Friday, June 23 - Women's Leadership Forum
Featured Speaker: Paula Bennett, President & CEO, J.Jill

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J. Jill CEO Paula Bennett

At COE’s next Women’s Leadership Forum, network over breakfast and enjoy a keynote presentation from Paula Bennett, an Ohio State University graduate who since 2008 has served as President and CEO of J. Jill, a nationally recognized omni-channel women’s apparel brand. In March, Paula led the company to a successful IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, the first such debut of the year – and a unique one. Less than 3% of all IPOs in the past decade have been led by a female CEO. 

At this session, find out what Paula believes has enabled her and her team to deliver consistent profitable growth within a shifting retail landscape, and hear how she guides, inspires and empowers her team to fuel the company’s success. Paula also will share how the J. Jill team has turned obstacles into opportunities to create a strong and growing business with a loyal and growing customer base.

More Info

  • About the Speaker

    Paula Bennett was appointed President of J.Jill in January 2008 and was named Chief Executive Officer in July 2009. She has also served on our Board of Directors since 2009. Ms. Bennett is responsible for the strategic leadership, growth and profitability of the brand and business, while guiding the organization successfully through profitable turnaround and ownership transitions. Ms. Bennett has over 35 years of retail experience and has extensive expertise in merchandising, buying, sourcing, product development and marketing across both retail and direct marketing channels. Prior to joining J.Jill, Ms. Bennett served as President and CEO of a number of portfolio companies of Orchard Brands Corporation (“Orchard Brands”).   

    Prior to Orchard Brands, Ms. Bennett led Eileen Fisher, Inc. as Chief Operating Officer. Earlier in her career she served as VP of Retail Sales at Calvin Klein and at Tiffany & Co., where she was VP of Sales while also serving as General Manager of the Fifth Avenue flagship store. Ms. Bennett began her career in buying and merchandise management at Bloomingdale’s, and later Federated Merchandising Services. Ms. Bennett is a graduate of The Ohio State University. Ms. Bennett was selected to serve on our Board because of her experience as an apparel industry executive, including as our Chief Executive Officer, and her extensive knowledge of the omni-channel and women’s apparel industry. 

  • About J.Jill

    J.Jill is an omni-channel premier retailer and nationally recognized women’s apparel brand committed to delighting our customers with great wear-now product. The J.Jill brand represents an easy, relaxed, inspired style that reflects the confidence and comfort of a woman with a rich, full life. J.Jill operates an omni-channel platform that delivers a seamless experience to customers through 275 stores nationwide and a robust ecommerce experience. J.Jill is headquartered outside Boston. 

    The basics:

    • 1,400 full-time and 2,400 part-time employees
    • Total sales in fiscal year ended 1/28/17: $639 million, up 14% from the year before
    • Total fiscal year profit: $24 million, up 68% from prior year

    (Source: Regulatory filings)

  • Agenda
    • 8 - 9 a.m.: Check-in / Networking breakfast
    • 9 - 10 a.m.: Keynote - Paula Bennett, President/CEO, J.Jill
    • 10 - 10:15 a.m.: Q&A with Fisher College of Business Prof. Nathan Craig
    • 10:15 - 10:30 a.m.: Audience Q&A
  • Location / Directions / Parking

    Location: Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43210

    Click here for directions.

    Parking: Registered attendees will receive a voucher for complimentary parking the week before the event.



Fisher Summer Sessions: Top Business Challenges
July 18 | Aug. 16

Today’s business leaders are grappling with a wide range of often-evolving challenges, but industry hardly matters when it comes to some of the biggest ones: How does the changing workforce affect my ability to recruit and keep the best people? What does the digital revolution mean for my business?  

No matter your role or industry, it’s important to keep a pulse on what’s next, building a broader perspective that asks not just how your organization is prepared for these challenges – but what you’re missing.

Fisher College of Business and four business partnership centers are joining forces this summer to help identify “blind spots” while navigating a pair of business challenges in areas CEOs have identified as mission-critical in 2017: The talent war (July) and the explosion of data and disruptive digital technologies (August). Ohio State’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Center for Operational Excellence along with the National Center for the Middle Market and The Risk Institute each month are collaborating to introduce a mix of research insights and business leaders’ stories to highlight these trends shaping the business world.

This summer, take the opportunity to accelerate your learning. Bring a cross-functional team within your organization and/or your client organizations to one or both sessions and get the chance to build a broader perspective on these evolving trends. At the same time, you’ll be connecting with leaders at a wide range of companies and industries. Each session begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at noon with a networking lunch.​

Part 1:
Winning the talent war - July 18

The Fawcett Center, Columbus, OH | 9 a.m. - noon (followed by networking lunch)

The U.S. work force is at a turning point, with change swirling everywhere: Millennials are now the largest generation in the workplace. Baby boomers – and their decades of institutional knowledge – are nearing retirement after putting it off during last decade’s recession. Constant technological leaps are rewriting the rules for the skill sets that matter. What does this mean for organizations trying to attract and hire today’s talent? How does this change the game for their ongoing efforts to build culture and develop their existing employees?

At this session, gain insights on this issue from three compelling angles:

  • gootman marek brookingsThe Big Picture (9 - 10 a.m.): Brookings Institution Fellow Marek Gootman (pictured, right) will be unveiling results of a new work-force survey conducted in conjunction with the National Center for the Middle Market. The survey, set to be released in late June, looks at how companies are responding to large-scale shifts in work-force dynamics to hire and retain workers.
  • The Ground War (10:10 - 11:20 a.m.): Join four talent acquisition and management leaders from major Ohio-based companies for a wide-ranging panel discussion on how their organizations are responding to these work-force trends. The panel, moderated by Fisher HR expert Marc Ankerman, features:
    • wilson kelly cardinalTony Moore, head of talent acquisition, Marathon Petroleum Corp.
    • Will Shepherd, director of enterprise learning and development, Wendy's Co.
    • Kathy Smith, VP talent development, Nationwide
    • Kelly Wilson, VP HR-talent management, Cardinal Health (pictured, right)
  • The Pipeline (11:30 a.m. - noon): Jamie Mathews-Mead, senior director of graduate career management at Fisher closes out the session with a look at how the college is preparing students to best meet companies’ rapidly evolving needs and how organizations can best partner with the college to build and grow their work forces.

Following the presentations, join all attendees for a networking lunch to connect with other Fisher and Ohio State center members and debrief on the event.

About the Speakers

  • Marc Ankerman, Fisher

    Panel moderator | Senior lecturer, Fisher College of Business

    Marc Ankerman has been in HR training and education field for over 29 years. Marc is recently received the Provost Award for Distinguished Teaching for a Lecturer and was inducted into the Academy of teaching at The Ohio State University. Marc is currently a Senior Lecturer at The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, delivering a variety of professional development courses to MBA students. He designed and created Enhancing Professional Interchange, which is a core course in the Fisher MBA curriculum.  He also designed and developed the advanced professional interchange, enhancing written communication and a special PhD communication course, delivered at Fisher.  In addition, he is the faculty advisor for a variety of Case Competition Teams at Fisher.  Marc is a former Director of Training at Williams-Sonoma, Express, Michigan National Bank and Galileo International.  He specializes in the multi-unit, multi-divisional retail world. 

    Marc is also President of Ankerman Training Solutions and specializes in employee retention, assimilation and onboarding, creating customized training solutions for his clients. A partial list of clients include: Giant Eagle, The GAP, Lane Bryant, Children’s Hospital, Columbus, dELiA*s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Help Wizards, Tosoh SMD, MedCost Recovery Systems, Consumers Choice Awards, The Ohio Public Retirement System, Capital University and Law School, Nationwide Insurance, Trident Title Corporation, Street Fighter Marketing, and Sussan Corporation (Australia) Pty. Ltd.  He has designed, developed, and implemented a variety of educational sessions including: call center training and development, sales training, presentation and writing skills, customer service, motivation seminars, time management, supervisory and leadership skills seminars, inclusion and diversity solutions, total quality management, creative problem solving, orientation and onboarding programs. 

  • Marek Gootman, Brookings Institution

    Featured speaker | Fellow and Director of Strategic Partnerships and Global Engagements - Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution

    gootman marek brookingsMarek Gootman is a fellow and director of strategic partnerships and global engagements at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. His focus is on bridging think tank perspective with real world action to increase the vitality of cities and metropolitan areas. Activities involve policy development, demonstration projects, peer learning networks, and external relations. Topics addressed include comprehensive regional/state economic strategies, exports and foreign investment, infrastructure, innovation, workforce, finance, and governance. He engages public and private partners in more than 30 metro areas and 20 states, as well as national interests, to advance adoption of the program’s ideas. He also leads the Global Cities Initiative, a five-year, $15 million project to help U.S. and international metro areas strengthen their global economic connections and competitiveness.

    Previously, Gootman led a law and lobbying practice as a partner at Patton Boggs LLP, primarily counseling local governments, public agencies, and related interests on federal issues and public policy, including seven of the 10 largest U.S. cities. He also served in federal agencies as a senior advisor on various urban initiatives and program management reform; and in a bi-state metropolitan planning organization coordinating public-private partnership projects and public affairs activities. His international experience includes policy and economic development work in the U.K., Europe, and New Zealand.

    Gootman earned a law degree from Georgetown University; a master of government administration at the Fels Institute, University of Pennsylvania; and a business degree from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland bars, and serves on the boards of several national and local organizations.

  • Tony Moore, Marathon Petroleum

    Panelist | Head of Talent Acquisition, Marathon Petroleum

    moore tony marathonTony Moore leads the Talent Acquisition organization at Marathon Petroleum Company LP (MPC), the third-largest U.S. refiner and Fortune 50 Company. Before joining MPC, Moore was the director of talent acquisition at ResCare and the vice president of sales and marketing at RSR Staffing. He is a graduate of Shawnee State University and a proud father of three with his wife Kami.

  • Will Shepherd, Wendy's Co.

    Panelist | Director of Enterprise Learning and Development, Wendy's Co.

    shepherd will wendysWill Shepherd serves as Wendy’s Director of Learning and Development where he has broad responsibilities for leadership development, organizational culture, employee assessment, and training. Prior to Wendy’s he was Director of Talent and Organizational Effectiveness at Huntington. Previously he worked for the international human capital consulting company Personnel Decisions International. Shepherd earned his Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Bowling Green State University. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He has presented at The Conference Board's conferences on Executive Coaching, Talent Management Strategies, and Onboarding.  He has published research in academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal and Personnel Psychology. He has served as an adjunct professor at a variety of universities, including at the Fisher School of Business. He is a Board Member of the Columbus Friends of the Library.  He and his wife Kimberly have three children.

  • Kathy Smith, Nationwide

    Panelist | VP Talent Development, Nationwide

    smith kathy nationwideIn this role, Kathy leads enterprise learning, talent planning, performance management and career and development planning. In addition, she leads efforts to accelerate development of enterprise executives and critical talent pools through assessment, coaching, mentoring, learning, developmental assignments and planned moves. Prior to this role, Kathy held leadership roles in HR consulting, diversity and inclusion, talent acquisition and consumer-packaged goods marketing.

    She is active in the community and currently serves on the board of the Mentoring Center of Central Ohio. Kathy graduated from The University of Toledo with a bachelor's in communication and The Ohio State University with both a master's degree in education and an MBA.

  • Kelly Wilson, Cardinal Health

    Panelist | VP Talent Management, Cardinal Health

    wilson kelly cardinalIn this role, Kelly and team are responsible for building the capabilities that drive our business, growing and developing leaders and teams, and making Cardinal Health a great place to work for its employees. This global talent management function includes organizational effectiveness, leadership development, learning design and delivery, and talent management liaisons to the business units within the company.

    Prior to her current role, she served as a strategic Human Resources Business Partner for the Enterprise Information Technology and Customer Support Services organizations. The foundation of this role was building the right culture, designing the right organization, and aligning the best talent to achieve business outcomes. Kelly also held the role of Director of Talent Management, supporting the medical businesses and was responsible for talent development and succession planning. She held a similar position at CareFusion, a spin-off of Cardinal Health. Her human resources career began in the talent acquisition space, holding positions as Director of Recruiting and University Relations Manager.

    After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Logistics and Transportation from the University of Tennessee, Kelly spent several years in corporate transportation positions and led a regional distribution center. She completed her Masters of Business Administration at DePaul University in Chicago with a concentration in Human Resources.

    A passion of hers is supporting the education and career development of others. In the past, she served on the Board of Trustees for the New Directions Career Center. At current, Kelly proudly serves on the Board of Directors for the Jazz Arts Group in Columbus.

Cost: $95 for non-COE members and the general public.

Employees of COE member companies may register at no cost using discount code "coesummer." 



Part 2:
Data and Digital Transformation - Aug. 16

The Fawcett Center, Columbus, OH | 9 a.m. - noon (followed by networking lunch)

Fisher's Summer Series on top business challenges continues in August with a look at how the explosion of data and disruptive digital technologies are transforming businesses in a variety of industries. Featured speakers at the session include:

  • Jeremy Aston, Senior Director, Cisco Systems
  • Bruce Millard, VP Digital and Customer Innovation, Safelite 
  • Dennis Hirsch, Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Data and Governance, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Registration opens in early July

Friday, Sept. 15 - Professional Development Meeting

Featured Speakers

  • Robert Martichenko, Founder/CEO, LeanCor Supply Chain Group

    robert martichenko leancorRobert’s entire career has been committed to third party logistics. Beginning his journey in transportation and warehousing, Robert has spent over 20 years learning and implementing lean and operational excellence with a focus on end-to-end supply chain management. Early in his career, Robert recognized the unmet logistics needs of lean manufacturers. Lean had long been utilized to improve manufacturing processes, but Robert realized it was time to extend these programs and start connecting lean principles to partners within the supply chain. This experience allowed Robert to found LeanCor for the sole purpose of supporting customers to advance their supply chains.

    A globally recognized thought leader in lean thinking and end-to-end supply chain management, Robert is a senior instructor for the Lean Enterprise Institute and the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute. He also serves in volunteer and advisory positions at the College of Charleston, Appalachian State University, The Urban Electric Company and is a frequent speaker for professional industry groups around the world.

    Robert has written several business books,  two of which were awarded the prestigious Shingo Research Award.  He recently co-authored Discovering Hidden Profit, detailing the operational framework to connect the four core processes of business strategy, product life-cycle management, sale and marketing, and supply-chain operations in order to maximize customer value at the lowest possible total cost. In addition to numerous industry articles and white papers, Robert has published a novel, titled Drift and Hum.

  • Billy Taylor, Dir. Commercial, Off-Highway and Support Mfg. NA, Goodyear

    billy taylor goodyearBilly Taylor is a respected, motivating and natural visionary leader with over 20 years of diverse experience in all phases of operations management. He took on the role of Director of Commercial, Off-Highway, and Support Manufacturing, North America, at Goodyear last year after serving as Director of North American Commercial Manufacturing. Past roles at Goodyear include plant director and plant manager.

    Taylor is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt business leader with a proven track record of accelerating revenue growth through strategic and tactical development and implementation of operational excellence systems and people engagement processes. He has his MBA from Baker University and a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Prairie View A&M University.

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