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The annual Distinguished Alumni Dinner will be held Friday, April 15 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. The following awards will be presented.

Distinguished Alumni Awards

ANNE (COOK) ANDERSON, MBA ’02
Vice President, Aviation / Shell International Petroleum Company / London
Working from the company’s London offices, she focuses on supplying high-quality fuel and lubricants to airports, airlines, corporate jet operators, and flying clubs around the world. A Florida native, she started her career as a chemical engineer at Monsanto and Solutia. One thing she would advise business students to do is take chances. “Many of us have the opportunity to be very safe in our careers,” she says, “but what has made the difference for me is to go to those places where you can really make a difference if you have a bit of risk tolerance.”

ROBERT W. BECK, BSBA ’86
Chief Operating Officer–US Retail Bank / Citigroup Inc. / New York City
Upon graduating, he worked for the May Company at its St. Louis corporate headquarters. Eventually, he moved to New York and earned his MBA at NYU’s Stern School of Business. Beck has been with Citi for nearly three decades. In his current role, he’s responsible for product development, pricing, and profitability in checking, debit, savings, and retail lending products. He also leads Mergers and Acquisitions, Distribution Strategy, and the Business Transformation office. Previously, he served as head of Corporate Finance for Citigroup.

DONALD IMHOLZ, TI ’78, MBA ’91
Executive Vice President, Operations, Chief Information Officer (retired) / Centene Corporation / St. Louis
During his tenure at Centene, a Fortune 500 company providing various services to government-sponsored healthcare programs, annual revenues grew from $3 billion to more than $21 billion. Thanks in part to his IT oversight, it became an award-winning leader in digital engagement, business analytics, and cyber security. As a result, Imholz was named a Top 100 CIO by CIO Magazine and served as a member of The Wall Street Journal CIO 100 Network.

LORI (MASON) LEE, BSBA ’88, MBA ’89
Senior Executive Vice President and Global Marketing Officer / AT&T Inc. / Dallas
“I’m really passionate about business operations and about people,” says Lee, who was named one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Tech by the National Diversity Council in 2015 and one of Fortune’s 2014 Most Powerful Women in Business. In her current position, Lee oversees brand strategy, advertising, corporate communications, events, and sponsorships worldwide, with responsibility for AT&T’s global brand and reputation. She also leads the company’s It Can Wait program, aimed at eliminating distracted driving.

Dean’s Medal

JAMES T. LITTLE, PhD
Donald Danforth Jr. Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Business

Emerging Leaders

DREW CAYLOR, MBA ’14
Partner / Louis York Capital / St. Louis

ALICIA HERALD, LA ’05, MBA ’11
Founder / myEDmatch / St. Louis

VINITA KUMAR, BSBA ’01
Senior Manager / Deloitte Consulting LLP / Chicago

HUGH TYCHSEN, LA ’05, MBA ’11
Director, Sales and Account Management Operations / Express Scripts, Inc. / St. Louis

JASON WANG, BSBA ’09
CEO / Xi’an Famous Foods / New York City

The Olin Award for research that impacts business will also be presented to professors Radhadrishnan Gopalan and Todd Milbourn. See related blog post.

Link to Olin Celebration Weekend schedule.

Images: by Jerry Naunheim




Alumni in the news

Olin Executive MBA alumni are making headlines starting with the announcement from Enterprise Holdings Inc. that Christine Taylor has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, making her one of the highest ranking women in the global car rental industry as well as in the automotive and travel industries. The family-owned Enterprise Holdings– the world’s largest car rental company – owns the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands.

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Silicon Prairie News features a Q&A with Alicia Herald, EMBA’12, founder and CEO of MyEDMatch.com – an online service that pairs teachers and schools to improve retention rates. AliPipelinecia was named Innovator of the Year in 2014 by the Pipeline, an organization of the Midwest’s most successful, high-performance entrepreneurs. Pipeline hosts its biannual awards ceremony Jan. 21 in Kansas City.

Thanks to Entrepreneur Quarterly for sharing the link to this article on Facebook.

Link to related posts about Alicia Herald here.




Pipeline Inc., an Midwest-centered entrepreneurial networking and educational group, named Alicia Herald, EMBA, its “Innovator of the Year,” for 2014. The Kansas City Star reports on Jan. 23, 2015 that Herald, the former executive director of Teach for America in Kansas City, developed the idea for her startup, myEDmatch LLC, when she was at Olin.

“In a paper written for a course taught by a professor, Anjan Thakor, Herald conceived an online platform to address high teacher turnover rates,” the article states. “The technology tool works like an online dating site to match schools and teachers. Its biggest client to date, signed last year, was a Dallas public school district.” Read the entire article here.




When the Rise of the Rest tour bus pulled up to Knight Hall Oct. 10 for the last stop on a 5-city road trip through the Midwest, Steve Case brought an enthusiastic team of startup cheerleaders to visit Wash U and the St. Louis innovation ecosystem. If you missed the “Fireside Chat” with Case, Steve Clemmons of the Atlantic, and Square co-founder Jim McKelvey, check out the photos, videos, and comments from the day on the Road Trip Journal.

Steve case2Congratulations to SYNEK, winner of a $100,000 investment from Steve Case. And congrats to Olin EMBA alumna Alicia Herald, founder of MyEdMatch, who presented in the competition at TRex.