Posts Tagged 'Gordon Gee'

The Man with a bowtie

As a Buckeye undergrad, I am no stranger to Dr. Gee and his adorable bowtie. He was President of Ohio State for my entire undergraduate career and the first year of my MBA program. On November 18, some Fisher students has the pleasure of having lunch with Dr. Gee and learning more about his background, views on OSU and how to keep energy and passion in your life.

Dr. E. Gordon Gee has been president of West Virginia University,  Vanderbilt, Brown and Ohio State (twice – because we are that awesome). In 2010, Time Magazine rated Gee one of the top 10 college presidents in the United States.

During the lunch, Dr. Gee talked about his love for Ohio State. He explained that it was a challenge, and opportunity, to pull together all the departments at OSU. The diversity allowed for connections to be made  by the OSU Medical Center, the College of Law, the College of Engineering and the Business School. He outlined his view of Fisher being tied to the integrity of the University and that it is essential for the university as a whole to constantly reinvent itself.

I thought it was refreshing to hear a leader talk openly about making mistakes – but also about learning from the past and moving forward. Dr. Gee emphasized the need to stay true to yourself, “Even if I failed, I made sure  I was going to do it having fun and with personality.” Students asked about dealing with criticism – and in typical  Gee fashion – the man just laughed. He said that he has received enough criticism till fill hundreds of books and that it typically isn’t about you as a person, but your actions.

Gee’s 5 keys too success:

  • Have self-confidence
  • Play to your own strengths
  • Have thick skin
  • Have a sense of humor
  • Have nerves like sewer pipes
  • Keep your passion – “If you don’t believe in what you’re doing, you want last very long”

Gordon Gee Brutus!
Could this man be any more adorable!?

My favorite takeaway from the entire lunch was Dr. Gee’s take on family and balance. He told how he is a workaholic, but looking back, regrets missing some important family moments. As he said, there is no substitute for a loving family, a good home and caring friends. 

 

 


Me and my friend Gee

MBA team with my new best friend, President Gordon Gee

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to present at President Gordon Gee’s Pre-game Lunch event as part of a team of Fisher MBA students.  It was amazing! The event began like a pep rally complete with cheerleaders, the band and Brutus Buckeye. Athletic Director, Gene Smith, gave a brief address as did President Gee. Then we went into the Reading Room of the beautiful Thompson Library for some delicious lunch with a side of networking. Our presentation was a huge success (as was the Fisher undergraduate presentation) and we all had a great time!

 So, how did I get to be a part of this presentation? Pretty simple, actually – I took Professor Shashi Matta’s Advertising and Promotions class last spring. Professor Matta’s courses are designed to be “action-based learning” which is a key component of courses at Fisher and throughout Ohio State.  A major component of that class was a live marketing project for a local business, Watershed Distillery. The project itself was very rewarding since we knew we were doing work that would directly benefit a local entrepreneur. As I make my way through my internship/part-time job and my new courses, I continually refer back to all the things I learned in that class and on that project. It was probably the best – and most time consuming – course I have taken at Fisher based on personal growth and professional application. And now, it’s opening opportunities for us as well.  I can’t wait to see what the next unexpected Fisher opportunity will be!

 

Brutus doing the "O-H-I-O" with his legs (this is the "H")

 

 

Gene Smith makes a joke about getting his hair wet :)

If you read any of my posts from last year, you may recall that I'm a bit of a band geek. Here TBDBIL begins Script Ohio - did I mention that we were given 2 tickets to the game as a 'thank you'?



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