From the Dean
Thanksgiving transitions us into the busy holiday season. But it’s never too late to be thankful, and we have much to be grateful for this year. Thanks to the generosity of our alumni and loyal supporters, Owen has a wonderful new library and renovated courtyard to welcome both students and alumni. This fall, seven new professors joined the Owen faculty, enhancing our core strengths and faculty diversity. Yet again, our graduates had a record employment year, with MBA salaries reaching new highs (see detailed employment reports for MBA and MSF).  As I crisscrossed the globe over the past year, I found time and again our Alumni prospering in both new and established careers.  
The late fall season also ushers in a set of rankings, including a new high in the Economist. For a year of rankings in review, see this issue’s ranking roundup.


Jan 3 | Closing Bell
| San Francisco

Jan 5 Closing Bell | Seattle

Dean's Ranking Roundup
As the holiday season approaches, we close out another year of rankings with an autumn flurry of rankings.  Last month, the Vanderbilt MBA climbed to #23 globally (#18 among US schools) in the Economist’s annual “Which MBA?” rankings – our highest global ranking in any major survey (with our career management center getting a special shout out at #6 globally).  This ranking is based primarily on the satisfaction and success of current students and recent alumni. In another global publication, our Executive MBA programs placed #20 among US-only programs in Financial Times. Read more.
Capstone Project Spotlight: Edley's Bar-B-Que
For students in the Executive MBA Program, the capstone strategy project is one of several unique immersive chances to apply lessons from the classroom to challenges posed by real businesses. 
One EMBA strategy team assessed expansion opportunities for the popular Nashville BBQ chain Edley's. Read more.
International Paper’s Thomas Plath discusses the changing role of human resources
What will the workforce look like in 2025? Dean M. Eric Johnson and Tom Plath (SVP, Human Resources and Global Citizenship, International Paper) discuss the changes facing human resources organizations. They touch on the strategic nature of HR, how the role of the CHRO is changing, and the challenges of managing the multigenerational workforce of the future. Watch here.
New Fireside Series Kicks Off
The Alumni Fireside Chat Series, hosted by Alumni Relations, is an opportunity for distinguished alumni to share stories about their career and converse with a small group of students in an intimate setting.  
The speaker series kicks off today with David Farr (MBA'81), Chairman and CEO of Emerson. Clint Freeland (MBA'92), Executive Vice President and CFO of Dynegy, Inc., will continue the series on December 4th.
Veterans Discuss the B-School Experience
In honor of Veterans Day, our admissions team hosted a panel of 2nd-year MBA student veterans Jon Cobb and Chris Morrow to talk about the application process, life in b-school, and the advantages of military experience in the business world. Bailey McChesney of the Admissions team moderates, and Director of Admissions Christie St- John lends her perspective from the admissions sideListen here.

Executive Education

Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 25 percent discount.

February 12-13: 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 with confidently knowing how to achieve your communication goals. 
Register here.

February 20-22: Emerging Leaders Development Program 

Taught by Cherrie Clark

A hands-on, highly engaging experience that is tailored to each individual, this program empowers new leaders with the skills to mobilize teams and generate results.
 Register here.
February 28 - March 2: Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
Taught by Paul Chaney

This program helps you understand the numbers in order to speak the language of business. Through a series of exercises and case studies, you’ll understand what the numbers mean and how to use your company’s financial data to manage more efficiently.
 Register here.

Owen in the News
November 29, 2017 
How Uber Is Going to Change the C-Suite in 2018
The C-suite is in for a sea change in 2018. Given the mayhem perpetrated (and sometimes even disclosed) this year, things are going to change in 2018. Dean M. Eric Johnson
is quoted and cited.
November 13, 2017 
We finally have proof that visionary founders make the worst CEOs
New research from Professor Megan Lawrence finds that founder-run companies to be less productive and more poorly managed than those whose chief executives didn’t start the firm.

November 13, 2017 
Why You Should Buy Stocks In The Companies That Lobby The Most
Public companies that lobby most intensively tend to have better-performing stocks. Research from Professor David Parsley is cited.

November 10, 2017 
Equifax's Big Earnings Miss and Warnings that More Attacks May Be Coming
Equifax has already taken a signficant hit from its data breach, but it may just be the tip of the iceberg.
Dean M. Eric Johnson is quoted. 
November 10, 2017 
Early Jobs Data Show Robust MBA Market
Poets & Quants
The first of the many employment reports for the Class of 2017 from five highly regarded business schools show that the latest crop of MBAs are being scooped up by world class companies at record or near-record levels with compensation packages that have rarely been higher. Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management is featured.

Parting Shot: International Thanksgiving at Owen

The international thanksgiving event, held last week before the holiday, gave students the chance to come together and share a taste of home with their classmates last week. 

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