Renovation project kicks off, Master of Marketing employment report, & more
Renovation project kicks off, Master of Marketing employment report, & more
Note from the Dean
February turned out to be a historic and exciting month for Owen. This week, we announced that we surpassed our phase one funding goal for the building expansion and will be starting construction in March. Thanks to the dedicated support of the Owen Century Partners, we have raised more than $20M for the project. The broad-based support is noteworthy, with 25 alumni and friends coming together to bring the donor-led project to life.
In February, we also paused to look back over 50 years of Black alumni achievement. Read my post that highlights four alumni from the 70s through the 90s, starting with Owen’s very first graduate Ed Alston. Join me in celebrating our history and leaning into an exciting future.  

Vanderbilt Embarks on $55 Million Renovation and Expansion Project at the Owen Graduate School of Management

The Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management will begin work on the renovation and expansion of Management Hall in March 2021. The estimated $55 million project will extend the business school’s space by 50 percent, encompassing a total of 48,000 square feet. The expanded building will include areas to better accommodate the wider Vanderbilt and Nashville business communities. Read more.
Master of Marketing Releases Class of 2020 Employment Report
Class of 2020 graduates from the Master of Marketing program reported average base salary earnings of $63,166. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 92% of the class also reported receiving a full-time or internship offer within 6 months of graduation. Read more.
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RESCHEDULED: Virtual Fireside Chat with Wendy Cromwell
Please join the Owen Forward Alumni Fireside Speaker Series for a chat on sustainable investments with Wendy Cromwell, Vice Chair; Senior Managing Director; Partner; Director, Sustainable Investment for Wellington Management, on Tuesday, March 2 from 1:30pm - 2:30pm CT via Zoom. Wendy graduated from Owen with her MBA in 1995 and currently serves on the Alumni Board. Register to attend here.
Owen Forward Presents 'The Future of Sustainability'
Inspired by Owen’s collaborative community of inquiry and discovery, Owen Forward presents The Future of Sustainability on Monday, March 15, from 12:15pm - 3:15pm CT via webinar. Learn about trends, innovation, and challenges in sustainability from prominent and industry-leading alumni and faculty. The 3 sessions are open to the entire Owen and Vanderbilt community. See the full list of sessions and speakers and register here.
Register for the Vanderbilt Entrepreneurship Conference
Join the Vanderbilt Center for Entrepreneurship as we bring alumni, students, entrepreneurs, and investors together for a day focused on the challenges and rewards of business creation and growth. The virtual conference will be held on Friday, March 26 from 9:00am - 3:00pm CT. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from some of our most successful alumni on an array of topics, watch a live student pitch competition, and hear insights from investors who provide capital for growth. Register 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.
The Owen Volunteer Community
We were excited to meet virtually with our Owen Class Agents and Class Secretaries last week! We have an amazing group of volunteers — and we are always looking for more.
Class Agents serve as a liaison to their classmates to inspire and increase philanthropic support, and Class Secretaries drive engagement and connection with their classmates by soliciting for Class Notes entries in Vanderbilt Business magazine twice per year. Both roles will also be key members of the Reunion Committee by encouraging attendance and philanthropic support. The anticipated time commitment is only a few hours per year, and our team here at Owen will provide ongoing training and support.

Interested in becoming part of the Owen Volunteer Community? Contact MK Rosack, Senior Director, Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving at
Discover Vanderbilt Business Event Welcomes Prospective Students

On February 5-6, more than 140 prospective MBA students attended our virtual Discover Vanderbilt Business weekend. During Friday’s Women in Leadership event, attendees heard from alumni, community partners, and current students about trending topics affecting women in business. On Saturday, the Vanderbilt MBA Experience let candidates experience a simulated class session as well as panels on the Career Management Center, clubs, and life at Owen. Thanks to everyone who presented! We hope to resume this as an in-person recruitment event in the fall.
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.

Join Us for a Webinar: “How to Speak the Language of Business” 
Wednesday, April 7, 9:00am CT
In times of uncertainty, a strong understanding of financial data helps business managers and owners successfully navigate uncharted waters and build effective strategies for managing resources. When you can speak the language of business, you can lead colleagues, engage confidently with financial professionals, and communicate value to executives in other functional areas and on Wall Street. This webinar will help you build a stronger foundation of financial knowledge you can apply immediately to your work.

“How to Speak the Language of Business” is a 50-minute webinar that covers:
  • Essential financial concepts  
  • Tools to utilize those concepts in analysis
  • Real-world examples to reinforce your learning

The webinar will be lead by Richard H. Willis, Anne Marie and Thomas B. Walker, Jr. Chair; Professor of Accounting; and Senior Associate Dean for the Faculty.

Owen in the News
February 9, 2021
Does Getting Promoted Alter Your Moral Compass?
Harvard Business Review
In this article, Professor Jessica Kennedy discusses whether or not moving up in management makes leaders less likely to speak out against unethical practices in their organizations. She also had a second article published in HBR this month, titled "Does Accusing a Coworker of an Ethical Lapse Hurt Your Credibility?" which she co-authored with Maurice Schweitzer.
February 13, 2021
GameStop timeline: A closer look at the saga that upended Wall Street
ABC News
Professor Josh White is quoted in this article examining the timeline of the GameStop short squeeze. He was also quoted in similar articles in CNN, MarketWatch, and Yahoo Finance.

Parting Shot: Valentine's Day Student Appreciation Event

Everyone needs to feel a little extra love these days, so what better way to show students our appreciation than by giving out delicious Crumbl cookies! Thanks to everyone who stopped by the lobby earlier this month, and we hope you enjoyed your sweet treats.

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