Notre Dame College Students Receive VIP Access to IBM, Cleveland Clinic CEOs

Notre Dame College students in a management course networked with the CEOs of IBM and the Cleveland Clinic as part of a recent class experience in which they earned VIP access to an event at the global health care center.

Several students in the BU380: Sales Management and BU240: Management Principles courses taught by Loretta Joseph Schmitt, M.B.A., adjunct faculty in the College’s Division of Business, accompanied their instructor to the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Ideas for Tomorrow lecture series event featuring IBM Chair, President and CEO Virginia M. “Ginni” Rometty. The students received second-row seats to the forum in which Cleveland Clinic President and CEO Toby Cosgrove, M.D., conducted a question-and-answer interview session with the C-suite leader of the international information technology and services firm.

Following the formal presentation, the Notre Dame students attended a reception in which they personally met Rometty. They also networked with many other corporate, community and nonprofit leaders from the area and other international companies, including additional executives from the Cleveland Clinic and Northeast Ohio-based Progressive Corp.

Schmitt previously worked in marketing at the Cleveland Clinic and has a sister, Rose Joseph Heathcote, who has worked as an executive with IBM. Heathcote, former vice president for system sales in the Midwest region, now is client director of IBM’s Progressive insurance account. She also has worked in business development and client sales with IBM. Heathcote presented on IBM culture and sales management to the sales management class at the College prior to the students attending the VIP program at the Cleveland Clinic.

“Connecting our students to the business world is vital. This type of event places our students alongside international industry leaders, not to mention other executives present in the audience,” said Anthony Mauceri, M.B.A., assistant professor of management and human resources at the College. “It was an excellent opportunity to grow their professional networks.”

Members of the courses who wanted to attend the VIP presentation and networking reception were invited to submit a letter expressing their interest and why the experience would be beneficial. Students selected for the opportunity included Jason Battrick, Katherine Beach, Ryan Bridgens, Angela Gabriele, Reymar Klochko-Khoo, Ryan Kosmynka, William Monahan and Joseph Perella.

“The students were all professionally dressed and wearing Notre Dame College lanyards. They were all very professional, polite and engaging,” Schmitt said.

The event took place in November at the Intercontinental Hotel and Conference Center adjacent to the Clinic near downtown Cleveland. The Clinic’s Ideas for Tomorrow program is co-sponsored by the Cleveland Leadership Center and Greater Cleveland Partnership.

About Rometty and IBM

Rometty earned a Bachelor of Science degree, with high honors, in computer science and electrical engineering from Northwestern University. She began her career with IBM in 1981 in Detroit and has held several leadership positions, most recently as senior vice president and group executive, IBM sales, marketing and strategy.

Prior to her role as chair, president and CEO, while Rometty was senior vice president, IBM Global Business Services, she led the integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting, the largest acquisition in professional services history, which created a global team of more than 100,000 business consultants and services experts.

IBM is the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, with more than 380,000 employees serving clients in 170 countries. First established in 1911, the cognitive solutions and cloud platform company also is known for reinventing itself and the field of information technology with more than 3,000 researchers in 12 labs located across six continents.

About Cosgrove and Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 and employs more 51,000 at its 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 10 regional hospitals, more than 150 northern Ohio outpatient centers as well as locations in Florida, Nevada, Canada, England and United Arab Emirates.

Cosgrove joined Cleveland Clinic in 1975 and was named chair of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular surgery in 1989. Under his leadership, the Clinic’s heart program was ranked No. 1 in America for 10 years in a row (U.S. News & World Report), a ranking it now holds for 22 consecutive years. Under his leadership, Cleveland Clinic has been ranked the No. 2 hospital in America (U.S. News & World Report) and only two hospitals named among “America’s 99 Most Ethical Companies” (Ethisphere Institute).

He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville and completed his clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital and Brook General Hospital in London. Cosgrove was an undergraduate at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., and a surgeon in the U.S. Air Force, serving in Vietnam.

Tomislav “Tom” Mihaljevic, M.D. will succeed Cosgrove as president and CEO of the clinic on Jan. 1, 2018.

About Progressive

Progressive, with its headquarters in Mayfield Village, Ohio, was established in 1937 and now has 25,000 employees in more than 450 offices throughout the country. The insurance corporation’s leadership promotes a casual dress code for employees and a unique work environment, including eclectic contemporary art collections in some offices.

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About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

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