Lori Kaiser
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Lori Kaiser Announced as Farmer School of Business 2019 Divisional Recognition Ceremony Speaker

1985 Farmer School graduate is founder and CEO of Kaiser Consulting

Miami University Farmer School alumna, Lori Kaiser ’85, Founder and CEO of Kaiser Consulting, will serve as the keynote speaker for the 2019 Farmer School of Business Divisional Recognition Ceremony on May 19.

An accomplished entrepreneur and finance executive, Kaiser has successfully grown Kaiser Consulting, the company she founded as a sole proprietor in 1992, into an award-winning, multimillion-dollar accounting and information technology consulting firm currently ranked as the 7th largest accounting firm in Central Ohio according to Columbus CEO Magazine. Earlier this month, the Columbus Chamber of Commerce honored Kaiser with its distinguished 2019 Small Business Leader Award.

A Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant, Kaiser began her audit career in 1985 with Big-Four global professional services firm, KPMG. After seven years, she left her position as a senior manager and embarked on a purposeful path of pioneering a unique workplace for employees seeking better work-life balance.

Headquartered in Columbus with operations in Cincinnati, the firm serves as a trusted business advisor to a multitude of privately-held companies and nonprofits including Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and Homage, as well as Fortune 500 companies including Cardinal Health, Nationwide Insurance, Honda of America, Huntington Bank and Bath & Body Works.

With Kaiser at the helm, the company was awarded the prestigious 2009 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility and received a commendation from the 111th U.S. Congress, First Session, Senate, recognizing the firm’s excellence in workplace flexibility practices. Kaiser Consulting has also been recognized as a 2016 Progressive Organization by Smart Business Magazine and named a Central Ohio “Best Places to Work” by Columbus Business First three times, most recently earning the #1 spot in the 2018 medium-sized category.  

Kaiser currently serves as a member of the Farmer School’s Center for Business Leadership’s Advisory Board and its Accountancy Advisory Group. She also serves as an Independent Trustee and Audit Committee Chair for the Capitol Series Trust and is on the Board of Directors of The Ohio Society of CPAs and The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio. She is currently a Student Advisor at Otterbein University and a Senior Lecturer in Fisher College of Business MBA Program at The Ohio State University.

Kaiser and her husband, Dan, reside in Powell and have two adult children, Kelli and David. In 2017, she became a member of an elite group of aviation enthusiasts by earning her FAA Private Pilot’s License.

Lori commented, “Thank you to the Farmer School for the opportunity to speak at this year’s commencement ceremony. Since graduating from Miami, I have consistently built upon my commitment to the university’s mission of being an engaged citizen by using my knowledge and skills with integrity and compassion to improve the future of our global society. It is an honor to be given the opportunity to encourage this dynamic group of individuals to build upon their Miami University education and experiences as a cornerstone of their future success.”

Farmer School Dean Marc Rubin noted, “We are delighted to have Lori as our keynote speaker. Her accomplishments and sense of commitment to her profession, her alma mater and her community are reminders to us that achieving excellence in many facets of your life is a dream well-worth pursuing.”

The Farmer School of Business is a premier undergraduate business school supporting 10 majors and co-majors and 15 minors. The School places emphasis on experiential learning, international study and leadership development to prepare students with skills, experience and maturity beyond the traditional undergraduate. The 2019 Divisional Recognition Ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 19th at 2:00PM at Miami University’s Millett Hall.