insideOWEN is a quarterly e-publication designed to keep alumni and friends informed and up to date on the news, events, people and programs of the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management.
From the Dean: Simple Acts Go A Long Way
It's hiring season and already alumni have played a critical role in helping Owen graduates find the right jobs for them this year. But over the next 90 days, we're making an unprecedented push to boost our placement rate even higher. Jim Bradford tells how simple acts by alumni can go a long way.
Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management celebrated Commencement Day ceremonies for the 245 members of its Class of 2012 on Friday, May 11, 2012. Gathered on Magnolia Lawn, 179 received their Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree; 40 earned a Master of Finance (MSF) degree; and 26 were awarded a Master of Accountancy (MAcc) degree. Several students from the Master of Management in Health Care (MMHC) and the Executive MBA (EMBA) programs who graduated in 2011 also participated in the ceremony.
»Read more, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Commencement day
Inside the C-Suite
Bob Dennis, CEO, President and Chairman of Nashville-based Genesco — and a member of Owen’s Board of Visitors — discusses his career path and management philosophy with Jim Bradford and Owen students. »Watch interview
Upcoming Alumni Events
May 31, 2012 | Chicago Social Thursdays
June 28, 2012 | All Vanderbilt Gathering - Las Vegas
June 28, 2012 | CityOwen Dallas
June 28, 2012 | Chicago Social Thursdays
July 26, 2012 | Chicago Social Thursdays
Aug. 2, 2012 | CityOwen Seattle
Alumni Weekend 2012
Eight classes from Owen held reunion gatherings in Nashville during Owen Alumni Weekend, April 20-21. This year's second annual Owen Circle Celebration Dinner honored Steve Buchanan (BS '80, MBA '85), Heiki Miki (MBA '96), Jim Sohr (BE '86, MBA '90) and Peter Veruki, Owen's Director of Corporate Relations. Read about the award winners and see pictures from the event.
Mark your calendars for next year, April 5-7, 2013.
Share Your Photos and News!
Have you had a recent gathering with a group of classmates? Had a baby, received a promotion, started a new business? We will showcase selected alumni photos in future issues of insideOWEN.
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Executive Programs Update
We encourage you and interested colleagues to attend one of our upcoming Vanderbilt Executive programs. Come refresh and strengthen your management expertise in an open enrollment program at the Vanderbilt Executive Development Institute. These two- and three-day programs for working professionals are designed to help hone critical management skills that will enhance your performance.
»To learn more or to register, click here.
July 30-31, 2012 | Strategic Innovation
Aug. 20-21, 2012 | Achieving Operational Excellence
Aug. 27-28, 2012 | Marketing for Strategic Growth
Executive MBA Awards Non-Profit Scholarship
Karin Weaver, who created and runs a national program bringing children’s playrooms to homeless shelters, was awarded full tuition to Vanderbilt’s Executive MBA program. The annual scholarship program selects winners in partnership with Nashville’s Center for Non-Profit Management.
Is the Americas MBA Program Right for You?
The inaugural class of the Americas MBA for Executives program, designed for working professionals undertaking international assignments, will begin its second-year rotations through Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the U.S. this fall. Slots are still available for next year’s program if you or someone in your organization is interested in this one-of-a-kind global experience.
Multimedia Gallery: What's Happening at Owen
Student editor Evan Laya graduated in May, but left behind some outstanding student photography and reporting for Student Re-VU. We will miss you, Evan. Take a minute to check out his work: »Photos and stories of life at Owen.
Global Food Festival
On Thursday, April 12, the Owen lobby played host to a global culinary competition. From Andorra to Taiwan and Lithuania to Japan, students showcased their cooking skills to represent a region in hopes of winning the 2012 Global Food Fest title. Twelve teams entered, but only China and India were left standing to take home the top honors. Owen students and staff left full and happy after one of the marquee events of the year.
Owen in the News
U.S. News & World Report
Seventy percent of respondents in a recent survey said they decided to pursue an MBA. in order to switch careers. One of those was Courtney Necessary, a former ballerina who recently graduated from the Owen Graduate School of Management.
Wall Street Journal
In the past two years, Owen Graduate School of Management has increased support for its foreign-student job seekers, including hiring a dedicated career-services staffer for the international contingent; scheduling “how I did it” presentations by international students who successfully secured jobs in the U.S.; organizing job-hunt trips to Asia; and offering webinars to address cultural gaps and identify companies that are more open to sponsorship.
The technical glitches experienced during Facebook’s recent IPO weren’t surprising given the size of the size and complexity of the offering, nor will they affect the share price over the long term, says Bill Christie, Frances Hampton Currey Professor of Finance.
»Read more Owen in the News
New Issue of Vanderbilt Business Available
Read the cover profile on Owen Alumni Board Chair Brent Turner (MBA ’99) in the latest issue of Vanderbilt Business magazine, as well as features on a student-led biotech startup, Owen’s new brand identity and class notes.
Celebrate #25 with 25% Off Owen Gear
Now is the time to stock up on your Owen gifts and apparel. Help celebrate our rise in the rankings with 25% off your purchase at www.owengear.com. You earned it. Now show it. Use the discount code Top 25 at checkout. This offer is good through June 15, 2012.
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