🎙 The Buckeye Futures Podcast

The Eugene D. Smith Leadership Institute is proud to launch the official Buckeye Futures podcast. This podcast will feature a guest speaker each week to educate current student-athletes on career-driven topics. Through this platform, student-athletes will be joined by industry and graduate professionals to discuss career paths, passions and various opportunities.



🔊 Season 1 | Episode 1: Welcome to the Buckeye Futures Podcast

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 2: Fisher Homes

“Always take the opportunity that’s in front of you.”
– Katie Miller

Katie Miller, a post-collegiate athlete and Corporate Recruiter for Fischer Homes joined us to discuss their co-op internship program, current entry-level openings, and emphasized that student-athletes do not need previous experience to apply for these roles. She shared the various transferable skills that align with the mission of the organization. For more information on the various career opportunities: https://www.fischerhomes.com/about/careers/career-opportunities

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 3: The Ohio State Sports Properties

Jordan Mills, The Director of Activation and Fulfillment for The Ohio State Sports Properties joined us to discuss her professional journey, entry-level positions and how being a hands-on learner can help you grow within the industry. Two accomplished professors from the College of Education and Ecology, Dr. Brian Turner and Dr. Kwame Agyemang, provided advice to student-athletes that are interested in pursuing graduate school within Sports Management. For more information on the various career opportunities: https://www.learfield.com/come-work-with-us/

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 4: Long on Life

Brent Long, The Owner of Long on Life and Buckeye alum, joined us to discuss how he was able to grow and maintain his own business over the last 28 years. Since leaving Ohio State in the late 80’s, Brent has been working as a personal and business (Executive and Sales) coach with all sorts of people within a variety of different industries. He shares his passion for investing in people’s development skills and how essential it has been throughout his organization. For more information on the various career opportunities: http://longonlife.com/index.html

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 5: Bright Star LLC

Beth Bunge, The Founder, and Owner of Bright Start LLC joined us to discuss how she started services for infants through adults with disabilities and special needs, 21 years ago. Beth explained her journey as a captain for the Ohio State Track team and what motivated her to work within Child Development. She shared “Look for the need and go meet it”, and that’s exactly what Beth did. Two accomplished professors from the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, Dr. Gail Whitelaw and Dr. Allison Bean provided advice to student-athletes with a passion to work with specialized populations post-graduation. For more information on the various career opportunities: https://brightstartsc.com/career-opportunities/

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 6: The Mission Continues

Megan Kruse is an Ohio State University alum and the current City Impact Manager for The Mission Continues. Megan describes the non-traditional route she took post-graduation. Her career started at AmeriCorps it shaped her into the person she is today. She stated, “Every day, figure out what drives you.” Megan utilizes that drive to serve at a national, nonpartisan nonprofit that empowers veterans to continue their service and motivates communities with veteran talent, skills, and preparedness to generate visible impact. In addition, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, Lieutenant Colonel Bo Cunningham, provided advice to student-athletes who would like to pursue a career in the U.S. armed forces. For more information on the various career opportunities: https://missioncontinues.org/

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 7: Nike

Charlotte Kehoe is a former student-athlete for the University of Washington Women’s Crew team and currently serves as the University Relations Recruiter for Nike. During this conversation, she provided valuable insight to student-athletes on the Nike department structure, the application process, ways to grow as an intern, and their ideal candidate. With operations outside of Oregon and the Netherlands, Nike’s Internship Program has a global reach providing students the opportunity to experience the brand’s culture of curiosity and innovation. Dr. Brian Turner from the College of Education and Ecology provided advice to student-athletes that are interested in pursuing graduate school within Sports Management. For more information on the various career opportunities: https://jobs.nike.com/internships

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 8: OHSAA

Spencer Smith is a former student-athlete for the Ohio State University Football team and currently serves as the Assistant Athletic Director for Upper Arlington High School. We were also joined by Tim Stried, The Senior Director of Communications for the Ohio High School Athletic Association. Spencer provided valuable insight on his experience as a collegiate athlete, lessons learned within his graduate program, and how that lead to his current role. While Tim was able to share how his job experience at Ohio State within sports information kick-started his career. Dr. Brian Turner from the College of Education and Ecology provided advice to student-athletes that are interested in pursuing graduate school within Sports Management. For more information on the various career opportunities: https://ohsaa.org/, https://www.uaschools.org/upperarlingtonhighschool_home.aspx, https://ehe.osu.edu/human-sciences/kinesiology/sport-management/ms/

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 9: Wrestling Alum, Josh Whitt

Josh Whitt is a former student-athlete for the Ohio State University Wrestling team and currently serves as the Director of Sales for Path Robotics. He discussed the importance of building relationships, creating a team atmosphere, and what Path Robotics is looking for in an entry-level position. Josh mentioned the importance of an individual that is looking for an opportunity not just looking for a job. Nina Parchall the Director of Graduate Recruitment and Support for the College of Engineering provided advice to athletes that are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in engineering and the various career opportunities available. For more information on the various career opportunities: https://path-robotics.com/careers

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 10: Eli Lilly and Company

Katy Swathwood was a four-time Big Ten champion and three-time All American for the Ohio State Track Team. She is a former Big Ten record holder and a graduate from the Fisher College of Business. Upon graduation, she has garnered success within her current role as a pharmaceutical sales representative for Eli Lilly and Company. Eli Lilly and Company is an American pharmaceutical company headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, with offices in 18 countries. She was joined by colleague, Oscar Grau the Specialty Diabetes Executive Sales Representative to discuss the company culture, internship programs, full-time opportunities, and resources available to grow within the company. Jerrod Amstutz the Recruiting and Admissions Coordinator for the Fisher College of Business provided advice to athletes that are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in business. For more information on the various career opportunities: https://careers.lilly.com/

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 11: Beacon Hill Staffing

Emalee Mongno is a former student-athlete for the Ohio State Women’s Lacrosse Team and currently serves as a Consultant for Beacon Hill Staffing. Beacon Hill Staffing is one of the world’s largest and most influential providers of talent acquisition, workforce consulting, staffing solutions, and executive search services. We were also joined by Senior Corporate Recruiter, Ashley Pfeiffenberger to discuss their ideal candidate, how to make yourself stand out, and ways to grow within the industry. Emalee is a graduate of the Fisher College of Business and stated that both her academic and athletic journey has led to her post-collegiate success. Michael Halligan, Senior Director for Recruitment and Admissions within the Fisher College of Business, provided advice to athletes that are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in business. For more information on the various career opportunities: https://beaconhillstaffing.com/Job-Seekers/Partners-in-Your-Career

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 12: Columbus Crew + Columbus Clippers

Dante Washington is a former professional athlete who has made the transition from the soccer field to the corporate world. Dante followed his passion and now serves as the Director of Team Strategic Partnerships and Business Development for the Columbus Crew SC. We were also joined by Cedric Hatton, The Assistant Director of Group Sales for the Columbus Clippers Baseball Team. They both provided valuable advice on how to be become successful and navigate within the sports industry. Dante emphasized, “The innate traits you have built as an athlete are what employers are looking for.” Dr. Brian Turner from the College of Education and Ecology provided advice to student-athletes that are interested in pursuing graduate school within Sports Management. For more information on the various career opportunities: https://www.columbuscrewsc.com/recruitment, https://www.milb.com/columbus/team/internships

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 13: The Waterworks

Tom Kaczkowski, The Vice President of Operations for The Waterworks, joined us to discuss how he leads his organization through trust, respect, and care. The Waterworks is Columbus, Ohio’s largest full-service plumbing, sewer repair and drain cleaning company. Tom is responsible for providing strategic leadership, management, and direction for the residential and commercial plumbing division of The Waterworks. As a former student-athlete from the University of Illinois, Tom has dedicated years as an educator, long time football coach, and father. He shared his passion and valuable insight into the trade industry, the importance of leadership, and identifying the why of your team in order to fuel their motivation. For more information on the various career opportunities: https://thewaterworks.com/about-us/careers/

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 14: Kimberly Bush

Kimberly Bush is a former student-athlete for The Ohio State University’s Women’s Field Hockey team and has been instrumental to the growth of the program. She currently serves as the Director of Undergraduate Programs and Teaching Associate Professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at NC State University. We were also joined by Dr. Rebecca Crandall, a clinical assistant professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program at The Ohio State University. They provided valuable insight on their journeys within higher education, the importance of mentorship, and establishing relationships with faculty members. Becky mentioned what she most enjoys about the field is it is where “talent and passion aligns.” Dr. Brian Turner from the College of Education and Ecology provided advice to student-athletes that are interested in pursuing graduate school within Sports Management. For more information on the various career opportunities: https://ehe.osu.edu/educational-studies/hesa/

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 15: JP Morgan Chase & Co

Kashif Smiley is the Vice President for Firmwide Diversity Recruiting & Diversity Program at JP Morgan Chase & Co. Kashif joined the firm in 2017 as a Vice President in Global Supplier Services (GSS) in Strategic Sourcing and Category Management. In his role, he owned the categories: Call Center Services and Default Services. In early 2018, Kashif followed his passion for Diversity & Inclusion and people and joined the Campus Recruiting team as a University Relations Specialist. Kashif discussed the internship opportunities available, how to stand out as a candidate, and JPMorgan’s slogan “All Mind’s Wanted.” We were also joined by Director of Admissions and Recruiting for the Fisher College of Business, Rob Chabot. Rob mentioned that the student-athlete experience is something that transitions great to the workforce and important to emphasize when applying for jobs. He also provided advice to student-athletes that are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Finance, Accounting, and Human Resource Management. For more information on the various career opportunities: https://careers.jpmorgan.com/us/en/home

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 16: Bath & Body Works & Co

Marah Tavanello is a former student-athlete from the Ohio State dance team and the current Human Resources Manager at Bath and Body Works. From 2014 to 2018, she served at L brands as a compensation intern, specialist, and analyst. Marah is a two-time graduate from The Ohio State University, receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in psychology and a Masters in Human Resources Management. We were also joined by Senior Human Resources Manager, Kylee Cramer. Kylee is also graduated from the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business in Human Resources. Both of them shared their HR perspective on internship experience, professional competencies, and tools to grow within the retail industry. Marah touched on her career journey and realizing aligning things that are important to your skillset is pivotal to finding fulfillment within your career. The retail industry is forever evolving and Kylee provided great advice on how curiosity, self-lead growth, and the willingness to take on new opportunities will point you in the right direction. For more information on the various career opportunities: https://www.bathandbodyworks.com/customer-care/careers.html

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 17: Copper Run Capital

Ryan Wilson is a 2014 graduate of The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and currently serves as the Senior Associate at Copper Run Capital. Copper Run advises companies on selling their business, acquiring businesses for growth, ESOPs, valuations, and provides other financial advisory services. He assists with buy-side, sell-side, and business development efforts. Prior to Copper Run, Ryan completed internships at J.P. Morgan Chase and Huntington Bank and started his career as a Corporate and Institutional Banking Analyst at PNC in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He provided great insight in order to grow within the wealth management industry, building strong financial knowledge, and the benefits of gaining experience early on in your collegiate career. For more information on the various career opportunities: https://www.copperruncap.com/careers

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 18: Edward Jones Investments

Marcus Folmar is a former student-athlete for the University of Louisville Football team and currently serves as a financial advisor for Edward Jones Investments. Edward Jones is a financial services firm headquartered in St. Louis Missouri. As an Edward Jones financial advisor, Marcus sole responsibility is to help investors work toward their financial goals. We were also joined with Growth Team Leader, Jason Walters. Both of our guests discussed their road map to success within the finance industry which includes having a resilient mindset. Jason has dedicated the last 17 years to meeting the needs of businesses and helping them determine the appropriate financial strategy. Within the finance industry, it is pivotal to seek mentorship and gain an understanding of how to navigate trial and error. Dan Kieffer, Assistant Director of Recruiting and Admissions for the Fisher College of Business provided advice to student-athletes that are interested to pursuing a graduate degree in Finance and Business. For more information on the various career opportunities: https://careers.edwardjones.com/index.html

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 19: CBRE Global Workplace Solutions 

Matt Dennis is a Bowling Green State University alum that received his Bachelor of Science in Sociology. He currently serves as the Senior Director of Project Management at CBRE. CBRE is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm. During this session, Matt discussed the importance of client satisfaction, goal setting, and the power of relationships in order to excel in the commercial real estate industry. We were also joined by Mary Beth McCormick who currently serves as the Executive Director for the Center for Real Estate at The Ohio State University. Mary Beth has a wealth experience with the Ohio Public Employers Retire System, Columbus Commercial Real Estate Women, and additional real estate transactions. Both panelists provided a space for student-athletes to understand the different career routes within real estate. For more information on the various career opportunities: https://www.cbre.us/about/careers

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 20: Kyle Strickland 

On this episode, we were joined by Kyle Strickland, the Senior Legal Analyst at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity. The goal of the Kirwan Institute is to connect individuals and communities with opportunities needed for thriving by educating the public, building the capacity of allied social justice organizations, and investing in efforts that support equity and inclusion. Prior to joining Kirwan, Kyle earned his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he served as Student Body President. Kyle, a native of Columbus, earned his B.A. in Political Science from The Ohio State University. He describes his passion for being a part of the solution, implementing policy, and how that has been instrumental throughout his professional journey. Kyle mentioned during his undergraduate career he recognized there is power in your voice and words. He shared with athletes the importance of understanding your influence, community engagement, ways to build your resume, and it’s never too early to be a part of the shift in the world. For more information on the various opportunities: http://kirwaninstitute.osu.edu/

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 21: Frost Brown Todd

Frost Brown Todd Law Firm is a full-service law firm located in 8 different states and 13 different offices. During this session, we were joined by three professionals within the firm: Associate, Christina Wieg, Attorney, Yaz Ashrawi, and Human Resources Director, Kristin Hibbard. They provided great insight on different routes to pursue a career in law, the transaction side/ litigation side, and the importance of building connections within the field. Prior to joining Frost Brown Todd, Christina served as an Environmental Specialist and Supervisor for approximately 13 years at Ohio EPA. She managed a full-time job and finished her law degree from Capital University, emphasizing with persistence and work ethic anything is possible. For more information on the various career opportunities: https://frostbrowntodd.com/careers/

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 22: GO FMX

Mike Manuche is a former student-athlete for the Ohio State University Wrestling team and currently serves as the Sales Manager for FMX. FMX is a computerized maintenance management system that allows facilities leaders to streamline their maintenance processes, increase asset productivity, and track, manage, and improve the metrics that matter most to them. Mike and his colleague Abby Filer the People Operations Manager for FMX discussed the importance of building relationships, providing value with every interaction, and helping clients to identify the problem. Nina Parshall the Director of Graduate Recruitment and Support for the College of Engineering provided advice to athletes that are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in engineering and the various career opportunities available. For more information on the various career opportunities: https://www.gofmx.com/careers/

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 23: Safelite

Thomas Feeney is a graduate from Lasalle University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance. Tom currently serves as the President and CEO of Safelite. With more than 70 years of service, Safelite knows auto glass. Safelite was founded at a single location in Wichita, Kansas in 1947 and has grown to become the largest auto glass specialist company in the United States with more than 720 locations nationwide. Tom discussed the importance of values and principles during his 32 year tenure at Safelite and 12 years as the CEO. We were also joined by Ryan Trierweiler who is the Executive Vice President of People and Leadership. Ryan expressed traits of success within their new hires and the importance of transactional skills is what they. “5 A’s and 1 V: Approachable, Authenticity, Accountability, Aspirational, Attitude, and Visibility, “Tom left our student-athletes with these words of advice to reflect on during their career journey. For more information on the various career opportunities: https://www.safelite.com/careers

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 24: Teddy & Grant Douglass

Teddy Douglass is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship. Teddy is the President and Co-Founder of TrashCab. TrashCab, Founded in 2011 by 2 local entrepreneurs, TrashCab is owned and operated in Columbus, Ohio, with an expanding footprint throughout the Midwest and has grown to a dozen employees and four compacting trucks. We were also joined by Grant Douglass the CEO for Tressler Game Preserve. Teddy and Grant shared the process of turning an idea into a business and how they’ve continued to grow their success as a family. They both shared the numerous challenges that they have faced while managing multiple companies and how they have worked to overcome them. As an entrepreneur, it is pivotal to think about constructing a thorough business plan, ways to separate yourself from competitors, and they walked us through ways to do so. For more information on various career opportunities: https://www.trashcab.com/contact/

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 25: Morgan Stanley

Matthew Terwilliger is an Ohio State Men’s Basketball alum and currently serves as the Financial Advisor and Vice President with The Edwards Group at Morgan Stanley. Morgan Stanley is an American multinational investment bank and financial services company headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Matt discussed his professional basketball career in Europe and his transition into the finance industry. He also shared with student-athletes the importance of immersing in the world of finance, organizational skills, and always being eager to learn. We were also joined by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Career Services and Education within the Fisher College of Business, Audrey Bledsoe. Audrey provided advice on translating the student-athlete experience on a resume, interview preparation, and resources to prepare for career opportunities. For more information on the various career opportunities: https://www.morganstanley.com/people-opportunities/students-graduates


🔊 Season 1 | Episode 26. Matter News

Cassie Young received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Miami University and her Masters of Social Work from The Ohio State University. She currently serves as the Co-founder and Managing Director at Matter News. Matter News is a team of journalists, filmmakers, writers, policy innovators, community organizers, artists, and creatives, each bringing unique perspectives on how to evolve journalism. Cassie described her non-traditional pursuit within the field of journalism and how her passion for civic engagement led to creating Matter News. She also shared with student-athletes the various internship opportunities available, matter news deep dive model, and ways to get involved within multimedia. For more information on the various career opportunities: https://matternews.org/about-matter/who-we-are/

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 27. The Unreal Collective

Jay Clouse is an Ohio State University alum receiving his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Jay now serves as the founder and creator of the Unreal Collective. Unreal Collective is a community of creators, freelancers, and founders that help each other create a competitive advantage. As an Entrepreneur, Jay highlighted a few essentials: being resilient and getting better every day. He has created a software product that people really want and how to build a business around that. For more information on the various career opportunities: https://unrealcollective.com/

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 28. Group Management Services

Matt Lisi is a graduate of Otterbein University majoring in communications. Matt currently serves as the Sales Manager for Group Management Services, Inc., a Professional Employer Organization (PEO), and a Benefits Administrator. They serve companies of all sizes nationwide. GMS was founded by Mike Kahoe in 1996 and has helped thousands of companies take control of their HR functions. We were also joined by Tom Johnson, Sales Manager, and Jordan Gaydos, sales representative within the company. They discussed how they became the top sales team two years straight by knowing their competition, having a plan of action, and having a mind for businesses. For more information on the various career opportunities: http://gms.applicantstack.com/x/openings-gmsinternal

🔊 Season 1 | Episode 29. Femergy

Maylin Sambois is a graduate of Saint John University receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Maylin currently serves as the Co-Founder and Director of Development for Femergy. Femergy is a non-profit that equips girls and women with the tools to navigate and soar through gender, economic, and social barriers so that they can grow up healthy, educated, and independent. One of the biggest pieces of advice that Maylin received was “don’t let anyone define you.” She uses those words of wisdom to help women develop, assist with career exploration, and provide opportunities to women in Central Ohio. For more information on the various career opportunities: https://www.femergy.org/

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