Note from the Dean
Spring is blooming in Nashville, and there is much to report on the Owen Graduate School of Management.

The Vanderbilt Marketing Hub, an initiative led by Vanderbilt Business marketing faculty in conjunction with a student advisory board, has formally launched. 
The Hub is built on a three-pronged mission of education, engagement, and connection. Tailored to alumni, current students, and prospective students, the Hub offers a holistic view of marketing ecosystem at Management Hall. Read more.

Several publications have recently issued their 2018 business school rankings, with strong overall results for Owen. Vanderbilt MBA earned No. 26 in US News & World Report, ranking at or near the top of several categories among schools with class sizes of 350 or smaller. We ranked No. 38 in the U.S. in Financial Times' Global MBA rankings (including No. 25 on MBAs for Women). Expansion, a popular Latin American publication, ranked Vanderbilt's MBA No. 24 among U.S. schools, while the Executive MBA program ranked No. 17 in the U.S. and No. 27 globally. 

I would also like to acknowledge the generosity of an Owen alumni couple — Elizabeth, MBA’92, and Russell Fleischer, MBA’91, of Ft. Worth, TX (pictured above) —who recently documented a significant bequest toward the Liz and Russ Fleischer Scholarship they established in 2015. Donors like the Fleischers help ensure that the Owen experience they shared is available to all deserving students, regardless of means. Bequests add permanence to Owen’s sustained excellence, and I am grateful for the Fleischer’s extraordinary commitment to our school’s future.


April 4 Closing Bell | Dallas
April 5 | Closing Bell | Houston
April 11 Closing Bell | Los Angeles 

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Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations
Do you know of an alumnus making an impact in the world? The Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes one graduate who has exhibited outstanding leadership and service in both the professional and philanthropic realms.
The recipient will have also contributed significantly to Owen by donating time, energy, talent or financial support and will have built networks through class activities, regional programs such as CityOwen, board involvement, and service to current students and faculty.
Complete this form and nominate an alumnus today! The Deadline is Friday, April 20. Contact Jill Dunham ( with any questions. 
An Evening with Vanderbilt's Marshall Eakin
Please join us on Friday, April 5 at 5:30pm for a joint program with the Center for Latin American Studies featuring  Marshall Eakin, award-winning Vanderbilt history professor, published author, and former faculty director of the Ingram Scholarship Program. This is the opening event to welcome our Executive MBA Global Immersion students to Nashville as they begin their last of four international residencies which concludes at Vanderbilt. Please register here.
The Wide World of Public Accounting 
Public Accounting doesn’t have the most exciting or glamorous reputation, but there’s a lot more to the field than it gets credit for. At a Big Four firm (Deloitte, EY, KPMG, PwC), public accounting offers an inside look at every industry, a stimulating, team-based environment, and intellectual challenges that require creativity and penchant for customer service. It also offers its practitioners impressive career opportunities within and outside of the Big Four. Mary Hsu (MAcc'09) and Margaret Ross (MAcc'14) share their stories. Read more.
Stepping Up: A Tool Kit for Strategic Leadership
Executive Education recently hosted a webinar with Adjunct Professor Joe Ryan on the importance of strategic leadership. Find out how you can step up in you role and act as a strategic leader driving initiatives forward. Watch here.
Employing an International Student
Our international students, along with their peers at other US programs, are finding the employment situation particularly challenging this year; more employers are requiring US work authorization to apply for positions, even if they had been open to hiring international students in the past.  
We are developing relationships with international employers, but most of our international students aspire to stay in the US upon graduation, at least for a period of time, to gain valuable work experience. And we as a school are committed to help them because we value all they bring to Owen, including their experience, skill, and global perspective. With that in mind, we are asking for your help:
  • Employ an international graduate on an extended project or internship. This does not require an application for a permanent work visa. Owen’s international students have an opportunity to apply for a 12-month temporary work permit (Optical Practical Training or OPT) that begins post-graduation;  many are already in process and should be approved by June. OPT permit holders can work remotely.

  • Consider a first-year student for an 8- to 10-week summer internship. Our first-year MBA students have an option to work during the summer under a program called Curricular Practical Training (CPT), which requires no paperwork beyond a written internship offer and project description. 

  • If an OPT student does well, and there is a possibility that you would like to extend the work arrangement beyond 12 months, the next step in the process is filing for an H1-B employer sponsored work visa. While we cannot facilitate the visa filing, we would be happy to recommend several immigration attorneys that can advise on the process. If there is no option for a permanent work visa in the US, a recommendation or a referral to a position in a company, business unit or group outside the US would be very helpful. 
For questions, additional information or to request a resume packet, please email
Executive Education
Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 25 percent discount.

April 24 - 25: Women in Leadership
Taught by Nancy Lee Hyer and Kimberly Pace
This program will focus directly on strengthening persuasive presentation and negotiation skills, navigating challenging group dynamics and overcoming organizational roadblocks by employing effective leadership skills. Register here.
April 30 - May 1: Achieving Operational Excellence
Taught by David Dilts
Operational excellence addresses one question: “Is it worth it?” To answer this question requires knowledge of two critical areas: doing things right and doing the right thing. This course will help you understand the tools to use in addressing these questions and when it is most appropriate to use them. Register here.
May 2 - 4: Managing with Strategic Intent
Taught by Ranga Ramanujam
Through this highly interactive course, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of skills that are important for effective managers: how to act with strategic intent, exercise influence, build and maintain networks, seek and share information, anticipate emerging opportunities and challenges, and continuously innovate to improve structures and processes. Register here.

Owen in the News
At a cyberrisk conference in Philadelphia, Sung Choi of Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management discussed the impact of data breaches on declines in care. 
March 23, 2018 
Here are the U.S. business schools with the best-paid graduates (Psst: They ain't Harvard)
Nashville Business Journal

U.S. News World and Report's Business School rankings shed light on how much students make after graduation. Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management outcome statistics are referenced. 

Parting Shot: Nashville Closing Bell

Thank you to all that came out to support the Nashville Closing Bell on March 15! We had an incredible turnout, with over 100 Owen alums and nearly 400 people in attendance. A special thank you to Beth Torres and Dru Anderson for their support and to the Owen Band for helping make the night such a success.  

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