Aug. 18 - Innovation Summer, Part 3: Story of a Startup

After exploring the far reaches of collaborative innovation, COE’s “Innovation Summer” series concludes in August with a look at the heart of R&D: The big idea that starts it all.

anthony schlegeldan ogleveeHeadlining “Innovation Summer” Part 3 is Anthony Schlegel (pictured, far left), a Buckeye football great whose passion today is The Difference USA LLC, the company he founded. Schlegel created the portable striking machine – now in college gyms around the country – after returning to Columbus to work as a strength coach for the Buckeyes and earn an MBA from Fisher College of Business.

In this session, Schlegel will share his startup journey and how he turned a passion into a purpose, focusing on the “fail smart” iterative processes that fueled new innovations, the risks along the way, and the keys to his business’ resilience in its still-early days.

Schlegel’s keynote will be followed by an operations-focused look into the business by Dan Oglevee (pictured, above right), a Fisher senior lecturer and The Difference co-founder. The event will conclude with an activity that illustrates how these startup-focused operational excellence principles can translate to even the largest organizations.

agenda fawcett center, columbus, oh
8 a.m. Check-in / networking / continental breakfast
8:30 a.m. Keynote: Anthony Schlegel, The Difference USA
9:45 a.m. The Difference: An Operations Perspective
Dan Oglevee, Fisher College of Business
10:45 a.m. - noon Wrap-up activity
Aravind Chandrasekaran, Fisher

This event is open to employees of COE member companies only



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  • Sept. 16 - Professional Development Seminar

    Featured speakers:

    10:30 a.m. - noon
    Tony Rucci, clinical professor of management and human resources, Fisher College of Business

    Rucci joined the faculty of the college in 2006 following a 28 year career as an executive officer with three Fortune 100 companies.  He has held a broad range of senior officer responsibilities, including extensive board of directors and governance experience, merger and acquisition responsibilities, large scale organizational transformation efforts, as well as international responsibilities. 

    1 - 2:30 p.m.
    Les Wexner, Founder/CEO, L Brands 

    CRE - 2015 Les WexnerIn 1963, Les founded L Brands with one store in the Kingsdale Shopping Center in Columbus, Ohio — The Limited — with sales of $160,000 the first year. In the years that followed, he expanded his business portfolio through both invention and acquisition, becoming a dominant U.S. retailer with numerous powerful brands and brand extensions. Under Les' leadership, L Brands has evolved from an apparel-based specialty retailer to an approximately $12 billion segment leader with more than 80,000 associates focused on lingerie, beauty and personal care product categories that make customers feel sexy, sophisticated and forever young.

    Throughout his career, Les has been committed to making a difference in the community and is one of the industry’s most generous philanthropists. In 2010, Les and his family, in conjunction with L Brands Foundation, made a historic $100 million commitment to OSU to benefit the OSU Medical Center (renamed in February 2012 the Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University), The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute and the Wexner Center for the Arts as well as select other university initiatives. Aside from his passion for OSU, Les' other philanthropic interests include the Wexner Institute for Pediatric Research at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus; the Martin Luther King Center for the Performing Arts and the Wexner Heritage Village, both in Columbus. He is a generous supporter of the United Way and was awarded the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship for his commitment to the public good.

    Registration opens week of Aug. 1

  • Oct. 7 - IT Leadership Network Fall Forum

    Featured speaker:

    Brad Power, founder, CXcelerator; blogger, Harvard Business Review

    brad powerBrad Power has consulted and conducted research on process innovation and business transformation for over 35 years. He works with companies that must make faster changes to their products, services, and systems to compete with startups and leading software companies, creating organizations that are built to innovate. From his early days at CSC Index and with Michael Hammer in the 1990s to his more recent experience at the Lean Enterprise Institute, he has had a passion for developing continuous innovation as a key capability, embedded in the corporate culture. 

    In his recent consulting he has worked with organizations to define and launch "journeys"​ to improve the way they do their work for customers and run experiments that build capabilities and learning. For the last five years he's been focused on reengineering the process of innovation for speed, building on work with the Lean Enterprise Institute, Hammer and Company, and FCB Partners. You can see some of his research insights in his articles for The Harvard Business Review and Forbes at He has advised clients across industries, with a focus on healthcare, financial services, and travel.

    Registration to open week of Aug. 29

  • Oct. 21 - Supply Chain Forum

    Featured speaker:

    Chris Caplice, Executive Director, Center for Transportation and Logistics
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    chris caplice mitDr. Caplice is the Executive Director of the Center for Transportation & Logistics (CTL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In this role, he is responsible for the planning and management of the research, education, and corporate outreach programs for the center to include the Supply Chain Exchange and the Master of Engineering in Logistics (MLOG) graduate program. He is also the founder of the MIT FreightLab – a research initiative that focuses on improving the way freight transportation is designed, procured, and managed. His primary research is in the design, procurement, and management of freight transportation systems to include combinatorial auctions, robust planning, and performance metrics. He has presented and published in numerous business and academic conferences and journals.

    Prior to joining MIT, Dr. Caplice held senior management positions in supply chain consulting, product development, and professional services at several companies to include, SABRE, and PTCG. He is also the Chief Scientist for Chainalytics, the leading analytical supply chain consulting firm. In this role, he pioneered and leads the Chainalytics Model Based Benchmarking Consortium (MBBC).

    Registration to open week of Sept. 12

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    • April 11-13, 2017 - Leading Through Excellence: COE Summit 2017
    • Sept. 15, 2017 - Professional Development Seminar
    • Nov. 3, 2017 - Professional Development Seminar