MBA Class of 2019 sets salary record, Christie St-John to retire, and more
MBA Class of 2019 sets salary record, Christie St-John to retire, and more
Note from the Dean
With Thanksgiving on the horizon, we are grateful for our strong alumni support, historic high employment success, and solid results in the fall rankings. New scholarships are creating increased access for our military veterans, women, and underrepresented students. Across our programs, the Class of 2019 achieved historic employment results. The hot job market continued this fall, with employers extending offers earlier than ever and the summer internship conversion rate hitting a new record. In the volatile MBA ranking world, we saw gains in important publications, solid results in others, and a few slips.  All together, we see our strategy yielding positive results. For a review of our fall ranking outcomes, see this issue’s rankings roundup.


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Vanderbilt MBA Class of 2019 Sets New Record for Compensation

Class of 2019 graduates from the full-time MBA program reported average base salary earnings of $118,888, an increase of 7% over the previous year’s figure. Combined with an average signing/starting bonus of $25,642, this salary means that the Class of 2019 is the highest compensated class of MBAs in Owen’s history. Read more.
Christie St-John to Retire

After nearly 12 years of dedicated service to Owen and Vanderbilt (with a hiatus of 10 years at Dartmouth), Christie St-John will retire from Owen early February 2020.
As Director of MBA Recruiting and Admissions, Christie has provided exceptional leadership and energy to the recruiting and admissions team. Christie’s team has literally traveled the world looking for top Vanderbilt Business talent. Over her 12 years at Vanderbilt, she has ushered in and welcomed close to 2,000 Owen alumni, which is about 20% of the entire Owen alumni base. Christie is known in the MBA world as the ultimate recruiter: she always has a huge smile and the patience to sit and chat with every single person who wants to learn about the program. She has been instrumental in fostering relationships within the higher education community that have always elevated Owen’s presence and respect held by other schools, prospective students, and corporate partners. Over the years, she has built many relationships with prospective students along the way; many who end up applying and attending Owen have said “Christie reached out to me a few years ago, and she’s always kept in contact.”
Christie will be moving to Florida and is looking forward to devoting her energy to enjoying the world of retirement, which includes more time for silversmithing, painting, taking care of her dogs, watching ice hockey, and serving her community at various non-profit organizations.
The new store has launched!
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Shoppers receive a 10% discount from now through December 31st. Enter the code HOLIDAY10 at checkout. 

MBA Teams Win Two Case Competitions
A team of three first-year MBAs — Burke Wiggins, Roger Mecham, and Joseph Cavicchi (pictured left) — beat out 42 teams to win the CoreNet Global Academic Challenge 5.0. A few weeks later, a team of four second-year MBAs — Thomas Cleary, Robbie Hickey, Emily Murray, and Scott Luvin — also took home first place at the Burt's Bees Marketing Case Competition. Congrats to both teams on their wins!
Vanderbilt Business Offers Unlimited Yellow Ribbon Funding for Veterans

Effective August 1, 2019, Owen began offering unlimited Yellow Ribbon funding for students who are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program under Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits. Vanderbilt Business is committed to funding Yellow Ribbon-eligible veterans through significant assistance from new military scholarships, including support from the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Foundation, friends of Taylor Force.= and the Swaney family. Read more.
Accelerator® Launches Business Fellowship for Student-Athletes
We're excited to announce a unique two-week certificate program that combines instructional learning and hands-on consulting projects to enhance student-athlete career development. Fellows will take courses from renowned Vanderbilt faculty, learn directly from business executives, and apply new skills to real projects in teams. Read more.
Executive Education
Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 20% discount with the code ALUMNI at checkout.
Jan. 13-15: 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.
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. 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
October 24, 2019
Ransomware and data breaches linked to uptick in fatal heart attacks
Dean M. Eric Johnson is quoted in a story on how ransomware and data breaches are linked to an uptick in fatal heart attacks. His research has also been featured in numerous other news publications, including the New York Post and Fox News.
November 15, 2019
President Trump pushes for transparency in health-care costs
CNBC Television
President Donald Trump delivered remarks on price transparency in health care at the White House. Professor Larry Van Horn, Executive Director of Health Affairs, spoke during the event.

Parting Shot: Armed Forces Closing Bell

In conjunction with Veterans Day earlier this month, the Armed Forces club hosted a Closing Bell to honor the students who have served in the military.

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