insideOwen | November 2016
From the Dean
From the Dean: Fall Rankings Roundup
Golden leaves are falling on campus and Owen students are scattering around the globe to seek new adventures with friends and spend time with family. A group of twenty-five of our students will spend Thanksgiving in Japan, learning about Asian business and culture, all courtesy of the Japanese Government. Still other students will be visiting companies, interviewing for jobs, or plotting their next business venture. We have much to be thankful for this year. Read More


November 29 | Commodore Classroom | Chattanooga
January 5 | Closing Bell | San Francisco
January 18 | Closing Bell | Boston
January 19 | Closing Bell | Mexico City
January 22 | Closing Bell | Seattle
February 23 | Closing Bell | Denver
March 2 | Closing Bell | Atlanta
March 7 | Closing Bell | New York

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Reunion 2016
Fall Reunion 2016 - A hit with Owen's Alumni
Nearly 350 alumni celebrated Owen’s Reunion last month—the first time in many years it has been held in the fall. Two alumni were recognized with major awards over the weekend: Virginia “Gigi” Banks Lazenby (BA’67, MBA’73) was named 2016’s Distinguished Alumna and Sara Tabor Simonds (BS’08, MAcc’09) received the Young Alumni Volunteer Award. In addition to hearing a State of the School Address from Dean Johnson, alumni had several opportunities to reconnect with classmates, faculty and staff: a Wine and Cheese Reception on Friday night and an Alumni Brunch and Class Parties on Saturday. A special thanks to all of the alumni volunteers who made this weekend happen. (Missed it? Mark your calendar for 2017—October 5 -7.)

Enjoy photos from Reunion weekend events by clicking on the links below.
Opening Bell Networking Breakfast, Wine and Cheese Reception, Brunch with the Dean
Thank you for your donations!
A huge THANK YOU to all who donated to the Owen Reunion gift.  A whopping $470,900 will be put to work to make this school even better for those who follow in your footsteps.
Owen launches corporate partnership program
The Owen Graduate School of Management announced the formation of a new corporate partnership program designed to broaden and deepen ties with MBA employers at the Nov. 4 meeting of its Board of Visitors. The initiative brings a new level of formality to the longstanding hiring relationships between the Owen School and top companies in a multitude of industries, expanding collaboration in areas like leadership-in-residence programs, student case competitions, speaker events, executive education and academic research. So far, 17 companies have joined the invitation-only program. Read more
Carl Carande, KPMG
Leadership insights with Carl Carande, KPMG

Carl Carande, Vice Chair of KPMG Advisory Services, has seen a lot of changes in retail banking over the past 30 years. (In his words, “What hasn’t changed?”) In a conversation with Dean Johnson, Carande shares his thoughts on the consumer benefits of online banking as well as how banks address cyber-security threats brought about by the digital world.  Under the banner of “leadership lessons," Carande provides insights into how KPMG connects with and motivates its more than 30,000 employees, many of whom work in virtual teams around the globe. Watch Video
Megan Lawrence
Meet Megan Lawrence – Vanderbilt’s new Assistant Professor of Strategic Management
In 2008, Megan Lawrence had a front-row seat to the financial crisis that triggered the Great Recession. An electronic trading analyst at Merrill Lynch in New York, she saw her company nearly go bankrupt like fellow Wall Street firms Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers, only to receive a last-minute reprieve in the form of a $50 billion acquisition offer from Bank of America. Megan brings lessons learned from that experience (and more) to the Vanderbilt classroom. Read More
Photo: Scaling Up Ghana
Bankers Without Borders – Scaling up in Ghana with the Grameen Foundation
In the spring of 2016, Bankers without Borders-- a volunteer organization supported by the Turner Family Center for Social Enterprise--deployed four graduate students from Vanderbilt University to work closely with GhScientific, an organization based in Ghana that serves as a hub for people interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The volunteer consultants were brought in to help the firm think through its sustainability model, identify new revenue streams and develop a model to scale up. Read More
Executive: Refer a Friend
Executive and Americas MBA alumni: Stay connected. Tell us your story. Refer a friend.
Vanderbilt’s Executive MBA program team would love to hear from you. In particular, they are interested in reconnecting and collecting stories—your reasons for pursuing your MBA, the unique challenges you faced, your career progress and ROI since graduation. Please take the time to complete a brief survey for EMBA alumni or AMBA alumni. (And, of course, there is an incentive for those who complete the survey!  We’ve learned a thing or two from Luke Froeb, too!)

Executive Education

Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 25 percent discount.
February 7-8: Legal Project Management
Taught by Nancy Lea Hyer
Improve your legal project management (LPM) skills through this two-day program, produced in a unique collaboration between leading business and law schools. Register here
February 13-14: Persuasive and Influential Speaking
Taught by Kimberly Pace
Improve your management communication speaking skills, no matter what the managerial or executive situation, through this unique two-day program. Through analysis of your personal speech style strengths and weaknesses, you will leave this course confidently knowing how to achieve your communication goals. Register here
February 27-March 1: Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
Taught by Paul Chaney
While giving you a foundation in the basics of accounting and finance, this program also shows you how to uncover profit potential hidden in the financial numbers and guide capital to its most productive use. This three-day program helps you understand the numbers to manage more efficiently. Register here

Owen in the News

Sept. 28, 2016

Understanding the many crises of student loans
The Atlantic
A former student with debt of $10,000 is more likely to default on her loans than a student owing $100,000, according to federal data. That’s because the lower debt total signals the student probably dropped out before completing school. And evidence suggests that taking some college courses without ever earning a degree gives workers a paltry wage boost compared to those who actually graduate. The obverse is also telling: Students with heavy debt loads are more likely to have earned graduate degrees that often lead to much higher incomes. Miguel Palacios, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
October 20, 2016
Vanderbilt emeritus trustee dies at 92
Nashville Post

Thomas B. Walker Jr., a Vanderbilt alumnus and emeritus member of the Board of Trust, died Oct. 11. He was 92. Walker and his wife, Anne Marie, established The Anne Marie and Thomas B. Walker Jr. Chair in Finance and Accounting—one of the earliest endowed chairs at Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management—and provided philanthropic support to build the Walker Management Library. Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos is quoted.

October 24, 2016
Health care still a man's world
The Tennessean
Just five out of 100 health care companies and health systems across Tennessee are currently run by a woman, a Tennessean analysis found. The number is in line with how many women—20, or 4 percent—run companies on the S&P 500. But given that health care’s workforce is predominantly female, the number points to a struggle to diversify leadership even well into the 21st century. Corbette Doyle, lecturer in organizational studies and Executive MBA alum, and Marilyn Dubree, executive chief nursing officer at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, are quoted.

November 15, 2016
Meet the Vanderbilt MBA Class of 2018
Poets & Quants
Go big or go small? That’s easy to answer…on the surface, at least. In business school, “big” means flashy course offerings, glamorous cities, and plush endowments. In the age of the microprocessor, “big” has also become associated with impersonal, slow, and disconnected. Indeed, “small” has turned into the new big: intimate, agile, and dynamic. As students weigh “experience” against “resources” and “depth” against “breadth,” MBA programs like Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Management are poised to increasingly draw the best and brightest students.

Parting Shot

Vanderbilt MAcc students are all smiles during Immersion Week as they hear from guest speakers, participate in networking events and interview for internship positions with Big 4 accounting firms from across the country. 
Photo: Macc Interview Week
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