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FOCUS St. Louis® is pleased to announce the 34 young professionals selected for the Fall 2017 class of Emerging Leaders, including Angie Bauman, Director of Admissions Operations for Olin’s Executive MBA program.

The Emerging Leaders program offers a select group of St. Louis’ young and talented the opportunity to receive training to strengthen their leadership and management skills. This competitive program provides participants (ages 22-35) with an increased sense of engagement in the region, as well as the tools to take an active role as the next generation of St. Louis regional leaders.

Angela Bauman, Director of Admissions Operations, Executive MBA, Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School

Over the course of the three-month program, Emerging Leaders gain a better understanding of the inner workings of the St. Louis community, an opportunity to develop their personal, professional and civic leadership skills, a chance for personal growth and self-assessment and a diverse network of peers.

FOCUS St. Louis® is the region’s premier leadership organization. FOCUS prepares a diverse base of leaders to work cooperatively for a thriving St. Louis region through our experience-based leadership training, civic issue education and public engagement initiatives.

More than 10,000 people each year connect with FOCUS through our eight leadership programs, numerous civic engagement initiatives and active alumni network. There are multiple entry points into the organization offering varying degrees of opportunity to widen your sphere of influence, engage in authentic relationships with other leaders, learn about critical regional issues, and ultimately impact the quality of life in our region.

Fall 2017 Emerging Leaders Class

Paul Aten, Career Engineer, Ameren Missouri

Angela Bauman, Director of Admissions Operations, Executive MBA, Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School

Heather Benz, Environmental Scientist, AECOM

Andrea Billadeau, Global Regulatory Strategy & Operations Communications Specialist, Monsanto

Evita Caldwell, Freelancer

Lauren Campbell, Recruitment Manager, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri

Rebecca Corson, Associate Attorney, Hamilton Weber LLC

Jennifer DeRose, Green Dining Alliance Program Manager, St. Louis Earth Day

Alex Elmestad, Director of Learning & Engagement, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Meredith Frey, Marketing & Brand Manager, Arcturis

Nadia Ghasedi, Associate University Librarian, Washington University in St. Louis

Ally Gramlich, Senior Digital Marketing Coordinator, Anders CPAs + Advisors

Galicia Guerrero, Manager, Community Relations, Youth Learning Center & The Biome School

Glennetta Haymon, Operations/Anti-Money Laundering Analyst, Citi

Troy Heumphreus, Senior Specialist – Key Account Support, MasterCard

Jermya Jackson, Operations Coordinator, SSM St. Louis University Hospital

Cami Kasmerchak, Beyond Jobs Operation Manager, Mission: St. Louis

John Kilper, Attorney, Hamilton Weber LLC

Amela Kuckovic, Assistant Project Manager, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

Rebecca McBride, Membership & Annual Fund Manager, Missouri Historical Society

Sarah McCallion, Senior Account Executive, FleishmanHillard

Kei-Shae McCrary, Retention Specialist, Southeast Missouri State University

Diona Mills, Audit Team Leader, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Andrew Mitchell, Officer/AttorneyGreensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.

Aryka Moore, Attorney, Weathers Law

Ashley Morris, Trainer, Cognizant

Emma Morrow, Teen Outreach Program, SpecialistWyman Center

Katy Peace, Marketing & Digital Media, ManagerForest Park Forever

Justin Peters, Marketing Executive, J.W. Terrill, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company

Elise Puma, Associate, Thompson Coburn LLP

Brian Randazzo, Business Development Leader, Arcturis

Ellen Tisdale Brazelton, Project Specialist, MilliporeSigma

Tobias Wall, WriterGorilla 76, LLC

Justin M. Wilson, Assistant Director of Admission, Fontbonne University

Source: Focus St. Louis news release.




He’s against breaking up big banks. He doesn’t favor a return to Glass-Steagall’s separation of commercial and investment banking. And he’d like to see most of the Dodd-Frank Act dismantled. William Cohan made it clear at the second annual Wealth & Asset Management Conference at Olin that he’s against tight regulation of the finance industry where he spent most of his career.

Cohan was a headline speaker at the conference sponsored by the Wells Fargo Advisors Center for Finance and Accounting Research held Aug. 22-23. Cohan’s current career involves writing books about how big finance works behind the headlines. Cohan discussed his latest work, Why Wall Street Matters, with Rich Ryffel, senior lecturer in finance.

So, how would Cohan propose preventing the next financial crisis if regulation won’t help? David Nicklaus at The St. Louis Post-Dispatch covered their conversation in his Aug. 25 column:

Cohan proposes that the top 500 or so executives at each big bank be required to pledge their entire net worth as backing for the firm’s liabilities. They could still earn bonuses and stock options when things were going well, but another bad bet like subprime mortgages could cost them everything.

“It’s in the DNA of Wall Street to have your own skin in the game,” Cohan says. “You’re not going to take Goldman Sachs or Wells Fargo private, but my idea would recreate some of the old partnership structure.”




In the September-October issue of the Harvard Business Review (HBR), Olin researchers identify four principles for designing executive compensation packages that encourage managers to deliver real, sustainable value. The recommendations for refining incentive-based plans stem from ground-breaking research that employed innovative data collection and advanced statistical techniques that revealed flaws and unintended consequences inherent in many pay-for-performance compensation plans.

The research was published in the Journal of Financial Economics earlier this year and received the Olin Award for research with the most potential to impact business in 2015.

Olin authors of the HBR article, “Comp Targets That Work,” include: Radhakrishnan Gopalan, Associate Professor of Finance; John Horn, Senior Lecturer in Economics; and Todd Milbourn,Vice Dean and the Hubert C. & Dorothy R. Moog Professor of Finance.

Harvard Business Review, September-October 2017, Volume 95, Number 5, pp. 102 – 107.

Journal of Financial Economics, 2017, vol. 124, issue 2, 307-330

Check out the Olin research on HBR.




Andrew Glantz, BSBA’17, at 22 years old, is one of the youngest people named to the Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity’s 40 Under 40 list. With 163,538 members around the world, Glantz reports he is, “the third youngest to be included on the list that includes individuals such as the Co-Founder of Reddit and VPs at Lyft and UBS, and another WashU student – Sara Miller!”

Glantz is co-founder and CEO of GiftAMeal, a for-profit social enterprise that invites customers at participating restaurants to use the GiftAMeal mobile app to share photos of their meal. For each meal shared, a donation is made to a local food bank.

Jacob Mohrman (left) and Andrew Glantz.

“I am honored to represent WashU on the Alpha Kappa Psi list. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with the Joseph W. Towle Prize for greatest potential in organizational leadership, I am excited to announce that I will be remaining in St. Louis to work full-time on GiftAMeal.” Olin faculty, mentors, and St. Louis investors can share in the excitement when a home-grown startup remains in the city’s burgeoning entrepreneurial community to evolve and and expand.

GiftAMeal won multiple awards while Glantz was an undergrad including being named a “Top 3 Student Startup” in the country at the South by Southwest Conference. The company received its first investment of $100,000 from the Capital Innovators accelerator in St. Louis, marking the first time that the group had invested in an undergraduate startup.

GiftAMeal helps restaurants acquire and retain customers, while also feeding the hungry in our communities. To date, the company has provided 68,499 meals to those in need.

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Alpha Kappa Psi is a Professional Co-ed Business Fraternity founded in 1904 with the purpose of developing its’ members into principled business leaders. Originally founded by 4 men at New York University, the professional organization now has over 240,000 initiated members at 265 universities in 3 countries. Alpha Kappa Psi has grown to be the oldest and largest business fraternity in the world.




Radhika Ghai Aggarwal, MBA 2002, Chief Business Officer and Co-founder of online marketplace Shopclues, a highly successful startup based in India, talks about the importance of mentors in her career in an interview with the Economic Times.

“I have had several mentors who have greatly influenced different aspects of my growth and learning in the past 20 years or so. My dean at Washington University, Dr Mahendra Gupta, former dean, Olin Business School, had a great influence on me during my early professional career.

“I have known my current mentor for almost 10 years now. …The most important professional advice I got from my mentor was to always hire someone better than yourself.’ She said, ‘If you find that you are generally the smartest person on the table then there is something wrong.'”

Link to Economic Times article.

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