About the Center for Operational Excellence

COE is ...

a business consortium founded more than 25 years ago that connects organizations of all industries on their journeys to build and sustain a culture of problem solving and continuous improvement.

Through membership, organizations gather actionable insights from industry executives at COE programming, tap into research findings focused on today’s greatest challenges, and connect with Fisher College of Business students poised to become tomorrow’s leaders.

By learning from each other and accessing the resources Ohio State has to offer, member companies have the constant support needed to chart a path to excellence that builds resilience and adaptability in a rapidly changing world.

Membership Benefits

Event Access

  • Admission, at no additional cost, for employees across your organization to 15+ events a year, including:
    • Quarterly, day-long professional development meetings featuring keynotes from a mix of industry leaders and faculty researchers
    • Quarterly small-group best practice-sharing sessions hosted at member company sites on audience-driven topics
    • Semi-annual programs in COE’s IT Leadership Network, Supply Chain Symposium, and Women in Leadership series
    • Select events hosted by COE partner organizations at Fisher College of Business
    • Honda’s annual Lean Supplier Network Conference (one free ticket per member company)
  • Deeply discounted admission and exclusive group rates for COE’s annual Leading Through Excellence summit, a three-day event that brings together continuous improvement professionals from across North America for a dynamic mix of keynotes, breakout sessions, workshops, and tours — all focused on elements of leadership and problem solving.
  • Access for all employees at your organization to COE’s online members-only portal, which includes:
    • Livestreams of COE events with access to view later
    • Breakout session presentation materials from all past COE summits
  • Special rates to select events hosted by COE partner organizations, including Women for Economic and Leadership Development and the Lean Product and Process Development Exchange
  • Discounted admission to Fisher College of Business Executive Education’s open enrollment programs

Industry / Research Connections

  • On-demand coordination of member-to-member benchmarking visits and faculty expert visits/consultations
  • Priority access to Fisher College of Business research faculty with expertise in process excellence, lean/Six Sigma, supply chain management, data analytics, and more
  • One seat on COE’s non-governing board and admission to semi-annual board meetings, where board members have exclusive access to programming tailored to upper-level leaders and serve in advisory capacity regarding COE’s strategic direction
  • Promotional opportunities for your company’s achievements on COE’s website and blog and through its social media channels

Student Connections

  • Priority status for faculty-supervised projects in Fisher College of Business undergraduate and MBA classes
  • Networking opportunities with Fisher College of Business undergraduate and graduate students
  • Resume book of Fisher graduate students, curated by Fisher’s Office of Career Management for your internship and full-time hiring needs
  • Priority access to speaking opportunities highlighting your company and its leaders at COE events and in Fisher undergraduate and graduate classroom settings

Want more information?

Krista Barezinsky
Member Relations Manager