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KeyBank Undergraduate Symposium

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KeyBank and Fisher College of Business Leadership & Creativity Undergraduate Student Leadership Symposium

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Registration Deadline Friday, September 20, 2024

Registration Fee: $75

The 17th Annual KeyBank Leadership and Creativity Undergraduate Student Leadership Symposium will be held on November 14-17, 2024.

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Fisher College of Business and KeyBank provides undergraduate business and engineering junior and senior students with a three-day intensive camp on leadership, creativity, product innovation, spreadsheet management, entrepreneurial thinking, persuasive communication, and the art of negotiation. 

The Annual KeyBank Leadership and Creativity Symposium is an extension of KeyBank's recruiting efforts partnered with Fisher and many of the College's peer institutions.

Each participating university will have the opportunity to nominate up to four ethnically under-represented students whose GPA is at least above 3.0 (preferences 3.4 or greater).  Special consideration will be given to students who have student organization executive board experience.

This three-day event provides a competitive forum for skill building in the following areas:

  • Leadership training
  • Creativity and the power of creative thinking
  • Product innovation and new product development
  • Spreadsheet management and analysis
  • Entrepreneurial theory and practice
  • Persuasive communication and the art of negotiation

Approximately 40 students from universities around the country will have the opportunity to join us for this exciting experience. Participants engaged in an intensive series of workshops focusing on the areas listed above. Thanks to the generous and active involvement of the KeyBank organization, specific examples of the banking industry will be  highlighted. Students will receive a participation allowance that ranges from $200-$400.  Students selected to participate in this great experience will receive complimentary meals and housing at The Blackwell Inn, our on campus hotel and conference center.

For additional information contact the KeyBank Coordination team at or 614.292.1017.

Modules for the Symposium

  • Open/Close Leadership

    What do we know about effective leaders? Who are they? What traits do they possess? What practices do they implement in leading organizations? Effective leadership can trigger the value chain in organizations, or it can become the single biggest obstacle to overcome.

  • Open/Close Creativity

    This module is linked with the product innovation module. It will introduce students to the power of creative thinking by taking them through problems where creative solutions are demanded.

  • Open/Close Product Innovation

    The students who participate in this module will understand the process of innovation, propose new product ideas, and defend them in a formal presentation setting.

  • Open/Close Spreadsheet Management & Analysis

    This module will help students understand the use of spreadsheets in management decision-making, as well as guide them through a routine management problem where they make decisions based on spreadsheet analysis.

  • Open/Close Entrepreneurship

    This module takes students through the process of evaluating new ideas and the steps needed to implement those ideas.

  • Open/Close Presentation Skills

    Effective presentation skills are critical to your professional and personal success. This module focuses on presentation style for different audiences, content, and how you can deliver an effective analysis of a challenge or problem facing an organization.

2023 Special Awards for Exceptional Participation Recipients

1st Place (Team Award Amount $5,000)

  • Joshua Davis, The University of Alabama
  • Ahmed Doudi, Wayne State University
  • Fardaoussi Othmane, SUNY, University at Albany
  • Julie Zheng, The Ohio State University

2nd Place (Team Award Amount $3,000)

  • Michaela Joseph, Providence College
  • Sharin Kuriakose, SUNY, University at Albany
  • Santiago Molina, Providence College
  • Ryan Zheng, The Ohio State University

Best Presenter and Best Q&A Respondent Award Recipients ($100 Each)

  • Ope Abegunde, Case Western Reserve University
  • Eduardo Bautista, Case Western Reserve University
  •  Joshua Davis, The University of Alabama
  • Ahmed Doudi, Wayne State University
  • Brinda Grama, The Ohio State University
  • Jovany Guillen Castillo, Montana State University
  • Michaela Joseph, Providence College
  • Nicole Kanevski, Rutgers University
  • Jacob King, The Ohio State University
  • Trahan Leverett, Rutgers University
  • Santiago Molina, Providence College
  • Isabela Nguyen, Case Western Reserve University