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Baldwin Wallace University MBA Association Newsletter September 2018
Dessert & Dialogue: Exploring the Pathways of Health Care October 8

Presented in partnership with Northeast Ohio Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Registration
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Presentation
7:30 p.m. HFMA Overview

Join moderator Tom Campanella, director of BW's Health Care MBA, in conversation with an impressive panel of speakers. Panelists will discuss leadership pathways, policy, data analytics and entrepreneurship in today's health care sector.

This event is free, but registration is requested. Details and registration here.

"This Is Us" Star Sterling K. Brown is Leadership Lecture Speaker October 6

Emmy Award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown will share his journey from business major to history-making actor and discuss topics from the power of creativity to invigorate innovation, to the essential nature of the arts to illuminate the human condition, to the importance of diverse voices in the media.

Tickets are going fast! Reserve at Limit four tickets per person. Free of charge.

Stay Connected!

MBA Association Leadership

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

Alumni Staff: Lisa Judge '00
Faculty Advisor:
John Fuehrer '91, '96 MBA

Council Members
Alexis Becker '18
Corey Brayer '12
Robert Buchanan '87
Brandon Fredericks
'10, '10 MBA
Mike Gill '12
Jeffrey Jackson '13

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,

I hope everyone had an enjoyable season, found relief from the scorching days and time to spend with family and friends. This summer the MBAA hosted two of our favorite events, beginning with the 35th annual Master’s Masters Golf Outing, which brought together more than 100 golfers, friends and sponsors on a beautiful June day. We also hosted our second annual “Meet Your Mentor” event at the Richard and Karen Durst Welcome Center in the heart of the BW campus. The mentorship program connects MBA alumni and local business owners with students from the One-Year MBA and Master in Management cohorts. The mentoring relationship is quickly becoming a cornerstone of these programs, bridging community beyond the classroom for students and driving the importance of networking. As we continue to partner with the School of Business in building on this successful platform, stay tuned for ways you can become involved.

In July, BW welcomed Dr. Frank C. Braun as Dean of the School of Business. Dr. Braun joins us from Northern Kentucky University where he served as department chair and associate professor of business and health informatics. His work in academia follows a career in executive-level information systems management, consulting and business development. Dr. Braun is keenly focused on enhancing BW’s relationships and affiliations with the Northeast Ohio business community and strengthening ties with BW business alumni. Dr. Braun’s goal is to blur the distinction between the classroom and the external business world to foster an environment focused on live, experiential, two-way learning and lasting relationships.

Be sure to drop in and meet Dr. Braun on Saturday, September 15 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in Kamm Hall for a “What’s Brewing at BW” open house, part of Homecoming + Community Day: A Bold & Gold Festival. Members from the School of Business faculty, staff, and MBAA look forward to seeing you.

In the coming months, the MBAA is aiming to explore new ways to drive relationships among all program and community stakeholders. Look for differentiated events and content that encourage us to "think BW first!"

Leadership opportunities within the MBAA are always open to you. I invite you to join our LinkedIn Group and reach out to me personally ( to learn more.

Looking forward,

Scott Monaco '10
President, BW MBA Association

Alumni Benefit: 20% Off Courses in BW's Center for Professional Development

"Education is not the filling of the pail, but the lighting of the fire.” — W.B. Yeats

When we say “YJ4L,” we mean it! There are many advantages to being a BW Yellow Jacket, long after you graduate. Your education while at BW prepared you for entering the workforce or advancing your career, and BW’s Center for Professional Development (BWPD) can help you keep honing those professional skills.

BWPD offers interactive, hands-on open enrollment courses focusing on project management, business analysis, business process management, and leadership. BW alumni receive 20% off registration fees for open enrollment courses, an offer available only by phone. Check out a schedule of upcoming fall courses here.

The benefits of professional development are numerous and reach across sectors and roles. Here is a sampling of recent reviews:

“The environment and training style of the instructor allowed for open conversation and real-world examples to flow freely and be relatable.” — Senior IT tech analyst

"What I found most beneficial was the opportunity to bounce ideas off others outside my industry or functional area." — Organizational development specialist

"The discussion of 'art' topics, soft skills, and interpersonal navigation was extremely helpful." — Business analyst

In addition, BWPD can bring all our industry-leading expertise on site to your company. Using your data, your case studies, your “language," and your culture, our team of experts will create a customized program to help you achieve your goals. For more information on custom options, contact the Center for Professional Development at (440) 826-2253 or

On the Move: Member News and Notes  

Elaine Reolfi '92 was recognized in Crain's Cleveland Business "Notable Women in Manufacturing" Class of 2018. She is the executive vice president of TimkenSteel. Michelle Dallachiesa Flanik '97, '06 MBA is now executive director of human resources for American Greetings Corporation, overseeing all of the company’s global HR operations. Kendra Alvey Urdzik '08 has been named president and CEO of Judson Services, Inc., a senior living non-profit organization. Melanie Lucas '08 received a 2018 Archer Award from Crain’s Cleveland Business for outstanding HR and communications work as director of people services at Jonathan Rose Cos. and Rose Community Management. Tami Ender Marinella '09, '11 MBA is now chief financial officer at Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority. Jordan Javier '12 is director of University Hospitals’ new Rainbow Center for Women and Children in midtown Cleveland.

Have career news or other updates? Submit through the Alumni Update Form.

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