Future Women in Business Summit

In celebration of Fisher’s proud history of educating business leaders and fostering a culture of diversity, the college recently hosted the first-ever Mary Helen Wolfe Chandler Future Women in Business Summit, which welcomed a group of 29 young women interested in business studies to Fisher’s campus.

Named for Mary Helen Wolfe Chandler, the college’s first recorded female graduate, the event brought together first-generation and underrepresented minority girls who were primarily rising high school seniors from across Ohio.

Samantha Reed, undergraduate recruitment coordinator at Fisher, said the program was a resounding success, adding that it was the first time Fisher has offered an event specifically for young women interested in pursuing a business degree.

“While we hope to recruit these students, the event also served as an outreach opportunity, allowing young women to learn more about the landscape of business today,” Reed said. “The day’s topics provided a glimpse of the skills needed in business and introduced the girls to all that’s available at Fisher and Ohio State for personal and professional development as leaders.”

The day-long summit consisted of a panel discussion that featured Fisher alumnae from a variety of specializations and industries, including marketing, logistics, consulting, accounting, management information systems, and operations. Companies represented included Nationwide, P&G, Schneider Downs, Faurecia, Accenture and Hope City House of Prayer.

Mary H Wolfe Chandler Summit

Fisher MAcc alumna Janeen Smith-Hughes (MAcc ’16) delivered a keynote that addressed topics such as the gender pay gap, leadership styles and strategies for career success. Dr. Andrea Prud'homme, associate clinical professor in the Department of Management Sciences and associate director of the Center for Operational Excellence, conducted a faculty session in which she answered questions from attendees and described her pathway into the male-dominated field of business.

Additionally, the day consisted of a networking and etiquette lunch in which the young women were joined by Fisher alumnae, along with faculty members and current Fisher students. Deloitte, which sponsored the etiquette lunch, hosted a personal branding workshop later in the day.

The summit concluded with an overview of Fisher and a session focused on important steps for the college application process.