MSF Class of 2019 sets salary record, Entrepreneurship Conference, and more
MSF Class of 2019 sets salary record, Entrepreneurship Conference, and more
Note from the Dean: A Golden Year
After a year-long whirlwind of 50th anniversary travel, this holiday season I found myself strolling the quiet Owen lobby and reflecting on the year. The twenty alumni celebrations from Shanghai to Charlotte were meaningful and attracted over 1200 participants. They showed the growth of Owen’s global alumni and the value of telling our story. At each event, I thanked those gathered for coming out, because building the alumni network, city by city around the world, is critical to our success as a school.
The global turnout certainly highlighted the progress we have made. We should never stop gathering, networking, and helping the next generation of alumni build their careers. An extensive, collaborative community is one of the most powerful attributes of a top business school and something that provides life-long benefit to all alumni.
However, as I lean into 2020, the career advice of Cindy Kent is also echoing in my ear. She cautioned that activity itself can sometimes be confused with progress. Great advice for Owen and something to consider when you are making your New Year’s resolution. Click here to read my related blog post and watch my interview with Cindy that focuses on building your best life.
Happy Holidays! It certainly was a golden year! Thanks to our own Blake Gore for this holiday art. You can see more of his work at his Etsy store.
Vanderbilt MS Finance Class of 2019 Sets New Record for Highest Average Base Salary

Class of 2019 graduates from the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program reported average base salary earnings of $78,343. This is a significant increase from last year’s figure of $71,530 and the highest average base salary in the program’s history. One hundred percent of graduates also accepted an offer within just three months of graduation. Read more.
2nd Annual Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Conference

The Nashville entrepreneurial ecosystem is growing rapidly and Vanderbilt intends to help spur that development. Join us at the Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Conference on January 10 for a day of conversations centered on ideation, growth and investing in the startup space. Register here.
Vanderbilt Ventures in the Commodore Classroom

NYC alumni, come see two Vanderbilt-related startups pitch their businesses and learn more about entrepreneurship at Vanderbilt. The discussion will feature Professor Michael Burcham and Michael Bryant, director of the Vanderbilt Center for Entrepreneurship.  Launched in 2019, Vanderbilt Ventures brings Vanderbilt related ventures and the investment community together for an evening of new business pitches. The NYC event is the first outside of Nashville and will be held at Nasdaq Marketsite on Time Square on January 15. Get tickets here.
The new store has launched!
We have revamped our online store to offer a greater selection of gear and a customer-friendly experience. Take a moment to explore the incredible apparel and other merchandise, which includes mugs, tumblers, and phone cases, at

Shoppers receive a 10% discount from now through December 31st. Enter the code HOLIDAY10 at checkout. 

Vanderbilt Takes First Place at Deloitte Supply Chain Challenge
A team of four first-year MBAs — Matthew Barbar, Neha Rastogi, Scott Russo, and Ryan Sanford — won Deloitte SCNO’s 7th Annual Supply Chain Challenge, earning a $5,000 prize. This was Vanderbilt’s first year to participate in the annual event; Owen initially hosted a four-team on-campus regional event, and the winning team advanced to the finals, hosted at Ohio State. Read more.
Revamped Dean’s Scholars Program to Launch in Fall 2020

Vanderbilt Business has redesigned the Dean’s Scholars Award Program, the flagship scholarship program at the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. Selected annually from the incoming MBA class, Dean’s Scholars will each receive a full-tuition scholarship. One Dean’s Scholar will also be selected from each year’s cohort to become the Dean’s Scholar Award Winner and receive an additional $15,000 yearly stipend. Read more.
Where Are They Now? Catching Up with the EMBA Class of 2019
The  Executive MBA program gives ambitious business leaders the opportunity to receive a world-class business education while applying their knowledge to their full-time jobs. We spoke with three recent EMBA graduates from the Class of 2019 — Nan Chen, Clark Hasty, and Jenna Walter — all of whom have successfully leveraged the program to join new companies or land a promotion. Read more.
Executive Education
Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 20% discount with the code ALUMNI at checkout.
Jan. 13-15: Dealing with Ambiguity: Managing with Strategic Intent
Taught by Rangaraj Ramanujam
A three-day program to help you better manage people, information, and your responsibilities. Register here.
Feb. 6-7: Persuasive and Influential Speaking
Taught by Kimberly Pace
A two-day program to help you persuade stakeholders and influence employees to positive action. Register here.

Feb. 13-14: Learning to Thrive: The Road to Better Leadership & A Fuller Life
Taught by Jon Lehman
A two-day program that will help you learn to lead with authenticity and mindfulness. Register here.

Owen in the News
December 3, 2019
Retailers Ditch Cashiers and Trust Shoppers to Pay Before Leaving
Professor Kelly Goldsmith is quoted in a story about why consumers will still pay at self-checkouts, even when employee aren't around to monitor their behavior.
December 11, 2019
That Shoddy, Last-Minute Gift Wrapping Job Could Play in Your Favor, Study Suggests
Fox News 11 - LA
New research from postdoctoral scholar Erick Mas shows that neat gift wrapping sets high expectations that are hard for the gift to meet.

Parting Shot: Gingerbread House Showdown

Before Mod II wrapped up, students got into the holiday spirit with a gingerbread bread house competition. Happy holidays from the Owen community!

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