Note from the Dean
Summer is quickly winding down at Owen, with students already arriving on campus; however, I know August is a key vacation month for many of our alumni. Summer beach reads offer a great opportunity for fun or advancement. We asked a few Owen faculty what was in their beach bag this summer. Here is what we heard.
Bill Christie – Clock Dance (Anne Tyler), Being Mortal (Atul Gawamde), The Great Halifax Explosion (John Bacon)
Brian McCann – Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World (Cal Newport).
Germain Boer – Overcharged: Why Americans Pay Too Much for Health Care (Charles Silver and David Hyman)

Eric Johnson – East of Eden (John Steinbeck), The Happiness Hypothesis (Jonathan Haidt – this was Vanderbilt’s freshman summer book), Falling Upward (Richard Rohr).
Nancy Lea Hyer – The Word is Murder (Anthony Horowitz)
Tim Vogus – The Culture Code (Daniel Coyle), Brotopia (Emily Chang), In Shock (Rana Awdish).


October 11 | Owen Circle Reception | Nashville
October 12 - 13 | Reunion | Nashville

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Cherrie Wilkerson Appointed Assistant Dean for Young Professional Programs
Dean Johnson announced the appointment of Cherrie Wilkerson as Assistant Dean for Young Professional Programs at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
In this new role, Wilkerson will oversee the school’s one-year residential Masters programs: Master of Accountancy (MAcc), Master of Science in Finance (MSF), and Master of Marketing. She will continue serving as a Professor of the Practice of Management and Program Director for the Master of Science in Finance.
“I think we have a tremendous opportunity in the one-year programs,” Wilkerson said. “It’s vitally important for students coming out of undergrad to get on the right run of their career, and our programs help them do that. I like being a part of it.” Read more.
Executive MBA Program Names New Global Immersion Project Coordinator
The Executive MBA program has announced that Erin Raccah (EMBA’16) will serve as the program’s Global Immersion Capstone Project Coordinator for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Raccah, who served as the U.S. project manager last year, will act as the coordination point for project managers at the four business schools in the Americas Alliance. She will also continue in her capacity as the Vanderbilt-based project coach for U.S. projects. Read more.
Welcome New Alumni Board Members
We welcome seven new alumni to the Alumni Board this year – Howard Brathwaite (MBA'92), Ravi Chari (EMBA'08), Wendy Cromwell (MBA'95), Kitty Elshot (MBA'08), Andrew Honeybone (MBA'04), Xiaoyan Jiang (MBA'01), and Margaret Vaughn Cox (MBA'92). Thank you for your time and service to the school! 
Looking for Owen 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.
Accelerator Project Spotlight: Google Fiber
Vanderbilt’s Accelerator®—Summer Business Institute wrapped up with a marketing strategy project for Google Fiber, the "super-fast" internet proivder available in 10 cities and counting. 
Dean Johnson praised teams for how far they came over four weeks. “I’ve watched some of your presentations, and the progress is always staggering to me, and I think it really shows this morning (in the presentations),” he said. Read more.
Steve Buchanan (MBA'85) reflects on the first six seasons of Nashville
Steve Buchanan, President of Opry Entertainment Group and SVP of Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc., recently sat down with Dean Johnson to discuss Steve's trailblazing career from the Opry’s first marketing manager to executive producer of the Nashville TV series. Steve also shares key leadership lessons and explains the significance of Nashville's final episode, which airs tonight on CMT.
For more of Steve Buchanan’s career in entertainment, the renovation of the Ryman Auditorium, and the Nashville TV series, watch our interview.
Executive Tools: Three Horizons for Growth
Do you think of your business as a portfolio of projects and initiatives across various time horizons? Professor Joe Ryan explains the benefits of managing across what he calls the "three horizons for growth" to both maintain and grow your business. To learn more, attend his upcoming program, Stepping Up: A Tool Kit for Strategic Leadership (Sept. 24-25). 
Executive Education
Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 20 percent discount.

Aug. 22 - 23: Financial Reporting & Valuation
Taught by Craig Lewis & Richard Willis
A two-day program for senior managers who need to better understand company valuation. Register here.
Sept. 26 - 27: Leadership Coaching
Taught by Mark Cannon

Take this two-day program to help you strengthen your employees and organization, through building your own coaching competencies and skills. Register here.
Oct. 1 - 2: Negotiation Skills for Managers
Taught by Ray Friedman 
A two-day program that teaches dynamic negotiation and conflict resolution skills. Prepare yourself to negoitate with confidence and achieve the best possible outcome. Register here.

Owen in the News

July 19, 2018 
Uber loses another top executive
Prabir Adarkar, the company's head of global finance, is headed for the CFO's office at DoorDash. His move to food delivery startup is the latest in a long string of high-profile departures from Uber. Professor Tim Vogus is quoted.
July 4, 2018 
M.B.A. Programs Try Catering to Liberal-Arts Types—With Math Camp
Wall Street Journal
Business schools are making greater accommodations for applicants who have analyzed more sonnets than spreadsheets. The Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management is featured, and Christie St-John is quoted.

Parting Shot: ISBP Closing Bell

First-year international students participating in this year's International Summer Business Program (ISBP) connected with current classmates and former students last Thursday. 

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