From the Dean
As the building falls quiet after the buzz of finals, I find myself reflecting on the year. Thinking of the lessons delivered by the many leaders who came through Owen in 2017, here are my top five:
  1. Listen Listen Listen! Listening is one of the most important habits of effective leaders. (Adena Friedman, Nasdaq CEO).
  2. Leading with authenticity motivates others to be authentic and contribute their best ideas (Yvette Smith, General Manger Microsoft).
  3. Don’t underestimate the value of business friendships (Derek Young, President Fidelity).
  4. Leading through influence requires putting yourself in the position of others (Paul Connelly, CISO HCA Healthcare).
  5. Understanding the differences between people is the key to drawing the full potential from a team (Dave Brandon, CEO of Toys "R" Us).
I am grateful for the alumni and friends of Owen who have supported the school both financially and with their time and ideas.  Together, we are developing new business leaders who lead with ideas, not egos.
Happy holidays!


Jan 3 | Closing Bell
| San Francisco

Jan 5 Closing Bell | Seattle

Alumni Spotlight: Clint Freeland, Dynegy
Clint Freeland (MBA'92) recently participated in Vanderbilt Business’ new Alumni Fireside Chat Series. The Chief Financial Officer of Dynegy, Inc., a Houston-based Electric Company that owns and operates a number of power stations across the U.S., talks about opportunities and challenges in today’s energy industry, his path to the C-suite, and overlooked skills that finance-focused professionals should develop. 
Vanderbilt Executive MBA Program Changes
Thanks to the EMBA alumni who responded to our alumni survey. Based your responses and additional market research, the Executive MBA is being repositioned to promote one EMBA program with the choice of year two tracks—Executive Edge or Global Immersion. If you know someone who would be a good fit for the program, please share our brochure, curriculum overview, and admissions essentials, and invite them to our Preview Day on January 20!
Are You Grateful for Change?
Organizational change is the process of shifting an organization from its current state to a future one. Most leaders will encounter resistance to change, either personally or professionally. Many of those associates will resist change for reasons like uncertainty, loss of control, and fear of the unknown. Alumni LDP Executive Coach Janet Walls looks at leading change management practices. Read more.
Young Master of Accountancy Alum Now Helps Recruit for EY
Cam Cooper (MAcc’15) didn’t know what career he wanted until he found accounting -- now the newly promoted Senior Associate serves as a recruiting coordinator for EY. Cooper discussed his Vanderbilt education, launching an assurance career at EY, and his work as a recruiting coordinator. Read more.
Strong Employment Report for the MS Finance Class of 2017
The MSF 2017 Employment Report shows another year of exceptional outcomes for Vanderbilt MS Finance program graduates. For the second time in three years, 100% of students received a full-time job offer within 90 days of graduation. The diversity of accepted positions and hiring companies confirms that this 9-month accelerated degree opens an array of career paths and opportunities. Meredith Harding is one of many from the Class of 2017 who landed her dream job right out of the program. Read her story here.

Executive Education

Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 25 percent discount.

February 12-13: Persuasive and Influential Speaking
Taught by Kimberly Pace 

Improve your management communication speaking skills, no matter what the managerial or executive situation, through this unique two-day program. Through analysis of your personal speech style strengths and weaknesses, you will leave this course with confidently knowing how to achieve your communication goals. 
Register here.

February 20-22: Emerging Leaders Development Program 

Taught by Cherrie Clark

A hands-on, highly engaging experience that is tailored to each individual, this program empowers new leaders with the skills to mobilize teams and generate results.
 Register here.
March 15-16: Leading Teams in Organizations
Taught by Bart Victor

This program helps you understand the numbers in order to speak the language of business. Through a series of exercises and case studies, you’ll understand what the numbers mean and how to use your company’s financial data to manage more efficiently.
 Register here.

Owen in the News
December 10, 2017 
B-School Bulletin
Poets & Quants
New research from Professor Kelly Goldsmith finds that consumers on a "quest for the best" are more likely to engage in immoral behavior. 
December 6, 2017 
Apologies may not be enough
Huffington Post  
When it comes to reducing medical malpractice lawsuits, "Apology Laws" may not be enough. Benjamin McMichael
is quoted and cited.

Parting Shot: International Closing Bell

Students celebrated International Closing Bell earlier this month, with food, drink, and performances from across the world. International-focused clubs have ramped up efforts to bring global experiences to Management Hall. Read more.

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