MBA Class of 2019 employment map, Southwest Airlines VP to speak, and more
MBA Class of 2019 employment map, Southwest Airlines VP to speak, and more
Note from the Dean
This winter has been an exciting one for Owen’s entrepreneurship community. The Center for Entrepreneurship (C4E) held its second annual Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Conference on January 10. The Conference, hosted on campus in collaboration with the Wond’ry, attracted over 200 participants to hear stories and advice from Vanderbilt entrepreneurs. The group also participated in conversations centered on ideation, growth, and investing in the startup space. 

Owen’s C4E has also launched a new program called Vanderbilt Ventures, designed to bring startup and venture communities together. In the past year, we have hosted two of these events in Nashville and a recent one in New York held at the Nasdaq’s MarketSite on Times Square. Our goal is to build the alumni startup community and integrate them into the campus ecosystem. We look forward to hearing from more alumni as they share their startup stories.


March 10 | Closing Bell | New York City

April 9 | Closing Bell | Atlanta

May 1 | Closing Bell | Nashville

October 30-31 | Reunion Weekend | Nashville

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The EMBA Class of 2015 Presents: Sonia Lacore, Southwest Airlines

On Friday, January 31, the Executive MBA Class of 2015 is excited to announce that Sonya Lacore will be the next speaker in its ongoing series. Ms. Lacore, the Vice President of Inflight Operations at Southwest Airlines, will join us in Owen Room 204 to discuss her professional journey, the culture at Southwest and more. Please stop by to greet fellow alumni, current students and perhaps a few prospective EMBA candidates from 5 - 5:30 pm. Ms. Lacore’s talk begins at 5:30 pm, followed by refreshments. Register for the event here or check it out on our website.
Coast to Coast: Where the MBA Class of 2019 Is Working

Vanderbilt Business MBA graduates work all over the country, and the Class of 2019 is no exception. To date, members of the Class of 2019 have accepted offers at 90 companies. Check out our interactive map to explore where all of them are located, or scroll down to view an alphabetical list of all the companies. Read more.
The new store has launched!
We have revamped our online store to offer a greater selection of gear and a customer-friendly experience. Take a moment to explore the incredible apparel and other merchandise, which includes mugs, tumblers, and phone cases, at
Paying it Forward: MS Finance Students Invest in the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

Junior Achievement is a non-profit that prepares young people to enter the workforce and teaches them entrepreneurship and finance literacy skills. This year, three MSF Class of 2020 student volunteers — Aleena Rahman, Michael Graehler, and Zachary Hensley — are working with Junior Achievement to leverage their business experience and empower students to turn their business ideas into reality. Read more.
MMHC Program Helps Student Leap from Healthcare Outreach to Executive
Bryn Evans started her career at Vanderbilt’s School of Nursing, managing their house call program, and stayed with outreach for 15 years. She enrolled in the Master of Management in Health Care program to help take her career to the next level. Since graduating in 2014, Evans has been promoted twice and is now the director of finance and operations at Vanderbilt’s School of Nursing. Read more.
Executive Education
Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 20% discount with the code ALUMNI at checkout.
Feb. 6-7: Persuasive and Influential Speaking
Taught by Kimberly Pace
A two-day program to help you persuade stakeholders and influence employees to positive action. Register here.
Feb. 10-11: Stepping Up: A Tool Kit for Strategic Leadership
Taught by Joseph Ryan
A two-day program that will help you deepen your strategic leadership skills. Register here.

Feb. 13-14: Learning to Thrive: The Road to Better Leadership & A Fuller Life
Taught by Jon Lehman
A two-day program that will help you learn to lead with authenticity and mindfulness. Register here.

Owen in the News
January 15, 2020
Nashville 40 Under 40
Nashville Business Journal
The annual list of Nashville's most influential business people was released, and three Owen alumni made the list this year:
  • Mario Avila (MBA'12), Director of the Turner Family Center
  • Josh Hughes (EMBA'15), Partner at Tuck-Hinton Architecture & Design
  • William Liles (MBA'10), Vice President of Baird
Congrats to our alumni and all the winners! See the full list here (paywall).

Parting Shot: Tech Trek

After Mod II wrapped up in December, students made a trip to San Francisco to tour tech company offices and network with alumni. They visited Uber, OneMedical, Talkable, Salesforce, Airbnb, Google, HP Inc., Facebook,, Workday, Genentech, and LinkedIn.

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