2014 MBA Council Reps Elections

Class of 2014,
Below are introductions of candidates for the MBA Council Representatives:

Christian Castro
Felipe Leibholz
Justin Miller
Mohammed A Misbah
Rob Reznick
Sarah Williams

Christian Castro
What 5 words describe you, and why?
Genuine: I care about others, and love it when others succeed. Wacky: I’m definitely unique, eccentric, and sometimes out in left field. A selling point? Maybe, maybe not… you decide. Appreciative: I always keep an attitude of gratitude… it’s kept me positive and content in life. Athletic: my beer belly says otherwise (it’s not from beer though), but I love a nice competitive match in just about any sport… I’d rather play sports than watch them though, except for UFC and Tennis, which Prof Campbell apparently thinks I’m the only fan of, ha ha! Am I??? Risky: I love to take risks… I try to keep them calculated, but sometimes intuition takes over and pans out for me either much bigger, or much worse than expected. It’s the price I pay. MathDeficient: Is this the sixth word or the fifth? Ha ha, scratch this one off, ’cause I love math… I love data analysis, I love statistics… I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do than cram all night for stats/data analysis exams!!!
What makes you a good MBA Council Representative?
I’m not afraid to take big, calculated risks and move us in a direction of uncharted territory (no risk, no reward). Sounds cheesy, I know, but it’s true. I believe this representative position is about service. I welcome the opportunity to serve you and ensure we all get the most out of this short, 2 year program. I will be diligent and dedicated. And for anyone ever needing help in something, I will always be there for you, whether voted in or not. I mean that. May we all have a prosperous and eventful 2 years! Go Bucks! O-H… I can’t hear you!
What ideas do you have, should you be elected?
I’m just going to keep this short, sweet, and to the point. The main thing I would like to focus on is petitioning to get Steve Moore (facilities manager) to turn down the freakin’ A/C. We’re FREEZING in these classrooms. Just kidding, sort of. But on a more serious note, my emphasis will be on helping us build networks that work, networks that will serve us long after we’ve left this MBA program! And here’s what I mean. While it helps that we’ll all eventually be part of an alumni network of over half a million strong, in the end, what will always matter most is… who you know. For this reason, as an elected council member, I would work closely with the social chair to plan fun activities where we can get to know our fellow colleagues from other Fisher programs such as MLHR, MBLE, MAcc, SMFIN, etc. Getting to know them, can prove wildly advantageous to building meaningful networks that will work for us perpetually. Who knows, one of them may some day recommend one of us for a position at their firm, or vice versa. Ah the power of large meaningful networks! Oh and no more dried out whiteboard markers either!

Felipe Leibholz
What 5 words describe you, and why?
The 5 words that best describe me are driven, focused, approachable, positive and honest. It is difficult to explain why I think those words describe me. However, analysing the barriers I have overcome in my life towards my objectives and goals, lead me to the focused and driven words. Approachable, positive and honest are words that are related to the relationships I have developed, and the way I have pursued those objectives and goals.
What makes you a good MBA Council Representative?
I am able to view different situations from multiple perspective and weigh each accordinly to make decisions. I enjoy learning, meeting and working with people. Since I am international and have lived in the USA for over 10 years, I understand the american culture and international needs. In addition, I have 10 years of work experience (3 in the US and 6 in Brazil). I believe this work experience facilitates the relationship with professors in a way to relate and understand the limits and conditions professors migh be under, foucusing in the common good of the class and Fisher as a college.
What ideas do you have, should you be elected?
Facilitate the communication between professors, administrative staff and students. Express the difficulties students might face in a professional manner, focusing in innovation towards the Values, Credo and Mission of Fisher College

Justin Miller
What 5 words describe you, and why?
Integrity: It is impossible to lead for a long time without integrity. Without integrity any other personal characteristic becomes useless. Integrity means that there is 100% congruence between my values and my actions. Inspiring: I believe that a leader is capable of inspiring others to follow both willingly and with vigor. This involves me leading by example. It is important, to me, that success in live is never mutually exclusive and others need to be help towards their own success. Optimistic: I strongly believe in the power of positive thought. Thought yields to action, and I believe that optimistic hope for the future is the foundation of business investment. I want to help others think positively. Hardworking: I believe that intelligence is nothing without the work ethic to back it. How hard you work is the only way that you can control the probability of success. Passion: I believe to be successful that you must have passion for what you are doing.
What makes you a good MBA Council Representative?
I will be a great MBA council representative because of my passion for Ohio State, my leadership abilities, and my creativity. I owe a lot to Ohio State. I did not begin my academic career here. I started off at Ohio Wesleyan. Being removed into a different culture in a country I was unfamiliar with was a very difficult time. I actually considered dropping out of college. I elected to transfer and I was accepted by only one school: Ohio State. This institution has given me every opportunity to improve my standing in life. But for Ohio State, I would be in a much sadder pane of existence. I owe this school a lot and I want to give back to it. I believe I am a good leader that brings the best out of others. Leadership requires vision and a good leader has the ability to communicate this to others. I am very entrepreneurial and creative. I believe that creation is the ultimate driver of business; creating a service or product that did not exist before.
What ideas do you have, should you be elected?
I believe in the Fisher College of Business and its ascendancy to the top tier of programs. To facilitate that I have some ideas that can further the mission. Fisher can increase the amount of on campus entrepreneurship by creating partner programs with the schools of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Dentistry, Food Engineering, and health sciences. These partner programs can facilitate innovation at these schools combined with the business experience of Fisher. I would push to create a Fisher Crownfunding website. Students who want to start businesses at Fisher can petition online donors to financing their business start ups; leveraging the power of Alumni to help in this effort could be useful. Additionally, Fisher could screen all the potential startups and only put feasible ones up for funding. Furthermore, Fisher could create a fund that would aid in the financing of start up businesses on campus. Fisher needs to create an atmosphere which startups are highly encouraged. Improving the connections to recruiters and alumni would help further Fisher’s ascendancy. We could try to host sector specific recruiting events such as manufacturing or biotech. We should reach out to west coast venture capital and tech companies; these are quickly growing sectors in the US economy and placing Fisher graduates in employment there would be a good long term strategy for Fisher. I also believe that we can improve the quality of life for current Fisher students. I would push for new housing to be created for Fisher grad students on the north side of lane ave; there is a housing shortage on campus and I believe that guaranteed housing would yield significant value for new students, especially international ones who move across the world and have literally days to find housing. Fisher can also open the food options to more competition with additional retail space on campus. I really believe in Fisher College of Business and I want to help

Mohammed A Misbah
What 5 words describe you, and why?
Really good looking and funny. Self explanatory.
What makes you a good MBA Council Representative?
I make myself available, I am willing to listen to everyone, and I know that I would be able to effectively convey the concerns of the student body to the administration and faculty. I was Treasurer of the student government when I was at Miami University and I served on the Student Bar Association when I was in law school. In both roles, I helped create the overall organization budget and allocate funds to student organizations.
What ideas do you have, should you be elected?
I know that our lives have become hectic with school, tests, speeches, and of course our job searches. I would like to create a committee consisting of students, faculty, and administrators that would help address scheduling ensure a better balance our academic and extracurricular schedules. For example, our first Data Analysis exam was on the same day as an important career fair. I don’t think that is something that should have happened. The new committee would make sure that different parks of the MBA program are talking to each other. That way Professors won’t schedule exams on the same day as career fairs, other professors won’t make homework assignments due on the same day as exams in other courses, and our lives won’t be as stressful. I also think we should have some non-pregame social events for those of us who aren’t morning people. Perhaps happy hours, or even themed parties. We also have a number of students who don’t drink or who have families. I was thinking we could have one or two family friendly/ interactive events, like a holiday party or a spring picnic.

Rob Reznick
What 5 words describe you, and why?
Loyal: Whether it is family, friends, classmates, or colleagues I’ll be there when people need me. Outgoing: Everybody has a story to tell and I think it is important to go out of my way to hear it. Open-minded: We learn the most when we are surrounded by people with backgrounds, experiences, and opinions different than are own, but it is critical to create a safe space where people can share these differences, and I try to do that. Funny: I have a serious side, but it helps to interject humor wherever appropriate. Feel free to check at least one of my MBA references, John O’Hara, who sits next to me in Campbell’s class and gets at least two solid laughs from me per class session. Fearless: I constantly challenge myself, and I wouldn’t make it very far if I let fear stop me.
What makes you a good MBA Council Representative?
An MBA Council Representative should passionately try to further enhance the Fisher brand for current students and alumni, be open-minded, and make himself/herself accessible to his/her peers. I will not only focus my energy on making the next two years the best experience possible for my peers but also devote effort towards the longer term brand issues relevant to current alumni and all of us post-graduation. I care a great deal about the current and future brand in the marketplace and will not take this lightly. An MBA Council Representative cannot do this optimally if they are close-minded. I’m willing to listen to any idea objectively before forming an opinion and pursuing action. Finally, accessibility is critical to gathering all the necessary information in advance of making a decision. I go to bed late, am up early, and constantly accessible via phone and email. In other words, if you can’t reach me, it is probably because we are experiencing an electricity blackout.
What ideas do you have, should you be elected?
Pursue creating an energy recharging room, aka a nap room. Given the demands of balancing school, the job search, and our personal lives, sleep decreases in business school. Running home for a quick nap is usually impossible. Finding funding for a mattress, sheets (clearly enough where reusing is not an option), and a laundry pickup schedule, in tandem with a decent operational design, is a great investment for MBA students. Host events and/or incentivize Fisher to collaborate and compete with other top business schools directly, not after a drawn out process. One way we can easily signal the strength of our program to recruiters and future applicants is by partnering with and competing against other business schools. For example, Fisher could sponsor/host a Big Ten v. Ivy League case competition where Fisher partners with Kellogg against HBS and Tuck. We could also facilitate cross campus communication and even offer additional funding to support collaboration between similar student run groups at Fisher and other top business schools. The timing of events could be timed with recruiting events on campus so we can mutually benefit from access to companies that come to one school but not the other. Lastly, encourage the development of a financial literacy program by partnering with faculty and students with expertise as well as alumni locally and nationally (e.g. via webinars) to teach MBAs real-world personal financial management skills. Classroom learning is critical, but the basics of understanding terminology for our job offers, negotiating, sticking to a budget after school, creating a basic rent versus buy model, etc. are all practical skills that we may not be able to take an elective on, so why not have access to some seminars that are to the point?

Sarah Williams
What 5 words describe you, and why?
Loyal: I stand true to what I believe in and whom I care about. Strong: Having had somewhat of a tumultuous past and been faced with a multitude of personal challenges, I have overcome by taking the negatives in a situation and turning them into positives. Eager: A goal-oriented individual, I do not give up on what I want and I approach a challenge as an opportunity to learn something new. Compassionate: People tend to warm up to me easily, as I can find a way to relate, care and offer help when others are in need. Responsible: People and organizations can rely on me to deliver promises and deliver them thought-out, efficiently and on time.
What makes you a good MBA Council Representative?
I have always had a knack for understanding various people and their needs, and have had a lot of experience doing so. Having lived many places throughout my adult life, I have had to adapt to various people and environments, forcing myself to branch out, absorb different types of personalities and acclimate – without losing sense of who I am. Being exposed to various surroundings – geographically, socially and culturally – has undoubtedly strengthened my character. In both my professional and personal lives, I have been successful in focusing on what matters – from how to prioritize in the office, to going above and beyond for a friend in need. As an MBA Council Representative, this would be no different. Just as for myself, I want this MBA experience to be an amazing one for each and every one of my peers.
What ideas do you have, should you be elected?
Given the academic calendar changes implemented this year, there are a lot of items regarding curriculum, class restructuring and scheduling that should be addressed. Having an effective liaison between the students and the faculty will be crucial over the next year. I hope to be able to fill this role and work with the faculty to hear what the students have to say, as well as work with the students to understand what the faculty needs to accomplish. Additionally, from what I’ve observed thus far, the core classes are to give us an effective business foundation, which is definitely taking place. However, as we delve deeper into each course, the more the subject matters overlap each other (naturally). In order to bring this conglomeration to life for students, I would like to propose the concept of a large case study session/seminar, taught by all the core professors together, that touches upon all of the course subjects being studied at that time. This would demonstrate to students how all these business competencies come together in a real-world situation. Each professor could elaborate on their expertise as it relates to the case, yet also be involved with the other topics. It would not only provide valuable educational benefits, but it would allow the entire class and professors to be together as one, having fun. Also, it allows us to be in a bit of a different environment with our professors and classmates – which will simply allow students to learn from a varied perspective and get to know each other on yet another level. Also, I would like to propose even more pizza to be served at lunchtime. Just kidding!

Class 2014 Elections

If you’re interested in representing the full-time MBA program, Class of 2014 as an MBA Council representative, please submit the online application by FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th, 11:59 pm.

Four MBA Council Representatives will be elected for the Class of 2014.

2011-2012 Academic Year Wrap Up

A big thank you to the Class of 2012 MBA Council for leading the program through a number of changes and additions, especially with the semester conversion looming. To name a few, we have seen a number of functional and cosmetic additions to campus (TVs in the student lounge!), major changes to the structure and role the FGSA Board, as well as the addition of the leadership transition day.

To that end, the 2012-2013 year will be an exciting one with the semester conversion… well more than looming. The coordination of student group activities will be a major initiative as the Class of 2013 group leaders have decided to “focus on quality, not quantity.” We are excited to see the first “co-branded” events resulting from group leaders’ commitment to collaborate and partner with each other.

Lastly, election season approaches for the US Presidency and, more importantly 😉 for the 2014 MBA Council Leaders. We look forward to the Fall Campaigning!

Have a great summer & internship experience!

Jay, Eva, Arun and Dan

Class of 2013 MBA Council Reps

Please welcome the new Class of 2013 Reps.  The elections were very, very close due to the large number of high-quality candidates, but we believe that the Class of 2013 has selected a strong team to serve them.  Congratulations to:

Dan Brown
Jay Compton
Eva Majzlikova
Arun Sellathurai

Transition of FGSA Leadership. New MBA Council leaders step up.

Over the past two weeks, the FGSA transitioned its leadership over to the Class of 2012. That being said, a warm and overwhelming thank you should be repeated for the 2011 FGSA representatives and Social Chairs that worked tirelessly over the past year!

Moving forward your new leaders will serve as advocates and take the reigns and working initiatives to better serve students in the MBA program and across all Fisher programs:

Below are the elected leaders that will serve on the MBA Council for the next year, in their respective positions:

Continue reading ‘Transition of FGSA Leadership. New MBA Council leaders step up.’

Social Chair Candidates for 2011-2012

Check out messages from your potential Social Chair representatives below:

Again, The social chair representatives will coordinate with the social chairs from other programs (MLHR, MBLE, WPMBA, and Macc) to plan social events for the entire Fisher community.  The idea is to not only mingle with our classmates but with everyone studying here at Fisher.  The term will last for one year – from Spring Quarter 2011 through Winter Quarter 2012.

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Be Heard…

Do you have an idea, comment, concern or even complaint? Didn’t get a chance to comment at a town hall meeting? Want to be heard? Then please tell us all about it. The FGSA would love to hear from you. Shoot over email to fgsa@fisher.osu.edu.

Thanks,

Your Friendly FGSA Representatives

FGSA 1st Year Leadership Meeting (2/16/2011)

On Thursday (2/16), the FGSA held its one of its standing leadership meetings to discuss a variety of topics related to ongoing initiatives. First and second executive members were present. Dr. Larry Inks, Faculty Advisor, also attended the meeting.

The meeting agenda and related commentary included:

  • Spring events and HUB scheduling
    • Communication plan for student organizations is being developed.
    • Ongoing initiatives to increase inter-program involvement within Fisher.
    • Establishing new social chairs in all programs at Fisher.

Upcoming Events:

Town Hall Meeting: March 8, 2010, 12:30-1:20 pm. All Fisher Graduate Students are encouraged to attend.  Pizza will be provided.

Student Leader Luncheon: TBD

FGSA 1st Year Leadership Meeting (2/9/2011)

FGSA 1st Year Leadership Meeting (2/9/2011)

On Wednesday (2/9), the 1st members of the FGSA met to discuss potential best practice approaches to transition the leadership internally within FGSA student leadership organization.  Additionally, there a few other related topics that were addressed.

The meeting agenda and related commentary included:

  • Winter and Spring Events
  • Plans for the Town Hall Meeting: March 8, 2010, 12:30-1:20 pm
  • Plans for a Spring Student Leader Luncheon
  • Town Hall Meeting – March 8, 2010, 12:30-1:20 pm
    • Discussed best way to encourage students to attend.

Upcoming Events:

Town Hall Meeting: March 8, 2010, 12:30-1:20 pm. All Fisher Graduate Students are encouraged to attend.  Pizza will be provided.

Student Leader Luncheon: TBD

FGSA Leadership Meeting (1/27/2011)

On Thursday (1/27), the FGSA held an all hands session to discuss the winter quarter objectives and discuss how the FGSA could help student organizations transfer key leadership positions over the remainder of the academic year.

The meeting agenda and related commentary included:

  • Winter Events
  • How to increase coordination between various Fisher graduate programs
  • Town Hall Meeting – March 8, 2010, 12:30-1:20 pm
    • Discussed best way to encourage students to attend.
    • FGSA Website update
    • Student Organizations
      • Discussed potential changes to student organization requirements.
      • Discussed funding process and how it relates to potential changes.

Upcoming Events:

Town Hall Meeting: March 8, 2010, 12:30-1:20 pm. All Fisher Graduate Students are encouraged to attend.  Pizza will be provided.

Student Leader Luncheon: TBD

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