Note from the Dean
It was wonderful to see so many Vanderbilt Owen alumni at reunion – it is a special time of reflection and celebration. I was honored to award Adena Friedman, CEO and President of Nasdaq, with the Distinguished Alumni Award. Adena was in my very first class at Owen in the winter of 1992, and I knew from that time that she had a unique spark and drive. Adena has been a gracious volunteer servant leader for Owen for many years. Recently she was Owen’s 2017 commencement speaker and her speech was lauded as the best business school commencement speech by Poets&Quants, a leading online publication covering business schools. Adena has also served on my Board of Visitors and contributed to the Owen community by engaging our students and faculty.

It was also gratifying to see Heiki Miki receive the Vanderbilt Alumni Volunteer Award. Heiki has represented the Owen School around the world.  His leadership in Japan has met with much success, building a strong Vanderbilt network in Tokyo and bringing many wonderful Japanese students to Owen. A highlight of my last two trips to Asia has been the warm reception in Tokyo. I look forward to joining Heiki again this December for Closing Bell Tokyo!

Professor Tim Vogus Keeps ‘Mindful Organizing’ Top of Mind
Tim Vogus teaches classes on leadership and negotiating, while he researches healthcare organizations — and he definitely sees connections between the two. Vogus discusses how his research informs his teaching and vice versa, as well as his work with the Initiative for Autism, Innovation, and the Workforce. Read more.
First-Ever Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Conference
The Center for Entrepreneurship will host its inaugural Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Conference at the Student Life Center on Friday, November 9. The conference is designed to bring together leaders from the Vanderbilt and Nashville entrepreneurship communities to share their insights and experiences with attendees. Read more.

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.
Larry Van Horn on the Opioid Crisis
In a recent episode of the podcast, Professor Larry Van Horn, the Executive Director of Health Affairs at Vanderbilt Business, breaks down the facts of the opioid crisis and looks at potential solutions. This episode is part of our ongoing healthcare series, "Vital Signs." Listen here.
From Master of Accountancy to Miss South Dakota
Carrie Wintle was named Miss South Dakota this summer shortly after graduating with her Master of Accountancy degree. She will spend her year-long reign   empowering young girls and educating children on financial literacy through her nonprofit Money $heep. Read more.
Executive MBA Vancouver Residency
Vanderbilt Executive MBA students in the Global Immersion Track recently returned from their first of four residencies. Studying at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, students met their new cross-cultural team, studied cross-cultural management and global strategy with two leading local professors, and began their capstone strategy project. Hear Megan Flynn (EMBA’19) reflect on her experience in this podcast.

Fall into Vandy Style
Limited-edition Vanderbilt University socks are back by popular demand with a new design for 2018. Once again, all gifts of $35 or more to Owen will be eligible to receive socks starting today through the month of November. This only happens once a year, and we want all Owen alumni to have the opportunity to “anchor down on their ankles”! Visit to learn more.
Executive Education
Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 20 percent discount.

Jan. 28-29: Leading in the Multigenerational Workforce
Taught by Cherrie Wilkerson & Brian Griffith

A two-day program to help reduce turnover, increase engagement and leverage the talents of the multigenerational workplace. Leave with the confidence to build the future of your company. Register here.
Feb. 4-5: Leadership Coaching
Taught by Mark Cannon
A two-day program to help you strengthen your employees and your organization. Learn to become an effective coach, build skills, address shortcomings and build leaders. Register here, or learn more by watching a recording of Professor Cannon's recent webinar.
Feb. 11-12: Stepping Up: A Tool Kit for Strategic Leadership
Taught by Joe Ryan
A two-day program that will help you deepen your strategic leadership skills. Learn to pinpoint the organizational capabilities needed to win today and tomorrow. Register here.

Owen in the News
October 3, 2018
GE's $23bn writedown is a case of goodwill gone bad
Financial Times
Recently, General Electric (GE) announced a $23 billion write-off in its Power Division and replaced its fairly new CEO John Flannery with Larry Culp. Professor of Accounting Paul Chaney is quoted.

October 20, 2018
Despite talk of equality, women bosses still rare in the US
Daily Mail
There's been a decline in the number of women CEOs even as debate about the need for equality in the workplace increases. Assistant Professor of Management Jessica Kennedy is quoted.

Parting Shot: Reunion Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Maria Renz (MBA'96), Vice President of Global Delivery Experience and Customer Service at Amazon, gave the keynote speech at the Owen Reunion Luncheon. More than 5,000 Vanderbilt alumni overall attended homecoming, and the classes of 1973,1978,1983,1988,1993,1998, 2003, 2008, and 2013 all celebrated major anniversaries. Thank you to Maria and all other the alumni who came “home" this year — we'll see you next year from October 17-19, 2019!

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