Our alumni and friends are changing the world. They are building leading and companies and organizations, shaping government policy and redefining business across all disciplines. They have given back to Fisher in innumerable ways. Read about how they are going beyond and making a positive impact in their communities.


IDA ABDALKHANI (BSBA '03, BA ’03, MBA '05)

 

Ida AbdalkhaniStriking a balance in life is important to Ida Abdalkhani, a sharply focused entrepreneur and fun-loving laughter yoga teacher. The three-time Ohio State alumna and savvy entrepreneur leads a busy, multilayered life as founder and “chief catalyzer” of Ability to Engage, a college instructor and a sought-after inspirational speaker.

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Lawrence Funderburke (BSBA '94)

Lawrence FunderburkeLawrence Funderburke is well-known for his basketball accomplishments. But he's proudest of his purpose-driven life built on community involvement, entrepreneurism and a deep-rooted devotion to his family and his faith.

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BETTY SCHOENBAUM

Carol Bowman and Betty Schoenbaum

Betty Schoenbaum, wife of late Fisher alumnus Alex Schoenbaum ’39, made philanthropy a part of her life. She reconnected with Carol Bowman, who benefitted from Betty’s generosity while a student at the university. Betty shares with Carol why investing in people is so important. 

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NATE DEMARS (MBA '11)

Nate DeMarsNate DeMars (MBA ’11) is founder and CEO of PurSuit — a business that bloomed out of an entrepreneurship class he took at Fisher during his final year as an MBA student. Read more about how he made it happen. 

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SUNIL DOSHI (BSBA '94)

Sunil DoshiSunil Doshi shares how his strong foundation in business education at Ohio State helped him navigate through many career challenges to find inspiration and success in both the world of fashion and the fast-casual restaurant industry. 

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JUDY TANSKY (BS ’68, MAcc ’75, PhD ’91)

Tansky, JudyFor more than 10 years, Judy Tansky, three-time Buckeye and senior lecturer at Fisher, has carved out a niche as the person to connect students and alumni with meaningful projects that benefit nonprofits.

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KARL FREY (BSBA '89)

Karl FreyWhen Karl Frey was pursuing his degree in accounting, he received some sage advice from Thomas J. Burns, a popular professor. Little did Frey know that his advice would be the driving force for many of his career decisions.

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JENNIFER KERNS (BSBA ’01)

Jennifer KernsSuccessful marketer and entrepreneur Jennifer Kerns shares what graduating from Fisher has meant to her career in a continually evolving industry.

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SAM SHIM (MBA '97)

Sam ShimThankful for all that his Fisher MBA made possible in his successful career, Sam Shim gives back by serving his local community and helping to establish the Asian and Pacific Islander Alumni Society at Ohio State.

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CARMINE OLIVA (MBA '66)

Carmine OlivaFor 50 years, alumnus Carmine Oliva’s Ohio State class ring has symbolized the MBA that he earned in 1966 — an MBA that’s opened numerous doors throughout his successful career.

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ERIC EICHHORN (MBA '04)

Eric EichhornFisher’s MBA program prepared Eric Eichhorn well to traverse the twists and turns of launching and running his own business, Urban Infant.

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DEB COHEN (MLHR '83, PHD '87)

Deb CohenDeb Cohen has “human resources” running through her blood, a profession she has been dedicated to ever since she entered the College of Business’ MLHR program in 1981.

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BOB WEILER (MA '64, PHD '68)

Bob WeilerBob Weiler has made an immediate impact as a supporter of education and is often celebrated for his extraordinary vision, leadership and philanthropy within the central Ohio real estate community and beyond.

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LES WEXNER (BSBA '59)

Centennial Celebration - WexnerLes Wexner is arguably one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world. He created one of the world’s most recognizable brands from a single store in Columbus in 1963 and is the longest-serving Fortune 500 CEO.

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ALEXANDRE NOGUEIRA (MBLE ’09)

Alexandre NogueiraAlexandre Nogueira worked with students from Fisher’s MBLE program to implement a solution that will help keep MetroRio on track by providing operating efficiencies and cost savings.

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JIM ALLEN (MBA '81)

Jim AllenJim Allen earned his MBA from the College of Business in 1981 and has enjoyed a successful career ever since. But beyond his accomplishments as a business leader, Allen exemplifies the Fisher spirit of doing good while doing well.

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ART SHEPARD

Art ShepardOn September 21, 2016, alumnus Art Shepard celebrated his 105th birthday. He looks back on all that he has accomplished and all that he loves about Ohio State and Fisher. His journey began in the 1930s when he studied business at what was known then as the College of Commerce and Administration. 

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NEVIN BANSAL (MBA '07)

Nevin BansalNevin Bansal found that earning his Fisher MBA rewarded him in areas beyond the classroom, including forging lasting friendships, building his self-confidence and gaining the principled leadership skills needed to grow a successful marketing solutions company.

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SANDER FLAUM (BA '60)

Sander FlaumSander Flaum graduated from Ohio State in 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the College of the Arts and Sciences. Although he did not graduate from Fisher College of Business, his ties to the college are strong.

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CHRISTINA ALUTTO (MBA '14)

Christina AluttoFisher College of Business holds a special place in Christina Alutto’s heart. Not only was it the college her father, Dr. Joseph Alutto, led for nearly two decades as Dean, but it was where she was able to show her children how important it is to set and achieve personal goals.

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JESSE TYSON (MBA '76)

Jesse TysonThankful for his Ohio State education, Jesse Tyson made a commitment to give back to ensure other children with disadvantaged backgrounds had access to educational programs. Learn more about how his work has impacted the lives of countless Fisher students.  

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CHRIS (BA '78) AND SARA (BS '80) CONNOR

Chris and Sarah ConnorThe Connors are passionate about bringing positive social change to areas of the world that most need it. Read about their commitment to connecting socially conscious students with action-based learning experiences around the globe. 

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