Faculty and Staff Highlights

Lindner Career Services advises students, employers on LGBTQ inclusivity

Nadia Ibrahim-Taney and Liz Pawley, assistant directors for the Lindner Career Services Center, are passionate about the rights, representation and inclusion of — as well as allyship with — business professionals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ).

“We work with students at an important age, late teens to early twenties,” said Ibrahim-Taney. “Some of those who identify as LGBTQ are still learning how to come out and express themselves as young adults, let alone learn about the type of job they want to pursue. We help students get to a point where they feel comfortable being their authentic selves while being professional.”

Liz Pawley and Nadia Ibrahim-Taney at UC's Equity & Inclusion Conference

(Left to right) Pawley and Ibrahim-Taney presented at UC's 11th annual Equity & Inclusion conference in April.

Weaving that passion into the work they do, Ibrahim-Taney and Pawley are not only sources of knowledge and wisdom for students, but also the center’s employer partners.

“LGBTQ Americans are living under a patchwork of state and federal laws, which creates a variety of situations with respect to employment, benefits, workplace culture and more,” said Ibrahim-Taney. “We get to proctor these conversations with our employer partners, because it ultimately helps them better support our students as they achieve success.”

Pawley and Ibrahim-Taney presented facts, figures and best practices for being a workplace ally to UC faculty and staff at UC's 11th Annual Equity & Inclusion Conference in spring 2019. They’ve even been able to share their insight beyond campus by presenting to peer higher education advising and counseling professionals through CEUonestop.

Lindner Career Services brings home national honor

(Left to right) Keith Sun, Lisa Forbes and Amy Marcrum pose with the 2019 CEIA Best Practice Award plaque

Lindner Career Services was recognized by the Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA) for its quality programming that produces a positive change in a program’s core operations, and was formally recognized at CEIA’s annual conference in April 2019.

Lindner Career Services received the 2019 Cooperative Education Best Practice Award in honor of the team’s Dress to Impress event, in which Lindner College of Business students learn how to build and refine their professional wardrobe from fashion experts while networking with employers and alumni from all business disciplines.

Lindner at UC Community Day

Faculty members, Suzanne Masterson and Heather Vough, discuss their research with UC Community Day attendees.

April 2019 ushered in a wave of excitement throughout campus for Bicentennial Community Week. Community Day welcomed lots of alumni and families to campus for a day of educational sessions and a campus open house, in which visitors could explore everything from their favorite residence halls to the climbing wall in the Campus Recreation Center to an exploration of Cincinnati in 1819.

Lindner faculty and alumni were also part of the presenting team. Leigh Fox, MBA ’01, president and CEO of Cincinnati Bell, participated on the kickoff panel, “What is Boldly Bearcat?” Faculty members also presented at one of the educational sessions highlighting current research from the college:

  • “Helping America Age-in-Place,” Mike Eriksen, Associate Professor, Department of Finance, Real Estate, and Insurance and Risk Management
  • “Trading Spaces: The Effect of Physical Workspace Design on Workplace Relationships,” Suzanne Masterson, Associate Dean of Faculty and Research, Professor of Management
  • "Liquidity Regimes and Optimal Dynamic Asset Allocation,” Mehmet Sağlam, Johnson Professorship, Assistant Professor, Department of Finance, Real Estate, and Insurance and Risk Management
  • "Wearing Multiple Hats: How Employees Find Authenticity and Multiplicity,” Heather Vough, Associate Professor, Department of Management
  • “Shaping Impressions with Social Media,” Jaime Windeler, Associate Professor, Department of Operations, Business Analytics, and Information Systems

Jane Ziegler Sojka also presented, “Empowering the Next Generation of Women Leaders: Learning to Communicate with Confidence,” a mini-workshop that sampled activities from Sojka’s Women’s in Sales class (MKTG 3001) that help elevate confidence and convey credibility.

Educator appointed to national philanthropic board, continues 20-plus year commitment to volunteering

Ric Sweeney headshot

Ric Sweeney

Ric Sweeney, associate professor-educator of marketing at the Lindner College of Business, was appointed for a three-year term on the American Marketing Association (AMA) Foundation Board of Advisors starting July 1, 2019.

As the national philanthropic arm of the AMA, the AMA Foundation raises funds for annual scholarships and awards for marketing students, researchers, academics and professionals who are making an impact within their immediate communities and the marketing profession overall.

Lindner's new director of Diversity and Inclusion sets sights on building students’ competencies

Nick Castro standing outside Lindner Hall

Nick Castro

This past June, Lindner welcomed Nick Castro as its new director of Diversity and Inclusion. Castro will focus on strengthening and continuing to grow Lindner’s four Diversity and Inclusion programs — Business Fellows, iCats, Lindner Women in Business and Out in Business — through consistently valuable programming and creating student leadership opportunities.

Another characteristic of Castro’s approach is fostering a culture that recognizes the Diversity and Inclusion office as a resource for everyone. In his former role as as assistant director of Inclusion and Involvement at UC Blue Ash, Castro facilitated workshops for first-year experience and student success courses, which enabled him to connect broadly with students he might not have otherwise met.

“Part of our mission is to create global citizens who are culturally competent, emotionally intelligent business professionals,” said Castro. “Having conversations about identity, intersectionality and privilege can help all students build those competencies. It will help them and the organizations of which they will eventually become part.”

Welcome new hires

Kelly Battles
Instructional Designer

Suzanne Buzek
Assistant Director, Marketing

Nick Castro
Director, Diversity and Inclusion

Mychael Cornett
Assistant Director, Graduate Advising

Kelsey Darnell
Undergraduate Advisor

Holli Deems
HR Manager

Amy Dickerson
Financial Administrator

Andrew Eschenbach
Manager, Johnson Investment Lab

Brittany Fishburn
Undergraduate Advisor

Bill Gregory
Assistant Director, Graduate Recruitment

Jeanne Harmeyer
Executive Staff Assistant, UC Real Estate Center

Sam Heshmati
Post Doctoral Fellow

Sarah Jernigan
Undergraduate Advisor

Michelle Johns
Assistant Professor-Educator, Department of Management; Academic Director, International Programs; Program Director, International Business

Matthew Keaton
Assistant Director, Undergraduate Enrollment

Marianne Lewis

Patrice Morris
Academic Director, MBA Program

Rachel Parks
Undergraduate Advisor

Maria Webb
Assistant Professor-Educator, Department of Operations, Business Analytics, and Information Systems