Rankings roundup, MBA Class of 2018 employment report, and more
Rankings roundup, MBA Class of 2018 employment report, and more
Note from the Dean
As we head off for Thanksgiving, we are celebrating both a very strong job market and strong results in recent rankings at Owen. On employment, it is hard to think of a year like this one. Two-thirds of our second-year MBA students and half of our MSFs have job offers to discuss at the Thanksgiving table — certainly many reasons to give thanks!

As for rankings, Vanderbilt Business leaped to #21 in Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s annual ranking of best b-schools. Owen also scored #26 globally (#20 among US schools) in The Economist’s annual “Which MBA?” rankings. In another global publication, our Executive MBA programs rose to #14 among US-only programs (#75 globally) in Financial Times.    

As in past years, Princeton Review raved about the Owen faculty (#2 for Best Professors) and called out our success in specialty areas like Human Resources (#2) and Operations (#7). And earlier this spring, U.S. News and World Report placed Owen at No. 26 in their ranking of full-time MBA programs.

As I often say, beyond the ups and downs of any individual ranking, I am most excited about our improvement in the fundamentals: attracting the best students and placing them in exciting new careers. Our faculty is stronger and more diverse than ever, creating international impact. I am proud of what we are accomplishing as we hone our strategy to deliver world-class business education on a personal-scale.



December 3 | Closing Bell | Hong Kong

December 6 | Closing Bell | Shanghai

December 8 | Closing Bell | Tokyo
January 4 | Closing Bell | San Francisco

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MBA Class of 2018 Secures Average Salary of $111,168, Signing Bonus of $26,415
The employment report for the MBA Class of 2018 is now available. Consulting was the most common job function and industry for second-year students accepting full-time offers, and for the seventh year in a row, 100% of first-year MBA students seeking summer internships received an offer. Read more.

Master of Accountancy Alum Launches Financial Services Firm
Double Dore and former college athlete Reggie Ford (BA'13, MAcc’14) founded Rosecrete Wealth Management to cater to professional athletes after a stint in public accounting. Ford credits his time at Vanderbilt with giving him the skills he needed to succeed at both accounting and entrepreneurship. Read more.
Looking for Vanderbilt Gear?
The University Store offers Owen-branded apparel, including fleeces, t-shirts, sweatshirts and jackets, as well as gear bags and beach totes, in a variety of styles and colors. Visit the store.
Executive MBA São Paulo Residency
Students in the Global Immersion Track of the Executive MBA Program recently returned from their residency at FIA in São Paulo, Brazil. They took classes with local professors — "Marketing in Emerging Markets” and “Corporate Social Responsibility” — continued working on their capstone strategy projects, and even attended samba dancing school! Hear from Matt Pearsall as he describes his week, including a surprise commute from the airport to his hotel via helicopter, in this podcast.

Executive Education Launches Inaugural Leadership Symposium
Thirty-five HR and Talent Development professionals from companies like HCA, Bridgestone, American Airlines, and FedEx convened to learn more about current thinking around creating a high performing diverse and inclusive culture. What leadership symposium topic would you like to see next year? Please contact David.Goodridge@owen.vanderbilt.edu with your suggestions.
MBA Alumni Referrals
Some of our best MBA candidates are friends or associates of our alumni. We value your referrals and want to encourage them. We are awarding a prize pack to the alum who provides the most MBA student referrals as well as to the alum with the most admitted referrals. Please use this link for your referrals so we can track them. Thank you for your continued investment in Owen!
Fall into Vandy Style!
There is still time to get your 2018 Limited-edition Vanderbilt University socks! Once again, all gifts of $35 or more to Owen will be eligible to receive socks through the month of November. This only happens once a year, and we want all Owen alumni to have the opportunity to “anchor down on their ankles.” Get your pair before it is too late! Visit vu.edu/heartandsole  to learn more. 
Executive Education
Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 20 percent discount.
Jan. 28-29: Leading in the Multigenerational Workforce
Taught by Cherrie Wilkerson & Brian Griffith

A two-day program to help reduce turnover, increase engagement and leverage the talents of the multigenerational workplace. Leave with the confidence to build the future of your company. Register here.
Feb. 4-5: Leadership Coaching
Taught by Mark Cannon
A two-day program to help you strengthen your employees and your organization. Learn to become an effective coach, build skills, address shortcomings, and build leaders. Register here.
Feb. 11-12: Stepping Up: A Tool Kit for Strategic Leadership
Taught by Joe Ryan
A two-day program that will help you deepen your strategic leadership skills. Learn to pinpoint the organizational capabilities needed to win today and tomorrow. Register here.

Owen in the News
November 12, 2018
How CIOs motivate their teams and foster productivity
Global IT leaders explain how Chief Information Officers (CIOs) can motivate teams and keep employees energized. Ralph Owen Dean M. Eric Johnson is quoted.

November 1, 2018 
Unions 2018 Deferred Interest Study: Which Retailers Use It?
The personal finance website interviewed Assistant Professor of Marketing Kelly Goldsmith about how marketers and retailers try to influence consumers to select certain financing options, including deferred interest payments.

Parting Shot: Former Senator Bill Frist

Last week, Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist came to speak on campus as part of the Vanderbilt Business Healthcare Association's "Talking Health" event series. Larry Van Horn, Executive Director of Health Affairs and Associate Professor of Management (Economics), moderated the talk.

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