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!

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