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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.


Business school students gain a keen understanding of the business world as they began their career. But for students pursuing nonbusiness studies, many do not have that foundational understanding—or the realization of how business savvy can positively impact their job search and long-term career success.

To meet this need, WashU Olin is offering nonbusiness students—both inside and outside WashU—a business fundamentals and career preparation course called Gateway to Business. Offered virtually for six weeks over the summer, this course is specially designed to provide nonbusiness students with a comprehensive introduction to business, leadership and teamwork skills development, and career preparedness.

Perhaps you know a student who would benefit from this course—someone pursuing a degree in arts, sciences, engineering or medicine? Gateway to Business will give undergraduate students and recent college and high school graduates a leg up on the competition by helping them:

  • Develop an understanding of business concepts and the ability to apply them to solve real, unstructured problems
  • Engage in self-assessment and use the results to create a professional development plan
  • Further leadership skills to more effectively work on team-based and peer-led projects
  • Strengthen communication skills, including writing a compelling resume and cover letters

Start Date: June 9, 2020
Length: Six weeks
Sessions: Tuesday/Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Format: Virtual/Zoom
Students: Any nonbusiness undergrad or new high school or college graduate, inside or outside WashU
Credit: 1.5 credits
Tuition: $1,500

The course begins soon, so please be sure to pass this information along to anyone you think needs to expand their understanding of business and career readiness to help ensure their future success.

WashU students register here.

Non-WashU students register here.




Isabelle Roig, a WashU BA candidate and student worker for Olin’s marketing and communications department, wrote this for the Olin Blog.

Matt Kueker, MBA ’06, was recently named Kenway Consulting’s new CEO.

Kenway is a Chicago-based management and technology consulting company founded in 2004. It helps clients in the areas of technology solution delivery, enterprise program leadership, and information insight in industries that include business-to-business distribution, financial services, healthcare and telecommunications.

Matt Kueker
Matt Kueker

In February, the company announced it was partnering with Svoboda Capital Partners (SCP), a Chicago-based private equity firm that invests in middle-market growth companies. The new partnership brought about the need to change Kenway’s leadership structure.

Brian King, former CEO and founder of Kenway, transitioned to open and lead the company’s Scottsdale, Arizona, office. Company veteran Kueker,  who most recently served as Kenway’s managing director, assumed the role of CEO.

“This exciting partnership, along with the energy and enthusiasm Matt brings to the CEO role, will help position Kenway for accelerated growth, continued success, and long-term value for our clients and employees,” King said in a press release.

Accolades

Kenway’s values and company culture has earned it accolades. It was included in Inc. magazine’s 2019 Inc. 5000 list, with a No. 20 ranking in IT Services. In 2018, Crain’s Chicago Business named Kenway No. 28 in their top 100 “Best Places to Work in Chicago.” And the National Association of Business Resources declared Kenway one of the “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation” for three consecutive years.

“We are impressed by Kenway’s consistent growth and its talented and energetic team, which remains focused on building a culture that delivers outstanding client service,” SCP Principal David Rubin said.

Kueker said he is inspired by Kenway’s values and how they have encouraged continuous growth for Kenway during his time with the company. The transition from his former role as managing director to CEO will build on that foundation, he said.

“I’m honored to be a part of this new chapter of Kenway’s history as we build upon this successful momentum we’ve created together,” Kueker said.

Kenway’s Consulting’s Matt Kueker, left, and Brian King are pictured with adoptable dogs and, from left to right, ALIVE Rescue’s Kristen Gerali, Margo Strebig and Hannah Nicolet at Kenway ‘s annual fundraiser for the local nonprofit.




Tom and his wife, Erin, at an Olin event. They have two boys: Benjamin, 3, and Gabriel, 18 months.

WashU Olin students should know: Tom Russell, MBA ’15, is a recruiting rock star for those who follow him into the full-time MBA program. In his roles at Anheuser-Busch, he’s hired numerous Olin students for internships and full-time positions. In fact, he just recently sent a request to have Olin students check out six new positions at the beermaker.

Meanwhile, he’s been promoted four times since starting four years ago, serving now as a senior director “reporting directly to our North America CFO, responsible for managing all of our technology operational expenditures and capital expenditures, as well as our technology excellence program.”

That follows nearly four years of service in the US Army in a variety of leadership positions—including combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

We caught up with Tom to ask a few questions about how his Olin experience has translated to a career at Anheuser-Busch and how it helped him transition from military to civilian leadership.

In what ways are you using data to make business decisions?

Every decision I make at Anheuser Busch involves data; however, data alone does not always tell the complete story—I layer in qualitative analysis to round out the story in an effort to make the most optimal decision. Specifically, in my current role, I am responsible for managing all of our technology OPEX and CAPEX spending in North America so the majority of my data is financial data.

How did your experience at Olin prepare you for that?

My experience at Olin definitely prepared me well for my career at Anheuser Busch—the core curriculum provided me with a strong foundation in areas such as finance, accounting, critical thinking, statistics and corporate strategy—I have deployed the skills and knowledge I learned in each of these courses throughout my four years at ABI. In addition, in my second year, I focused heavily on finance and analytics—it was great to be able to have the flexibility in the curriculum to concentrate in this way.

How do you leverage your principles, or those of your organization, in weighing the data?

One of our principles at A-B is that we manage costs tightly—this means that we put an immense amount of effort into our budgeting and financial reporting processes. Robust financial management, accounting and reporting are crucial to our cost-connect-win strategy. This cost-conscious, ownership mindset provides the foundation for how I think about our financials and all of the decisions I make.

As a military veteran, did you have experience around the world? Do you view yourself as a global business leader? In what ways?

I did have experience around the world—I served combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and also spent a summer in Germany as part of our training curriculum when I was a cadet at West Point. I do view myself as a global business leader—we are a global company, and I routinely interact with my colleagues in South America, Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia, to include routine trips to those parts of the world.

Pictured above: Tom and his wife, Erin, at an Olin event. They have two boys: Benjamin, 3, and Gabriel, 18 months.




Ryan Richt, MBA

WashU Olin alumni have continued to benefit from their membership in the community many years after leaving campus. This is part of an occasional series of vignettes about the alumni experience. Today, we hear from Ryan Richt, , AB ’08/MBA ’08, founder and CEO, Well Principled

When we meet Ryan Richt, he’s wearing a button-down dress shirt that belies his serious love for data: It’s a design featuring subtly rendered QR codes, which, when scanned, launch the garment maker’s website. Since leaving Olin just over a decade ago, he’s applied that love of data and his business savvy to start two companies—thanks, in part, to an ongoing relationship with WashU Olin faculty mentor Anne Marie Knott.

“We’ve probably had dinner once a month for 10 years since I graduated,” he said. “I used her book to start my first company.”

That relationship continues today. Knott, the Robert and Barbara Frick Professor of Business in Olin Business School, is an investor and chairs the science advisory board for Well Principled, Richt’s year-old startup. His firm leverages artificial intelligence to apply state-of-the-art business research to real-world problems.

In Richt’s model, his company creates “virtual business consultants” that meld a firm’s data—perhaps marketing information or pricing data—with the accumulated knowledge of 30 years of operations research. The consultants automate decision-making based on the firm’s goals.

“It is real work to go through the threads of research and read the back-and-forth between researchers,” Richt said. “Anne Marie and the scientific advisory board help us with that.”

Stay in touch.

Center for Experiential Learning

Business Development

  • Dorothy Kittner, MBA ’94, associate dean and director of business development and corporate relations 314-935-6365 | kittner@wustl.edu

Alumni & Development

Weston Career Center

Executive Education

  • Kelly Bean, senior associate dean and professor of practice in leadership 202-797-6000 | beank@wustl.edu



WashU Olin Business School has officially received accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA), one of the world’s leading authorities on postgraduate business education, demonstrating its continuing commitment to excellence in management education.

Accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) represents the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education. Its rigorous assessment criteria ensure that only the highest-caliber programs which demonstrate the best standards in teaching, curriculum, and student interaction achieve Association of MBAs accreditation.

Olin Business School is part of Washington University (WashU) in St Louis, Missouri. The Business School offers a full-time MBA, Professional MBA and an Executive MBA, along with Executive MBAs in Shanghai and Mumbai.

“We are proud to be the only US-based Business School in the Financial Times’ top 50 to receive AMBA accreditation,” said Olin Dean Mark P. Taylor. “AMBA’s recognition validates the WashU Olin community’s hard work and further proclaims our position as a top global program.”

Members of AMBA’s visiting accreditation panel, representing senior management at AMBA-accredited Business Schools globally, commended the high-quality faculty at Olin.

The panel also commended WashU Olin’s leadership, who they thought was innovative in creating fresh initiatives to enhance the standard of Olin. The panel believed these would continue to improve Olin’s already impressive national and international standing. These initiatives include Olin’s investment in digital learning, which has enabled the School to stay ahead of the curve.

The panel was impressed with alumni relations at Olin. Alumni were found to be highly engaged and were keen to support the mentorship programs. The addition of a new digital platform for alumni was seen to be world-class, giving alumni the opportunity not only to network but to access careers and lifelong learning support.

The accreditation is international in scope and reach, and AMBA works under the belief that accredited programs should be of the highest standard and reflect changing trends and innovation in postgraduate management education. Its accreditation process reflects this commitment to fostering innovation and demanding business schools to perform at the highest level continually.

Andrew Main Wilson, chief executive of AMBA & BGA, said: “As a leading business school in the US, Olin Business School has a tradition of high academic standards. I am delighted to see the school investing in its MBA programs so strategically and I am looking forward to seeing the school continue to exceed expectations with its exciting innovations.

“AMBA only accredits the top 2% of business schools globally, and it is fitting that Olin Business School is part of this select network.”