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Speakers: Business

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BuchananCharles Buchanan, Lt Col, Senior Lecturer

Bio and Topics

Charles Buchanan is a Senior Lecturer with Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business (FCOB). He is also the principal owner and Chief Executive Officer of MB Leadership, LLC and has co-founded two other technology and leadership development companies. He earned his Master of Business Administrative (MBA) degree through the FCOB Executive MBA program.

Prior to working at FCOB he served 15 years in the military. While in the military he deployed three times, once each to Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo. He completed the U.S. Army’s Ranger School, Command and General Staff College, and various other professional development courses. He has served in several key leadership positions including Battalion Commander of the 1-145 Armor Regiment. He continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel with the Ohio Army National Guard.

His primary expertise is leadership and the scalability of leadership development through technology. He teaches various leadership and teamwork courses at the executive, graduate and undergraduate level. He has taught Personal Leadership Effectiveness, Developing Leaders through Practical Exercises, Leadership and Character, Managing Individuals in Organizations, Organizational Behavior, and Personal Leadership and Team Effectiveness.

Topics: Leadership and Character; Leadership in Crisis; Personal Leadership Effectiveness; Leadership in Athletics

*Available for virtual presentations

CohnDr. David Cohn, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer; Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute; Professor, Division of Gynecologic Oncology  

Bio and Topics

David E. Cohn, MD, MBA is the Chief Medical Officer at the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute at Ohio State University, where he oversees the medical practice across the hospital and clinics. Dr. Cohn is a gynecologic oncologist who practices at the James, where he has been since 2001. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Michigan, he earned his MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine, did his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Washington in Seattle and completed his fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Washington University in St. Louis. He is a member of the Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center, where his research focuses on early detection of ovarian cancer and the genetics of endometrial cancer. He has authored over 250 scientific papers and holds two patents for his discoveries.


Topics: Leadership; Cancer care; Business

*Available for virtual presentations

DoupRussell Doup, Wealth Advisor, Fisher College of Business Board Member, Former football player

Bio and Topics

Russell Doup is a member of the 2014 CFP National Championship Buckeyes and had the honor to play under Coach Jim Tressel, Coach Fickell and Coach Urban Meyer. He is from Mount Vernon, Ohio and Graduated from the Fisher College of Business where he sits on the Fisher Alumni Board. Russell is a Wealth Advisor for Maxwell Financial Management where he helps his clients make the world a better place through Charitable Giving.

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Topics: Academic Success; Support for under-represented groups (African American males and females, first generation, non-traditional students, transfers, etc.); Academic Support for Student-Athletes; Building complex systems to create academic success for under-represented groups (hiring practices, diversity of workforce, inclusion, networking, communication)

*Available for virtual presentations

ShepferTyler Shepfer, Senior Lecturer; Director, Honors Cohort; Academic Director, Master of Human Resource Management Program

Bio and Topics

Ty Shepfer is a Senior Lecturer of Management and Human Resources at the Max M. Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. He is also the Director of the Honors Cohort Program and the Academic Director of the Master in Human Resource Management Program. He completed a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Labor and Human Resources at Ohio State. He also obtained a Certificate of Leadership from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in 2019, a 14-month program.

Prior to returning to Ohio State in 2015, Ty worked at Royal Dutch Shell holding various strategic HR positions in Houston, Texas, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and New Orleans, Louisiana. Ty teaches Business Environment and Skills which is part of the core business curriculum at the Fisher College reaching almost 2,500 students each academic year. He also teaches HR Strategic Management, Compensation & Benefits, and two Leadership & Teamwork Courses. The Honors Cohort Program, of which Ty leads, is Fisher’s preeminent leadership development program.

Ty is also a former manager for the Ohio State men’s basketball team under Coach Thad Matta.

Topics: The changing environment in business education; Crisis management; Business ethics; HR; The future of work; Basketball and Should Athletes be Paid?

*Available for golf outings

*Available for virtual presentations

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