Commencement 2019, rankings surveys reminders, and more
Commencement 2019, rankings surveys reminders, and more
Note from the Dean
The class of 2019 graduated this month into a strong employment market. Across our programs, Owen’s highly-regarded Career Management Center is reporting school-high placement results. That success added to the joy of a lovely commencement day. Our speaker Cindy Kent (MBA’96), Best Buy Board Member and long-time healthcare executive, gave a heart-felt address urging the graduates to look beyond the immediate ups and downs of their careers to live their “best, wild, and precious life.” You can read about commencement and watch her speech here.



June 13 | Closing Bell | Louisville

Oct. 18-19* | Reunion | Nashville

*The 50th Anniversary Grand Celebration will be held on Oct. 18.

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Rankings Survey Reminders for the Classes of 2018 and 2019

Rankings season has arrived! Several publications have issued surveys to alumni populations to include in their rankings formulas for 2019. There are two particular surveys for which we need additional alumni participation to qualify. 

For the MBA Classes of 2018 and 2019, the Economist’s Which MBA survey still requires additional responses. The survey itself takes 5-10 minutes to complete, and it requires an email verification after completion. Alumni from these classes can take the survey by clicking here. If you’ve already completed the survey, you will have received a verification request from 

Additionally, Bloomberg BusinessWeek is still seeking responses from the MBA Class of 2019. This survey should take 5-10 minutes as well. Alumni from this class can take the survey by clicking here.

Owen needs to meet our thresholds for each by June 10th in order to qualify. Note that neither publication provides Owen with information on respondents. Thank you for your help!
Vanderbilt Path to the Promotion: Associate Vice President of Growth Strategy, Premise Health

Before she even graduated, Mamie Murphy (EMBA'19) leveraged the Executive MBA program to get a promotion at her current company. She's now an Associate Vice President of Growth Strategy at Premise Health and expects her first child later this summer. Chart her journey on our interactive timeline. Read more.
Looking for Vanderbilt 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.
MBA Finance Concentration Receives STEM Certification

The new STEM designation allows international Vanderbilt MBA students with a finance concentration to prolong their post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) in the US by an additional 24 months. This allows them to work within their field in the U.S. for a total of 36 months. Read more.
Where Are They Now? Catching Up with the MSF Class of 2016

For investment banking professionals, their careers often face a crossroads at year three, when they decide whether to stay the course at a bank, move into private equity, or seek another path altogether. We spoke with three MSF graduates from the Class of 2016 to see how their careers have progressed over the last three years. Read more.

Do You Know a Prospective MBA Candidate?
Some of our best MBA candidates are friends or associates of our alumni. We value your referrals and want to encourage them. We are awarding a prize pack to the alum who provides the most MBA student referrals as well as to the alum with the most admitted referrals. Please use this link for your referrals so we can track them. Thank you for your continued investment in Owen!
Alumni Spotlight: Air Force Colonel Sherry Hemby (MMHC’15)

Colonel Sherry Hemby has decades of experience in both nursing and the Air Force — in fact, she was recently promoted to Air Force Reserve Command Nurse. Hemby is also a 2015 graduate of the Master of Management in Health Care program at Vanderbilt Business. We talk with her about her career trajectory, what role the MMHC program has played in it, and her experience in the Air Force. Listen now.

Submit a Proposal for Global Immersion AMBA Capstone Project
Alumni often comment that the hallmark of the Global Immersion EMBA program (or AMBA) is the Capstone Strategy Project their global cohort teams complete in Year 2. Executive sponsors of these projects frequently report impressive analysis from teams that lead them to make meaningful business decisions. We are looking for companies to sponsor international Capstone Strategy Projects and we invite you to submit a proposal for consideration.
Executive Education
Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 20 percent discount.
Aug. 7-9: Strategic Innovation
Taught by Dave Owens
A three-day program to help you create a culture that nurtures business building innovation. Register here.
Aug. 19-20: Negotiation Skills for Managers
Taught by Ray Friedman
A two-day program that teaches dynamic negotiation and conflict resolution skills. Register here.

Sept. 16-17: Leadership Coaching
Taught by Mark Cannon
A two day program to help you strengthen your employees and your organization. Learn to become an effective coach, build skills, address shortcomings and build leaders. Register here.

Owen in the News
May 7, 2019
When big companies say "no" to the "It" city
News Channel 5
Dean M. Eric Johnson was interviewed about why Waste Management, one of the largest integrated waste management companies in the nation, declined to move to Nashville.
May 20, 2019
Why High-Class People Get Away With Incompetence
The New York Times

New research shows that higher class people are overconfident of their skills, which others attribute to them as competence. Assistant Professor of Management Jessica Kennedy, who was not involved in the study, is quoted.

Parting Shot: Commencement 2019

Congrats to the Class of 2019 on graduating! Click here for more photos from the event.

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