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Kelli Washington, BSBA ’94, received multiple accolades for her work as managing director of research and investment strategy at Cleveland Clinic.
In June, Washington was named one of Institutional Investor’s Most Wanted Allocators. The list features executives who are “most coveted for chief investment officer roles.” The ranking is determined by both the candidate’s portfolio and the candidate’s non-portfolio management skills, judged by executive recruiters in the industry.
Out of 25, Washington was ranked 14th and was recognized as “very polished” with “a great deal of credibility.” Recruiters encourage readers to “keep an eye on her.”
Rightly so, as Washington was named to another list about a
In her role, Washington works to manage institutional assets
Clinic, one of the largest and most respected hospitals in the
Although her work is based in Cleveland, Washington constantly thinks global. In an interview with Chief Investment Officer, she spoke about the opportunities and challenges when investing in other markets like China, India and Saudi Arabia. “To be able to think about how we can help companies in…other markets to grow and expand while earning a return that will serve our mission is very exciting,” she said.
Washington’s interest for endowment and foundation
management started at Olin where she served as a student representative to the
board of trustees on the finance committee. Through that experience, she “came
to understand the role and importance of having a pool of assets to support
operations, research, and scholarship.”
Olin students traveled to Madrid and Sarajevo to study
entrepreneurship and serve as startup consultants in a new undergraduate summer
July Newsletter features the 16 Olin students who studied the impact
of startup businesses in cities undergoing economic transition.
While in Madrid, students examined the role of start-ups in
the economy after Europe’s “Great Recession.” In Sarajevo, students analyzed
the opportunities found in an emerging economy after war.
The program culminated in a group consulting project where
student consultants shared opportunities for growth on a particular aspect of
the startup company.
During the program, classwork was combined with rich
opportunities to understand the historical, cultural, and economic environment of
the European cities. Students visited museums and local companies, toured the cities,
and participated in workshops from international lawyers and activists.
Madrid and Sarajevo are considered ideal cities for start-ups
with unique historical and economic environments, dedicated investors, and
skilled young professionals.
Olin welcomed the first participants in the BOLD@Olin program last month.
The new program, BOLD—Business Opportunity and Leadership Development—was a week-long immersion for female rising high school juniors and seniors interested in learning about opportunities for women in business.
The program ran from July 22-26, 2019, and included 23 women from 10 states. Participants applied for the program by submitting a personal statement explaining their interest in business and hopes for the program, as well as a high school transcript and letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or administrator.
Small groups worked to solve problems for
a local nonprofit, Variety the Children’s Charity of St Louis. On the last day,
each group presented their solutions while Variety staff and Olin faculty
listened, posed questions and ultimately praised BOLD participants for their
The program offered participants the
chance to network with current Olin students and faculty while developing their
brand, strengthening their leadership skills and collaborating with a team.
However, the program was just as much of
a success for the participants.
Sydney West, a rising senior
from California, was inspired to overcome obstacles in pursuit of her business
career. While she acknowledged awareness of gender division in business is
necessary, it will not hold her back from getting a job in business. “It is an
attainable goal and you shouldn’t let gender get in the way,” she said.
Aisha Adedeyo, a rising senior from
Minnesota, praised the opportunity to learn from other women in business
through various sessions. “Not only were they very engaging, but they really
helped you dive deeper into what your core values are… It helped me figure out…
exactly I want to do.”
Emily Potter, a rising senior from St.
Louis, gained confidence through the program. “I’ll put myself out there more just because…now I feel a lot more
comfortable in my own skin,” she said after learning about her brand and
After a week of learning and growing at
Olin, BOLD participants could envision their futures as leaders who will change
the world, for good.
Part of a series of Q&As with Olin alumni. Today we hear from Ellen He. Ellen completed her master of science in supply chain management in 2014 before earning her MBA in 2016. She now lives in New York where she works at Deloitte & Touche LLP.
What are you doing for work now, and how did your Olin education impact your career?
I’m currently working at Deloitte & Touche LLP New York City Office serving financial services industry. I’m a Financial and Risk Advisory Consultant under the regulatory and operations umbrella serving client needs in Finance, Operations, and Compliance area.
Olin education impacted me in numerous ways. I actually learned of the Deloitte opportunity via a 2008 Olin MBA Graduate. Academically, the organizational change and communication lessons were used in day to day work.
What Olin course, ‘defining moment’ or faculty influenced your life most, and why?
Professor Sergio Chayet has always been my mentor since I joined Olin as an MS supply chain management student. His advice regarding choices with my Practicum Consulting projects at that time, and later advised me to take the opportunity and join Olin MBA Class of 2016, no single word can express how I appreciate Sergio’s class style and his mentorship to me.
Additionally, Dean Kurt Dirks’s Corporate Strategy class also left deep impression on me. Via different angels from peers and also from movies such as “Twelve Angry Men” I started to look into the huge impact corporate strategy has towards firm growth for different industries. Corporate strategy has been an area I really want to invest more time in and hope to continuously pursue at my career.
How do you stay engaged with Olin or your Olin classmates and friends?
I have attended Olin MBA Admission activity with Associate Director in the Graduate Admission office Ashley Lautzenheiser in New York City 2016. I have also met with Molly Mulligan from Wash U Alumni and Development a couple times when she travelled to New York City. The most recent face to face lunch meeting with Molly I also got to meet the Associate Dean and Director for Western Career Center Jen Whitten and was glad to learn of some changes that Western Career Center is embracing now.
Why is an MBA important?
To me it is not so much about different Business areas that I got to know via the MBA program, because I triple majored in Accounting, Finance and Supply Chain when I attended Kelley School of Business, Indiana University Bloomington for undergrad. However, the most important value the Olin MBA program brought to me was via different practicum projects, CEL projects, the amazing professors, and all the wonderful classmates that you can form a relationship. I got to touch real life consulting projects for both Fortune 500 companies and local non profit organizations; I got to be impacted by rich experienced professors’ thinking process; I formed relationships that can last lifelong.
Looking back, what advice would you give current Olin students?
I would say definitely try new things, including new areas that you were not familiar with prior to MBA, new friends with diverse backgrounds and/or ethnicity, and organize new events. Besides the academics, I personally involved in many things that Olin had to offer: President of Olin Women in Business, 2015-2016; Co-president of Supply Chain and Operations Association, term 2015-2016; MC for Chinese New Year Gala; XMBA Case Competition 2015 (Olin Team got 2nd Place). I was also Chair for the Olin Follies in April 2014 which demonstrated a fun and conclusive event for the year to Olin faculty and students with 300 attendees. Those events and roles completed me more as a person and set me ready for professional growth in the future.