Tuscaloosa, Ala. - The University of Alabama Culverhouse College of Commerce named the Federal Reserve Board as its 2017 Manderson Partner of the Year. The award was presented Friday, August 18, 2017 at the Manderson Graduate School of Business annual Speakers Edge event.
The awards ceremony concluded a week of orientation activities for incoming MBA students. Speakers Edge is an annual event where student teams are tasked with presentations of management dilemmas and business solutions. The teams have 24 hours to develop their plans and solutions.
The Federal Reserve Board has had a long-term relationship with the Manderson Graduate School, hosting students as interns and recruiting from the talented pool of graduates. That relationship is reciprocated by members of the Board attending Manderson events as speakers, competition judges, or as project collaborators.
“Here at Manderson, we are so grateful for the support that the Federal Reserve Board has demonstrated over the years,” said Dr. Brian Gray, associate dean, Manderson Graduate School. “With this award, we celebrate their commitment to our programs and to the opportunities they provide to our students and faculty.”
“Our partnership with Manderson is a long one and we are incredibly honored for being selected as Partner of the Year,” said Yamah Tabibi, Senior Recruiter at the Federal Reserve Board. “The Manderson students that we’ve recruited to our team are well-rounded, curious, and hard-working, and we look forward to continuing our relationship going forward.”
Announced at this year’s Speakers Edge was a new partnership with the National Black MBA Association. “We expect our relationship to raise the profile of both the NBMBAA and Manderson through scholarships, sponsorships of key events, and networking opportunities where students will be able to meet other NBMBAA members,” said Jesse Tyson, President and CEO of the NBMBAA.
The Manderson Alumni of the Year award was presented to Rashmee Sharif, a 2013 MBA graduate, who focused on global business strategy. As a Change Manager at Cigna, Sharif is currently leading various team and project transitions within the company. She also serves as a change management practices consultant to other employees within the Cigna enterprise.
In selecting winners, Manderson considers support of key initiatives inside the school, length of engagement with the College and surprising, extraordinary activities that advance the graduate program experience for students and faculty.
The Manderson Corporate Partner of the Year award was initiated in 2009 to acknowledge a company that has or continues to have a significant impact on the Manderson MBA program and the lives of its students. Previous winners of the award include Coca-Cola, Regions, Procter & Gamble, BBVA Compass, Cigna-HealthSpring and Georgia Pacific.
Student Speakers Edge award recipients for 2017 included first place winner Virginia Morgan. Elizabeth Connell came in second place and Lacey Cencula in third place.
Team competition winners include first place Team 16, represented by Matthew Oglesby, Thomas Wesley, Trey Woods, Cal Throckmorton. Second place was represented by the team of Kristen Copeland, Haylie Loftis, Justin Nelson, and Kyle Simpson, and the team composed of Hayden Arnold, Joseph Barletta, Jordan Draegert, James Reed, and Lia Stamey came in for third place.