Meet the MBA Class of 2023, Celebrate Hans Stoll, and more
Meet the MBA Class of 2023, Celebrate Hans Stoll, and more
insideOwen | September 2021
Note from the Dean
Each year, we highlight a learning theme to further enhance the student experience. This year, the theme is Organizational Culture, a topic of great interest in many organizations. Students from across the school have been reading about and discussing culture, and they have heard from thought leaders on the theme as well (check out my recent blog post from our Executive Fireside Chat series).

Culture has been a prominent theme at Owen as the number of in-person activities grows. Our close-knit and collaborative culture is a key element of our mission, and each team, class, and co-curricular programming event provides students with an opportunity to contribute to it. 

I want to express my gratitude for Owen’s supportive alumni community, which contributes to our school’s culture in so many ways. Our boards, including the Alumni BoardAsia Alumni Board, and Board of Visitors—are hard at work, helping us move the school ahead. We welcome a fantastic new group of alumni to the Alumni Board this fall (see below)—please join me in thanking them!


The Stoll Family Invites You to Celebrate the Life of Hans-Reiner Stoll

The Owen community is invited to celebrate Hans-Reiner Stoll on Saturday, October 9, at 2 pm CT at Vanderbilt University’s Benton Chapel.  Margie Stoll says, “When Hans died in March 2020, our plan was to hold off on a memorial/celebration of life service until we could give him the type of remembrance he deserved.  However, here it is a year and a half later, and “normalcy” has not yet returned. Therefore, we have decided to proceed with a service that may be attended either in person, adhering to the Vanderbilt Covid protocols that are in place on October 9, or attended virtually through a streaming link that will be made available closer to the event date.  Following the service, there will be an Oktoberfest gathering. And please feel free to leave your tie at home.” RSVP and find out gathering details by emailing Margie Stoll at
Welcome New Owen Alumni Board Members!
On behalf of Dean Johnson and the Owen Graduate School of Management, we’d like to welcome the newest seven members to the Owen Alumni Board!
  • Marjorie Eastman, EMBA ’13
  • Rick Ewing, MBA ‘92
  • Caroline Frisbee, MBA ‘06
  • Kelly Gerhart, EMBA ‘01
  • Cara Heilmann, MBA ’94
  • Brian Reidy, MBA ‘04
  • Megan Chavez Teepe, MBA ’11
For more details including their bios, please visit our Owen Alumni Board website.
Calling All Entrepreneurs - Owen-Owned Alumni Entrepreneur Spotlight!

We’re launching the Owen-Owned Alumni Entrepreneur Spotlight series to create opportunities to highlight and feature Owen-Owned businesses among the greater Owen community.  Opportunities will include speaking at an Owen Forward event, being featured in formats such as a new online directory of Owen-Owned businesses on our alumni website, in Vanderbilt Business Magazine, in Inside Owen email newsletter, and in giveaways for events and alumni.  Interested in being featured and having your business’ story told?  Email the Owen Alumni Engagement Team at with the subject OWEN-OWNED to learn more.
You're Invited: 7 Black-Belt Level LinkedIn Hacks
Owen alumni, if you are up for a fun and fast-paced way to learn about LinkedIn, then you don't want to miss this upcoming webinar.

On Monday, September 27, from 5:30-6:30 PM Central, please join The LinkedIn Guys for a webinar called "Seven Black-Belt Level LinkedIn Hacks." Get ready to level up your LinkedIn knowledge with 7 of the most powerful insider techniques, shared by a former LinkedIn staffer. Click here to join on Zoom.

Last Call! Seeking Capstone Strategy Projects for Executive MBA 

The Executive MBA program is actively seeking both international and U.S.-based Capstone Strategy Projects for student teams. The capstone strategy project is a hallmark of the EMBA experience, with a goal of creating a high-value experience for both the student and the client organization. If your organization or someone you know may benefit from having a team of EMBA students work on a strategy project, please take a minute or two to complete the Capstone Project Nomination form. Examples of previous global and domestic capstone strategy clients and projects can be found on the Owen website. Complete the form.   
Submit Class Notes for Vanderbilt Business Magazine!

Earned a promotion or got a new job? Had a get-together with Owen classmates? Tied the knot or welcomed a new member to the family? Started your own business? Ran a marathon? Traveled somewhere interesting? We want to know! Share your interesting life updates and submit a Class Note to be included in the next edition of Vanderbilt Business Magazine. Class Notes (and photos!) can be submitted to or to this online form.
Owen Giving Society Relaunched with Limited-Edition Management Hall Brick

We have reimagined Owen Giving Society (formerly Owen Circle) for our most loyal supporters, with exclusive benefits like a signature annual gift and newsletter, recognition in Vanderbilt Business magazine and on our website, private events, VIP meet-and-greets and a personal contact at Owen. Now is the perfect time to join or renew your gift - the first 250 donors at the Owen Giving Society level of $2500 or above ($1,000 for graduates of the past 10 years) will receive an original brick from Management Hall in a limited-edition display case with a certificate of authenticity.
We are at a truly pivotal point in Owen’s history with our game-changing expansion and renovation of Management Hall - the first donor-led building project at Vanderbilt - on track for completion in the second half of 2022. The Owen Century Partners gave more than $20 million to spearhead the $55 million project and get us to the point that we could break ground on April 8, 2021, now we need your help. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of Owen and Vanderbilt University history with a gift to the building campaign. Give now
Check out
Our online store offers a great 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
Executive Education
Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 20% discount on our Live Online programs with the code ALUMNI at checkout.
Vanderbilt Executive Education offers proven and practical courses to help you develop and strengthen critical business skills without the commitment of earning a degree. We are offering multiple live online programs this fall:
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. The next cohort begins October 1.
We also provide technology bootcamps in coding, data analytics, cybersecurity, and FinTech. To learn more, click here.

Owen in the News
September 10, 2021
Democrats Eye Taxing Stock Buybacks and Partnerships to Pay for Agenda
New York Times 
Craig Lewis is quoted.
September 1, 2021
Myth busted: It's easier to get into an executive MBA program a two-year, traditional MBA
Juli Bennett, Executive MBA Executive Director, is quoted throughout.
August 16, 2021
These Schools Are Wall Street's Top Feeders – and Best Friends
Yahoo Finance 
Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management is mentioned.

Parting Shot: Meet the MBA Class of 2023

Last month, Owen welcomed 182 new MBA students through our doors. They represent 27 countries, hail from 117 undergraduate institutions, and worked at 132 different companies prior to Vanderbilt. Read more.

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