Note from the Dean
The official first day of Autumn ushered in some more seasonal weather at Vanderbilt. Of course, the campus is alive with the energy of new ideas and exciting life changes. At Owen, every evening brings a new set of corporate information sessions and eagerly anticipated interviews. Our students are thriving — already 50% of the second-year MBAs have job offers. And our faculty have been collecting an impressive set of awards.
Do you remember that great feeling of heading to Owen on Thursday evening to catch up with friends and plan for the weekend? Join us for Reunion this year from October 12-13 — your Owen family will be waiting to hear about your life and plans for the future.


October 5 | Closing Bell | Atlanta

October 9 | Closing Bell | New York City

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

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Lynn Good, President and CEO of Duke Energy
A few weeks ago, Lynn Good — president and CEO of Fortune 500 company Duke Energy — visited campus as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. Before she spoke to a packed Averbuch Auditorium, she sat down with Dean Johnson to discuss the changing landscape of the energy industry. Watch the conversation here.

Owen Reunion 2018: October 12-13
Reunion is coming up fast! Programming for this year includes a luncheon with Maria Renz (MBA ‘96), Vice President Delivery Experience at Amazon; an alumni reception at Management Hall; a football game against the Florida Gators; and a class party at Topgolf. Find out more about Owen Reunion events here, or register at this link.
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.
New Bass Military Scholars Program
Owen is one of five graduate schools at Vanderbilt University to participate in the new Bass Military Scholars Program. The program is funded by a $25 million gift from the Lee and Ramona Bass Foundation, which will provide financial aid and programming support for military veterans. Read more.
Ranga Ramanujam on Value-Based Healthcare
In the latest episode of our Vital Signs healthcare podcast series, Ranga Ramanujam, the Richard M. and Betty Ruth Miller Professor of Management at Vanderbilt Business, talks about value-based care, the challenges it presents, and what it means for MBA students looking to build a career in the healthcare industry. Listen here.
Executive MBA Referrals
As you prepare to celebrate reunion with your classmates this year, consider referring someone who may be a good candidate for the Executive MBA program. Please complete this form to send us the name of a friend or colleague. If they have questions about the program’s work-life balance, share this podcast featuring ways couples balanced their time, got the most from their education, and supported each other during the program.
Executive Education
Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 20 percent discount.

Oct. 11 - 12: Communication Skills for Senior Leaders
Taught by Kimberly Pace

A two-day program to help you communicate, motivate, and grow your executive brand. You will develop and practice techniques for communicating at a senior level. Register here.
Oct. 22 - 24: Dealing with Ambiguity: Managing with Strategic Intent
Taught by Ranga Ramanujam
A three-day program to help you better manage people, information, and your responsibilities. Learn to think strategically, exercise influence, and build and maintain networks. Register here.
Nov. 1 - 2: Persuasive & Influential Speaking
Taught by Kimberly Pace
A two-day program to help you persuade your stakeholders and influence your employees to positive action. Through analysis of your personal speech style strength and weaknesses, you will leave this course with confidence knowing how to achieve your communication goals. Register here.

Owen in the News

September 24, 2018 
Unions Boosting Maternity Leave Use
Bloomberg Law
New research from Assistant Professor of Management Tae-Youn Park shows that unionized mothers are at least 17 percent more likely to use paid maternity leave than comparable nonunion workers, in large part because unions are better at communicating benefits available to workers.
August 28, 2018
Meet The MBA Class Of 2020: Profiles in Courage
The business school publication names stand-out candidates from the MBA Class of 2020 in its annual feature. Owen MBA students Curtis Duke and Brittany Hunter were featured in the profiles.

Parting Shot: MMHC Class of 2018

Earlier this month, our 10th Master of Management in Healthcare Class celebrated the conclusion of the year-long program. Congrats to the MMHC Class of 2018 on all their hard work!

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