Despite a blustery, snowy day that slowed traffic in Columbus to a crawl on Friday, nearly two-dozen industry professionals from Center for Operational Excellence member companies joined Fisher faculty and staff for our second-annual “world café”-style discussion event.

COE OLMA World Cafe Link Symposium

Students, faculty and industry professionals gathered key points during the discussions on boards placed throughout the Blackwell Ballroom.

Dubbed the Link Symposium this year and co-sponsored by Fisher’s Operations and Logistics Management Association, the event brought together about 60 faculty, students and industry professionals for a deep dive into the topic of Sales & Operations Planning. Faculty facilitators covered topics ranging from demand management and project management to forecasting and enterprise resource planning. Much like last year, the clock ticks for each discussion table and when time runs out, groups scramble and reform at different stations. Get a look at the event by viewing a slide show here.

The discussions wrapped with a report-out run by students, who once again demonstrated a remarkable ability to synthesize a great deal of information about a critical aspect of process excellence.

Jen Barlette, an MBA student and managing director of OLMA, said this year’s event was a “great success.”

“We had even bigger participation than last year and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive,” she said. “The OLMA executive team is looking forward to coming back as industry participants at an even better event next year.”

Check out OLMA on its Facebook page here.



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