2018 Fowler Family Fellows Graduation Reflections | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

2018 Fowler Family Fellows Graduation Reflections

Posted 6.1.2018

Fowler Family Fellows Stephanie Hagen, Kevin Payne and Alec Simon share reflections on their two years of work with the Fowler Center during their MBA program. Congratulations, graduates!


The opportunity to work with the Fowler Center was a pivotal part of my MBA experience. The idea of Business as an Agent of World Benefit provided a lens through which I could integrate coursework ranging from Financial Strategy to Negotiations. It was wonderful to not only learn about ideas like Appreciative Inquiry and flourishing enterprise, but also to see them put in practice by business leaders who participated in the Fourth Global Forum or were featured in AIM2Flourish innovation stories. I also enjoyed writing several teaching cases, which provided great interview and authorship experience. 

Post-graduation, I am applying for jobs in the Cleveland area. While I'll miss working with the wonderful team at the Fowler Center, I look forward to staying connected as an alumna!

- Stephanie Hagen, MBA ’18


I cherish my memories as a Fowler Family Fellow for many reasons. Through a breadth of experiences—such as the Fourth Global Forum and a course in Tanzania—I developed a more self-aware leadership style, broader business skillset, and sharper design mindset. My career aspirations shifted from engineering products that save energy to designing responsible business practices that promote full-spectrum flourishing. Above all this are the friendships I formed with the fellows, faculty, and staff of the Fowler Center, who consistently support, encourage, and inspire me to be my best self!

After graduation, I will work as an Associate Consultant for BrownFlynn, an ERM Group company. My work will include helping businesses identify and manage their material social, environmental, and economic impacts. I am excited to remain in Cleveland and to play an active role as a Fowler Family Fellow alumnus!

- Kevin Payne, MBA ’18


The past two years at the Fowler Center have truly been special. I've had the opportunity to meet amazing people, see inspiring speakers, and participate in events to help better the city of Cleveland and advance Business as an Agent of World Benefit. The highlight for me was seeing the growth of AIM2Flourish and the engagement of students around the world. Seeing the enthusiasm of the inaugural Flourish Prize winners at the Fourth Global Forum was incredibly inspiring.

Now that I've graduated, I'll be staying in Cleveland working for the startup accelerator and venture capital firm, Plug and Play. I will be a ventures associate, looking to help startups in the healthcare sector. It will certainly be an interesting transition moving from a student back to a full time employee, but I cannot wait to get started, and I cannot wait to stay involved in the work of the Fowler Center!

- Alec Simon, MBA '18 

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