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Posted 5.14.15

Heather Frutig

When you’re doing something truly audacious, it helps to be part of a great team. This is the first in a series about the people bringing The Flourish Prizes to life.

Core Team member Heather Frutig is a Fowler Center Fellow and a Weatherhead School of Management May 2016 MBA candidate.

We are indebted to Heather for her calm and collected personality, especially during The Flourish Prizes’ rapid ramp-up since the Third Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit in October 2014. She’s been a guiding light as we design the transition from the current World Inquiry Innovation Bank, where she serves on the Editorial Board, to The Flourish Prizes’ dynamic new digital platform.

As a Fowler Center Fellow, Heather meets monthly with her peers and Professor Ron Fry to assess, evaluate, and revise new exemplary stories of Business as an Agent of World Benefit for the Innovation Bank. There’s no one better prepared to help us co-create a powerful new system for The Flourish Prizes to showcase a much larger number of stories.

Heather is an unflappable and conscientious partner juggling research requests that run the gamut from sourcing photographs to compiling data for our Professor Pilot group and researching potential Jurors candidates.
 
A Cleveland native, Heather left for college and earned her B.S. in Environmental Policy and Behavior from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment. After graduation, she moved to NYC for almost 10 years, with two “escape attempts” as she calls them during that period to work on farms in Oregon and marine conservation in Madagascar.
 
Cleveland called her back in the summer of 2014, not only to pursue her MBA, but also because, “I feel like Cleveland is a really exciting place to be these days.”

Her decision (and our gain) to choose CWRU was based on the Fowler Center’s flourishing-focused work and reputation. She wrote her CWRU essay on a visit to the mill of a family-owned lumber company in Montana. “I wrote about how that visit redefined my understanding of what a business could be,” she says.

As an added part of her Fowler Center Fellow responsibilities, she’s writing a teaching case for publication about a business that is flourishing. And she’s the incoming president of the IDEA design and entrepreneur club at the Weatherhead School of Management.

Outside of her academic life, Heather volunteers with the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and enjoys spinning classes.

Once she graduates next May, Heather hopes to dive into entrepreneurship and start a business of her own, or find a role in venture capital and seed funding for innovative, sustainable and flourishing companies.

Until then, we’re delighted to garner Heather’s creative talents and contributions to The Flourish Prizes.

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