The St. Louis Mosaic Project celebrates another milestone as Luis Fernando Campedelli, Executive Vice-President for Human Resources at MasterCard Operations & Technologies, becomes the Mosaic Ambassador Program’s 450th member. Mr. Campedelli’s broad international experience in the USA, Latin America, Europe,

Honored as one of Olin’s 2015 Distinguished Alumni, Dr. Steve Miller, is also a great friend and supporter of the business school community. This is the first in a series featuring “Friends of Olin” from the Office of Corporate Relations.

Dr. Steve Miller has served as Chief Medical Officer at Express Scripts since 2006, focusing on supporting government relations, leading the Pharmacy & Therapeutics committee, managing the Medical Affairs team and interfacing with client groups.

Steven Miller (EMBA 2002), is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Express Scripts Holding Company. ©Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.

Steven Miller (EMBA 2002), is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Express Scripts Holding Company.
©Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.

He received his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and he trained in the Pathology and Research fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado, Nephrology at Washington University, and did a cardiology research fellowship at University of California-San Francisco. Miller earned his MBA at Olin.

Dr. Miller has presented the commencement address for EMBA Class 40 and Shanghai EMBA Class 11 in December of 2013 and worked with Alumni and Development so that Express Scripts could be a host for the 2014 Olin Alumni Reception. He continues to be involved in the success of Olin Business School.

He exemplifies a Friend of Olin. Friends are those who are giving of their time, their knowledge, share their years of experience, open the doors of their companies to students and faculty, helping Olin build better leaders.

What has been one of your most valuable experiences at Olin Business School?
SM: I benefited from every experience provided by the EMBA program. Probably the one that stands out the most was HR and Organizational Development taught by the legendary former head of HR at Monsanto, Robert Berra. His pragmatic approach to managing and developing people continues to influence me daily. Companies are really about their people and he took it past the talk and taught you how to execute.

What is the most compelling thing your mentor has shared with/done for you?
SM: Early in my career, I had a mentor who taught me “equanimity” and “imperturbability.” This is the quality of being calm even in the most difficult of situations. As a physician, this is really important as it promotes clarity of thoughts and reassurance to patients, their loved ones and healthcare colleagues. It has proven equally important in business as it promotes top performance from our teams.

What are the 3 biggest challenges facing leaders today?
SM: The top challenge continues to be about people. Finding, hiring, developing and retaining top talent is mission critical for any organization. Second in my mind is dealing with change, especially the speed of change. Not everyone embraces change but it is inevitable. The third big challenge is regulatory burden. While most all regulations are well intended, there are always unintended consequences. Finding the right balance is very difficult.

What is the one behavior or trait you have seen impede leaders’ careers?
SM: It always has to be about the mission and not about the person. If you put the mission first, the leader usually benefits also. When it becomes about the leader first then both fail.

Tell us about a pivotal moment in your career.
SM: Without sounding too solicitous, getting my MBA was the pivotal moment in my career. Healthcare is somewhat of a cottage industry. Top leaders are often given positions because they were the best clinicians or scientists. Unfortunately, as the field grew into one of the largest segments of our economy, those skills alone were inadequate to manage. It has often contributed to the slow progress we have made in how we provide care in this country. Combining an MBA with my medical degree, clinical and research experiences has allowed me to make a much bigger impact.

What are you grateful for today? Why?
SM: I am the most fortunate person I know. I have a spectacular wife/best friend, three amazing kids, great friends and family, a wonderful career of purpose and good health. What more could anyone desire?

Who’s your favorite business speaker or author? Why?
SM: My favorite business author/speaker is Dr. Bob Lefton of Psychological Associates here in St. Louis. I teach his Q4 model to everyone who works for me. It provides a framework for communication and behaviors that really helps to create high performing teams.

Over the course of Thurtene weekend, the Wash U. chapter of Delta Sigma Pi was proud to welcome back its alumni to campus with two exciting events sponsored by the Weston Career Center.

On Friday, the chapter hosted a social in the Knight Center, where alums were shown a video montage of pictures from their time at Wash U.

On Saturday, the chapter held its annual Alumni Barbeque, complete with catering from local favorite Pappy’s Smokehouse. Alumni were happy to connect with old friends as well as meet some of the chapter’s newest members. With alumni weekend now having come to a close, Delta Sigma Pi was thrilled to have helped welcome over 35 alumni back to campus and hope they enjoyed the reunion activities.

Delta Sigma Pi prepares business students for successful professional careers, but also instills values of service and principled leadership that characterize Deltasigs in all phases of life.  With more than 260,000 initiates, our members make a difference in their workplaces and communities throughout the United States and around the world.  – From the DSP website.

CATEGORY: Career, Student Life

Students, alumni, and the St. Louis community are invited to a panel discussion featuring Olin’s first Emerging Leader honorees at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 16, 2015 in Knight Hall. A reception will follow to celebrate these five recent Olin alumni who exemplify our mission to create knowledge, inspire individuals, and transform business.

0_Tamiko Photo 4 (1) (Headshot)When Tamiko Armstead, MBA ’06, studied at Olin Business School, she aimed at new leadership roles at the Edward Jones investment firm. She never imagined that every course would one day help her run Cardinal Ritter College Prep, her high school alma mater.

“As president I’m responsible for strategy, fundraising, organizational management, and finance.

All those classes that I took I’m tapping into now,” says Armstead, who came to Cardinal Ritter in 2014. “I kept notes and books that I now use as references.”

She also connects and collaborates with fellow Olin students
 and with Washington University, partnering on STEM programs and more—working, she says, “to make Cardinal Ritter one of the premier high schools in the country.” Located in midtown St. Louis, it’s one of only ten co-ed Catholic African American college prep schools in the United States.

1115 Olivette Executive ParkwaySaint Louis, MO 63132314.994.9990For Datotel, LLC, founder and president David Brown, MIM ’03, MBA ’04, his Olin education never stops even though the classroom is a decade distant.

“There were a number of influencers and mentors at Olin, and I’ve kept in touch as I’ve grown the company,” says Brown. “And I’ve stayed in regular contact with a number of other students, to bounce ideas off them and learn from them as well.”

Brown created Datotel in 2004 after serving five years as a US and UK consultant for Oracle. With more than 45 employees in the St. Louis area and strong revenue growth, his company boasts “some cool technology,” he says, “everything from data centers to virtualization and cloud computing technology. Our clients are outsourcing their technology to us to lower the risk of data loss or downtime and to lower the total cost of IT ownership.”

0_LaurenHerring-CEO_IMPACT GroupRETOUCHIMPACT Group CEO Lauren Herring—named Global HR Innovator of the Year by Global HR Magazine—has succeeded in business through hard work and passion.

“It’s a combination of doing something that I love and that I’m passionate about, hard work, and having a great team to support me,” says Herring, MBA ’07.

Her Olin experience has also played an important role. “I decided to get the MBA so that I could grow and develop and hone my leadership skills,” says Herring, whose company ranks as a global leader in employee career development, including outplacement, global mobility, and talent-development services. “The Washington University network has been great,” she says. “My Olin education gave me the confidence to continue growing throughout my career.”

kauffmanBringing a social-impact focus into a business school traditionally focused on profit once bought Jonathan Kaufman a tongue-in-cheek professorial reprimand during a class discussion: “You’re in the business school, not the social work school.”

Nonetheless, Kaufman, MBA ’11, has parlayed his Olin training into Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies, where he serves as cofounder and chief nonprofit officer. The philanthropic and nonprofit strategy firm partners with organizations and changemakers from around the world to drive substantial and sustainable social change. “We’re here to support people and organizations looking to make a profoundly positive impact in the world, to help them do it bigger, better, and faster,” says Kaufman.

At Olin, Kaufman particularly enjoyed entrepreneurship courses. “They’re every other class—marketing, OB, strategy, finance, etc.— wrapped into one,” he says. He also profited from organizational behavior classes. “If you can’t navigate people, it doesn’t matter how good your ideas are,” says Kaufman.

0_ToothmanBeer drinkers who enjoy Budweiser Black Crown, Bud Light Platinum, or Bud Light Lime Lime-a-Rita owe thanks to Valerie Toothman, innovation director at Anheuser- Busch InBev, who developed them.

Toothman, BSAS ’01, BSBME ’01, MBA ’08, and Anheuser-Busch InBev’s internal 2013 Marketer of the Year, has been instituting creative product-development processes at the brewery that she learned from her Olin Business School teachers Samuel Chun, PhD, and Sergio Chayet, PhD.

“Making the process of innovation repeatable is something that my boss and I have focused a lot on, specifically within the last few years. It has allowed us to develop about 60 to 80 percent of the innovation for the company globally,” says Toothman.

That interest in innovation also marked her previous career as a biomedical engineer. “The biggest passion point for me is a natural curiosity for solving ambiguous problems,” she says, “whether in the realm of a medical device or of beer, whether that’s talking to surgeons and patients or brewmasters and beer consumers.”

We are proud to recognize these inaugural honorees for their service to Olin, thought leadership, business acumen, and impact to their organizations and beyond.

CATEGORY: Career, News

In partnership with Prosper Women Entrepreneurs, Olin Business School’s Executive MBA program welcomed Debbie Sterling, founder and CEO of GoldieBlox to campus on March 26 as part of the school’s Leadership Perspectives series titled The Female Entrepreneur’s Guide to Raising Startup Capital.

Sterling, who shared with the audience the genesis of GoldieBlox and her lessons from the founding of the company to its current high growth stage, implored women to share their ideas. If you don’t share, it can be a very lonely world, she noted from first-hand experience. In fact, when she put the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) aside and shared her idea, investors and connectors alike –beyond family and friends — stepped to the plate and GoldieBlox as a company began to take off.

Debbie Sterling Goldieblox

Debbie Sterling, Founder and CEO of GoldieBlox

Sterling graduated from Stanford with a degree in Mechanical Engineering/Product Design. Bothered by how few women there were in her program, she became obsessed with the notion of “disrupting the pink aisle” with a toy that would introduce girls to the joy of engineering at a young age, and GoldieBlox was born.

Following her candid remarks, Sterling was joined by two local entrepreneurs and managing directors of Prosper Capital, Maxine Clark, founder of Build-A-Bear and Mary Jo Gorman, founder of Advanced ICU and an alumna of Olin’s Executive MBA program for a panel discussion on raising capital and lessons learned.

From left Maxine Clark, Found of Build-A-Bear, Mary Jo Gorman, Lead Managing Partner at Prosper Capital, Debbie Sterling, Founder of Goldiblox, and Michelle Duguid, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Olin Business School.

From left Maxine Clark, Found of Build-A-Bear, Mary Jo Gorman, Lead Managing Partner at Prosper Capital, Debbie Sterling, Founder of Goldiblox, and Michelle Duguid, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Olin Business School.


Women own about one-third of all US small businesses and start companies at twice the rate of men, yet only 11% of venture capital funding goes to female entrepreneurs and these three women have found success in this area. How? Themes all three women shared in their path to success: determination, an understanding of your audience, and passion — passion for your idea and passion for its ultimate success. Additionally, all three shared the importance of selecting not just any investor but the right investors, noting “interviewing” an investor is akin to a job interview and ultimately it’s essential to have good rapport on both sides for mutual success.

There is opportunity. Debbie, Maxine, and Mary Jo are living examples of success in attracting investors for their respective businesses, and their remarks will be a guide and inspiration to the over 100 women entrepreneurs who participated in the forum at the Charles F. Knight Executive Education and Conference Center, the home of Olin Business School’s Executive MBA program.

Images: Sterling and GoldieBlox from


Mike Crews, CFO, Peabody Energy, is also a 2004 alumnus of Olin’s Executive MBA (EMBA) program. He reflected on his time at Olin while speaking at the EMBA Leadership Perspective Series held at the Knight Center on March 31. He noted that he learned a great deal about self-awareness, managing people, working together, and especially thinking strategically while an EMBA student.

Crews comes from a family of CPAs – he’s the third generation in the accounting profession. He has risen through the ranks at Peabody from Senior Manager of Financial Reporting to Assistant Corporate Controller, Director of Planning, Assistant Treasurer, and Vice President of Operations Planning before he was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in June 2008. From the beginning, Crews found that there were people at Peabody who were interested in his development and that the company had opportunities for advancement and growth.

At one point in his career at Peabody, Crews saw a need to create a position of VP of Operations Planning and brought this idea to his superiors. They agreed and suggested he take the role, which he did. This was out of his area and comfort zone, and he expressed to the audience the need to be open to trying new things for your career to progress. He also spoke on the need to let people know what you want. Tell people if you want to advance or try a different role.

As Peabody’s CFO, he sees his top priority as execution of the company’s strategic plan. Crews observed that the CFO and CEO must be able to work side by side.

As a mentor, he said it is good to identify hard workers and give them further opportunity through stretch assignments. Of his mentors, he said, “mentors got more out of me than I ever thought.”


Information sessions, seminars, and other events are a great introduction to executive programs, and they provide an opportunity for you to meet Olin faculty, students, and alumni. Learn more.