Posts Tagged 'Student Organizations'

Operations, anyone?

Last week I had the opportunity to attend not one, but two Operations related Career Conference events and they were awesome! First, there was the Annual “Links Symposium” sponsored by the Operations and Logistics Management Association, and I volunteered to help organize this event, being a member of OLMA myself.

The half – day event was hosted at The Blackwell Inn, Fisher’s own hotel and Executive Conference Center. This year’s topic was Lean Management, and there were two discussion panels, one for Lean Management in Manufacturing and the other Lean Management in Services. For all the Ops and Supply Chain Majors out there, this was a fantastic opportunity to interact and network

At the OLMA Links Symposium

with the panelists, who were a mix of academic faculty and industry experts from companies such as Greif, Huntington, Cardinal Health etc. To top it all, we had a great moderator – Georgia Keresty, a lean expert with more than 30 + years of experience. 

The very next morning I attended an Operations Career Change Round table event hosted by the Working Professional MBA Program. Fisher’s apt selection of the panelists should not go unmentioned. The 4 WP panelists were each from different areas of Operations – the distribution side, Supply chain side, the IT side and the customer side. It led to a very interesting Q and A session where they shared valuable stories from their work experiences and advice on how we could better ourselves to become ideal hiring candidates for Operations Management roles in top companies.

The biggest perk in attending these kinds of events is that you get to meet such vibrant personalities who are willing to help you in your career any way they can . Drawing from their experiences is a big plus, and ultimately helps you in connecting with more people in the field of your interest. Kudos to Fisher faculty and the COE , for their amazing contributions year after year and a special thanks to Fisher alumni who are so eager to give back to the business community – you are invaluable resources to the current students and one of Fisher’s greatest assets.

And these networking events are right at your doorstep. My advice is to never let these chances slip, because these are golden opportunities that can lead to lifelong career connections. Boy, am I glad I came to Business school :)

With WP alums Megan and Jonathan at the Ops Career Change Roundtable


Keeping Pace

There was a saying that we used in the Marine Corps: “It is easier to keep up than catch up.”

This phrase mostly applied to things like running or forced marches in that context, but it seems to me that is is quite applicable to an MBA program as well.   Time management is a crucial skill that is needed in order to thrive in this sort of environment.  In the Marines they begin training in stress inoculation and time management almost immediately.  It is not uncommon in boot camp for something simple, like making a rack (bed), to be given an impossible, or nearly impossible time restriction, and it progresses from there to more complex issues with seemingly impossible time constraints.

Important life decisions.

Time management and the ability to work under duress are two of the many valuable skills (along with leadership), that the Marines helped instill in me.   So, back to the MBA program, during the program, there are a lot of priorities that need to be balanced.  Some of the main ones are:

  • School:  Not just going to all of my classes, but doing homework assignments, studying, and working on projects.
  • Future Careers:  Especially for people like myself looking to switch careers, I need to actively work on building my professional network, attend company info sessions and events, job fairs, apply for jobs, hopefully interview for jobs, work on my resume, and meet with my career counselor.

    First Career Fair as a graduate student today!

  • Student organizations:  There are a myriad of student organizations at Fisher, and they all offer valuable opportunities to students.  There is certainly not time to join all of them, but I have joined several, but each additional one requires an additional time commitment.
  • Personal:  This is possibly the easiest to neglect, but humans need sleep, and to eat, and every once and a while to relax.  Things like going to the gym take time, but it is something that should not be neglected.  Also, having a social life within the program is important.  A big part of business school seems to be networking, so doing things like going to happy hours, and football games are important to building strong relationships with classmates.

All of these areas need to be kept in balance, and maintained, sometimes one is going to be more in focus than the rest, but that doesn’t mean the rest can be neglected.  If I neglect an area, then I am going to fall behind in it, which means that in the future, I will need to expend the same amount of energy needed for it now, plus the energy needed for it in the future, in order to catch up.  That is in addition to meeting all of the other requirements from the other sections of my life.  So, a short term sacrifice now, causes long term harm if I decide to slack in one or more areas.  So, even though it might seem overwhelming sometimes, keeping up with it all is easier than trying to catch up with it all in the future.  I should thank my Drill Instructor for the life lesson.

 

Four simultaneous Script Ohio’s is an amazing thing.


It has only just begun

Hello my fellow Buckeyes (and prospective ones too)!

It is an exciting time for us 1st year MLHR students. Over the summer, I was anxiously awaiting what this new chapter of my life would bring. And I have to admit – I was nervous! On the first day of orientation, I had no idea what to expect and had the butterflies fluttering around in my stomach. As my first blog, I felt it was fitting to give you all a little insight on what I loved most about MLHR orientation and how I got those butterflies away. So, here goes nothing!

Opportunity

The opportunities and resources here at Fisher are endless. From the organizations, internship options, and networking, I know I will have no problem keeping myself busy the next 2 years. One of my favorite things from orientation was the panel of 2nd year MLHR students who came to give advice, answer questions, and tell about their experience so far at Fisher. I was very involved in organizations in undergrad and cannot wait to join GHRA (Graduate Human Resources Association)!

Diversity

I am always up for meeting new people and I was eager to see where all my classmates would be from come this fall. The first night of orientation, our advisers put together a fun quiz to help us become more acquainted with one another. The quiz consisted of 4 facts and we were to guess which one was false. After guessing the false fact, each student represented in the ‘true facts’ confirmed which one was theirs. I was astounded by all of the different backgrounds of my classmates! I have lived in Ohio my entire life. Although I have met many people from different backgrounds over the years, I have never been in a setting such as this. The class of 2013 come from all over the world and possess an array of personalities. Getting to know one another over the next 2 years will not only be exciting, but will surely enhance our social development and prepare us as successful HR professionals. Just think, how boring would it be if we all had everything in common with one another?

Tour of Ohio Stadium

View from the press box - Do you feel the greatness?

I am, and always have been, I huge fan of Ohio State football. Although all my life it has been Cleveland sports and Notre Dame in my household, I found my way to the greatness! So, as you can already tell I was very excited to learn my classmates and I would be getting a tour of Ohio Stadium.

Even though I ‘claim’ to be a huge fan of the Buckeyes and have been to many games, I did not know much about the history of Ohio Stadium. My classmates and I were given a complete tour (inside and out) and told all of the stories of how this stadium came to be one of the most eccentric in the country (I would love to share, but some of you may be getting this tour next fall!) After the tour was over, I had even a more clear understanding as to why Ohio State Football is a secular religion here in Columbus.

I look forward to the next 2 years at Fisher. Here’s to a new beginning!

A few of us at Ohio Stadium - I need to improve my 'I'! :)


The Thirst for Knowledge?

A picture’s worth a thousand words.

When anyone asks me how this quarter is going, my answer is: I feel like I’m drinking from a fire hose.  Believe you me: MIT (where the above pic is taken) doesn’t have exclusive rights on this metaphor.  Welcome to spring quarter of your first year in the full-time MBA program at Fisher!  Just when I thought I was getting the hang of things, I was reminded of two things: “you don’t know what you don’t know” and, actually, ignorance *is* bliss.

Let me clarify a few things for those of you that read these blogs regularly: (1) MLHR is not the only graduate business program at Fisher, (2) there are actually more full-time MBA bloggers than MLHR bloggers, and (3) work load definitely varies by program.

FTMBA’s are B-U-S-Y.  That said, I think the Working Professional MBAs have it worse.  They have to go to work all day and then high-tail it over to Gerlach Hall to sit in classes from 6-10pm each evening.  How and when they do their homework, reading, group projects, and presentations, I don’t know.  Unless they’re “multitasking” in the office (you know who you are), they get to spend their weekends studying.  Blech.  Kudos to them . . . I couldn’t do it.

Back to being a FTMBA . . .

This quarter, I have an enormous amount of reading to do – constantly.  There is no ebb and flow.  Spring quarter brings the final two core classes: Strategy & Global Macro.  (As an aside: the elective classes I’m taking are Service Operations and Sustainability Marketing.)  The macro-econ course requires I subscribe to The Economist and get quizzed weekly on the content.  The entire magazine is fair game.  Sound hellish?  I thought so too!  I was wrong.  I *love* this magazine.  Here’s why . . .

To date, I proudly claimed to a member of the apathetic, ignorant American masses.  Thanks to Prof Kistruck’s mandate, I’m a person that has some clue about what’s happening in the world and how current global events affect business.  I live here after all  – so I might as well understand how my life is being affected.  The world gets smaller by the day and global awareness is really critical.  It’s about time I got a clue.  Yay me!

Outside of classes, much is happening around the Fisher College of Business (FCOB).  Officer elections are taking place in student groups, end of year summits and banquets are being held, and the weather is slowly improving (which should result in strong attendance at the Fisher 5K this weekend and the upcoming Fisher Spring Games).  I assumed leadership roles in various organizations next year: President of the Fisher Graduate Women in Business, VP of Innovate Columbus in Innovation Fisher, and Treasurer of Fisher’s Association of Marketing Professionals.  My Fisher Board Fellows assignment is supporting COSI next year and I’ve agreed to help with Fisher Follies.  YAY!

Regardless of your interests, there are plenty of ways for you to get involved and participate in the Fisher community.  This morning, I was inspired by the words of the founder of Fisher Board Fellows, Wake Norris.  “Remember to unpack.” He stressed the importance of unpacking and living where you are when you arrive someplace new.  This advice applies to you as well as me.  When you arrive at your program, how will you get involved?  Be a part of your community?  The choice is yours and the options are plentiful.

I am really excited about the coming year even if it means lack of sleep.  I figure: This only happens once.  I’m going to make the most of it.

“Stay thirsty my friends.”  – The Most Interesting Man in the World


Legacies Left Must Be Alright

Ever notice yourself having a train of thought due to a recurring theme manifesting itself in your life events?  No?  Well then maybe you should pay closer attention.

Last we spoke, I just arrived in Peru and promised to provide you an update with pictures.  I’m not one to disappoint . . . I just didn’t realize there would be such an enormous lapse between posts.  Well, as they say: “Time flies when you’re having fun.”  Personally, I prefer: “Life happens when you’re making other plans.”

Here’s what’s new with me:  My aunt died.  I visited Peru.  Spring sprung.  Spring quarter started.  Peruvian bacteria accompanied me home.  My internship search continues.  New officers are being elected in student organizations.  Red Carpet weekend just ended.

My array of feelings (in no accompanying order to the prior list): sick, tired, sick and tired, over-committed, under-utilized, over-whelmed, under-appreciated, appreciative, apprehensive, excited, hopeful, ambitious, grateful, irritated, exhausted, elated, deflated, determined, distracted, supportive, suspicious, apathetic, empathetic, blessed, lucky, and loved.

Bi-polar?  Nah, it’s just my Fisher Grad life.  Ups and downs are normal and they come quickly and sometimes unexpectedly.  There’s a lot going on and it is really important to navigate through everything without failing to make time for the people and things that *really* matter.  Which brings me back to contemplating “legacy”.

Just as a snail leaves a trail, we are each bound to leave a legacy.  I’m amazed at the legacies left by people and by institutions.  The Ohio State University has a lot of alumni.  I was told this during my Red Carpet weekend event last year.  David Smith of our Admissions Office travels throughout the world recruiting MBA students and he told us that no matter where we were, we could let out a cry of “O-H!” and undoubtedly it would be met with an response of “I-O!”  These are the stories of legend.  Stories of legend are worth testing when possible so while hiking around Machu Picchu, our group opted to conduct a test.  Standing at the Intiwatana overlooking the Central Plaza, we let out a loud cry of “O-H!” and to our great amusement we were promptly answered by “I-O!”  Yes, seriously.  We were so amused we continued our cry time and again until we were shushed by some nearby Peruvian park attendants.  In our exuberance, we forgot about the fact that we were at one of the modern wonders of the world and not all guests would enjoy listening to us yell while they navigated this sacred space.

Fact is: I’m proud to be a Buckeye.  Over the past couple of days I’ve met many potential members of the Ohio State MBA Class of 2013.  Some of them have accepted their admission letter and will be joining me this fall.  Others sit the fence and are still considering their options.  My advice to them is the same I’d give to any of you reading this that are unsure of your MBA future: Choose the program that your heart tells you to attend.  Each program has its merit and will provide great opportunities for your future.  You’ll do fine wherever you choose to go.  That said, make sure you’re following your own inner voice and not that of your parents, fiance(e), boyfriend/girlfriend, boss, co-workers, or friends.  You spend a *HUGE* amount of time on campus and with your classmates.  Be sure you’re spending that precious time at the place that suits you best.  Life is short and the days/weeks fly by quickly.  I can hardly believe I’m seven weeks away from the end of my first year.  Leave your own legacy… not one that someone else dreamt up for you.

Fisher has a very intimate and collaborative program but – believe you me – B-school pushes you to compete against each other.  Frankly, I’m getting really tired of competing.  As long as I’m doing the best I can do, I’m fine.  In the end, what matters is not the things that we accomplish or leave undone.  It is not the offices held or the grades, salaries, or frequent flier miles earned but the people we love and whose lives we touch that matter.

I’m trying to tell you something about my life
Maybe give me insight between black and white
The best thing you’ve ever done for me
Is to help me take my life less seriously, it’s only life after all”  – The Indigo Girls

This is what giddy looks like.

Found him!

Downtown Lima at dusk

O-H-I-O (photo courtesy of Jeff Sleasman, taken by Leanne Gluck)


I took a trip to Ann Arbor, MI… and liked it!

Last weekend, I had the pleasure to travel to Ann Arbor (home of OSU’s arch rival) for the 2010 Net Impact Conference.  For those of you who do not know, Net Impact is a global organization that focuses on changing the world through business.  Fisher College of Business is home to a two-time award winning local graduate chapter of Net Impact of which I am proud to be a member – VP of Marketing and Communications, actually.  That’s right!  Not only do I get to follow my passion (I have a previously underutilized BS in Environmental Health) and be a part of this wonderful group of like-minded students, but I also get to hold a leadership position as a first-year MBA!  Yet another perk of the small, close-knit Fisher community.

Perhaps the most simplistic, yet most profound quote of the weekend came from Chet Gesechickter of GTM Research during the Future of Smart Grid Communities panel discussion: 

Things aren’t smart.  People are.  We need to give people the information [they need] to make the right choices and force the changes to the system.

It really can be that simple.  Get the information to the people so they can make informed decisions that will ultimately help us all.

In addition to great panel discussions and amazing keynote speakers – like Gary Hirshberg of Stonyfield Farm -  the conference offered us a break from midterms and some time to recharge.  Often, the most important part of any conference is the extra time that you get to spend with your fellow classmates.  The Net Impact Conference was no exception.  We debated sustainable topics, we brainstormed sustainable ideas and we taught one of our International classmates some American nuance and slang.  We had so much fun together!  And now we are back in Columbus fully charged and ready to make a Net Impact at Fisher!


Free Time

Outside of the classroom, there’s a lot going on at Fisher.  As I’ve mentioned in prior posts, I’ve been busy busy busy.  Technically, I can only speak for myself . . . but, in this case, I’ll confidently go on record to say it’s not just me . . . we’re all extremely busy.  Busy in a good way.

Group projects have started: we just finished our second group case in Accounting, we’ve chosen our group project topic for Econ, Fisher Professional Services’ Project One has officially kicked off (I’m not participating in that one but my roommate is), and some of us have assembled for the upcoming P&G case competition (marketing majors).  All tasks involving small groups also involve small group meetings.  Happily, I report: so far so good.

Most student organizations have kick off meetings this week and next.  So far I’ve joined Fisher Graduate Women in Business and Fisher Association of Marketing Professionals.  Also this week: I apply for Fisher Board Fellows and attend an information session on the Initiative for Managing Services.  Unfortunately, I am double-booked and can’t attend the first meeting of Innovation Fisher (hopefully I’ll be able to connect with them sooner than later).  Honestly, there are so many fantastic organizations to join and get involved with . . . it’s really difficult to choose between them.  My opinion: Choosing is a must.  Without focus, I’ll be in many groups unable to fully contribute.  I’d rather choose a few and really make a difference.

Final free time topic: travel.  I’ve been lucky enough to spend time away from my apartment and from campus lately.

Nice to see you again Cleveland

A couple of weeks ago, I took a roadtrip to Cleveland with my roommate.  Our purpose was two-fold: visit an outlet mall and see Lake Erie.  Lake Erie is the closest largest body of water (for anyone that’s used to the sea, Columbus is a tad land-locked).  Last weekend, I attended the NAWMBA conference in Louisville, KY with approximately 72 other fabulous Fisher females.  REPRESENT!  Today, I visited The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium as a guest (I work there part-time and have spent quality time there prior to starting the full-time MBA program).  I brought my roommate along; while there, we ran into a fellow classmate.  What can I say?  Great minds think alike!

I could do this in my sleep

Side-note: Being from Parma, Ohio and of Polish heritage, I have an affinity for flamingos.  Inspired by this flamingo, I will remember the importance of balance.  I plan to balance life within the program with life outside the program.

perspective enhances appreciation


Some Like it Hot – a Fisher homage to Tony Curtis

Service to others is the rent we pay for time on this planet.

I heard this quote from the late Tony Curtis, last week on NPR as I drove to Fisher.  I found it very fitting given that as a First Year MBA student I spent my lunch hours last week learning about all the different student organizations at Fisher, most of which have a strong service component.  There’s Fisher Board Fellows that matches MBA students with local non-profits; Fisher 5K which raised and donated over $17,000 to charities in 2010; Fisher Serves coordinates many service-based initiatives, including the upcoming Fisher Community Service Day.  Even Fisher Follies has a charitable component – and they encourage student comedy, just like Tony Curtis would have wanted.

This is just a small sample of the Student Organizations at Fisher.  Unlike ‘Spats Columbo’, the students of Fisher are earning their rent on this planet – one great organization at a time.  Now I just have to decide how many of these great Student Organizations I can fit into my schedule…


Fisher Student associations drive the program

Change is the in air at Fisher! The fact that the weather has improved has everyone with an even greater bounce in their step as the summer begins to come upon us. The other change has been the fact that student associations who make up such a large part of the college have been in the annual process of changing the guard so to speak. The associations ranging from the Marketing MBA Association to the Real Estate Association have changed their officers with new presidents coming in ahead of the end of the school year as they aim to prepare for September and the new students coming in.

The associations are supported strongly by Fisher as the college sees them as a way for students to develop their leadership skills. It also fosters new friendships and creates an endless opportunity for networking and developing a professional and social net which will prove useful to students throughout their careers. The Latino association for instance attends NSHMBA in October of every year which the college helps to support as well as planning a range of events including bringing speakers and people who can offer advice on successful career paths.

A new association has peaked my interest, Innovation Fisher, within the last six months a solid core of students has come together to develop a conference ‘What IF’ which aims to bring in speakers who have produced innovative concepts which have worked in the real world and offer excellent insight into what a new idea needs to be taken to market. The process of setting up this conference has allowed me to make new contacts with prospective speakers while also helps to propel fishers cutting edge attitude to the forefront of regional and national companies which can only help future graduates!

Congratulations to all new presidents, treasurers, vice presidents and other positions to which students have been elected. The positions are a learning experience as you get a chance to show your leadership abilities within a safe environment, and also lead your chosen group to a successful year. The work may be at times awkward and time consuming but in the end your club will support you and help you get the job finished to give everyone an exciting and rewarding experience as part of Fisher college of Business.

The following are testimonials of some of the talented outgoing Fisher leadership:

  • David Shaw (President of Innovation Fisher and Fisher Entrepreneurship Association)

Being part of the team that has led the Fisher Entrepreneurship Association and both founded and led Innovation Fisher has been my most meaningful experience as a Fisher student. Innovation Fisher in particular entailed building an organization from scratch, mapping out a growth strategy, recruiting talent, involving the community and executing on a vision, all vital components of really any area of business. The process has made me a better leader and I would encourage next year’s student organization leaders to not only develop themselves as leaders but also develop those around them. Fisher, more than most business schools, is about collaboration and mutual development. Student organization presidents can help that happen, strengthening members of next year’s graduate programs as well as Fisher itself.

  • Malika de Silva (President of Fisher Board Fellows)

I got to work very closely with a great team of my peers outside of my core so the experience allowed me to become close with and learn from classmates that I may otherwise have only known in a social setting.  Managing peers and an organization like Fisher Board Fellows that has to take into account the interests of different stakeholders taught me a lot about mundane things like time management, and more significant things like what it means for folks when they can be a part of a mission they feel is worthwhile.

Fisher is on the up-and-up!  This is in huge part due to the students we attract and their dedication to making Fisher a better place through their hard work. I’m always impressed by everything the student organizations accomplish considering all the constraints and my only advice would be to keep dreaming big!

  • Mike Hrostoski (President of Fisher Graduate Student Association)

Being a president of a student organization is a great way to test your leadership ability in a safe environment. It is better to make some mistakes running a student organization, as opposed to making those same mistakes in the real world. Being involved in many of our student organizations has allowed me to really connect on a personal level to many of our classmates. It certainly adds some time to your already hectic schedule, but the benefits far outweigh the costs.

My recommendations for next year’s leaders are to:
- Try to introduce yourself to all of the incoming first years. Make them a priority.
- Try and make one big change or put on one large event a quarter. The quarters are short, so set realistic goals for your organizations.
- Reach out to the international students. Make sure they have everything that they need to succeed.
- Work together with other student organizations to put on bigger and better events.
- Use SOURCE funding!!! The more we get from the OUAB, the more events we can put on for our students.

Thank you to our wonderful leaders for your legacy, we will work hard to continue improving the Fisher brand through service and leadership !


Bee Dance, Make-Buy, Test Drives and one crazy weekend.

So as Week 4 of Winter Quarter begins, several note-worthy things have happened since my last post.

Bee Dance:

Last Thursday, Professor Drobny (who teaches MHR 841 – Business Sustainability) invited the inventor of Bee Dance to speak to our class. The session was devoted to biomimcry, which is the use of nature as a design model. Bee Dance was created recently, and uses the theory of bees’ “waggle dance” to develop the business strategy and actions. The presentation was very intense, and it was very neat to hear about how the company actually received a grant for its’ use of biomimcry in the business. Check out the website for more information!

Make vs. Buy:

One of the many unique things available to Fisher students is the Center for Operational Excellence. This group held a 2 hour Supply Chain Forum last Friday. Over 25 supply chain experts from local companies joined several Fisher students in listening to Dr. John Gray (an OSU professor) explain global sourcing decisions, using a case study on Scott’s. The presentation was VERY useful; Dr. Gray gave several decision matrices, and went through a very detailed decision process for: in-house vs. outsourcing vs. off-shoring. He also explained the basics of Monte Carlo simulations, which can seem intimidating, but can really aid in decision-making.

Marketing Project:

Our core Marketing class has a large project component: choosing a product and creating a detailed marketing portfolio for it. My team, (Team W.A.M.) chose the Honda Fit! This past Saturday our team split into two groups and visited two Honda dealerships to learn more about the Fit, and do test drives. We learned the aspects of the Fit that salespeople focused on, and also learned more about the demographics of the target customers. The only downside to the trip is that since I was the one who did the test drive, I am also the one getting lots of voice-mails from the salesperson!

One crazy weekend:

Although I’m one a tight budget like most other graduate students, I decided to go to ICFA “New Beginnings” Friday night – 15 live cage fights, fully sanctioned by UFC and televised from Screamin’ Willie’s on the east side of Columbus. I rationalized the cost: $30/15 fights = $2/fight OR $30/3 hours = $10/hour… Not too bad for such an unusual event!

The other fun thing I did this weekend was to go to a “Zombie” party. I got to work on my networking skills – I met about 10 really interesting people. In respect for the theme of the party, I brought some Zombie cocktails, which are made as follows:

  • 1 oz clear/light run
  • 1 oz dark rum
  • 1/2 oz creme de almond
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz sweet and sour mix
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • drizzle with 1/2 oz of Bacardi 151, pouring it over the back of a spoon

Warning: Although these are very delicious, they are also very potent!

Cheers!

A Zombie... with a Zombie.

A Zombie... with a Zombie.

Stacey


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