InsideOwen | May 2016

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

The Owen School celebrated commencement on May 13, capping an impressive year of continued employment success and a rise to No. 22 in the U.S. News & World Report rankings (the school's highest ever in this ranking!). In a ceremony at the Vanderbilt Student Recreation Center, 175 students received their MBA; 49 earned an MSF degree; 31 were awarded a Master of Accountancy (MAcc) degree; 29 students were awarded a Master of Management in Health Care (MMHC) degree; and 51 students were awarded an Executive MBA (EMBA). Click here for a full recap of the day's events, including a video of the commencement address from John Stein, MBA'75 and Tennessee state President for Bank of America, and more than 500 photos from the day. 
Two Owen grads recognized as Class of 2016's Best & Brightest
Poets & Quants recognized Imogen Roberts and Dustin Rohrer in its list of the best graduating MBA students from around the world. Read Imogen's profile here and Dustin's profile here.  
Business excellence celebration
More than 130 business leaders and alumni attended a dinner at Owen on May 5 and heard Nashville Mayor Megan Barry (MBA'93) and American Airlines CEO Doug Parker (MBA'86) talk about the importance of building a vibrant business culture. Video soon!
Executive MBA scholarship awarded to public radio executive
Layla George, head of development for Louisville Public Media, has been awarded a full-tuition scholarship to the Executive MBA program. Read more.

Research examines how employees respond to corporate scandals

A new study from Professor Ray Friedman found that workers who heavily tied their personal identity to their job felt the strongest sense of shame and were most likely to plot an exit strategy when their company was caught doing something bad. Read more.

Shan-Lyn Ma, CEO of, visits Owen

The founder and CEO of a new kind of online wedding registry visited Owen as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. Watch her full talk here and read Dean Johnson's latest LinkedIn post about her leadership style.
Hear from a few of the women who make Owen special
Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 25 percent discount.

Executive Leadership
Taught by Professor of Management Richard Daft
By the end of this highly interactive, three-day program, conducted by one of the nation’s leading business experts on the subject, you’ll be equipped to become a more effective leader and to achieve your professional and organizational goals.
June 27-29. Register here

Making Strategic Decisions
Taught by Associate Professor of Strategic Management Brian McCann
Through this highly interactive two-day course, you’ll learn how to put time-tested strategic tools and methodologies to work in your organization—and for the rest of your career.
June 27-28Register here

Strategic Innovation
Taught by Professor for the Practice of Management and Innovation David Owens
In this two-day program, you will discover how to be more productive and to increase your level of innovation.
July 11-12. Register here


June 10
CityOwen: New York

QS MBA Fairs
Email Kim Killingsworth to help recruit at these fairs
July 10: Mumbai
Aug. 1: Delhi
Aug. 4: Hyderabad
Aug. 6: Bangalore 

October 21
Opening Bell: Nashville
featuring Derek Young

October 21-22
Reunion 2016

View more upcoming alumni events

Vanderbilt Reunion 2016 video

May 5, 2016
Vanderbilt Dean Doubling Down on 'Personal Scale
Poets & Quants
Dean M. Eric Johnson is profiled

May 2, 2016
Some Top Local Hospitals Get Mediocre Grades On Safety
WBEZ (Chicago) News
Tim Vogus, associate professor of management, is quoted

April 19, 2016
The best place to start a business might not be where you think
NBC News
Michael Burcham, senior lecturer of management and policy, is quoted.

April 12, 2016
Hundreds pay tribute to Tennessee couple killed in Brussels terror attacks
Chattanooga Times-Free Press

April 12, 2016

Political discussion at work remains civil, poll finds
Bloomberg BNA
Bruce Barry, professor of management and sociology, is quoted.

April 6, 2016
What happened when a business school made tuition free
Wall Street Journal
The Owen School is mentioned
#OwenLife on Social Media
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Parting Shot: Congrats, grads!
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