Executive MBA ROMBA scholarship, MBA internship reflections, & more
Executive MBA ROMBA scholarship, MBA internship reflections, & more
Note from the Dean
Do you remember sitting down in your first class at Owen? A flood of new faces, ideas and dreams surrounded you. Over the past weeks, we welcomed 360 new student from 34 countries into our six graduate degree programs.

It’s a great time to be a business student at Vanderbilt: Owen is opening more and more new career paths and grads are experiencing record-high employment. Just last week, Nashville was named one of the top cites for young professionals. Nashville business is booming with investment coming from around the world, creating many new local opportunities. To learn more about the Nashville business boom, listen to my podcast with Charles Starks, President and CEO of the Music City Center.



Save the date!

October 3 | 50th Anniversary Reception | São Paulo

October 8 | Closing Bell | Charlotte
November 14 | Closing Bell | Seattle

Oct. 18-19 | Reunion & 50th Anniversary Grand Finale Celebration | Nashville

View more upcoming alumni events

Executive MBA Program Awards First-Ever ROMBA Scholarship

Greg Geffre (EMBA’21) is the first recipient of the Executive MBA program’s Reaching Out LGBTQ MBA Fellowship. Vanderbilt Business School has an established partnership with Reaching Out MBA, a nonprofit organization that supports LGBTQ. The school has given scholarships to daytime MBA students for several years, but this is the first time that the Executive MBA program has awarded the Fellowship. Read more.
MBA Summer Internship Reflections
This summer, rising second-year MBA students interned at nearly 100 companies around the nation. In our series of internship reflections, 10 MBA students discuss their summer experiences at companies such as Amazon, PwC and AT&T. They talk about their summer projects as well as how the first year of their MBA curriculum helped them during their internships. Read part 1 here and part 2 here.
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.
Get Ready for Owen Reunion 2019
Reunion is only a few weeks away, and we hope that you are planning to attend! This year's celebration will honor the Classes of 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014. We’re also celebrating not only Reunion but also Owen’s 50th Anniversary this year. Register online, or learn more about the weekend at the Owen Reunion website. While you’re there, be sure to check out your class page to see all of the event details, as well as a list of those who have already registered. You can also book your hotel and make your Reunion gift. See you in October!
Submit a Proposal for EMBA Capstone Project
Alumni often comment that the hallmark of the EMBA program is the Capstone Strategy Project their C-Teams complete in Year 2. Executive sponsors of these projects frequently report impressive analysis from teams that lead them to make meaningful business decisions. As second-year students begin their search for companies to sponsor their Capstone Strategy Projects, we invite you to submit a proposal for a domestic or international project for consideration. 
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!
Executive Education
Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 20% discount with the code ALUMNI at checkout.
Sept. 23-24: Stepping Up: A Tool Kit for Strategic Leadership
Taught by Joe Ryan
A two-day program that will help you deepen your strategic leadership skills. Register here.
Sept. 30 - Oct. 1: Leading Change
Taught by Ray Friedman
A two-day program to help you lead change initiatives that succeed. Register here.

Oct. 14-18: Advanced Leadership
Taught by Rangaraj Ramanujam, Mark Cannon, Joseph Ryan, and Corbette Doyle
A five-day program that will deepen your versatile leadership and strategic leadership skills.  Register here.

Owen in the News
July 29, 2019
When It's Okay to Be a Little Selfish
Psychology Today
A new study has found that when two people both behave selfishly or both behave selflessly, the ultimate choice is farther from what they originally wanted than when one is more selfish and one is more altruistic. Kelly Haws, Anne Marie and Thomas B. Walker, Jr. Professor of Marketing, who was not involved in the study, is quoted. 
August 4, 2019
The Capital One Hack: Life in the Time of Breach Fatigue
Wall Street Journal
Ralph Owen Dean M. Eric Johnson is quoted about the fatigue and apathy consumers are experiencing in the face of constant data breaches.

Parting Shot: Orientation 2019

Incoming Owen students mingle at a welcome reception beneath the #OwenLife banner as part of this year's orientation programming. Welcome to all the new students, and thanks to everyone who made orientation 2019 a success!

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