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Meet the Professor: Dr. Amy Taylor-Bianco

Monday, January 18 2016 12:00am

Find your “recipe for success” in this professor’s class

If there’s one thing Amy Taylor-Bianco, associate professor, management, is passionate about, it’s helping others embrace change and transformation. That’s why she loves assigning a “best self portfolio”--a project where students reflect on when they were most successful in the past, and how they can handle adversity now and in the future.

“First, I have students read about other students’ defining moments. Then they get 360 degree feedback from people around them--classmates, family, friends--to learn about their strengths,” she explained. “Next, they create a portfolio of moments where they’ve learned a lot--their ‘best’ moments.”

Though students initially grumble about the assignment, Taylor-Bianco hears from students who have held onto it, sometimes 10 years later. “There’s always a bump in the road where they don’t think they can succeed, and they look back to their ‘recipe for success’ book to get back on track,” she said. “It’s really fun to hear; I find it fun to teach anything around leadership development and transformation. With students, that’s both in terms of business and themselves, as this assignment does,” she explained.

Of course, Taylor-Bianco comes from a background that thrives with change; she spent years as a consultant for reputable companies like PwC, J.P. Morgan, Pepsi, and Citibank. “Consulting is a great way [for students] to start because you learn so much,” she said. “Your role is always changing, so you learn new things and ideas.”

Certain things, however, are so good that you don’t want them to change. For instance, Taylor-Bianco has remained at Ohio University’s College of Business since 2002. “I love the collaborative nature of the College-- with students and faculty,” she explained.

Each semester, Taylor-Bianco hosts optional “book chats” at a local coffee shop to discuss current books in the field of management. “A lot of students come, even though it’s optional, because it’s meaningful,” she said. She urges students to take advantage of such opportunities, and to get involved with clubs, organizations, and the College of Business’ Centers of Excellence.

Potpourri

Five pressing questions for Dr. Taylor-Bianco

Do you have a favorite place to eat in Athens or on campus?

“Anywhere outside; I like eating on College Green.”

Do you have a favorite spot on Ohio University’s campus?

“Alumni Park and the trails by Voinovich.” 

Which season do you like best in Athens?

“Fall. There’s no bad season in Athens. Every season is beautiful, and I love how they change.”

What events have you enjoyed in Athens?

“I like watching field hockey, basketball, and womens’ soccer. A lot of what I attend depends on what my students are involved with.”

What have you liked most about working with students and faculty at the College of Business?

“The collaborative nature. I love the way we work together.”