December 29, 2017

Resolve to put down your device and take in the world around you this year

Lauren De Camara is a candidate in Weatherhead's MBA program.

I love people watching (no, not in a creepy way). I find observing others fascinating- what or how they choose to do things, how they interact with one another, their display of unique mannerisms. What makes them tick?

I sat in my local Starbucks last week, taking brief casual glances around the shop as I sipped my coffee and hacked away at a term paper. I watched as an elderly gentleman slowly entered the store and made his way up to the register. His cane was held tightly in his weathered hand, steadying his awkward gate as he took shallow footsteps. He retrieved his breakfast and coffee then ventured to a nearby table. Slowly sinking into his chair, he placed his cane a top the wooden surface in front of him and began to rummage through the paper bag that contained his meal.

He was elderly and alone. Surely, he was lonely. Sad. Adrift.

I continued to observe the stranger who sat before me, puzzled as to why I was so drawn to him. After all, he was a typical old man showing no remarkable behaviors or appearance.

He sat slouched over and slowly consumed his bagel, using his index finger to collect the crumbs that his nibbles had left behind. Every so often he would look up and out the large window in front of him, the vibrant fall foliage reflected in his blue eyes as other patrons bustled around him.

Then it occurred to me why I was so fascinated by this seemingly run-of-the-mill man.

Words were not spoken, music was not played, text was not written, pages were not scrolled. He was not distracted.

Nearly everyone who surrounded him was entranced with their respective devices, oblivious to their environment. This man was not sad or lonely or adrift. He was merely sitting and reflecting as he enjoyed a quiet breakfast. Independent, reflective, calm, content.

There is so much that demands our attention each day and it is rare when one is observed without the accompaniment of technology. There is almost always a computer, phone, or device in hand in the name of getting an assignment accomplished or as a means of entertainment. We are surrounded and too often consumed by it.

This total stranger had grown up in a much simpler time when life was no doubt much slower and ‘noise’ was not as abundant. He is a wonderful reminder that life is not all gadgets, media, and gizmos and is an embodiment the beauty of mindfulness and simplicity.

So, remember to stop, eat your bagel and drink your coffee in total peace once in a while. So much more life occurs off of the screens that we are all so fixated upon.

December 15, 2017

Winter Break = Career Networking Time

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

The last semester has flown by and it is now time to stop thinking about assignments and finals. Step back and think about the reason you chose to continue your education. Maybe you wanted to switch careers or get more business knowledge. Whatever the reason, the degree you are pursuing will only open doors if you put the time in to networking.

Winter break is the perfect time to reinvigorate or jumpstart (again) your career strategy. Now is the time to set 1-2 goals a week around networking. Opportunities do not just appear, they are established via networking. Write that email to a college friend working at one of your target companies and invite him or her to connect in person or via phone. Start making a list of alumni you want to reach out to and ask to take them to coffee to learn more about their roles/backgrounds. Spur the conversation and see where it goes. If you plan on going out of town, identify companies based in that city and reach out to professionals in roles interesting to you. If you can connect with an alum or friend, do so, but do not be afraid to contact a stranger. Let them know that you are in town on holiday and would enjoy meeting them for coffee to learn about their role. Wherever you are during the winter break, find and attend at least one networking event or a holiday party as informal networking opportunities.

This is the season to give back. Volunteer at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank or another organization. If you have the time, make an ongoing commitment throughout the year to volunteer. This will broaden your connections in the city. Networking is not easy for everyone, especially when it feels forced. Volunteering allows you to connect with someone passionate about the same cause while also strengthening your network. The people you meet may not be offering you a job but they are opening your network to others you may have never met. Fast Company recently posted an article about volunteer work for purposeful networking. It is a quick and good read – found here.

Sample Mini-Goals:
Set 1-2 networking goals a week
Find a networking event to attend
Volunteer at a nonprofit organization

December 11, 2017

Gratitude and Holiday Cheer

Cori Finefrock, full-time MBA student, speaks with Weatherhead community about winter break plans and traditions.

Hello, again, Weatherhead community! As students here approach finals week, I thought I would use this precious blog post space to help people get excited about the holiday season in Cleveland and to take time to remember what is so special about our time here at Weatherhead.

Below you will find responses from some of my favorite Weatherhead faculty, staff, current students and alumni friends detailing what they love most about the holiday season, or what they are looking forward to most this winter break, and what about being a part of the Weatherhead community they are most grateful for this year. Hopefully, this will inspire you to power through finals and get to the fun of winter break!

Deborah Bibb, Assistant Dean of Admissions
Favorite thing about the Holiday Season: Hanging out with my nieces and nephews and doing whatever they want to do
Gratitude for Weatherhead: The opportunity to meet and impact the lives of so many students from around the world in partnership with great colleagues

Janice Brockman (née de Camara), FT MBA 2011
Job Title: former Senior Financial Analyst at Edward Jones and brand new mom!
Favorite Holiday Tradition: Cleveland Orchestra Christmas concert with my family 
Gratitude for Weatherhead: Personal friendships and professional connections with former classmates, alum, and professors

Jesse Corn, FT MBA 2008
Job Title: Head of Product & Partner Relations of AudioEngine at Findaway, neighbor/friend of blog post writer and her sister, and general fun-haver!
Favorite Holiday Tradition: Walking a very cold dog to the actual Christmas Story house
Gratitude for Weatherhead: All the connections - to University Circle, to Cleveland, to the wonderful professors and classmates

Lauren de Camara, FT MBA 2018
Favorite Holiday Tradition: Holiday tea at the Ritz with my mom and sister (see other de Camara above!)
Gratitude for Weatherhead: Grateful for our amazing cohort

Scott Fine, Professor of Banking & Finance
Favorite Holiday Tradition: Annual pre-Christmas dinner in Hudson with some Weatherhead alumni from over the years
Gratitude for Weatherhead: Really building and developing lifelong relationships with future leaders, whether here in Cleveland, NYC or anywhere else around the world (Cori note: for example my awesome sister, featured below, who has lived in the UK since 2009)

Kate Finefrock, MSM 2007
Job Title: Executive Associate at Blain Southern and sister of the blog writer :)
Favorite Holiday Tradition: The Cleveland Orchestra Christmas concert with my family, which is hopefully followed by a meal in Little Italy
Gratitude for Weatherhead: I am grateful for classmates who became (and remained) the nearest and dearest of friends (see above: Jesse Corn)

Michael Hussey, FT MBA 2016
Job Title: Lead Site Operations Specialist at Sherwin-Williams and husband to the sister-in-law of the blog writer's future sister-in-law (did you follow that?)
Favorite Holiday Tradition: Christmas Eve dinner at La Dolce Vita with my family
Gratitude for Weatherhead: I am most grateful for the amazing people I met while at Weatherhead, and the friendships we still have today.

PJ Kijinski, PT MBA 2020
Job Title: Vice President of Operations at Pulsar Eco Products and dad to the blog writer's godson!
Favorite Holiday Tradition: My grandpa reading us The Night Before Christmas, and I'm looking forward to keeping that alive with my one-year-old and creating new traditions together with my own family
Gratitude for Weatherhead: I'm most grateful to Weatherhead for giving us a place to connect with peers and faculty who care about our development and advancing our careers

Bill Mahnic, Associate Professor of Banking & Finance
Favorite Holiday Tradition: Pulling out a statue of a small angel to display on our mantle every December 1st. It signals the start of the Christmas season for the Mahnic family
Gratitude for Weatherhead: Thankful for the opportunity I have to learn from my students every semester. I am amazed at how much I still have to learn!

Ebrahim (Ebi) Salehramsari, FT MBA 2018
Favorite thing about the Holidays in Cleveland: One of the best things about Cleveland is its people, who are so friendly and hospitable. At first we thought we would be so alone during the holiday last year, however, we were invited by some families for Christmas day. Cleveland is also a really beautiful, green and peaceful city, even in winters. So we like to hike during the holidays and explore some surrounding forests and nature. 
Gratitude for Weatherhead: Weatherhead has helped me make valuable connections with some businesses like GE, Cleveland Clinic, Hyland etc. Also, I like our courses in which the professor invites a guest speaker, AMES course for example. It's a friendly and welcoming environment!

Meenakshi Sharma, Assistant Dean of Career and Student Affairs and EMBA 2016

Favorite thing about the Holiday Season: While I am usually out of town during the break, when I am in town I love the festive atmosphere at Crocker Park near my house and driving through neighborhoods for the holiday lighting
Gratitude for Weatherhead: Trusting relationships and my team!

Alec Simon, FT MBA 2018
Favorite thing about the Holiday Season: Seeing the lights go up at Public Square and counting down to Cleveland Indians spring training
Gratitude for Weatherhead: I'm grateful for all of the relationships I've developed with my classmates and professors

Jintao (Trevor) Zhao, FT MBA 2018
Most Excited for this Winter Break: Bringing my boyfriend to China for the first time to meet family and friends
Gratitude for Weatherhead: Our cohort - We have a really diverse, yet close cohort, and I cherish every friendship I made during my time at Weatherhead

Dana Zingale, Assistant Director of Data and Market Intelligence and PT MBA 2013
Favorite Holiday Tradition: Our family tradition is to have an “Italian” Christmas Eve consisting of all Italian foods. Then on Christmas Day its turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, etc.
Gratitude for Weatherhead: I am grateful for the diversity in our community.  Interacting with many different people from all over the world makes you realize that despite any immediate/outward cultural differences…people are basically the same.

Thanks to everyone who participated in my little survey! I am particularly looking forward to spending time with family & friends during my break, making my uncle Paul's famous eggnog, continuing the job hunt and hopefully throwing a few well-placed snowballs :).

Happy holidays (and studying) to all!

November 16, 2017

Fall Career Fair Recap

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

There have been two career fairs this semester: one in Philadelphia and the other one right here in PBL. The National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) and The Association of Hispanic Professionals (PROSPANICA) hosted the 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition in the Pennsylvania Convention Center from September 26-30, 2017. This combined effort allowed for greater participation from many speakers and companies. It is a great opportunity for business graduate students to meet company representatives and make connections with peers from all over the nation. Next year’s event will take place in Detroit, Michigan on September 25-29, 2018. Mark your calendars now!

Weatherhead’s Fall Career Fair tends to target both Cleveland area companies and larger companies. Since the event is smaller it allows for students to talk to more companies and strategize on what companies to target. CMO interviewed a few students that attended either or both the NBMBAA/PROSPANICA fair and the Weatherhead Fall Fair to see their take on the two events.

What was your favorite part of the NBMBAAA/PROSPANICA fair? Favorite part about the Weatherhead Fall Fair?

My favorite part of the Weatherhead career fair was getting to participate in my first ever career fair. It gave me the opportunity to engage with companies outside my comfort zone, knowing the stakes are high as my interactions can make or break my future with them. Harsh Ranjan, MBA 2019
At the Weatherhead career fair I enjoyed getting a sense of what companies we have right here in Cleveland that are looking to hire. As an MD/MBA student, I also liked talking to MetroHealth, The Cleveland Clinic and US Endoscopy. Ian Drummond, MBA 2019 & MD 2019

What I really liked about NBMBAA/Prospanica to see what so many different companies look for in MBA students and also to understand the quality of all the students present, which helped me greatly develop my personal pitch and measure the gain instantly! It was my first experience at a career fair and I went through emotions in a very short period of time; it was quite an experience! Luiz Vieira, MBA 2019

What surprised you about each fair?

What I found surprising about my experience at the Weatherhead fair was how friendly, open and positive the representatives of the companies were. It enabled me to have a detailed conversation about the company's visions and how can I align myself with them more effectively. Harsh Ranjan, MBA 2019

I was surprised at how comfortable I felt talking to the recruiters. My expectation of career fairs was that it would be very short, generic conversations, but I found that it was the exact opposite. Many of the recruiters had personal connections to Weatherhead, and genuinely wanted to hear about my experiences. Many of my conversations were very natural.  Lauren Tancer, MBA 2019

What new insights did you learn about (i.e. companies, positions)?

I learned that each company has a wide variety of positions for a variety of different backgrounds For example, I had initially expected that a software company would only be looking for more technical positions, but I learned that they were looking for things like finance and consulting positions, as well. Lauren Tancer, MBA 2019

I discovered how many companies are incorporating sustainability into their business model and are looking for professionals to fill related positions. Harsh Ranjan, MBA 2019

How did you prepare for the career fairs?

I printed resumes and had business cards at the ready. I rehearsed my story in my head. Then, before approaching a table, I tried to make sure I had at least one clear question I wanted to ask to get the conversation rolling. Ian Drummond, MBA 2019 & MD 2019

The first step of preparing for the career fair was looking at the list of companies that were attending. I narrowed down the list by seeing what companies were hiring for internships and for my field specifically. This helped me focus my search based on my qualifications. Then, I looked at the websites and positions for the companies I was interested in. I took notes, so that I could reference them between conversations during the fair. The notes were helpful, because I could get a quick refresher on things like values, areas of expertise and what they were looking for before talking to the recruiters. After each conversation, I updated my notes with who I talked to and a few bullet points of what we talked about. I used these notes later so that I could write more personal thank-you emails. Lauren Tancer, MBA 2019

November 10, 2017

Namrata Nagdev Shares Experience at Marketing Insights Conference

Namrata Nagdev, full-time MBA student, shares her experiences at the Marketing Insights Conference, sponsored by Weatherhead’s Marketing & Strategy Club.

Last week, Weatherhead’s Marketing & Strategy Club hosted the Marketing Insights Conference, a
spectacular event with three speakers from different industries enchanting us with their exciting work and their vision of the future. I loved each of the three talks but was particularly moved by Matt Eaves, who is the vice president of digital marketing at University Hospitals (UH).

Matt started off the talk by introducing the shift in the healthcare industry landscape from fee-for-service to fee-for-pay. This shift made the reduction in patient re-admissions and improved customer satisfaction a key in deciding the eligible hospital reimbursement. These two goals put patient experience in the center of strategic planning.

Witnessing the strides taken by UH to improve the patient experience and ensure a pleasant journey right from the time a patient walks into the hospital until the time s/he is recovering at home was very moving. For example, Matt told us an interesting point that can potentially save millions of dollars over the years and reduce patient wait time, which is a big pain-point for patients. He explained how a small change in the design of the hospital hallways helped patients get to their appointments faster. It may seem like a small thing but, on a holistic level, this small thing adds up in efficient use of time, and over years it’s millions of dollars! Patients start getting backed up on appointments because, starting at the beginning of the day, some people are late by three to four minutes. As this progresses throughout the day, the last patient for the day could be waiting for two hours to get to their appointment and this is costing the entire system.

I never would’ve imagined that this solution would improve the patient experience and be worth millions of dollars to the hospital! It is interesting how small changes have a huge impact. I would encourage everyone to attend college events and make full use of the opportunity to learn from the best!

November 3, 2017

Exploring Cleveland: 2017 Holiday Events

The following blog post is brought to you by George Smiltins 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.

With midterms in the books, it is a perfect time to get out of the house and explore all the seasonal delights Northeast Ohio has to offer.  Warmer temperatures are still lingering, but the coming of November promises that winter isn’t too far around the corner. Here are a few suggested activities that will help you embrace the changing seasons:

Here are a few links that will get you started exploring the outdoors:

The Cleveland Flea Holiday Showcase
This event will allow you to look for unique gifts for the upcoming holiday season. You have several weekend to choose from, but be sure to get your tickets in advance: Nov. 10-12 and 17-19; Dec. 8-10 and 15-17.

Winter Wine & Ale Fest
Taste all that local wineries, breweries, and restaurants have to offer Saturday, Nov. 18.

Every year, the Cleveland Botanical Gardens transforms with dazzling Christmas trees, a giant gingerbread competition, holiday music and much more. Nov. 24-Dec. 31.

On November 25th, Downtown Cleveland will host Winterfest featuring a tree-lighting ceremony, fireworks display, horse-drawn carriage rides, ice skating, live music, food trucks, pop-up shopping, and more.

Holiday Lights Trolley Tours
Board a red Lolly the Trolley and get a guided holiday tour of Cleveland, or a visit to the house from the famous holiday movie "A Christmas Story."

Holiday Theater & Musical Productions
Check out some of the many holiday performances throughout the city, including Playhouse Square, and The Beck Center for the Arts,

Sporting Events
Go check out a Cavaliers basketball game or our very own hockey team, the Cleveland Monsters.

October 19, 2017

Career Fair Tips: Fall Career Fair is Oct 27!

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

The Weatherhead Fall Career Fair on Friday, October 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in PBL, is fast approaching and it is time to prep for the event! Do not come unprepared, come over prepared! Is there such a thing?! Probably not. CMO wants to stress the importance of knowing your audience (the employers) and knowing your story. Why are you talking to that specific company? What draws you to that role? Why are you a good fit?

Here are some pro tips:

Before the Fair
  • Review the companies on the digital Employer Guide  also provided in CareerLink under Workshops – Weatherhead Fall Career Fair
  •  Create a list of top companies: Research your top companies using CMO’s Company Research Resources document found in CareerLink under Document Library
  • Apply for any posted roles that fit your career path: If you apply in advance it will allow you to more quickly advance in the process post-fair.
  • Determine your pitch for each company: Tailor your story to the company and position. Your unique interest in that specific company should shine through.
During the Fair
  • The first company you approach at the Career Fair should be a company that is NOT at the top of your list! Practice your pitch and get out your jitters on companies that are not on the top of your list. Then, when it matters most, you’ll be more relaxed and confident.
  • Bring hard copies of your resume and business cards if you have them. Business cards can be created at Printing Services on campus.
  • Build a rapport with company representative. Before jumping into your story ask a question like, “How’s the day going for you?” – this is enough to break the ice and get a conversation going.
  • Write down every recruiter’s name and details about the company and position. Ask for the recruiter’s business card if the conversation went well. If you can’t get a business card then write down their name and look them up later
After the Fair
  • Write down any new information about each role/company.
  • Write follow-up emails to recruiters that you met. Look them up on LinkedIn or CareerShift (found under Jobs tab in CareerLink) and send follow-up email after the fair.

October 12, 2017

What's Happening this Halloween? Your guide to all things spooky (or not so much)

How will you celebrate Halloween this year? While we’re sure your first answer is the Weatherheadless Ball held here in PBL on Oct. 28, there are a lot of other events to add to your calendar as well. Check out some of our favorites:

Cleveland MetroParks Boo at the Zoo
Fun for the whole family, this annual Halloween tradition features candy stations, train rides, music, the carousel and 4D theater, all happening among the zoo animals.

Fridays through Sundays, Oct. 13-29
5-9 p.m.
More info 

Indoor movie night at Mahall's: "The Thing"
Mahall’s in Lakewood has a lot to offer, such as live music and bowling. But did you know they also have regular indoor movie nights? Be sure to catch this year’s Halloween flick, John Carpenter’s “The Thing.”

Saturday, Oct. 14
9 p.m. to midnight
More info

Spooky Pooch Parade
Dress up your pup and come on down to Lakewood’s annual pooch parade.

Saturday, Oct. 21
12:30-3:30 p.m.
More info 

HalloWeekends and The Great Pumpkinfest at Cedar Point
During HalloWeekends (Friday and Saturday nights thru the end of October), Cedar Point becomes a spooky spot with creepy characters, haunted attractions and a Monster Midway Invasion Celebration Parade. Or, bring the kids for some family fun and attend The Great Pumpkinfest Saturdays and Sundays.

Thru Oct. 29
More info

Haunted Tours
Bet you didn’t realize just how haunted a city like Cleveland can be… check out this list of Northeast Ohio’s best haunted tours, featuring cemeteries, monuments and other scary sites.

Dates and times vary
More info

Haunted Houses
And who could forget the most popular Halloween activity… the haunted house. Check out’s 2017 Haunted House Guide and get all the scares your heart desires (or can take).

Locations, dates and times vary
More info

October 2, 2017

Shark Tank Team at Lubrizol: Teng Yang shares his experiences

Teng Yang is a candidate in Weatherhead's MBA program and had a summer internship at Lubrizol.

School has started back up now and it’s in full swing. There are group projects that need to be worked on for just about every class. On top of that, I have things I need to do as a TA for Dr. Solow, and I am working on my job search. In short, it’s not hard to stay busy and opportunities can be found by being busy.

I had the wonderful opportunity to intern with Lubrizol over the summer and worked on the Shark Tank team developing new business ideas. Today I got to see the fruits of my work being pitched at the final Shark Tank event. It was inspiring to see an organization like Lubrizol embrace innovation and pursue future opportunities. The event was a show of commitment to innovation at Lubrizol. It was also nice to see that our learnings from school are being utilized and championed at companies like Lubrizol. Some examples of this are the customer understanding approach of product development, the need to understand your own capabilities, and the need to develop a strong value proposition.

I think the biggest take away of all today was the lessons learned portion at the end of the event. The idea of “make friends” was mentioned by almost all the presenters. None of the projects would take off without the support of the people who had a hand in the project. I think this can be applied to me as well; I can’t succeed without the support of the people around me and the people around me can’t succeed without my support.

September 22, 2017

Venturing Beyond PBL: A breakdown of nearby study spots

Stephanie Hagen is a candidate in Weatherhead's MBA program.

With the end of September fast approaching, students are settling into the familiar routine of classes, job/internship hunting, and bemoaning our lack of free time. Where the first-year MBAs generally all share the same schedule, we second-years have scattered to explore different electives. Yet there is one thing we all still have in common: homework. The Peter B. Lewis Building has plenty of inviting study nooks, but with most—if not all—of our classes in PBL, it can be far too easy to never venture beyond the building. Take advantage of the warmer weather (while it lasts!) to check out some of these alternative study spots.

1. The Coffee House
Distance from PBL: 0.2 miles (5-minute walk)

Despite its name, The Coffee House doesn’t have the greatest coffee. What it does offer is plenty of tables, a cozy atmosphere, and decent hours. Come here with a friend for group study—or don’t, you’ll probably run into someone you know.

Go here when: You really need a jolt of caffeine to make it through that evening class; it’s too cold to walk any farther; you don’t mind overhearing someone’s job interview.

2. Kelvin Smith Library

Distance from PBL: 0.3 miles (6-minute walk)

Ignore the scattered tables and comfy chairs near the entrance—head up the curving staircase to the large, well-lit study room on the third floor. Though often busy, it’s usually easy to snag a table; all are equipped with swivel chairs and charging ports. Or, if you need even more focus, there are individual desk pods with shielding walls to guard against that overly talkative friend. Newsflash: Apparently there is also a grad student/faculty-only study room on the second floor, if you get tired of the undergrads.

Go here when: The deathly silence might help you finally buckle down and study for tomorrow’s exam; you’re sifting through an armful of books from the stacks across the hall; you’re tired of PBL but don’t know where else to go (no worries, that’s what this post is for!).

3. Cleveland Museum of Art

Distance from PBL: 0.3 miles (7-minute walk)

Did you know that one of the world’s most visited art museums is just a short walk away—and it’s free? The museum’s spacious, airy atrium brings light to the dreariest of Wednesday afternoons. Check your backpack at the front desk, grab a tandoori wrap from the café, and park your laptop near the perimeter of the densely packed tables. Be aware, it does get busy (and noisy) during peak lunch hours.

Go here when: You could use a break from calculating cycle time to admire Church’s Twilight in the Wilderness; it’s freezing outside but you’re craving sunlight; you don’t mind some ambient noise.

4. Presti’s Bakery

Distance from PBL: 0.5 miles (12-minute walk)

By now you’ve probably heard of Presti’s—the bustling café in Little Italy serving up decadent desserts to a hectic crowd. But it’s a different place in the off hours, when the tables are mostly empty aside from a few older folks enjoying their afternoon coffee, and the soft rock on the radio barely covers the hum from the gelato freezer. Grab a number and pick your poison—is there ever a bad time for pizza by the slice?

Go here when: You’re hungry; your laptop is already fully charged; you can avoid the mealtime rush.

5. Rising Star Coffee

Distance from PBL: 0.6 miles (14-minute walk)

By far the best coffee shop around campus. Satisfy your inner hipster with an Aeropress or pour-over of an exotically named blend like the “Nueva Armenia”—or give in and try one of the delicious specialty lattes. If the tables are full, there’s usually an extra chair at the wraparound counter.

Go here when: You’re in the mood for an excellent cup of coffee; you have time for a bit of a walk; you’ve finally joined the ranks of the cool kids.

This is just a (not-so-random) sample of some of the great places nearby—where is your go-to study spot?

September 15, 2017

First Impressions: Thoughts from First-Year Grad Students

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

It has been about a month on campus. Classes are in full swing. Assignments and events are filling your calendar. At CMO we hope everyone is enjoying the first few weeks of graduate life and that your graduate experience here at Weatherhead is a feeling of elation like the current mood of Cleveland Tribe fansundefeatable and history making!

We reached out to a few students to see just how Weatherhead has started to make an impression on each of them. We asked them the following questions—scroll on down to check out each of their responses!

1. What is the most interesting aspect about Cleveland?
2. What did you like about Orientation?
3. What clubs did you join and why?
4. What are you most excited for in this coming year?
5. What has been most surprising to you since coming to Cleveland/joining the program?

Brooke Bridges, First-Year MBA

1. The most interesting aspect about Cleveland is that Playhouse Square houses the largest outdoor chandelier in the world. It was my first must-see when I arrived in Cleveland!
2. My favorite part of orientation was attending the ropes course. It allowed me to connect with my classmates that I hadn’t had the opportunity to talk with yet. It allowed us to get to know each other in a fun and comfortable atmosphere.
3. I joined Women in Business, Multicultural Club, Marketing Club and Wine Club. I joined these clubs so that I could meet students from all the different programs of Weatherhead. I look forward to having the opportunity to listen to influential women and to learn about different people’s cultures.
4. I am most excited to have the chance to work in teams. Being able to work in diverse groups with people from different parts of the world and different skill sets will help me to grow and to be able to work with different types of leaders in the future.
5. I am most surprised how quickly I’ve been able to become acclimated to Cleveland and to going back to school. Weatherhead has made it an easy transition from moving across the country. Everyone from the faculty and staff, to my classmates have made Cleveland feel like home.

Antwand Hill, First-Year MAcc 
1. Personally, I would have to say the most interesting part about Cleveland is the professional sports teams. I am a die-hard Cleveland fan and recently the Cavaliers and Indians have had so much success that it is difficult not to support them. The Browns have been my favorite team for the last 15 years, no matter how much they struggle at times I will always support them. The future is very bright for all Cleveland professional sports teams.
2. In terms of orientation, I appreciated the fact that I had an opportunity to meet some of my classmates before classes started. We discussed our current work experience as well as our future aspirations.
3. I am currently working to join Beta Alpha Psi (BAP). BAP provides a great environment to network with professionals as well as volunteers in the community.
4. I am looking forward to two things this school year. I am looking forward to becoming the first person in my family with a Masters degree! I am also looking to securing a full-time audit position with a company that will aid in the development of my professional career.
5. The most surprising thing since I have joined the program has been the GreenLink/BlueLink shuttle that runs every 20 minutes to takes students around campus.

Shu Liu, First-Year MSM-Finance
1. I think the most interesting aspect about Cleveland is the artistic environment here. I love the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, not only can I enjoy the symphony orchestra in Severance Hall, but also I can enjoy it in my home through the broadcast. Also, there are lots of museums around our campus, that is fantastic!
2. I think orientation is great in several aspects. First, the bingo game is a good idea for our students to get to know each other. Also, it is a quite informative orientation and new students can receive lots of useful information related to our study and life.
3. I joined several clubs, including the public speaking club and the healthcare club. I chose public speaking club because I hope to practice my public speaking skills, also I hope to make friends with similar interests as me. Also, I am interested in the healthcare industries, so I hope to acquire more information on this area through the healthcare club. I hope these clubs will enrich my study journey and make my life more colorful.
4. Well, I think I am most excited for this coming year is that the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra will have several wonderful performances in the following year. I already have the FANS card for this year’s performances!
5. A surprising aspect for me is the learning environment in Weatherhead. I love this competitive learning environment; it is a great way to motivate me to make progress in my study.

Xinyi Ye, First-Year MSM-Operations Research and Supply Chain
1. The weather changes so quickly in Clevelanda joke here that when it rains here, wait for 5 minutes and it’ll be gone!
2. Orientation was well designed in detail so we could meet with all the people in the schoolpeople that could further assist us in the future when I have questions about school, work or life. And it also had one especially for international students so that we could quickly learn all the useful information regarding student visa, opt during a day of orientation.
3. I didn't join any clubs yet!
4. I’m excited to learn more useful knowledge throughout the second semester and apply what I have learned in the first semester. And internship hunting is going to be stressful and exciting as well.
5. People in Cleveland are really hyper about sportsthe Cavs, the Indians and the Browns! And the people in the program and the entire school are really helpfulthey’re trying to provide you with the most useful information and knowledge in the industry, the most helpful way of finding internships and jobs, and the lady at the front desk is very pleasant to talk with!

September 1, 2017

Welcome back and who's who in STEX

The following blog post is brought to you by George Smiltins 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

The Office of Student Experience (STEX) would like to welcome all of our students to campus for the fall semester! Our office has been busy over the summer planning for new student orientation and also organizing a number of events for the fall. Judging by our conversations with you over the last few weeks, we can tell that this year is going to be both an exciting and engaging one!

Here are some early events to put on your calendar! Please register at the links below (also found on the Weatherhead Event Calendar)

Welcome Back BBQ 
Thursday, September 7th, 4pm to 6pm. Outside of Peter B. Lewis Building. Register by Tuesday, September 5th. Students will receive tickets for entry at close of registration.

WSOM Graduate Student Club Fair
Thursday, September 7th, 12pm to 4pm. PBL Building. No Registration Required.

Cleveland Browns Football vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday, September 10, 1 p.m., First Energy Stadium. Tickets: $25 ($55 dollar value)

We’d also like to take the time to introduce you to a few key people in the landscape of the Weatherhead Graduate Student Experience:

Meenakshi Sharma is the assistant dean of career & student affairs. In addition to her role as head of the Career Management Office, Meenakshi oversees the Student Experience Office providing advice on event management as well as counsel to students to ensure their personal growth.

George Smiltins (me) is student services specialist. As an advocate for all students at Weatherhead, it is my job to make sure you have all the resources (University-wide, at WSOM, or in the larger local community) you need to thrive during your time with us. My role often takes the form of assisting students with immigration concerns, academic problems, health issues, or personal matters that may disrupt their ability to focus on their program. Additionally, I am responsible for coordinating events for the student population. Contact me if you have ideas for what you would like to see this year!

Mimi Filsinger is our student experience coordinator. Her 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!

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 a seven-person executive board, the president and vice president are well supported and ambitious!

Wenlong Ma is the Graduate Business Student Association president. Wenlong consults with the STEX team on major plans for GBSA and acts as a link between the student body and the administration.

Zihan Xiong (Kelsey) is the Graduate Business Student Association vice-president. Kelsey is tasked primarily with advising student clubs in the planning and execution of their events. Kelsey also consults with the STEX team on logistics and insights to help clubs become most effective.

2017-2018 GBSA Executive Board
President: Wenlong Ma
Executive Vice President: Zihan Xiong (Kelsey)
VP of Academic Affairs: Lauren Nelson
VP Finance: Tianjiao Liu (Liz)
VP Social and Cultural Activities: Ben Forman
VP Marketing and Communications: Maria Landaeta
VP Operations: Navid Tavoli

August 25, 2017

End-of-Summer Events in the CLE

Cap off summer with some fun events around the city these next few weeks, since we all know the winter weather will be here soon enough. We've pulled together just a small sampling of the many things Cleveland has to offer; feel free to comment on this post with some of your own ideas of not-to-be-missed happenings going on in the CLE.

Heights Music Hop, Sept. 7-9
  • EUCFest Block Party: Explore Uptown in University Circle with this fifth annual event featuring live music, food from Uptown vendors and more. 8/25
  • Akron Pride Festival: This inaugural pride festival aims to unify and and affirm the LGBTQ community and allies in celebrating our diversity and recognizing our likeness. 8/26
  • Cleveland Garlic Festival: Enjoy live music, children's activities, and moreand lots of your favorite garlic-laden food. 8/26-8/27
  • One World Cleveland Day: The official event of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens since 1946, celebrating peace through mutual understanding. 8/27
  • Great Geauga County Fair: With over 13,000 exhibits, 2,000 animals, live music, rides and tons of food, among other things, you'll find something for everyone. 8/31-9/4
  • Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest: Too many activities, shows, food vendors to mention! Don't forget to check out the schedule for the Bier Garten. 9/1-9/4
  • Peninsula Flea at Heritage Farms: This upscale and artsy flea market strives to offer only the highest of quality items from eclectic artists, craftspeople and collectors. 9/2
  • Cleveland National Air Show: The Air Show is Cleveland’s Labor Day Weekend tradition with three days of aerial thrills featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. 9/2-9/4
  • Heights Music Hop: Free live music festival in unique places throughout Cleveland Heights business district. 9/7-9/9
  • NEOCycle: The nation's largest urban cycling festival with lots of races, rides and more to offer. 9/8-9/10
  • SkunkFest: Yes, this is a real thing. A friendly gathering for skunk lovers and owners (offering way more than just simply skunks) that you'll have to see to believe. 9/9

August 14, 2017

Intern Report: Cori Finefrock at Eaton Corporation Part III

Cori Finefrock is a candidate in Weatherhead's MBA program.

Summer is finally coming to a close and on days like semi-stormy Friday, it really feels like Fall is knocking on our door. This week I have spent my time unpacking boxes, working on an assignment for Richard Boyatzis’ Leading Change from a Complexity Perspective class, and trying to figure out how to finagle a better parking spot on campus. It seems surreal that only one week ago my life was in Georgia, I was eating lunch with the HR team in Eaton’s Lighting Division and getting ready for my final presentation.

The last month was a whirlwind, filled with completing projects and tying up loose ends. But one of the most enlightening and beneficial opportunities was the long-awaited manufacturing experience. On July 22nd, two other interns and I spent 8 hours on the manufacturing line, updating an old product model with a new censor. Our site’s manufacturing line is not the full-scale manufacturing production you might be envisioning. This is more like a boutique manufacturing line that makes test models, searches and recommends fixes for new product lines and produces small batch orders. There are about 20 workers, mostly women, who work this line 10 hours a day, four days a week. They were deft teachers and master managers of the products and their time. We rotated stations every few hours so that each worker knew how to update this particular product from start to finish. It very cool to work with wires and power tools and state-of-the-art technology. The next day my hands were sore in ways I didn’t know they could be. The women were cordial and wanted to know where I was from, how I met my fiancé, what I was studying in school, what I thought of the South. Most of them are from the greater Atlanta area, or southern Georgia. They talked about their grandchildren and children, summer picnics, former jobs, and the best way to get rid of cockroaches. I was tired at the end of the day, but was sincerely proud to have a physical representation of the all the work we had completed.

Working in HR, it is critical to understand the environment in which your employees operate, especially when those environments can vary from position to position. Working in engineering it is equally important to see how the parts you designed are put together. Many of our engineering interns came out of this experience with a greater perspective on how to design products to be manufactured efficiently.

So much of our world is becoming digital and technological, and maybe even what seems permanently manual now won’t be in the future. But on some level, at some juncture, creating something will always be personal. This was an amazing reminder of that.               

As this is my last internship blog post, I don’t want to wax philosophical on the manufacturing world too long. So, I will leave with a few pieces of advice for future interns:

  • An internship is just as much about learning about yourself as it is learning about the company. Ask anyone whose ear you can catch about their experience with the company and ask yourself about your values and goals. See where the two align.
  • Do not spend any energy comparing yourself to your classmates or other interns. Each internship is what YOU make of it, so spend your energy on getting as much out of it as possible. It goes by so fast!
  • Do yourself a favor and update your resume as the summer progresses. By the end of the internship you will have a hard time remembering everything you’ve accomplished.
  • Stay in touch. During your first year of the MBA program you learn a lot about networking and how to appropriately make and utilize new connections. An internship is an open door to many, many new connections. These are people who can help you figure out what it is you want from a job, what it is you have to offer, if this company or another is right for you. Don’t let this rare chance to meet new people pass you by.
It was an amazing summer with Eaton. I can’t thank my team members and my fellow interns enough for being engaging and thoughtful colleagues.

Now comes the really fun part – applying for jobs!

Pictured above: Eaton Lighting Division Intern Class 2017