Tag: Executive MBA

In its inaugural year, The George and Carol Bauer Leadership Center has hosted a number of events in which accomplished leaders have shared their wisdom and experience with our students, faculty, and alumni. One example is our Defining Moments signature course that features exemplary leaders from a range of industries sharing their defining leadership experiences. A common theme was the importance of personal values and ethics in a career and in the success of a company. We are documenting these stories in video vignettes that can be used to inspire students, researchers, and the business community.

The Bauer Leadership Center at Olin Business School develops values-based leaders—leaders who measure their success both by the results they achieve and the values they demonstrate.

We have spent much of this first year reaching out to different people to understand how we can work together with like-minded others to advance our mission. For example, we developed a proposal for a “community of practice” that brings together faculty and administrators engaged in leadership development across the Washington University campus. We are learning best practices from one another and discovering the potential for collaboration on common goals.

SAVE THE DATE: September 20, 2017
“The Value of Values for Founders and Entrepreneurs”
The Bauer Leadership Center is partnering with the Entrepreneurship Organization (EO) and the Executive MBA program to kick off the Values and Leadership forum series.

In the fall, we will unveil an exciting and unique program called “Bauer Fellows” in partnership with Olin’s Center for Experiential Learning. Students leading consulting teams across the globe will be working on their leadership capabilities at the same time they are delivering value to clients. We are currently exploring other ways to build values-centered leadership into Olin courses and programs.

Finally, none of this would be possible without the generous support of George and Carol Bauer. Their vision, example, and energy for our mission have been, and will continue to be, an inspiration. We offer our sincere thanks to the many people and organizations that are working with us—together we can change the way we teach and practice leadership!

For more information or to join our mailing list, contact Marcianne Gagliardi at mgagliardi@wustl.edu or 314-935-2943  Link to website.


Alumni in the news

Congratulations to three Olin alumnae named among the Most Influential Business Women of 2017 by the St. Louis Business Journal. The awardees are accomplished business leaders from a wide range of industries and markets throughout the region. They also have made a difference in their own communities and at various nonprofit organizations.

From left: Sara Hannah, BSBA’01, Managing Partner, Barry Wehmiller Leadership Institute; Shelley Lavender, EMBA’03, President of Boeing Military Aircraft, a business unit within Boeing Defense, Space & Security; Theresa Ruzicka, MBA’86, President of Catholic Charities of St. Louis

CATEGORY: Career, News

Learning in the Executive MBA program extends far beyond classroom walls—in this case, to the other side of the world. As part of the curriculum’s four required residencies, EMBA 48 traveled to Shanghai this week for the last half of their International Management Residency, where they explore global economies, markets, and leadership.

Executive MBA Student Services Manager Cory Barron sends this update from the cohort’s last days in China (be sure to check out part one):

The last three days in China for EMBA 48 were a flurry of educational activities. Starting with a tour of the new Johnson & Johnson headquarters building in Shanghai, Dr. Hong Xin, Sr. Director of New Ventures, explained that a major focus of J&J innovation in China is developing drugs to combat China’s top health issue, lung cancer. But she says J&J embraces the non-pharma solution to lower the number of cases with prevention and interception.

EMBA 48 toured Johnson & Johnson’s new headquarters in Shanghai, China.

The class’ next assignment was to travel on their own from J&J to the afternoon business panel discussion on the other side of Shanghai. With maps and a little instruction at the subway station, all successfully traversed the city with little problem.

The afternoon business panel discussion consisted of several WashU Olin alumni, who covered major business topics in China like IP protection and joint ventures, along with expiate adjustments, making for an energetic Q&A with the class.

(Left to right): Jacklin Zeng, DeLage Landen, Shanghai Olin EMBA Class 11; Patty Sun Tsau, Windeson Enterprise, Olin Shanghai EMBA Class 12; and Gloria Rong Gao, Novartis Pharma, Olin Shangai EMBA Class13, listen to Flemming Mahs, Novus International, Olin MBA 1993, talk about life as an expat in China.

EMBA 48 in front of the Pearl Tower in the Pudong Financial District of Shanghai.

Friday was the field study day. A group, consisting largely of those in the health care sector, toured a large urban hospital and a community health clinic. They also had their evidence-based practices challenged when exploring the philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine. About ten other EMBAs visited four advertising companies located in the same high rise. The other half of EMBA 48 was assigned local Chinese markets and Western malls to try and discover new branding schemes and store or product concepts.

This day concluded with an optional market and cooking experience. The trip to the market included multi colored eggs, slithering eels, and unique Asian vegetable varieties. They then stretched and twirled the noodle dough, sliced and stir fried the chicken, while others filled and pinched-up dumplings, readying them for the steamer.

Kate Gase, EMBA 48, shares with Katie Hamilton, EMBA 48, some original education materials she found at the First People’s Hospital of Shanghai during the Health Care Field Study.

EMBA 48’s Dan Kohnen and Gail Presswood prepare soup dumplings for the evening meal during their cooking experience class.

We started our last full day in China on Saturday by joining Shanghai Olin EMBA Class 15 at Fudan University. Professor Panos Kouvelis prepped the class for a simulation that the two classes tackled together in teams.

Saturday concluded with the U.S.-based EMBAs presenting their teams’ Field Study findings.

Panos Kouvelis lectures to a joint class of EMBA 48 and Olin Shanghai Class 15 prior to an Operations simulation.

Learn more about the Executive MBA curriculum and residency opportunities

Guest blogger: Cory Barron, Student Services Manager, EMBA team

CATEGORY: Global, Student Life

We recognize several familiar faces in St. Louis Magazine’s June issue!  Symbolically pictured in front of Knight Hall’s Frick Forum, the site of many graduation receptions and gatherings, Executive MBA (EMBA) alumni from diverse industries and different classes reunited for a special photo op during Olin’s Centennial year.

This photo is part of special advertising section on page 91 of the June 2017 edition of St. Louis Magazine.  Alumni of Olin’s EMBA program take part in this month’s issue that features the “Faces of St. Louis – 2017.”

Among these faces are, in the front row, from left: Drew Caylor, Louis York Capital; Gene Dobbs Bradford, Jazz St. Louis; Dr. Vamsi Narra,Washington University; Dr. Doug Pernikoff, Clarkson-Wilson Veterinary Clinic; Sara Wade, Express Scripts; and Dr. Mary Jo Gorman, Prosper Women Entrepreneurs.

The back row features, from left: Eric Willis, Nestlé Purina; Bill Hibner, Aegis Strategies; Rachel Andreasson, Wallis Companies; Dr. Ken Yamaguchi, Centene and Washington University; and Emily Pitts, Edward Jones.

These alumni represent a medley of classes, including, most recently, EMBA Class 46, that graduated in December 2016.  They also collectively hold a breadth of industry involvement, ranging from Doctors, entrepreneurs, and healthcare, financial and non-profit professionals.

While the photo presents the array of experienced professionals who have studied in the program, it also conveys the importance that different perspectives and career experiences bring to the teamwork that exists in and outside of the curriculum.

Fittingly so, many of the key phrases that sum up the 20-month journey of alumni through the program boil down to “transformational,” “life-changing,” and “collaborative.”  As students begin the rigorous curriculum of the program, they learn the basic strategy and financial aspects of business from a leadership perspective.  In turn, as the program centers on peer collaboration, relationships are formed as students with diverse industry backgrounds and experiences apply their real-world knowledge to foster innovative and disruptive ideas.

By the end of the program, the goal is for each student, and alumnus, to hold an integrated view of the enterprise and a model for leadership ready to apply anywhere.

Fun fact: did you know that there are currently more than 2,000 alumni of Olin Business School’s Executive MBA program? Learn more about how alumni apply Olin’s Executive MBA program in their endeavors.


Poets & Quants’ recently released “2017 Best & Brightest EMBAs” include two Olin standouts: Brian Estes and Katherine Buehner.

At 28, Brian Estes became the youngest Vice President in the history of A.G. Edwards and Sons, so it’s no surprise he was named one of St. Louis Business Journal’s “40 Up and Comers” shortly after. He’s now a Venture Capital partner at The St. Louis Arch Angels and SixThirty FinTech Accelerator.

“My biggest regret was not starting 10 years ago,” Brian tells Poets & Quants. “The program is so interesting and valuable that it’s a shame I did not take advantage of this educational opportunity when I was younger.”

“Brian brings a wealth of experience, an impressive track record, a no-nonsense approach, and a collegial attitude to his EMBA cohort,” says Stuart Bunderson, Associate Dean and Director of Executive Programs and the Co-Director of the Bauer Leadership Center.

“He is a natural leader who holds himself and other to the highest standards of excellence without coming across as negative, impatient, or superior. His passion for excellence pushes us as faculty and as a program to greater heights. We are very fortunate to have Brian in our program.”

Katie was flying Blackhawk helicopters before enrolling in the Executive MBA program, where she started a new professional chapter: entrepreneurship.

She partnered with a classmate to open a staff business. “We launched the company six weeks earlier than we had expected and grew four times quicker than we had anticipated,” she tells Poets & Quants. “The company was turning a profit in four months.”

Her impressive background—trailblazing in a male-dominated industry to a fearless transition into business—also caught the eye of both The Denver Business Journal and The National Business Journal, who profiled her this year.

“Katie  is hard-working, team-oriented, and incredibly bright. She gets things done without drama and in a professional way,” Bunderson told Poets & Quants. “But what is perhaps most notable about Katie – and incredible given her impressive military track record – is that she is just simply a delightful person…a humble, nice, and delightful person. Every one of her classmates would love to have her on their team.”

Congratulations, Katie and Brian!