Applaud this Diverse and Vibrant Community

The Toast is a celebratory occasion that recognizes the annual achievements of the Business Fellows community. Individuals that exemplify Business Fellows values are recognized and the graduating seniors are formally congratulated and inducted into the Alumni Society.

The Toast was on Thursday, April 5 at the Westin Cincinnati.

Thank You Sponsors


2018 Title Sponsor

Fifth Third Bank logo

2018 Leadership Sponsor

RiskVersity logo


2018 Community Sponsors

Honda: The Power of Dreams logo
EY: Building a better working world logo

Elliott Management Group logo

First Financial Bank logo


2018 Friendship Sponsors

GE logo

Vantiv Now Worldpay logo

Total Quality Logistics logo

University of Cincinnati Alumni Association logo


The Toast 2018 Recap

Toast Mistresses of Ceremony Angela Brown and Ally Graham-Torrez

Mistresses of Ceremony

The Toast Mistresses of Ceremony, Angela Brown and Ally Graham-Torrez, did a phenomenal job! They exemplified leadership and served as great ambassadors for the program. Mistresses of Ceremony bios

2017 Masters of Ceremony - Marquez Jones and Lauren White
2016 Masters of Ceremony - Chase LaVeer and Serene Smith

The Toast 2017

Photo Gallery and Videos

Relive moments from The Toast by viewing the photo gallery and First Year Experience video.

The Toast Video Playlist

Abigail Armstrong wins the 2018 Rising Fellow Award

Rising Fellow Award

The Rising Fellow award is given to a first or second year student that has passionately embraced the Business Fellows community, and leverages its access to a network of resources and opportunities to be successful. The 2018 Rising Fellow is Abigail Armstrong. Read Abigail's bio.

2017 Rising Fellow - Chandler Rankin
2016 Rising Fellow - Bryson Min

Marcos Aull and Chandler Rankin Win the Outstanding Business Buddies Award

Outstanding Business Buddies

This award is given to a mentor/mentee pair that has truly embraced the power of mentorship and its possibilities. They have gone above and beyond the minimum requirements of the Business Buddies touch points, assignments and engagements, and have developed a meaningful relationship that adds value to both the mentor and mentee’s collegiate experience. The 2018 Outstanding Business Buddies pair is mentee, Marcos Aulll and mentor, Chandler Rankin! Read Marcos and Chandler's bios.

2017 Outstanding Business Buddies - Kameron Marshall and Roderick Griffin
2016 Outstanding Business Buddies - Lena Brewer and Alexis Artis

Recruiting wins Committee of the Year Award

Committee of the Year

This award is given to a Business Fellows committee that has made a meaningful contribution to the program. This committee has not only continuously engaged members, but expanded the reach of the program beyond the Business Fellows community. The 2018 Committee of the Year is Recruiting. Committee of the Year bio.

2017 Committee of the Year - Membership
2016 Committee of the Year - Community Service

Makeda Matthews wins the Ally of the Year Award

Ally of the Year

The Ally of the Year award recognizes an individual who is a self-identified advocate for the Business Fellows program; and selflessly invests his or her time, energy and resources to its success. The 2018 Ally of the Year is Ms. Makeda Matthews. Ally of the Year bio.

2017 Ally of the Year - Mr. Howard Elliott
2016 Ally of the Year - Mrs. Laural Nock

Pamela Brailsford wins Distinguished Alumni Award

Distinguished Alumni Award

This award recognizes an underrepresented minority Lindner College of Business alumnus or alumna for his or her professional accomplishments. This individual has garnered success throughout a 20+ year career while paving an avenue for the next generation of diverse business leaders. The 2018 Business Fellows Distinguished Alumni is Pamela Brailsford. Distinguished Alumni bio.

2017 Business Fellows Distinguished Alumni - Claudia Abercrumbie 

Management Leadership For Tomorrow Wins Corporation of the Year

Corporation of the Year

This award is given to a business partner that has gone above and beyond to support the Business Fellows program and namely its students. The honoree is recognized for its significant, innovative and ongoing investment in sustaining meaningful engagement and providing growth opportunities for members and graduates. The 2018 Corporation of the Year is Management Leadership for Tomorrow. Corporation of the Year bio.

2017 Corporation of the Year - Ernst & Young
2016 Corporation of the Year - Fifth Third Bank

Business Fellows Alumni Induction Group Photo 2018

Alumni Induction Ceremony

At The Toast, we officially inducted our graduating seniors into the Business Fellows Alumni Society. With this induction, we bestowed upon our graduating seniors an official Business Fellows blazer, which symbolizes the culmination of their collegiate career. Alumni induction ceremony recap.

The Lindner College of Business focuses on the continual development of each student in the areas of Professionalism, Academics, Character, and Engagement (PACE) to ensure that students are positioned for long-term success.

These awards are given to Business Fellows members that exemplify the ideals of PACE and serve as role models to their peers.

Leola Lynch

Professionalism: Experience
Leola Lynch

2017 Gika Okonji
2016 Anja Macedo

Rachel Rosado

Professionalism: Experience
Rachel Rosado

2017 Gika Okonji
2016 Anja Macedo

Mary Taylor Jr.

Professionalism: Entrepreneurship
Mary Taylor Jr.

2017 Angwi Tacho
2016 Gabby Morris

Sidney Woodford

Sidney Woodford

2017 Ben Koussoube
2016 Christine Pope

Kalea Lucas

Character: Study Abroad
Kalea Lucas

2017 Maryam Adewumi
2016 Mandy (Rodriguez) Johnson

Rolando Mendez Jr.

Character: Community Service
Rolando Mendez Jr.

2017 Lindsey Sweatland
2016 Jessica Wall

Lauren White

Lauren White

2017 Mitchell Phelps
2016 Kamree Maull