Baldwin Wallace University MBA Association Newsletter Special Edition: July 2019
Special 10-Year MBAA Anniversary Gift

In celebration of the 10th anniversary milestone of the MBA Association, a special gift of $65,000 was presented to VP of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement Pat Dunlavy '71. This gift will be invested in BW's institutional endowment with income supporting the mission of the MBAA in perpetuity.

Read more about the gift and its presentation at the MBAA 10-Year Anniversary Gala here.

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MBA Association Leadership

President: Scott Monaco '10
Vice President:
Cory McComas '13, '13 MBA

VP of Operations: Mike Gill '12 
Alumni Staff: Lisa Judge '00
Faculty Advisor:
John Fuehrer '91, '96 MBA

Council Members
Katie Bader '10, '10 MBA
Alexis Becker '18
Corey Brayer '12
Robert Buchanan '87
Brandon Fredericks  '10, '10 MBA
Mike Gill '12

Bernice Parks '12

Leadership opportunities are available! Contact Scott Monaco to learn how you can add value to the work of the MBAA.

Letter from the MBAA President

Greetings Friends,

Ten years?!  Well, that was fast!  I guess it did go by quickly, but in other respects it seems like a literal lifetime ago that our team launched the BW MBA Association in 2009. In preparing for our June 21 anniversary gala, I had the opportunity to go back in time and explore some of our earliest events and correspondence, re-visit the names of our past, and appreciate how our outlook and vision has evolved.

Let’s not forget that we launched the MBAA team in the absolute depths of the Great Recession. It was a dark, confusing time for us all…unchartered territory across the board. Much of the earliest content was aimed at supporting our constituents and promising “We’ll Get Through This Together."  For the most part, I think we did.

Fast forward to present day and we are again in unchartered territory with economic highs but not necessarily all the answers. Within the MBAA, however, we have a team in place that is driving synergies with both BW brethren and regional stakeholders like never before. As we’ve indeed, gotten through it together, our new mantra is “Let’s Build This Together."

It has been a month of great pride, fond memories, and a thrill to (re)connect with faces from our past, including executive council members and BW classmates, as well as fortify our relationships with BW's Center for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement, School of Business, and broader University.

Let’s build on this momentum. As we use the next few months to map out our operational and strategic initiatives, please reach out with any ideas or interest in joining the MBAA Executive Council.  There is always room at the table. Reach out to me at or to connect.

Looking forward,

Scott Monaco '10
President, BW MBA Association

MBA Association Toasts 10 Years   

Last month, the BW MBAA hosted its 10-Year Anniversary Gala at Westfield Country Club’s Blair Center. The event included faculty talks, a reverse raffle, silent auction bidding and Master’s Raffle, as well as formal remarks from MBA Association leadership.

Director of BW’s Healthcare MBA Tom Campanella and Professor Param Srikantia provided presentations discussing the direction of healthcare and primary themes from the Why Life Sucks seminars, respectively. As long-time supporters of the MBAA and presenters at many Dessert & Dialogue events (among the first offerings of the MBA Association), Tom and Param were certainly fitting headliners of the evening. 

To punctuate the evening, MBAA co-founder and president Scott Monaco presented a check to BW's Center for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement for an MBA Association endowment aimed at supporting BW and generating proceeds for MBAA initiatives. Invested within the Baldwin Wallace University endowment, income from the new endowment fund will make possible programming for alumni and students as well as scholarship support for the BW School of Business in perpetuity.  Accepting the "big check" for the endowment was BW’s VP of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement Patrick Dunlavy '71. 

Westfield’s Blair Center provided a picturesque backdrop for the gala event including a perfect sunset on the patio overlooking the newly re-imagined South Course. (The MBAA will share the date of the 2020 Master’s Masters Golf Outing in the coming months - please watch your inbox.) 

Interspersed with the suspenseful reverse raffle, guests also heard brief remarks from MBAA President Scott Monaco '10, VP of Operations and adjunct professor Mike Gill '12, Michelle Pajak Reynolds '12, Associate Dean of the School of Business Susan Kuznik, Director of Alumni Engagement Christie Davenport '01, and Dean of the School of Business Frank Braun. The reverse raffle was ultimately split between two MBA program alumni and one friend of BW. Congratulations to the genial winners who agreed to split the $1,500 prize three ways without a fight.

Many thanks to all who contributed time, talent and treasure to this celebratory event!

Param's "Why Life Sucks" Gets the TEDx Treatment  

BW professor Param Srikantia’s wildly popular Why Life Sucks Seminar has been published as a TEDx presentation on YouTube and other online outlets. This sort of exposure extends the reach of the WLS program to new audiences in the TED community and beyond.

In April 2019, Param presented an abstract of the Why Life Sucks program at Syracuse University with a team of presenters looking to spark conversation and drive connections. TEDx brings the spirit of TED’s mission of ideas worth spreading to local communities around the globe. TEDx events are organized by curious individuals who seek to discover ideas and spark conversations in their own community. Since its release last month, Param's presentation already has more than 6,000 hits. Check it out here!

Co-presented since 2012 by the MBA Association, the Why Life Sucks seminars dig deep into the conundrum of perennial scarcity and emptiness despite a world loaded with “time-saving" devices and abundant choices. The mindset proposed as an antidote is to simply "enjoy the lightness of being." Congratulations to Param, a long-time friend and collaborator of the MBAA, on this achievement. 

The next Why Life Sucks presentation on the BW campus is scheduled for Sunday, July 28 at 2:00 p.m. Visit the WLS page for details and to RSVP. 

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