Owen Board Fellows Program Launches, M&A Nashville Conference, and more
Owen Board Fellows Program Launches, M&A Nashville Conference, and more
Note from the Dean
A key element of the Owen’s School’s mission is the dissemination of thought leadership with impact. One way that is achieved is through our faculty’s many research articles like this week’s commentary by Professor Tim Vogus, published in Harvard Business Review, on how to mend work relationships. It also is achieved through the many seminars and conferences Owen faculty, staff, and students host each year. For example, this week Professor Friedman will host of panel of experts to discuss the business impact of Coronavirus (see below). It is also achieved by being an active participant in Nashville’s dynamic business environment. For example, next week Owen will participate with local bankers and investors to host Nashville’s Smart Business Dealmakers Conference (Feb. 27) that connects hundreds middle-market CEOs, investors, lenders, and M&A advisers (see below to register). In a single week, Owen is part of the business conversation locally, nationally, and globally. I call that impact!


March 10 | Closing Bell | New York City

April 9 | Closing Bell | Atlanta

April 30 | Closing Bell | Nashville

November 6-7 | Reunion Weekend | Nashville

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Panel on Coronavirus

Concerned about the business impact of Coronavirus? Join us on campus today, February 20, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for a panel discussion on the Effects of the Coronavirus. Panelists include experts on the coronavirus, public health, and business. Moderated by Professor Ray Friedman and organized in partnership with TN China Network, the event is free, but please register (to attend at Owen or via the web) at this link.
A Note From Emily Baker Tobin, Owen Alumni Board Chair

Thank you all for making Owen’s year-long 50th anniversary a wonderful “coming home” experience for our alumni community worldwide. Generous hosts welcomed close to 1,000 of you to Closing Bells and Dean’s Dinners in 13 cities across the United States as well as in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, and São Paulo. Our Grand Finale event at City Winery in Nashville brought more than 300 of us together. Each of these unique events were opportunities to bond over shared memories, network, celebrate our accomplishments, and harness incredible momentum for Owen’s next 50 years. Please click here to relive this past year celebrating Owen’s 50th.

The new OwenGear.com store has launched!
We have revamped our online store to offer a greater selection of gear and a customer-friendly experience. Take a moment to explore the incredible apparel and other merchandise, which includes mugs, tumblers, and phone cases, at OwenGear.com.
M&A Conference in Nashville

Interested in private equity and M&A? The Owen School partnered with local bankers and investors to host Nashville’s Smart Business Dealmakers Conference on Thursday, February 27. This conference will connect hundreds of local dealmakers from middle-market CEOs to top investors and lenders to leading M&A advisers. With sessions ranging from raising capital to buying and selling companies to alternative asset investing, the conference covers the breadth of the M&A landscape. Join us! Vanderbilt alumni and students receive a $200 discount using the promo code: VANDERBILT. Register here.
Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Conference Soars to New Heights in 2020

Attendance at the 2nd Annual Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Conference grew 60% compared to the previous year. The lineup of panelists and speakers included venture capital firms such as GrowthX and Touchdown VC; support organizations like LaunchTN and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center; and ventures of many stripes, including advisory services firm Ankura, healthcare analytics company Decode Health, and party-planning company Bach Nation. Read more.
Owen Board Fellows Program Launches
The Owen Board Fellows program launched in January and is run by the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures and 100% Owen, the community service and philanthropy-focused club at Vanderbilt Business School. The program pairs full-time MBA students to serve on the boards of local nonprofits in and around Nashville. This experience will give students the opportunity to engage meaningfully with the community and strengthen their leadership skills. Read more.
Executive Education
Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 20% discount with the code ALUMNI at checkout.
Mar. 25-26: Women in Leadership
Taught by Kimberly Pace, Nancy Hyer, and Corbette Doyle
A two-day program for female managers, supervisors, and executives looking for solutions to real challenges women face in leadership roles. Register here.
Apr. 15-16: Strategy Visualization
Taught by David Nour
A two-day program that will give you the ability to turn data points into a compelling story. Register here.

Apr. 20-21: Leading Change
Taught by Ray Friedman
A two-day program to help you lead change initiatives that succeed. Register here.

Owen in the News
January 21, 2020
Meet Vanderbilt Owen’s MBA Class Of 2021
The business publication did an in-depth profile of the standout members of the MBA class of 2021, discussing their backgrounds and why they chose Owen.
February 14, 2020
How to Mend a Work Relationship
Harvard Business Review
Professor Timothy Vogus co-authored this article that explores how to strengthen a work relationship and what to do when it breaks down.

Parting Shot: Cosmopolitan Week

Taking place in late January, Cosmopolitan Week is a week of programming created to bring the domestic and international worlds together through events where international students introduce their countries and cultures to the student body. The week concluded with a festive Closing Bell featuring several dance performances (pictured below).

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