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How I Got the Job: Investment Analyst, Cambridge Associates  [#permalink]

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FROM Owen Press Releases: How I Got the Job: Investment Analyst, Cambridge Associates
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Although Bella La Rosa (MSF’20) did major in Finance in undergrad at Mississippi College, she wanted to go further and get a graduate degree in finance. “The undergrad finance major skims the surface (of finance). So I wanted to get a deeper understanding of finance and really hone my skills,” La Rosa explained. She chose the MSF Program at Vanderbilt Business because it was one of the few schools in the U.S. with a one-year graduate program.

La Rosa knew she wanted to recruit for investment banking right away thanks to a summer internship experience she had during college at Sempra Energy, where she was given a lot of responsibilities, including mutual funds research. Before the MSF program, she completed the Pre-3 online program, where her career mentor connected her with a Vanderbilt Business alum who worked in investment management at Cambridge Associates.

“(My mentor said that) this company basically consults different pension foundations and finds them different places where they can invest their money. I (thought), ‘that sounds like my dream job,’” La Rosa said. “And so he put me in contact with her, and the way she described (her job), I was like, ‘this is exactly what I want to do.’”

She had a couple of networking calls with the alum and ended up applying and interviewing for an investment analyst position at Cambridge Associates. La Rosa soon received and accepted a full-time offer. “I’m excited to be part of a team environment that fosters growth, excellence, and participation,” she said.

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Nashville Storms | March 3rd  [#permalink]

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FROM Owen Press Releases: Nashville Storms | March 3rd
Owen Students,

Last night we experienced devastating storms in the Nashville area. Vanderbilt University’s campus did not suffer any damage and is open today, but our hearts go out to our neighbors who have been impacted.

We have been checking in with Owen students, staff and faculty and so far everyone reports to be ok. But, if you live in an impacted area of town and have not yet checked in, please contact the Student Programs Office. Of course, we will be looking for ways to support our Nashville community in the wake of this event.

The university is continuing to monitor this situation and will share additional updates and resources on the Vanderbilt News website.

We are grateful for the outpouring of support from the alumni community and will work together to support those in need.

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401 21st Ave South

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FROM Owen Press Releases: 5 Lessons in Leadership from the Design Studio Executive for Walt Disney Imagineering
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Coulter Winn helps design spaces where dreams come true. He began his career as a concept architect for attractions and venues in Disney parks around the world; his impressive list of projects include The Twilight ZoneImage
Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure Park. Winn’s accomplishments at Disney’s parks led him to become the Design Studio executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, the design and development arm of The Walt Disney Company.

Winn came to speak at Vanderbilt Business this month as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series (DSS). DSS is a student-run initiative that regularly invites prominent leaders in the business world to share lessons they learned during their careers. Past speakers include Daniel Fete, CFO of AT&T Communications, LLC, and Sarah Trahern, CEO of the Country Music Association. These talks are open to all Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff.

While walking the audience through the design process at Walt Disney Imagineering, Winn discussed traits that all good leaders should have. Here are Winn’s five keys to successful leadership for aspiring business leaders:

1. Don’t be afraid to make the first mark.

When starting a project, employees brainstorm and ideate multiple solutions. However, the very beginning can be a little intimidating for some. As creative people have done for ages, Winn described starting a new project as looking at a blank sheet of paper. He encouraged the audience to treat the sheet of paper as an opportunity and not be afraid to “make the first mark.”

“Some people are terrified of making that first mark, because it could be the wrong mark. But (for) another student, it’s a great opportunity — you can do anything you want, you can create whole new ideas, a whole new world. So it’s that first thing that you put down and how you can overcome any hesitations you might have (about a project),” he said.

2. Create a safe space when brainstorming ideas.

Winn and his fellow Imagineers call the brainstorming and ideation phase “blue sky.” “(In the) blue sky process, you’re just spit-balling ideas, you’re putting stuff on the walls,” he said. The blue sky phase proved crucial to designing an attraction called Soarin’ Over California. Winn started with sketches for two different buildings, but the ride engineer came up with a way to consolidate the two buildings into one during the blue sky process.

Winn emphasized how important it is to encourage employees during the process. If employees are unafraid of being criticized, they contribute more to the brainstorming. This can lead to great ideas, such as the consolidation of the two buildings. “If you ever get in a position where you’re trying to drive creative individuals, you have to create a safe space. There are no bad ideas,” Winn said.

3. Form a collective vision.

There are a variety of interests in a team, so there has to be a collective vision for the group to succeed. Winn conducted a survey for his employees in the design studio to encourage open communication and to understand what kind of things they viewed as problems in the work environment. The survey helped Winn realize that his employees wanted more opportunities to become well-rounded.

“Everybody has to think about having a voice in the process. So I had my leadership team put together a design studio survey. You’ve got to look under the hood… you’ve got to figure out what’s wrong. You (have) to get everybody to speak openly and candidly about the problems,” Winn said.

4. Be open to feedback.

Leaders are human. They can’t see everything that’s going on, and they make mistakes — which is why receiving feedback is so important. Winn acknowledged that these evaluations may not always be positive. However, learning from and incorporating feedback helps a leader grow. He also recommended reassuring employees so that they aren’t afraid of reprisals when giving assessment to leadership, because honest feedback is beneficial. “It’s gonna be tough as a leader. That’s part of what you’ve been going through as a leader — to be open to having a feedback process,” he said. “It’s an ongoing process.”

5. Give recognition to the right people.

A good leader recognizes their employees’ hard work. Winn told the audience that at some point in their careers, they may work under a leader who doesn’t give recognition. He advised them not to repeat that behavior and always remember to give credit where it’s due. “Recognition is huge. I’ve been talking to the leadership of the division, and I said, ‘Here are the people you want to mention in this conversation. Make sure that you get that these are the ones that are doing the work. Give them the credit, not me, not my leaders,’” he said. “So acknowledge it. Never take credit for anybody else’s work.”

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Nashville Storm Support Efforts  [#permalink]

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[b]Opportunities to help the Nashville community.[/b]

Many people in the Owen community have asked how they can serve Nashville in the wake of the disastrous tornados that passed through middle Tennessee.  We want to support the coordinated efforts of the [url=https://www.nashville.gov/Government/Metro-Storm-Response-Information.aspx]Nashville Mayor’s office[/url] and point our community to organizations we partner with and support.

[url=https://business.vanderbilt.edu/news/2020/02/06/owen-board-fellows-program-launches/]Owen Board Fellows[/url] serve on organizations that welcome the help and support from the Owen community.  Below is information from those organizations:

[b]Community Foundation for Middle Tennessee (CFMT)[/b]

CFMT has activated the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund to support the affected communities and nonprofits by helping victims address their ongoing needs.

What can you do?

[list]
[*]Donate money to [url=https://www.cfmt.org/]Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee Emergency Recover Fund[/url].[/*]
[/list]
[b]Hands-on Nashville (HON)[/b]

HON is collecting contact information for those who would like to volunteer to help in the recovery and cleanup. They will share more details about specific volunteer opportunities as the city shares its needs.

What can you do?

[list]
[*]Sign up to serve with Hands-on Nashville at [url=https://www.hon.org/]hon.org[/url] to make sure you receive the information.[/*]
[*]Check out more on their volunteer calendar at [url=https://hon.org/calendar]https://hon.org/calendar[/url].[/*]
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[b]Second Harvest [/b]

Second Harvest is coordinating with the Red Cross and OEM to identify additional food resource needs at area shelters and provide ongoing support for those displaced by the storm. They are also providing meals to six senior tower locations in partnership with MDHA. They’ll need extra volunteers to build emergency food boxes and take on other disaster relief tasks.

What can you do?

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[*]To sign up to volunteer, visit the [url=https://www.secondharvestmidtn.org/volunteer/tornado2020/]Second Harvest’s website[/url][/*]
[*]You can also donate through their [url=https://www.secondharvestmidtn.org/donate-now/]website[/url].[/*]
[/list]
In addition to these opportunities, the Community Resource Center (CRC) is accepting donations at their primary location at [url=https://www.google.com/maps/dir/218+Omohundro+Pl,+Nashville,+TN+37210/data=!4m6!4m5!1m1!4e2!1m2!1m1!1s0x8864689e7093cd7d:0xe2fe21b6b0c4d3fd?sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiUz_Xb54HoAhVkg-AKHf_YDGoQwwUwAHoECAsQAw]218 Omohundro Place, Nashville, TN 37210[/url].  Needs will evolve as the clean-up efforts continue and they are updating their list of needed donations on their [url=https://www.facebook.com/pg/CRCNashville/posts/?ref=page_internal]Facebook page[/url].

Finally, 100% Owen is working on service and fundraising efforts.  They will communicate with faculty, staff, and students as the plans are solidified.

 

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Opportunities to Help the Nashville Community  [#permalink]

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FROM Owen Press Releases: Opportunities to Help the Nashville Community
Many people in the Owen community have asked how they can serve Nashville in the wake of the disastrous tornados that passed through Middle Tennessee. We want to support the coordinated efforts of the [url=https://www.nashville.gov/Government/Metro-Storm-Response-Information.aspx]Nashville Mayor’s office[/url] and point our community to organizations we partner with and support.

[url=https://business.vanderbilt.edu/news/2020/02/06/owen-board-fellows-program-launches/]Owen Board Fellows[/url] serve on organizations who welcome the help and support from the Owen community. Below is information from those organizations:[b] [/b]

[b]Community Foundation for Middle Tennessee (CFMT)[/b]

CFMT has activated the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund to support the affected communities and nonprofits by helping victims address their ongoing needs.

What can you do?

[list]
[*]Donate money to [url=https://www.cfmt.org/]Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee Emergency Recover Fund[/url].[/*]
[/list]
[b]Hands on Nashville (HON)[/b]

HON is collecting contact information from those who would like to volunteer to help in the recovery and cleanup. They will share more details about specific volunteer opportunities as the city determines its needs.

What can you do?

[list]
[*]Sign up to serve with Hands on Nashville at [url=https://www.hon.org/]HON.org[/url] to make sure you receive the information.[/*]
[*]Check out more on their volunteer calendar at [url=https://hon.org/calendar]https://hon.org/calendar[/url].[/*]
[/list]
[b]Second Harvest [/b]

Second Harvest is coordinating with the Red Cross and OEM to identify additional food resource needs at area shelters and to. provide ongoing support for those displaced by the storm. They are also providing meals to six senior tower locations in partnership with MDHA. They’ll need extra volunteers to build emergency food boxes and take on other disaster relief tasks.

What can you do?

[list]
[*]Sign up to volunteer by visiting the [url=https://www.secondharvestmidtn.org/volunteer/tornado2020/]Second Harvest website[/url].[/*]
[*]Donate through their [url=https://www.secondharvestmidtn.org/donate-now/]website[/url].[/*]
[/list]
In addition to these opportunities, the Community Resource Center (CRC) is accepting donations at their primary location at [url=https://www.google.com/maps/dir/218+Omohundro+Pl,+Nashville,+TN+37210/data=!4m6!4m5!1m1!4e2!1m2!1m1!1s0x8864689e7093cd7d:0xe2fe21b6b0c4d3fd?sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiUz_Xb54HoAhVkg-AKHf_YDGoQwwUwAHoECAsQAw]218 Omohundro Place, Nashville, TN 37210[/url].  Needs will evolve as the clean-up efforts continue and they are updating their list of needed donations on their [url=https://www.facebook.com/pg/CRCNashville/posts/?ref=page_internal]Facebook page[/url].

Finally, 100% Owen is working on service and fundraising efforts. They will communicate with faculty, staff, and students as the plans are solidified.

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Vanderbilt MBA Operations & Data Analytics Concentration Receives STEM  [#permalink]

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FROM Owen Press Releases: Vanderbilt MBA Operations & Data Analytics Concentration Receives STEM Designation
The Vanderbilt MBA program is excited to announce that, effective Fall 2020, its Operations & Data Analytics concentration has been designated as a STEM degree program.

“The addition of a second STEM concentration in Operations and Analytics is a direct result of listening to our current and prospective students around the world,” said Sue Oldham, Associate Dean of MBA Operations.

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The Vanderbilt MBA Finance concentration received a STEM designation last year.

The STEM designation allows international students the eligibility to prolong their post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) in the U.S. International graduates on F-1 visas are eligible to remain in the U.S. for an additional 24 months, utilizing the STEM OPT extension.

Under the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program, international students who graduate from colleges and universities in the United States are eligible to remain in the country and receive training through work experience for up to 12 months.

With the STEM designation, International Vanderbilt MBA students who earn an Operations & Data Analytics concentration now have access to work in the U.S. within their field of study for a total of 36 months after graduation.

“The importance of a STEM concentration within the MBA degree is more evident in today’s ever-changing employment market,” said Oldham. “Our ability to deliver game-changing service on a Personal Scale is what sets Vanderbilt Business apart.”

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How I Got the Job: Investment Banking Associate, Jefferies Group  [#permalink]

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FROM Owen Press Releases: How I Got the Job: Investment Banking Associate, Jefferies Group
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Hunter Hagenbach (MBA’20) was working as a business development officer in commercial and trust services at Live Oak Bank when he realized that he wanted to switch into investment banking. “I wanted to be a little bit closer to the dealmaking side rather than just strictly the credit side. So I knew I wanted to do investment banking, particularly something that was going to be mergers and acquisition focused. So I knew in order to get into investment banking, I was going to have to get an MBA, (and) it was going to have to be from a full-time program,” Hagenbach said.

He wanted to be located in Charlotte, NC, so he started looking at the banks in that city and talked to professionals in the field. In his search, he discovered that Vanderbilt was one of the schools that the Charlotte banks recruited from. While talking to Vanderbilt Business alumni, he was struck by how close-knit the alumni network was.

“I talked to a lot of people who are happy to introduce me to classmates that they hadn’t talked to for three to five years, but were friendly enough with in school that they felt comfortable reaching out. So (the network) was really important to me to go to school — I was going to get a lot more out of it than just the academics,” Hagenbach said.

During his first year at Owen, Hagenbach networked extensively on and off campus, even flying independently to New York City and Charlotte to schedule coffee chats with alumni. His hard work landed him an investment banking associate internship at the Jefferies Group in Charlotte. On the last day of his internship, he was offered the full-time role of an investment banking associate. “What I’m most excited about is being in a group that’s well-known for working in the tech services and being really good at it,” Hagenbach said.

Click through Hagenbach’s timeline below to find out how he landed the offer.

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What to Do if You Didn’t Get the Summer Internship You Wanted  [#permalink]

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FROM Owen Press Releases: What to Do if You Didn’t Get the Summer Internship You Wanted
Many college students search for internships during the school year to spend their summer developing their professional career and maybe earn some money. However, it’s not the end of the world if you didn’t secure an internship for the summer. Here are six other ways you can use your break to gain professional experience to put on your résumé when applying for next summer’s internships:

Summer Immersion

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Michelle Desh (Vanderbilt’20)

A summer immersion is a great program to develop valuable industry skills and knowledge in a short period of time. For example, Vanderbilt AcceleratorⓇ Summer Business Immersion is a 4-week long program where students and recent graduates work in teams to complete a consulting project for a company each week. Many students also leverage the experience and the networks they gain in the program to secure an internship for the following summer. “It assumes the role of a summer internship — it essentially is like four summer internships packed into a month. And I think it’s beneficial in a way that you’re really working on intensive (projects) with peers, getting feedback, (and) really developing your professional skills that you can then apply in an internship,” said Michelle Desh (Vanderbilt ’20), a former Accelerator participant.

Summer Job

Just because you’re not interning doesn’t mean that you can’t earn money. Taking on a summer job will help you earn spending money for the next school year and develop professional skills. For example, by being a camp counselor, you can develop leadership and communication skills. In addition, they give you stories to talk about in future job interviews. “I think the best thing college students can do is create more stories. I see so many students say, this happened, and I learned that (so) when I face this again, this is how I react and respond to it,” said Greg Harvey, the Director of Accelerator. Look for listings online or ask your networks for any opportunities for college students.

Service Trip

Volunteering is not only beneficial for the soul and your community, but it also helps you develop vital skills in the workplace in areas such as leadership and communications. Search for organizations that plan out service trips or create one yourself for a cause you’re passionate about. It can also be an opportunity to travel and explore different cultures, especially if you choose a service trip that has a destination outside the country.

Career Prep

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Greg Harvey, Director of Accelerator

Since there are no classes or homework over the summer, it’s the perfect time to prepare yourself for your professional career. Research different companies and jobs to see what kind of career is right for you. Through LinkedIn or your school’s alumni website, connect with alumni who are working in the fields or industries you’re interested in. Shoot them an email to schedule informational interviews and get an insider’s view of that field. “I really encourage students to network with alumni and look for companies or types of businesses that they’re pursuing, and set up informational interviews and coffee chats,” Harvey said. “I think that’s a really good way to get some insight into… the type of work students can be doing at an entry level.”

Side Project

You can still gain professional experience without an official internship or job. If you’re interested in entrepreneurship, start your own small business by selling goods or freelancing in areas such as photography. You can also take on other side projects such as creating a personal website or conducting research on a company you’re interested in. Projects like the website will add to your portfolio and showcase your skills, which will likely impress the interviewer at the next internship you apply for.

Online Courses

Technical skills such as coding and Excel make your résumé stand out, and summer is a good time for you to take online courses and even earn an official certificate. Seek out websites such as edX that offer free courses on a diverse range of topics from data analysis to communication. These courses and certificates will show future employers your dedication toward developing yourself as a professional and help you learn skills that may be necessary for roles in technical fields such as finance. “Learning a new skill — whether it’s PowerPoint or Excel or something you don’t have time (for) during the school year (or that) you can’t take as an elective — I think that’s a feather in a student’s cap,” Harvey said.

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FROM Owen Press Releases: Are women or men more likely to lie when it comes to negotiations? It’s complicated.
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How I Got the Job: Associate Business Consultant, Infosys  [#permalink]

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FROM Owen Press Releases: How I Got the Job: Associate Business Consultant, Infosys
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After Emily Singh (MMark’20) graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s in New Media and Communication Technology, she realized that she wanted to develop additional business and marketing skills before entering the workplace. “I didn’t study marketing in undergrad, but I really liked my marketing internship (from the summer of my junior year). So I was looking at different programs, and the curriculum and the professors and the faculty (at Vanderbilt Business), I really liked the most. So after visiting, I just knew that this was the right program for me,” Singh said.

Singh was initially interested in working in loyalty and customer retention because she liked developing personal connections with customers. She also considered working for an airline corporation. However, her encounter with Infosys during an on-campus info session shifted her career path. She realized that she could interact with and work for different clients, including airline corporations, through consulting.

“I didn’t come to business school knowing anything about consulting. I thought that was a finance thing,” she said. “But the people (from Infosys) who came to present… had clients that I would be really interested in doing work for. So I thought the combination of that and the idea that I’d be able to dip my toes into a lot of different fields and a lot of different industries while staying with one company was really appealing to me.”

In early December, Singh accepted the full-time offer to become an associate business consultant on the digital enterprise team at Infosys. “I will be working with clients that need help with anything that has to do with web development and client experience, app interactions. I’m really excited,” she said.

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Cynthia Per-Lee, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, is working every day to make diversity and inclusion a core pillar of the workplace. She believes that approaching conversations with curiosity, showing up for what matters, and practicing empathy foster an environment that attracts the top employees. In a globally competitive market, hiring outstanding minds means creating an atmosphere where employees feel confident bringing their full selves to work.

Per-Lee, a Vanderbilt graduate, came to speak on campus earlier this month as part of the Owen Inc. Speaker Series. After expressing her excitement at returning to campus, she kicked off her interactive talk by telling students, “The only thing that I will tell you is: if you ask, I will answer.” In an engaging dialogue between speaker and audience, Per-Lee unpacked the methods of creating and promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion at work.

Practice Curiosity in Difficult Conversations

In her efforts to make Microsoft a diverse workplace, Per-Lee has learned the importance of curiosity, which goes a long way during potentially difficult conversations. She also discussed the importance of appreciating every perspective and trying to ask questions instead of deeming things right or wrong. “I can choose to be curious and really try to understand them…what are we solving for?” she said.

Per-Lee encouraged students to practice curiosity during the job search process itself. She pointed out that many major corporations are backing up political and cultural issues across the globe, so it’s helpful for job seekers to analyze who their potential company is supporting and why — and if the company’s values align with your own. When evaluating whether a company is a fit, Per-Lee suggested that candidates ask “Where are you? Where are we?”

Per-Lee explained that both companies and employees have a perspective, and it is more important now than ever to express it. Whether it be natural disasters or political issues, companies are expected to engage and support causes that align with their own values. “It’s no longer acceptable not to take a position,” she said.

Show Up For What Matters

To Per-Lee, diversity can’t happen in the workplace unless the company is dedicated to showing up. In her mind, showing up means taking a stance, backing it, and creating a culture where opinions are respected. “I see the company reflects my values, and shows up,” she explained when asked what makes Microsoft’s culture the place for her.

Per-Lee discussed how showing up creates a positive cycle: as a company stands up for an issue, it helps attract employees who are strong advocates and curious allies — and strong people managers have a huge multiplier effect towards creating and activating inclusive culture. “I see the company living the talk, I see them actively taking steps to help people understand privilege, and what it means to be an ally,” she said.

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Per-Lee explained the importance of developing and practicing empathy when forming a culture of inclusion. She believes that having empathy is crucial in all aspects of life, but especially when communicating with people different from yourself. “I believe, if we as a human race, endeavored to develop more empathy, we would find progress faster… inclusion progress,” she said.

Per-Lee described how empathy is developed from the genuine practice of maintaining an open mind. At business schools like Vanderbilt, students participate in diverse teams with varying opinions. Per-Lee explained how empathy can turn disagreement into beneficial learning experiences for the entire team.

Finally, Per-Lee ended her talk with words of encouragement for those in search of their next company —“find a place where you can go be you” — and to those looking to hire their next employee, she concluded, “…have a place where they want to come.”

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How I Got the Job: Senior Consultant, EY  [#permalink]

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With a strong background in nonprofit management, Carolyn Williams (MBA’20) decided to leave her job at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to begin the MBA Program at Vanderbilt Business. “The thing that attracted me the most (to Nashville) was the high rate of consulting. That just calls me more than any other role, and I always had the vision of improving nonprofits to be more business-like and businesses to be more profitable,” Williams said.

During the program, Williams spent a lot of time networking and preparing for the case interview. Because she had a unique background, Williams put special emphasis on creating her story for her interviews. “As someone coming from the nonprofit space into consulting, that’s a big transition and a big leap,” she said. “So I wanted to make sure I could at least share my stories in a way that would translate to that population in that need. And so I went back and looked at every job that I had, every role, big project I was really proud of.”

Her hard work paid off when Williams was offered the role of a corporate marketing intern at Emerson. After her summer internship, she decided to try the recruitment process again. She had been connected with recruiters from EY, although she did not get the internship the previous year. She reached out to them again, received feedback, and went through the interview process. In October, she received and accepted the offer to become a senior consultant in supply chain advisory at EY. “They mentioned that the fact that I had reached out and showed interest was a distinguishing factor, but it’s so simple, it’s easy to forget,” Williams said.

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The Full-Time MBA program at Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management ranked 23rd in U.S. News and World Report’s 2021 Best Graduate Rankings.

The ranking measures MBA programs on several factors, including average starting salary and bonus, graduates employed at graduation and three months after graduation, average GMAT score, and undergraduate GPA. It also considers assessments by recruiters and business school deans and program administrators.

“While a climb to number 23 is certainly noteworthy, we are most honored for the recognition of continued efforts by the entire team,” said Sue Oldham, Associate Dean of MBA Operations. “This honor is a direct reflection of a team that is relentless in providing an outstanding experience on a personal scale.”

This marks the third Top-25 ranking the Vanderbilt MBA has earned in recent months. The Financial Times ranked Vanderbilt the No. 25 Full-Time MBA in the U.S. in January, and The Economist ranked Vanderbilt No. 22 in the U.S. in October.

“This jump in US News speaks to the spectacular career success of our graduates and the outstanding work of our career management team,” said M. Eric Johnson, Ralph Owen Dean and Bruce D. Henderson Professor of Strategy. “Scoring this well in both U.S. and International publications shows the extent of Owen’s momentum.”

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On March 3, we experienced devastating storms in the Nashville area. Vanderbilt University’s campus did not suffer any damage and is open today, but our hearts go out to our neighbors who have been impacted.

We have been checking in with Owen students, staff and faculty and so far everyone reports to be ok. But, if you live in an impacted area of town and have not yet checked in, please contact the Student Programs Office. Of course we will be looking for ways to support our Nashville community in the wake of this event.

The university is continuing to monitor this situation and will share additional updates and resources on the Vanderbilt News website.

We are grateful for the outpouring of support from the alumni community and will work together to support those in need.

M. Eric Johnson, Dean

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Recognizing the extraordinary challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic poses to prospective business school students, Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management has made adjustments to its current application round and introduced a new Round 4 deadline for prospective MBA candidates in the early stages of the consideration process.

“This unprecedented situation has disrupted everyone’s lives in countless ways,” said Dean M. Eric Johnson. “It’s our hope that these measures alleviate some of the challenges that prospective MBA students are facing right now when it comes to the application process.”

Round 3 changes

To honor prospective students who are ready to submit an application for Round 3, we are maintaining our original application due date of April 6. We are waiving the application fee for Round 3 as well. Due to issues some applicants are facing with regards to testing and score reporting, the admissions team will now make decisions with self-reported scores, eliminating a potential roadblock to app completion. Official scores must be submitted at the time of acceptance of admissions offer.

Round 4

Vanderbilt is introducing an additional application round to extend the window for applications in this uniquely challenging environment and facilitate an expedited admissions process for prospective students who may be just beginning to consider business school for the Fall 2020 term.

Round 4 applications will be considered on a rolling basis, leading up to a June 1 deadline. Applicants will be provided a decision within a week of app completion. Applicants who are unable to provide a test score will still flow through the normal consideration process, with interviews, admission committee review, and other standard procedures.

For prospective students who have yet to take the GRE or GMAT, the later round offers more time for remote-testing solutions to come to market, giving new applicants a chance to enroll for school in the fall. The lack of testing availability is affecting many prospective students, and Vanderbilt hopes that the additional application round will alleviate some of the uncertainty they face.

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“We are hearing from prospective students about the closures of test centers,” said Sue Oldham, Associate Dean of MBA Operations. “We want to remove as many barriers as possible to ease stress and anxiety. Adding this fourth round with rolling admissions will allow candidates to submit an application and move through the application process completely, where the only part remaining is the actual test score. Our promise, upon submission of that score when possible, is that candidates will have a decision within a week. In addition, we want to assure candidates that we will save a spot for them, should their plans for business school allow them to be able to join us in fall 2020.”

Vanderbilt Recruiting and Admissions Managers are also setting up weekly “Admissions 101” webinars for prospective students that are new to the b-school process, creating remote campus visits to showcase the Vanderbilt Business experience, and offering virtual appointments with Recruiting Managers to ensure that we can continue to showcase our “personal scale” even in the midst of these trying times. We will provide more information on these resources as they go live.

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After graduating with a major in Finance from Saint Louis University, Mitchell Cooper (MSF’20) worked as a rotational analyst at TD Ameritrade. During his second rotation, which involved trading analytics, he realized that he missed finance analytics from undergrad. “The trading made me realize I miss(ed) the finance side of things, and wanted a career in equity research, asset management, working with securities,” Cooper said. This led him to apply to the Vanderbilt MS Finance program.

Before the MSF program officially started, the Pre-3 online program helped Cooper come up with a strategy to connect with professionals in equity research and asset management. He built up a network, which was especially helpful to him later during the application process. “I started networking in the summer (at) most places I applied to. I knew someone, and I’d ask about the job, and after speaking to them, I would apply,” he said.

When Cooper entered the MSF program and started going through the interview process, he used his initial talks as a learning base. After interviews, he would reach out to his interviewers and ask about his strengths and weaknesses. “I really hadn’t interviewed prior to joining the program since October of my senior year of undergrad. It was daunting to interview at first, because it had been awhile, so getting that feedback was important to me,” he said.

His hard work paid off in November, when he received and accepted an offer to become an equity research associate at Brandes Investment Partners in San Diego. “I’m looking forward to deepening my understanding of international markets and value-investing with Brandes,” he said.

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Scott Kupor is the managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm with more than $10 billion in assets under management. From 2017-2018, he served as Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association. He is also the author of the national bestselling book Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital and How to Get It. Last month, he spoke at a Vanderbilt Business talk hosted by Dean Eric Johnson and the Owen Venture and Entrepreneurship Club.

In giving advice to members of the audience, Kupor noted that it is critical for entrepreneurs to articulate their vision and communicate how their team is uniquely positioned for success in comparison to other teams of entrepreneurs. “How do I tell the story in a way that allows the venture capitalists to walk away saying, ‘This is an incredibly exciting market with an incredibly exciting team?’” Kupor said. Afterwards, he discussed the latest trends in venture capital, which can be found below.

1. Venture capital firms are investing heavily in software.

Kupor described how software impacts many industries, including the entertainment and music industries; one of his examples was the rise of Spotify. He said that he doesn’t see this changing and that his firm will continue to invest in software in the years to come. “Look at what happened with Netflix and streaming, and how that’s impacting traditional channels. We’re now starting to see it in financial services. We’re seeing it in, I hope, health care delivery, we may see it education over time. So we will continue to invest there,” Kupor said.

2. Companies are staying private for a longer period of time.

Historically, companies would go public about five to six years after they were founded. However, Kupor said this pattern has changed in recent decades. “The trend we see today, which I think is a long-term structural change, is companies staying private for 10 or 12 years,” he said. Kupor explained that from an investment perspective, venture capital firms will follow companies for longer amounts of time after early-stage investing to capture more appreciation, an approach that will benefit both investors and the firms.

3. There will be a more active and potentially liquid secondary market for private company shares.

Kupor also thinks there may be more opportunities for investors to buy and exchange equity before a company goes public. For example, the stock exchange NASDAQ recently bought the Private Exchange Group, which allows someone who owns shares of a private company to sell the equity to someone else before an IPO. “I don’t know what form it will look like, but we’re going to have some kind of hybrid public-private market,” he said. “I think over a five to 10-year period, more people (will be able to) transact in pre-public companies in a way that I think actually is beneficial to this primary goal of improving compensation.”

4. There will be better overall access to venture capital.

Kupor noted that the funding environment for venture capital is not very geographically diverse: Most venture capital firms are grouped along the coasts. He said that markets need to continue to build more diverse pipelines to reach more talent and broaden financial opportunities. “In general, the spoils of venture capital have not been well distributed geographically,” he said. “I actually think if we’re sitting here 10 or 20 years from now — I would be shocked if we don’t see better democratization of access to capital.”

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Each spring, Professor Mark Cohen helps students get hands-on business experience in Israel as they consult for companies on a variety of objectives. While geographically tiny, the country has a huge concentration of both financial and intellectual capital, and businesses from small startups to huge multinational corporations have offices in Israel. In addition to touring company offices, students also visited major historical sites during their trip. Below, three MBAs explain the highlights of their travels, which took place a few weeks ago.

Alisha Edichandy (MBA’21)

One of the best decisions that I’ve made here at Owen is signing up for the Israel trip. I remember thinking that the consulting project alone would be an amazing opportunity for me to get some hands-on international consulting experience that would look great on my resume. We got to meet the companies whose projects we were working on in order to have some face-to-face time and clarify expectations for our deliverables. Additionally, the trip gave us the opportunity to explore one of the most innovative countries in the world and talk to firms that are at the forefront of technological innovation.

The “work” part of the trip was surprisingly a very small part of our excursion. Professor Cohen did an incredible job organizing a tour that really captured the beauty, history, and traditions of Israel. We had the opportunity to explore historical religious sights, learn about Israel’s humble beginnings, and even participate in a Shabbat dinner with an Israeli family in their home. Our tour guide Ronen gave us an authentic and unforgettable immersion into Israeli culture that really bonded us as a group. Some of my favorite moments include The Western Wall, a cooking class taught by an Israeli celebrity chef, and the Sea of Galilee.

A few of us arrived early and explored Jordan, which was also an unbelievable experience. We got to tour Petra and camp out in the desert of Wadi Rum. Excursions in the desert included camel-riding, jeep touring and a plethora of beautiful scenic views that not even Instagram could do justice.

Every day of our trip had us thinking that things could not get any better and sure enough…they did. Overall, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I won’t ever forget. —Alisha Edichandy

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Lucas Hagerty (MBA’21)

Sociologist and philosopher Aubrey Drake Graham once said, “No new friends.” But on this trip, adhering to that adage was simply impossible, and that is what made our spring break trip to Israel so memorable for me. As a local Nashvillian, I likely haven’t immersed myself in Owen culture as much as transplants to the city. I was a bit set in my Nashville ways, with my East Nashville bars and East Nashville friends. Spending a week traveling with 34 classmates necessarily meant forging deeper relationships and developing entirely new friendships.

Just like sixth grade, it all went down on the bus. With the hours of travel time between cities, friends new and old learned too much (or just enough) about one another. While our first bus ride from Tel Aviv to Caesarea had a cordial buzz as people chatted casually with acquaintances, the final ride from Masada to the Tel Aviv airport had a deafening din of laughter, teasing, and reminiscing about the prior evening as if it had happened years ago. Whether you were front, middle, or back bus you got to know your classmates as they https://gmatclub.com/chat’ed for bathroom stops, joked with the tour guide, or pleaded for content opportunities.

Even back on US soil, I continue to strengthen friendships through the ongoing consulting work. After meeting our client in Tel Aviv and sharing both pricing strategies and red wine, our group of four student consultants are working through Mod 4 on an invigoratingly challenging business problem. From not knowing my three teammates, to sharing bus trips and ocean dips, to ongoing brainstorming sessions, the Israel programming still provides a vehicle for deepening friendships.

Despite what Aubrey Drake Graham suggested, I will remember this Israel trip through 34 wonderful new friends. —Lucas Hagerty

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Joshua Eniola (MBA’21)

Like most students spending their spring break in Israel, I was super charged up to meet the company my team had started consulting for. It was interesting meeting the CEO and CMO of BlazePod, a fitness technology company, to better understand their business and define how we can better add value to them. Beyond that, we met with other companies that really showed the startup mindset in Israel and the brilliant advancements in technology. Meeting one of Israel’s most prominent venture capitalists helped show how the financial ecosystem has helped to fund innovation.

The most remarkable single visit for me was to the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation. I was inspired by the foresight of the founding father of Modern Israel David Ben-Gurion, his protégé Shimon Peres, and what they successfully built. We also saw major Israeli technology innovations that have disrupted the world. It was great visiting Kibbutz Netafim, a collective farming community that converted desert lands to arable farms using their innovative drip agriculture. We had different scholarly debates on their communal living and whether it was traditional communism or a hybrid form of capitalism.

We visited amazing historic sites such as Caesarea, Capernaum, Nazareth, Jerusalem, Masada, and the Dead Sea. It was a spiritual experience praying by the Western Wall in Jerusalem and experiencing ancient Biblical sites life. My poor fitness shape was exposed when climbing the ancient fortress of Masada, but it was worth the struggle getting up. The Masada Hill is an amazing ancient Jewish civilization preserved after its fall in 73 A.D. to Rome. Visiting the Holocaust Museum was a very sober experience and made me reflect on how wicked men can thrive when good men fail to speak up and act.  Special thanks to Professor Mark Cohen for making this trip a memorable one and going out of his way to ensure we were all fine. We also had an amazing guide Ronen, and I am sure the entire team will agree he was simply the best. —Joshua Eniola

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