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How I Got the Job: Chris Morrow (MBA’18), Senior Product Manager – Tec  [#permalink]

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FROM Owen Press Releases: How I Got the Job: Chris Morrow (MBA’18), Senior Product Manager – Technical, Amazon
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When he first enrolled at Owen, Chris Morrow (MBA’18) didn’t know what career he wanted to pursue, or if he even wanted to leave the Army: the former Company Commander was still on active duty at the time. A few weeks into classes, however, Morrow came to the decision that, after 12 years of service, he was ready to transition out of the Army.

Morrow began considering what civilian career he wanted, and was immediately drawn to technology companies, specifically gaming. He interned  at Xbox over the summer in an HR capacity before landing a full-time position at Amazon as a Senior Product Manager. He looks forward to the opportunity to work on Amazon Game Studios, Lumberyard, and Twitch after moving to Seattle.

“I felt like this is the right post-MBA move,” the now-veteran says.

Click through Morrow’s timeline below to follow his journey to Amazon.

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No Summer Internships? No Problem — Master of Marketing Alum Lands Job  [#permalink]

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FROM Owen Press Releases: No Summer Internships? No Problem — Master of Marketing Alum Lands Job at Mars Petcare
Paul Kendall (MMark’17) didn’t take a summer internship in college, serving instead as a camp counselor for three summers. While the job was a fun and fulfilling way to spend his summers, Kendall realized that having “zero” internship experience didn’t set him apart in the full-time candidate pool.

As an economics major at Colgate University, Kendall studied abroad in London his junior summer. While in the U.K., he held an internship at a health technology startup, conducting market research on the competition and determining how to position the startup’s product. The experience piqued his interest in marketing as a way to united his passion for business and creative work.

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“In marketing — whether it’s the agency side or the client side — you’re dealing with the product and something tangible,” he said.

After getting back from London, Kendall researched available marketing jobs and decided that a Master of Marketing degree was the best way to set himself up for success in a crowded field. Kendall was convinced that Vanderbilt Business was the right choice for him after learning he’d be taking classes alongside MBA students and that the program’s coursework focused solely on marketing.

Making Contact with Mars

Kendall’s first touchpoint with his future employer came during Brand Week. Mars Petcare sponsored the flagship case project, and students toured a local research facility to learn more about the division’s brands. Kendall was immediately intrigued by the prospect of working at Mars.

He looked initially at Associate Brand Manager positions, which usually go to MBA graduates with years of experience. He later realized that the Business Analyst position would be a better starting point for someone with his experience and future degree.

He applied to a Business Analyst opening in the fall, but the recruiter told him the application-to-hire process usually takes only a month and asked Kendall to check back closer to graduation. Kendall kept in touch with Mars Petcare over the ensuing months, building a good relationship with the recruiter in the process.

“It’s tough to be patient like that, but what I’ve found is there’s a constant cycle of people getting promoted or going to other companies, so at big enough companies, there will always be those openings every couple of months,” he explained.

It’s tough to be patient like that, but…there will always be those openings every couple of months. -Paul Kendall

Landing the Full-Time Job

Kendall’s patience paid off when a Business Analyst position opened in the spring. He immediately applied, and Mars Petcare brought him in for several hours of interviews. A few days later they extended him a full-time offer. Kendall accepted and began preparing to launch his career in marketing.

Now six months into the role, Kendall has already taken on two accounts, using data to optimize shelf space and promotions within grocery stores, as well as identify opportunities to introduce new products or shelf layouts.

While many consider sales and marketing separate disciplines, Kendall sees himself as working at the intersection between the two, directly linking promotional efforts to product performance — and he urges aspiring marketers to seriously consider sales analytics positions.

“There’s a lot of overlap between the two roles, and you work together cross-functionally a lot,” he said. “I think having a good sales background will help you as a marketer, so I’d say don’t be closeminded to sales analyst roles.”

Having a good sales background will help you as a marketer. -Paul Kendall

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Executive MBA Curriculum at a Glance  [#permalink]

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FROM Owen Press Releases: Executive MBA Curriculum at a Glance
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How I Got the Job: Matt Gorella (MBA’18), Associate Brand Manager, E&J  [#permalink]

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FROM Owen Press Releases: How I Got the Job: Matt Gorella (MBA’18), Associate Brand Manager, E&J Gallo Winery
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Matt Gorella (MBA’18) grew up on a vineyard in California. His family’s farm supplies raisins for Sun-Maid, the largest raisin and dried fruit processor in the world. After he graduates in May, Gorella will return to California as an associate brand manager for a corporation with a different type of vineyard: E&J Gallo Winery.

While working for a California winery almost brings him full circle, Gorella didn’t take a direct path to his new job. He played football at Humboldt State University and graduated with a degree in marketing, which he leveraged to get an on-campus marketing position at Fresno State University. After a few years, he decided to pursue an MBA to help transition into an industry and position he was more passionate about. The move paid off, and he’s excited to work for E&J Gallo.

“They have everything I’m looking for from a work-life balance perspective. They really care about their employees. They’re (usually) in the top 10 of Glassdoor’s best employers,” he said.

Click through Gorella’s timeline below to trace his brand management career search.

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MBA Admissions Panel FAQs  [#permalink]

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FROM Owen Press Releases: MBA Admissions Panel FAQs
With application season in full swing and deadlines on the horizon, our MBA admissions team joined This is Vanderbilt Business to get answers on a variety of frequently asked questions, many of which apply to any business school application. We talk about a variety of items on applicants and prospective applicants minds (minute marker in parenthesis):

  • Defining cultural “fit” at Vanderbilt (1:35)
  • GMAT or GRE? (3:00)
  • What to expect in an interview and how to prepare (4:30)
  • How to make the most of your video essay (5:00)
  • Asking supervisors for recommendations and letting them know about business school aspirations (5:40)
  • Campus visits — yes or no? (6:40)
  • How to prepare your resume for applications (7:50)
  • No prior business education, no problem? (8:35)
  • Scholarships (9:50)
  • The waitlist (11:30)
  • Advice on preparing applications (12:20)
For international applicants, Kim Killingsworth shares her thoughts on a few specific subjects:

  • How to distinguish yourself as an international candidate (15:05)
  • Advice for international candidates as they prepare for the application process — test-taking and essay writing (17:05)
  • What does Vanderbilt look for in an international candidate? (18:50)
For more information, visit our MBA admissions page.

 

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Team Leaf Wins Sohr Grant  [#permalink]

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FROM Owen Press Releases: Team Leaf Wins Sohr Grant
The first Sohr Grant winner of the 2017-2018 academic year has been selected. Leaf, a blockchain-based mobile app that allows refugees to safely transport their money digitally from country to country, has earned the $25,000 prize.

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Nat Robinson (left) and Tori Samples (right) pitch their concept Leaf at the fall 2017 Sohr Grant competition

Tori Samples (MBA’18) and Nat Robinson (MBA’07, Law’18) have been developing the product since last year, when they competed in the $1 million Hult Competition. Leaf earned $15,000 at the 36/86 Student Edition Pitch Competition this spring. Other members of their team from Owen and elsewhere on campus earnedSummer Fellowshipsthrough the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures to evaluate global market opportunities and develop a prototype.

“We’re extremely honored to win the Sohr grant,” Samples said. She noted that Leaf will use the grant to help with further development of its blockchain platform and a pilot in Rwanda, planned for March. “We couldn’t be more excited!”

The judges panel consisted of Jim Sohr (MBA’83), Professor Germain Boer, and three Nashville-based venture capitalists – Jared Winegrad from FinTop Capital, Andrew Bouldin from FCA Ventures, and Andrew Goldner from GrowthX. Finalists were given 10 minutes to present and 20 minutes to answer questions from the panelists.

We’re starting to see the benefit of everything we have on campus. We’re putting entrepreneurship at the forefront. – Michael Bryant

Michael Bryant, Director of the Owen Center for Entrepreneurship, cited several elements that led the panel to award Leaf the prize.

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“(Leaf) has potentially the largest market,” he explained, “and they’ll attract buzz and impact investing, which gives them a higher likelihood of success. The team itself was also notable; people with different skill sets wanted to work with them.”

The other finalists – housing concepts Avail and Let’s Room Together – will have an opportunity to incorporate feedback from Bryant and the judges and pitch for $25,000 prize again in March and April, when the spring session for the Sohr Grant kicks off.

“The only way for the door to close on the Sohr Grant is to win one,” said Bryant.

Seven startup concepts competed for the grant during the fall session, marking the highest participation level to date. “We’re starting to see the benefit of everything we have on campus,” Bryant concluded, “from the Wond’ry to the Center for Entrepreneurship and Turner Family Center. We’re putting entrepreneurship at the forefront.”

 

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Tips on Safeguarding Toys Against Hackers  [#permalink]

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FROM Owen Press Releases: Tips on Safeguarding Toys Against Hackers
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A Wingman Can Help When Trying to Resist Sweet Holiday Treats  [#permalink]

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FROM Owen Press Releases: A Wingman Can Help When Trying to Resist Sweet Holiday Treats
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5 Tips for Interviewing as an International Student  [#permalink]

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FROM Owen Press Releases: 5 Tips for Interviewing as an International Student
Earlier this month, five MBA students from the Class of 2018 hosted a panel discussion about the job interview process as an international student. Moderated by Brook Meissner, Senior Associate Director at the Career Management Center, the panelists shared stories and advice with a room full of first-year international students.

Here were the top five takeaways from their discussion:

1. Don’t be afraid to slow your rate of speaking.

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Brook Meissner, Career Management Center

Students of any background often find themselves getting nervous during interviews, which can lead to speaking quickly — sometimes too quickly for the interviewer to follow along. One audience member asked panelists if it was okay to speak slowly and even pause during interviews; panelists said this strategy was absolutely fine, and even preferable. “Talking slowly is not a problem. Be really clear and really persuasive,” said Mabel Gomez. “The main thing I’ve gotten feedback from employers on for international students is the rate of speaking,” added Meissner. “I don’t think domestic students are necessarily a lot more eloquent.”

2. Practice small talk.

For students from certain cultural backgrounds, making small talk in business situations may be an unfamiliar concept. “I used to work in Japan, and I don’t think they use small talk. It’s actually better not to do that,” said Shanshan Zhang. She worked with her LDP coach to prepare good small talk topics for networking events. Panelists also pointed that the students might be able to find common ground with interviewers who have traveled. For example, Leonidas Cuenca, who is from Peru, connected with many of his interviewers about their own trips to his home country.

3. Prepare questions ahead of time…

Shanshan Zhang tries to prepare at least three questions to ask at any interview, whether it’s a casual alumni call or a formal screen. Zhang likes to ask recruiters about their personal experience at the company and what they like about working there — information she couldn’t have researched on her own. Brooke Sakaria encouraged attendees to see these questions as an opportunity to find out if the company is a good fit for them. “Yes, it’s to interview you, but it’s also (for you) to interview the company. It’s a two-way street,” she said.

4. …but be sure to listen and engage with the interviewer.

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Panelists from left to right: Leonidas Cuenca, Rajesh Tummuru, Mabel Gomez, Shanshan Zhang, and Brooke Sakaria

While students should of course prepare their questions ahead of time, panelists also encouraged them to listen and respond to the interviewer’s answers, rather than worrying about the next question they’re planning to ask. “I almost compare it to a first date…you’re not trying to maintain the conversation for the sake of time,” said Rajesh Tummuru. “A lot of times you can find things to ask about related to (the recruiter’s) responses.”

5. Be proactive in clarifying sponsorship details.

Companies’ sponsorship protocols can change from year to year, so panelists urged attendees to proactively reach out to recruiters to confirm the details and be upfront about their sponsorship situation, whatever it may be. Zhang said she approached recruiters in person after on-campus info sessions, and Gomez contacted them via the recruiting portal. “Just make sure that you’re not cutting your time from something else that clearly sponsors for a company that doesn’t sponsor but maybe might make an exception,” Gomez said.

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Business Schools Now Teaching #MeToo, N.F.L. Protests and Trump  [#permalink]

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FROM Owen Press Releases: Business Schools Now Teaching #MeToo, N.F.L. Protests and Trump
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Trump’s feud with the NFL is now part of classroom debate at business   [#permalink]

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FROM Owen Press Releases: Trump’s feud with the NFL is now part of classroom debate at business schools
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Leading Change  [#permalink]

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FROM Owen Press Releases: Leading Change
Change is essential to organizational growth and progress. Through this intensely focused, hands-on program, you’ll learn research-based frameworks, models and strategies that will help you become a stronger leader of change within your organization.



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Randy Reagan, Regions Bank  [#permalink]

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FROM Owen Press Releases: Randy Reagan, Regions Bank
Vanderbilt Executive Education partnered with Regions Financial Corporation to develop and deliver a customized management education program to help their financial advisers better serve their customers and earn a larger share of wallet. The four-and-a-half day program included modules of Innovation, Strategy, Leadership and was followed by eight months of monitored projects in which the bankers were given opportunities to practice what they learned.



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