December 16, 2016

Prepare for the CMO Final: Five career steps to take over winter break

Follow Weatherhead's Career Management Office (CMO) on Twitter @weatherheadcmo.

It's that time of year again when students are trying to finish up projects and papers as well as study for exams. Remember, there is light at the end of the tunnel! Soon you'll be done and then it will be time to relax!

However, the Career Management Office suggests that you do some homework during your free-time over break. Pretend this is your last final to prepare for and make the most of your upcoming winter break.

Create: Make a list of your top 40 companies. Once your list is complete start actively checking the company website and set up Google alerts for information/postings at that company. Most importantly, begin targeted outreach to contacts within the organization including alumni if possible, and those in roles/departments in which you're interested.

Network: Join the Weatherhead School of Management group page on LinkedIn and start reaching out to your professional network. You can send a quick email within the group—10 emails a week would be ideal! Remember, each email should be tailored to the person you're addressing and have a specific purpose. For example, schedule an initial informational phone conversation to learn more about the contact's professional background and experience. Also if you are planning to travel over break, research any possible network connections living in the location you will be traveling to and try to arrange a coffee meeting.

Research: Review the Behavioral Interview questions on the Intranet. CareerShift and Vault are also good references that can be found on CareerLink under Jobs.

Interview: Schedule a mock interview with the CMO staff.

Apply: Submit a minimum of five applications per week. Remember to tailor your applications whenever possible.

This may not be a real final but it is one to take seriously for your future career path. If you're in town over winter break then feel free to stop in and schedule an appointment. Our email is and phone number is 216.368.3662. We look forward to hearing from you soon. The CMO team wishes you good luck on your remaining projects/finals! Enjoy your holiday break!

December 9, 2016

It's Not Easy Being Green: What cities are doing to become more sustainable?

Cities in the United States are exploring and implementing ways to incorporate greener business practices. Because we believe that future managers must be prepared to lead businesses with an eye for how business can be an agent of world benefit, flourishing enterprise and sustainable value are among the strengths-based management principles taught at Weatherhead.

Weatherhead's beyond magazine explores how our cities are making changes, examples of cities embracing sustainability, and ways civic leaders and city planners can save our older cities:
  • Sustainable Cities: Residents are returning to urban centers, upping the ante for cities to create sustainable communities. Read more...
  • Tales of Green Cities: Whether it's bike sharing in New York City or curbside composting in San Francisco, U.S. cities are embracing sustainability from coast to coast. Read more...
  • Depopulation to Reconcentration: Robin Dubin, PhD, offers a way to save our older cities. Read more...
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December 2, 2016

Keeping active in Cleveland this winter

The following blog post is brought to you by Alexis Hayman, director of Weatherhead's Office of Student Experience (STEX). STEX is here to assist students with finding opportunities for experiences outside of the classroom that will complement the holistic learning environment of Weatherhead. Learn more.

It is December! Depending on how you look at it, we are burdened
or gifted with very traditional winters here in Cleveland, Ohio. Here are the facts: It is pitch black at 5 p.m. and the air can get so cold it hurts your face. Luckily for you, Cleveland rises to the challenge of keeping spirits up in these harrowing conditions!

For those of you who want to get away from the weather, and learn a little something, try Winter Week at The Great Lakes Science Center. General admission tickets get you a host of fun activities including the Fuitcake Explosion show and an open workshop where you can make snow that won’t melt in your hands out of polymers! It's being held December 26 - 31 at the Great Lakes Science Center.

Not an egghead? Why not try out The Big Bang dueling piano bar?  Located in the exciting new Flats East Bank in downtown Cleveland, Ohio The Big Bang features non-stop live musical fun by request! Sing along, request your favorite songs and forget about the chill outside. The Big Bang also features a unique, modern menu of handcrafted small plates and shareable appetizers, as well as a full-service bar and a seriously great craft beer selection.

Ok, so maybe you don’t loathe the cold weather. Maybe you are from a warm and tropical place, ready to really enjoy the outdoors for your first winter. Many native Clevelanders suit up, wrap up and gear up for a great time in the cold temperatures.

Brite Winter is a quickly growing tradition in the Near West Side neighborhood of Cleveland. From their website, There might be snow, there might be rain, it might be cold, it might be a blizzard, but it doesn’t really matter. This is Cleveland, and we’re going to play outside. Music, drinks, games go all night long on February 18, 2017. Come create warm memories on a cold night!

Feeling sporty, ice skating rinks pop up all over the city this time of year. University Circle and Public Square boast fantastic opportunities to skate and enjoy the city. Skiing is also popular around here with Boston Mills and Brandywine, and Alpine Valley only a short drive away! Both location offer lessons as well as other snow-fun! Or, if you are really feeling wild, why don’t you try out the Polar Bear Plunge? Strip down and jump into the icy lake to raise money for the Special Olympics. Sure, it’s freezing, but it's for a good cause!

Whatever you choose to do, Student Experience would love to hear about it. Send you stories and photos to so we can share your adventures and inspire fantastic winters!

November 18, 2016

MSM-Finance Students Attend NYC City Trek

Over Fall Break students in the MSM-Finance program went on a NYC City Trek, exploring not only
New York City but also visiting a variety of companies including Bloomberg, PrivCo, Deloitte and Daruma Capital Management. It was another successful City Trek filled with business insights and great site seeing!

Here are a few thoughts about the trip from our students:

Sheng Tang, second-year MSM-Finance student, commented, “Visiting so many excellent companies and connecting with alumni in NYC was really inspiring. I love the visit to Daruma most. It gave me new understanding in investing aside from the numerical part.”

David Chen, MSM-Finance candidate, said, "It was a really nice opportunity to visit NYC during the break. All companies we visited, including Bloomberg and Deloitte, gave us a decent introduction and presentation. The best part of the trip was not just learning more about the industry but actually interacting with those people who you may work with in the future!

Lue Fang, Lei Gao and Mengsha Li, all second-year MSM-Finance students, described their experiences below.

What was your favorite employer visit (Bloomberg, PrivCo, Deloitte, Daruma Capital Management) and why?
Fang: I think I liked Daruma Capital Management the most. That company has a very nice environment and company culture. The speech was truly about helping us instead of purely advertising their company.

Gao: I was impressed by the visit of Bloomberg. The employees were very nice and patient. They not only trained us how to use Bloomberg briefly, but also showed us around the office. Moreover, the working environment in Bloomberg seemed pretty good.

Li: My favorite employer visit was Daruma. In Daruma, the founder and COO did a heart-to-heart communication with us, teaching us about how to look for a job, networking and enjoying life.

What new information did your learn during the city trek?
Fang: I learned that while we are seeking our careers, finding the field you truly like is very important.

Gao: I leaned that there might be a huge job demand in the area of risk management, e.g. CCAR.

Li: I was wondering what size of company I should work for. The city trek gave me a good sense of how small, medium and large companies are different from each other.

What surprised you about New York City or the companies you visited?
Fang: Bloomberg building is all glass structured. Transparency seems to be very important to them.

Gao: It was my first time to visit NYC. Manhattan is fancy and I can find almost everything I need.

Li: Each company had its own corporate culture and organization structure that influence its employees in different ways.

How did this trip help you with your career goals?
Fang: It helped me open my eyes to the big city.

Gao: It helped me to have a deeper insight into the hot issues in current financial areas, which I will focus on more when seeking jobs.

Li: I learned I don't really want to be a small fish in a big pond.

What was your favorite thing to see or do in NYC?
Fang: I think I liked the metropolitan museum the most.

Gao: One of my favorite things to do in NYC is to watch a Broadway show.

Li: The old buildings and one way roads are the funny things to see in NYC. It's like a big city trying its best to contain a large amount of people from all over the world.

November 15, 2016

Becoming the Business-Minded Designer: Civil Engineer Career Spotlight

Civil engineers design some of the most practical systems we experience everyday: transportation systems, city plans, structural designs, water distribution systems, land reclamation projects, and more.

As inherent problem solvers, civil engineers create efficient, safe, ethical designs. Every time one of these designs is optimized, even more creativity is required to make the next improved iteration. Civil engineers often work in teams of professionals with diverse specialties, including construction, agriculture, infrastructure, water, waste, utilities, and city planning. Because creativity thrives on multiple perspectives, civil engineers have the opportunity to harness the diversity of such teams to create the best possible designs.

This team leadership role is a natural progression of the civil engineer’s career path; the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) lists the following mid-career roles as stepping stones on the engineer’s way to business executive and senior management:

In government: Engineering Manager
In consulting: Program or Business Unit Management
In industry: Program Management
In construction: Project Manager

To succeed in these roles, civil engineers need not only top problem-solving and design expertise but also leadership and people management skills. By applying their design skills to learning leadership, engineers can accelerate the performance of both the long- and short-term teams they’re part of – in return accelerating their careers and those of their team members.

How to Apply Engineering Design to Learning Leadership

In a previous article on creativity, we stated, “Using the principles of design in business is a method of problem solving that considers all options, starting big and working toward practicality, to find and create the best possible solution for all stakeholders.” Civil engineers are already experts at applying design learning to the technical tasks of their jobs. But how can they apply it to team dynamics? Consider these methods:

Learn to balance business and quality goals through inclusive problem-solving rather than by process of elimination.
Ensure every possibility is considered by drawing out big-picture ideas from every team member before disqualifying options.
Use appreciative inquiry to drive productive, inclusive strategy sessions.
Analyze your daily interactions to create trust and enhance team performance.
Discover management practices that drive teams and individuals to flourish concurrently.
By opening up your team to more possible solutions, discover new problem-solving process optimizations.
Uncover hidden business opportunities that new team processes allow you to pursue.

Civil engineers have the unique opportunity to influence entire teams with their problem-solving skills – if they learn to apply design to management. They can only do so with the right design learning training – one that’s designed for the creative, problem-solving leader.

Are you interested in transforming your engineering career with a design-focused management degree? Register for our Create Change Challenge by December 15 for a chance to:

Compete for a scholarship and spot in our design-centered MBA program
Show off your vision for change
Experience Case Western Reserve University’s campus in Cleveland
Meet Weatherhead faculty, alumni, and like-minded potential employers

Find out how you can apply your inherent, critical ability to create solutions to harness the potential of your team. Contact us for more information.

November 11, 2016

Thanksgiving Week Activities Across the Country

Satinder Kaur is a student in Weatherhead's MBA program.

Here we are at the end of the first semester already. It feels like just yesterday when we started. This semester has been particularly crazy. I worked on four live projects and five  different team; it is crazy!

Let’s release the pressure. So, what are your plans for Thanksgiving? Planning to travel to a new state or want to spend time in Cleveland? Either way it will be super fun. I highlighted below where you can spend some getaway time and can have maximum fun. Following are the five places and what they have to offer over Thanksgiving weekend. You can plan based on your interests.

Chicago: This is a great option as it is close and has lot to offer. Here are the activities that have been planned for the Thanksgiving week: The festivities begin on Wednesday night with the mayor lighting up the official Christmas tree. The next day is the three-hour-long annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, which begins at 8 a.m. on State Street, working its way to Congress Parkway and Randolph Street, with a spectacle of giant helium balloons, award-winning marching bands, performance groups, equestrian units, dance troupes, local and national celebrities, rhythmic drum lines and more. On Friday the Art Institute of Chicago features the “wreathing of the lions," when the museum’s two lion statues are covered with evergreen wreaths, followed by a party inside. If you love skating or want to try it for the first time, Millennium Park is offering free ice skating.

A funny incident: Last year I tried skating for the first time in my life. In the duration of 1hr 25 min., I fell more than 18 times straight on my face. Friends, families, and kids around were so scared of me they used to stop when I was passing them. I had super fun, but please take your safety gear along because people can be dangerous there :)
Santa Fe, New Mexico: This place is known for the influence of Native American culture. Over the Thanksgiving weekend the place is organizing a three-day winter Indian market that will feature over 200 artists, as well as native dance groups and music.

Williamsburg, Virginia: If you are proud of American history and want to witness it, Virginia has a lot to offer. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, you can attend annual traditions of bountiful feasts. At Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center, visitors can learn more about 17th and 18th Century cuisine during "Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia."

Orlando Florida: One of the best cities to be in, Orlando has Disney World, Universal Studios, LEGOLAND (I loved this place because there is so much to do: small and easy rides, LEGOLAND resorts, water park, theme park, and good food). If you are looking for one place where you can have all kinds of fun, Orlando is the best city to visit.

Cleveland, Ohio: For those who want to stay in the city, Cleveland has the following to offer:
1. Free entry to Cleveland MetroParks Zoo: The zoo will be giving the animals special feedings and holding enrichment demonstrations, so spectators will have the opportunity to learn about the animals and enjoy the complimentary heated transportation throughout the zoo on Thanksgiving Day.

2. Winterfest in Public Square: This event is presented by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The festive event will take place on the day after Thanksgiving. There will be several activities, including a holiday bazaar, food trucks on West Roadway Ave., and Children’s Stage featuring live entertainment, Santa Claus, music and more. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Gladiators and Monsters will play hoops, score touchdowns, and score goals. And toward the end of the day, the Official Lighting Ceremony will illuminate downtown and end in a spectacular show of fireworks.

November 3, 2016

New Cleveland Hype Video Brings Out All The Feels

Weatherhead's own Alexis Hayman, director of student experience, runs her way through our great city in this new video from Downtown Cleveland Alliance. Check it out and become witness to the amazing things Cleveland conquered this year... one more time. And, if you haven't been to Cleveland lately, come see what all the hype is about.

October 28, 2016

How is Innovation Playing a Role in Business?

The usage of the word "innovation" in our modern lexicon is at an all-time high, leading one list of the 20 most used business buzzwords with over six million references in international online media in 2015. 

Wired called "Innovation" the most important and overused word in America. Weatherhead even has a department of design and innovation. Clearly innovation matters to the world, but how does it matter for you and for the world of business?

Innovation Nation

Weatherhead School of Management's beyond magazine reported on last year's Innovation Summit hosted at Case Western Reserve University to discover the direction innovation is taking in the United States and to garner tidbits of wisdom from the leading innovators in the fields of technology, medicine, manufacturing, academia and more.

Read more at "Innovation Nation."

The Problem with Innovation

Youngjin Yoo, PhD, Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor of Entrepreneurship and professor of information systems in the Department of Design & Innovation, examined the role that design needs to play in our efforts to build that innovation nation in his column, "The Problem with Innovation":

"Innovation cannot and should not be reserved for the few victorious ones in our society. It should be viewed as an opportunity for everyone. In fact, those who suffer the most have the most to offer. They are the ones who see and experience the challenges in our society." - Youngjin Yoo

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October 21, 2016

Weatherhead students visit the Crescent City: National Black MBA Association Conference held in New Orleans

Last week Weatherhead students attended the National Black MBA Association Conference in New Orleans. Namrata Nagdev, first year full-time MBA student, shared her thoughts on the conference. 

My experience at the career fair was excellent. It was very intimidating at first glance but I warmed up to the new atmosphere and got a chance to talk to many employers. I learned not only from my mistakes but also from students from other colleges.

I had the chance to connect with employers from various industries and I learned about the company work culture and their job experiences, and was able to connect with some of them on LinkedIn. Since the employers have already met us in person, they're open to connecting with us even after the career fair is over. Some employers were kind enough to give us their feedback so that we can work on our pitch, research and gain a better understanding of the field we are interested in.

I recommend that every first year student attend national career fairs so that they are able to build connections very early in their MBA journey and be better prepared when they look for a full-time offer.

As Namrata recommends, national career fairs are a great place to start your career search and begin networking in your field. The National Black MBA Association Conference is once a year. Save the date; next year it will be in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 26-30, 2017. 

Every year a few students land interviews through attending a national conference such as NBMBA. Remember to brush up on your interviewing skills before attending a conference. 

Weatherhead's intranet resources are a great place to review interviewing material including:
How to Prepare for a Behavioral Interview
List of Behavioral Interview Questions
Telephone Interview Tips

It is never too early to start your career search! Please stop into the Career Management Office and set up an appointment for a mock interview or career strategy. We can be reached at 216.368.3662 or

October 7, 2016

Welcome to Fall, Weatherhead!

The following blog post is brought to you by Alexis Hayman, director of Weatherhead's Office of Student Experience (STEX). STEX is here to assist students with finding opportunities for experiences outside of the classroom that will complement the holistic learning environment of Weatherhead. Learn more.

Northeast Ohio has so much to offer every season, and fall is no exception. First, did you know that our area has made many national lists for the most beautiful autumn leaves? Here is but one article listing Cleveland Metroparks and Cuyahoga National Park as a top ten fall foliage destination. While the rest of the country are packing their bags and gassing their cars for a day trip to take in the brilliant colors and natural wonder of the season, all you need to do is walk outside.

Of course, there is plenty more to do in the coming months. New to Cleveland? New to American Halloween? Want to experience a Weatherhead tradition unlike anything else this year? Buy your ticket to the Weatherheadless Ball! On October 29, Weatherhead's Graduate Student Business Association will be hosting the Weatherheadless Ball on the ground level of the Peter B. Lewis building. Tickets are on sale and are an amazing $15 dollars for the first 150 students. The admission price gets you four drinks (beer or wine), fantastically catered array of delicious food and live entertainment from 8 p.m. to midnight. Worried about a costume? We will have costume making material ready for you! Just come ready to create, party and live out the most fun Weatherhead has to offer.

Another local tradition can be found at Patterson’s Fruit Farm. A local favorite, Patterson’s Fruit Farm (8765 Mulberry Road Chesterland, OH 44026) features an apple picking orchard, fresh pumpkins, hayrides and a farm shop full of delicious, locally grown and made apple sauces, apple ciders, pies, baked goods, apple chips and other fall treats. Get your friends, throw on your favorite sweater, and make an afternoon of it!

If you have some extra time, and are ready for a day trip, try Nickajack Farms. With pony rides, a corn cannon, pedal carts, and a fantastic Fall Festival, this is a destination for sure.

And what fall post would be complete without a haunted house listing. Ohio is a state full of farmland and many large, open spaces for fear enthusiasts to create epic haunted houses. A complete list and description would be far beyond what this blog post could cover. Suffice it to say, whatever your pleasure, Cleveland and its surrounding areas have plenty of options to meet your blood curdling desires. Check out the top choices for 2016!

October 3, 2016

Entrepreneurship Events in October

Is the entrepreneur inside of you ready to do instead of just dream? The Weatherhead School of Management is pleased to promote the following events this month on the topic of entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship, Design, Innovation Showcase + Information Reception
D: Wednesday, October 5
T: 5:30-7 p.m.
L: Thwing Center
Learn about: Pitch events, hackathons and competitions with $100,000+ in prizes, legal issues related to start-up formation + more.
Learn more

Entrepreneurship, Tech and Innovation
D: Friday, October 14
T: 2-4 p.m.
L: George S. Dively Building, Room 202
Michael Goldberg, assistant professor of design & innovation, will discuss entrepreneurship and innovation with tech leaders, Anand Swaminathan, senior partner at McKinsey & Company, and Rex Tibbens, COO of Lyft.
Learn more

Pitch U: Elevator Pitch Competition
D: Saturday, October 15
T: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
L: The University of Akron, College of Business Administration
Learn how to develop an elevator pitch for your business idea, pitch to a panel of early stage investors, and compete for a chance to win prize money.
Learn more

Start Up Sales: An Inside Look
D: Wednesday, October 19
T: 5:15 p.m. (reception to follow)
L: Sears Think[Box]
Join Scott Edmonds, MBA ‘07, as he shares his experience as vice president of sales at Autopilot, a high-tech start up.
Learn more

September 30, 2016

Work vs Life: The Showdown

It doesn't seem to matter what stage of life you're in, there's a constant push and pull between work and non-work life. As a manager or future leader of people, how do you balance, or integrate, your career and your personal life? Do you live to work or work to live?

In the Weatherhead School of Management's magazine, beyond, we tackle the challenge of work-life balance, or imbalance, asking experts for tips on how to keep up, how times are changing, and what you can do to help yourself and others achieve better work-life integration, and thus improve satisfaction and productivity in the workplace.

View all of the work-life-balance related articles in the series on beyond, or explore each here:

Did you know that 90% of American mothers and 95% of American fathers report experiencing conflict between work and life? Learn more in our feature article, "Work-Life (Im)Balance."

Listen in to the first and second episodes of our podcast, Beyond Management, with panelists Lori Neiswander, Erin Hendrick, Susan Hinze, Lisa Jackman, and Melvin Smith as they navigate the realities of work-life integration and what organizations can do to improve it.
Are you in a position of management already and looking for some tips on how to help your staff? Spot the symptoms before the blow-up by watching for these warning signs your staff member is over-stressed, from Richard Boyatzis, PhD, Distinguished University Professor, H.R. Horvitz Professor of Family Business and professor of organizational behavior at Weatherhead.

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September 23, 2016

Keeping busy in Cleveland: Huntington Beach & night hiking

Satinder Kaur is a student in Weatherhead's MBA program.

Welcome back! It's so much fun to be a student again after a short stint of interning. I cherish these moments of my life time and again.

There are many new students on campus looking to make a difference in their lives and to live up to their dreams. I whole-heartedly welcome each one of you and wish you very good luck for your future endeavors.

Cleveland has a lot to offer at this time, and I am so excited to be back. I would like to write about a couple of outings I went on recently. Four of my friends and I went to Huntington Beach in Bay Village, about 20 miles from here. It is one of the coolest beaches I have seen in the U.S. after Florida’s Clearwater Beach. I am sure there are other beaches that are as good or better, but the gravel sand with clear blue water at Huntington made it exceptionally beautiful. After witnessing the splendid sunset, we all headed to Bombay Chaat. Indeed it's one of best places to have Indian spicy food. We ordered chicken tikka biryani, chole bhuture, papdi chaat, garlic naan and more. It was super fun and a day well spent.

Last week, I went to Rocky River Nature Center for hiking, and guess what? It was "night hiking." I joined this hiking club on Meetup. The club has around 2,000 Clevelanders who do fun things every weekend. In my hiking group there were around 50-60 participants from every walk of life (kids, young men/ women and senior people). We all started with one goal and that was to see the harvest full moon while enjoying the misty weather. After an hour of walking through different trails (easy and hard), we finally saw the moon under the clouds. I can’t express the wonderful feeling of accomplishment we all had at that moment. It was an open sky, quiet night, and everything was so still, just the sound of small insects talking to each other. We all stopped for some time in the park and witnessed that magical moment.

I have some cool stuff lined up for the coming weekend, and I hope that you too will have a great weekend ahead. There is so much to do in Cleveland that I never feel it’s a small city.

September 9, 2016

Welcome back and who's who in STEX

The following blog post is brought to you by Alexis Hayman, director of Weatherhead's Office of Student Experience (STEX). STEX is here to assist students with finding opportunities for experiences outside of the classroom that will complement the holistic learning environment of Weatherhead. Learn more.

First, The Office of Student Experience (STEX) would like to welcome all of our students, returning and new, to campus for the fall semester. While we enjoy the summer, our office never feels quite right without the hustle, bustle and enthusiasm of all of our student leaders and activators. This year is shaping up to be an exciting and engaging one!

As a start to the year, I’d like to introduce you to a few key people in the landscape of the Weatherhead Graduate Student Experience:

Mimi Filsinger and George Smiltins round out the staff of the office of student experience. Mimi’s main focus is the logistics of day to day success here in WSOM. She has been with Weatherhead since long before the Peter B. Lewis building came to be and knows, often better than anyone, how to make things happen. Locker, study room, AV reservation or reimbursement questions? Stop by Mimi’s office!

George is our student service specialist. George focuses on your success here at Weatherhead in a variety of ways. Although he is our newest staff member, he quickly gained campus-wide knowledge to assist students with VISA questions, health concerns, or personal matters that may disrupt their ability to focus on their program. In the unfortunate circumstance that there is a concern regarding academic integrity or student conduct, George is available to find resolutions quickly. He is a great asset to students and is always eager to make new connections.

Student Experience would not be nearly as successful or lively without our esteemed student leaders. Our Graduate Business Student Association consists of an executive board, a vice president and a president who all work tirelessly to enrich the lives of all graduate students at Weatherhead. With an 8 person executive board, the President and Vice President are well supported and ambitious!

Patrick Glicker is the Graduate Business Student Association president. With over ten years of work experience, he has stepped into this role with a great deal of thought and organization. Patrick consults with the STEX team on major plans for GBSA and acts as a link between the student body and the administration.

Liz Smith is the Graduate Business Student Association vice-president. Liz also has a good number of years of work experience and is tasked primarily with advising student clubs in the planning and execution of their events. Liz also consults with the STEX team on logistics and insights to help clubs become most effective.

The Office of Student Experience also relies on our graduate assistants to help our office run smoothly. With multiple events and activities often happening in the same day, we need all hands on deck to ensure an excellent experience for all of our participants.

Nikolay Kanazirev just started his graduate assistant work with Student Experience. With extensive experience in marketing, Nik is our go-to for putting together marketing material and getting the word out quickly. A confident, fast worker and an undergraduate alumni, he can navigate himself around any task on short notice!

Chelsea An has been with STEX since the beginning of the summer. Outgoing and proactive, Chelsea is excellent with a crowd. You will often see her helping corral students in large activities, giving instruction, or working individually with students new to campus. Patient, quick thinking, and with the remarkable ability to connect with a diversity of people, we are proud to have Chelsea on the team!

September 2, 2016

Intern report: Supply chain internship with Lennox International

Chetan Phani Parchuri is a candidate in Weatherhead's full-time MBA program.

Over the summer I interned with Lennox International Inc. (LII) in Dallas, Texas. LII is a global provider of climate control solutions. With $3.9 Billion in revenue, it operates in three segments: residential heating and cooling, commercial heating and cooling, and refrigeration. I interned with the supply chain group, particularly with the commercial demand planning team.

Prior to my MBA program, I worked for five years as a project engineer with the project management team of India’s biggest construction company. Making a career switch into the realm of supply chain management was not easy and my core courses at Weatherhead, particularly on statistics and operations, helped me immensely over the duration of my internship. The design course that I had in the spring semester was very helpful as it equipped me with tools and insights to look at things from the perspective of the user. This helped me generate reports and tools that were extremely user friendly.

I enjoy working on intellectually stimulating problems and my internship gave me ample opportunities to explore new areas by working on novel problems and learning simultaneously from them. One particular assignment this summer was so analytically demanding and challenging in its scope that I had to seek guidance from my statistics professor, who granted me an independent study this semester to explore and understand how optimization modeling works in order to make better sense of the tool that I had developed over the summer.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time working at Lennox. It gave me immense exposure to various facets of supply chain management along with an opportunity to carry out actual demand planning for a product line. My team mates and managers went out of their way to mentor me. There were also a lot of activities organized by the human resources team to help acquaint interns with the overall business, and have fun and network at the same time. I made a lot of friends and mentors for life which made my summer internship in Texas an extremely rewarding and memorable one.

August 26, 2016

Intern report: Navigating a large financial institution

Stephen Humphries is a student in Weatherhead's MBA program.

As a first year MBA student, my goal was to find a summer internship opportunity where I could learn, grow and contribute, and one that would lead to a career change. Bank of America provided an opportunity to do just that.

In June, I joined Bank of America’s Operations MBA intern class of 2016. My role, as a business support manager, was to support, manage and improve business functions, processes and lines of business. In other words, I helped support the technology that supports the operations that supports the consumer brokerage banking business. I learned much from my project management team about change management, resource allocation and annual planning. We were encouraged to reach out; I found out first-hand that the Bank is filled with intelligent, talented people. I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity.

Some call Queen City the financial center of the South. Besides Bank of America, Charlotte is also home to Coca-Cola Bottling Co, Lowes, Duke Energy, Harris Teeter, Family Dollar and Nucor, to name a few. Even though Charlotte is nine hours away from Cleveland, both cities share some commonalities. Much like Cleveland, Charlotte is a small city with big town amenities – Panthers (NFL), Hornets (NBA), Knights (AAA-MLB), NASCAR Hall of Fame, eateries, breweries, bars and plenty to do during the day and night. Charlotte also has great golf courses, where I spent most weekends.

Since my background has heavily favored revenue generation, working on the back-end at a Fortune 50 institution was an eye-opening experience. My education from Weatherhead played a major role in my success this past summer. I utilized something from each core class taken in my first year; however, if it wasn’t for the support of the Career Management Office and the Weatherhead family (faculty/staff, alumni, current and former students), I wouldn’t have been able to navigate the Bank as well as I did. I highly encourage incoming students to continue to utilize the Weatherhead family as much as possible.

I look forward to returning to Cleveland and Weatherhead to continue to learn, grown and contribute.

August 23, 2016

Intern Report: Discovering a commitment to a consulting career

Anthony Manna is a candidate in Weatherhead's MBA program.

This summer I worked for a company called EDGE (Economic Development through Growing Enterprises). It is a nonprofit organization with the explicit goal of helping companies in Northeast Ohio grow so that they can help improve the local economy. Every summer, they pair up a few students from area universities with some of EDGE’s member companies that have a new business idea or market segment that they’d like to pursue. I was one of these students, and I got to work as an independent consultant for a materials science company called Terves. Terves specializes in nano-engineering (engineering at the molecular level), so I got to feed my interest in science along with my passion for entrepreneurship. Prior to beginning this internship, I was on the fence about whether consulting was really the career path I wanted to pursue, but now I am convinced that is what I’d like to do.

I absolutely loved my internship with EDGE. Being an independent consultant meant that, although I was hired through EDGE and was paid by EDGE, I acted as my own company and essentially, my own boss (albeit within the structures set by EDGE). Outside of meetings with other people, I got to choose when and where I worked, as long as I made sure I was getting my work done. I loved the autonomy and independence that came with this role, but my favorite part about it was the intellectual challenge that comes with being a consultant. I have absolutely no background in engineering, nor did I have any prior experience in the oil and gas industry. My project this summer was centered around a nano-engineered “proppant” technology that will be used in hydraulic fracturing, so it was definitely a challenge for me to get up to speed and understand what I was working on.

Along with my partner, I spent the first few weeks getting up to speed on the oil and gas industry, and understanding all the ins and outs of hydraulic fracturing. We did most of our initial research online, utilizing the wide variety of resources available to us as students at Case Western Reserve (it really is unbelievable how many databases you didn’t know we have access to). Then, we began calling professionals in the industry and interviewing them to learn from firsthand experience about the industry. In the last few weeks of the summer, we tied together everything we had learned and built an NPV model (Professor J.B. Silvers would be proud) that helped them calculate the value of their new product. We also conducted a number of strategic analyses on their company (Professor Simon Peck would be proud) to help make recommendations for how Terves should go about launching their new product. In the end, Terves was very pleased with the results of our work, and I am committed to starting my career in consulting going forward.

August 19, 2016

7 Career Tips Before You Start Grad School

Meenakshi Sharma is assistant dean of career and student affairs. Follow Weatherhead's Career Management Office on twitter @weatherheadcmo.

As we start putting final touches to our presentation for orientation for the Career Management Office, I am also putting myself in your shoes and trying to wonder what’s going through your mind. Some of you must have left your current job and pondering how you are going to survive the next two years without a paycheck. Some of you might be thinking about life in a new country/culture. I am going to keep this piece focused on topics related to your career. We understand that you spend a lot of time thinking about what type of positions, functions, industries and employers you might like to work for during your summer internship and upon graduation from the MBA/MS programs. That’s why you are pursuing these degrees, isn’t it? Well, let me tell you that it’s very common for students to lack focus and clear direction about the role, functional area or industry to target from a career search perspective. It’s very important for you to discover who you are and your interest in terms of industry, functions etc. Narrowing down distinct areas of interest is essential for you to have a successful internship and career search process. 

Someone recently asked me what tips/advice I will give to incoming students. I thought about an interview I did with Businessweek a few years ago and have compiled a list based on my experience and hearing from partners from other schools:
    1. Pre-orientation groundwork: We strongly advise students to familiarize themselves with as much of the online resources we provide as possible prior to arriving on campus. These resources include intranet resources, the school’s social and professional networking sites, student blogs, list of professional organizations in the area, etc. A certain degree of familiarity with the school’s specific systems and tools can help a lot during the fast-paced academic year.
    2. As most of the incoming students will be seeking internships for the following summer, it is necessary to have a solid foundation for your resume by the time you start the program, considering how quickly the career search process begins once you are here.
    3. Networking works: Speaking from experience, the majority of jobs are landed by networking effectively. The concept of networking can seem overwhelming, but developing a strategy and establishing a customized approach to one’s own strengths and weaknesses can help facilitate the process. For example, students can develop a structured networking plan that helps them figure out where they fit in and how they need to grow. Students who come from industry are also encouraged to maintain dialogue with senior executives at their current organizations to see what kinds of opportunities might open up after graduation.
    4. Students should prepare personal target lists of employers/companies and research their patterns of recent MBA employment. For example, a student who might be interested in capital markets sales and trading should evaluate options based on current market volatility and be prepared for a broader set of opportunities in the financial services industry.
    5. Market knowledge: Being up-to-date with what is happening in the business world is very important. In addition, you should be able to communicate your market knowledge to appropriate audiences, be it a general HR person or an industry expert. If you haven’t already, start reading The Wall Street Journal and other relevant business publications on a regular basis.
    6. International students: Research and try to understand legal and practical limitations of employment options in the U.S. prior to starting the program. For international students coming to the U.S. for the first time, it is also important to talk to current students and recent alumni to understand the job search process in the U.S., so that you can leverage your skills accordingly.
    7. Professional wardrobe: Having a smart, effective wardrobe will be very important throughout your business career, starting right here in school on day one. This goes for both business formal attire as well as business casual attire. Having a smart suit for interviews and appropriate clothes for various networking and related events is a must. Stay on the conservative side, the suit and related accessories are not meant to divert attention from you.
      Enough serious talk. Let me welcome you to two years of fun. You might question your sanity at times, but you’ll keep these two years with you for the rest of your life. The career search process is just that – a process that needs a lot of reflection and guidance. Think not just about the first job out of school, think about the path you’re about to set yourself upon. We’re here to help; will look forward to seeing you all smiling on the day of your graduation!

      August 12, 2016

      Intern Report: Developing innovative solutions at

      Satinder Kaur is a candidate in Weatherhead's MBA program.

      It’s 6:30 a.m. and 2,000 people have parked their cars to start the day. It's another challenging day with new targets to meet and new history to be created at Hazelton Amazon Fulfillment center. No two days have been the same.

      This summer, I worked as a pathways operations intern at Inc, ranked #8 among most innovative companies and #12 in world’s most valuable brand. Amazon stands on the strong pillars of 14 leadership principles and a very dedicated and innovative team. I spent my summer working with the best minds from all over the country. And together we devised innovative solutions to very challenging problems. The opportunity to work on real-time situations has increased my knowledge and exposed me to the ever-challenging online retail business. A week-long trip to Seattle, Washington, gave me an inside look to Amazon’s business structure and the opportunity to network and participate in fun-filled events with all 185 MBA interns and managers at higher levels.

      Weatherhead School of Management has prepared me well to create an influence on others with my work. The team from the Career Management Office was the greatest source that helped me to crack the four rounds of interviews. Julie Gutheil personally made sure I felt prepared. To be successful in my role, my everyday responsibility was to work with 150-200 associates. It was very important for me to understand their comfort zones and challenges. Weatherhead's LEAD course led by Ellen van Oosten and operations course taught by Alireza Kabirian helped to bring two different subject areas together. Part of my final presentation also required financial forecasting. I performed detailed data analysis learned from Daniel Solow and prepared forecasting using finance case studies taught by J.B. Silvers.

      I can't imagine I could have done anything more enjoyable this summer than working at Amazon. I had a summer full of learning, fun and intellectual growth. During this time, I was able to travel to five states and try different cuisines.

      Summer fun is still going on. I am looking forward to get back to school soon and excited to meet you all.

      August 5, 2016

      Weatherhead Faculty Experts on RNC & DNC Conventions

      July was a busy month for politics, and we had a front row seat here in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention. A lot of time during the RNC and DNC conventions was spent discussing the issues of the economy as well as immigration. Cleveland became the epicenter of national media coverage on these topics for one week, and our faculty experts at Weatherhead were there to provide their insights. Here are just a few of their contributions:

      Learn more about our exceptional faculty at the Weatherhead School of Management website.

      July 29, 2016

      Pokemon Take Over Weatherhead

      Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the past 2 weeks (or maybe just vacationing on a private beach?), you're probably aware that a gigantic Pokemon Go obsession has swept the nation! Here at the Weatherhead School of Management, we are not immune to Pokemon fever. We've caught a few in and around the Peter B. Lewis building. If you're looking for a Pokestop, there's one right outside PBL, as well as across the street at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

      Check out a few pictures of the Pokemon we've caught. If you catch any around Weatherhead, tweet us a picture at @caseweatherhead (or Instagram @caseweatherhead):

      July 22, 2016

      Intern Report: Taking a Risk

      Patrick Glicker is a candidate in the full-time MBA program.

      There are a variety of strategies full-time MBA students use when it comes to selecting a summer internship. My strategy was to take a risk and target internship opportunities that were going to challenge me to think differently.  I did this by seeking opportunities in an industry and a job function in which I had no experience.  I wanted to use the opportunity to reach beyond my comfort zone, and gain exposure to a less familiar field.  My search led me to accept an offer as a Continuous Improvement (CI) Intern at the Cleveland Clinic.  This internship was especially interesting because continuous improvement methods are relatively new to the healthcare industry.

      I am now more than halfway through the internship and I continue to be challenged and learn each day.  I am one of about thirty caregivers (employees) in the CI department.  Each one of us is working towards the primary mission of creating a culture in which every caregiver is empowered, capable, and expected to make improvements every day.  With approximately 49,000 caregivers working at the Cleveland Clinic, this is no small task.  However, our Continuous Improvement department does not simply complete projects on others’ behalf.  We operate under an inclusive model that functions and thrives on the input and feedback of caregivers throughout the Clinic.  Caregivers identify the problems, and my department empowers caregivers to use data and identify potential solutions. In sum, my Continuous Improvement department serves as a coaches and leads other groups through the process of making their own improvements.

      I have been assigned to three projects for the summer.  First, I am coaching the Community Outreach department to determine why they have been unable to receive a return on investment report in over two years.  Second, I am supporting the Art Program to develop the capability to forecast their resource requirements.  Third, I am assisting a CI team and a group of 60 caregivers to better define and unify their roles within the Clinic. Each of these projects have challenged me to think differently about healthcare and the role of a leader.  The CI process has also led me to reflect on a new way to approach improvements to my own personal career development.  I am so grateful that I took a risk and was able to gain new skills that I never anticipated.   

      July 15, 2016

      Career Management Office's Summer Checklist

      Follow Weatherhead's Career Management Office (CMO) on Twitter @weatherheadcmo.

      Summer is half way done. Vacations are coming to a close. Time to get ready for the new approaching academic year. There are a few checklist items that CMO recommends you do before you get back to campus.

            Update your resume
      Either a year or a few months has passed since last laying eyes on your resume. Think about the projects you did in class that you could add.  If you landed an internship then you must include that with as many quantifying and action items achieved. Submit your revised resume to CareerLink so when you get to campus it is complete and ready to go. Remember the Weatherhead Career Fair is fast approaching on September 15. You will be on campus just a few weeks and you’ll have to be ready to pass it out to many employers.

            Create/review targeted company list
      You should have already started a list of potential employers with notes about each one. This is a great reference when you start applying for jobs. The note section can include news articles about the company or typical job postings available. The more you know about a company the better candidate you are for a role. Start creating the perfect list!

      Now is the best time to network. Email potential contacts and/or alum on LinkedIn. Offer to treat for lunch or coffee while you learn more about his or her career path or company. Join a professional group such as The ClevelandProfessional Twenty-Thirty Club and attend an event. There are plenty of ways to network. The next person you meet may lead you to your dream career. The time is now to be social!

      It’s a short list but these three items will help set you up to succeed. CMO’s office hours are Monday thru Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please stop in and visit! We are a phone call away 216.368.3662 or an email

      June 30, 2016

      Fourth of July celebrations in Cleveland: Beyond the fireworks

      The following blog post is brought to you by Weatherhead's Office of Student Experience, which is here to assist students with finding opportunities for experiences outside of the classroom that will complement the holistic learning environment of Weatherhead. Learn more.

      Although summer starts on the solstice, June 21, Cleveland enjoys warm weather long before that date—with the occasional snowstorm, of course. By July 4, we often feel like we are in the height of summer and it’s a great time to celebrate!

      The most traditional celebrations always include fireworks. Luckily, July 4 falls on a Monday this year, giving us a nice long holiday weekend. No matter where you live around Cleveland, there are firework shows going off almost every day. Check out this comprehensive list of fireworks displays around you!

      Want something a little more special than a show of fireworks at a local community center? Try Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls. The Cleveland Orchestra will be playing classics such as the 1812 Overture in a medley of Russian romantic music on July 2, 3 and on the 4th will perform a salute to America. All shows will be concluded with a fireworks display!

      Missing out on the excitement of the Cavs? Now is your chance to get a little of that back. As of this writing, the Cleveland Indians are on a 10-game winning streak. They are set to play the Detroit Tigers July 4 - 6. Ticket prices start at just $18!

      What about checking out the Over the Rainbow Kite Festival? From Destination Cleveland, “Bring the whole family out for a soaring good time at Victory Park Ohio's inaugural Over the Rainbow Kite Festival, benefiting Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. Bring your own kite or purchase one to color in the Kite Coloring Workshops ($5 each or three for $10).”

      Check out all of the July 4th happenings around the city of Cleveland!

      June 24, 2016

      Intern Report: Seeing Cleveland through a different lens

      Meaghan Hennessy is a candidate in the full-time MBA program.

      As a Cleveland native going to school in Cleveland, I went into this summer working in Cleveland thinking I had seen it all. However, my first few weeks of working have been anything but familiar. I am spending my summer at KeyBank in the Enterprise Lean Six Sigma (ELSS) group working on the integration of recently acquired First Niagara Financial Group. My role within the group is managing employee experience projects to ensure First Niagara employees are prepared when the two banks legally become one on August 1. ELSS is usually associated with operations or statistics, but I am also leveraging skills learned in marketing, finance and accounting to help me in my day-to-day projects.

      While my work is keeping me busy, Key continues to engage us with events and learning opportunities for all 150 of their interns. We were divided into small groups during orientation and our groups are made up of interns from all over the U.S. in different groups throughout the bank. In these groups we attend networking events, host guest speakers and present on current economic topics. Key also supplies opportunities for volunteering throughout the Greater Cleveland areaour first week we split up into six different groups and worked on beautifying Cleveland for the Republican National Convention by painting, planting and cleaning up downtown.

      Key has done a great job keeping us engaged and entertained but nothing compares to the excitement surrounding the Cleveland Cavaliers and the city’s first championship in 52 years. The last few weeks have been a whirlwind that the whole city took part in. The streets were filled with people high-fiving, hugging and screaming “GO CAVS!” and it all concluded with a parade right outside Key Tower. The intern program manager told us our first day “This is a great time to be at Key in Cleveland” but no one could have guessed how great it’d be.

      June 17, 2016

      Intern Report: Testing Out the Dream Job

      Liz Smith is a candidate in the full-time MBA program.

      If I could describe my dream job in just a few words, it would be some combination of problem-solving, strategic-thinking, marketing, chocolate ice cream and dogs. Oh, and making a difference in the lives of others (whether they walk upright or on all fours). Unfortunately, not all of those things fit into one specific role, at least not now, but I got pretty close with an internship in brand management marketing at Purina.

      For those not familiar with the company, Purina is a pet food and supplies company located in St. Louis, MO. Whether or not you have a pet, you’ve likely been exposed to their brands through their marketing – brands such as Dog Chow, Beggin’ Strips and Tidy Cats litter. Anyone who knows me, knows that I love dogs; no, I’m obsessed with our furry friends. And my love of marketing and interest in brand management is what made this role the perfect fit for me.

      I am currently one month into my three-month internship and I am loving every minute. I get to learn about an industry that I pay a lot of money into for my own pup; I’m discovering interesting facts and trends in pet ownership, such as (according to a survey) more dog and cat owners indicated that they’d rather stay and cuddle their pet on Valentine’s day than go out with their significant other; and I’m working alongside some of the smartest marketers in the business, and their furry four-legged companions! I’ve gotten exposure to tools and resources that are critical for success in brand management, and have been able to apply some of what I learned both in the classroom and in my previous work experience to the job. One of my favorite experiences was getting to see some dog treats come off of a production line!

      In addition to the work experience, I’m having fun exploring a new city with the other interns! St. Louis has a rich history and I have enjoyed visiting its neighborhoods and sampling its foods. For anyone planning a visit to St. Louis, try the gooey butter cake! It’s native to the city and most restaurants in town will have it on the dessert menu. Also, visit the City Museum – it’s a playground for grownups (that’s also kid-friendly if you have little ones who like to explore)!

      It’s only been a month, but I have had an amazing experience thus far at Purina and can’t wait to see what the next two months have in store! I need to make a special plug for Weatherhead’s Career Management Office for working with me early last year on refining my resume and interviewing skills and making sure that I knew about this particular role. If it weren’t for their help, I wouldn’t have had as much success in the internship search process. I can’t wait to come back in the fall and hear about what everyone else is doing, too!