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About WashU Olin Business School

Firmly established at the Gateway to the West, Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis stands as the gateway to something far grander in scale. The education we deliver prepares our students to thoughtfully make difficult decisions—the kind that can change the world.


For the next two years, up to 2,500 members of the Olin Business School community—staff, faculty and students—can take advantage of free subscriptions to Barron’s and its 100-year history of deep coverage of global financial markets.

Barbara Archer

The opportunity comes thanks to the generosity of Barbara Archer, a partner at St. Louis-based Hightower Wealth Advisors, who is underwriting the subscriptions to the publication’s “Barron’s in Education” package.

In addition to the basic online subscription to Barron’s website and its financial coverage, members of the Olin community who sign up also gain access to:

  • Barron’s “Weekly Review,” a summarized faculty edition each Wednesday.
  • Barron’s daily “Market Brief” for students.
  • Guest speakers and webinars through Barron’s/Dow Jones and Hightower Wealth Advisors, with plans for national webinars a few times a year.
  • Connections to Dow Jones’ career services, with corporate recruitment teams and Hightower Wealth Advisors for internship and career opportunities.
  • Visits to Dow Jones Headquarters in Manhattan for tours accommodating 25 to 30 students and talks with the editorial teams.
  • The Student Ambassador program, an opportunity to recognize students as ambassadors who are trained as on-campus experts, with access to the head of financial education at Dow Jones and related team members.

“This generous gift by Barbara and Hightower Wealth Advisors opens tremendous access to valuable resources covering a critical segment of the business world,” said Mark P. Taylor, dean of WashU Olin Business School. “I’m eager to see how our students and faculty embrace the opportunity and access presented by this gift.”

Students, faculty and staff members at Olin are invited to activate their subscriptions through this link.

Barron’s began publication in 1921 by newsman Clarence W. Barron, considered the founder of modern financial journalism. The newspaper was established as a sister publication to The Wall Street Journal, and both are owned by Dow Jones & Company.

Princeton Review entrepreneurship ranking badge for its 2022 ranking.

Washington University in St. Louis and Olin Business School got more good news this week about their entrepreneurship education programs, this time from The Princeton Review‘s 16th annual ranking of undergraduate and graduate schools for entrepreneurship studies.

Nationally, the school’s undergraduate program placed seventh in the ranking, up two spots from last year’s #9 ranking. The graduate program notched a 13th-place showing, also up year-over-year from 15th. The publication also ranked schools regionally; in the Midwest, Olin ranked first for its undergraduate program and fourth for its graduate program.

The Princeton Review‘s ranking comes on the heels of the third annual ranking of MBA entrepreneurship programs by Poets & Quants, which placed WashU Olin in first place for the third consecutive year.

“At WashU, entrepreneurship is highly experiential and collaborative. We encourage our students to connect with the St. Louis community and beyond, thus expanding their network. Most notably, the majority of entrepreneurial opportunities at WashU are open to ALL undergrad and grad students, faculty, staff, postdocs, and alumni”, said II Luscri, assistant vice provost for innovation and entrepreneurship and managing director of the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “It is this blend of curricular and co-curricular; campus and community; creativity and entrepreneurship; not bound to discipline or school, that distinguishes our entrepreneurial offerings.”

Support of WashU student entrepreneurs has been crucial for venture success. In the last 10 years, 279 companies founded by undergraduate students have engaged with the Skandalaris Center and gone on to raise a combined $5.2 billion. Of those companies, 62% are still in business today.

On the graduate side, in the last 10 years, 240 companies started by WashU graduate students have engaged with the Skandalaris Center and eventually raised a combined total of nearly $288 million. Of those, 55% are still in business today.

“Since the mid-2000s when we first reported these ranking lists, student interest in entrepreneurship has grown dramatically, as has the commitment to entrepreneurship studies within higher education,” Rob Franek, The Princeton Review‘s editor-in-chief, said in a written statement. “We heartily recommend the fine schools that made our entrepreneurship studies ranking lists this year. Their faculties are outstanding. Their programs have robust experiential components, and their students receive awesome mentoring and networking support that will serve them for years to come.”

The Princeton Review‘s ranking is based on the results of a 60-question survey, which collects data on the percentage of faculty, students, and alumni actively and successfully involved in entrepreneurial endeavors; the number and reach of mentorship programs; scholarships and grants for entrepreneurial studies; and the level of support for school-sponsored business plan competitions.

Read more here about The Princeton Review’s entrepreneurship ranking.

WashU Olin

WashU Olin Business School was Poets & Quants’ choice for 2022’s #1 MBA program for entrepreneurship. So, it’s only natural that the business school trade publication would team with us for an innovative showcase of startup ideas. And the winner pockets $50,000 to launch their idea.

That’s one of the announcements that emerged from a P&Q entrepreneurship live stream event today. The event highlighted business school entrepreneurship programs and featured panels by school alumni and students—including a panel of WashU Olin startup founders who discussed their companies and what they gained through their MBA education.

Dean Mark P. Taylor delivered the opening keynote for the event, which was a follow-up to P&Q‘s 2022 ranking of the top MBA entrepreneurship programs—a ranking WashU Olin topped for the third consecutive year.

“We are gathered here today to celebrate a phenomenon that’s become a bedrock part of our lives,” Taylor told viewers of the online event. “Never has entrepreneurship so strongly influenced the ways we live and learn and work and play. Inspiration is all around us, just waiting for someone to seize it.”

Later, three Olin students and an Olin alumnus participated in panel discussions: Kai Skallerud, MBA ’23; Lloyd Yates, MBA ’22; Rhonda Smythe, MBA ’22; and Daniel Schindler, MBA ’19, founder of Buoy. Schindler spoke to the question of why he embarked on an MBA while trying to launch a business.

“One really big reason was the network that you get,” said Schindler, whose company is focused on producing and marketing products to boost all-day hydration among chronically under-hydrated consumers. “It’s also getting another two years to take the time and start the business in the right way. You can really hone in on the business and the strategy and get feedback from that network.”

Smythe spoke about the value in particular of Olin’s entrepreneurship program: “The entire department puts you in touch with experts in your field,” she said. “From Patagonia, Macy’s, and other big B2C companies, to listen and give advice is a great way to be able to get an inside look into the industry.”

See the video of Kai, Lloyd and Rhonda’s panel discussion below.

More about the pitch competition

WashU Olin’s BIG IdeaBounce, powered by Poet & Quants, is a pitch contest open to any business student—current or prospective, graduate or undergraduate—with a great idea and the drive to push it forward.

“We’re really excited about this event,” said Doug Villhard, Olin’s academic director for entrepreneurship, who participated in the competition announcement. “It really promotes the entrepreneurial spirit that is present here at Olin and permeates your programs. I can’t wait to see the entries come in. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

So, how does it work? You submit your original business idea that’s for-profit, nonprofit and/or with social/environmental/sustainable impact. Twenty finalists create a brief video that brings the idea to life. Then three finalists present their ideas at a live event on WashU’s campus in early March.

The competition was announced today at an event sponsored by P&Q to highlight entrepreneurship education at business schools in the wake of its 2022 ranking of MBA entrepreneurship programs.

How to enter

WashU Olin’s BIG IdeaBounce, powered by Poets&Quants, is a pitch contest open to all current undergraduate and graduate school students OR any prospect interest in a graduate business school degree. Here’s the link to the entry page. The contest is set up in three rounds:

  • Round 1: Submit your idea in the fields on the entry page (open through January 7)
  • Round 2: Selected teams will be asked to submit a two-minute pitch video
  • Round 3: The top three teams will present in front of judges on March 3

StartUp Live WashU student roundtable

Ohad Kadan

Ohad Kadan, who began his academic career in 2002 as an assistant professor at WashU Olin and spent nearly 20 years rising through its ranks as an instructor, academic and researcher, will become dean of the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University on July 1.

“It is truly bittersweet to me,” said Kadan after the announcement was made last week. “I have spent my entire academic career here at Olin, and it will be difficult to leave.”

In an email after the announcement to WashU Olin’s staff, faculty and students, Dean Mark P. Taylor acknowledged the recognition of Kadan’s talent as an academic and purpose-driven leader.

“I am, of course, thrilled for the opportunity that awaits him,” Taylor wrote. “But at the same time, I’m quite sad to lose a valued colleague who has had a staggering impact across every part of the Olin community.”

Fresh opportunity

In its announcement on November 15, the business school based in Tempe, Arizona, noted that Kadan’s appointment culminated a national search to fill the post.

The school’s announcement said he would join at a “crucial period for higher education,” and went on to quote Kadan: “WP Carey prides itself on channeling ASU’s spirit of innovation and rethinking what’s next in business education. I am excited to lead the school into emerging areas, while never losing sight of our commitment to student success and cutting-edge research.”

Kadan said the opportunity represented a stark change in direction after 20 years at the same institution, but it was an exciting opportunity to put into practice what he’d learned in that time. Additionally, he noted that his children were growing up and he and his wife were eager to explore new paths as they moved toward becoming empty-nesters.

The ASU business school serves more than 17,000 students across undergraduate programs in more than 30 disciplines as well as a range of graduate and doctoral programs.

Impact across Olin

Kadan leaves with two prominent titles at WashU Olin: vice dean for education and globalization and H. Frederick Hagemann Jr. Professor of Finance. Those positions capped his rise from assistant professor. During his ascent, he also served as area chair for finance. On the way, he assembled a distinguished record of published research, and his commitment to teaching at the highest level earned him Olin’s Reid Teaching Award.

As vice dean, Ohad has partnered with colleagues in every program, every center and across every student and alumni population. His partnership helped to drive the renovation of the Full-Time MBA program with the global immersion. He’s participated in creating new specialized master’s programs. He’s overseen the launch of the Center for Digital Education and helped guide the center—and our faculty—through the pandemic. He helped in the development of our online programs and Olin’s strategic plan, ensuring our pillars of excellence are imbued throughout the curricula across our programs.

Kadan’s appointment has so far been noted by ASU in its announcement as well as Poets & Quants, Arizona’s ABC-TV 15 and the Phoenix Business Journal.

“On a personal note, I shall greatly miss our daily interactions on school strategy and management,” Taylor wrote last week. “I’m sorry to lose such a deeply committed and valued member of the senior leadership team, though I’m proud with the certain knowledge that he will be a great leader.”

New faculty members for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Twenty-one new instructors and researchers—including seven postdocs—have joined Olin in accounting, data analytics, economics, finance, operations, organizational behavior and strategy.

Tenured/tenure-track faculty

Adrienne Davis, professor of organizational behavior (also William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law, WashU School of Law) JD: Yale Law School, 1991 Prior to WashU: professor, University of North Carolina School of Law

Fausto Gonzalez, assistant professor of marketing PhD: social-personality psychology, University of California, Berkeley, 2018 Prior to Olin: provost’s postdoctoral fellow, New York University

Teaching faculty/professors of practice

Damon Campbell, teaching professor of data analytics PhD: business administration, emphasis in management information systems, Washington State University, 2008 Prior to Olin: professor of management information systems, Millsaps College

Dedric Carter, part-time professor of practice, strategy and entrepreneurship (also WashU’s vice chancellor for innovation and chief commercialization officer and professor of engineering practice at WashU) PhD: information systems, Nova Southeastern University, 2005 Prior to WashU: senior advisor for strategic initiatives, Office of the Director at the US National Science Foundation

Sharon James, MBA ’89, professor of practice in strategy and entrepreneurship PhD: business administration, strategic management, University of Minnesota, 2007 Prior to Olin: tenured associate professor of management at Arkansas State University

Clive Muir, teaching professor of management communications PhD: rhetoric and professional communication, New Mexico State University, 1997 Prior to Olin: associate professor, Stephen F. Austin State University


Forough Enayaty Ahangar, lecturer, supply chain, operations and technology PhD: industrial engineering, University of Arkansas, 2017 Prior to Olin: postdoc, Cornell University

Rebecca Dohrman, senior lecturer, management and communications PhD: organizational communication, Purdue University, 2010 Prior to Olin: program director/associate professor of communication, Maryville University

Mahsa Mardikoraem, lecturer in supply chain, operations and technology PhD: management science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2021 Prior to Olin: instructor/teaching assistant, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Lorenzo Naranjo, senior lecturer in finance PhD: finance, New York University, 2009 Prior to Olin: associate professor, University of Miami

Gerald Onwujekwe, lecturer in data analytics PhD: information systems, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2021 Prior to Olin: instructor/teaching assistant, Virginia Commonwealth University

Esmat Sangari, lecturer in supply chain, operations and technology PhD: industrial engineering and management sciences, Northwestern University, 2021 Prior to Olin: graduate teaching assistant, Northwestern University

Sakya Sarkar, senior lecturer in finance PhD: finance, University of Southern California, 2015 Prior to Olin: visiting assistant professor, Indiana University-Bloomington

Visiting faculty

Alyssa Xingye Liang, visiting assistant professor of organizational behavior PhD: management, National University of Singapore, 2019 Prior to Olin: assistant professor of entrepreneurship, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Swaminathan Balasubramaniam, postdoc in finance PhD: finance, WashU Olin, 2021 Prior to Olin: WashU Olin teaching assistant

Bright Gershion Godigbe, postdoc in accounting PhD: accounting, City University of Hong Kong, 2021 Prior to Olin: course instructor/grader, City University of Hong Kong

Lina Han, postdoc in finance PhD: finance, WashU Olin, 2021 Prior to Olin: PhD research fellow, Luohan Academy, Ant Group

Miao He, postdoc in finance PhD: finance, Tulane University, 2021 Prior to Olin: instructor/teaching assistant, Tulane University

Lingfei Kong, postdoc in finance PhD: business administration, finance, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2021 Prior to Olin: instructor/teaching assistant, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Jerry Mathis, postdoc in accounting PhD: accounting, University of Michigan, 2021 Prior to Olin: instructor/teaching assistant, University of Michigan

Landon J. Ross, postdoc in finance PhD: finance, WashU Olin, 2021 Prior to Olin: analyst, Green Plains Renewable Energy