A native of Oregon, WashU senior Joanna Klitzke loves the outdoors and is committed to protecting the environment — not by engineering a more efficient car or drafting stricter legislation, but by building a better supply chain.

“Small decisions about packaging, transportation and factory operations can make a really big difference,” said Klitzke, who is majoring in operations and supply chain management in the Olin Business School. “Ultimately, I am an optimist about how business can affect the environment. Many people see corporations as the enemy of sustainability, but businesses that want to make a positive difference have the capital to accomplish big, meaningful change quickly.”

During her time at Washington University, Klitzke studied Spanish in Argentina, gender studies in Turkey and sustainable development and conservation in Madagascar where she helped residents make soap to use and sell. She says her experiences abroad have informed her business ethos.

“Listen and be flexible — you can come in with all of your ideas, but in the end, you need to trust the local knowledge and adapt your plans accordingly,” Klitzke said. “For instance, in Madagascar we planned to press oil from a local plant to put in our soap but quickly discovered that the oil press was only two small beams of wood. So we used oil they had in the local market instead. The experience taught me how to improvise and collaborate.”

OWN it logoKlitzke brought that same can-do attitude to Washington University’s first OWN IT, a female leadership summit. Founded by Ellen Kaushansky, a senior at the Olin School, and Claudia Vaughan, a senior in Arts & Sciences, the event hosted leaders in sports, science, entertainment, business and politics including Laura Meckler (AB ’90), Wall Street Journal national political correspondent; Michelle Larson, president of the Adler Planetarium; Nina Roth, senior director of marketing at ESPN and Sandra Stern, President at Lionsgate Television Group.

“I saw it as a way to bridge millennial students with the women who inspire them,” Klitzke said. “Yes, it is a summit for women, but more importantly, it is a summit designed to share with the WashU community many amazing people who, with grit and determination, have done great stuff with their lives.”

The event was a huge success and recently received the Excellence in Leadership Award for outstanding new campus event. Klitzke took care of the logistics from contracts to catering.

“My co-chair and I were the ones who made sure everyone was in the right spot at the right time and that everyone was happy about being in the right spot at the right time,” Klitzke said. “Basically the same reason I love supply chain is the same reason I loved working on OWN IT — I love working behind the scenes to get things from one point to another.”

by Diane Toroian Keaggy, WashU Public Affairs

Image: James Byard/WUSTL Photos

CATEGORY: Career, News, Student Life

The MBA Class of 2017 will have a record-breaking number of female members thanks in part to Allison Campbell, MBA’16. Allison tells Poets & Quants about her recruiting achievement at Olin:

“When I joined Olin, my class was 28% female, resulting in over half the core teams only having one female. I wanted to change that. I wanted to implement the personal touch Olin had the ability to offer, especially females.

During my free time, I reached out to prospective students, offering to share my personal experiences. I was talking to at least three people a week, telling my MBA story and answering questions about Olin.

Through Olin Women in Business, I pushed for a new Vice President position to work with the admissions office.  I joined the executive board in this role, and I forged a connection with Admissions to emphasize this focus.  Last spring, I also co-chaired our Admitted Students Weekend.  I stayed in touch with those students over the summer, and was proud to see the female enrollment jump to 40%.

This year, every core team had two female students.  To this day, I continue to work with Admissions to make 40% a rule, not an exception.”

Allison will be an Associate Marketing Manager at Walmart after she graduates.

Read more about Allison and why she is one of the Best & Brightest of the Class of 2016 on the Poets & Quants website.


The Huffington Post reports on the St. Louis MetroMarket, “the Grocery Store on wheels that brings fresh food to low-income areas.” The bus, dubbed “Turnip1,” is stocked with fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy and bread from local farmers and community gardens.

Corey Mauer, St. Louis University. Jeremy Goss and Colin Dowling sit behind the wheel of the donated Metro bus which will become St. Louis MetroMarket.

Jeremy Goss and Colin Dowling sit behind the wheel of the donated Metro bus that was converted into St. Louis MetroMarket in 2015. Photo: Corey Mauer, St. Louis University.

“I would hate people to get lost in the novelty of what we do because we sell groceries on a bus,” said Jeremy Goss, a Saint Louis University medical student and one of the founders of MetroMarket. Co-founders include Washington University graduates Colin Dowling, PMBA’12 and Tej Azad, AB’12.
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First of all don’t call it a “hat”! In technical academic regalia lingo, graduates wear “caps” as part of their ceremonial costume, but they do come in different shapes and sizes according to the degree you are receiving.

There are two types of academic caps worn at WashU Commencement ceremonies:


MORTARBOARD: undergraduate degrees; called a mortarboard because of its similarity in appearance to the board used by bricklayers to hold mortar. Wear squarely on top of head unless you have an important message you want to share with those seated behind you.


VELVET TAM: Masters and doctoral degrees. Tams come in 4, 6, and 8-corner styles.










Those wearing academic costumes always wear their caps in academic processions and during the ceremony of conferring degrees.

Men may remove caps during prayer, the playing of the national anthem and the alma mater, and at other specified times, e.g., during the baccalaureate sermon or the commencement address.

There is no hard and fast rule about tassels, but WashU, like many universities, has follows the custom of wearing the tassels on the right front side before degrees are conferred and to shift them to the left at the moment when degrees are awarded.


Mark Taylor, dean of Warwick Business School and professor of international finance at the University of Warwick, UK, has been appointed dean of the John M. Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, according to Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton.

Taylor succeeds Mahendra R. Gupta, who announced earlier this year that he would conclude his deanship on June 30. Taylor will assume the role Dec. 1. Kurt T. Dirks, senior associate dean and the Bank of America Professor of Managerial Leadership at Olin, will serve as dean from July 1 until Nov. 30.

“In Mark Taylor we have found a strong leader with the vision, wisdom and experience to take Olin Business School to new heights,” Wrighton said. “He is well qualified not only as a scholar, but also as a practitioner in global business and finance. I have no doubt he will strengthen Olin’s presence and reputation in the domestic and international arenas.

“I also remain exceptionally grateful to Mahendra Gupta for his many contributions, and to Kurt Dirks for stepping in to guide Olin before Mark Taylor arrives,” Wrighton said.

“We could not be more pleased that Mark Taylor has accepted our offer to bring his talents across the pond to St. Louis,” said Provost Holden Thorp. “With his global perspective and outstanding academic credentials, he brings the right mix of scholarship and leadership to the position. We are extremely proud to introduce him as the next dean of Olin Business School.”

Taylor comes to Washington University after serving for six years as dean at Warwick, where he oversaw a dramatic rise in the school’s rankings and research performance, and the opening in 2014 of the school’s new London base in The Shard — the city’s tallest and most iconic building — as well as, in 2015, a multimillion-dollar extension of the main campus building. He also is credited with building strong international partnerships with leading schools, including the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University; the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia; and the University of Cape Town School of Business. He previously had served as managing director at the global investment management corporation BlackRock, where he led the European arm of a multibillion-dollar fund.

“Washington University in St. Louis is one of the world’s great universities with a rich tradition of innovation and creativity,” Taylor said. “It is a great honor to be invited to lead Olin Business School. A strong foundation has been created by my predecessor and his team, and I intend to build on that to bring further success to the school as we enter Olin’s second century.”

Taylor is a graduate of Oxford University, from which he holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in philosophy, politics and economics. He also earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in economics and finance from Birkbeck College at the University of London; an MBA in higher education management from University College London; and a master’s degree in English literature from Liverpool University. One of the most highly cited economists in the world, his research has been published widely in leading international journals. In 2012, the University of Warwick recognized him with an honorary doctorate for his lifetime contributions to the field of finance.