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 […]

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. […]

Vanderbilt MBA Students Get Fashion Right

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 […]

Owen Partners with Forté Foundation to Help Women Launch Business Careers

[responsive-youtube id=TZ4GgLwMGUs] 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 […]

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.

Job Market Heats Up for Vanderbilt MBAs This Winter

It may be frigid outside, but the job market for Vanderbilt MBAs is heating up this holiday season. Season of hope? Yes! (Not just for us, but also for many others across the U.S. as last week’s jobs report shows.) Here at the Owen School, it’s also a season of important decisions. Data from our […]

Health Care Conference

Vanderbilt Conference Explores the Future of Health Care Innovation

Every year I am amazed at the level of speakers and industry participants involved in Vanderbilt’s annual Health Care Conference, a student-led initiative that brings together MBA students (from Vanderbilt and other schools), faculty, alumni, as well as health care providers and executives from across the U.S. [Left to Right: George Barrett, Rob Perry, Sue […]

Geoff Walker On How to Develop the Brand You

Orientation started Monday at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management for new MBA, MAcc, and MSF students with timeless and specific wisdom from Geoff Walker, (MBA ‘94), Executive VP of Fisher-Price Global Brands, a subsidiary of Mattel where he has enjoyed—really enjoyed—19 years in a variety of roles. Geoff talked about how critical it is […]

Nine Tips To Successfully Transition From Your Current Job to B-School

Congratulations on your decision to go to business school. If you’re like most entering B-School students, you’re probably hoping to either switch careers two years from now or get a significant boost up the career ladder in your chosen field when you return. In almost all cases, future employers and recruiters will be looking at […]