Note from the Dean
April is one of the busiest months of the year as we rush toward graduation, work with students to firm up employment, and welcome many prospective students into next year’s class. Over the past six weeks, we have crisscrossed the U.S., hosting major Closing Bells in Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, Houston, Dallas, Nashville, and Los Angeles, along with smaller events in many other cities. These events bring old friends together, build our culture, and introduce incoming students to the Owen family. 
Special thanks to our hosts: Derek Young (Boston), Jane & Greg Greene (Dallas), Clint & Liz Freeland (Houston), Geoff Walker (Los Angeles), Scott & Karen Kremeier (Chicago), Erika & Rogers King (Atlanta), and Beth Torres & Dru Anderson (Nashville).
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.
Executive MBA Celebration for the Class of 2018 
Please join the Executive MBA and Leadership Development Program teams to celebrate the soon-to-graduate Executive MBA students on Friday, May 4, from 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm at Owen. The evening will begin with an alumni panel discussion facilitated by Professor Brian McCann to help the second-year students think about life after Owen. The 1-hour panel discussion will be followed by a reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages. All Executive MBA alumni are welcome. RSVP here if you are able to join us for the entire evening or for the reception. 
A Day in the Life of a Master of Marketing Student 
Jocelin Clayton attended Vanderbilt University for undergrad, majoring in communication studies and corporate strategy. Over time, she developed a passion for marketing and realized she could combine that skillset with her desire to work in the beauty industry. Read more.
Vanderbilt Awards Executive MBA Nonprofit Scholarship 

Bettie Kirkland, Executive Director of Project Return has been awarded a full-tuition scholarship to Vanderbilt Business’ Executive MBA program. She was selected by the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management to receive the two-year scholarship, awarded each academic year. Read more. 
Leading Millenials 
Executive Education recently hosted a webinar with Cherrie Wilkerson on how to engage the millennial workforce. Find out how you can maximize your millennial workforce potential and what best practices are for working with multi-generational teams.  Watch here.
International students available for projects and internships
Our international students, along with their peers at other U.S. programs, are finding the employment situation particularly challenging this year; more employers are requiring U.S. work authorization to apply for positions, even if they had been open to hiring international students in the past.  
We are developing relationships with international employers, but most of our international students aspire to stay in the U.S. upon graduation, at least for a period of time, to gain valuable work experience. And we as a school are committed to help them because we value all they bring to Owen, including their experience, skill, and global perspective. With that in mind, we are asking for your help:
  • Employ an international graduate on an extended project or internship. This does not require an application for a permanent work visa. Owen’s international students have an opportunity to apply for a 12-month temporary work permit (Optical Practical Training or OPT) that begins post-graduation;  many are already in process and should be approved by June. OPT permit holders can work remotely.

  • Consider a first-year student for an 8- to 10-week summer internship. Our first-year MBA students have an option to work during the summer under a program called Curricular Practical Training (CPT), which requires no paperwork beyond a written internship offer and project description. 

  • If an OPT student does well, and there is a possibility that you would like to extend the work arrangement beyond 12 months, the next step in the process is filing for an H1-B employer sponsored work visa. While we cannot facilitate the visa filing, we would be happy to recommend several immigration attorneys that can advise on the process. If there is no option for a permanent work visa in the U.S., a recommendation or a referral to a position in a company, business unit or group outside the U.S. would be very helpful. 
For questions, information or a resume packet, please email
Executive Education
Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 25 percent discount.

May 2 - 4: Dealing with Ambiguity: Managing with Strategic Intent
Taught by Rangaraj Ramanujam
This program will help you gain a deeper understanding of skills that are important for effective management. You learn how to be more strategic, exercise influence, and build and maintain networks. Register here.
May 7 - 8: Leading Millenials
Taught by Cherrie Wilkerson 
Everyone knows that the Millennial generation is different. In this program, you will dive deep to learn who Millennials are and how to lead them to further organizational goals. Register here.
May 21 - 22: Making Strategic Decisions
Taught by Brian McCann

Through this highly interactive two-day course, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the fundamental concepts in strategy, including the determinants of competitive advantage as well as processes for making more rational decisions. 
Register here.

Owen in the News
Recent data released by HFR suggests that the collective investment performance of the hedge fund industry has been poor for a decade. Research from Professor Nicolas Bollen is featured. 
April 23, 2018 
The 40 Best Business Professors Under 40
Poets & Quants
Professors Jessica Kennedy and Yasin Alan are named to the annual list of the best business school professors under 40. Professors Kelly Goldsmith and Benjamin Munyan are also noted.
April 19, 2018 
General Electric sets out on road to regain investors' trust
Financial Times
In the wake of a restated earnings for 2016 and 2017, GE's first quarter earnings will show how much progress new GE CEO John Flannery is making. Professor Paul Chaney is quoted.
April 11, 2018 
How a volatility virus infected Wall Street
Financial Times
The collapse of a few small funds in February helped fuel a terrifying stock market slide. Why? Professor Robert Whaley is briefly profiled and quoted.

Parting Shot: Global Food Fest

At last week’s Global Food Fest, students served up cuisine from their hometowns and countries; this year’s spread included dishes from Texas, Louisiana, South India, Nigeria, Honduras, Colombia, Japan, Vietnam, and more. Click through our photo essay to check out mouthwatering dishes.

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