Meet the newest classes, save the date for reunion & more
Meet the newest classes, save the date for reunion & more
Note from the Dean
Dear alumni and friends, 

Thank you for a spectacular year! Owen is turning 50 with a strong boost of alumni support. The school celebrated another outstanding fundraising year thanks to you. Our alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students collectively gave more than $10.3 million (Donor List). This represents a historic high level in broad-based giving and I am deeply grateful to be part of such a dedicated community. I hope to see you in Nashville at the 50th Anniversary reception next month on October 18.



October 8 | Closing Bell | Charlotte

October 8 | Reception | New York
November 14 | Closing Bell | Seattle

Oct. 18-19 | Reunion & 50th Anniversary Grand Finale Celebration | Nashville

View more upcoming alumni events

Meet the Classes of 2020 and 2021

Last month, Vanderbilt Business School welcomed the classes of 2021 for the MBA and Executive MBA programs, as well as the classes of 2020 for the Master of Science in Finance, the Master of Accountancy, the Master of Marketing and the Master of Management in Health Care. Learn more about each class profile by clicking the links above.
Professor Timothy Vogus Wins Excellence in Teaching Award from Academy of Management

Professor Timothy Vogus received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Healthcare Management Division at the 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. Established in 2005, the award recognizes innovative and outstanding teaching that takes place in the classroom and provides the opportunity to encourage, recognize and reward the work of excellent, dedicated and inspiring teachers. Read more.
Looking for Vanderbilt Gear?
The University Store offers Owen-branded apparel, including fleeces, t-shirts, sweatshirts and jackets, as well as gear bags and beach totes, in a variety of styles and colors. Visit the store.
Gomes da Silva (MBA’89) to Receive Alumni Award

Josué Gomes da Silva (MBA’89) is the 2019 recipient of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board’s International Alumni Professional Achievement Award. He is one of six alumni who will be honored this fall.

The International Alumni Professional Achievement Award is presented annually to an alumnus or alumna who is living outside the United States and has distinctive success in his or her professionally chosen field.

“Josué has enjoyed a tremendously successful career and has provided valuable counsel to three presidents of Brazil,” said Jodie Leeka Kim (BE’10, ME’11), awards committee chair for the Alumni Association Board. “His professional accomplishments are a source of pride to Commodores everywhere.”

Gomes da Silva served as the chairman and CEO of COTEMINAS, is the founder and chairman of the board of Cantagalo General Grains and is a business and economic adviser in Brazil.

The 2019 alumni award recipients will be honored Oct. 17 at a special ceremony during Reunion and Homecoming Weekend. More information about the Vanderbilt Alumni Association Awards is at
Professor Kejia Hu Receives Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Dean’s Faculty Fellowship
Professor Kejia Hu was awarded a Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Dean’s Faculty Fellow. Jessica Kennedy’s term as a Dean’s Faculty Fellow was also renewed for another two years. The fellowships recognize young assistant professors whose research has a significant impact. Recipients hold the fellowship for a two-year term, which carries support for research activities; the inaugural fellowships were first announced in 2017. Read more.
Meet your Alumni Council
The Alumni Council lends their assistance to Owen’s fundraising efforts by writing letters, sending e-mails and making personal phone calls to their classmates to encourage annual giving. "Vanderbilt has been life-changing for me. I give back, so I can positively change the lives of future generations," says Kimberly Barboza (MS'95, EMBA'15), President of the Owen Alumni Council. Find out how you can connect with your class ACR or volunteer on the Alumni Council website.
EMBA 1998 and 1999 Class Reunion
We were so excited to have an IEMBA 1998 and 1999 class reunion in Nashville during the weekend of September 6-8. They were a tightknit group that enjoyed catching up and reconnecting after 20 years.  
Thanks so much to Lori Catanzaro, former program director, for organizing events throughout the weekend for all to enjoy. The EMBA team was happy to sponsor a reception on Saturday night so the former students could see the school and connect with current and former faculty and staff. It was a great weekend! 
Executive Education
Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 20% discount with the code ALUMNI at checkout.
Oct. 14-18: Advanced Leadership
Taught by Rangaraj Ramanujam, Mark Cannon, Joseph Ryan, and Corbette Doyle
A five-day program that will deepen your versatile leadership and strategic leadership skills. Register here.

Oct. 28-29: Leading in the Multigenerational Workforce
Taught by Brian Griffith and Cherrie Wilkerson
A two-day program that will help you build the future of your company by unifying Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials and Gen Z. Register here.

Oct. 31 - Nov. 1: Leading for Optimal Operational Efficiency 
Taught by David Dilts
A two-day program to help you improve efficiency and win more customers. Register here.

Owen in the News
September 10, 2019
The Four Social Media Horsemen Of The Scarcity Apocalypse
An interview with Kelly Goldsmith, Associate Professor of Marketing, discusses the social media comparison trap and how these platforms can increase FOMO (fear of missing out).
September 12, 2019
Should You Spend, or Save, as if You’ll Live Forever?
New York Times
Goldsmith was also quoted in an article about how feeling young and vital (or not) can influence how you save for retirement.

Parting Shot: MMHC Honors Ceremony

Outgoing Master of Management in Health Care students celebrated the completion of their program with a special ceremony this past weekend. Congrats to the students for finishing the program!

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