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AU MBA Program to participate in virtual study tours

The Ashland University MBA Program announces the participation of virtual study tours in partnership with International Study Programs and is the first Ohio MBA program to offer this opportunity.

In these unprecedented times, Ashland University is adapting and innovating to continue to provide MBA students with world-class opportunities. The virtual study tour provides students with a best-in-class consulting experience, engaging with a world-renowned organization. Students attend virtual meetings with key leaders and stakeholders of Fortune 500 companies to present new strategies and solutions based on today’s challenges.

AU’s Venkataramany offers thoughts on diversity in ISM publication

Diversity – the type that goes beyond gender, age, race and ethnicity – can often be underestimated.

There also is a diversity of thought, wrote Dr. Sivakumar Venkataramany in Spring 2020 edition of Perspectives: A Look at Diversity and Inclusion, a new publication of the International School of Management. And it is that diversity, he said, that paves the way for innovative methods and sustainable solutions.

Northwestern Mutual’s Shawn Phelps named to AU Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

Northwestern Mutual wealth management advisor Shawn Phelps has been named to the Ashland University Dauch College of Business and Economics Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.

Phelps earned his bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) and Master of Business Administration degree (summa cum laude) from Ashland in 1997, then went on to complete an additional master’s in trusts and estate planning from Bowling Green State University.

AU “Best of the Nest” team earns second place in business strategy competition

Four AU Dauch College of Business & Economics students were awarded second place for Best Overall Performance in their “world” at the International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition, hosted by California State University--Long Beach.

The competition finals originally were to be conducted in California but were moved to an online platform in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, it included virtual decision rounds, opening and closing ceremonies, team meetings, advisor meetings and informal and formal judges meetings, as well as team presentations from all across the US, as well as Hong Kong.

AU student entrepreneur aims for spot in Outdoor Weber competition finals

One wants to work in a lab, the other one is after a career in event planning.

They say they’re there for their friend, who’s a philosophical Lorax of sorts.

Together, the trio – JT Siurek, Cillian Donahue and Anna Orange – hope to do their part to re-forest the planet, all while building a business and maybe making a profit along the way.

Money Therapy founder and CEO to speak at AU’s Burton D. Morgan Lecture and Lunch

Noted entrepreneur, Mansfield native and Money Therapy founder and CEO Ellie Thompson will be the speaker at Ashland University’s 2020 Burton D. Morgan Lecture and Lunch on Monday, Feb. 24, at 11:45 a.m. at the Myers Convocation Center on the Ashland University campus. The event, which includes lunch, is free and open to the public.

Thompson is the founder of two successful Washington, D.C.-based startups, Venyou and Money Therapy. The former is a platform that creates curated events through the use of historic and residential spaces, while Money Therapy was founded on the belief that financial education and action should live together. She recently has returned to the area to join as the third generation of TASCO, her family’s metal stamping business, where she is the vice president of business development.

2019 saw Syme earn two degrees, plus gain CMA and CPA designations

You could say it’s been a big, alphabet soup-kind of year for Jessica Syme, but that would be an understatement.

Syme, who graduated with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ashland University in the spring, has also been able to accomplish what only a very few do: she has passed on the first try both sections of the Certified Management Accountant exam and all four parts of the Uniform Certified Public Accountant exam.