Learn about Obineche Nnebedum's experience at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, where he serves as the MBA Class President as well as the Vice President of the Fisher Healthcare Association.
- Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI
- Undergrad: Kalamazoo College (Chemistry)
- Pre-MBA Industry/Function: Healthcare
Q: How did you choose your MBA program? What are your program's greatest assets?A: When I enrolled in the MBA program, I was already a student at OSU pursuing my Masters in Health Administration. However, I decided to dual enroll because I was impressed by the humility and caliber of Fisher students. Three key strengths stood out in the Fisher MBA program.
- The Ohio State Pride was palpable from the students and alumni that I spoke with in the program. Buckeye Pride spans far beyond Ohio State’s campus. It is felt in all corners of the U.S. and the globe!
- The intimacy provided by the class size, being in an MBA class with ~100 students, has allowed me to connect with my classmates and know more about who they are as colleagues and friends.
- The professional and networking opportunities provided to Ohio State students. One great example of this comes from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The Office led by Senior Director David Harrison was so helpful when it came to my professional development via career conferences. The team is dedicated to funding students attending the National Black MBA Conference and the Reaching Out MBA conferences every year. I would not have my internship nor job without that team!
A: One of my favorite class experiences has been a business simulation course known as INTOPIA. In this class, teams of 3-5 people all play the role of a multi-national technology company. The class offers you an extremely granular approach to management and forces you to think about all aspects of running a manufacturing business. This can range from supply chain management to currency fluctuations. Throughout the class, you work collaboratively with your teammates, develop go-to-market strategies, and make decisions filled with ambiguity. The decision/deal making process calls for late nights (getting home after midnight) and high stakes. For the past 10 years, it has consistently been one of the most popular Fisher courses!
Q: What activities are you involved in outside of class?A: Outside of class, I've also had the privilege of serving as the MBA class President during my time as Fisher, advocating on behalf of the students, building a cohesive community of MBA students, and leading new initiatives to improve the student experience. Additionally, I am Vice President of the Fisher Healthcare Association (FHA). FHA offers MBA students the ability to network with healthcare executives and CXO officers, a broader perspective of an MBA-led career in healthcare, and the mentorship needed to succeed during the interview process. Last, I am a member of the Big Data & Analytics Association (BDAA) at OSU. BDAA is inspiring the next generation of data-driven leaders via workshops, networking events, and competitions. These out-of-class activities have transformed my perspective of leadership and engagement.
A: Prior to business school, I was told that though an MBA test you academically, it will leave you with a network that you will know for the rest of your career. I genuinely feel that statement is spot on. An example of this is my first-year "core" team (shout out to Team 16)! Think of your core team as an assigned study/homework group. For the first year of the program, students are required to work with this team for your initial marketing, accounting, and strategy courses. What I loved about my core team was our consistency in terms of our engagement, our ability to respectfully challenge one another’s ideas, and our diverse backgrounds. Each member has a different perspective to share, and it ultimately set the bar (high) for how I interact with others in a group setting. That relationship carries on now via group chats and gifs.
Q: How did you decide that an MBA was the next step for you?
A: I pursued an MBA out of curiosity and the desire to grow professionally. I was specifically driven to explore business school after listening to a podcast called "Exponent," a show that focused on tech and society. Both hosts (Ben Thompson and James Allworth) have MBAs, and I realized the degree would be an avenue to thinking more strategically and speaking more compellingly. When I spoke to Fisher students, they confirmed that these growth opportunities were available. Additionally, I recognized that an MBA would be complementary to my healthcare knowledge as an MHA student. That has certainly been my experience thus far.
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