insideOwen | April 2016

From the Dean: Terrorism hits home

It is impossible to comprehend that the Owen community would be struck by terrorism twice in single month. Alums Justin and Stephanie Shults (both MAcc'09) and MBA student Taylor Force were tragically killed in March terrorist attacks in Brussels and Israel, respectively. The deaths have left Owen in mourning, but the outpouring of support from our community and friends has been overwhelming. A memorial was held at Vanderbilt to honor Taylor Force (pictured above). Vanderbilt is creating the Taylor Force Memorial Scholarship to support graduates of U.S. military academies attending Owen. Likewise, contributions can be made to the MAcc Scholarship Fund in memory of Justin and Stephanie Shults. Gifts can be made online or sent to: Vanderbilt Gift Processing Office, PMB 407727, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37240-7727, attn.: Taylor Force Memorial Scholarship or MAcc Scholarship Fund.  
I thank you deeply for your thoughts and prayers for our community during these trying times. The attacks will not change our committment to training leaders that can operate on the global stage. Together, our community will emerge stronger than ever. 
Owen No. 22 in U.S. News ranking
The Owen School jumped five spots to score it's highest ranking ever on the influential list of top U.S. business schools. Vanderbilt EMBA was also ranked No. 18 by Poets & Quants.
Owen students, meet Warren
Students from every program at Owen travelled to Omaha, NE, for an intimate Q&A with Warren Buffett. Read what they had to say about this experience of a lifetime. 
Health care executives @ Owen
Patty Morrison, CIO of Cardinal Health, and Joe Mello, COO of DaVita HealthPartners, recently spoke to students about what it takes to be a leader in health care. Watch Dean Johnson interview Morrison here and Mello here

From Vandebilt MBA to CEO

Sarah Trahern (MBA'04) returned to the Owen School to speak with students about her career journey to CEO of the Country Music Association. Watch her full talk here.
New website survey
Digital Pulp, a New York-based digital marketing agency, is working with the Owen School's marketing team to redesign the school's online presence. The Digital Pulp team is eager to hear from our community about how the current website has served your needs in the past, and how you believe the new website could serve your needs and the needs of prospective students better going forward. We have put together a short survey and we look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas.
Vanderbilt Giving Day on April 21
Join fellow Owen alumni and make Vanderbilt Giving Day a success. On April 21, Individual gifts of all sizes will combine to impact Vanderbilt in a way that is greater than any single gift alone. Learn more at
Hear from a few of the women that make Owen special
Vanderbilt staff and alumni receive a 25 percent discount.
Negotiation Skills for Managers
Taught by Professor Ray Friedman
In 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.
April 25-26Register here

Digital Marketing: How to Stand Out from the Competition
Taught by Adjunct Professor of Marketing Corey M. Cleek
Deepen your understanding of key aspects of digital marketing platforms and explore how to reach and engage your target audiences.
May 5-6. Register here

Communication Strategies for Senior Leadership
Taught by Professor Kimberly Pace
Through a series of discussions, exercises and simulations, you’ll learn how to speak, write, listen and influence so that you can lead your organization more effectively.
May 9-10Register here
Vanderbilt Reunion 2016

March 30, 2016
Opinion: Terrorism, tragedy, travel and conquering fear
The Tennessean

March 21, 2016
Vanderbilt honors slain student with scholarship
Associated Press

March 21, 2016
A new spin on college financing? Treating students like stocks
PBS Newshour
Miquel Palacios
, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.

March 10, 2016
Vanderbilt student Taylor Force 'made people better'
The Tennessean

March 7, 2016

Why more than half of hospital bills don't get paid
The Tennessean
Larry Van Horn, associate professor of management, law and health policy, is quoted.
#OwenLife on Social Media
Add vanderbiltowen on Snapchat to follow Executive MBA students on an international immersion to Japan and South Korea.
See how Vanderbilt and Owen are using Periscope to give you a glimpse at #OwenLife.
Learn to lead millennials
To help you leverage the talents of Millennials in the workplace, Vanderbilt Executive Development Institute launched a two-day program (May 2-3) 
that teaches strategies to attract, motiviate and grow the workforce of the future. .
Parting Shot: Spring blooms at Vanderbilt
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