Forbes, “How Two Entrepreneurs Turned Their Passion into Profit with an Urban Winery” Brian Leventhal, BSBA ’05, co-founder of Brooklyn Winery, tells Forbes he was able to access quite a bit of capital from former Washington University classmates and their families when he started raising funds for his urban winery startup in 2010.

wine_bar_02_0Olin Business Magazine featured Brian and other alumni in the wine biz in 2011.

Images from Brooklyn Winery website.

CATEGORY: Career, News

Halloween Fever is here. While creepy crawlies, cobwebs and skeletons are popping up in every yard around town, the Specialized Masters Programs (SMP) decided to do something fun on campus. On Friday October 24th, we brought out our very best artists to participate in a Pumpkin Carving Event. The afternoon was beautiful ! The sun was out just enough, the shade in the Simon Hall courtyard was keeping us cool and bright orange pumpkins littered every table. It was fabulous seeing everyone kickback, relax and break out a pair of carving tools. Creativity flowed in the courtyard along with food, drink and conversation. It was exciting to see everyone outside the classroom engaging in banter and a friendly contest.

Pumpkin carving SMPThe afternoon was all about taking a few minutes to sit together enjoy the weather and great company. While some focused on the carving, others, like me, simply walked around the tables exchanging stories and chatting. Yet others were busy at work – setting up the tables and tools, making sure the food had arrived and the drinks were kept cold. Every event has someone who takes over the logistics so the rest of us can relax and enjoy. Needless to say, thanks to this team the event flowed without a hitch.

The winning pumpkin

The winning pumpkin

By the end, the pumpkins had a personality of their own. As I walked around the table pondering over which one to vote for, they came to life. One snarled at me, another wept, the corner pumpkin looked confused, one looked scary and yet another reminded me of a horror movie. Interestingly, a pumpkin sitting at the center of the table, brightly announced the program with pride. In the end we had a winner!

The pumpkin carving event was an afternoon well spent enjoying sunshine, great company and the bright orange spirit of Halloween.

Happy Halloween!

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Bear-y Sweet Shoppe’s all-woman startup team reached their $7,000 Kickstarter campaign goal in less than a week! But don’t stop pledging…the candy-by-weight student business needs to raise a total of $14,000 to open their store on the South 40 in January 2015. Check out their Kickstarter video and get ready to splurge on Gummi Bears next year!

Earlier blog post about Bear-y Sweet Shoppe.


Olin Business School’s joint Executive MBA (EMBA) program with Fudan University in Shanghai is #7 in the 2014 Financial Times (FT) survey and remains among the most highly ranked programs globally. Among EMBA programs based in Mainland China, the Olin-Fudan program ranks #2.

“As one of the first western schools to partner with a Chinese university and introduce executive education to the Asian market, Olin is extremely proud of more than 800 highly successful alumni from our program with Fudan University,” said Mahendra R. Gupta, dean of Olin Business School. “Our excellent faculty are dedicated to preparing global leaders who can manage the challenges of doing business in the 21st century.”


Prof. Jim Little chats with EMBA students in Shanghai.

Based on surveys of alumni who graduated in 2011, 2012, and 2013, and information provided by the business schools, The FT rankings are based on multiple criteria from students’ salary increases to the volume of research published by faculty.

Candidates accepted to the Olin-Fudan program are among the most highly experienced and accomplished executives. The majority are at a directorship level or higher when they enter the program. When compared to all the schools in the FT survey, Olin-Fudan incoming students rank at #11 on the global scale of work experience.

The Shanghai-based program is taught in English by tenured faculty of Washington and Fudan universities. Students attend intensive monthly sessions for 22 months with a rigorous and demanding curriculum. Graduates report salary increases of more than 50% according to the new FT survey. Olin-Fudan alumni are not only prepared to take their careers to the next level upon completion of the EMBA program but they continue to benefit from the global alumni networks of two highly respected universities.

In the category of research, the Olin-Fudan program ranked #11 globally, reflecting the important role that faculty research plays in Olin’s mission to create knowledge and use research as a teaching tool. This category is calculated according to the number of articles published by a school’s current full-time faculty members in 45 academic and practitioner journals between January 2011 and August 2014. The rank combines the absolute number of publications with the number weighted relative to the faculty’s size.

The Olin-Fudan premier EMBA program attracts a diverse cohort of students each year from multi-national companies based in China and throughout Asia. Nearly half (49%), of the international EMBA candidates in the Shanghai program are women, the highest percentage among the top-tier schools in the FT survey.

Washington University launched its Executive MBA program 30 years ago in St. Louis and it continues to grow in recognition and reach. The Shanghai-based program was established in 2002 and more recently, the program has expanded to Kansas City (2009), and Denver (2013). In 2015, Olin and the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay’s Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management will launch the first joint EMBA program of its kind in Mumbai, India.

The Financial Times’ 14th annual ranking of executive MBA degrees included 132 programs from 32 countries, including 17 offered jointly by more than one school.
To view the rankings and methodology, please click here.


Bloomberg Businessweek is challenging MBA students and alumni to tweet about their b-school experience using the hashtag #WhyMBA and school handle @WUSTLbusiness to see which school can dominate the conversation.

whymba3It’s part of the publication’s countdown to its biennial rankings of Best Business Schools on Nov. 11.

So, come on, Olin MBAs, past, present, and future: tell the world #WhyMBA @WUSTLbusiness is the best! On your mark, get set, TWEET!!

See the conversation and suggested topics on the BloombergBusinessweek website.