Note from the Dean
With a newly redesigned orientation program, we welcomed 384 new students across Vanderbilt Owen’s six graduate degree programs earlier this month. The goal of orientation is to introduce the students to Owen’s unique culture and help them integrate into our community. This year, a committee of faculty, staff, and students started with a clean sheet of paper, scrutinizing each element of our orientation programing with an eye towards culture building.

With a student community representing more than 30 countries, diversity is a key element of Owen’s culture. It provides our students with the opportunity to learn from the wealth of ideas and experiences among their peers. Each year, I urge the students to use Owen to hone their leadership style, enabling their future success in leading diverse teams, and orientation is designed to begin that process.

We culminated orientation with a message from Robert Lawrence — an ex-Nissan executive and now culture consultant — who noted that building inclusive, diverse cultures means “calling people in, not out.” That summarizes our goal at Owen: calling everyone into our unique, diverse community that fuels our competitive advantage to solve the world’s toughest business challenges.


October 11 | Owen Circle Reception | Nashville
October 12 - 13 | Reunion | Nashville

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Remembering Tami Fassinger
A beloved member of the Owen community, Tami Tinsley Fassinger passed away on August 15 in Nashville at age 55. Fassinger worked in the Career Management Center, admissions department, and executive programs before assuming her most recent role as Chief Admissions and Recruiting Officer.
“Tami spent much of her career helping MBA students launch careers,” said Dean M. Eric Johnson. “Throughout her career Tami contributed to the profession. She worked tirelessly on behalf of Owen alumni. Her spirit will surely live on anytime the Owen family gathers for food and fellowship.’’ Read more.

Photo Gallery: Orientation 2018
Throughout August, Vanderbilt Business welcomed multiple new classes of students into Management Hall. During orientation, photographers captured the highlights, from the inaugural Closing Bell at City Winery to the final Humans of Owen Mosaic activity. Check out the photo gallery of other orientation events here.
Looking for Owen 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.
Meet the Classes of 2019 and 2020
Speaking of new students, we compiled the class profiles for all the incoming cohorts over the past few weeks. Get to know the Class of 2020 for MBAs and Executive MBAs, as well as the Class of 2019 for the Master of Accountancy, Master of Marketing, Master of Science in Finance, and Master of Management in Health Care.
Larry Van Horn on Amazon’s Entry into Healthcare
In the latest episode of the podcast, Professor Larry Van Horn, the Executive Director of Health Affairs at Vanderbilt Business, talks about Amazon’s partnership with Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan, as well as its recent acquisition of PillPack. Van Horn touches on Amazon's latest moves, the problem with innovation in U.S. healthcare, and more in this first installment of an ongoing series about all things healthcare. Listen here.
Join the Owen Alumni Council
The Owen Alumni Council is a group of alumni volunteers—at least one representative per class and degree—who are committed to connecting their classmates back to Owen, encouraging alumni engagement, and promoting philanthropic support. A new fiscal year is underway and the Alumni Council Representatives (ACRs) will be reaching out to their classmates to share news about Owen and information about how to stay connected and give back.
You can find more information about the program, including a list of current ACRs, on the Owen Alumni Council website. If your class does not have representation and you are interested in serving as an ACR, please contact Chandler MacDonald, Owen’s Associate Director of Volunteer Outreach in the office of Development and Alumni Relations. 
Thriving in a VUCA World: Vanderbilt Executive Education Heads to Bahrain
Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) is one of the world’s largest aluminium smelters, and the company is looking to increase its output by 50% upon the completion of its Line 6 Expansion Project. Executive Education’s custom program for Alba helps prepare its management team for this big transformation. Read more.

Executive Education
Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 20 percent discount.

Sept. 26 - 27: Leadership Coaching
Taught by Mark Cannon

Take this two-day program to help you strengthen your employees and organization, through building your own coaching competencies and skills. Register here.
Oct. 1 - 2: Negotiation Skills for Managers
Taught by Ray Friedman 
A two-day program that teaches dynamic negotiation and conflict resolution skills. Prepare yourself to negoitate with confidence and achieve the best possible outcome. Register here.
Oct. 3-4: Leading Change
Taught by Dick Daft
A two-day program that helps you understand how to best lead the essential change initiatives within your organization. Learn research-based frameworks and strategies that will help you become a strong leader of change within your organization. Register here.

Owen in the News

August 7, 2018 
What MBAs Earn By Occupation: A Look At Top 50 Business Schools
The business school publication crunches the numbers on pay for MBA graduates across occupations and schools. The Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management is featured.
August 1, 2018 
Nashville real estate snatched up by cryptocurrency and crowdfunded ventures
The Tennessean
New startups are capitalizing on Nashville's hot real estate market by purchasing homes with both cash and cryptocurrencies and offering people the chance to invest in the real estate. Assistant Professor Josh White is quoted.

Parting Shot: Incoming Class Photo

All incoming students in the day programs gathered together to snap a photo in front of Management Hall in their matching Owen t-shirts at the end of orientation.

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