Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Conference, The Black VU visual podcast, & more
Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Conference, The Black VU visual podcast, & more
Note from the Dean
Mod IV launched this week with a burst of energy and the excitement of commencement on the horizon. We are thrilled that Vanderbilt is moving forward with in-person Commencement activities for both the class of 2020 (May 1-2) and the class of 2021 (May 15-16). For more details, see the University Commencement website.
Spring is also a wonderful time to think about new ventures. Join us for the Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Conference to celebrate alumni and student entrepreneurs and network with those interested in business creation and growth. The virtual conference is open for all and will be held on Friday, March 26 from 9:00am to 3:00pm CT.

Register for the Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Conference
Join the Vanderbilt Center for Entrepreneurship as we bring alumni, students, entrepreneurs, and investors together for a day focused on the challenges and rewards of business creation and growth. The virtual conference will be held on Friday, March 26 from 9:00am - 3:00pm CT. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from some of our most successful alumni on an array of topics, watch a live student pitch competition, and hear insights from investors who provide capital for growth. Register here.
The Black VU Launches First Episode
The Black VU is a visually recorded, thought-provoking, and in-depth discussion that offers multiple viewpoints on prevalent cultural conversation topics like career recruiting, cultural authenticity, and personal experience. The initiative is a series of unscripted discussions of diverse students and alumni from Vanderbilt Business. In Episode 1, panelists discuss their educational journeys, what education means to them and their families, how their undergraduate and high school experiences prepared them for graduate school, and much more. Listen here.
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Dewey Daane’s Legacy to Continue With the Daane Forum
Since 1974, Professor J. Dewey Daane’s Seminar in Monetary and Fiscal Policy has connected Owen students to some of the most influential figures in the professional business community locally, nationally, and globally. Thanks to an endowed gift from a group of donors whose lives Daane impacted, his legacy will continue in perpetuity through the series now known as the Daane Forum. Read more.
Where Is the MSF Class of 2020 Working?
The Vanderbilt Master of Science in Finance class of 2020 has enjoyed strong employment outcomes, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its related economic effects. To date, members of the class of 2020 have accepted positions at more than 40 companies around the U.S. and in Beijing. Explore where they are working in this interactive map.
John Hawkins Fireside Chat
Please join the Owen Forward Alumni Fireside Speaker Series for a chat on the private equity global ecosystem with John Hawkins, partner at The Sterling Group, on Tuesday, April 13, 1:30–2:30pm CT via Zoom. John graduated from Owen with his MBA in 1992, previously served on the Alumni Board, and established the Hawkins Scholarship in 2010. John joined Sterling in 1992 and has been involved in every aspect of Sterling’s business over his 25 years with the firm, including recruiting much of the current team, overseeing the firm’s transition from a fundless sponsor, and driving the firm to excellence in all areas of core competencies. Register here.
Giving Day is April 7th!
Join us on April 7 as we dedicate 24 continuous hours to giving back to support Vanderbilt students and faculty who are changing the world. Together, as an Owen community, we can power scholarships and financial aid, centers and strategic initiatives, and other areas of greatest need. Gifts of all sizes combine to allow us to continue to develop and inspire tomorrow’s business leaders. Mark your calendars now and visit for more information.
Owen Forward On Demand
On Monday March 15, we hosted Owen Forward Presents "The Future of Sustainability," where industry-leading alumni and faculty discussed trends, innovation, and challenges in sustainability. Miss the event? Keep an eye on our Owen Forward On Demand playlist, where the full videos will be available soon. In the meantime, you can explore 20+ On Demand videos from other Owen Forward events! View the playlist.
Executive Education
Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 20% discount on our Live Online programs with the code ALUMNI at checkout.
All in-person programs through the beginning of the year have been cancelled due to the current health crisis. However, we are hosting the following Live Online program in the coming months:
For those looking to take multiple courses on their own timeline, we also offer an Online Business Management Certificate for the working professional looking to sharpen strategic business skills. The next cohort begins April 1, so sign up soon!
We also provide technology bootcamps in coding, data analytics, cybersecurity, and FinTech. To learn more, click here.

Join Us for a Webinar: “How to Speak the Language of Business” 
Wednesday, April 7, 9:00am CT
In times of uncertainty, a strong understanding of financial data helps business managers and owners successfully navigate uncharted waters and build effective strategies for managing resources. When you can speak the language of business, you can lead colleagues, engage confidently with financial professionals, and communicate value to executives in other functional areas and on Wall Street. This webinar will help you build a stronger foundation of financial knowledge you can apply immediately to your work.

“How to Speak the Language of Business” is a 50-minute webinar that covers:
  • Essential financial concepts  
  • Tools to utilize those concepts in analysis
  • Real-world examples to reinforce your learning

The webinar will be lead by Richard H. Willis, Anne Marie and Thomas B. Walker, Jr. Chair; Professor of Accounting; and Senior Associate Dean for the Faculty.

Owen in the News
February 15, 2021
Hidden MBA Gems: Under-The-Radar MBA Options To Put On Your Radar
The business school publication parsed the newest 2021 Financial Times global MBA ranking to identify under-the-radar MBA programs worth prospective students' consideration; Vanderbilt Business is listed.
March 10, 2021
Meet Vanderbilt Owen’s MBA Class Of 2022
The business school publication highlighted standout members from the MBA class of 2022 in this annual feature.

Parting Shot: Kristen Cavallari Speaking Event

Last month, the Owen Women’s Business Association (WBA) hosted Kristin Cavallari in person and virtually for a talk show-style Q&A session. Cavallari is a 3-time New York Times best-selling author, has produced a hit reality TV show, and is the founder of the popular jewelry line Uncommon James. She shared her advice for women in business and also gifted each attendee with a pair of earrings from her "Girl Boss" jewelry line.

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