2020 faculty promotions, a conversation with Chancellor Diermeier, and more
2020 faculty promotions, a conversation with Chancellor Diermeier, and more
Note from the Dean
It has been great to be back on campus with the familiar excitement of a new year. More than halfway through Mod 1, we have found a bit of rhythm in our new normal. Faculty and students join together in classrooms as always — but technology, Zoom, COVID testing, and masks have also become part of the Owen experience. Everyone has worked hard to make adjustments to keep the community safe and look out for each other. Empathy is the part of our culture that makes our close-knit community competitive but not cutthroat.

I was reminded of empathy’s importance during a recent visit with Doug Parker (MBA’86), CEO of American Airlines. Living through the deep economic challenges airlines face today, Doug remembered challenges posed by 9/11 and the Great Recession. During those times, conversations with flight crews kept him focused on keeping the company together and protecting employees.

This summer has been similar in some ways but also very different. Tensions stemming from longstanding racial injustice have been accentuated by the public health and economic crises — situations that demand more of a leader’s attention and empathy. A great lesson for the Owen community lies in these struggles. Read more in my LinkedIn blog post.
In Case You Missed It: Update on Reunion

As announced last month, Vanderbilt has made the difficult decision to postpone Reunion 2020 until the fall of 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The university has started the process of identifying a new date for Reunion, which will be announced shortly. Currently, Vanderbilt plans to host a combined celebration event for all alumni whose Reunion years fall in 2020 or 2021. We look forward to seeing you all at Reunion 2021.
Chancellor Diermeier on Reputation, Risk, and CSR

In an age of outrage, reputation is increasingly important. Listen in on a conversation between Owen faculty and Vanderbilt Chancellor Daniel Diermeier on his career-long study of corporate reputation, risk, and corporate social responsibility (CSR). In the hour-long session, Professors Goldsmith, Ramanujam, and Dean Johnson interview the Chancellor on a range of topics from strategies for managing reputation risk to the changing business response to CSR and social justice. Of course, the Chancellor links these important topics back to his new role at Vanderbilt. Watch the video.

2020 Faculty Promotions Announced

We are pleased to announce that the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust has approved the promotion of Professor Yasin Alan to Associate Professor of Operations Management, with tenure, and the promotion of Professor Jessica Kennedy to Associate Professor of Management, with tenure, both effective fall semester 2020. Read more.

Check out OwenGear.com
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.
Vanderbilt MBA Now Accepts the Executive Assessment

The Vanderbilt MBA program has announced that it will accept the Executive Assessment (EA) as part of the application process. At 90 minutes, the EA is much shorter than the 4-hour GMAT exam and requires only modest preparation. The Vanderbilt MBA program requires the GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment as a part of the application but does not have a preferred test. Waiver requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Read more.

Get to Know the New Faculty Members

This summer, 3 new full-time faculty members joined the Owen community: Professor of Management María del Carmen Triana, Professor of Finance Veronika Krepely Pool, and Assistant Professor of Accounting Erik Olson. Check out each of their profiles to get to know their past scholarship and current research interests.
Owen Launches New Asia Alumni Board

Earlier this month, the newly formed Asia Alumni Board held its first Zoom meeting. This group came together out of a shared desire to widen the school's network by strengthening the ties between Nashville and Asia. As Derek Young, Asia Alumni Board Chair, noted, “We have a real magic at Vanderbilt. We’ve had a lot of conversations about the engagement opportunities we can create for Asia and the school.”

This inaugural cohort includes alumni who have consistently bolstered Owen’s global reach through engagement and networking. They include Ian Yee Hang Wan (BS’06, MBA’08); Austin Na (MBA’95); Michael Chandler (MBA’00); Anand Kumar (MBA’91); Derek Young (MBA’91); Xiaoyan Jiang (MBA’01); and Heiki Miki (MBA’96). The meeting’s attendees joined virtually from Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, and Shenzhen to launch the board, which has been in the concept phase since 50th anniversary celebrations kicked off in Asia.

In addition to recruitment and professional placements, some of the goals the board immediately identified include facilitating Owen faculty and student travel that complements Owen’s mission; amplifying internships and career possibilities for students with interest in the Asian business market; and, most importantly, continuing to grow Owen’s network and presence.

Executive Education
Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 20% discount on our Live Online programs with the code ALUMNI at checkout.
All in-person programs through the end of December have been cancelled due to the current health crisis, but we are offering the following online programs (click for more information):
  o  Strategic Leadership
  o  Strategy & Operations
  o  Finance & Accounting
  o  Strategic Innovation
  o  Executive Leadership (live online from November 9-13)
We also offer technology bootcamps in coding, data analytics, cybersecurity, and FinTech. To learn more, click here.

Owen in the News
September 9, 2020
Vanderbilt’s Bass Military Scholars Program Helps Veterans Hone Skills Applicable to the Civilian World
Diverse Education
Ken Barnes (MBA'21) is one of the scholarship recipients higlighted in this article about Vanderbilt's Bass Military Scholars Program, which allows honorably discharged veterans to apply for $25,000 scholarship awards.
September 10, 2020
Survivor Quarantine Questionnaire: Kelly Goldsmith on having no regrets from Survivor: Africa
Entertainment Weekly
Professor Kelly Goldsmith is interviewed about her experience on season 3 of the reality TV show and what's she's been up to since being voted off the show.

Parting Shot: Visit from the Chancellor

Chancellor Daniel Diermeier dropped in on Professor Rita Gunn's socially distanced Financial Reporting class in the Owen Library earlier this month.

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