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Professional Development

Fisher Student Organization Involvement

There are over 30 Fisher student organizations.  Participating in a Fisher student organization is a great way to learn more about business, network with business professionals and give back to the campus and local communities while developing leadership and professional skills.

Mentor Opportunities

The Undergraduate Leadership and Engagement Office provides a variety of formalized mentoring programs focused on building interpersonal relationships that strengthen the Fisher community while developing individual professionalism, business understanding, and personal awareness. 

Mentoring programs include: The Alumni Undergraduate Mentor Program which pairs sophomore students with a Fisher alum via an application process, the Fisher Peer Mentor Program in conjunction with Fisher Citizenship Program where all first year FisherDirect students are matched with an upper-class Fisher volunteer mentor, and the Working Professional MBA Mentor Program which pairs sophomores and juniors with a current working professional MBA graduate student through an application process.

All mentoring programs are opportunities to engage and enlighten undergraduate students from the perspective of someone with a greater understanding of Fisher and with more experience as a business students and professional.  The Peer Mentor Program also provides an opportunity for an upper-division student to gain leadership skills.  All mentoring programs have expectations for participation, but are flexible in nature and conducive to academic schedules.

Leaders & Legacy Speaker Series

The Leaders & Legacy Speaker Series is a lecture series featuring high-level executive (c-suite) guests and/or well-established Fisher alumni.  These Leaders and Legacy’s in the business community come to campus during the year to speak with Fisher Undergraduate students to share their personal story while imparting wisdom and advice to future Business leaders. The Undergraduate Leadership & Engagement Office works with alumni, industry partners, and other Fisher offices to coordinate the Leaders & Legacy Speaker Series.  Each event is limited in type and size, ranging from intimate lunches to larger lecture style speakers.  All Leaders & Legacy Speaker Series events require an RSVP and students to attend in business casual to business professional attire.

Company Site Visit Program

An intentional effort is placed to provide opportunities for students to visit various companies through our Company Site Visit program.  We take students in small groups on “field trips” to various companies to gain a first-hand look at a company while getting the chance to see various industries “in action.”  While on the site-visit, students have the opportunity to meet with various company representatives, particularly those with Fisher connections.  Our Industry Clusters, Business Scholars Program, and Global Business Learning Community all travel out of state to visit various companies during spring semester.  Other opportunities are provided to Fisher students on an on-going basis.  The participant audience and size vary per site visit.

Fisher Undergraduate Networking (F.U.N.) Initiative

This initiative provides students the opportunity to practice networking in a relaxed environment and while making connections with Fisher alumni and friends of Fisher through various “mix and mingle” events.  This initiative is designed for sophomore and juniors to prepare them for networking situations prior to internships.  It also allows for an opportunity for Fisher alumni to engage with undergraduate students.

Professional Development Workshops

Professional development workshops are hosted throughout the academic year through the Undergraduate Leadership and Engagement Office, often with partnerships from student organizations, Office of Career Management and other university and college supporters. These workshops teach undergraduate students the importance of technique, professionalism, etiquette, and business savvy to develop more as professionals.  Examples includes: appropriate attire fashion shows, elevator pitch workshops, etiquette workshops, and professional branding workshops.

Leadership Development

The Undergraduate Leadership and Engagement Office coordinates a variety of leadership development activities for our 6,000+ Fisher Undergraduate Students including speakers, workshops, and retreats. Activities and opportunities vary throughout the year based on need, interest, and resources. Leadership development topics range and topics could include strengths-based leadership, cultural awareness, civic responsibility, communication styles, and ethics/values.

Fisher Community Advantage

Fisher undergraduate students are part of the Fisher community. Throughout each year, special focus is placed on providing enrichment opportunities to encourage students to be engaged within the Fisher community.  In addition, a handful of community building events occur to assist students with finding a sense of belonging within the college. Events range from on-boarding activities to student mixers. Previous events include: A behind the scenes tour of Ohio Stadium, free pizza during reading day, and a tailgate-style lunch with Fisher alumni.