The Toast

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

Save the date!

The Toast 2019

Thursday, April 11, 2019
Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel
5:00–7:00 p.m.

Applaud this diverse and vibrant community

The University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business and its supporters culminate each year by recognizing the accomplishments of the Business Fellows community during The Toast—an annual celebration. Featuring a dinner, live music, awards presentation, keynote address, alumni induction, and (of course) a toast, it is an incredible opportunity to engage with outstanding aspiring minority business professionals. Comprised of more than 120 African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American students, the Business Fellows program offers a vibrant community that provides access to a network of resources in order to highlight opportunities and ensure success at Lindner and beyond.

Sponsorship opportunities

This signature event is the program’s largest fundraiser and more than 200 guests will be in attendance, including Business Fellows students, university and college administration, alumni, corporate partners, community leaders, prospective students and their parents. Sponsorship for The Toast directly benefits scholarships, professional development and programs for this diverse student community. If you are interested in sponsoring this year’s event, please contact JaMarcus Hampton, Director of Development at the Lindner College of Business, at 513-556-7827 or

Event sponsors

2019 Title Sponsor

Fifth Third Bank

2019 Leadership Sponsor


2019 Community Sponsors

Elliott Management Group
First Financial Bank
GE Aviation
Johnson Investment Counsel

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 mentee’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