Job & Internship Offers- January

Say congratulations to our chapter members who have accepted full-time job offers and internships in the month of January!  We’re sure we’ll have even more acceptances after this week’s Spring ICE, so stay tuned!


Jason Bandick  U/S Sports Advisors | Public Relations – Indianapolis, IN
Mykel Kilgore Cincinnati Financial Corporation | Business/Insurance – Cincinnati, OH
Erin Goodwin Cardinal Health | Supply Chain – Dublin, OH
Michael Stramich RCM Futures | Futures & Options Execution – Chicago, IL


Aly Gialamas  Comcast Spotlight | Associate Account Planner – Indianapolis, IN
Rachel Dawson Leo Burnett | Assistant Account Executive – Chicago, IL


Job & Internship Offers- December

Even during these chilly, winter months, our members have been hard at work!  Shout-out to our members who have accepted internship or full-time job offers in the month of December!


Cameron Copper  Coyote Logistics – Chicago, IL
Amy Berg Western & Southern Insurance Group | Human Resources – Cincinnati, OH
Maddie Bessinger C.H. Robinson | Supply Chain – Minneapolis, MN
Carter Jankauskas Coyote Logistics | 3pl – Chicago, IL
Olivia Grieszmer The Schwan Food Company | Human Resources – Florence, KY
Sunny Dhillon Deloitte | Advisory – Cleveland, OH
Max Flannery Deloitte | Advisory – Chicago, IL
Ashley Medaris Alliance Data | Business Analytics – Columbus, OH
Ian Blomquist Cardinal Health | IT – Dublin, OH
Jeremy Fine Redwood Financial | Finance – Chicago, IL


Mary Tehrani  Parthenon EY | Transaction Advisory Services – Chicago, IL
Libby Mueller Nationwide | Marketing – Columbus, OH

Snapshot Series: Creativity

The last Snapshot Series article of the year is a Buzzfeed-style article by Ben Nader on creativity. Happy break!

What is Creativity?

Like many of life’s treasures, to different people it can mean many different things. It can include bright colors and flashing lights, artists and music, or a single person working on a computer. Creativity is truly whatever you make it to be and the possibilities are endless!

When I Hear the Word Creativity

I imagine myself in a colorful psychedelic trip

or painting a masterpiece under the stars.

Even Though My Creative Product Looks Like This

A Beginner's Guide To Creativity

When Being Creative, I Feel Like

a rockstar who’s on top of the world

When Being Creative, I Feel Like

Even Though I Look Like

another millennial attached to his computer

Even Though I Look Like

How Do I Practice Creativity?

Being creative is not an easy thing to accomplish, mainly because it is so hard to understand. For me, creativity is about being yourself, silencing those gremlins inside of you that lead you to believe you’re not good enough, trying new things, and having fun. I have found that there are several thing that have specifically helped me to increase my creativity that can help you too!

1. Stay Curious: Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions

It’s hard to learn more about something that you don’t know anything about

A Beginner's Guide To Creativity

Keep asking questions regardless of how silly they might be and remember that there’s no such thing as a stupid question!

A Beginner's Guide To Creativity

2. Don’t Be Afraid to Fail

Everyone will experience times when all they want to do is continuously bang their head against the desk and can’t help but constantly ruminate over their failures, or the mistakes they’ve made. It’s important to realize that failure is not always a bad thing…

A Beginner's Guide To Creativity
A Beginner's Guide To Creativity

We Should All Learn to Embrace It

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Continue to: Fail, Learn From It, Try Again, and Repeat.

A Beginner's Guide To Creativity
A Beginner's Guide To Creativity

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For Help

We often forget that it’s not possible for us to know the answer to every question or situation that arises. Reaching out to someone and asking for help and advice doesn’t make you a weak person. In the end, it will actually help to make you stronger.

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4. Growing Up Doesn’t Have to Be Boring

A Beginner's Guide To Creativity

or Depressing…

A Beginner's Guide To Creativity

Turn That Frown Upside Down

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And Be A Kid Again!

A Beginner's Guide To Creativity

5. Step Outside Your Area of Familiarity

It’s far too easy to find yourself trapped in a routine. Doing the same thing day in, and day out: eating the same food, drinking the same drinks, going to bed at the same time, not wanting to deviate from your schedule. It’s as though everyday is Groundhogs Day.

A Beginner's Guide To Creativity

6. Discover Something New and Exciting

Try something new. Step outside your comfort zone and experience the world around you. Instead of spending your day off catching up on sleep and watching television – go out there and explore!

A Beginner's Guide To Creativity
A Beginner's Guide To Creativity

7. Don’t Be Afraid to Dream Big

It is safe to say that all of us at one point or another have had a great idea or proposal but were too afraid to act on it. You were too afraid to fail, too afraid to try, thought that your boss would judge you, or were afraid that no one would take you seriously. Whatever the reason was, you’ve got to start following your dreams. Continue to reach for the stars and quit worrying about what others think.

A Beginner's Guide To Creativity

8. Look at the Big Picture

Too often we make a decision before considering any other options. We fail to consider all the factors, examine the entire board, or even stop to think outside the box. It’s important for everyone to look at all the possibilities, ask questions, get feedback, and do not settle for an idea until you are confident that it’s the best one!

9. Be Yourself

There is always going to be times where you feel out of place and like you just don’t belong. The easy thing to do in these situations is to either remove yourself from them or conform to your surroundings. Instead, try letting your true colors shine!

A Beginner's Guide To Creativity

10. Always Remember…

10. Always Remember...

What You Can Do

You are given the unlimited right to print this manifesto and to distribute it electronically (via email, your website, or any other means). You can print out pages and put them in your favorite coffee shopʼs windows or your doctorʼs waiting room. You can transcribe the authorʼs words onto the sidewalk, or you can hand out copies to everyone you meet. You may not alter this manifesto in any way, though, claim it as your own and you may not charge for it.

Snapshot Series: Leading With Value

Alumnus David Beeder, who is currently an associate financial analyst for Johnson & Johnson, is the guest author for our Snapshot Series article this week. He gives great tips on being an effective leader and creating value for the people you lead. Check out his comments below.

Leading With Value

I’d like to first express my gratitude to the chapter for having me come in and speak. It was great to see many familiar faces, and to meet some of the new members. What you are doing in the chapter is some of the most invaluable experiences you will have in college.

Much of what we spoke about revolved around the effective communication of young professionals. We talked about the balance of qualitative and quantitative information acting in step with the management of high and low level information. Master the spot of communication, and you might as well skip the first 35 years of your career, but what’s the fun in that? We are wired to always try to build and develop our skill sets in the professional setting, and this is something that takes serious practice.

I’ve recently read a great article from Jeff Boss, former Navy SEAL turned leadership consultant, on the 8 qualities consistent with leaders who create value. I’ll highlight a few of my paraphrased remarks along the way.

1. Be positive, but not illusory.

Negative attitudes will undermine other leaders and potentially question what you say behind people’s backs. At the same time, the false sense of security and accuracy is easy to read through.

2. Be confident, but not arrogant.

This one is tough, because the line between these two is clear, but that line is hard to find. Confidence shows true belief in your abilities. Arrogance looks the same, but many times is a self-serving mechanism. Jeff cites research showing arrogant workers performing worse in their jobs; their arrogance provides a sense of security.

3. Be quiet, but not “loud.”

Leaders don’t have all the answers, nor should they. That’s an unfair assumption to make of a human being. Rather, leaders create environments with the appropriate resources and people to find the answers.

4. Be early, but never late.

Jeff says arriving late will show one of three things: you don’t care, you weren’t prudent enough to wrap up what was before, or you simply are not interested in what is to be said.

5. Be random, but not predictable.

What this can signal to those you lead is that it is OK to have creativity and innovation, and failure is only a mechanism of learning, not the end-all-be-all method of judgment. Oh by the way, innovation is how businesses evolve.

6. Be candid, but not rude.

The transparency of the project, company, restructuring, etc. will let your workers know that you care enough about them to give them the real word, whether that’s a positive or concerning event. Rudeness, however, will turn someone off to your leadership immediately, always.

7. Be trusting, but not gullible.

Jeff quotes a common saying that the best way to gain trust is to extend trust. He caveats it with a warning that everyone wants time with the leader, but not all for the right reasons. Some just need the face time (see also: arrogance). Be very clear with how you are extending trust and the outcomes that creates for your objectives.

8. Be thankful. Always.

Leadership is not a structural attribute; it is present at all levels of organizations. Jeff says it’s about enabling and disabling people and opportunities when necessary.

Celebrating job & internship offers| November 2014

Congratulations to our members who accepted offers in the month of November!


Carlos Pozuelo  Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. | Sales – Itasca, IL
Connor Jarvis Sequoia Financial Group | Finance/Wealth Management – Cleveland, OH
Danny Heller Salesforce Marketing Cloud | Sales – Indianapolis, IN
Franklin Popek West Monroe Partners | Operations Excellence – Chicago, IL
Jeff Lioon Deloitte | AERS Advisory – Chicago, IL
Johnny Poth Deloitte | Accounting–Assurance – Chicago, IL
Justin Cohen JPMorgan Chase | Corporate Analyst – Columbus, OH
Karly Osborne Procter & Gamble | Sales
Kelsey Baesman dunnhumby USA | Client Leadership – Cincinnati, OH
Matt Arendas Coyote Logistics – Chicago, IL
Sydney Reichert Frito-Lay | Sales/Leadership – OH


Abby Purdum  Deloitte | Consulting – Cincinnati, OH
Carley Powell West Monroe Partners | Customer Experience Consultant – Chicago, IL
Cole Tyman Governor Robert Orr Fellowship (KAR Auction Services) – Indianapolis, IN
Joe Plecha Abercrombie & Fitch | Merchandising – Columbus, OH
John Whitaker Terillium | IT/Staff Consultant – Cincinnati, OH
Kevin Ryan Salesforce Marketing Cloud | Project Manager – Indianapolis, IN
Nick Eaton Textron | ISC Supply Chain LDP – Dallas, TX
Sydney Thompson Target | Business Analyst, Merchandising – Minneapolis, MN

Snapshot Series: Ask to Lead

Today’s Snapshot Series features Stacy Reichert. Stacy is the mother of our chapter member Sydney Reichert as well as SVP Strategy & Business Development at PepsiCo Foodservice. She visited our chapter meeting in October and spoke on leadership. Below, she shares a few highlights from her presentation:


Duh. That title seems pretty obvious…if you want to get leadership experience, it occasionally will be necessary to “raise your hand” and ask for it or actively seek it out. However, that’s not the point I want to make. Rather, successful leaders know what questions to ASK to effectively LEAD their organizations. The leader who asks the right questions (even if they’re tough ones!) at the right time with the right intention will be seen as a respected, empowering and inspiring leader. When questions are preceded by an encouraging or expectation-setting remark, even better. This leadership tactic is likely seen in someone who is able to influence, collaborate and “bring others along” with him. Here are a few examples of some common situations and potential questions that illustrate what I mean.

When deciding to move the team in a new direction:
“I have decided that we will need to cancel that project…how will that impact the team and your need to reallocate resources?”

When hearing about an exciting recommendation:
“I really like the recommendation the team is making but I want to make sure we’ve looked at all of the options…what other options did the team consider and how do they compare to the recommendation?”

When reviewing lackluster team performance:
“I know that each of you is as unhappy about our performance in the first quarter as I am…what’s the most important thing each member of the team thinks we should do to turn our performance around this quarter?”

When more effort is needed by the team:
“Each of you brings a level of expertise that can contribute to our success but I’m not seeing that reflected in the team’s work on this project so far…how will the team work differently in the next two weeks to bring bigger ideas that enable us to address the problem/opportunity faster?

When wanting to lend support without disempowering the team:
“The team has clearly worked hard to get to this point …what support do you need from me to help the team overcome the last remaining obstacles to success?”

Bottom line, remember that your team wants to impress you. They want to build your trust in them. They want to know they’re adding value and that you believe in their ability to perform at their fullest potential. Don’t be a leader who reads ahead in the presentation, acts like she has all of the answers or is tempted to just tell the team what to do. No doubt, there will be situations where such approaches are necessary but more often than not, you will want to “ask to lead” and your team will thank you for it!

Stacy K. Reichert, MU ‘84
SVP Strategy & Business Development
PepsiCo Foodservice

Fall 2014 Regional Convention Recap

On November 14, 2014, a group of 58 dedicated PSE Miami members met in the Oxford Kroger parking lot at 6:45 a.m. to depart for the North Central PSE Regional Convention in Columbus, OH. The convention was hosted by the Ohio State chapter of PSE whose members planned two days of events for the ten schools that attended.

We arrived just in time for the first event of the weekend: speaker Nate Demars who spoke about his entrepreneurial ventures in Columbus, OH. The speaker was followed by a PSE Trivia session in which teams competed against one another to answer Jeopardy-style questions about our organization. A Career Fair with some of our corporate sponsors was followed by a delicious lunch. These events were a great way to kick start the weekend and reunite with members from other schools.

The second half of Friday involved two annuual activities: chapter roundtables and a speaker’s competition. Chapter roundtables involve mixing up the chapters so that we are seated with students from other schools in order to discuss the ways that our chapters operate and succeed. During this time, we were able to share our own ideas as well as gain the wisdom of other chapters. The speaker’s competition followed. Our very own Jack Dahm, Alec Remaly and Cole Tyman all participated, delivering phenomenal speeches. Day 1 ended with a night at Ohio State’s restaurants and bars where the almost 200 PSE members from various schools were able to mingle in a social setting.

Saturday morning began with keynote speaker Deb Tucker, VP of Production at L Brands, who gave us an overview of her career and valuable advice for our members. We then split into two programs: listening to speaker Jeff Sferro on business communication and completing the Certified Chapter Officer Training. These Saturday morning activities provided our members with wisdom to carry forward both into the next PSE year and into post-graduation jobs.

Perhaps the most exciting part of Saturday for some PSE-ers was that lunch was catered by Cane’s! (In case you’re unfamiliar, it’s a fast-food chicken finger restaurant that does not exist near Miami University.) Equally exciting was this year’s marketing competition: a Shark Tank-style event that involved diverse teams spending just two hours to develop a product/service and pitch their idea to the sharks. Our members had a lot of fun with this competition and it was a fantastic way to meet members from other schools.

The last event of the weekend was a banquet complete with delicious dinner and dessert options plus the awards ceremony to announce winners of the day’s competitions. The two winning teams for the marketing competition consisted of many of our own members.

The first team, “Suited to You,” was comprised of Cole Tyman, Jon Leist, Jack Dahm, Jillian Moran, Dana Bullock and Sarah Krumm, plus four students from other schools. Their idea was a service that would deliver pre-ordered men’s suits to the hotel rooms of traveling businessmen so that the travelers would not have to pack or pay for baggage fees – they would simply need to show up at the hotel. The service would also remove the clothing from the room and dry-clean them. The team asked for $500,000 with a 5% stake and made a deal at 15% with one of the sharks.

Our own Ryan Craig, Chris Waflart, Marilyn Zubak, Kia Khorrami, Dean Firouzian, and several students from other schools made up the second winning team. They pitched the idea of “2 Dye 4”, an innovative machine that mixes hair dyes for stylists, resulting in saved time and money. Costing about $20,000 to make each machine, they would be leased to salons in the Columbus area for $1,000 a month under a 24-month contract. The final agreement with the sharks was a $100,000 investment with 20% equity.

Check out our Facebook album for some pictures from the convention!

Snapshot Series: Net Neutrality

Today’s Snapshot Series features Director of Technology Ben Nader, who gives an excellent overview of net neutrality, or the concept of a free and open internet, and the proposed changes that are being discussed in Washington.

Net Neutrality: What it Means for the Average American

This past week there has been a lot of attention focused on the FCC and the issues of net neutrality and Internet fast lanes. Statements have been made on both sides of the aisle, from President Obama asking the FCC to reclassify the Internet as a public utility to Senator Ted Cruz claiming “‘Net Neutrality’ is Obamacare for the Internet…” Even with the increased attention, many individuals are not able to grasp the importance of this decision, or don’t understand what is being proposed. My hope with this article is to break down the jargon surrounding net neutrality so that the average Internet user, one with little background in technology, can understand what is happening and will be able to make an informed decision.

What is Net Neutrality?

Sometimes referred to as the “Open Internet,” net neutrality is the Internet that we currently know. According to the FCC, “It’s open [or neutral] because it uses free, publicly available standards that anyone can access and build to, and it treats all traffic that flows across the network in roughly the same way…Once you’re online, you don’t have to ask permission or pay tolls to broadband providers to reach others on the network. If you develop an innovative new website, you don’t have to get permission to share it with the world.”

Net neutrality guarantees a level playing field where Internet users will not have to pay their Internet Service Providers (ISP) more money to access online content. It additionally protects content generators, such as Facebook or Netflix, from having to pay additional fees to ensure that users will have access their websites and apps.

Why is it an Issue Now?

Net neutrality became an issue back in December of 2010 when the FCC released the Open Internet Order, which established high-level rules requiring transparency and prohibiting blocking and unreasonable discrimination from ISPs like Time Warner, Comcast, or AT&T. The goal of this order was to protect Internet openness, as some ISPs were starting to throttle websites or limit access unless customers or companies would pay them a toll or fee. The FCC’s rulings were challenged in court, and in January of 2014 the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit upheld the transparency rule, but vacated the no-blocking and no-unreasonable-discrimination rules. The court then invited the FCC to act to preserve a free and open Internet, which is what is currently underway.

What Would Happen Without Net Neutrality?

Without net neutrality your Internet Service Provider could block or slow down your online content depending on what websites or applications they prefer. For example, Comcast might speed up your access to since they own a majority stake in them, while also slowing down or blocking your access to or since they are competitors of NBC. An ISP could charge Netflix a fee for carrying online videos of its network to ensure that users will have access. While these situations are hypothetical, there have been real instances in the past few years of ISPs abusing their power.

Back in February 2014, Comcast and Netflix reached an agreement where it is estimated that Netflix is paying anywhere between $25 million and $50 million a year to ensure that quality content reaches their users in a timely manner. The problem with this is that ultimately this fee will be passed on to the individual users, causing their subscription rates to increase. In 2012, AT&T announced that it would block FaceTime, Apple’s mobile video chat function, from all devices (cell phones, laptops, tablets) unless the customer purchased a family plan, which is more expensive. Public interest groups filed a complaint with the FCC saying that it violated net neutrality, and in 2013, the company began unblocking the application.

Without net neutrality, the possibility of an ISP throttling or blocking content is a reality that will impact an individuals experience on the web. Additionally the increased cost to both companies and consumers is very real.

What is President Obama’s Plan?

Contrary to what Sen. Ted Cruz would like people to believe, the President’s plan does not put the government in charge of pricing or allow the government to determine the speed of the Internet. What the end goal of President’s plan is to stop ISPs from slowing service down and is asking the companies to treat all of their customers fairly. The plan is outlined as follows:

  • Classify Internet service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act while at the same time forbearing them from rate regulation and other provisions less relevant to broadband services
    • Title II regulations ensure common carriers of wired telephone service treat consumers equally and share their infrastructure by leasing it to smaller companies. It also requires companies to keep customer information private and offer “reasonable charges” for services, among a list of other thing.
  • No Blocking
    • If a consumer requests access to a website or service, and the content is legal, your ISP should not be permitted to block it. That way every player – not just those commercially affiliated with an ISP – gets a fair shot at your business.
  • No Throttling
    • ISPs should not be able to intentionally slow down some content or speed up other – through a process often called “throttling” – based on the type of service or your ISP’s preferences.
  • Increased Transparency
    • The connection between consumers and ISPs – the so-called “last mile” – is not the only place some sites might get special treatment. The president is asking the FCC to make full use of the transparency authorities the court recently upheld, and if necessary to apply net neutrality rules to points of interconnection between the ISP and the rest of the Internet.
  • No Paid Prioritization
    • Simply put: No service should be stuck in a “slow lane” because it does not pay a fee. That kind of gatekeeping would undermine the level playing field essential to the Internet’s growth. The president is asking for an explicit ban on paid prioritization and any other restriction that has a similar effect.

Why is This Important?

According to The Open Internet (, a project created to promote net neutrality and the consequences associated with disbanding it, there are seven reasons why enforcing net neutrality is one of the greatest issues facing our country today:

  1. A free and open internet is the single greatest technology of our time, and control should not be at the mercy of corporations.
  2. A free and open internet stimulates ISP competition.
  3. A free and open internet helps prevent unfair pricing practices.
  4. A free and open internet promotes innovation.
  5. A free and open internet promotes the spread of ideas.
  6. A free and open internet drives entrepreneurship.
  7. A free and open internet protects freedom of speech.

“More than any other invention of our time, the Internet has unlocked possibilities we could just barely imagine a generation ago. And here’s a big reason we’ve seen such incredible growth and innovation: Most Internet providers have treated Internet traffic equally. That’s a principle known as ‘net neutrality’ — and it says that an entrepreneur’s fledgling company should have the same chance to succeed as established corporations, and that access to a high school student’s blog shouldn’t be unfairly slowed down to make way for advertisers with more money.” – President Obama

Farmer’s 5th Birthday Project

Written by project member Victoria Polisena 

The Farmer family, Joyce and Dick Farmer, graduated from Miami University in the 1950s. They gave back to Miami by donating $30 million to the school of business, $25 million of which went to building the Farmer School in 2009. The building was dedicated on November 7, 2009 so PSE Miami decided to celebrate the 5th birthday of the Farmer School during the first week of November 2014. The day was meant to celebrate and be thankful for the beautiful building in which we have the privilege of learning.

I worked with two members of Phi Chi Theta and a member of Alpha Kappa Psi (two other business fraternities) to plan the event. We decided to have a huge display of cupcakes in the main Commons in the Farmer School where students and professors could eat cupcakes and write letters to the Farmer family. We were able to show our appreciation to the Farmer family for their generous investment in Miami’s business students.

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PSE Miami Travel Project

PSE Miami teams up with international students this fall to help them plan travel over upcoming breaks.

A project team led by Director of Sales Madison Weber and members Seth Badger, Katie Blodgett and Tio Liang have developed the idea and the website:

International students interested in traveling around the U.S. are able to visit the site and fill out a short questionnaire. Their preferences are used to guide the PSE team in making recommendations on destinations, attractions, cuisine, and everything in between. The best part? With the team’s resources and negotiation skills, they are actually able to help students lower the average price of travel. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.