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Nancy manages Olin's Alumni & Development Office where she has worked for eleven years to engage worldwide alumni of all Olin programs.


Olin’s 19th Annual Holiday Brunch for Eliot Society Members, hosted by Dean Mark P. Taylor, will be held on Sunday, December 3rd. The event is full of fun for the entire family.

Brian (MBA 2000) and Lindsey (BSBA 2000) Glass have attended this event with their family for almost a decade! We asked them to share their experience below.


What is your connection to Olin?

Lindsey and I first met in the computer lab in the basement of Simon Hall.  It was fall of 1999, my second year of the full-time MBA program and Lindsey’s senior year of undergrad.  It didn’t appear that we had ever crossed paths in the hallways before (I would have remembered).  After I found the courage to introduce myself before she left (I remember saying a few requisite quirky things most guys say when they fumble through an introduction), we began dating and the rest is history. We were married in 2002, and we just celebrated our 15-year wedding anniversary and we have two adorable kids, Charlie (10) and Sadie (3).

What does it mean to be an Eliot Society Member?

We both feel a strong connection to WashU and Olin, having met there and graduating together in 2000. We feel fortunate to live in St. Louis, where we can continue to participate in the WashU community.

The Eliot Society is a fun and easy way to stay connected. There are several family-friendly events that we look forward to attending each year, including the Olin Holiday Brunch. It’s great to see friends and faculty, enjoy good food and activities, and be surrounded by WashU’s beautiful campus—and to know that even our modest donation is helping other students have the same enriching and rewarding experience that we had many years ago.

For our family, the Olin Holiday Brunch seems to be the unofficial start to the holiday season, which we look forward to every year. If you ask our son, the all-you-can-eat bacon and sugar cookies aren’t bad, either.

What do you enjoy most about Olin’s Holiday Brunch?

We’ve attended the Olin Holiday Brunch for about 8 or 9 years—ever since we became Eliot Society members.  I remember being introduced to Eliot Society in a lunch meeting with Jill Lustberg, who worked in Olin’s Alumni and Development office at the time. Jill was one of the most vivacious, engaging and fun-loving people I’ve ever met.  You couldn’t help but want to be a part of the Eliot Society after having met her.  Jill passed away a few years ago. She is missed, but will never be forgotten.

We love coming to the brunch and being surrounded by friends, fellow alums, and faculty who all enjoy ushering in the holiday season. Our kids love the balloon animals and face painting, arts and crafts projects, the holiday music and choir, and of course, the decorated sugar cookies. We always get a kick seeing the older alums dressed in their holiday plaid pants and Christmas-inspired sport coats!

View photos from last year’s Holiday Brunch below. Click to expand the image. 


If you are interested in joining the Eliot Society or RSVPing for the Holiday Brunch, contact Kent Dunson at dunsonk@wustl.edu or make your gift online today!

Photos by Emily Rose Photography




Olin has a lot to be grateful for: a century of excellence, inspiring students and faculty, and generous alumni who are dedicated to continuing Olin’s distinction as an institution for world-class business education. As our Centennial year comes to a close, we are doubling our efforts to ensure Olin’s bright future.

The $1.5 million Bob (BS ’60, MBA ’62) and Barbara Frick Olin Centennial Challenge will help lay a solid foundation for Olin’s second century of top-ranked business education while supporting Leading Together: The Campaign for Washington University.

The Fricks, already generous donors to Washington University, hope to inspire alumni, parents, and friends to make a contribution in support of the innovative, ethical, world-class business education Olin provides to its students every day. This challenge will match gifts designated to the Olin Annual Fund or endowed scholarships, and all gifts will be put to work immediately to help Olin continue its mission of teaching, research, and service to society.

“Barbara and I are proud to show our appreciation and support of Olin Business School through this challenge,” said Bob Frick about the matching program.

How the Challenge Works

The Bob and Barbara Frick Olin Centennial Challenge will match the following gifts (up to $1.5 million):

  • 1:1 match for any new gifts of $500 or more.
  • 1:1 match for a new, named scholarship gift or pledge at the current minimum of $5,000 or $2,500 for young alumni (available to alumni under age 35 who have graduated in the past five years). You may establish a named, annual scholarship in your name or in honor of a friend or loved one.
  • 2:1 match for multiyear pledges of $1,000 or more.
  • 1:1 match for all gifts or pledges for new or existing Olin Business School endowed scholarships, facilities gifts, or programmatic initiatives. (Maximum match of $100,000 per donor).

All Annual Fund gifts will be recognized with membership in a giving club. Gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by US and Canadian law. The challenge ends Dec. 31, 2017.

Click here to make a gift to Olin

For more information, please contact Kent Dunson, associate director of development, at 877-215-2727 or 314-935-8495.




Allyson Golden and Ryan Fassler were both first-year MBA students when they started dating in 2011. This fall, they returned to campus to celebrate their engagement with their families.

Jobs took Allyson and Ryan to different cities and companies after graduation, but they’re both in Chicago now. Allyson is an Assurance Senior Associate at PwC and Ryan is a Senior Financial Analyst at Capital One. Congratulations on a match made at Olin!


Is it true you and your fiancé met at Olin during MBA orientation?

Yes! Despite both of us growing up in St. Louis, our paths had never crossed. During GO! Week, one of the other girls in the MBA program suggested I invite people over to hang out by my pool—I told her to invite people too. Ryan was one of the people she invited over—after that day he asked me out.

 

Were you pursuing similar career paths?

We were both pursuing fields that would be considered more quantitative. He was pursuing finance, and I was pursuing accounting. Since these had similar class requirements, we ended up in the same classes. When we were first dating, I remember spending many afternoons together studying for tests or working on projects at Olin.

Where did you go after graduation?

After graduation I moved to Chicago to work for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ryan moved to Washington D.C., and then Dallas, to work for Capital One before moving to Chicago two years ago.

When is the wedding and where?

The wedding will be in St. Louis next fall (September 2018). It will actually be at the same place my parents got married!

Any fun Olin memories you would like to share?

Labor Day weekend of our first semester, a group of MBAs decided to go rafting on an unseasonably cold day. While that was probably not a smart idea, we definitely have some good memories from that weekend. From studying at Olin for tests and grabbing lunch at the DUC between classes, to all of the ‘disorientation’ parties our last year—there are too many good memories to count, and it is hard to pick just one. But Olin/WashU played a big part in our relationship.


Allyson’s father, Bob, is an Olin MBA alumnus, class of 1984, and her mom, Jeanne, is a UC ’93 grad. They are generous supporters of Olin with the Jeanne & Robert Golden Scholarship. We hear Allyson’s little brother, John, recently took a campus tour and could be applying for an undergrad spot. Be on the lookout for future Golden generations!

Photos compliments of the Golden family.




Diana Zeng, BSBA ’14, thought she would explore St. Louis during her four year degree and then head back to Boston. The first didn’t happen. And luckily, neither did the second.

After moving to the United States and growing up near Chicago, New York, and Boston, Diana was looking forward to getting to know St. Louis while studying business and art at Washinton University. Quickly though, she became immersed in campus life and rarely explored the city.

Founding member and CEO of Full Circle - Diana Zeng

Founding member and CEO of Full Circle – Diana Zeng

“The campus bubble is simultaneously lovely and enclosed. There are endless organizations to get involved in, so without a channel to explore St. Louis, it can be easy to forget that an entire bustling city exists outside of WashU’s campus. When I did manage a rare glimpse, I was charmed by the character of the city.  After a summer internship in St. Louis through the Skandalaris Center, I was introduced to the entrepreneurial energy and incredible people making an impact here. I didn’t just want to get to know the city anymore, I now wanted to be a part of it!”

Post-graduation, Diana transitioned from working at a tech startup to leading a nonprofit start-up called Full Circle. The organization’s mission is to connect young talent to St. Louis and build a more economically vibrant and inclusive city in the process. She is the founding Executive Director but gives credit to her team and numerous community leaders for believing in this larger economic development effort to make St. Louis a hub for young talent.

“Our founding team consists of WashU, Saint Louis University and Illinois College alums from four countries – the United States, United Kingdom, Indonesia, and China. In a lot of ways, we represent the potential that can be captured here. There are many missed opportunities when we don’t connect young talent coming from all over the world to this city and its people. Through Full Circle, we can offer young people a channel to explore St. Louis and a community of peers to be energized by. Additionally for students, getting to know people in their mid-twenties shows them what making a life in St. Louis could be like.”

Modeled after successful efforts in Philadelphia and Baltimore (which has increased student retention from 29% to 51% in the past decade), Full Circle aims to uniquely highlight St. Louis. Their programs and events introduce young talent to professional, social, and civic opportunities in the city while putting a fun and funky twist on networking to help form genuine relationships.

beef+and+a+toast+-+with+love+from+stlFor example, CITYTREK focuses on exploring local events and hidden gems in the city while Beef And A Toast, held in partnership with Venture Cafe, focuses on discussing “beef” (issues) within St. Louis and toasting to being part of the solution.

Student interest from Washington University, Saint Louis University, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and University of Missouri – St. Louis has also encouraged Full Circle to roll out a campus ambassador program for all of the regional colleges and universities.

“Recently, a WashU sophomore emailed me stating, ‘Full Circle is an organization that I have been trying to find to get involved in.’  That meant the world to us!  The economic benefits are substantial but hearing from an individual about how much we matter to them, that moves us to keep going. I love St. Louis and am proud to call it home, so being able to connect people through Full Circle is extremely fulfilling. Investing in people becomes a direct investment in St. Louis as well.”

If you want to get in touch with Diana to learn more, or support Full Circle, you can reach her at diana@fullcirclehq.org.

Written by guest blogger, KC Friedrich, Senior Associate Director for Development, Olin Business School.




Photo, above: Tom and Catherine Holland and their children.

Tom Holland, EMBA ’12, has always been drawn to a life of adventure. As a young man from central Illinois, he participated in Wilderness Adventures, an adventure travel camp headquartered in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with program offerings all over the world. Founded in 1973, Wilderness Adventures is for students ages 11-20 and seeks to inspire their leadership capabilities while adventuring through the most pristine natural spaces on the planet.

“That month-long summer experience opened my eyes to the person I could be. I was also exposed to the thrill of outdoor adventure,” Tom says. “I found that the experience was a unique way to educate the minds of young adults. I didn’t know it was possible to receive leadership education in wilderness areas.”

Tom’s experience led to him pursue a degree in secondary education from WashU (LA’02), and after graduating, he became a high school teacher. While teaching high school social studies, he continued to spend his summers leading backpacking adventures for kids in Wyoming.

“The mountains became an extension of my classroom—one where I could grow young adults into the best version of themselves. Using the metaphor of wilderness challenge, we deepened our understanding of ourselves,” he says.

Eventually, Tom went on to become the Executive Director of a residential summer camp program in Wyoming. In his new role, Tom decided to return to Washington University, but this time as a member of Olin’s Executive MBA Class 38.

“The EMBA program, much like that summer adventure so many years ago, challenged me in new ways. I found myself learning from both my professors and my peers. Further, they challenged me to dream big when it came to my professional life in the camp and adventure travel business.”

Following his EMBA experience, Tom took on a new job as CEO of the American Camp Association. There, he served as an industry spokesperson and worked with thousands of summer camp programs in the United States to improve the quality and availability of programs to children.

It was during his tenure at the American Camp Association that he was contacted by the owners of Wilderness Adventures, the program he attended as a teenager. They expressed their desire to pass the torch of leadership after 43 years, and wondered if Tom and his wife, Catherine, would be interested in taking the step into business ownership.

“We were thrilled to be approached with this opportunity and to direct such a fantastic company. With over 25,000 alumni, Wilderness Adventures has been a leader in the camp and student adventure travel industry since 1973, and we look forward to continuing that legacy.”

With hundreds of students coming from all over the United States and many international countries too, the program has global reach. And after just over a year at the helm, it is easy to see that Tom is putting to use the skills he acquired at Olin. While remaining true to the core programming of electronics-free youth adventure travel expeditions in national parks and wild areas around the globe, Wilderness Adventures is launching a day camp program for a younger audience in Jackson Hole.

A surfing excursion with Wilderness Adventures

A surfing excursion with Wilderness Adventures

“It is our goal to inspire the next generation to dream big. I was issued that challenge through my experience with Wilderness Adventures all those years ago, and Catherine and I look forward to being stewards of that mission for years to come.”

During the month of March, Wilderness Adventures is offering a $200 program coupon for the children of Olin alumni who wish to enroll in the summer of 2017.  To claim your coupon, email info@wildernessadventures.com, with the subject line: OLIN20.

Written by guest blogger KC Friedrich, Senior Associate Director of Development, Olin Business School


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