insideOwen: February 2016

From the Dean: Owen Life spreads to the West Coast

In January, I had the pleasure of tagging along as our Career Management Center took 25 students to visit 14 different tech companies in Seattle and the Bay Area. The Tech Trek, as it's known, has become a signature part of the Owen School's personal-scale approach to a world-class business education. Local alumni even took part in the Tech Trek by attending Closing Bells in both cities (don't miss our full list of upcoming alumni events below). This year's Tech Trek was a fascinating look inside the innovative tech companies where our alumni are increasingly working (Amazon alone hired 12 students from the MBA Class of 2015). To foster that innovative culture in Nashville, we've partnered with Vanderbilt's School of Engineering for the newly created Innovation Center, a 13,000-square-foot hub for innovation and entrepreneurship (read more on that below). Owen's spread into tech, entrepreneurship and innovation has become so palpable that we're dedicating the entire spring issue of Vanderbilt Business magazine to the trend. Be on the lookout for the magazine in May. In the meantime, check out photos from this year's Tech Trek and hear from students about why the trip is such a special part of the Owen experience.

Alumni news

From Vanderbilt MBA to CEO: Owen ranked 9th for number of MBA graduates serving as CEOs of an FT500 company

The Owen School is in elite company. A Financial Times analysis shows that three Vanderbilt MBA alumni are currently serving as chief executives of FT500 companies: David Farr (MBA'81), CEO of Emerson, Doug Parker (MBA'86), CEO of American Airlines, and Martin Craighead (MBA'98), CEO of Baker Hughes. Read more.
Nashville Business Journal's 40 under 40 honors Owen alums
Owen alumni in this year's 40 Under 40 class are making big names for themselves in Nashville's business scene. Congrats to Baxter Webb (MBA'13), Josh Rosenblatt (JD/MBA'10), Joshua Livingston (EMBA'14), Stephanie Barger (EMBA'15) and Jennifer Hill (EMBA'15). More.
Emerson CEO visits Owen
David Farr (MBA'81) recently returned to Nashville and spoke to students about his career as CEO of Emerson. He also sat down with Dean Johnson for a video interview and shared a few leadership lessons.
Innovation Center taps first executive director
Robert Grajewski, a startup veteran whose ventures range from retail to manufacturing will be joining Vanderbilt this spring as the inaugural executive director of the newly created Innovation Center. For more on new innovation initiatives at Owen, read Dean Johnson's latest blog post on how Owen’s strategy is integrated with schools across Vanderbilt.
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Executive Development Institute

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Persuasive and Influential Speaking
Taught by Professor Kimberly Pace
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January 21, 2016
Volatility? Don't bet on it
Robert Whaley, Valere Blair Potter Professor of Finance, is quoted.

January 26, 2016

There is no such thing as a banned Super Bowl ad
International Business Times
Jennifer Escalas, associate professor of marketing, is quoted.

January 25, 2016
YouthBuild lauded for keeping students from repeat offenses
Fresno Bee
Mark Cohen, Professor of American Competitive Enterprise and professor of law, is quoted.
Ask Skippy
Skip Culbertson, executive director of the Vanderbilt Executive Development Institute, answers your most burning career questions.
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