Incoming Alumni Board Chair Emily Baker Tobin 
May is always a great month at Owen, with so much excitement around final job and internship acceptances, graduation and the matriculation of yet another incoming class. Our Owen alumni family becomes stronger each May as we welcome new graduates and students.  It is also a great month to reconnect with Owen’s wonderful community. The Alumni Board is here to make it easy for you to get involved in a variety of ways. For those of you not familiar with the Board’s responsibilities, we assist with the strategic direction of the school during our biannual meetings and are constantly engaged in recruiting new students and assisting current and former students with career direction and placement. We participate in Owen classrooms and conferences, and maintain connections with other alumni by hosting various events globally. To every person associated with our school: remember that your membership in the Owen family is for life. Read more.


May 25 | Closing Bell | Nashville

Oct 6-7 | Owen Reunion 2017 | Nashville

Oct 9 | Closing Bell | Charlotte

Oct 12 Closing Bell | New York City

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Executive Education Announces New Programs
Keeping up with the market in Leadership Development programming, the Executive Education team has launched four new short programs. These two- and three-day on-campus programs are designed to fill individual competency gaps and refresh content mastery. They include Emerging Leaders Development Program, Leadership & Strategy Execution, Leading Millennials, and Financial Reporting & Valuation. 
Commencement 2017
On May 12, Owen celebrated Commencement Day ceremonies for its Class of 2017. Gathered in the Vanderbilt Student Recreation Center, 329 students received degrees. Commencement speaker Adena Friedman (MBA '93) told graduates to seek “a path that leads you to a career you feel passionately about – and that will carry you through the many twists and turns that your life and your career will inevitably bring you.” Read more.
Executive MBA Program now accepting Executive Assessment from GMAC
The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) has partnered with the Vanderbilt Executive MBA (EMBA) program to accept the Executive Assessment, a brand new 90-minute assessment designed to evaluate business school readiness in the context of career experience.
The Vanderbilt EMBA program has historically required the GMAT exam for all candidates, but the Executive Assessment will now serve as an alternative for qualified applicants to the EMBA program. Learn more.
A Day  in the Life of an MS Finance Student
Sarah Davis (MSF '17) made the most of her time at Owen. The MSF Admissions Ambassador took advantage of a variety of opportunities, from speaker series to intramural flag football. As a woman entering the competitive world of finance, Sarah feels her experience at Owen helped prepare her for a successful career. “I had great female role models here at Vanderbilt, and through Women in Finance events, I was able to connect with established women in the industry and learn from their experiences.”  Read her story here.
Accelerator® Gears Up for Four Jam-packed Weeks of Programming
With 80 students headed to Vanderbilt on June 4, the Accelerator team is gearing up for a full summer—in every regard. The list of companies and projects offer a wide range of industry exploration and real-world experience for participants. This year’s company partners include Red Pepper, Trazer, Society6, Cleveland Whiskey, Good Spread, and Olivia Management. Students will also undertake a finance project to give them a deeper understanding of valuation and financial modeling. From orientation on June 4 through closing dinner on July 1, we’ll be sharing highlights, pictures, and stories, so stay tuned. You can follow along on Facebook and Twitter. Read more about Accelerator.
Vanderbilt Business Hosts SFS Cavalcade North America 2017
From May 15-18, the Financial Markets Research Center hosted the Society for Financial Studies Cavalcade North America, a three-day conference covering all areas of finance. More than 400 Professors and Ph.D students from across the country participated. Professor Bob Whaley was responsible for successfully recruiting the conference to Owen. Read more.
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.

Executive Education

Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 25 percent discount.

June 5-6: Making Strategic Decisions
Taught by Brian McCann
This two-day program will help you understand strategic management, competitive advantage and managerial decision-making. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the fundamental concepts in strategy including the determinants of competitive advantage as well as processes for making more rational decisions, methods to reduce the effects of biases that can color your decisions, and ways to deal with risk and uncertainty. Register here.

June 8-9: Executive Leadership
Taught by Dick Daft
This three-day, highly interactive program, conducted by one of the nation’s leading business experts on the subject, helps you achieve your potential as a leader and equips you to become a more effective leader and achieve your professional and organizational goals. This program has limited seats so please register early. If the program session becomes full, you will be notified if you must be placed on the waitlist. Register here.
July 10-11: Strategic Innovation
Taught by David Owens
In this two-day program, you will discover how to be more productive and to increase your level of innovation. You will understand how organizational elements interact in ways that can enhance the generation, growth and implementation of new ideas—and how to overcome the organizational, interpersonal and competitive forces that can stifle innovation. Register here.
July 12-14: Emerging Leaders Development Program
Taught by Cherrie Clark
This is a three-day intensive program for newly-promoted, high-potential managers who wish to kick their leadership skills into high gear. Not only is this program hands-on and highly engaging, it’s also personal: Every participant will gain insights about their own leadership effectiveness through a rigorous G360 Emerging Leader Survey, completed by their co-workers. Equipped with data-driven problem solving and project management skills, participants can return to their new roles with the confidence and ability to drive better results. Register here.

Owen in the News

May 17, 2017 
Why we pay too much for 'healthy' food
A recent Journal of Consumer Research study suggests that a healthy-equals-expensive association shapes not only what we view as healthy food, but also what we buy. In addition, we may apply this association to situations where it doesn’t hold up. It may even dictate which health conditions we consider important. Kelly Haws, associate professor of management, who led the study, is quoted.

May 17, 2017
Making prepaid cards better for everyone
The Tennessean
M. Eric Johnson, Dean of The Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management, offers his thoughts on regulation of the prepaid card industry.

May 13, 2017

Nasdaq's CEO told Vanderbilt MBA grads how going 'all in' on a project no one else wanted in her 20s changed the course of her career 

Business Insider

Nasdaq CEO 
Adena Friedman (MBA ’93)
 talks about a project that changed the course of her career during her commencement address to the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. 

May 9, 2017
'Fear index' at its lowest level since 1993 
Nashville Public Radio 
The VIX, sometimes called the "Fear" index, has reached its lowest level since 1993. What does it mean for the market? Robert Whaley, creator of the index and a professor at Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management, is quoted. 

May 8, 2017 
Caroline Collins, Vanderbilt (Owen)
Poets & Quants: 2017 Best MBAs
Student Caroline Collins, who graduates from Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management this week, is interviewed about her experience in business school. She mentions the Corporate Strategy course taught by Brian McCann, associate professor of strategic management, and her involvement in Owen’s Women in Business AssociationTim Vogus, associate professor of organizational behavior, is quoted about Collins.

May 4, 2017
Faster Payments, Compelling Innovation
BIG Fintech Media
NACHA's Faster Payment Conference is reviewed. Dean M. Eric Johnson of Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management is interviewed.
May 2, 2017
The fearless market ignores perils ahead

Financial Times
For thousands of traders, investors and financiers, it eventually became known as Wall Street’s “fear gauge”, a clean numeric representation of how relaxed or horrified financial markets are. In this article, Robert Whaley, Valere Blair Potter Professor of Finance, is noted for his role in laying the groundwork for the finance industry’s most popular representation of terror: The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index, or Vix for short. Whaley is quoted. 

Parting Shot -- Walker Management Library Renovations

Week 3 into the library renovations, and crews are working double shifts into the night to meet the accelerated schedule. Framing, electric, and duct work are all well underway.  

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