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Aspiring Business Leaders Reflect on Leaders Who Inspired Them


One of the big reasons that students enroll in our executive-level MBA programs is that they want to become better leaders. So on the first day of classes for students in the Executive MBA and Americas MBA for Executives programs at Vanderbilt, I thought it was so fitting that each student was tasked with reflecting on past leaders in their lives—specifically the leadership qualities that personally inspired each student to do great work. The reflection was done during the Week-in-Residence […]

So You Think Your Company Is Up for Sale???


It’s hard to be a brand new hire—or even a seasoned employee–amid rumors that your company might be up for grabs. We get concerns from alumni and even new MBA  hires who are in this situation and wonder whether they should hit the panic button, hit the pavement with a new job search or both. Our Executive Director of the Career Management Center, Read McNamara, had some sage advice with a recent inquiry along these lines that I am sharing, […]

Women’s Business Dress: Separating Fun from Folly


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 […]

Owen Partners with Forté Foundation to Help Women Launch Business Careers


Owen recently became a partner school with the Forté Foundation, which is a nonprofit partnership of companies and top business schools working together to launch women into fulfilling, significant careers, and to help address the lower numbers of women who traditionally attend schools of business (versus schools of medicine or law). Forté executive director Elissa Sangster, who delivered this year’s Women in Business Symposium’s Keynote address, sat down with Dean Eric Johnson to talk about these issues in the video […]

Dressing the MBA


In an ambiguous world of mainstream business casual, people have become less careful about what’s work appropriate versus what’s fun or comfortable to wear. However confusing that makes the everyday dress routine, it is even more problematic when one prepares for the interview. Whether you are pursuing your MBA or landing the big job afterward, we have a few things to say here that will help you maintain business and timeless in your first professional impression.

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