Happy holidays from the Owen Graduate School of Management!
Happy holidays from the Owen Graduate School of Management!
Note from the Dean
Last week, we capped off an amazing year with alumni events on Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Tokyo. In each city, we were embraced by enthusiastic alumni who have forged careers and built strong Owen networks. On the long flight home, I had some time to reflect on the year.
It was a landmark year in many ways, with record setting employment, media recognition, and strong financial support from our loyal alumni. In midst of those great moments, we lost dear friends Gary Scudder and Tami Fassinger. It’s in those times that our close-knit Owen family rallies to support each other. 

As always, we hosted a spectacular group of leaders who shared lessons from their experience.  Here are five of my favorite insights from 2018:
  1. Leadership is not about you…it’s about serving people (Paul Jacobson, CFO of Delta Airlines).
  2. Sometimes you have to move down to get ahead (Tracy Keogh, CHRO of HP).
  3. The best time to work on resilience is when things are going well (Lynn Good, CEO of Duke Energy).
  4. Don’t ignore the signals of change (Steve Buchanan, President of Opry Entertainment Group).
  5. Help others become their best selves (Anu Aiyengar, Head of M&A North America at JP Morgan).
I am grateful for the many Owen alumni and friends who help us deliver a transformative learning experience each year.
Happy holidays!


January 4 | Closing Bell | San Francisco

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Where Are They Now? Checking in with the EMBA Class of 2018
We recently caught up with three Executive MBA graduates from the Class of 2018 — April Wolfe, Billy Ripley, and Joan Smith — to discover how the program has already helped their careers in the six short months since graduating. Read more here, and if you’re an EMBA alum yourself, please take a minute to share your personal and professional updates with us too using this form.
What Leadership Programs Do You Want to See?
Executive Education delivers leadership programs specifically for you AND your company, and we want to know what is most important for your ongoing leadership development. Please click here to take our brief poll and tell us what your needs are. This is the first of several polls we are conducting with alumni to gauge the developmental needs of you and your colleagues. Thank you for your answers!
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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.
Professor Bill Christie Makes a Real-World Impact on Finance (and Students)
Bill Christie helped uncovered the odd-eighths scandal at Nasdaq and co-authored what The Economist described as “the first billion-dollar economics article.” Now, he makes it his mission to "evangelize" his students about the important of finance. Read more.

Paul Jacobson (MBA’97), CFO of Delta, Discusses the Airline Industry
Paul Jacobson is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Delta Airlines, as well as a Class of 1997 MBA alum. In this podcast, he discusses  what it takes to be successful in the industry, technological advances, personalized customer experiences, and more. Listen now.
MBA Alumni Referrals
Some of our best MBA candidates are friends or associates of our alumni. We value your referrals and want to encourage them. We are awarding a prize pack to the alum who provides the most MBA student referrals as well as to the alum with the most admitted referrals. Please use this link for your referrals so we can track them. Thank you for your continued investment in Owen!
Executive Education to Deliver Innovation Program to Alliance Bernstein
Alliance Bernstein’s Multi Asset Solutions group has chosen Vanderbilt Executive Education to lead a program on Innovation. Affiliate Faculty member Todd McCullough will lead two half day workshops – one in New York City and the other here in Nashville, its soon to be new corporate headquarters. The goal of the program is to help Alliance Bernstein’s senior leaders reinvent the organization for the future. The purpose of this engagement is to help the group make progress against that goal. To learn more about Executive Education custom programs, visit our page.
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.
Feb. 25-27: Dealing with Ambiguity: Managing with Strategic Intent
Taught by Rangaraj Ramanujam
A three-day program to help you better manage people, information and your responsibilities. Register here.

Owen in the News
December 7, 2018
Looking to Double Your Salary? Try an M.B.A.
The Wall Street Journal
A new survey shows that career-switchers can reap substantial financial rewards from getting their masters of business administration. Ralph Owen Dean M. Eric Johnson is quoted.
December 7, 2018
Why You May Overspend on the Holidays and How to Stop
Consumers have trouble sticking to their budgets during the holiday season for many reasons, from shopping in store to procrastinating. Kelly Goldsmith, Associate Professor of Marketing, is quoted.
November 27, 2018
Worst Corporate Euphemism Ever? GM's "Unallocated" Factories a Contender
CBS News
General Motors recently announced the company would be "unallocating" (i.e., closing) five factories in the U.S. and Canada. Bruce Barry, Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Professor of Management, is quoted.
November 19, 2018
Did Tennessee taxpayers get a good deal with $102M Amazon payment?
The Tennessean
Ralph Owen Dean M. Eric Johnson is quoted in this story, which examines the incentives that Nashville offered Amazon in exchange for 5,000 new jobs.

Parting Shot: International Closing Bell

Last week, students came together for the last Closing Bell of 2018, serving food and beverages from their home cuisines and celebrating the end of classes. Thanks to everyone for a great year!

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