Two Olin seniors are featured in Poets & Quants For Undergrads’ second annual “Best & Brightest Business Majors” feature. 100 of the most accomplished seniors majoring in such fields as business administration, marketing, accounting, operations, and human resources are profiled on the website.

Olin’s representatives among this year’s honorees:

Jessica-Landzberg-Washington-U-PoetsAndQuantsUndergrads-BBClassof2017-630x420Jessica Landzberg
Major: Double major in Finance and Accounting, and completing the coursework for the Marketing Major
Co-Founder, Owner, & CFO of the campus Bear-y Sweet Shoppe candy business that provides hands-on entrepreneurial experience for underclassmen. Link to Jessica’s profile.

Colton Calandrella
Majors: Economics & Strategy, Entrepreneurship
Minor: Latin American Studies
After piloting the Ferguson Small Business Initiative, he is the Undergraduate Fellow at the Center for Experiential Learning, a role created for 2nd-year MBA students. Link to Colton’s profile.

“This is a first look at some of the leaders who’ll be shaping the discussions and decisions around business in the coming decades,” says John A. Byrne, founder and editor of Poets & Quants and the former executive editor of Businessweek magazine and former editor-in-chief of Fast Company. “They are already so informed, creative, and versatile. I can’t wait to see what they do after they graduate.”

If this year’s “Best & Brightest” class could be summarized in one word, it would be “impact.” They were the scholars, advocates, volunteers, and mentors who often acted as the catalysts and consciences of their classes.

The 2017 “Best & Brightest” feature also includes in-depth profiles on each student in which honorees answer questions relating to their biggest lessons from business school, favorite executives and professors, dream jobs, and even the animal that best personifies them.

“We didn’t want to just list bullet points that you could find on Linkedin,” explains Jeff Schmitt, who organized and directed the “Best & Brightest” project. “We asked students to dig deep so readers could know why they pursued business, what they loved about it, and what they hoped to do with this knowledge. These students are role models. Our whole goal is to show potential business majors why it is such a valuable path — and what it takes to be successful in school and beyond.”

To compile this year’s Best & Brightest students, Poets & Quants reached out to 55 leading business schools, starting with programs listed in its exclusive 2016 Best Undergraduate Business Programs ranking. Overall, 49 programs responded, with faculty and administrators choosing two students per school based on “academic excellence, extracurricular leadership, personal character, innate potential, striking personal narrative, and overall impact on the program.” Due to the popularity of the 2016 feature, the number of student profiles was doubled to 100 in 2017.

The “Best & Brightest Business Majors” is the first of a three-part series recognizing the top business students. In May, Poets & Quants will unveil its 100 “Best & Brightest MBAs.” In June, Poets&Quants For Executives will honor the “Best & Brightest Executive MBAs.”

Source: Poets & Quants news release

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The first weekend in April, a group of four Olin students: Kevin Pung, David Gumins, Jon Goldstein, and Andrew Glantz, along with negotiations professor and PhD candidate Elizabeth Luckman, traveled to Waco, Texas for a negotiations competition. Andrew wrote this post for the blog:

The Baylor Business Negotiations Competition consisted of three rounds (single-elimination) with teams of two people each (12 teams overall). Kevin and I were on a team, and David and Jon were on another team.

The first round was 35-minutes: our role was a pharmaceuticals company hiring two consultants and we had to negotiate a contract with them. Both of our teams made it to the next round (semi-finals).

The semi-final round was also 35 minutes: our role was the in-store sales strategy team at a Walmart-esque company and we had to negotiate a marketing strategy/budget with the online division. Only two teams with the highest scores out of the six semi-finalists made it to finals. Kevin and I ranked 1st after that round; David and Jon ranked 5th.

Baylor 2Kevin and I then competed in finals in an auditorium for a 45-minute negotiation: our role was a development company negotiating a maintenance contract with a large company. It was a close negotiation and we ended up with a beneficial deal, but lost in a 2-1 decision with the judges. Kevin and I each won $150 for placing 2nd in the competition.

This was the first intercollegiate national competition of this nature. WashU is looking to possibly host one in the future in addition to other colleges. It was terrific to see the two teams place 2nd and 5th from WashU! I look forward to seeing WashU continue this in the future.

Guest Blogger: Andrew Glantz BSBA ’17

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In today’s ever-changing business world, Olin graduates must be thought leaders who function swiftly and strategically, making an impact in their organizations and beyond early in their careers. Our amazing alumni are up for the challenge, which is why we are proud to honor a handful of recently graduated alumni with our Emerging Leaders Awards (A David R. Calhoun Memorial Lecture).

This year’s Emerging Leaders will be honored on April 20 from 4:30-7 p.m. Please join us at Celebration Weekend, April 20-23 to celebrate Olin’s Centennial and accomplished alumni.

Arvan Chan

Arvan Chan

Arvan S. Chan, MBA ’09/MHA ’09

Vice President / International Markets / Centene Corporation / St. Louis
Though Arvan Chan’s graduate education and career placed him squarely in St. Louis by the age of 35, his influence has been felt around the globe. Since 2014, the 10-year veteran of Centene Corporation serves as the company’s vice president of international markets, where he manages and develops several unique international businesses.

For example, Chan helped orchestrate Centene’s investment in Ribera Salud SA, a Spanish company, and The Practice Group, an English company, three years ago. Chan currently sits on the boards for both organizations, which provide health care services under their respective country’s National Health Services.

As an active community member, Chan serves on the board of directors for St. Louis Effort for AIDS, which provides services to individuals who are affected by HIV; and the International Institute of St. Louis, which serves refugees and immigrants in the region. His involvement with professional organizations around the country has placed him on multiple global health task force teams, and he has spoken several times at the World Economic Forum.

In January, the St. Louis Business Journal named Chan to its list of “40 under 40” rising stars who are shaping the future of business in the region.

Chuck Cohn

Chuck Cohn

Chuck K. Cohn, BSBA ’08

Founder and CEO / Varsity Tutors / St. Louis
After working nights and weekends to get his startup company off the ground, Chuck Cohn scored with a $57 million investment from the likes of musician Adam Levine and Technology Crossover Ventures. Today, Cohn’s Varsity Tutors employs 400 people full-time and contracts with 25,000 private tutors who operate on his platform.

Varsity Tutors is a live learning platform that connects students and professionals with personalized instruction to achieve any goal. Cohn founded the company in a Washington University “Introduction to Entrepreneurship” course in 2007.

The young CEO has taken Varsity Tutors, now the market leader, from on-campus startup to more than one million hours of live instruction.

Cohn bootstrapped the company while working as an investment banker at Wachovia/Wells Fargo, and later as a venture capitalist at Ascension Ventures. He focused on building a robust technology system that would allow Varsity Tutors to connect students with exceptional tutors in person, online, and on mobile devices at both a scale and price point that had never been accomplished before.

Cohn serves as an advisor to local startups and is an active participant in the St. Louis startup ecosystem. He is an avid writer on entrepreneurship and education, authoring recurring columns for Forbes and Entrepreneur. Additionally, he is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and the Washington University Skandalaris Center National Council.

James Mourey

James Mourey

James A. Mourey, PhD, BSBA ’05

Assistant Professor of Marketing / DePaul University / Chicago
When Jim Mourey began his undergraduate career at Washington University as a first-generation college student, he thought finance and accounting should be his path. However, a lifetime of creative writing, performing, and singing wouldn’t stand for it. Marketing was his passion. Besides, everyone knows what happens to “creative” accountants.

After he poured himself into his undergraduate coursework (4.0, summa cum laude), serving as a residence hall advisor, and singing in the all-male a cappella group The Stereotypes, the ink was barely dry on his diploma when one of his professors pulled him aside to discuss pursuing a doctorate.

Today, after receiving field-wide and university recognition for his dissertation at the University of Michigan, as well as achieving a 5.0/5.0 teaching evaluation, Mourey is now an assistant professor of marketing at DePaul University in Chicago.

Before earning his doctorate, Mourey led the research division for a Los Angeles-based C-suite marketing and management consultancy. Since then, he’s coauthored a New York Times bestseller and written two consumer-oriented books on how we shop: Urge: Why You Really Want What You Want and Fusion: A Modern How-To Guide for Integrated Marketing Strategy. Mourey also serves as a visiting professor in Paris and takes study abroad groups to France to focus on luxury marketing.

Outside of teaching, Mourey serves on the board for Creative Opportunities Unlimited, an international nonprofit bringing creative education to children. He is also musical director for The Uptones, a Chicago-based singing group, and hones his improv and comedic writing skills at the world-renowned Second City.

JD Ross

JD Ross

JD Ross, BSBA ’12

Cofounder / Opendoor / San Francisco
JD Ross began his first two companies as an undergraduate. Now, he is the cofounder of a company that has raised more than $310 million in venture capital and is turning the real estate industry on its ear.

Opendoor, founded in 2014 with legendary investor and operator Keith Rabois and Trulia executive Eric Wu, purchases homes directly from the seller, unlocking the seller’s economic mobility and bringing peace of mind to home sellers throughout the process. The startup has been featured in countless publications. Real estate industry publisher Inman named Opendoor its most innovative real estate company. And Ross himself was featured in Forbes’ “30 under 30” list for consumer technology.

A serial entrepreneur, Ross started early as a freshman at Olin. UTrucking provided storage to thousands of students at Washington University, and Fresh Prints offered custom apparel for tens of thousands of students across the country. Those experiences taught Ross the value of moving quickly and starting and ending with the customer, and the importance of hiring and coaching a talented team.

After graduation, Ross moved to San Francisco as the first product manager at financial technology startup Addepar, scaling the team from five to more than 80 employees and bringing more than $100 billion onto the platform as the company’s vice president for product.

Meghan Winegrad

Meghan Winegrad

Meghan O’Meara Winegrad, MBA ’06

Senior Director / Product Management / Express Scripts / St. Louis
With deep experience as a business builder, change agent, and turnaround artist at Fortune 200 companies, Winegrad is about to apply her skills to a new, even more exciting endeavor: entrepreneurship.

Her corporate career has prepared Winegrad for her next chapter, one she explores and broadcasts publicly on her website, Six Months to Startup. There, Winegrad shares her experiences, adventures, and lessons learned along the path to identifying and pursuing her entrepreneurial dreams.

Winegrad’s past experience in communications, marketing, brand management, and healthcare strategy will certainly pave the way for her future success.

While at General Mills, she elevated Hamburger Helper to new heights through an unlikely partnership with Beyoncé and restored growth to Fruit Roll-Ups with profitable line extensions. She also helped grow the General Mills portfolio by exploring new business models and brands in explosive growth categories, including healthy lifestyle, weight management, and beauty.

Then, at Express Scripts, her work inside the Lab, the company’s hub of innovation and thought leadership, yielded new solutions to solve for some of the most pressing pain points in healthcare, enhance patients’ clinical outcomes, and save clients money.

As Winegrad crafts her transition from corporate intrapreneur to startup entrepreneur, she remains a committed community leader. She volunteers on the Olin Alumni Board and just recently wrapped up a two-year term as co-chair for the Olin Eliot Society. In addition, she advocates for children with life-threatening medical conditions by supporting the Teal Pumpkin Project and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


The university is hosting several town hall meetings this month to inform students, faculty, and staff about the new parking strategy, including permit pricing and lottery details. Everyone is welcome to attend or watch live streams/recordings of the meetings at

Meetings will be held:

  • 10-11 a.m. Friday, April 7, in the North Campus Cafeteria
  • 8-9 a.m. Monday, April 10, in the West Campus Conference Center A/B
  • 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in Simon Hall, Room 1 (Danforth Campus)

Washington University in St. Louis will begin implementing its new parking and transportation strategy July 1 to help ensure campus parking resources are aligned with current and future needs.


First parking lot on the Danforth Campus was on the site where Duncker Hall would be built in 1920 to house the business school.

As part of this effort, the Danforth Campus will be broken into five zones: the east end (Zone 1); south core (Zone 2); north core (Zone 3); South 40 (Zone 4); and the North and West campuses (Zone 5). A new low-cost ParkSmart option also will be available at West Campus (Zone 5) for those who cannot park near their primary workplace.

For questions about the new parking strategy, call the staffed hotline at 314-935-3616 or email To learn more about alternative commuting options, visit

New lottery system

Starting in April, all permits for the coming academic year will be available for purchase via a lottery. Under the new system, students, faculty and staff will be able to rank their first, second, and third permit preferences, which then will be assigned via the lottery based on availability, an approach that has been successful at other universities. Once a zone reaches its limit, a waitlist will be established that will periodically be reviewed by the Parking & Transportation team, who will release additional permits as they become available.

New ParkSmart option

Eligible students, faculty and staff who are not be able to park near their primary workplace will be able to use the ParkSmart option, which allows holders to purchase a reduced-cost permit and park at West Campus. Employees whose primary work location is at West Campus will not be eligible for this permit option. The lower-cost permit option at North Campus will be phased out beginning July 1.

New West Campus shuttle

To accommodate the anticipated volume at West Campus, a new West Campus shuttle service will launch March 31. The shuttle will run in 15-minute increments, year-round, from West Campus to the Mallinckrodt Center. During peak hours, shuttle frequency will increase.

Changes to daily permits

In early 2018, all visitor garages, including Snow Way and Millbrook, will be equipped with technology that will allow parkers to pull a ticket and pay. This system will eliminate the need for daily permits, which will be phased out at that time. In the meantime, daily permits will continue to be available for purchase. As of June 30, daily permits will not be sold at the Campus Store. Prior to June 30, Parking and Transportion will widely announce locations on the Danforth Campus where daily permits can be purchased until the pull and pay system is in place.

Early April: Share permit pricing
Mid-April: Open permit lottery for faculty, staff and students
May 22: Close east end for construction
June 30: Daily permits no longer sold at Campus Store
July 1: Zoned parking begins
January 2018: Install technology for visitors in Snow Way, Millbrook garages

For more information about the new parking strategy, as well as additional policies that take effect July 1, visit A staffed, special hotline (314-935-3616) and a new email ( also have been created to help with questions. Faculty and staff also can contact the department to request departmental presentations about the new strategy or alternative commuting options.


An analysis of the Republican tax plan in the House of Representatives in The New York Times’ Dealbook column cites research by Olin associate professor of finance Mark Leary. Leary and his co-authors studied corporate debt levels throughout the 20th century and the relationship to corporate tax rates.

“In a 2014 paper that studied a century of borrowing at American corporations, John R. Graham of Duke University, Mark T. Leary at Washington University in St. Louis and Michael R. Roberts at the University of Pennsylvania did not find strong evidence that corporate tax rates (and thus the deductibility of interest) had a clear influence on companies’ borrowing levels. “On aggregate, the effects were much more muted than what you’d expect,” said Mr. Leary, an associate professor.

“Conversely, of course, that means that removing the deductibility of interest may have less of an impact on how companies finance themselves than many people expect. “It could be muted in the other direction,” Mr. Leary added.”

Link to New York Times article.