MSF employment outcomes, Q&A with Asia Alumni Board Chair, and more
MSF employment outcomes, Q&A with Asia Alumni Board Chair, and more
Note from the Dean
Last week, we welcomed the students back to campus for in-person classes. In the COVID age, that means arrival testing for everyone. Spring semester is a busy one, with internship recruiting kicking into high gear. We are also looking forward to several speakers and events, including the 6th Annual Turner Family Center for Social Ventures Summit in February (details below) and the Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Conference on March 26. With virtual delivery, it is easier than ever for alumni to participate. So watch the upcoming newsletters and our social media feed for details on speakers or events you might enjoy.

MSF Class of 2020 Reports Strong Employment Outcomes

Class of 2020 graduates from the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program reported median base salary earnings of $80,000. Despite the ongoing pandemic, 95 percent of MSF students accepted an offer within 3 months of graduation (98 percent accepted within 6 months). Read more.

Interview with Asia Alumni Board Chair Derek Young

Derek Young (MBA’91) is President of Fidelity International’s Japan operations and the new board chair of the Owen Asia Alumni Board. In this Q&A, Young discusses what motivated him to accept the board chair role and reflects on what goals the board hopes to achieve. Read more.
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Explore Where the MBA Class of 2020 Is Working

The Vanderbilt MBA class of 2020 has enjoyed strong employment outcomes, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its related economic effects. To date, members of the class of 2020 have accepted positions at nearly 90 companies. Explore them in our interactive map.
Please Welcome Our New Senior Director of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving
We are pleased to introduce MaryKate “MK” Rosack to the Development and Alumni Relations team as the new Senior Director of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving for Owen. In this role, MK will help build and execute substantive alumni programing and engagement opportunities, and will expand annual giving to help support Dean Johnson’s priorities. She will also provide leadership to all of Owen’s volunteer groups. MK received her MBA and BS in Advertising from University of Florida and brings over 15 years of professional experience in corporate marketing and communications. In her free time, MK is on the Board of Directors for Pacific Whale Foundation and Orca Conservancy, and has done significant peer-to-peer fundraising for American Heart Association and American Cancer Society. Please connect with MaryKate "MK" Rosack | LinkedIn.
Register for the 6th Annual Social Ventures Summit

The 6th annual Turner Family Center for Social Ventures Summit will be held on Thursday, February 18 and Friday, February 19. The Summit will feature innovators and thought leaders from a range of industries, from coffee to consumer products to technology. The kickoff keynote will feature Becca Stevens (Vanderbilt Divinity School alumna), founder and president of Thistle Farms. More information on times and speakers is forthcoming. Register through Eventbrite here.
Virtual Fireside Chat with Wendy Cromwell
Please join the Alumni Fireside Speaker Series sponsored by Development and Alumni Relations with Wendy Cromwell, Vice Chair; Senior Managing Director; Partner; Director, Sustainable Investment for Wellington Management, on Tuesday, February 16 from 1:30pm-2:30pm CST via Zoom. Wendy graduated from Owen with her MBA in 1995 and currently serves on the Alumni Board. Register to attend here.
Need a Seasoned MBA Professional to Join Your Team?

If so, your Owen Alumni Career Management team would like to help. Your job opportunity can be circulated via our Owen Alumni listserv and will reach over 900 Owen alumni. Post a job for alumni here.
What Happens When You Press the Buy Button?
Hear Eric Noll (MBA’90), CEO of Context Capital, and Professor Craig Lewis share lessons in modern securities markets. The video interview is part of the Owen Forward alumni series. Watch the discussion here.
The New Owen Volunteer Community

At Owen, we’re known for world-class education with personal scale — and that extends to your experience as alumni as well. We’re thrilled to introduce the new Owen Volunteer Community, which replaces the former Owen Alumni Council. The Owen Volunteer Community is an opportunity to stay in touch with your classmates while serving Owen in one of 2 new volunteer roles: Class Agent and Class Secretary.

Class Agents are charged with serving as a liaison to his or her classmates with the primary purpose of increasing philanthropic support, and Class Secretaries are charged with driving engagement with his or her classmates, specifically by soliciting classmates for Class Notes entries in Vanderbilt Business magazine twice per year. Additionally, both roles will be key members of the Reunion Committee by encouraging both attendance and philanthropic support. The anticipated time commitment is only a few hours per year, and our team here at Owen will provide training and ongoing support.

Interested in becoming part of the Owen Volunteer Community as either a Class Agent or Class Secretary? Contact MK Rosack, Senior Director, Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving, at mary.k.rosack@Vanderbilt.Edu.

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 beginning of the year have been cancelled due to the current health crisis. However, we are hosting two Live Online programs in the coming months:
For those looking to take multiple courses on their own timeline, we also offer an Online Business Management Certificate for the working professional looking to sharpen strategic business skills.
We also provide technology bootcamps in coding, data analytics, cybersecurity, and FinTech. To learn more, click here.

Owen in the News
January 14, 2021
A new Nasdaq stock trades on the symbol LMAO
Professor Josh White is quoted, discussing the history of novelty stock symbols used on the Nasdaq exchange.
January 20, 2021
13 People on the Meaningful Food Traditions Passed Down in Their Families
Professor Kelly Haws is quoted, explaining how making and eating food together can strengthen relational bonds.

Parting Shot: Students Return to Campus

Students took advantage of the warmer weather earlier this week to spend some time outside. We are excited to begin a new semester and to have everyone back on campus for in-person classes!

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