Faculty promotions, summer alumni events, and more
Faculty promotions, summer alumni events, and more
Note from the Dean
I have been reflecting on Owen history this summer, as we launch a major expansion of our building and celebrate the 50th reunion of our first graduates. Last week, I had the great pleasure of celebrating with Evelyn Richmond on her 100th birthday. A longtime member of the Owen family, she was at Dean Sam Richmond’s side during an important time of growth in the 1980s. It is exciting to be renovating and expanding Owen’s first permanent home that Dean Richmond built on 21st Avenue. Sam would be proud in many ways today as we move forward — expanding our programs, rising in the rankings, and building a new home that embraces the business community.


Faculty Promotion Announcements
Dean M. Eric Johnson announced that the Chancellor and the Provost have approved the promotion of Brian T. McCann (MBA’04) and Kelly Goldsmith to the rank of Professor, effective fall semester 2021. The rank of Professor represents the School’s final judgment of overall professional maturity that defines our direction and vision. Read more about Professor McCann's career here and Kelly Goldsmith's career here.
Owen Forward Summer Leadership Series on June 23

From 2-3 pm CT on June 23, Professor Kelly Goldsmith will host a Fireside Speaker Series with best-selling author and former Chairman & CEO of Best Buy Hubert Joly discussing his new book The Heart of Business: Leadership Principles for the Next Era of Capitalism. Then from 6-7 pm CT, join Kimberly Pace, Professor for the Practice of Communication, as she discusses what it takes to land a position in the C-suite. In this Women in Leadership event, you'll discover tools to create an executive personal brand, and seven things to things to avoid that can sabotage your career. The event will be co-moderated by Megan Lynch (BA'15), Alumni Association Boston Chapter Co-President, and Neema Mehta (MBA'06), Global HR Business Partner at Philips Medical Systems, and Owen Alumni Board Member. Register here.
Check out OwenGear.com
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 OwenGear.com.
Join LAVA Today
The Vanderbilt LGBTQIA+ Alumni Group was created to connect LGBTQIA+ alumni with each other and the university community. Join LAVA today and be a part of our inclusive community! In the 10 years since its creation, our group has continued to grow, host events, provide networking opportunities and fundraise for the LGBTQI Life Fund. Members receive quarterly newsletters and invitations to exclusive LAVA events that include social gatherings, networking opportunities, and student support activities. The first 200 alumni that sign up or refer a fellow Commodore will receive a rainbow mug, so join today!
’Dores in Dialogue: A Conversation on Bostock v. Clayton County and the Rise of Anti-LGBTQIA+ Legislation
 Join LAVA President Jay Larry (BA'14, JD'17) as he moderates a conversation on Bostock v. Clayton County and the rise of anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation on June 22, from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CT. Bostock v. Clayton County was a 2020 Supreme Court case that ruled that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We hope you will join us for this important discussion on the ruling’s ongoing relevance in American jurisprudence amid the recent increase of anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation. Panelists include Tyler Bishop (BA'15), a 2020 graduate of Stanford Law School and a lawyer involved in Bostock v. Clayton County through Stanford’s Supreme Court clinic; Anita Jenious, director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access; Rob Nelson, interim director of LGBTQI+ Life; and Matthew Shaw, assistant professor of public policy and education and assistant professor of law. Register here.
Looking Forward to Seeing You Soon
Vanderbilt University recently announced that in person events can resume. One of the first Owen alumni gatherings post-announcement was hosted by Richard Stephenson at the Rustic in Dallas, TX on June 10 and had a great turnout! We are excited to begin meeting again as an alumni community and can’t wait to see you at an Owen Forward alumni event in the near future.
Office Hours with Alumni Career Management on June 24
Do you remember participating in Office Hours when you were a student at Owen? Your Owen Alumni Career Management team invites you to jump on a Zoom call on June 24 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm CT to ask any career-related questions that you might have. We may have an answer or two or can point out a resource for you. Plus, while on the call, you may meet a fellow alum with whom to network. If you’d like, please submit questions in advance by emailing owenalumnicareer@vanderbilt.edu. Please join us using this Zoom link.
Save the date for Reunion, October 22-23!

We are looking forward to a combined Reunion celebration this year with Reunion 2020 and Reunion 2021 Owen alumni. University leadership announced that Reunion will be held in-person! Add your name to the Planning to Attend List and make a gift in honor of your Reunion. If you are interested in volunteering for your class, please email MaryKate “MK” Rosack, Senior Director of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving at mary.k.rosack@vanderbilt.edu or, Ali Farr, Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement, at ali.farr@vanderbilt.edu.
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. Check out our upcoming fall programs.
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 July 1, so sign up soon!
We also provide technology bootcamps in coding, data analytics, cybersecurity, and FinTech. To learn more, click here.

Owen in the News
May 17, 2021
Mask wars: As stores update COVID-19 policies for vaccinated customers, are more conflicts on the horizon?
USA Today
Kelly Goldsmith is quoted about how quickly consumers will adapt to changing mask regulations across different regions and retailers.
May 29, 2021
Does Size Matter? The Big & Small MBA Cohorts At Top B-Schools
The business publication mentions the Owen Graduation School of Management in its exploration of the pros and cons of smaller MBA cohorts.

Parting Shot: Commencement Video

Relive the events of this year's Commencement ceremony with our video recap. Congrats again to the classes of 2020 and 2021!

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