Goldston as our Alumnus of the Year for 2012.

3.  MAcc Council - I am very excited to serve as the VITA Service Chair on MAcc Council, our program’s student leadership board.  VITA, or Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, is a program that Ohio State participates in each winter.  MAcc students will go out into the community and assist lower income Columbus residents in preparing their tax returns.  I’ll definitely have updates on this program once spring semester begins!

4.  KPMG Campus Ambassador!  I can’t forget to mention the fact that I represent my future employer every day I step on Fisher campus.  I’m really passionate about KPMG and its people, and I enjoy speaking to MAcc classmates and undergraduate accounting students about opportunities with this public accounting firm.

Overall, I’m happy that I get to experience the MAcc as an undergrad and grad student.  I feel like I get the best of both worlds!

Heed the Warnings!

During the Pre-Term MBA program, we were exposed to all that Fisher has to offer but we were also inundated with warnings:

 Don’t overextend yourself!

Your schedule will get packed very quickly – be careful!

Your classes are intense – don’t let yourself fall behind or you won’t be able to catch up!

Don’t get excited and join too many organizations – you won’t have time!

Don’t forget to sleep!*

(*Okay, that one was from me, but still equally true).

Fisher has so much to offer, so it is too easy to get excited and want to sign up for everything. All events are in one centralized website, the Leadership & Professional Development Events Hub, also known as “The Hub”. (By the way, kudos to the brilliant designers behind the creation of The Hub and associated functionality – you simply log in, scroll through ALL events available and sign up for the ones you’re interested in. You will then receive an email with a calendar file attached for each event – two clicks, and all event details are imported into your calendar!). But those Pre-Term warnings were not exaggerated – you will NOT be able to attend every event you are interested in, simply because there is so much offered (and unfortunately, you only have 24 hours in one day)!

The classes I have this semester are all very interesting and, more importantly, relevant. Everything we learn is applied to real-world cases and situations, and the classes are very interactive – sometimes, it seems like the class is one long conversation with the professor and my classmates! Yes, there is a lot of work involved with class preparation and such, but it is enjoyable (for the most part that is :) – it didn’t seem so fun when I put in my first all-nighter last week!)

I’m also excited about the student organizations I joined. I was interested in so many of them, but I had to force myself to narrow it down to only four: Fisher Professional Services, Innovation Fisher, Fisher Consulting and Strategy Club and Fisher Entrepreneurship Association.

There will be lots more to come on these groups and all the exciting events involved (but in the meantime, check out this great blog post about Fisher Professional Services written by a fellow classmate).

In addition to all the classes and organizations, there are constant networking opportunities and career events (we’ve already had two career fairs!), so my schedule is definitely packed. There is much to take advantage of, but there are only so many hours in the day (and the night!). I have to be careful, or I may have to start scheduling “sleep” into my calendar (that is, if I can still find some empty blocks of time! :))


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