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10 Basics to Know about the Alumni Board

Posted in: Fall 2014, mini-feature

1. Charge: Provide strategic advice and input to the dean and other Owen leadership. 2. Member characteristics: Be involved and an enthusiastic, positive advocate for Owen. 3. Nominated: Existing board members or Owen leadership nominate new members. Great candidates are those who participate in Owen activities, are leaders in the workplace, and demonstrate capacity and [...]

Evolving, Serving and Having Fun

Posted in: Fall 2014, Issue, mini-feature

As Owen’s website says it, the approximately 40 members of the Alumni Board “serve the community through the promotion of and support for the school’s strategic priorities and initiatives.” Ask Erika King, MBA’99, the board’s new chair, and she’ll tell you that description leaves out an essential detail: “It’s fun.” For King, who has been [...]

Life at Owen, Owen for Life

Posted in: Cover, Fall 2014, Features

Erika King, MBA’99, and MBA student Catalina Lizarralde are drawing on their own perspectives, styles and experiences to help shape how alumni and students interact with the Owen School.

Second Generation

Posted in: Fall 2014, Photo Essay

Vanderbilt business degrees are all in the family for these alumni.

The Chief Economist Returns

Posted in: Fall 2014, Features

Craig Lewis’ tenure at the SEC delivered meaningful economic analysis that changed the agency and its rule-making.

New Frontiers in Finance

Posted in: Fall 2014, Features

What’s ahead for Vanderbilt’s high-profile finance meeting of the minds.

Investing in Life

Posted in: Fall 2014, Features

Whether helping MBA students or someone whose pet has cancer, alumnus Mark Tillinger invests in others.

Lasting Impression

Posted in: Fall 2014

Owen at night from above—you’ve never seen the school this way before.

Nancy Abbott

Posted in: Fall 2014, How I Did It

A GE executive shares her story about changing fields, charting her own path and being persistent.

Broader Horizons

Posted in: Fall 2014, Features

Nonprofit leaders across the country can now apply for nonprofit sponsorship in Vanderbilt’s Executive MBA program

Refuge for Deep Thought, Collaboration and Help

Posted in: Data Set, Fall 2014

The Walker Management Library staff passed out 2,000 pairs of earplugs and answers to 3,180 questions last year. With access to 7,863 business related e-journals and about 100 business related databases, they’re the information source for Vanderbilt business people for life.

Intellectual Capital

Posted in: Fall 2014, Intellectual Capital

What can be learned about a company’s financial well-being from its inventory practices? Do CEOs’ shareholder letters drop hints about pending change? Two Vanderbilt professors want to know.

Vanderbilt Business Leadership

Posted in: Fall 2014, Staff

Editor Nancy Wise Designers Michael T. Smeltzer Photography Daniel Dubois, Jason Getz, Steve Green, Joe Howell, Anne Rayner,  John Russell, Susan Urmy Contributors Joanne Lamphere Beckham, BA’63; Bonnie Arant Ertelt, BS’81; Kara Furlong; Randy Horick; Jan Read; Seth Robertson; Rob Simbeck; Sandy Smith; Ryan Underwood,BA’96 Dean M. Eric Johnson, Ralph Owen Dean and Bruce D. [...]

On the Cover — Fall 2014

Posted in: Fall 2014, On the Cover


Just Getting Better

Posted in: Fall 2014, Owen News

Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management placed No. 20 among U.S. programs in the Economist’s ranking of full-time MBA programs (No. 29 globally)—a jump from last year at 23 (and 34, respectively). The annual ranking is based on a student survey of four factors the Economist identifies as the primary reasons students pursue an MBA: [...]

Addicted to Travel

Posted in: Class Acts, Fall 2014, mini-feature

Around the world in 80 days? Tyler Narveson needs only 17. The Colorado native, who finished his MBA in May, travels for both business and pleasure, calling his “addiction to travel” his passion. Having circumnavigated the earth five times already—at 28 years old—he was recently featured in an August Wall Street Journal article about the [...]

On the Road and In the Air for Vanderbilt

Posted in: Fall 2014, Features

Travel adventures are all in a day’s work for the business school’s international recruiter.

Dual Strength

Posted in: Fall 2014, Features

A new joint degree brings finance and law closer together.

New Organization Studies Professor On Board

Posted in: Fall 2014, Owen News

Jessica Kennedy has joined the Owen faculty as assistant professor of management in organization studies. Previously with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Kennedy teaches Leading Teams and Organizations and Negotiation. Kennedy’s research interests focus on power and status hierarchies, as well as ethics in organizations. She studies how groups allocate power and [...]

Executive Development Institute Welcomes New Leader

Posted in: Fall 2014, Owen News

The new executive director of Vanderbilt’s Executive Development Institute lists the Darden School of Business and Chevron on his resume. Robert “Skip” Culbertson is charged with directing the school’s popular nondegree executive courses and programs for businesses and individuals. “Skip is exactly the person Owen needs to move our nondegree executive programs to the next [...]

Vanderbilt’s Forté Membership is a Win-Win for Women

Posted in: Fall 2014, Owen News

Owen joined an exclusive group of business schools committed to supporting and recruiting women when it became a sponsor of the Forté Foundation in July. The foundation is a nonprofit consortium of schools and corporations dedicated to increasing the number of women in business and helping them learn and achieve. Owen underwent a rigorous application [...]

From the Dean

Posted in: @DeanEricJohnson, Fall 2014

Dean Johnson talks about people who perfectly capture the spirit of Owen right now: energetic, smart and engaged in ways that spur those around them to do great things.

Seven At the Top

Posted in: Features, Summer 2014

Over its four decades,Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management has produced hundreds of leaders in functions and industries all over the globe. Meet seven of them in the CEO circle.

Lasting Impression

Posted in: Lasting Impression, Summer 2014

The matador queried, “Is there no American brave enough to fight the bulls?” Only one man responded: Dewey Daane.

Leadership Lessons

Posted in: Features, Summer 2014

One alumnus is CFO of the major airline he joined right out of Owen. Another’s focus on toys has taken him to Europe and back. Vanderbilt alumni share their personal leadership paths.

Celebrating Dewey Daane

Posted in: Photo Essay, Summer 2014

Legendary stories abound about Dewey Daane, the Frank K. Houston Professor of Finance at Owen. We use pictures to tell some of them in a salute to Daane.

Collaborative, Communal and Uniquely Owen

Posted in: Features, Summer 2014

We asked five alumni one question: What did you learn about leadership at Owen? That was all it took to spark an hour-long roundtable discussion.

Owen’s Anthem on Leadership

Posted in: Cover, Features, Summer 2014

From “136 Words to Live By,” the anthem of Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University

Entrepreneurs Know No Borders

Posted in: Owen News, Summer 2014

A delegation from King Fahd University in Saudi Arabia spent six days in Nashville learning how to create and build an entrepreneurship program, courtesy of an interdisciplinary group at Vanderbilt. The visit was in response to a weeklong trip that Senior Lecturer of Entrepreneurship Michael Burcham took to King Fahd in October as an adviser. [...]

Measuring What Matters

Posted in: Owen News, Summer 2014

Vanderbilt’s full-time MBA program is No. 25 in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. Particularly significant: Among the top 25 schools, Owen had the fourth-highest rate of students employed at graduation and the ninth highest rate of students employed three months after graduation—two key metrics used in the survey. And Poets & Quants, [...]


Posted in: Owen News, Summer 2014

How important is Latin America in global business? Just ask one of the MBA schools who participated in the first U.S.-based Latin Business Case Competition organized by the Vanderbilt Latin Business Association. The student-run competition was held at Owen March 28 and welcomed MBA teams from Ohio State, Washington University, Indiana University, Georgia Institute of [...]

Couldn’t Happen to a Nicer Guy

Posted in: Owen News, Summer 2014

A scholarship established to honor former Career Management Center Director Peter Veruki now bears his name. A group that includes Georgiana and Eric Noll, MBA’90; Paul Jacobson, MBA’97; Kevin Kimery, MBA’93; Heiki Miki, MBA’96; Dave Willis, MBA’97; David DiFranco, MBA’99; and Veruki’s wife, Judy Spinella, EMBA’93, established the scholarship in 2012. Under funding rules, scholarships [...]

Honored by Vanderbilt

Posted in: Class Acts, Summer 2014

Todd Jackson, BA’96, EMBA’08, received the inaugural Alumni Volunteer Award from the Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board of Directors. The award recognizes an alumnus who has positively represented the institution and its mission and has a significant pattern of volunteer service to the university. As founders and co-chairs of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Young Ambassadors, Jackson [...]

Beyond the Famous Name

Posted in: Beyond the Name, Summer 2014

What do the Milwaukee Brewers, the Emperor of Japan, and a famous shipwreck and song have in common with Owen ? The answer can be found in the life of the late Edmund B. Fitzgerald.

Vanderbilt Business Leadership

Posted in: Staff, Summer 2014

Editor Nancy Wise Designers Michael T. Smeltzer Art Director Donna Pritchett Photography Daniel Dubois, Steve Green, Lauren Holland, Joe Howell, Anne Rayner,  John Russell, Susan Urmy Contributors Joanne Lamphere Beckham, BA’63; Eric Butterman; Bonnie Arant Ertelt, BS’81; Randy Horick; Rob Simbeck; Sandy Smith; Ryan Underwood,BA’96 Dean M. Eric Johnson, Ralph Owen Dean and Bruce D. [...]

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