insideOwen | August 2017
Note from the Dean
Classes are back in session at Owen, and changes abound throughout the school. We welcomed seven new faculty members, offering expertise in Operations, Marketing, Finance, and Organization Studies, and students are enjoying the newly renovated Walker Management Library and H. Laird Smith courtyard. 
To celebrate these changes, we are planning a series of open houses for alumni and folks across campus to join us at Management Hall for a closer look at the Library (stay tuned!). We also have several alumni events planned in the coming months across North America. 


Sept 7 | Alumni Reception | Toronto

Sept 27 | Alumni Reception | Vancouver

Oct 6-7 | Owen Reunion 2017 | Nashville
Oct 9
| Closing Bell | Charlotte

Oct 10 
| Closing Bell | Miami

Oct 12 
Closing Bell | New York City 

Oct 13 | Closing Bell | Atlanta

View more upcoming alumni events

Executive Education: How Can You Increase the Number of Women in the Boardroom?
McKinsey’s Women in the Workplace (2016) study states that Corporate America promotes men at a 30% higher rate than women. Our two-day Women in Leadership program will help you gain the persuasive presentation and negotiation skills you need to grow as a female leader and change this statistic. Learn more.
Open for Business: Renovated Walker Management Library Reopens   
After four months of round-the-clock work, the Walker Management Library reopened its doors on August 21. New and returning students are enjoying the variety of study spaces and state-of-the-art team rooms. Learn more. 
New Executive and Americas MBAs Kick-off Program at New Harmony
The EMBA and AMBA class of 2019 began their program with a one-week residency in historic New Harmony, Indiana. Students became acquainted with their first financial statements in Paul Chaney’s Accounting, started their foray into statistical analysis with Bruce Cooil, and dove into the world of misaligned incentives with Luke Froeb. One of the highlights of the week was meeting their C-Teams and making their first group presentations.
Accelerator® Teams Help Society6 with Product Development 
This summer, leaders from art-and-design marketplace  Society6 turned to Accelerator for product development insights. Through business acumen and (perhaps) some personal experience, 10 Accelerator teams set out to identify Society6’s next big item and win the approval of a panel of executives, directors, and managers from Society6 and Leaf Group. The project turned out to be a win-win for everyone involved. Read more.
New Marketing Professor Kelly Goldsmith Featured on This is Vanderbilt Business Podcast
Associate Professor Kelly Goldsmith is one of seven new faculty members joining Owen this academic year. As an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Kellogg, she earned several awards for her teaching and research, which focuses on Consumer Decision making. On This is Vanderbilt Business, Kelly talks about her research, the move to Vanderbilt, and her stint on one of the most popular reality shows of all time. Listen here.
Save the Date for Owen Reunion
Registration is now open for Owen's Reunion! All alumni who graduated in years ending in 2 or 7 are invited back for the weekend. Weekend highlights include the alumni cocktail reception at the school on Friday evening and class parties at some of Nashville's top locales on Saturday. Learn more.
 Why Mood is Critical to Our Learning Experience
There are so many theories and books out there about learning - individual learning styles, leadership development, creating learning environments, and so on. Mark Robertson, an Alumni LDP coach, encourages his clients to look at learning from a (perhaps) new pespective - an ontological one. Learn more.

Executive Education

Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 25 percent discount.

October 16-17: Innovation in Law
Taught by David Owens
In this two-day program, participants will discover how to implement innovation in their organization’s legal environment. Through case studies and interactive exercises, Vanderbilt’s top law and business professors will teach a framework for how to identify opportunities for innovation, the hurdles to over-come. Register here.

October 18-19: Leadership and Strategy Execution
Taught by Joseph Ryan
This two-day master class is for senior managers and high-potentials working on key projects. It will help you pinpoint the organizational capabilities needed to win today and tomorrow. As a leader, it will increase your “execution IQ” know how. Register here.
November 2-3: Persuasive and Influential Speaking
Taught by Kimberly Pace
Improve your management communication speaking skills, no matter what the managerial or executive situation, through this unique two-day program. Through analysis of your personal speech style strengths and weaknesses, you will leave this course with confidently knowing how to achieve your communication goals. Register here.

Owen in the News

August 28, 2017 
Day Trading in Wall Street's Complex 'Fear Gauge' Proliferates
New York Times

A new generation of day traders, deploying an expanding array of opaque, high-risk, high-return trading vehicles concocted by Wall Street, are pouring into one of the market’s most arcane corners, making bets on whether the VIX — otherwise known as the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index — will rise or fall. Professor Bob Whaley is quoted. 

August 24, 2017
Dr. Oz talks health care in Nashville
Nashville Pride
Dr. Oz spoke at this year's Health:Further conference, sponsored by the Center for Health Care Market Innovation at Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management.
August 18, 2017 
Nashville Health Care Council, Nashville Capital Network Present Developing Health Care Ventures

Crossroads Today 

250 health care industry executives, entrepreneurs and investment professionals attended “Developing Health Care Ventures: Investor and Entrepreneur Collaborations." M. Eric Johnson, Dean of Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management, moderated the panel.

August 14, 2017

VU names vice provost for inclusive excellence
Nashville Post
Professor Melissa C. Thomas-Hunt has been named to the newly created position of vice provost for inclusive excellence at Vanderbilt University.

August 12, 2017 

Relax restrictions to improve access to health care

The Post & Courier

Rural America has a health care access problem, and contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t necessarily relate to the debates over Medicaid or Obamacare’s repeal currently dominating Washington politics. Post-doctoral research fellow Benjamin McMichael wrote the article.

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Parting Shot: Dean Johnson at Nasdaq

On a recent visit to New York, Dean Johnson met with Nasdaq CEO Adena Friedman (MBA'93), who treated him to a tour of the new media floor. Check out the Dean's post-commencement interview with Adena on YouTube.

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