Congratulations to Joejuan Williams and Justin Skule!
Our program sends a huge congratulations to our Managerial Studies students, Joejuan Williams and Justin Skule, for their selections in the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville!
“Tech Trends Reshaping Our Lives, Our Work—And Our World” with Christina “CK” Kerley
During a special Tech Megatrends presentation held at Vanderbilt, Christina “CK” Kerley discussed the future of technology and possibilities associated with “Added Intelligence” and blockchain. CK is a top-rated faculty member at Rutgers Business School for Exec Ed and has been a guest lecturer at universities such as Stanford, Cornell and Carnegie Mellon. While she has wowed crowds at TEDx, the United Nations and industry leaders like Microsoft and Amazon, we appreciate CK’s commitment to sharing her subject matter expertise with students of our program.
Master the Finance Interview with Rohit Sahni
Rohit Sahni, Vanderbilt alum and co-founder of Harbor Spring Capital, visited our students and faculty for a “Mastering the Finance Interview” workshop. His in-depth presentation covered resume design, networking, technical interview concepts, and investment pitch ideas for those interested in careers in investment banking, consulting, hedge funds, and private equity. Mr. Sahni also spoke on his time as an Ingram Scholar, intern with JP Morgan, and learned experiences with companies such as Goldman Sachs. He currently serves as chairman of the board of Even Ground (a nonprofit focused on youth education in South Africa), a member of the Ingram Scholarship Board for Vanderbilt University, and a career coach for Harvard Business School. Mr. Sahni’s “crash course” was not only motivational, but also personable while providing constructive feedback to all in attendance.
Mr. Sahni’s involvement on the Ingram Scholarship Board and partnership with programs like ours shows his drive as a former Commodore to pour back into the Vanderbilt community.
Q&A with Dansby Swanson, Atlanta Braves Shortstop
Dansby Swanson, shortstop for the Atlanta Braves and founder of AllThingsLoyal, recently stopped by his old stomping grounds for a Q&A with Dr. Michael Lawson and our students. Before being drafted by the MLB, Dansby was part of the Vanderbilt Commodores 2014 National Championship team and named the College World Series Most Outstanding Player. He spoke on his Georgia roots, background and development as a student-athlete, and professional experiences with Major League Baseball. As a former student, Dansby reflected on the relevance of our classes and the application of the fundamentals learned to a number of career options. His “trust the process” strategy serves as inspiration for our Vanderbilt student community.
Networking Luncheon with Bridget Blaise-Shamai, VP at American Airlines
The Undergraduate Business Minor and Managerial Studies Programs were lucky to host Bridget Blaise-Shamai for a luncheon with our undergraduate students. As Vice President of Customer Insights and Loyalty at American Airlines and President of the AAdvantage Program, Ms. Blaise-Shamai discussed available internship opportunities with American Airlines and shared insights about the company culture. She emphasized the unique experience that working in the airline industry can offer, and stayed behind to chat with students about any additional questions and suggestions on career options.
Dining with Vanderbilt Alumni and ESPN’s very own, Willis H. Hulings
Our Programs were lucky to have Willis H. Hulings, Associate Marketing Director for ESPN, join us for a networking luncheon. Willis, who graduated from Vanderbilt in 2012, discussed his experiences at Vanderbilt as a student, and how he transformed education and managing the basketball team into an internship and career at ESPN. He shared insights centered on combining passions and problem solving skills to find the right career pathways which appeal to personal interests and support long term goals. Through his work for ESPN College Football and campus-wide activities, such as DoresAtWork, Willis encourages others to focus on creative strategies for success.
Networking Luncheon with Roger Deromedi, VU Alum and former CEO of Kraft
Dr. Patrick Leddin, professor of Managerial Studies, hosted Roger Deromedi, VU alum and former CEO of Kraft, to share insights with our Managerial Studies and Business Minor students. During his visit, Mr. Deromedi joined students for classroom visits and an informal lunch and learn experience. In addition to sharing personal advice, Mr. Deromedi encouraged students to seek effective mentorship, focus on delivering results, and avoid altering themselves to fit a stereotypical leadership style.
Lunch & Learn with Brad White of BrightHouse
The Undergraduate Business Minor and Managerial Studies Programs, joined by Professor Patrick Leddin, excitedly welcomed Brad White of BrightHouse, a creative consultancy, to campus for a luncheon with our students. White is the President of Europe and the Middle East at BrightHouse. White’s discussion included his move from Atlanta to Berlin and BrightHouse’s process for finding a company’s purpose. Students enjoyed asking him questions about the field of consulting and professional opportunities at BrightHouse.
Business Minor Information Sessions
The Undergraduate Business Minor regularly hosts information sessions to grow program awareness. Our faculty greet students and answer questions about the Business Fundamentals and Pathways Electives. We cover the structure of the program, internship and career options, and how our courses help prepare students for various business industries. Follow us on social media to attend one of our upcoming info sessions or events!