MBA employment report, welcome from the New Alumni Board Chair, and more
MBA employment report, welcome from the New Alumni Board Chair, and more
Note from the Dean
One of the benefits of being part of the Owen community is access to thought leadership within the school and alumni base. That benefit was evident in last week’s Owen Forward celebration with live sessions exploring everything from financial markets and transportation to luxury goods and social entrepreneurship. Over 800 participants signed on from across the United States, as well as China, Japan, and Brazil. Watch for recaps and videos of those sessions in the upcoming weeks. Thank you to all who participated and attended this incredible series of events.
As part of Owen Forward, I also hosted our Boston-based architect team, William Rawn Associates, in an exciting overview of Owen’s new building. Watch the presentation here to see our plans to transform and expand our 21st avenue site. The building cleared another important hurdle with Vanderbilt’s Board of Trust last week. Through the generosity of the Owen Century Partners, we have raised nearly three quarters of our $20M funding goal. We need your help to reach that goal in the next few months and break ground this spring. Vanderbilt has provided a matching program to help accelerate our progress.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Meeting You Where You Are: New Alumni Board Chair Statement

"I am honored and thrilled to be following in the footsteps of  Emily Baker Tobin, BA’87, MBA’92, as chair of the Owen Alumni Board. Emily’s message of 'coming home' to Owen resonated with me, and I look forward to extending this invitation to our community," writes 
Mac Worsham (MBA’93), Alumni Board Chair this fall. Read Mac's entire welcome letter here.
Vanderbilt MBA Class of 2020 Secures New Record High in Compensation

Class of 2020 graduates from the full-time MBA program at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management reported average base salary earnings of $126,137, an increase of 6% over the previous class’ average salary. Combining the average salary with the average signing/starting bonus of $26,991, the class of 2020 is the highest-compensated class of MBAs in the school’s history. Read more.
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Our online store offers a great 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
Professor Christie Named an FMA Fellow

William Christie, Frances Hampton Currey Professor of Management, has been named a fellow by the Financial Management Association. Established in 2000, the FMA Fellows Program recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the profession such as distinguished scholarship as evidenced by someone's contributions to the literature throughout their career or supervising PhD students, writing books, editing journals, or through work with professional associations like FMA. Congrats to Professor Christie for this honor!
Owen Helps Launch Management and Business Review

This winter, Vanderbilt Business is one of twelve global business schools working collaboratively to launch a new magazine designed for managers called Management and Business Review. The magazine will be free to Owen alumni for the first year. Check out the first issue at this link, or learn more about the journal and sponsoring schools on the magazine website.
The New Owen Volunteer Community

At Owen, we’re known for world-class education with personal scale — and that extends to your experience as alumni as well. We’re thrilled to introduce the new Owen Volunteer Community, which replaces the former Owen Alumni Council. The Owen Volunteer Community is an opportunity to stay in touch with your classmates while serving Owen in one of two new volunteer roles: Class Agent and Class Secretary.

Class Agents are charged with serving as a liaison to his or her classmates with the primary purpose of increasing philanthropic support, and Class Secretaries are charged with driving engagement with his or her classmates, specifically by soliciting classmates for Class Notes entries in Vanderbilt Business magazine twice per year. Additionally, both roles will be key members of the Reunion Committee by encouraging both attendance and philanthropic support. The anticipated time commitment is only a few hours per year, and our team here at Owen will provide training and ongoing support.

Interested in becoming part of the Owen Volunteer Community as either a Class Agent or Class Secretary?  Contact Ali Farr, Assistant Director of Annual Giving, at

Fireside Chat with Smoke Wallin

Please join the Development and Alumni Relations team for a Fireside Chat with Smoke Wallin, CEO of Vertical Wellness, on Tuesday, December 1 from 4-5 p.m. CST via Zoom. Smoke graduated from Owen with his MBA in 1993 and formerly served as the Alumni Board Chair. He currently serves as the CEO of Vertical Wellness, a leading multi-national vertically integrated brand company in the hemp-based CBD industry. Register here.

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, but we are hosting Persuasive and Influential Speaking in a Virtual World live online on January 20-22, 2021.
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.
We also provide technology bootcamps in coding, data analytics, cybersecurity, and FinTech. To learn more, click here.

Owen in the News
October 20, 2020
Vanderbilt MBA Jobs Report: Owen Grads Overcome, Post Strong Numbers
The business publication featured the strong employment outcomes for the MBA class of 2020.
November 4, 2020
Tennessee economy should continue to prosper in wake of election
Dean Eric Johnson is quoted, explaining why Tennessee is so appealing to businesses and why several corporations have chosen to relocate to the area.

Parting Shot: Veterans Day Speaker

On Veterans Day, General William Hickman (LTG-R US Army) came to campus to speak as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. Thank you to General Hickman and all of our veterans for their service!

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