Tag: Executive Education

Kathleen Mazzarella, Chairman, President, and CEO of electrical and networking products distributor Graybar, attended the last official gathering of the BSBA sophomore Mentor Program this past week. She was joined by Beverly Propst, Senior VP Human Resources and Graybar Board member.

Kathy Mazzarella, CEO, president and Chairman, Graybar

Kathy Mazzarella, CEO, president and Chairman, Graybar

Kathy did a wonderful job sharing with the entire group details about her experiences along the way to reaching the top leadership position at Graybar.  She encourages women to take those stretch opportunties offered by senior leadership, which could lead to career advancement.

Kathy is a 34-year veteran with employee-owned Graybar, the second-largest privately held company based in St. Louis with $5.66 billion in 2013 revenue.

CATEGORY: Career, News

On March 17, the new Knight Hall and Bauer Hall will be open for business! To celebrate the first day of classes in the new buildings, we’re having an all-day Housewarming Party starting with coffee and donuts in the morning, green cupcakes and refreshments in the afternoon, and a few surprises throughout the day to welcome the Olin community to our expanded home.

Olin is doubling its footprint on the Danforth Campus with this expansion project. Our community will share four buildings to pursue our passions for teaching, learning, and research. We will have new spaces to collaborate, innovate, celebrate, and bring us together as members of one united Olin.

Renovations of Simon Hall will begin this summer and create a spacious new home for the Undergraduate Programs office, lounge, student clubs, and activities.  All programs will continue to have classes in Simon Hall, as well as in the new buildings. These expanded facilities are a much-needed necessity and welcome gift from generous benefactors.

I am looking forward to showing you the new classrooms, study rooms, and innovative spaces. In the meantime, enjoy this Sneak Preview video with your guides: Harry Bolson, BSBA ’14, Katy Robbins, SMP ’14, Geoffry Nykin, MBA ’15.

Find out how to book a room or cater an event on the new General Services section of CampusGroups. If you can’t find answers there, send questions to: 4Buildings@olin.wustl.edu.

Check the blog, Facebook, and Twitter for more videos and updates in the coming days and weeks.

Have a safe and restful spring break!


Looking for an edge in leadership? Or a tip to grow your business or career? Heard of EMBASE? Understand emotional intelligence? Facing a family business challenge? Trying to operationalize an innovation?

KMOX host Mark Reardon

KMOX host Mark Reardon

Catch the Executive Edge each Monday at 4:55 p.m. on KMOX News radio 1120 in St. Louis.  Each week Mark Reardon features an Olin Executive MBA alum or current student on how they are making an impact in their organization and in the community, how they are leading, and how they are transforming through entrepreneurial endeavors.

Listen each Monday or listen online on the KMOX Olin Executive MBA Executive Edge website!


Photo credit:vintage radio by Fernando Candeias, Flickr



The Center for Effective Public Management (CEPM) is a newly established research entity housed under the Governance Studies Program at Brookings. The CEPM “will focus on identifying and solving political and governance challenges in 21st century America. This center’s forthcoming work will concentrate on reinvigorating the U.S. government – along with public and private sector leadership – to be more effective and capable. Working alongside a wide array of domestic policy experts and actors, the CEPM will explore current problems in the American political system and ways to improve the democratic process (Brookings).”

Elaine Kamarck

Elaine Kamarck is the Founding Director of the Center for Effective Public Management. Kamarck has spoken at recent Brookings Executive Education events on domestic political and governance challenges.

Kamarck and the Center are focusing the discussion on pragmatic solutions. The center launched with a keynote address from Former Vice President of the United States, Al Gore.

The full video of the center launch can be viewed here:

Elaine Kamarck is senior editor of FixGov. “Focused on new ideas to make government work, FixGov is a blog that identifies and aims to solve the nation’s most pressing political and governance challenges. The solutions offered here are sensible and realistic (Brookings).” Posts are authored by Fellows of the Brookings Institution. Read the latest academic-based insights about the debt ceiling, the shutdown, and tea party politics:

To Fix the Debt Ceiling, Executive Order not Obama’s Best Option
Philip A. Wallach | October 15, 2013

Shutdown Politics: Pressure On Boehner Not Just From the Tea Party
Molly Jackman | October 14, 2013

President Obama Should Issue an Executive Order to Raise the Debt Ceiling
Saul Jackman | October 14, 2013

A Grand Bargain for American Democracy
John Hudak and Thomas E. Mann | October 11, 2013

What’s in a Deal? Possible Solutions to Shutdown and Default Crises
Philip A. Wallach and William A. Galston | October 10, 2013



Who moved the island in front of the Knight Center? Watch this new video in our Building Olin Hard Hat series for the answer. The entrance to the executive education and conference center got a make-over this month. It’s all part of the on-going construction of Knight Hall and Bauer Hall located to the east of the Knight Center.