Wrapping up for winter break, remembering Peter Veruki, and more
Wrapping up for winter break, remembering Peter Veruki, and more
Note from the Dean
As we wrap up 2020, I applaud the Owen Community for the creativity, flexibility, and enduring support of each other. We have all experienced loss — of jobs, businesses, celebrations, and friends. Our thoughts are with the families of Hans Stoll and Peter Veruki as they morn their losses. It’s been a challenging year but an inspiring one… our entire community has rallied to support one another and carry our mission of personal scale forward. The strength of our community shines brightly in tough times. Thanks to the spirit of Team Owen, we successfully held classes at Management Hall in a fall semester no one will forget. I am excited for the year ahead, and I’m so grateful for all of you. Have a safe and happy holiday season!

It's been a "silent night" indeed this December as the building fell quiet after the Thanksgiving break. Thanks to Blake Gore for the holiday art (pictured above). You can see more of his work on his new website.
Remembering Peter Veruki

Peter Veruki, former Director of Corporate Relations and Alumni Relations at Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management, passed away on Sunday after a 5-year battle with Cardiac Amyloidosis at his house near Destin, FL. In over 20 years at Vanderbilt, Peter helped generations of business school students realize their career goals, bringing passion, wisdom, and a personal touch to his work. Read more.

Owen Continues COVID-19 Adjustments This Fall

In March, the university shut down and transitioned to a completely virtual format in only a week’s time. Vanderbilt Business used the summer to assess needs and prepare to hold fall classes during an ongoing pandemic, which allowed for a variety of positive changes. From hybrid classes to virtual classes, we dive into what the school did this fall to keep infection rates low while continuing its mission to teach. Read more.
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.
Accelerator® Virtual Business Immersion to Continue in 2021

After a successful first run, Accelerator® Virtual Business Immersion will be offered again next year, from June 6-12, 2021. Read more.
Todd Rothman Joins Vanderbilt Business as Director of Student Programs Office
Rothman served as Director of Admissions at Yale Law School before accepting his new role as Director of the Student Programs Office at the Owen Graduate School of Management. The Student Programs Office oversees both academic and student affairs, and as Director, Rothman leads with an eye on the holistic student experience. Read more.
The New Owen Volunteer Community

At Owen, we’re known for world-class education with personal scale — and that extends to your experience as alumni as well. We’re thrilled to introduce the new Owen Volunteer Community, which replaces the former Owen Alumni Council. The Owen Volunteer Community is an opportunity to stay in touch with your classmates while serving Owen in one of two new volunteer roles: Class Agent and Class Secretary.

Class Agents are charged with serving as a liaison to his or her classmates with the primary purpose of increasing philanthropic support, and Class Secretaries are charged with driving engagement with his or her classmates, specifically by soliciting classmates for Class Notes entries in Vanderbilt Business magazine twice per year. Additionally, both roles will be key members of the Reunion Committee by encouraging both attendance and philanthropic support. The anticipated time commitment is only a few hours per year, and our team here at Owen will provide training and ongoing support.

Interested in becoming part of the Owen Volunteer Community as either a Class Agent or Class Secretary? Contact Ali Farr, Assistant Director of Annual Giving, at ali.farr@vanderbilt.edu.

General William Hickman on Avoiding the Seeds of Crisis

Stop planting the seeds of failure and break the chain that leads to a crisis. Read Dean Johnson’s blog post and watch the DSS fireside chat with General William Hickman (MG-R US Army, MBA'92). In it, General Hickman discusses crisis management and what it means to be a master of leadership. Read more.
New Technology Bootcamp Cohort Graduates
Last Friday, Vanderbilt Business hosted a virtual quarterly graduation event for nearly 100 bootcamp participants. They include classes launched in April, June, and August in the areas of cybersecurity, coding, and data analytics and visualization. These graduates made it through a rigorous academic challenge while also facing major upheavals in the world around them. Congrats to all the participants!
Executive Education
Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 20% discount on our Live Online programs with the code ALUMNI at checkout.
All in-person programs through the beginning of the year have been cancelled due to the current health crisis. However, we are hosting two Live Online programs in the coming months:
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.
We also provide technology bootcamps in coding, data analytics, cybersecurity, and FinTech. To learn more, click here.

Owen in the News
November 18, 2020
MBA Programs Say They Want More Diversity. So Where Is It?
Professor Mark Cohen is quoted, talking about the class he created to examine structural racism in the business world.
November 27, 2020
Shopping for a new car on Black Friday? Beware of this clever car-dealership trick
Professor Tim Vogus reveals the "biggest thing people do wrong" when walking into a showroom to buy a car during this major annual sale.
December 4, 2020
As hospitals cope with a COVID-19 surge, cyber threats loom

AP News
Dean Eric Johnson explains why surges in COVID-19 infections make hospitals more vulnerable to hacking.
December 9, 2020
The psychology behind a new iPhone release—and why it’s so hard to resist
Professor Kelly Goldsmith discusses why consumers are attracted to upgrades even when their current phones work perfectly fine.
December 11, 2020
Don’t Judge a Holiday Gift by Its Cover: Perfect Packages Raise Hopes
Wall Street Journal
This article spotlights research from postdoctoral fellow Erick Mas which shows that gift recipients respond more positively to gifts from friends that are wrapped sloppily rather than neatly.

Parting Shot: Thanksgiving Food Truck Event

Just before Thanksgiving, the Owen community came together for a socially distanced gathering outside. Favorite food trucks such as Loveless Cafe catered the event, and both Dean Johnson and the Commodore made an appearance (below).

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