insideOwen | January 2017
From the Dean: Thoughts on Dewey Daane
It is with a heavy heart that I must share the sad news that Dewey Daane passed away on Tuesday, January 3. He was 98.
It is hard to imagine someone who has had more impact on the Owen School over a longer period of time than Dewey. When Dewey joined the Vanderbilt Graduate School of Management in 1974, he already had a distinguished career in government. Appointed to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve by President Kennedy in November 1963, Dewey served as a voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee, the principal policy-making body in the Federal Reserve System.
He became the Frank K. Houston Professor of Finance at Owen and helped establish and run Vanderbilt’s Financial Markets Research Center. Students will best remember the “seminar.” Dewey brought in prominent guest speakers, who happened to be friends, former coworkers and highly respected economists, including Paul Volcker, Donald Kohn, Richard Fisher, Roger Brinner, and Laurence Meyer. 
Of course, we all know that Dewey’s wife, Barbara, was the engine behind the "seminar." I feel lucky to be able to call Dewey and Barbara friends. When I returned to Owen in 2013, one of my first meetings was with Dewey and Barbara to plan for the “seminar.” It was like nothing had changed from when I first met them in 1991. I stopped by the Daanes' home on Christmas Eve to wish them well. The warm house was beautifully decorated for the season. It is that warmth that Dewey and Barbara shared with everyone that will never be forgotten. 
To read Professor Daane's full obituary, click here.


February 15 | "Educating Executives" Luncheon | Louisville
February 16 | Closing Bell | Memphis
February 23 | Closing Bell | Denver
March 1 | "Educating Executives" Luncheon | Birmingham
March 2 | Closing Bell | Atlanta
March 2 | Closing Bell | Tokyo

March 7 | Closing Bell | New York

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Join us for Closing Bell!
We invite all alumni to join us as we visit your city and meet with prospective students. Our spring Closing Bells are designed to provide networking opportunities for and  introduce you to future Owen students. We hope you can share your Owen experiences as incoming students prepare to relocate to Nashville and prospectives decide between Owen and other schools. Closing Bells also have great content, featuring Owen faculty and/or alumni discussing their careers and endeavors. Learn More
Women in Business Symposium -- Join us for the Celebration of Owen Women
The Vanderbilt MBA Women in Business Symposium, held February 9-10, is designed to show women the benefits of the MBA degree and how this can help you advance in your career. All women alumnae are invited to the kick-off "Celebration of Owen Women" reception on February 9. Please RSVP by Monday, February 6 if you'd like to attend. Register here
A conversation with Jose Munoz
Distinguished Speaker Series -- Jose Munoz, Nissan North America
Jose Munoz, EVP, Nissan Motor Co. & Chairman, Nissan North America, discussed the drivers of change in today’s auto industry and the marriage of strategy and execution with M. Eric Johnson, Dean of Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management. They talk about current trends in consumer expectations and leadership lessons in the context of Nissan’s management principles. Watch video
Help Honor Outstanding Alumni
The Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes one graduate who has exhibited outstanding leadership and service in both the professional and philanthropic realms. The recipient will have also contributed significantly to Owen by donating time, energy, talent and/or financial support and will have built networks through class activities, regional programs such as Closing Bell, board involvement and service to current students and faculty. The deadline for nominations is March 1. Learn more
Special Accelerator Discount for College-aged Kids of Owen Alums   
Do you have a college student interested in a career in business? Vanderbilt’s Accelerator® Summer Business Institute helps college students and recent grads acquire the requisite experience to land that first job. In four short weeks, students handle multiple real-world consulting projects. Applying what they learn in class, students devise solutions to business problems for companies such as American Airlines, Coca-Cola, FedEx and Habitat for Humanity. Students work in teams, gain practical business skills and get a big advantage in launching a career. Children of Owen alums accepted into the Accelerator program qualify for a $1,500 tuition discount. Learn more
TFC Seattle Trek  
During winter break, a group of interdisciplinary graduate students from the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures (TFC) visited Seattle on a learning ‘trek’ focused on impact investing and social entrepreneurship. Students visited several organizations and companies, including TONIIC, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Impact Hub Seattle, Echoing Green, and, where they were hosted by Brent Turner (MBA ‘99) and Megan Teepe (MBA ‘11). The trip was coordinated and led by first-year MBA students Michael Woodnorth and Connor Echols. Vanderbilt students studying business, education, policy, and sociology came together to build important connections with their peers and professionals in Seattle, asking important questions about socially responsible investment strategies and sustainable impact. Read more about Treks here

Executive Education

Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 25 percent discount.
February 7-8: Legal Project Management
Taught by Nancy Lea Hyer
Improve your legal project management (LPM) skills through this two-day program produced in a unique collaboration between leading business and law schools. Register here
February 13-14: Persuasive and Influential Speaking
Taught by Kimberly Pace
Improve your management communication speaking skills, no matter what the managerial or executive situation, through this unique two-day program. Through analysis of your personal speech style strengths and weaknesses, you will leave this course confidently knowing how to achieve your communication goals. Register here
February 27-March 1: Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
Taught by Paul Chaney
While giving you a foundation in the basics of accounting and finance, this program also shows you how to uncover profit potential hidden in the financial numbers and guide capital to its most productive use. This three-day program helps you understand the numbers to manage more efficiently. Register here

Owen in the News
December 7, 2016
You don’t always have to pay more for healthy food
The idea that healthy foods are universally more expensive can lead consumers to make choices that aren’t always necessary, a new study suggests. Because organic ingredients and gluten-free foods are often priced higher, consumers may skip buying certain foods because of a misplaced belief that similar pricing applies to other products. Kelly Haws, associate professor of marketing, is quoted.

December 8, 2016
6 Life Lessons from Warren Buffett
A couple times a year, billionaire investor Warren Buffett spends a few hours with small groups of business school students to share his wisdom. During a visit with students from Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management, he told them that if they don’t pretend to know more than they do, they can get ahead by playing to their strengths.

December 8, 2016
Nashville Entrepreneur Center reclaims ‘front door’ role
The Tennessean
When the Nashville Entrepreneur Center launched in 2010, its leaders said they wanted the organization to serve as the city’s front door for entrepreneurship. Michael Brody-Waite, the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s new CEO, wants to make sure the nonprofit is living up to that original description in a way that makes the most sense, given new entrepreneurial resources in Nashville. Vanderbilt’s The Wond’ry is mentioned.

December 13, 2016
Senior execs from CHS, Healthways, VUMC in latest Health Care Council Fellows class
Nashville Post
Thirty-one leaders from the health care sector in Middle Tennessee and beyond have been named to the fifth class of the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows program, which looks to catalyze collaboration between the various parts of the industry. Former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist, adjunct professor of cardiac surgery and co-director of the Fellows program, is quoted. Program co-director Larry Van Horn, associate professor of management, is mentioned.

Parting Shot -- Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

On January 16, several Owen Students, in concert with Vanderbilt, participated in the Nashville Freedom March, followed by the MLK Lunchtime symposium, where students, faculty, and staff discussed perceptions of social justice and what it means to be a change agent in the Owen Community and beyond.
Martin Luther King March Group Photo
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