The Toast

Group photo of Business Fellows students wearing red blazers at The Toast 2018

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.

Thank you to the sponsors of The Toast 2018

2018 Title Sponsor

Fifth Third Bank

2018 Leadership Sponsor


2018 Community Sponsors

Elliott Management Group
First Financial Bank

2018 Friendship Sponsors

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University of Cincinnati Alumni Association
Vantiv, now Worldpay

The Toast 2018 recap

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.


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.

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 menteeā€™s collegiate experience. The 2018 Outstanding Business Buddies pair is mentee, Marcos Aull and mentor, Chandler Rankin!

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.

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.

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.

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.

PACE Honors

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.

Professionalism: Experience

Leola Lynch
Rachel Rosado

Professionalism: Entrepreneurship

Mary Taylor Jr.


Sidney Woodford

Character: Study Abroad

Kalea Lucas

Character: Community Service

Rolando Mendez Jr.


Lauren White