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The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, founded in 1966 at Washington University’s Olin Business School, has been a national leader in promoting diversity and inclusion in business education and corporate leadership. When the organization launched under the leadership of Olin professor Sterling H. Schoen, it began with just three schools—WashU, Indiana University-Bloomington, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Now, the organization has announced it will add a 20th university to its membership ranks effective July 1, 2018: The University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business.

The highly ranked Seattle-based university officially joins The Consortium at the start of the organization’s new fiscal year following approval on Dec. 4, 2017, by The Consortium’s board of trustees and the signing of the university’s membership agreement on May 3, 2018. The Consortium works with top-ranked MBA programs around the country to increase the ranks of underrepresented minorities in business education and corporate leadership.

“It’s been clear from the start that Foster would be a strong, enthusiastic and energetic partner in furthering our mission,” said Peter J. Aranda III, The Consortium’s executive director and CEO. “We’re eager to begin working with Dean James Jiambalvo and the rest of his team.”

Dean James Jiambalvo

Dean James Jiambalvo

Since 2005, Jiambalvo has led the Foster School of Business, which has embraced diversity and inclusion as a hallmark of its work, weaving that commitment into its academic programs, the student experience and its community relationships through formal programming, student clubs and activities, scholarships, and internships.

“We’re excited to extend our work in diversity, equity, and inclusion through membership in The Consortium,” said Jiambalvo. “Our membership provides an opportunity to live values fundamental to the Foster School and the University of Washington, namely that commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion in America’s classrooms and boardrooms make for resilient thinkers who have the power to lead and inspire the world toward better outcomes for all.”

UW is the second university to gain membership in The Consortium in the past year. Rice University officially joined on July 1, 2017, and will participate in its first Orientation Program & Career Forum—an annual conference for new MBA students and Consortium constituents—in June 2018.

Read the full announcement on The Consortium’s website and see the full list of Consortium member schools

 




Neelam H. Vyas, president emeritus of the Olin Graduate Business Student Association and MBA

Neelam H. Vyas, president emeritus of the Olin Graduate Business Student Association and MBA ’18, delivered this address as the student speaker at Olin’s Graduate Graduation Recognition Ceremony on May 18, 2018.

Thank you, Dean Taylor. I stand before you this afternoon with deep pride for our business school and deep gratitude to my classmates for the opportunity to reflect on our time together at Olin.

There’s something about this place that’s hard to put into words—a magic that really can only be experienced. I began my journey at Olin with the first-day jitters of a second-grader. To be honest, I was a bit intimidated to be joining a class made up of former consultants, “human calculators,” engineers, contestants on the Price is Right, teachers, volleyball champions, and veterans.

But after those first few classes during orientation, icebreakers under the heat of the August sun, a lovely evening on the Mississippi, and the first of many free happy hours, fears were displaced by excitement for what was to come.

For many of us, the next two years would challenge our assumptions, crystallize our ambition, and transform our understanding of who we could be. Together, we survived our core classes—which introduced us to key business concepts, made us near-experts on cranberry processing and the airline industry, and taught us the hard way that nobody’s safe from a cold call.

The study rooms became our second home and our core teams became our second family. We learned the language of debits and credits, mastered acronyms like ROI and CLV, and embraced the ambiguity of the phrase “it depends.” We developed models and forecasts, and we leveraged business’ biggest buzzwords to highlight our assets and deliver impact on our presentations and papers.

We tightened up our resumes, polished our LinkedIn profiles, took a lint roller to our suits, and hustled hard for our dream jobs.

Our education at Olin has empowered us to pursue these jobs as stronger, wiser professionals with refined business acumen. But the truly exceptional part of the experience—the Olin magic—is what spills beyond the classroom. That magic is the intimacy of knowing our classmates’ stories, the impromptu conversation in a stairwell with a professor.

It’s the celebration of marriages, babies, and new four-legged sidekicks who’ve joined our growing circle. That magic is the warmth of our community, the inspiration we find in each other, and the strength of our network. For me, the last two years have been defined not by the courses or the cases but by the people. In a program where you can know everyone by name, I’ve learned that these relationships are priceless.

So, on behalf of the class of 2018, I want to extend a sincere thank you to our professors, administrators, staff members, alumni, donors, and our families here today who have supported and guided us through this journey. And I thank you, my classmates, for the lessons you’ve taught me along the way.

In you, I’ve found leaders, role models, coaches, tutors, confidantes, cheerleaders, trusted advisors, thoughtful critics, and friends. I’ve learned that there is tremendous power in being open to others—putting your authentic self forward and respecting the vulnerability it takes when others do the same.

This openness means admitting that you don’t have all the answers and recognizing the untapped lessons to be learned when you chisel past the chit chat. It’s the people who are at the heart of the Olin experience. And in the same way, it’s the people who are at the heart of every business.

Of course, I’m grateful for the wealth of skills and knowledge that create the foundation for our analysis and decision-making going forward. The world is moving quickly, and this foundation is needed to keep up. Our roles as future business leaders will demand more though.

They will require that we bring the same care and respect for people that we’ve found at Olin. Society and its leaders have a heightened awareness for the impact that business can have on the fabric of a society. As those future leaders, we have the opportunity and responsibility to model ethical behavior that places as much emphasis on people as on profits.

Accounting skills alone won’t be enough; it will also require accounting for other perspectives. We’ll not only need to focus on operating with efficiency but also operating with integrity. We’ll need to prioritize economic value as well as social values like empathy and inclusivity.

We’re in luck, because we can look to the kind of community we’ve shaped at Olin as we take on new jobs, establish new homes, and expand our networks. As this community and program continues to evolve, I hope we stay engaged as active alumni, ready to reinforce and support the next generations of Olin’s full-time MBAs, part-time MBAS, and specialized masters students.

My hope is that we stay connected to each other and cherish these days as a reminder of the values we share and a model of what a true community looks like.

Thank you.




A scene from the 2017 graduate student programs graduation recognition ceremony.

Dean Mark Taylor shared the following message with the Olin community before the graduate recognition ceremony on May 18, 2018.

The Olin Graduate Programs Recognition Ceremony is special for many reasons. Certainly, we share and take great pride in the triumph of our exuberant graduates—now prepared and eager to step from the graduation stage into a new phase of their lives.

The ceremony is also special because it recognizes and celebrates a small number of outstanding faculty and students whose contributions truly helped define the Olin journey for this class. I am delighted and honoured to share with you this year’s awards and honors.

David Allston: Joseph W. Towle Prize. Awarded to the graduating MBA student who, in the judgment of the faculty, exhibits the strongest academic achievement and the most potential in the area of organizational leadership. This award is named in honor of Joseph W. Towle, who was a tenured Olin management professor from 1954 to 1975 and a leader among faculty. Well-known in his field, an author, and president of the Academy of Management, he established this prize to encourage excellence in the classroom.

Cole Anthony Donelson: John Wayne Latchum Memorial Award. Recognizes the graduating MBA student who best exemplifies the qualities of integrity, loyalty to friends and country, courage, intelligence, and high standards of personal conduct as judged by the faculty. This award is named in memory of John Wayne Latchum, a business student who died in 1971 while he was a senior at Washington University. It is made possible through the generosity of his parents. Hubert C. Moog Prize. Awarded to the graduating MBA student who, in the opinion of his or her fellow students, best exemplifies the qualities of character, leadership, and service and also enjoys the respect, admiration, and affection of his or her classmates. This award is named in honor of Hub Moog, who as chairman and president of Moog Automotive, transformed his family’s St. Louis-based business into a world-renowned corporation. He served on the Washington University Board of Trustees and the Olin Task Force in 1980 and 1981. He and his wife, Dorothy R. Moog, were strong supporters of Washington University.

Ross Alan EricksonProfessional Achievement Award. Awarded to the graduating Professional MBA student who best exemplifies the qualities of integrity, loyalty, intelligence, and high moral character as judged by the faculty.

Molly Goldstein: Center for Experiential Learning Impact Award. Recognizes graduating students who have delivered the highest level of impact to the business and nonprofit communities through The Center for Experiential Learning (CEL) and other Olin-sponsored experiential programs and activities. Awardees distinguished themselves with exceptional effort and leadership that advanced the missions and objectives of the organizations and individuals with which they engaged.

Christine Haverly: Outstanding Corporate Finance Student Award. Awarded to the graduating Master of Science in Corporate Finance and Investments student who, in the judgment of the faculty, exhibits the strongest academic achievement and the most potential in the field of finance.

Brenna Alexandria Humphries: Paul Cuffe MBA Award for Outstanding Leadership. Awarded to a graduating African-American MBA student for outstanding leadership, academic excellence, and involvement in Olin extracurricular activities. This award is named in honor of Paul Cuffe, who was one of the most financially successful black Americans at the end of the 18th century. A builder and maritime merchant in New England, Cuffe became a successful blockade runner during the Revolutionary War and an entrepreneur during the early years of American independence.

Youngho Kim: Dean’s Special Service Award. Awarded by the Dean to recognize MBA students who have rendered extraordinary service to Olin.

Ryan Lynch: Hiram and Mary Neuwoehner Prize. Awarded by the faculty to the graduating Professional MBA student who has been the most substantive addition to the evening program through contributions in the classroom and excellence in writing papers and taking examinations. This award was established by Mary Neuwoehner in the 1990s to honor her husband, Hiram Neuwoehner, BSBA ’41, a St. Louis advertising executive and founder of Batz-Hodgson-Neuwoehner Inc.

Roberto C. Ortiz: Center for Experiential Learning Impact Award. Recognizes graduating students who have delivered the highest level of impact to the business and nonprofit communities through The Center for Experiential Learning (CEL) and other Olin-sponsored experiential programs and activities. Awardees distinguished themselves with exceptional effort and leadership that advanced the missions and objectives of the organizations and individuals with which they engaged.

Daniel Noel Tamasi: Dean’s Special Service Award. Awarded by the Dean to recognize MBA students who have rendered extraordinary service to Olin.

Raj Krishen Thapar: Milford Bohm Prize in Marketing. Awarded to the graduating MBA student who, in the judgment of the faculty, exhibits the strongest academic achievement and the most potential in the field of marketing. This award was established in honor of Milford Bohm―founder, chairman, and CEO of CPI (formerly Rembrandt Studio) from 1942 to 1973―by his wife, Lee Bohm, and their children, Mimi (MBA ’79), David (LA ’78/JD ’84), Rob (MBA ’90), and the late Vicki (EN ’84/SI ’85). Olin MBA Finance Award. Awarded to a graduating MBA student for achievement in finance.

Neelam Himansu Vyas: Dean’s Special Service Award. Awarded by the Dean to recognize MBA students who have rendered extraordinary service to Olin.

Wei XieOutstanding Wealth and Asset Management Finance Student Award. Awarded to the graduating Master of Science in Finance Wealth and Asset Management student who, in the judgment of the faculty, exhibits the strongest academic achievement and the most potential in the field of wealth and asset management.

Jessica Lynn Youngblood: CEL’s Taylor Outstanding Service Award. Awarded to the graduate or graduates who delivered the highest level of impact to the St. Louis local nonprofit community through the Center for Experiential Learning’s Taylor Community Consulting program. Awardees distinguished themselves with exceptional effort and leadership that resulted in demonstrated advancement of the missions and objectives of the organizations and communities with which they engaged. Peer Recognition Award. Awarded to the graduating Professional MBA student who, in the opinion of his or her fellow students, best exemplifies the qualities of character, leadership, and service and also enjoys the respect, admiration, and affection of his or her classmates.

Fan Zhang: Powell Niland Prize. Awarded to the graduating MBA student with the strongest academic achievement in the areas of operations and manufacturing management. This award is named in honor of Powell Niland, who was a tenured Olin operations and manufacturing management professor from 1957 to 1989 and an Olin professor emeritus from 1989 until 2009.

Charles F. Knight Scholars: Awarded to the graduate students who have earned the highest academic achievement in their program. This award was established by the Emerson Company to honor its then distinguished chairman and great benefactor to Olin Business School, who died in September 2017.

Full-Time MBA

  • Cole Anthony Donelson
  • Robert James Garwitz
  • Ramin Matthew Lalezari
  • Fengjia Brian Liu
  • Naohisa Matsumoto
  • Phuong Huyen Nguyen
  • Daniel Henry Nordin
  • Daniel Noel Tamasi
  • Raj Krishen Thapar
  • Jeffrey Donald Wertenberger

Professional MBA

  • Ross Owen Barthold
  • Rachel Ann Broadbear
  • Ryan David Brockman
  • Daniel Matthew Gilmore
  • David Edward Kekec
  • Daniel Robert Kohnen
  • Sean Michael Loughran
  • Kirsten McCain
  • Richard John Payton
  • Charles Robert Whitmer

Master of Accounting

  • Rebecca Marianne Brody
  • Feiyang Gao
  • Xinyi Huang

Master of Science in Customer Analytics

  • Jianan Chen
  • Qian Sun
  • Yang Yu

Master of Science in Finance—Corporate Finance and Investments

  • Shahzeb Khan Ghani
  • Christine Haverly
  • Yuchen Liu

Master of Science in Finance—Quantitative Finance

  • Xiangji Chen
  • Qi Li
  • Yuming Lou

Master of Science in Finance—Wealth and Asset Management

  • Hao Sha
  • Jingya Wu
  • Wei Xie
  • Yun Peng Zhao

Master of Science in Supply Chain Management

  • Yingyi Bao
  • Patrick Cauthen Mordente

Pictured above: A scene from the 2017 graduate student programs graduation recognition ceremony.




Allison Halpern, BSBA ’18, wrote this post on behalf of Bauer Leadership Center.

Last week, the Bauer Leadership fellows discussed the challenges and responsibilities of a leader. All fellows are MBA students serving as Center for Experiential Learning team leads for a project within their practicum program. In this role, they need to manage relationships with their teammates, mentors, and clients.

To navigate these winding roads successfully, they collaborated and role played tough situations to understand how to solve problems and create impact as a leader. To extend this conversation beyond the meeting walls, I wanted to share their words of wisdom here to continue building values-based leaders here at WashU.

Communicate Early; Set Goals; Manage Expectations

Many fellows discussed coming into a team with prior friendships with other members. Established relationships can be difficult to break, especially if you are coming into a role as a superior with a team of fellow students. It is important to set the goals up front for you as a leader and other team members in various roles to give them freedom and leadership.

This allows everyone to have responsibilities where they can shine. It also grounds you with a sense of authority and respect.

And these conversations go beyond the team, too. Each group has a mentor to guide them through the practicum. They are there for guidance and to provide a more experienced perspective, but making sure they are doing this properly can be difficult.

Taylor Ohman, previous CEL team lead and BLC Fellow, said it well: “This is the Center for Experiential Learning—the point is to work through the struggles and learn how to do better.”

With this in mind, its important for this mentor to let students solve problems to learn and grow in this safe space.

Take on the Responsibility of the Team

As one of the fellows said it, be a “leader servant.” Leaders will get much of the praise when things go well—and all of the brunt if they don’t. If another teammate is having an off week, it is on the leader to pick up the slack.

And if nitty-gritty administrative work needs to be done, it is important for the leader to pick up on it to allow the rest of the team to focus on the parts that matter most to them. As a leader, it is your job to bring the best out of your team.

Sometimes, that means doing the not-so-glamorous work and taking the fall when things go wrong. But it’s also important to know how to bounce back.

Adapt, Improvise, and Shift Plans, If Needed

Of course, you can set goals and take on hard responsibilities, but some things just might not go as you thought—and that’s OK. As a leader, it is critical to learn how to act on your feet and continually manage performance.

If someone is not performing up to par, discuss it with this person in a direct, mature, and decisive manner. Improvise on what their responsibilities are to provide tasks that can be benchmarks for success. Every team member will work differently, so work to understand these differences to create a cohesive team dynamic.




Dean Mark Taylor recently announced the speakers for Olin Business School’s graduation recognition ceremonies on May 18.

It gives me great pleasure to announce this year’s keynote speakers for Olin’s Undergraduate Graduation Recognition Ceremony and Olin’s Graduate Graduation Recognition Ceremony.

Razzy Ghomeshi

Razzy Ghomeshi

The undergraduate ceremony speaker will be Razzy Ghomeshi, BSBA ’09. The ceremony will take place on Friday, May 18, at 11:30 p.m. in the Athletic Complex, Field House.

In a very short time, Razzy Ghomeshi has built a widely recognized reputation for reliability, helpfulness, and investment savvy. In the nine years since graduating from WashU’s Olin Business School, he’s risen rapidly through the ranks at RBC Capital Markets, where he started a few weeks after earning his degree.

Today, Ghomeshi, 30, is managing director at RBC, heading up US investment-grade trading for the company. His rise began within two years of starting at RBC when he earned his own trading book and consistently notched the highest profit-and-loss and trading volumes across the investment-grade trading desk.

Five years later, he was running the desk. Business Insider highlighted Ghomeshi’s financial acumen when it named him a “Wall Street Rising Star” in October 2017. Finance industry analytics firm Greenwich Associates has named Ghomeshi one of its “most helpful traders on Wall Street” three times in his short career.


Sandeep Chugani

Sandeep Chugani

The graduate programs speaker will be Sandeep Chugani, EN ’89, MBA ’91. The ceremony will be on Friday, May 18, at 3:00 p.m. in the Athletic Complex, Field House.

Sandeep Chugani, senior partner and managing director for Boston Consulting Group, leads the firm’s Miami office. The range of his consulting expertise is broad, drawing on experience in developing more effective organizations, creating strategies for corporate transformations and turnarounds, creating paths for organizational growth, improving clients’ merchandise and marketing efforts, and optimizing corporate cash-flow performance.

Previously, Chugani has led BCG’s practices in transformation and retail in North America. Before joining BCG, he was a senior partner at A.T. Kearney and a managing director (partner) at DiamondCluster International, working in the consumer products and retail practice.

Chugani serves on Olin’s National Council and regularly visits the Washington University campus to advise students with insights on the consulting and client landscape, what it takes to be successful in consulting, and to engage in regular Q&A segments.

Get full details about both ceremonies at the graduation pages:


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