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Announcing the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures


We are excited to announce the establishment of the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures to build upon the successes of Project Pyramid.  Please check back soon for further updates and a new website. At its core, the Center will focus on action – empowering students to learn through real work that has a significant impact on local and global partner organizations.  The Center will: Develop consulting projects, matching students teams from various Vanderbilt programs with projects that fit their […]

2014-2015 Projects


In the first week of March Project Pyramid had teams working with the following organizations: Nashville: Impact Hub (now Refinery) Guatemala: Primeros Pasos and the VU Coffee Institute Ecuador: Shared Trade Women’s Coop Honduras: VUMC Gastric Cancer Center Screening Senegal: Malika Monkeys & Women’s Seed Oil Coop Stay tuned for updates on the projects!

Women’s Business Dress: Separating Fun from Folly


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The topic of what to wear in a professional environment is clearly a hot topic! My earlier post pointing to a style tip-sheet from 2013 Owen alums Kalen Stanton and Nick Hofer got lots of traffic. But as an alumna rightly pointed out, the post needed more advice for women. That inspired me to take matters into my own hands and write some suggestions just for women. Here’s the good news: women have more latitude and choice about business dress […]

Lights, Camera … Leadership


I like to say that leadership is a contact sport. To me, that means leadership requires not just theory, but also practice, something we try to instill in Owen students through things like case studies in the classroom, through club and case competition participation, and through our Leadership Development Program. However, trying to describe the Owen leadership experience to the outside world — prospective students, recruiters, peer institutions and the wider Vanderbilt community — doesn’t quite do it justice. To […]

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B-School Rankings Offer Useful Data, But Not the Whole Story


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We live in a data-rich era. Facebook can say more about someone’s personality based on their likes than many trained psychologists can. Target’s data-mining software famously predicted a teenager’s pregnancy by detecting a shift in her buying habits. And the company Palantir, one of Silicon Valley’s most talked about startups, has used data linkages to help catch Bernie Madoff and uncover Osama Bin Laden’s whereabouts. But as someone who has built an academic career studying the science of how data […]

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