insideOwen | April 2017
From the Dean: Vanderbilt Business Students Racking Up the Competition Wins
We're not cut-throat, but who says we're not competitive? This spring Owen student teams scored some big wins in a string of national case competitions: 1st place in the Wharton People Analytics Competition, 1st place in the Purdue Global Supply Chain Competition, 1st place in the South by Southwest Texas Pitch, 1st place in the Iowa MBA Business Analyics Competition and 3rd place in the Denver Race and Case Competition. 


May 5 | Alumni Networking Night with Executive MBA Students | Nashville

May 9 | Closing Bell | Boston

May 25 Closing Bell | Nashville

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MAcc Students Reflect on Their Internships at the Big Four

Every spring students in the Vanderbilt MAcc program intern at the accounting firms known as the “Big Four.” Students hone their craft at an industry leader during accounting’s busiest season, leveraging a paid, hands-on experience to build the technical and soft skills they’ll need to succeed in the profession. As graduation approaches, a few students described their internship experiences and the impact on their professional development. Read more.

New Student Leaders Meet with Owen Alumni Board
March 2017 marked the second annual Owen Student Organizations and Club Leadership Transition Workshop. This event provided outgoing student leaders a chance to transition roles to their successors and allowed for incoming leaders to learn more about their new positions. The energy was palpable in the lobby, where 31 Owen Alumni board members talked with 55 students about leadership and successful transitions. Thank you to our Alumni Board for participating and sharing their experiences. 
Save the Date for Vanderbilt Giving Day
Mark your calendar to support Owen on our second annual Vanderbilt Giving Day which will take place on June 15. Vanderbilt impacts each of us and on June 15 we will come together to celebrate and give back. Learn more about how you can give for the gold and play a meaningful role in Vanderbilt’s future. Read more.
An International Student's Perspective on Vanderbilt - José Hurtado 
A message from one of our Vanderbilt international students that this place–even in the current political climate–is a welcoming, safe environment for international students. 
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Amazing Nashville Video Premiere 
Prospective students visiting Owen during Welcome Weekend were treated to the premiere of "Amazing Nashville," a video featuring the people and places that Music City such an attractive place to live. Watch here.

Executive Education

Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 25 percent discount.

May 1-2: Leading Millennials
Taught by Cherrie Clark
In this program, you will learn who Millennials are and how to lead them to further organizational goals. You will hear from Millennials in live panels and through research. You will study best practices of companies who have successfully leveraged this powerful generation. You will receive feedback about your own workplace and Millennials who work there. And you will begin the process of applying your newfound knowledge to your home work environment. This program is currently full. Please contact Maureen Writesman to be added to a wait list.

May 8-9: Digital Marketing: How to Stand Out from the Competition
Taught by Corey M. Cleek and Erick B. Goss
Improve your digital marketing efforts through this unique two-day program. Through a mix of lecture, discussion and hands-on exercises, you will leave this course confidently knowing how to achieve your digital marketing goals, and will have reviewed a Google Analytics account, as well as analyzed marketing campaigns with Google AdWords, Facebook, and display ads. Register here.
May 15-16: Communication Strategies for Senior Leadership
Taught by Kimberly Pace
In this interactive program, you’ll develop and practice techniques for communicating at a senior level. Through a series of discussions, exercises and simulations, you’ll learn how to speak, write, listen and influence so that you can lead your organization more effectively and master key skills to enhance your executive brand. Register here.
May 22-23: Leading Change
Taught by Dick Daft
Through this intensely focused, hands-on program, you’ll learn research-based frameworks, models and strategies that will make you become a stronger leader of change within your organization. This two-day program will help you lead change initiatives that succeed. Register here.

Owen in the News

Apr 24, 2017
Family life flourishes on elite business school campuses
MBA Crystal Ball
Kim Killingsworth, Director of International Recruiting and Relations, discusses the the approach that Vanderbilt takes to incorporate international students and their families into the community.

Apr 21, 2017
Too Big to Fail? The Major Financial Risk We Need to Examine Now
FTI Journal
Professor Craig Lewis moderates a discussion on the state of central counter parties clearinghouses (CCP) and whether they have become too big to reduce counter party risk in the derivatives market and systemic risk in general.

Apr 13, 2017
When It Comes to Size, Sound Matters in Ads
Research Horizons
Lower pitches in voices or music in advertisements lead consumers to infer a larger product size, according to a new study by researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology and Vanderbilt University. Kelly Haws, Professor at Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management, co-authored the study.

Apr 6, 2017
Where The Healthcare Industry Gets Its MBAs
Poets & Quants
Poets & Quants annual employment report analysis finds that Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management sent the highest percentage of 2016 graduates of any elite U.S. business school into the healthcare industry.

Apr 4, 2017
Center for Entrepreneurship staffs-up within VU Owen Graduate School of Management
Venture Nashville Connections
Michael Bryant, the first Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, is profiled.

Apr 4, 2017
Price awareness can be a buzzkill
A research study led by Kelly Haws, Associate Professor of Marketing has found that consumers will enjoy an experience longer if they avoid focusing on its price tag. Haws is quoted throughout the article.

Parting Shot -- Dean's Case Competition

Last month, Vanderbilt Business held its inaugural Dean's Case Competition, where student teams worked within the traditional case competition format and addressed matters of strategy for Owen. 
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