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Category Archives: Blake Knight ’12
This edition of the Owen Podcast Series welcomes Emma co-founder/CEO and Vanderbilt alum Clint Smith. Clint has been working with web-based products and communities for over 15 years and has overseen significant growth at Emma. He shares his thoughts on what makes the company unique, where it’s heading with future offerings, and how to craft the perfect email.
In this edition of the Owen Podcast Series, we welcome Jackalope Brewing Company co-founders Bailey Spaulding and Robyn Virball. The conversation touches on the inspiration behind the company, their current and future plans, and why, in spite of being the only female owned and operated brewery in Tennessee, they opted against calling it the Flowers and Unicorns Brewing Company.
Deciding on a business school is tough. There are a lot of beautifully curated and polished marketing materials making a lot of claims that are impossible to truly verify. So when it comes to doing your due diligence as a prospective student, once you’ve made your short list of schools, the best thing to do is visit campuses and speak directly to the current stakeholders, the students and faculty.
Of course, that’s easier said than done, especially around the holidays. Student chats offer a solid second option by allowing you to speak directly with current students in a candid manner.
Wondering what the current job market is really like for MBAs? We can tell you.
What sort of independent study opportunities exist at Vanderbilt? What does Nashville offer in terms of arts and entertainment? Where do students typically live and how much is rent?
We’ve got you covered.
We are offering two opportunities this week chat online with our admissions team and current students to learn more about the Vanderbilt MBA and the Owen community, and Owen Bloggers encourages you to join in!
“Diversity at Owen” Chat
Wednesday, November 16 – 12:00-1:00 pm central
Last week Owen students had the privilege of meeting Procter & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald at a speaking even on campus. The subject of his talk was values-based leadership in what he calls an increasingly VUCA world. (VUCA = volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous)
Along with giving out his email address, he provided his ten rules of successful leadership:
- Living a life driven by purpose is more meaningful and rewarding than meandering through life without direction. “Choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong.” – From the West Point Cadet Prayer
- Companies must do well to do good, and must do good to do well. P&G was the first company in the world to hire women in Saudi Arabia, and currently have 35 female employees. Due to the still constrained gender issues, the company had to install conference rooms with glass barriers that separates the men from the women. Additionally, because women in Saudi Arabia do not have the right to drive, P&G must hire male drivers to take the female employees around for work. It is inspiring and refreshing to hear about a company leading human rights issues around the globe and having a whatever-it-takes attitude to do what is right.
This episode of the Owen Podcast Series welcomes professor Larry Van Horn, who runs the Healthcare MBA Program at Vanderbilt’s Owen School of Management. He shares his always colorful insights on the need for business schools to produce educated health professionals, what gives Owen a strategic advantage in the healthcare industry, and why we can expect things to get worse before they get better from a policy standpoint.