School starts soon, Management Hall expansion plans announced, and more
School starts soon, Management Hall expansion plans announced, and more
Note from the Dean

July begins a time of welcoming new students, faculty, and staff into our community. We began on July 1, welcoming Chancellor Diermeier. Besides being Vanderbilt’s Chancellor, he is a tenured member of the Owen Faculty. Over the next four weeks, we will be welcoming over 400 new students across our degree programs. By August 17, all of our students will be back in the classroom, taking courses that will be a hybrid blend of in-person and on-line experiences. It will be different, but it is great to bring the community together and have life back in the building!
Speaking of the building: much work remains before we can break ground, but I am pleased to announce our steady progress on the expansion and renovation of Management Hall. Great thanks to the Owen Century Partners who have helped us continue moving forward during a challenging time!


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

new dates are forthcoming. Reunion weekend has also been postponed

to 2021 and new dates will be announced soon.

View more upcoming alumni events

Vanderbilt Executive MBA Nonprofit Scholarship Awarded to Strategist at St. Louis Integrated Health Network

Jessica Holmes, Principal Strategist – Alignment, Innovation, and Growth at the St. Louis Integrated Health Network (IHN), has been awarded a full-tuition scholarship to Vanderbilt Business’ Executive MBA program. Each academic year the program awards the two-year scholarship, valued at over $100,000. Read more.
Four MD/MBA Students Publish Article in the Journal of Medical Systems

Last month, four Vanderbilt MD/MBA students from the class of 2021 had an article published in the Journal of Medical Systems, titled “Lessons from Operations Management to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which examines how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the medical supply chain. The students co-wrote the article with two Vanderbilt faculty members, Mumin Kurtulus of Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management and Brian C. Drolet of the Vanderbilt Medical School. Read more.
Commodore Classroom: Economic Impact and Forecasting in the COVID Era
Please join us next Wednesday from 11 a.m. - noon CDT for a virtual Commodore Classroom moderated by M. Eric Johnson, Ralph Owen Dean and Bruce D. Henderson Professor of Strategy. In the panel, Vanderbilt experts will offer perspectives on recovery and forecasting for financial markets, businesses, and global economies. Learn more and register here.
The new 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
7 Steps to Fight Racism Personally and Professionally

María del Carmen Triana, Professor of Management, has spent more than 12 years extensively researching diversity and discrimination in organizations. Her research is more relevant than ever, as the United States grapples with racism and protests continue around the nation. To that end, she shared her expertise with the Vanderbilt Business community last month via video conference, covering the history and impact of racial discrimination in the U.S. as well as explaining ways to combat it. Read a summary of her talk.

COVID-19 Insights: Eric Noll (MBA'90)

Across the world, Vanderbilt Business alumni find themselves on different frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this installment of COVID-19 Insights, Eric Noll, Chief Executive Officer of Context Capital Partners, discusses market volatility and what it means for larger market conditions. 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 August 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
  o  Leading Change
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 a webinar next week about navigating the post-coronavirus world. The event is free to attend and open to alumni.
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
June 24, 2020
Group commits $13M to Vanderbilt building update
Nashville Post
A group of high-profile Vanderbilt University alumni and supporters — called Owen Century Partners — has committed more than $13 million to allow for a renovation and expansion of the building housing the Owen Graduate School of Management.
July 8, 2020
Next COVID relief package should require health price transparency. Everyone would benefit.
USA Today
Professor Larry Van Horn co-authored this piece urging Congress to require hospitals to post real prices and insurers to disclose reimbursement rates.

Parting Shot: Owen in Summer

Campus remains quiet as staff and faculty get ready to welcome back students in just a few weeks. We will see you all soon (with masks on, of course)!

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