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Baldwin Wallace University MBA Association Newsletter October 2017
Join the MBAA for Dessert & Dialogue:
Self-Care Edition

Featuring Varsha Vydyula '17 and Param Srikantia

Sunday, October 29, 2017

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Center for Innovation and Growth
Register now!

As leaders, managers and entrepreneurs, we are often pulled in multiple directions and sometimes farther away from our original goals than we would like. Fortunately, staying focused can be achieved with greater self-awareness and the incorporation of a few simple techniques into our daily lives and environments.

This special "Dessert and Dialogue" offering will provide the opportunity to learn the eastern framework of yoga and how it was originally intended, as well as breathing exercises and poses that can be used in any setting. Attend this event to learn successful strategies for stress reduction and develop an increased feeling of well-being. Details and registration here.

Special Event:
Dr. Sanjay Gupta at BW THIS FRIDAY
Tickets are still available for the School of Business Leadership Lecture featuring Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent. The event takes places this Friday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. in BW's Ursprung Gymnasium. Get your free tickets in advance here.
Stay Connected!

MBA Association Leadership

President: Scott Monaco '10
CMO: Cory McComas '13, '13
COO: Corey Brayer '12

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

Bob Esper '01
Mike Gill '12
Steve Horne '09
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 this note finds you all doing well and enjoying this lovely autumn season. Though we all had hopes for a tad more October baseball, these warm, sunny fall days have brought with them the joy of pumpkin-spiced everything! 😊

The MBA Association has been busy over the past several months as our executive council has come together to brainstorm how we can evolve our platform and make the most of our connections across the BW network. In partnership with Ann Conrad and the School of Business, a new mentoring initiative was launched in July to support students enrolled in the new One Year MBA program. Twelve MBA alumni mentors and student mentees were paired based on mutual career interests and provided with a framework for their year-long relationship.

We are also excited to share with you the next installment of the Dessert & Dialogue series. It’s a departure from our conventional program as we combine the knowledge and practice of MBA alumna Varsha Vydyula '17 with Dr. Param Srikantia’s take on the history and eastern framework of yoga. Please join us for our self-care edition of Dessert & Dialogue: Elements of Yoga for Daily Life on Sunday, October 29 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in BW's Center for Innovation and Growth. (To help us plan for you, please try to register in advance.)

We look forward to sharing many more initiatives that have stemmed from our recent brainstorming sessions. As always, leadership opportunities within the MBAA are open to you. Whether you’re a first-year candidate or completed the MBA program fifteen years ago, your engagement is welcome and vital to the success of our growing network. Please reach out to me ( to learn more.

Looking forward,

Scott Monaco '10
President, BW MBA Association

Alumni Spotlight: Giving Back to BW Students
YJ4L (Yellow Jackets for Life) is a mission that all BW alumni are taught to live by. The mission is, "once a BW Yellow Jacket, always a Yellow Jacket." Cory McComas is living that mission. Cory graduated from BW’s 3/2 MBA accounting program in 2013 and currently works for CBIZ Retirement Plan Services as an investment consultant, helping businesses successfully structure their retirement plan programs. He also serves as Vice President of the MBA Association. A few months ago, Cory had the chance to help connect BW students to a career-making opportunity. As Cory remembers, “Our marketing manager at CBIZ let me know they were looking for an intern for the summer and asked if I knew anyone who would be interested and qualified. I immediately thought about BW and the Career Network,” a job posting and online recruiting portal exclusively available to BW students and alumni.

Matthew Pearson, a senior marketing and management major, was encouraged to apply. With the help of BW's Career Services staff, he polished his resume and fine-tuned his interviewing skills, which helped him to rise as a top candidate in the CBIZ search. As Cory shares, “The marketing manager came to me and said she was considering a student from BW and a student from The Ohio State University, but she could only hire one and wanted to know my thoughts. I said, 'This one is easy, hire the BW student.'” Matt was hired as an intern in CBIZ’s Retirement Plan Services division, where he earned six credit hours in fulfillment of BW's experiential learning requirement. Without the internship, he may not have graduated on time.

CBIZ liked Matt so much that the company decided to offer him a full-time position on its Risk & Advisory Services (RAS) team as a marketing and administrative coordinator. Cory was thrilled to hear Matt had been hired and enjoys seeing him around the office. “That’s the YJ4L way. It’s all about giving back and offering opportunities to current students and recent graduates, because that is what alumni did for me when I was a student.” For more information on BW’s Career Services recruiting resources for employers, visit this page. Alumni conducting their own personal job searches may also explore postings on the BW Career Network.

On the Move: Member News and Notes  

Richard Baytosh ’98 MBA was appointed an assistant director of investor relations for BB&T. Tracy Cervoski Hawthorne ’01, ’11 MBA is now controller at Donley’s Inc. Steve Horne ‘09 is an account executive for Industrial Parts and Service. Cory Isler ’12, ’15 MBA is a membership and customer experience manager at The City Club of Cleveland. Randy Kimbro ’99, ’01 MBA was appointed fire chief of the Grafton Village Fire Department. Arthur Rice ’85, ’87 MBA, has launched a consulting firm after 30 years in banking focusing on export compliance and risk migration strategies. Stacy Windahl ’89 MBA has co-written a book with Jody Dreyer, a Disney executive who held 22 positions at the company. The book is entitled, Beyond the Castle: A Guide to Discovering Your Happily Ever After.

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

Save the Date: End of Semester Party 11/9  

Join the MBA Association for its End of Semester Party on Thursday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m at Grindstone Tap House in Berea. We'll celebrate the end of the term (and for some, completion of the program) with current students and enjoy networking and re-connecting with alumni. The MBA Association provides free appetizers. Cash bar.

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