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Weatherheadlines - May

Posted 5.1.2009


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News Section

Weatherhead Announces Commencement Speaker

Darrel Rhea, CEO of Cheskin Added Value, will be the keynote speaker at Weatherhead's commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 17. Rhea is a pioneer in customer-centric design and consumer-led innovation, having worked for more than 30 years with several of the world's most reputable corporations. He has developed processes for driving innovation that have become standards for design consulting practices.

For more information on commencement festivities, please visit us online, or contact Collin Hanson at 216.368.6208 or


Congratulations to the Recipients of Weatherhead's 2009 Teaching Excellence Awards

The Weatherhead School of Management's Teaching Excellence Award and Doctoral Teaching and Mentoring Award are presented annually to faculty at the graduate and post-graduate level. Congratulations to the following faculty members who were selected as recipients of this year's awards.  The awards will be presented at Weatherhead's diploma ceremony on Sunday, May 17. 

Teaching Excellence Awards
Professor Richard Osborne
Professor David Pearson
Senior Lecturer Sam Thomas

Doctoral Teaching and Mentoring Award
Adjunct Professor Toni Somers

B. Charles Ames Business Plan Competition Winners Selected 

Congratulations to the team of Sameer Patel, Surabhi Pilgaonkar, Kevin Hartman, Nidhi Syan, and Tejas Maniar, second-year MBA students and winners of the B. Charles Ames Business Plan Competition. Placing second was the team of Bishoy Gad, Nikhil Khanna, Jay Shah, Anand Singh, and Lee Steinbock. 

The competition is part of a year-long MBA course where students have the opportunity to develop a viable business plan for a small to mid-sized northeast Ohio company. Six teams presented their detailed management strategies to a panel of industry judges. The winning team was awarded a cash prize.

Register for the 2009 Global Forum

The 2009 Global Forum, "Manage by Designing in an Era of Mass Innovation," will be held June 2-5 at Case Western Reserve University. Co-convened by the Weatherhead School of Management, the United Nations Global Compact, and the Academy of Management, the Forum offers the opportunity to become a member of the most influential global initiative in management.  This three-day event is expected to attract more than 600 participants and several Fortune 500 companies.

H. Clark Ford Professorship Awarded 

Dr. Jagdip Singh was conferred with distinction the H. Clark Ford Professor. The H. Clark Ford Professorship was established through a generous gift from David K. Ford in honor of his father. The Professorship is a manifestation of H. Clark Ford's loyalty and affection for the Weatherhead School of Management. An endowed chair is the highest honor to recognize prominent faculty for their leadership, scholarship, and service, and is one of the most meaningful and permanent investments made to a university.

Singh has won several awards including the Fulbright Specialist Award for 2005-2010. His research is focused on building and sustaining effective and enduring connections between organizations and their customers.   

Dr. Scott Shane Comments on Entrepreneurship in the Media

Dr. Scott Shane, the A. Malachi Mixon III Professor in Entrepreneurial Studies, was recently quoted by the Los Angeles Times in the article "Government Incentives for Entrepreneurs Offer Minimal Returns." The piece discusses the Government's attempt to boost the economy by encouraging entrepreneurial activity, and how this concept may not produce job growth as expected.

Shane was also featured on WCPN's Sound of Ideas to discuss entrepreneurship in a down economy.

Read Dr. Fred Collopy's Article on

Professor and Chair of the Information Systems Department, Dr. Fred Collopy wrote the article, "The Problem with Problems," which appeared on Collopy highlights the issues associated with organizations only focusing on what is wrong, or what needs to be solved. He points out that, in this process, real opportunities may be overlooked.


Alumni Section

Alumni Events

Alumni events are a positive way to reconnect and network with former classmates, faculty, and colleagues.  This spring, Weatherhead hosted receptions in Cleveland, San Francisco, Seattle, and New York.

The following are alumni comments from our April outing in New York City at JP Morgan Chase & Company.

"Last night's alumni event was very enjoyable. It was my first event in 25 years. Quite a nice community of alumni, and I enjoyed what Mohan Reddy and Joe Sabatini had to say about the School. Look forward to the next such event. I would be happy to help the local alumni network in NYC."

"The alumni event was both encouraging and useful. We saw many Weatherhead alumni from a very broad range of classes and in larger numbers than we have seen in prior years. Dean Reddy's comments were particularly encouraging, both in terms of Weatherhead, the new curriculum, anticipated enrollment, and the University overall. It's nice to see and hear Weatherhead back in full swing."

"I really enjoyed the information and networking."

"It was a pleasure. I have been attending this reception since 2005 (my first year at Weatherhead) and will continue to do so in the future."

Please visit our  website,  as new events are always being scheduled.

Save the Date for Reunion 2009 

Save the date, Friday, June 12, for Reunion 2009. Return to campus and mingle with former classmates and friends. The highlight of the evening will be a cocktail reception where we will honor alumni in the classes of 1959, 1984, and 1999, who are celebrating their 50, 25, and 10 year anniversaries.  We will also recognize those with special five-year milestones, and celebrate 30th anniversary of our EMBA program. Register online.

At the reception, we will present our Outstanding and Distinguished Alumnus Awards, and the EMBA Class of 2006 Leadership Award.

The Outstanding Alumnus Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated a pattern of exceptional leadership and service to Weatherhead through their time and a regular financial commitment.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award is presented to an individual who has a record of distinguished career accomplishments. The alumnus will also have demonstrated a strong commitment to the community, through leadership in community organizations and philanthropic activities, and direct and meaningful involvement with Weatherhead and/or Case Western Reserve University.

Please visit us online for more information or to submit a nomination. We look forward to seeing you on June 12 for this exciting event!

Stay Connected Through LinkedIn

If you haven't had the chance to join us on LinkedIn, consider becoming a member of the Weatherhead School of Management group. Thus far, nearly 1,900 Weatherhead students, alumni, faculty, and staff from around the world are part of this growing network.

Update Your Contact Information

Have you changed your email or mailing address?  Update your contact information so that we may keep you informed about Weatherhead news, events, and school-wide initiatives.

Alumni Notes

Learn about former classmates, friends, and colleagues in our Alumni Notes, or submit your own news for the next edition of Weatherheadlines.


Executive Education Section

Make a Smart Investment in Continuous Learning  

Weatherhead offers more than 70 programs and certificates throughout the year to increase management and leadership effectiveness. Upcoming programs focus on topics ranging from Emotional Intelligence to sustainability. 

Seats fill quickly, so register now and discover how what you learn in a single day really can change everything. Healthcare, nonprofit organizations and CWRU alumni save an additional 30 percent!

Program Spotlight

Leadership Deep Dive: A Transformational Journey for Aspiring Executives
An immersive leadership development program for senior executives, Leadership Deep Dive is rooted in ideas and theories developed by Weatherhead's highly-regarded Organizational Behavior Department. Join the hundreds of executives who have benefited from our proven approach to developing great leaders. Emerge from this transformational experience with a new realization of the power of your leadership. Gain additional ROI with one year of executive coaching. For more information, or to request a brochure, contact Mindy Kannard at 216.368.6405 or

Executive MBA Open House Scheduled for May 12 

Do you know someone who is on the fast track to a top executive position but still needs an MBA? Refer them to Weatherhead's distinguished Executive MBA program.  On May 12, open house attendees will have the opportunity to meet faculty, current students, and alumni to learn what makes our program unique.  RSVP online.

For more information, contact Kate Coleman at 216.368.6411 or


Support Section

Annual Fund Update 

Reunion 2009 is quickly approaching. Have you made your Reunion Giving Challenge gift? Annual Fund gifts, made on behalf of your graduation year, signify pride in your degree and commitment to continuing management education. Whether you are making a reunion class gift of $50, $250 or $5,000, your ongoing assistance will help Weatherhead support scholarship, research, and other designated interests.

Visit our Reunion Giving Challenge page to make a gift, and view your class's progress towards its goal. All gifts received by June 30, 2009 from graduates in reunion years will count toward class totals.

Donor Honor Roll Update 

Weatherhead would like to recognize William Walker CPA, MBA '71, and John Nisky, MBA'84 and his wife, Nancy, for their long-standing support of the Weatherhead Annual Fund, which spans more than ten years. Each was incorrectly recognized in the 2007-2008 Donor Honor Roll list. Please accept our sincere apologies.


Your Weatherhead

Family Business Speaker Series Announced 

Join leaders across generations and businesses to learn about the inner-dynamics of family business.  The Family Business Speaker Series begins Wednesday, May 20, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  Brent Grover, managing partner of Evergreen Consulting, LLC, will be the first featured speaker.  Register online

Relay for Life a Success 

Case Western Reserve University's 2nd Annual Relay for Life was organized on April 17 and 18 to benefit the American Cancer Society. More than $88,000 was raised for local cancer research, a 33 percent increase from last year.  A total of 68 teams participated from Case Western Reserve and the surrounding community. In addition, 35 women donated their hair to make wigs for those fighting cancer. Weatherhead would like to thank you for contributing to this worthy cause. 

Interested in learning more about Weatherhead programs? Request more information or apply now, or register for one of over 70 open enrollment courses through Executive Education.

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