Recruiting updates, spring rankings roundup, and more
Recruiting updates, spring rankings roundup, and more
Note from the Dean
Owen students benefit from the steady presence of business and government leaders flowing through our building. Hosting speakers is a long-standing tradition that started back when Dewey Dane (right) began bringing business leaders to campus. In fact, the seminar he started continues today under the watchful eye of Professor David Parsley; just last week, six Owen students discussed inflation at a lunch with Citibank Global Chief Economist Catherine Mann. 

Of course, Owen’s many speaking engagements have grown far beyond a single seminar series. At Owen, students get 1:1 access to the best leaders through many different opportunities, including Fireside Chats, small lunches and seminars. In the past month alone, students rubbed shoulders with leaders in our unique personal-scale environment, from U.S. Representative French Hill to AT&T Communications CFO Dan Fete to RetailMeNot CEO Cotter Cunningham to Battery Ventures Partner Russ Fleischer.

While Dewey is no longer with us today — he would have been 100 this spring — I know he would be proud of the unique access to fantastic speakers that Owen provides for the community.



March 28 | Closing Bell | New York City

April 4 | Closing Bell | Nashville

April 17 | Closing Bell | Memphis

April 25 | Closing Bell | Atlanta

May 1 | Closing Bell | Boston

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Recruiting Numbers Strong for Current Classes
While we don’t officially benchmark recruiting numbers until graduation and beyond, the outcomes are tracked monthly — and the MBA employment outcomes for the classes of 2019 and 2020 are at highest levels ever recorded by spring break. Currently 75% of the May graduates have reported an offer and 70% of the first-year students have secured an internship. Our MSF graduates are also receiving and accepting offers at a record pace: 74% of the 2019 graduates have offers so far.  

While we are extremely excited about the strong employment for the current classes, there are still upcoming graduates (MBA, MSF and MMark) and first-year MBAs open to employment opportunities. Opportunities in Nashville generally come later in the cycle, as do those in some industries such as real estate and technology. If there are opportunities or leads that you are aware of, please feel free to share them with the Career Management Center so we can make them available to our current students. To share an opportunity or lead, please email
Save the Date for Giving Day
April 4 is Vanderbilt’s fourth annual Giving Day — 24 hours of generosity that’s grown every year and it makes a real difference to the university and its students. To give, just visit on April 4, and make your gift of any size. Last year, Owen finished with 537 donors (5th among all Vanderbilt areas) and $146,655 raised (4th among all Vanderbilt areas). Your gift will keep Owen at the top of the leaderboards this year. Thank you for supporting Owen on Giving Day!

Looking for Vanderbilt Gear?
The University Store offers Owen-branded apparel, including fleeces, t-shirts, sweatshirts and jackets, as well as gear bags and beach totes, in a variety of styles and colors. Visit the store.
Ranking Roundup: Spring Edition
Spring break typically marks the end of winter and the annual ranking season. In December, Bloomberg Businessweek released its new global ranking, and Vanderbilt MBA came in at #22, just one spot beyond our US ranking of #21 released in November. Later that same month, the Wall Street Journal released a new ranking in collaboration with Times Higher Education. The Vanderbilt MBA was ranked #3 globally, and our MSF program ranked #1. In January, the Vanderbilt MBA jumped 18 spots in the Financial Times ranking to #52 globally and #26 in the US, tied with UNC. A few weeks ago, US News & World Report ranked the Vanderbilt MBA #29, a drop from last year’s #26.
Each ranking provides us with some information that we will study with the goal of improvement, though many rankings like US News do not reflect Owen’s unique personal-scale experience. In the end, I am most excited about fundamental improvements and I’m proud of what we are accomplishing as we hone our strategy to deliver world-class business education on a personal-scale. —Dean Johnson
How Katie Pisarek (MMark’18) Uses Her STEM Degree to Help Companies Improve Their Marketing Strategies

After graduating with double degrees in Applied Mathematics and Psychology from the University of Notre Dame, Katie Pisarek realized that a Master of Marketing could help her unite her two passions and launch her career in data analytics. She now works as a Performance Marketing Specialist at an agency in Seatlle, where she loves the collaborative culture and focus on results. Read more.

Executive MBA Life After Owen: Transitioning from the EMBA Experience
Saturday, April 27, 2019
3:30-5:00 pm Programming in Averbuch
5:00-7:00 pm Celebration Reception in Owen Lobby
Help us celebrate and network with the soon-to-graduate EMBA Class of 2019! This is a great opportunity for Executive MBA alumni to return to Owen and support the graduating class by sharing stories about the impact the Owen experience had on you and your career. Programming will include a panel of EMBA alumni, including Alumni Board member Bruce Brokenborough (EMBA’01), talking about how their experience at Owen has impacted their careers and life and how they have stayed connected with the Owen community. This event is hosted by the Executive MBA Program, Alumni Relations (DAR), Alumni & Executive Career Management, and Leadership Development Programs (LDP). If you are interested in joining this event, please RSVP here.

Executive Education
Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 20 percent discount.
April 29-20: Negotiation Skills for Managers
Taught by Ray Friedman

A two-day program that teaches dynamic negotiation and conflict resolution skills. Register here.
May 13-14: Learning to Thrive: The Road to Better Leadership and A Fuller Live
Taught by Jon Lehman
This new program will teach you how to lead with authenticty and mindfulness. Check out our recent webinar recording for a taste of the program, or register here.

May 20-22: Strategic Innovation
Taught by Dave Owens
A three-day program to help you create a culture that nurtures business building innovation. Register here.

June 3-5: Executive Leadership
Taught by Dick Daft
A three-day program to help you achieve your potential as a leader. Register here.

Owen in the News
March 7, 2019
Our 2019 CEO of the Year is Linus Hall
Nashville Post
Linus Hall, EMBA'00 and founder of Yazoo Brewery, was named the 2019 CEO of the year. He submitted plans for a brewery as his final project while in school.
February 27, 2019
Why Aren’t Women Advancing in Corporate America?
New York Times
Research from Melissa Thomas-Hunt, Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence and Professor of Management, is mentioned.

Parting Shot: Fireside Chat with Julie Stadler

Julie Stadler, CEO of digital streaming network Dance Network, visited Owen earlier this month for a Fireside Chat. Fireside Chats are an opportunity for smaller groups of students to interact closely with business leaders.

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