Consulting Fellows learn, network, and brainstorm business solutions with executives from Apple and Google

October 16, 2013

The Ohio University Consulting Fellows, a student honors group founded in 2011, spent several days in Silicon Valley.  Nine students visited Google, Stanford University, Apple, and Xactly Corp, among others, to learn, network, and brainstorm business solutions. 

College of Business CONNECT vice president Stephanie Matejovich was especially inspired by the team spirit at Xactly.  “We have never experienced a company with such a great, deeply ingrained culture, and we all see it as an accomplishment to join a company with such [strong values] one day.”    

During the visit, the Fellows heard from business leaders including OHIO alumni David Pidwell, ’69 and ’70, a partner with Alloy Ventures, a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley.  Pidwell shared on the culture of startups in Silicon Valley, encouraging students to push through initial failures, operate at a high performance level, and challenge the status quo.

“When you are in the midst of this culture where everyone is high performing, meeting the people behind iconic brands like Apple and Google, it is inspiring,” said Abby Stauffenger, director of external relations for the Consulting Fellows. “Three out of four startups fail.  That’s the norm.  But I left this trip excited about starting my own company one day with a better understanding of what questions to ask and how to ensure that my enterprise is successful.”

The Consulting Fellows is affiliated with the Center for Entrepreneurship, a partnership between Ohio University’s College of Business and Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.  The program teaches consulting skills to students as they work with businesses during a semester long internship program conducting workshops, case studies, and client presentations.  Potential clients are asked to submit detailed project proposals with clearly defined goals for a semester-long analysis of accounting and finance, marketing, or IT operations.  Upon completion of the analysis, the Consulting Fellows issue a report with compiled data and findings, as well as recommendations based on research. 

For more information, visit or email  The Consulting Fellows are currently recruiting the 2013-14 cohort of interns.  Students with a strong record of academic performance and achievement are encouraged to apply.

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