insideOwen | March 2017
From the Dean: Construction has begun on the H. Laird Smith Courtyard 
Through a $100,000 gift from the Henry Laird Smith Foundation, the H. Laird Smith Courtyard is receiving a significant renovation. The courtyard is a natural extension of Management Hall. It is visible from throughout the building, providing light and beauty to all three floors. It also naturally connects the historic Old Mechanical building with the modern Management Hall. Constructed in the early 1980s, the courtyard has served Owen well for more than 30 years. The renovation will give the courtyard a fresh look that will enhance both its beauty and functionality. Key enhancements include better access, more patio space, new furniture, and lighting to create a venue for everything from an informal place for students to meet, to a formal gathering space for lectures or receptions.


March 28 Closing Bell | Houston

March 29 Closing Bell | Dallas
March 31 | Americas MBA Global Panel | Nashville

May 5 | Alumni Networking Night with Executive MBA Students | Nashville

May 9 | Closing Bell | Boston

May 25 Closing Bell | Nashville

View more upcoming alumni events

Adena Friedman to Speak at Commencement
Dean M. Eric Johnson has announced that Adena Friedman (MBA '93), CEO of Nasdaq, will speak at the school’s commencement on May 12, 2017. 
Ms. Friedman assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of Nasdaq on January 1, 2017, and is a member of the Board of Directors. Ms. Friedman brings more than 20 years of industry leadership and expertise and is credited with significant contributions that shaped Nasdaq’s strategic transformation to a leading global exchange and technology solutions company with operations on six continents. Read More
Americas MBA Global Panel on March 31
The Americas MBA for Executives program will be hosting a Global Panel, entitled "Globalization: Can it Survive the Shifting Political Landscape?", at 5:30 PM in Vanderbilt's Wyatt Center, followed immediately by a reception in the Wyatt Center Lobby. Both events are open to the public, so feel free to bring someone who may be interested in the Americas MBA program to hear from our faculty, staff, and current student cohort, comprised of students from four international universities and 11 different countries. Register Here
Humans of Owen Brings the Community Together Through Storytelling
This fall, four Owen students began a storytelling series for students, faculty, and staff as a way to bring the Owen community closer. The "Humans of Owen" has gained significant traction over the school year and culminated in a week of events sponsored by the school's professional, affinity, and special interest clubs. Poets & Quants spoke to the co-creators and some participants last month. Read More
A Conversation with Rick Moss
At Hanes, innovation is driven in part through a deep knowledge of customer preferences and supply chain ownership. Rick Moss, Chief Financial Officer of Hanesbrands, sits down with M. Eric Johnson, Dean of Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, to discuss the roots of innovation and keys to leadership. Watch Here
Save the Date for Reunion 2017: October 6-7
Mark your calendars today for Reunion 2017, set for October 6–7. All Owen alumni are invited, especially those whose class years end in a 2 or 7 (our milestone years). Come celebrate Owen and the success of our graduates. Learn More
Vanderbilt Business Earns Another Top-25 Ranking from U.S. News and World Report
Vanderbilt Business ranks No. 25 in U.S. News and World Report's 2018 ranking of the best business schools. Amongst Top-25 schools with total class sizes of 350 students or smaller, the full-time program ranks second in employment rate at graduation, average pay, and recruiter assessment. 
Day in the Life of a Master of Marketing Candidate
Katherine Delaney graduated from Vanderbilt University with a concentration in French and a minor in corporate strategy, all while competing as a nationally ranked Division I athlete on the track and cross country teams. As a senior, she heard about the Vanderbilt Master of Marketing degree and discovered how the program could equip her with the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to thrive in marketing. Katherine describes a typical day in the program, as she balances, class, internships, and life in Nashville. Read Her Story

Executive Education

Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 25 percent discount.
April 10-11: Achieving Operational Excellence
Taught by David Dilts
In this interactive two-day program you will learn how to understand your current processes, and ultimately how to transform them into competitive weapons by making them leaner, faster, more focused, more flexible and of higher quality. Register here

April 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. 
This program is currently full. Please contact Maureen Writesman to be added to a wait list.
April 24-25: Negotiation Skills for Managers
Taught by Ray Friedman
Tn this highly interactive two-day program, you’ll learn an analytic framework to help think more clearly about any negotiation you face, and get feedback to help you become a better negotiator. Through a variety of exercises—starting with simple simulations that become increasingly complex—you will be able to immediately see the effects of different negotiation strategies for different scenarios. Register here

May 1-2: Leading Millennials
Taught by Cherrie Clark
In this program, you will learn who Millennials are and how to lead them to further organizational goals. You will hear from Millennials in live panels and through research. You will study best practices of companies who have successfully leveraged this powerful generation. You will receive feedback about your own workplace and Millennials who work there. And you will begin the process of applying your newfound knowledge to your home work environment. This program is currently full. Please contact Maureen Writesman to be added to a wait list.

Owen in the News

February 20, 2017
David Owens second guest on 'The Zeppos Report'
Vanderbilt News
David Owens, professor of the practice of management and innovation at the Owen Graduate School of Management, is featured. 

Feb 21, 2017
A Take On 'Humans Of NY' At Vanderbilt
Poets & Quants 
You’ve heard of “Humans of New York,” photographer Brandon Stanton’s series of interviews with random people on the streets of the Big Apple. What began in 2010 as a collection of photos morphed into a book and blog that has gained cultural cache in the form of 18 million Facebook followers and hundreds of imitators in cities around the world. Among those expressing their sincere flattery: a group of MBA students at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

Feb 23, 2017
Why becoming a leader makes some people more unethical
Fast Company 
According to a new study, the higher up the corporate ladder you climb, the more likely you might be to engage in unethical behavior. Study co-author Jessica Kennedy, assistant professor of management, is quoted.

March 13, 2017
Why powerful people fail to stop bad behavior by their underlings 
The Conversation
Professor Jessica Kennedy discusses her latest research on the relationship between rank and principled dissent within the context of recent events at Uber, Wells Fargo, and other organizations.

March 14, 2017
Four Vanderbilt graduate, professional schools score in top 20 in ‘U.S. News’ rankings
Vanderbilt News 
Vanderbilt University remains firmly positioned among the nation’s top graduate and professional schools in the latest U.S. News & World Report “Best Graduate School” rankings. Owen Graduate School of Management is mentioned.

Parting Shot --

Vanderbilt grads are helping find startup success. Check out their story in the latest edition of Vanderbilt Business magazine. Read here
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