March 19, 2018

CMO Hosts CLE Healthcare Trek

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Career Management Office recently hosted a Healthcare Trek on February 9. The day began with breakfast and networking at the Cleveland Clinic including a presentation from Distance Health. Then students went to University Hospitals for conversation with UH CFO Michael Szubski and lunch and discussion with the Department of Operational Effectiveness. The day ended at MetroHealth speaking with Julie Jacono, director of strategy & business development, and a networking reception with Weatherhead alumni. It was a very productive day with a wide variety of topics including:

Values-based healthcare
Role of big data in healthcare, and how data is being used to drive improvements and clinical outcomes
Policy and government in healthcare
Strategies to cut costs and save money within the healthcare industry
Innovation within healthcare
Process improvement 

Harsh Ranjan, MBA ’19 Candidate, gave his thoughts on the trek:

Provide an overview of your day/experience:

Being an international student, I had very little knowledge about the American Healthcare system, but by the end of the day, I had a newfound respect for the industry and professionals. It is amazing to get an insight of how they are striving to come up with innovative ways to serve people in need while adhering to the stringent laws and policies governing the industry, which can often be a hindrance when trying out something new.

What was the highlight of the healthcare trek for you?

It was interesting to know how all of the three hospitals we visited were in a fierce competition with one another, highlighting the highly competitive nature of this industry. Additionally, we were exposed to how each one of them is developing unique solutions to differentiate themselves by targeting various population segments and providing customized services appealing to their respective market audience.

How did the trek impact your career interests/goals?

Our MBA courses at Weatherhead have taught us various strategies/concepts along with the use of analytical tools which can be useful for each of the three hospitals we visited. The trek has made me confident that I can contribute to this industry and has definitely highlighted the healthcare industry as an interesting career option. 

Why should a student consider participating in a trek?

The healthcare system is one of the biggest industries in the country. This trek taps into Weatherhead's close proximity to three major institutions to give you the inside scoop and the opportunity to connect with the upper echelons of the industry, which can lead to future career/internship opportunities. Even if you don't have an interest in healthcare, I would recommend participating since it will enlighten you with hidden facts and figures that will change your perspective of the healthcare industry for sure!

March 1, 2018

Student thoughts on the International Alumni Panel

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Weatherhead's Career Management Office hosted the annual International Alumni Panel and Luncheon on February 3, 2018. This event features alumni who share their past experiences and how they landed positions in the United States. We had an outstanding response with 25 alumni coming back to campus to share their stories. This event has proven to be an effective way to get first-hand knowledge on the career search as an international student.  

International Alumni Panel & Luncheon is always hosted at the beginning of the Spring semester. We highly recommend that you attend next year and every future opportunity that involves alumni. Remember to frequently check CareerLink to see what Workshops and Information Sessions will be happening next.

WSOM graduate students shared their thoughts on the event:

1.  Describe the best insight(s) you received from alumni?

      “I attended the alumni panel and met with the ORSC alumni such as Gloria, ShaSha and Lu Liu. The best insights I received from them include networking and being communicative with people around. As international students, we tend to stay in our comfort zone only hanging out with friends that we know. They told me that it is not just enough to find opportunities for a career or advance in careers and receiving recommendations on LinkedIn helps. As a Business Analytics student, I also asked for some analytics advice from Robert Chen from MTD. He said SQL and R are very powerful and widely used tools that we all should be proficient in. As I will be starting my internship at the Cleveland Clinic Business Intelligence department, I was advised by Amy Chen, MBA, from the Cleveland Clinic, that I should also look at my future goals before considering a H1B sponsorship from a company or organization. Especially, we should make sure that we fit in with the company's culture or if there is a possibility to grow within the organization.”  Su Latt, MSM-Business Analytics Candidate 2018

“I learned things such as… the right way to reach to alumni, how to handle behavioral interviews, follow-up email matters, and that it’s important to understand/know the company/profile you are applying for.” Mohan Kantamaneni, MBA Candidate 2018

“The best insight I received was to always remain in a positive attitude during the job search.” Yifei Xu, MSM-Finance Candidate 2019

2. What was your favorite part of the event?

“My favorite part was the ORSC Alumni Panel, where all the alumni seem to agree on all core skills such as great interpersonal communication, being a team player, presentation skills, networking, analytics skills and problem solving.” Su Latt, MSM-Business Analytics Candidate 2018

“My favorite part was the panel session with alumni from different fields sharing insights.” Mohan Kantamaneni, MBA Candidate 2018

“I really enjoyed having the ability to talk to alumni face-to-face.” Yifei Xu, MSM-Finance Candidate 2019

3. Would you recommend the event to other students?

I would definitely recommend this event to other students—not only international but also domestic students. These alumni gave us great points on the success not only in searching for a job but also in the workplace and possible promotion opportunities. Especially if we know we are interested in a particular company, it is a great opportunity to network with someone who went through the same process that we will be going through. It's always refreshing to hear from someone from the company or organization that you are interested in because they know the company internally.” Su Latt, MSM-Business Analytics Candidate 2018

“Yes, definitely!” Mohan Kantamaneni, MBA Candidate 2018

“I recommend this event greatly.” Yifei Xu, MSM-Finance Chain Candidate 2019

February 8, 2018

Student Report: 100 Days Until Graduation

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

It’s hard to believe there are now less than 100 days left until graduation! (Not that anyone is keeping track, but the Cleveland Marathon’s website has a convenient countdown.) As a full-time MBA student, it can be easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of classes, homework, and applying for jobs (or, for those more fortunate among us, working at said jobs) and forget to appreciate our time at Weatherhead.

One of the highlights from my MBA experience has been the opportunity to work at the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. The Fowler Center is based on the idea that by creating value for society and the environment, businesses can create even more value for customers and shareholders—“doing good” can (and should) be part of a company’s core mission, not just an afterthought.

This is such a refreshing idea. When I was first applying to business schools, I had just left Washington, DC, and my prior dreams of changing the world through public service. A part of me wondered if I was selling out, giving up any ambition of making a positive impact on a larger scale. 

However, as I started to explore Weatherhead and the Fowler Center, I realized that business could also be a powerful force for good in the world.

As a Fowler Family Fellow, I’ve had the opportunity to work part-time with the Fowler Center. In helping with research and event planning for various projects, I’ve come to appreciate even more the importance of business in shaping the future. Here are two examples:

AIM2Flourish: AIM2Flourish is a global initiative that highlights businesses around the world that This is a pretty cool experience! Last year, I interviewed the owner of Storehouse Tea, a local organic tea company that focuses on hiring refugees. Not only is the company fully committed to social and environmental responsibility, but it also offers amazing loose-leaf teas. 
are helping to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. As part of our core course in Sustainability, first-year MBAs at Weatherhead interview a business leader and write about their innovations in stories that are published on

Other Cleveland-based companies highlighted range from BrownFlynn, a sustainability consulting firm, and EPOCH Pi, an investment firm focused on conscious capitalism, to Sherwin Williams, which recently introduced an antibacterial paint, and Great Lakes Brewing Company, a craft beer company focused on the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit. Right now, the Fowler Center is working on the logistics for the 2018 Flourish Prizes and a local Cleveland celebration in the spring…stay tuned!

Fourth Global Forum: Every three years, the Fowler Center brings together executives, entrepreneurs, and change agents to explore how flourishing enterprise can improve performance. The most recent Global Forum happened last summer, from June 14 to June 16 at the Tinkham Veale University Center. The other Fellows and I helped with the behind-the-scenes logistics to make sure the event ran smoothly and got to listen in on the keynote presentations. One of the coolest parts involved bringing Flourish Prize winners from around the world—including students, professors, and business leaders—to Cleveland to participate. It was amazing to see how individuals from completely different industries, backgrounds, and countries shared a dedication to business as a force for good.

The Fowler Center was key to my decision to come to Weatherhead, and it has continued to shape my perspective on the role of business in society. I’m excited to look for ways to put these ideas into practice as I start my post-MBA career!

February 1, 2018

GBSA Executive Board Election: 11 Open Board Seats!

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

Hello Students! 

It is time to let your voice be heard at Weatherhead! GBSA Executive Board Election season has commenced! This is a call for full-time WSOM grad students who will be returning next year to consider running for one of the 11 open GBSA board seats.

GBSA plays an important role in our continued growth and success as a school. Not only do they organize great events, such as the Weatherheadless Ball, Casino Night and Multicultural Festivals, they also facilitate the active community of student leaders who brought you a host of wonderful events this year. Moreover, GBSA provides a link between the students and the faculty and administration at the school. They create a collaborative, working relationship that helps shape programming and day-to-day life here in Peter B. Lewis and beyond. 

There are many roles within the executive board and each specializes in an important area such as cultural events, academics and student activity finances. Or consider one of the newly created Program Representative positions designed to increase representation on the board from all WSOM classes. 

Available positions:

● President
● Executive Vice President
● Vice President of Academic Affairs
● Vice President of Marketing & Communications
● Vice President of Finance
● Vice President of Operations
● Vice President of Social & Cultural Activities
● Program Representative - MBA FT 
● Program Representative - MSFI 
● Program Representative - OR/SC 
● Program Representative - MACC


● Full-time WSOM graduate student
● GPA of 3.0 or higher.
● Students must be in good standing (not subject of ongoing academic or other university investigation, or found responsible for any such violation).
● Students running for President and Executive Vice President MUST have at least TWO years of work
experience and be enrolled at Weatherhead for full upcoming academic year (Expected Graduation Spring 2019 or later)

Candidate platforms are due February 8th by 11:59 p.m. If you are interested in running or have more questions, reach out to George Smiltins, and Wenlong Ma, .

Best of luck!

January 29, 2018

Student Report: My Favorite Semester by Lauren Nelson

Lauren Nelson is a candidate in Weatherhead's MBA program.

It has finally set in that this is my last semester at Weatherhead, and a mix of emotions have surfaced! I’m excited, energized and a bit sad at the same time.This semester is by far my favorite already, and I’ll tell you why:

Reason #1: Tanzania
A big fan of studying abroad since undergrad, I have to admit that I was skeptical of what we could learn and the impact we could possibly make while traveling for only 10 days in Tanzania during our Social Entrepreneurship course led by Dan Lacks of the Case School of Engineering and Weatherhead's Michael Goldberg, expert on entrepreneurship in transitioning economies. However, boy was I pleasantly surprised! The trip began with a touristy safari where I got to see animals in their natural habitat in a way that I would never have imagined. When we proceeded to the “course” part of the trip, thanks to Goldberg’s expert networking skills we were connected with high-achieving high-energy entrepreneurs from the bustling fintech space to shared mobility to e-commerce. I can’t say enough about how interesting I found the payment revolution there--companies like MPesa are working to bring mobile payments to citizens who are “unbanked,” having huge implications for their earning potential. We got to see our professor in his element, energizing the crowd with the message that they too could be a mecca of innovation and gave paths for tapping into the entrepreneurial potential of transitioning economies. 

In contrast, we also got to experience the remote island of Tumbatu just a few kilometers from Zanzibar, for a solar panel installation in the village of Junguwe led by chemical engineering professor Dan Lacks. It was the first time I met anyone who didn’t know who Obama was or what the United States meant. And yet, I was able to teach some Tumbatu children tic-tac-toe and “the line game” and have a bunch of fun. The experience taught me how truly everyone has capacity to be an entrepreneur, and that entrepreneurship is a vehicle for change. 

We got to bond with the mother of the home where we installed solar panels in Tumbatu.

My teammates along with the founders of the e-commerce startup who we'll be consulting for this semester.

Reason #2: Academics! (Nerdy, I know...)
I am also OBSESSED with my classes this semester. After two weeks so many of my questions have been answered in both my Entrepreneurial Finance and my Negotiations courses. Questions like: What the heck is Series A? What is venture capital? How do you value a startup? How do I negotiate my salary (super important for the next reason)? 

Reason #3: I have a job!
This week I accepted a position as a User Centered Designer for post-graduation at Goodyear in their Global Innovation Group. Now I get to eat, sleep, breathe the future of mobility. How cool is that?! OK, maybe it’s just me… 

Reason #4: My own STARTUP! 
Spring semester of second year is awesome because everyone is required to be a part of a startup. This is particularly exciting because I get to put everything I’ve learned in semester 1 of AMES, and in Economics of Technical Entrepreneurship and Innovation that I took last semester with Scott Shane. I can’t tell you too much, because, well, it’s just a baby startup right now but I will get back to you with more information in the coming weeks and months as it matures! You might just want to be our first customer… 

All in all, this semester is really different because I can finally see the future, and why I worked so hard to get to this point. The relationships that I’ve developed with classmates, Design Club members and Design For America Project Team members will be everlasting. I’m so excited to see the fruits of the growing momentum of Design at Weatherhead and hope to stay engaged as an alumna. We’re not there yet, though! There are still over three months to go. I will savor every last moment.

January 19, 2018

Spring semester career plan checklist

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The Career Management Office welcomes you back to campus! We hope you had a wonderful holiday break. With the New Year comes a re-focus on your career search. The first objective is to start expanding your network and actively applying for positions. We have outlined a checklist to be sure you are on track to reach your career goals. We look forward to connecting with you this semester!

1.      Update resume with new class projects or internship information
2.      Schedule a CMO meeting to practice your storyline, pitch and individual career strategy
3.      Review your LinkedIn profile and make updates
4.      Outreach to two networking contacts a week; schedule two informational interviews
5.      Check CareerLink weekly for job postings and employer events

1.      Outreach to three networking contacts a week; schedule three informational interviews
2.      Schedule a CMO meeting for mock interviews; Practice your pitch with five people
3.      Identify your top employers and conduct informational interviews; seek and apply for positions
4.     CWRU/WSOM events: CWRU career fair (Monday, Feb. 12, 2018); WSOM Casino Night (Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018)
5.      Check CareerLink weekly for job postings and employer events

1.      Outreach to five networking contacts a week; schedule four informational interviews; follow up with connections
2.      Schedule a meeting with CMO to review email communication, mock interviews and career strategy
3.      Meet with two professors about your career goals and ask for advice
4.      Identify and attend two networking events
5.      Check CareerLink weekly for job postings and employer events

1.      Outreach to six networking contacts a week; schedule informational interviews; follow up with connections
2.      Schedule a meeting with CMO to review email communication, mock interviews and career strategy
3.      Check CareerLink weekly for job postings and employer events

Mark your calendars for the following workshops in Spring 2018!

Express Advising
Monday’s from 4:30 – 5:40; Tuesdays from 11:00 – 12:00 and Wednesdays from 2:30 – 3:30

Some Important CMO Events: Please continue to check CareerLink for updated events.




January 18, 2018

Student report: My last semester in the MBA program by Teng Yang

Teng Yang is a candidate in Weatherhead's MBA program.

My last semester of the MBA program has officially started. I’m taking ORBH 403, Developing Intrapersonal Skills for Managers. The schedule is a bit challenging because class is held from 6 to 10 pm but the content and methodology is very interesting. I always thought what separated graduate level studies and undergraduate studies is the ability for the student to decide how and what he/she should learn. This class does exactly that. The class is split into groups of 12-13 and each group will decide independently on the learning goals and how to achieve them. There is intentionally very little structure for the class so it can be challenging for some of the students.

I enjoy the class immensely because of the possibilities of discussions that could surface and the prospect of forming really close relationships with group members. The bonus of taking this class is that I can get done with one of my six classes before the semester starts. I would recommend this class for any graduate student who want to challenge themselves in a new and unique way.

As I mentioned earlier, this will be my last semester of the MBA program at Weatherhead School of Management. I’m going to focus more of my time on my job search this semester. I’m both really excited and apprehensive. I’m excited to be done with my education but I know I will miss the times spend at CWRU. I think I will feel more excited when I figure out my post school plans. Stay tuned for that!

January 5, 2018

Resolve to get more involved at Weatherhead!

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

Welcome back, students!                                                    

The second semester at Weatherhead is always exciting! New students have had time to get settled into life in Cleveland. There is no longer the uncertainty of getting your first grades in your courses. For graduating students, it is a final opportunity to take unique courses, build lasting relationships with your peers, and explore all that Weatherhead and Cleveland have to offer!

STEX is committed to providing you with many fun and engaging opportunities. One of the biggest events of the upcoming semester is fast approaching! On February 17, join your fellow Weatherhead students, alumni, faculty and staff for Casino Night 2018. This year’s event will be held at Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Fight the winter blues by coming out to play casino games, win prizes, check out the museum’s exhibits and dance the night away! The first 150 tickets are only $30. Buy tickets here!


Increasing your involvement with student activities is a great New Year’s resolution. For those of you ready to dive into 2018, make sure to check the event calendar regularly for all Weatherhead has to offer. Best wishes for a wonderful year!