Homecoming Weekend 2015 | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

Homecoming Weekend 2015

Save the Date




October 7-11, 2015

Class years ending in 0 and 5 are celebrating milestone class reunions

All Weatherhead alumni are invited:
encourage all of your Weatherhead friends to attend!

We are excited to welcome you back to campus for a fun-filled weekend, including class dinners, thought-provoking programming, networking opportunities and, most importantly, time to reconnect with longtime friends and classmates! An entire weekend is planned with events and activities to commemorate your time at the the university. 


Calling All Entrepreneurs

T: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
L: Tinkham Veale University Center, Senior Classroom, 11038 Bellflower Road

Sponsored by: Case School of Engineering/Case Alumni Association, Corporate Relations, School of Law, Weatherhead School of Management 

Join us to see CWRU’s newest generation of student entrepreneurs as they present their ideas to a panel of alumni businessmen and women for evaluation of their concept. Witness these emerging leaders and continue the conversation with your own ideas during open networking after the program.



Coffee with the Deans of Weatherhead

T: 9 - 10 a.m.
L: Peter B. Lewis Building, Glass Lounge 

Start your morning by joining the deans of Weatherhead School of Management for coffee and conversation. Learn about the school’s new and innovative programming.

Big Data and Analytics

T: 10 - 11:45 a.m.
L: George S. Dively Building


  • Ali Ahmed, EMBA ’08, Senior Manager, Workplace Resources - Cisco Systems, Inc
  • Gerard Daher, MBA ’00, President, Speedeon Data
  • Doug Meil, ME ’98, Chief Software Executive, Explorys, an IBM company

Moderated by: Rakesh Niraj, PhD, Associate Professor of Design and Innovation, Weatherhead School of Management

In the digital age, organizations collect and use an extensive amount of data to understand how various parts of their businesses, including customers, work and to formulate appropriate strategies. Marketers use data to understand and target their customers better, while others use data for facilities and energy management leading to more efficient and sustainable operations, or to improve the effectiveness and efficiency in  numerous health care applications. Professor Niraj, whose research deals with both analytical and empirical modeling of marketing, will moderate a panel discussion on the different ways data is used and applied in the business world.

Following Big Data and Analytics, join Professors Niraj and Kamlesh Mathur for Preview & Planning:  MSM-Business Analytics. They will discuss how the rising need for data analytics in the marketplace demands highly qualified professionals whose skills translate across industries, from operations to marketing and beyond. Weatherhead’s new master's degree in business analytics will train students for careers in data-driven industries while also preparing students with the business management skills necessary to succeed. Come share your experience in the field and learn more about this exciting program aimed at early- to mid-career professionals interested in careers in business analytics.

Homecoming Luncheon

T: 12 - 1:30 p.m.
L: Tinkham Veale University Center, Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Grand Ballroom, 11038 Bellflower Road

At this annual event, President Barbara R. Snyder shares the state of the university with alumni, parents, students and guests. Enjoy lunch and join us for one of the most memorable gatherings on campus, as we recognize the winners of the 2015 Alumni Association Awardsand toast the 10th anniversary of The Alumni Association.

Women in Leadership: Transforming Ourselves and Our Organizations
Round Table Discussions with Diana Bilimoria and Women Leaders

T: 2 - 3:30 p.m.
L: Peter B. Lewis Building

Moderator:  Diana Bilimoria, PhD, KeyBank Professor and Department Chair, Organizational Behavior, Weatherhead School of Management

This one-of-a-kind presentation allows you to participate in roundtable discussions with top women executives and change makers - moderated by expert faculty member Diana Bilimoria. In this small group format, everyone’s voice will be heard in sharing opportunities and challenges for women to advance to leadership in their organizations and transform their organizational cultures to become more inclusive. We are delighted to present these inspiring women leaders, who will begin each table’s dialogue by sharing their own leadership journey, discuss the development of key leadership skills, the role of mentors and advisors, and how to be most effective as a leader in challenging situations:

  • Jennifer Altstadt, EMBA ’04, Director of Marketing and Strategic Planning, Sea-Land Chemical Company
  • Maria Campanelli, MBA ’92, Executive Director, Cleveland Children’s Museum
  • Trina Evans, MBA ’98, Executive Vice President and Director of Corporate Center, Chief of Staff, KeyCorp
  • Lynnette Jackson, MBA ’07, Relationship Manager, Key Private Bank
  • Anne Conway Juster, MPOD ’12, Director, Cleveland School Garden Partnerships, Cleveland Botanical Garden
  • Mimi Lord, PhD ’12, Senior Vice President & Chief Investment Officer, SperoSmith Investment Advisor
  • Diane McDaniel, Retired Director of HR, Cleveland Metroparks; Retired VP, Human Resources, Acme-Cleveland Corporation
  • Bronwyn Jones Monroe, MBA ’94, Marketing Manager, Nine Sigma
  • Susan P. Mucciarone, MBA ’84, Managing Director, Wealth Advisory, Glenmede
  • Linda Rae, MBA ’95, President, Keithley Instruments
  • Nancy Rodeno, MPOD ’83, Vice President Organizational Effectiveness, The Sherwin Williams Company
  • Cindy Stull, Partner, Chief Sales Officer, Dealer Tire
  • Joan Zoltanski, MBA ’98, Medical Director, Pediatric Sedation Unit, University Hospitals of Cleveland

…plus other women leaders in investment banking, health care, manufacturing, leadership development and organizational change, and non-profits

Join us for this informal conversation, and bring your questions. A reception will immediately follow the discussion. Registration is required.

An Ecosystem of Innovation: think[box], FUSION and Entrepreneurship 

T: 3 - 4:30 p.m.
L: George S. Dively Building, Room 202

Sponsored by: Weatherhead School of Management, School of Law, Case School of Engineering/Case Alumni Association, Corporate Relations

An engaging panel discussion on CWRU’s think[box], soon to be one of the biggest university-based innovation centers in theworld. Learn about the global impact of the university’s interdisciplinary collaboration.


  • Malcolm Cooke, associate professor in Case School of Engineering and executive director of think[box]
  • Michael E. Goldberg, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Design and Innovation, Weatherhead School of Management
  • Craig A. Nard, Galen J. Roush Professor of Law and director of the Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology & the Arts and the FUSION Certificate Program in Design, Innovation & IP Management at the School of Law. 

Meet a student who collaborated with these entities to launch a unique product.
(1.5-hour CLE credit for Ohio attorneys - pending)

Weatherhead Alumni Reception
5:00 -7:00 p.m., Peter B. Lewis Building 

All Weatherhead alumni, especially those celebrating their reunion, will reunite with classmates, faculty and staff at the all-school reception and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cocktails in the iconic Peter B. Lewis Building. Members of the Wolstein Society will also be on hand to celebrate the society’s 10th anniversary. Make plans to head over to the George S. Dively Building with your classmates for a reunion dinner immediately following the reception! Contact Cheryl Lauderdate to plan your class reunion!

Weatherhead Alumni Reunion Dinner
7:00 - 10:00 p.m., George S. Dively Building

Our new reunion dinner in the Pavilion of the George S. Dively Building is the perfect venue to celebrate your class reunion and meet fellow Weatherhead alumni. A special evening of memories, fun, food and spirits await the alumni in classes ending in 0s and 5s and those in the Wolstein Society, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Contact Cheryl Lauderdate to plan your reunion gathering right here on campus. All Weatherhead alumni are invited to join in the festivities. 

Fee:  $25 per person



Peter B. Lewis Building Tours/Coffee & Donuts
10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Peter B. Lewis Building

Experience this phenomenal building first-hand by taking a tour. Weatherhead School of Management is located in the Frank Gehry-designed Peter B. Lewis Building. The Lewis Building reflects the spirit of the Weatherhead School’s innovative approach to management education and places the school in the vanguard of business education.

think[box] tours at Richey-Mixon Building
1L00 - 3:00 p.m., Richey-Mixon Building, Main Floor, 11201 Cedar Ave
Sponsored by: Weatherhead School of Management, Case School of Engineering/ Case Alumni Association, School of Law, Corporate Relations

Tour the new home of think[box], a facility that includes separate spaces for imagining, designing, building, marketing and bringing ideas to fruition. The new innovation center will be one of the largest university-based makerspaces in the world—a true ecosystem of innovation.

Meet up at Uptown
4:00 - 6:00 p.m., The Corner Alley, 11409 Euclid Ave

Join undergraduate alumni from the Case School of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Weatherhead School of Management and predecessor schools at the new premier venue in the Uptown district. Enjoy complimentarybowling, shoe rental, hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine. To learn how you can reserve a lane with our group, visit case.edu/homecoming.

View photos and videos from Homecoming Weekend 2014!

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015toSunday, Oct. 11, 2015 (Times TBA)

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