Author: Marcianne Gagliardi


About Marcianne Gagliardi

Marcianne Gagliardi is the program manager for the newly-launched Bauer Leadership Center in Olin Business School at Washington University, where she has been helping to move things forward since the beginning of September. Many of you know Marcianne from her excellent work at the Wells Fargo Center for Finance and Accounting Research (WFA-CFAR). She has extensive experience in business development and relationship management, including her work as a successful financial advisor at Edward Jones. She was also a quartermaster in the Navy, so she knows how to run a tight ship. Marcianne has a real passion for our values-centered mission.

In its inaugural year, The George and Carol Bauer Leadership Center has hosted a number of events in which accomplished leaders have shared their wisdom and experience with our students, faculty, and alumni. One example is our Defining Moments signature course that features exemplary leaders from a range of industries sharing their defining leadership experiences. A common theme was the importance of personal values and ethics in a career and in the success of a company. We are documenting these stories in video vignettes that can be used to inspire students, researchers, and the business community.

The Bauer Leadership Center at Olin Business School develops values-based leaders—leaders who measure their success both by the results they achieve and the values they demonstrate.

We have spent much of this first year reaching out to different people to understand how we can work together with like-minded others to advance our mission. For example, we developed a proposal for a “community of practice” that brings together faculty and administrators engaged in leadership development across the Washington University campus. We are learning best practices from one another and discovering the potential for collaboration on common goals.

SAVE THE DATE: September 20, 2017
“The Value of Values for Founders and Entrepreneurs”
The Bauer Leadership Center is partnering with the Entrepreneurship Organization (EO) and the Executive MBA program to kick off the Values and Leadership forum series.

In the fall, we will unveil an exciting and unique program called “Bauer Fellows” in partnership with Olin’s Center for Experiential Learning. Students leading consulting teams across the globe will be working on their leadership capabilities at the same time they are delivering value to clients. We are currently exploring other ways to build values-centered leadership into Olin courses and programs.

Finally, none of this would be possible without the generous support of George and Carol Bauer. Their vision, example, and energy for our mission have been, and will continue to be, an inspiration. We offer our sincere thanks to the many people and organizations that are working with us—together we can change the way we teach and practice leadership!

For more information or to join our mailing list, contact Marcianne Gagliardi at or 314-935-2943  Link to website.


We are grateful to George Bauer, an emeritus trustee and alumnus of the university, and his wife, Carol Bauer’s generous gift to endow $5 million to establish the Bauer Leadership Center at Olin Business School in May 2016.

The George and Carol Bauer Leadership Center will help accelerate the university’s efforts to develop exceptional leaders. A defining characteristic of the new center will be its emphasis on cultivating leaders who measure success both in what they achieve for their organizations and how they impact their communities and society through the values that they demonstrate.

The center’s mission is Creating knowledge about best practices in values-centered leadership, educating and inspiring the next generation of values-centered leaders, and transforming how businesses think about and practice leadership.

The center believes one of the most effective ways to educate and inspire students about values-centered leadership is for students to hear directly from leaders who exemplify both business excellence and personal character.

“With this new center, we would like to find ways for young leaders to cultivate their own value systems and hopefully embrace them as they make decisions for their institutions as well as in their personal lives.” – George Bauer

Through the course “Defining Moments: Lessons in Leadership and Character from the Top,” the center invites exemplary leaders to talk about their leadership journey, the role that personal values and character plays in their career, and the key choice points that shaped the trajectory of their character and their career. Students are encouraged to develop a plan for how they will balance leadership impact with personal integrity throughout their careers.

Defining Moments speakers for 2017:

Associate professor of finance Mark Leary has received first place in the prestigious Jensen Prizes for Corporate Finance and Organizations sponsored by The Journal of Financial Economics (JFE). Leary shares the prize with his coauthors, John R. Graham and Michael R. Roberts, for their financial research paper, “A century of capital structure: The leveraging of corporate America.” The paper was published in Volume 118, Issue 3, December 2015, Pages 658-683 of JFE.

The paper “sheds light on the evolution and determination of corporate financial policy by analyzing a unique, panel data set containing accounting and financial market information for US nonfinancial publicly traded firms over the last century.”

Journal of Financial EconomicsThe Journal of Financial Economics or JFE is a peer-reviewed academic journal covering theoretical and empirical topics in financial economics. Together with the Journal of Finance and the Review of Financial Studies, it is considered to be among the top three finance journals.

The Jensen Prizes honor Michael C. Jensen, Founding Editor of The Journal of Financial Economics. His vision for the JFE as an outlet for timely, relevant, high quality scientific research in financial economics has been instrumental in its success.


Mark Leary

Professor Leary joined Olin in 2010. He taught previously at Cornell University and, prior to his academic career, worked for CVS Corp. and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Leary’s research investigates the motives behind corporate financial policy decisions, including leverage, security issuance, dividend and share repurchase decisions. His work has demonstrated the roles of adjustment costs, credit conditions, and peer firms in affecting financial policy.


When Wells Fargo Advisors (WFA) generously made a gift to endow and name Olin’s WFA Center for Finance and Accounting Research, it opened up opportunities for faculty, students, and the community to discover and learn. At a recent celebration of the WFA and Washington University partnership, professors and students shared research and projects that are direct beneficiaries of the WFA endowment.


WFA Chief Risk Officer Jimmie Lenz.

WFA’s Chief Risk Officer Jimmie Lenz spoke about the impact practicums have had on the Masters of Finance Students.

Matthew Ringgenberg, assistant professor of finance, spoke about the importance of research in understanding global markets and stock exchanges.

Watch this video about his most recent work done in conjunction with Olin professor Guofu Zhou and David Rapach at St. Louis University, “Short Interest and Aggregate Stock Returns.”

To learn more about WFA CFAR, please visit our website.

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