insideOwen | October 2016
From the Dean: Megan Barry
Dean Johnson's Blog: See it. Be it.
Leaders must be visionary, looking ahead to the opportunities and challenges on the horizon. But vision alone is useless if others don’t see it. Vision has to be communicated in real and tangible ways. Megan Barry, Mayor of Metropolitan Nashville, argues that reaching back and bringing others along is a key attribute of leadership. She notes that “if you can see it, you can be it.” For her, that is true both in city government and across the community. Inspiring others to see a new future is just as relevant for her staff as it is for underprivileged Nashville youth. Click here to read full blogpost and watch video.


October 21 | Opening Bell featuring Fidelity's Derek Young (MBA'91) | Nashville
October 21-22 | Reunion 2016 | Nashville
January 5 | Closing Bell | San Francisco
January 18 | Closing Bell | Boston
January 22 | Closing Bell | Seattle
February 2 | Closing Bell | Atlanta

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Vanderbilt Reunion
See you at Reunion!
Owen’s Reunion kicks off this Friday, October 21, and runs through Saturday night’s class parties. If you’ve had a last-minute change of plans, please join us. You’ll see lots of friends and faculty and you can catch up on all the latest Owen happenings!
  • Join us at Friday’s Opening Bell Networking Breakfast, hosted by Vanderbilt Executive MBA. You’ll hear from Derek Young (MBA ’91), President of Fidelity’s Global Asset Allocation division and VC of Fidelity Institution Asset Management. Register now.
  • Attend the Friday evening Wine and Cheese Reception and learn which of our 11 stellar nominees will be the recipient of Owen’s 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award.
  • Join Dean Johnson and a host of others at the Homecoming tailgate and football game—Go “Dores!” Check out the entire schedule for Reunion festivities and see a list of who’s coming back! Click here.
Vanderbilt Health Care Conference
Register now—2016 Vanderbilt Health Care Conference, November 4. The 2016 Vanderbilt Health Care Conference—The Shift to Outcome-Based Care: Redefining how we consume and pay for health care—will take place at Nashville’s Music City Center on Friday November 4. A Career Fair and Networking event for both businesses and students will precede the conference on Thursday. Originally conceived and organized by Vanderbilt Health Care MBA students, this noteworthy conference brings prominent business leaders and policy makers to Nashville to present and discuss future trends and key innovations within the health care industry. Register now.
Opportunities to connect and contribute. In a city near you.
If you are looking for ways to get involved and stay engaged with the Vanderbilt community, look no further. 
  • Check out Owen’s calendar of Closing Bell events. While the program may change from city to city, one thing remains the same, these events bring alumni, students and prospective students together for fun and food. View calendar.
  • Thursday, November 3 offers the third annual Vanderbilt University Networking Night—a business networking event hosted simultaneously by more than 30 Vanderbilt Chapters worldwide. Learn more.
  • Vanderbilt MBA Admissions team loves to have Owen alumni on hand for events—in the U.S. and abroad. Check out the cities and dates here. Contact Christie St. John (for events within the U.S.) or Kim Killingsworth (for international events) if you are interested and available to help.
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Attn: Alumni! Tap into Owen’s Leadership Development Program.
Looking for ways to accelerate your career momentum? Owen’s Leadership Development team wants to help—with a network of executive coaches and valuable tools to help Owen alumni achieve your career goals and grow your leadership skills. Visit the Alumni Leadership Development Program website. Find answers to questions you might have; access self-help tools, whitepapers and videos – or discover Vanderbilt’s executive coaching network and packages designed exclusively for Owen alumni. Magnify your strengths. Capture the next best thing. Develop key skills. Deepen your capabilities as a leader. Learn more.
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Owen in the News
Sept. 9, 2016

Vanderbilt’s Owen School lands $1.5M donation
Nashville Post
Seeking to expand opportunities and education around entrepreneurship at the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management, alumni Jack Long, CEO and co-founder of School Admin LLC, and Carolyn Long have committed $1.5 million to the school. 

Sept. 15, 2016
Women business owners to discuss ‘doing well by doing good’
Franklin Home Page (TN)
The National Association of Women Business Owners Nashville plans to hold a panel discussion Sept. 28 at the Women’s Club of Nashville to discuss nontraditional business models that “tie purpose to profits.” Mario Avila, founding director of the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures at Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management, is mentioned as one of the panelists.

Sept. 19, 2016
Exploring volatility with the
inventor of the VIX 

Robert Whaley, Valere Blair Potter Professor of Finance, is quoted throughout this article about the Volatility Index, or VIX, which he developed for the Chicago Board Options Exchange in the early 1990s.

Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 25 percent discount.
November 2-3:
Leading Millennials
Taught by Professor Cherrie Clark
Everyone knows that the Millennial generation is different. They bring different skills to the workplace, different attitudes and different expectations of working life. The clash of cultures with Boomers and Gen X often leads to reduced engagement and increased turnover. Organizations that skillfully manage the clash generate growth opportunities and profits beyond peer organizations. In this program, you will learn who Millennials are and how to lead them to further organizational goals.
Register here

November 7-8: Leading Change
Taught by Professor Dick Daft
Change is essential to organizational growth and progress. Yet researchers report that over 60 percent of change projects (such as implementing a new strategic plan or enterprise software) fail to achieve intended results. Through this intensely focused, hands-on program, you’ll learn research-based frameworks, models and strategies that will make you become a stronger leader of change within your organization. This two-day program will help you lead change initiatives that succeed.
Register here

November 16-17: Communications Strategies for Senior Leadership
Taught by Professor Kimberly Pace
In this interactive program, you’ll develop and practice techniques for communicating at a senior level. Through a series of discussions, exercises and simulations, you’ll learn how to speak, write, listen and influence so that you can lead your organization more effectively and master key skills to enhance your executive brand.
Register here

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Tommy Walker with Hilary Craiglow and Dean Johnson
Vanderbilt trustee emeritus and Dallas business leader,Thomas B. Walker Jr., dies
It saddens me to report that Thomas B. Walker Jr., a Vanderbilt University alumnus and emeritus member of the Board of Trust, died at his Dallas home on Tuesday. Tommy visited the Walker Library for the last time just a little over two years ago with his sons and grandson (see picture).  He was always happy to hear about the library from our librarian, Hilary Craiglow.  She noted, “In all my interactions, Tommy showed his generosity of spirit. Because of him we have a world-class academic business library, in which all of Owen and Vanderbilt can be proud.  Tommy Walker's legacy will endure, as we strive to fulfil the wish of his gift each day, and as we reimagine the future of the library that bears his name.” Read More
the Wond'ry
Owen alum helps launch Wond’ry preflight program for startups.Turning ideas into action is the aim of a new seven-week Pre-Flight course developed by the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and offered in partnership with Vanderbilt’s Center for Technology Transfer & Commercialization (CTTC) and the Wond’ry at Vanderbilt’s new Innovation Pavilion. This initiative—the first of many from the new cross-disciplinary creative center–will introduce participants to key entrepreneurship concepts including identifying and solving customer problems, writing a business plan and making financial projections; the majority of the classes will be taught by John Murdock (EMBA ’16), VP of entrepreneurial development for the Nashville EC. Read more.
Parting Shot: Vanderbilt Alumni Japan Chapter gathering at Oktoberfest in Odaiba Tokyo
Parting Shot: Octoberfest in Tokyo
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