"How to Be an Antiracist" community read, fall reopening plans, and more
Note from the Dean
We find ourselves in the midst of a significant societal push to combat racism and the systemic discrimination and injustice it breeds in our country. It’s clear that, while equity, diversity, and inclusion lie at the heart of our school’s mission, we have fallen short. As Dean, I take responsibility for that, but I am committed, along with the rest of our leadership, to change. Racism has no place at Owen and we will work to actively combat it within our community. The strategy and initiatives that will come with it will be developed, deployed, and communicated over the coming months. One of our initiatives this summer is to introduce a community read (see below for more details).

After pivoting to remote delivery in Mod 4 because of the international pandemic, I am delighted to say that Owen plans to commence in-person classes on August 17. Earlier this week, Vanderbilt and the Owen School published plans for the fall semester that are intended to get back on campus while keeping our community as safe and heathy as possible. We are all excited to get back to campus. Owen’s personal-scale approach thrives on in-person experiences. We all know that those experiences will be very different this year, but we are working hard to ensure positive ones for students, faculty, and staff. Read more about our plan to open in the fall here.


The Nashville, Atlanta, and New York Closing Bells will be rescheduled;

new dates are forthcoming.

November 6-7 | Reunion Weekend | Nashville

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Owen Community Studies How to Be an Antiracist

This summer, the entire Owen community — faculty, staff, and students — is reading Ibram Kendi’s book, How to Be an Antiracist. The Dean invites alumni to join us. Beyond reading the book, Owen’s Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board plans to link the book to discussions at orientation and later to other community panels and events (for new and returning students). If we hope to be an antiracist community and propagate antiracist behavior in the business world, it stands to reason that we need to learn and discuss what it is. This marks just one of many steps we will be taking in the coming year and beyond to pursue our mission to be a diverse and inclusive business school focused on delivering world-class education on a personal scale.
COVID-19 Insights: Brent Turner (MBA’99)

Across the world, Vanderbilt Business alumni find themselves on different frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the latest installment of COVID-19 Insights, Brent Turner (MBA’99) shares his thoughts on the state of the gig economy and what he’s learned as a business leader in these challenging times. Brent Turner is the Chief Operating Officer of Rover.com, which operates an online marketplace for people to buy and sell pet care services, including pet sitting, dog boarding, and dog walking. Read more.
Where Is the MBA Class of 2021 Interning?
Traditionally, rising second-year MBA students spend the summer interning with companies all over the country. While the coronavirus pandemic has interrupted some plans, many MBA students are still on for their internships this summer, though many of the programs will be moving remote. Browse our map to discover the companies where the MBA Class of 2021 is interning. Read more.
The new OwenGear.com store has launched!
We have revamped our online store to offer a greater 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.
4 Insights into Healthcare and Organizations During COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted how the healthcare system and organizations across the nation work to respond to a crisis. Professor Ranga Ramanujam — whose research interests include the role of leadership, communication, and learning processes in enhancing the quality and safety of healthcare — shared four insights into the state of the healthcare system and organizations during the worldwide pandemic. Read more.

EMBA Students Help the Nashville Sounds Develop Data-Driven Marketing Through Capstone Project

The world of minor league baseball looks very different than it did when an Executive MBA capstone team began their project for the Nashville Sounds in January 2020. Over the past few months, the capstone team used data analysis and market research to devise customer outreach strategies for the minor league baseball team. Read more.
Executive Education
Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 20% discount on our online programs with the code ALUMNI at checkout.
All in-person programs through the end of June have been cancelled due to the current health crisis, but we are offering the following online programs (click for more information):
  o  Strategic Leadership
  o  Strategy & Operations
  o  Finance & Accounting
  o  Strategic Innovation
We also offer technology bootcamps in coding, data analytics, cybersecurity, and FinTech. To learn more, click here.
In addition to these programs, Executive Education is also hosting two webinars in July about navigating the post-coronavirus world. These events are free to attend and open to alumni.
Pandethics: How a Crisis Affects the Ethics of Business (and the Business of Ethics)
Jul 24, 2020 09:00 AM Central Time

For many, ethics and morality are constants: basic values and senses of right and wrong that should not shift with winds of changing business conditions or social turbulence. For others, challenging times require moral flexibility – an openness to adjusting one’s ethics to cope with difficult and dynamic circumstances. 

In this thought-provoking and engaging webinar, Professor Bruce Barry will catalyze conversation on questions like these:

  o  How are business and workplace ethics implicated in a crisis?
  o  How are those ethics implicated in the particular crisis (or should we say crises) of 2020?
  o  How do you think about your own personal and work ethics — do they diverge?
  o  How morally flexible should we be when circumstances change dramatically?

Bruce Barry is the Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Professor of Management at the Owen Graduate School of Management. He teaches business ethics in Owen’s MBA program and has published widely on workplace ethics, rights, conflict, power, and justice. He is editor in chief of Business Ethics Quarterly, a premier international scholarly journal in the business ethics field.
Leading Teams and Maintaining Organizational Culture in a Virtual Workplace
July 28, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time

The option to work from home is a genie the pandemic let out of the bottle. The future for most workplaces will involve far more employee choice about where (flex-place) and when (flex-time) they work. In this session, Corbette Doyle will cover a few popular questions we’ve been hearing:

  o  How do we determine the impact the sudden shift to remote work, furloughs, and layoffs had on our organizational culture?
  o  How do we use this moment in time to strengthen our organizational culture going forward?
  o  Should we increase employee choice about where and when they work? 
  o  Which tools and skills will managers need to build teams with positive cultures in a flex-place (and flex-time) workplace?

Corbette Doyle is a Senior Lecturer in Organizational Leadership, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations and teaches in Vanderbilt’s Advanced Leadership Program for Executives.

Owen in the News
May 27, 2020
Unemployed workers slowly finding jobs as states start reopening
News Channel 5
Professor David Parsley is quoted, explaining how skilled workers will be the first ones hired back as economies slowly begin to re-open.
May 31, 2020
2020 MBAs To Watch: Mariam Amusan
Every year, the business school-focused publication highlights standout students from the graduating MBA class. Congrats to MBA'20 grad Mariam Amusan for being included in this year's list!
June 1, 2020
'An absolute gift': Southwest flight attendant, American Airlines CEO have emotional racism talk at 30,000 feet
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker (MBA'86) and Southwest Airlines flight attendant JacqueRae Hill reflect on the impact of an impromptu conversation they had during a plane flight about the book White Fragility.

Parting Shot: Nashville Bridge

Last month, the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge was lit in black and gold to honor Vanderbilt graduates from a distance.

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