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A team of 15 Owen students will head to Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business next month to compete in the MBA Games, an annual fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics of North Carolina. Started by Fuqua students in 1989, this event is in its 25th year and has raised over $2.2 million for this great cause.
I almost didn’t make it. The week of our planned trip to meet with Warren Buffett, a snowstorm went through the northern US. Twelve inches of snow was expected the evening we were supposed to arrive in Omaha, and so everyone in our group of 20 who could got excused from class on Thursday (the final day of Mod 3) to fly out early in the morning instead of late afternoon. However, about ten of us had to do final presentations and were stuck with the original flight plan. On the way to the airport we were anxiously checking flight updates and making contingency plans for flying from Minneapolis to Omaha in the morning if we happened to get stuck there overnight. When we arrived in Minneapolis and our second flight was already boarding, I think it was the first time it really hit us that we were actually getting to do this. We were really going to meet Warren Buffett.
The Leadership Development Program [LDP] was one of the primary reasons I considered Owen for my MBA. During my time at NASDAQ, I was lucky enough to participate in a pilot leadership program modeled around the Dale Carnegie methodology, and the experience really changed the way I thought and acted as a manager.
In fact, had I not participated in the NASDAQ program, my interest in the Owen LDP would’ve been cursory at best; I’m extremely wary of life coaches, gurus, swamis, feelings factories, and any misappropriation of Eastern or Native American philosophy. What I liked about the Carnegie program was that it took itself seriously, took me seriously, and taught in terms that professional, no-nonsense types can understand.
The Owen LDP takes the same approach. It uses advanced assessments to quantify your strengths and weaknesses as a leader, while helping you better understand how you interact with reports, peers, and bosses. There are no spirit animals, chants, or incense-laden sweat huts. The LDP takes a very no-nonsense approach to your professional makeup. And wow, can it be enlightening.
Owen Bloggers (OB) sat down for an informal chat with John Cole (JC) to hear about his experience as a first-year Owen student, and a wide receiver for the Vanderbilt Football Team.
(OB): John, thanks for joining me. I apologize in advance for the title of this chat. Finals week killed my creative juices. How is life shaping up after Mod 2 finals?
(JC): No problem. Life is good. Glad to be finished with finals and now I can concentrate my efforts on finishing up the season strong with the Music City Bowl.
(OB): Nice! I am sad that my ops career is over. Ok. That was a lie. What has been your favorite part about Owen?
(JC): The community and getting to know my classmates has definitely been the best part. I enjoy the diversity of the class and how many people have unique backgrounds and work experiences. For me being on the younger side of the class and coming straight from undergrad I have learned a lot from my classmates who have real world work experience.
(OB): What has been the most challenging part?
B-school isn’t all about the classes (shocking, I know). You’ll get some great experiences from the extracurricular activities that you join as well. Some of the clubs will help you along in your career or give you leadership skills that will be handy later. Some however, will introduce you to new experiences that you may not have otherwise gotten to take part in.
Cork & Barrel is an Owen club that introduces students and Sig-Os (significant others) to the fun and interesting world of wine, beer, and spirits. We’ve had multiple whiskey tasting classes, trips to nearby breweries and wineries, and C&B recently hosted its second Wine 101 class.
We munched on fruit and cheese as Paul Grand, the Director of Education for Lipman Brothers (Tennessee’s oldest Wine and Spirit Wholesaler), walked us through tastings of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec. Paul taught us about how wine is made and the terminology used to speak about wine knowledgably. So even though most of us still have no clue, we can sound like we know what we’re talking about (you gotta fake it until you make it, right?).