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 AIM2Flourish.com. 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, gss10@case.edu and Wenlong Ma, wxm157@case.edu .

Best of luck!