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FEATURE

Bill of Health

The financial impact of health care reform

Christopher Parks found himself facing an all-too-common dilemma. He and his mother, who was in the midst of cancer treatments, were sitting in her living room going through a stack of her medical bills and those of his father, who had died recently.

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From the Dean

Inspiration comes in many forms and often from unexpected sources. As business leaders we plan, budget and dream, yet we often don’t find the needed spark in the incremental day-to-day events of life.

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Military Discipline

From battlefields to business fields

Ray Sumner, MBA’10, woke up in a bed with white sheets. He recognized his mother, who was holding his right hand. She had traveled from their family farm on Staten Island to keep vigil at his bedside in Bethesda Naval Hospital.

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Q & A with an Owen Staff Member

Read McNamara, MA’76, Executive Director of the Career Management Center

Read McNamara recently joined the staff at Owen after spending 35 years in the consumer goods industry.

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Flour Power

Bringing better nutrition to Mozambique

Some of the grandmothers—only in their 50s, but aged by the hardships of living in one of the world’s poorest places—liked the porridge so much that they started dancing, hopping on one foot and then the other, grinning toothless smiles and kicking dust onto their colorful skirts.

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Editor's Memo

Flood of Memories

The floodwaters that devastated Middle Tennessee in early May left their mark in more ways than one. The physical destruction was sudden and overwhelming: Lives were lost, and many homes and businesses were in ruins once the muddy water subsided.

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Personal Assets

The Right Ingredients

“Baking is all about chemistry,” says Lindsay Beckner, who co-owns FiddleCakes, a Nashville-based bakery, cafe and catering business that can accommodate box lunches for 30 or cupcakes for 500.

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Corporate Spotlight

Her Cup of Tea

A few years ago Karla Diehl started a nightly ritual of serving tea to her family.

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Global Perspective

Someway, Somehow

“Do you think it’s possible that he put diesel in the tank instead of petrol?”

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Student Experience

In a New Light

In 2009 a team of Vanderbilt graduate and undergraduate students visiting rural Bangladesh made a startling observation.

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In the News

Headlines from Around the World

The Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management ranks No. 25 among executive MBA programs in The Wall Street Journal’s new survey of national business schools. On management skills and alumni satisfaction—key components of the overall rankings—Owen is No. 17 and No. 18, respectively.

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Bottom Line

Hell or High Water

“It’s heartbreaking. You walk through these buildings and feel like the soul has been taken out of them.

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