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“Open. Passionate. Imaginative. Steadfast.” These are the adjectives that the website Poets & Quants uses to describe their 2017 list of Best & Brightest MBAs. And it should be no surprise that two Olin MBAs are on the list. Congratulations to Markey Culver and Conn Davis! We’ve cut and pasted some excerpts here. Click on their names to link to complete profile on Poets & Quants.

Markey Culver

 

What was your favorite MBA course and what was the biggest insight you gained about business from it? 

Competitive Industry Analysis with John Horn. I had two key takeaways: 1) the value in corporate strategy and strategic planning, and 2) competitive advantage can be not only formulaic (strategic and intentional), but differentiating. It was fascinating.

Why did you choose this business school?

I imagine I was a rather atypical applicant to Olin, coming from 3 years of living and working in East Africa and starting a social enterprise in Rwanda. My background was unconventional at best and while I had business experience, it was in my own business. Still, I chose to apply to Wash U because I seek to fuse the non-profit and for-profit sectors and Olin’s programs merit such fusion by embracing, incubating and launching entrepreneurs of all kinds. Olin’s robust entrepreneurship platform, too, is supported by a city (St. Louis) with an ever-growing, collaborative startup scene. Moreover, Olin puts emphasis on cultivating the business leader through holistic leadership training (i.e.: sharpening “soft” skills to enhance “hard” skills).

What did you enjoy most about business school in general?

My class – we have an incredible class.

Conn Davis

 

“I  knew I wanted to go to business school when…

I saw how much happier my wife, also a recovering lawyer, was at her new job after she finished her MBA. Her experience taught me that there were opportunities I did not know were available.”

Why did you choose this business school?

I chose Olin because its smaller class size gave me the opportunity to get to know everyone in the school. I have developed great relationships with my classmates and with the students in the class before and after me. I have also gotten to know and developed relationships beyond the classroom with many of my professors. The close-knit community at Olin is unique and very valuable.

What was your favorite MBA course and what was the biggest insight you gained about business from it?

My favorite MBA Course was the core Introduction to Management and Strategy taught by Prof. Dan Elfenbein. I learned two key things in this class – (1) that I truly enjoyed working through business issues and (2) that having the right answer to a business question is less important than understanding what the answer means for the business.

P&Q LIST INCLUDES 53 WOMEN AND 15 VETERANS
To compile the 2017 Best & Brightest MBAs, P&Q reached out to 63 full-time MBA programs, with only SDA Bocconi (due to a missed deadline) and Harvard Business School (citing what it believes is a conflict with internal awards) declining to participate. Schools were chosen based on their Poets&Quants’ ranking, with each program limited to four students for consideration.




Two BSBA graduates will be honored for their skills in the classroom and in sports this month. Katie Chandler and J.J. Tomlin are recipients of the 2017 Outstanding Student Athlete Award. These two graduates have exhibited strong leadership ability and sportsman-like conduct in their respective sports of soccer and football.

Kathryn Lane Chandler

Katie, majored in marketing with a minor in psychology, and has been a leader on the Bears Women’s Soccer Team for four years. As captain, she led the team to the Division III National Championship for the first time in school history this year.

Katie, a forward, won the NCAA Championship “Most Outstanding Offensive Player”.

She started all 24 games in her final season and recorded a team-high 12 goals and four assists for 28 points. She was named UAA Offensive Athlete of the Week four times in her final season.

Katie concludes her college soccer career ranked second in school history in game-winning goals (16) and seventh in goals (37) and points (87).

Katie was also named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III All-America Team this year.

John James Tomlin    

J.J. majored in marketing with a minor in the business of sports. He is a three-time all-University Athletic Association and two-time all-Southern Athletic Association honoree, he concluded his career as the most decorated quarterback in school history with school records in completion percentages,  completions, passing attempts, passing yards, total offense, and TDs – 83, if you’re counting.

Off the field, J.J. is WashU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee president, and also serves as vice president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has been active with the Special Olympics, food drives, shoe drives and various service projects in the area.

Photos: James Byard / WUSTL Photos




Olin’s Graduate Programs’ Graduation Recognition Ceremony will be held in the Athletic Complex, Field House at 3 p.m., May 19, 2017.  All graduates are requested to arrive at the Athletic Complex no later than 2:30 p.m. Please check-in at the tables at the draped off north hallway on the Field House level and fill out your reader card. A reception immediately follows in the Knight Hall Atrium. Be sure to read the information for Graduate Students.
Link to live stream the 2017 Olin graduate ceremony.

The keynote speaker will be Joe Fox, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. He oversees management of the full-time MBA program, the part-time Professional MBA program, and the Specialized Masters programs. Fox joined Olin in 1988. Prior to Olin, he served as assistant dean and MBA program director at Marquette University in Milwaukee for nearly 18 years.

Fox received his undergraduate degree in accounting from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, and his MBA from Marquette where he taught accounting before pursuing his career in administration.

Joe Fox is stepping down from his full-time role at Olin in June. He and his wife Gail are returning to their home state of Wisconsin to be near family.

The student graduation speaker is Cambrie Nelson. Cambrie’s MBA degree will be her second from Washington University. She earned her undergraduate degree in anthropology here in 2009. Cambrie won honors for leadership, scholarship, and community service back then, so it is no surprise that she returned to campus as an accomplished strategy consultant and educator, and immediately stepped into leadership roles, again, as a grad student. She has been a teaching assistant; President of Net Impact; Student Government Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion; and appointed as a representative to the University-wide Diversity Commission. She will be joining Accenture in September as a Healthcare and Public Service Management Consultant.

Student Awards & Honors

Sara Girmay Berhie                          Center for Experiential Learning Impact Award
Recognizes a graduating MBA 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 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.

Jane Markey Culver                         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.

Conn Quertermous Davis                 Center for Experiential Learning Impact Award
Recognizes a graduating MBA 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 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.

Kevin Graham Farrell                                           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.

Kevin Graham Farrell                                                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.

Trevor D. Hale                                  Outstanding Finance Student Award
Awarded to the graduating Master of Science in Finance student who, in the judgment of the faculty, exhibits the strongest academic achievement and the most potential in the field of finance.

Tianda Vinese Harris                        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).

Daniel Henry                                     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.

Christian A. Luetkemeyer                Professional 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.

Cambrie Marie Nelson                     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.

Cambrie Marie Nelson                                                             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.

Tony Sean Nuber                                                                   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.

Tony Sean Nuber                                                              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.

Nirav Sharma                                    Taylor Outstanding Service Award
Awarded to the graduate who has participated in multiple Taylor Community Consulting projects to enable positive change in the St. Louis community. The Taylor Community Consulting Program provides students the opportunity to impact the local nonprofit sector through team-based, experiential learning projects.

Jonathan Doyle Slack                       Dean’s Special Service Award
Awarded by the Dean to recognize MBA students who have rendered extraordinary service to Olin.

Casey Michael Wagenaar     Nicholas Dopuch Outstanding Accounting Student Award
Awarded to the graduating Master of Accounting student who, in the judgment of the faculty, exhibits the strongest academic achievement and the most potential in the field of accounting. This award is named in honor of Nicholas Dopuch, a tenured Olin accounting professor from 1983 to 2006 and now an Olin professor emeritus.

Zhongxing Zhang                              Olin MBA Finance Award
Awarded to a graduating MBA student for achievement in finance.

To be announced week of May 15: Charles F. Knight Scholars

Reid Teaching Award

A longtime benefactor of Olin Business School, James W. Reid, BSBA ’28, with his wife, Marcile, established the Reid Teaching Awards in 1994 to recognize teaching excellence. The impact of the Reids’ benevolence and commitment to Olin will continue to be felt by generations of students, faculty, alumni, and friends. The Reid Teaching Award is presented by Olin’s graduating class to the professor whose enthusiasm and exceptional teaching most inspire, energize, and transform our students.

Thomas Fields, John Horn, MBA Class

Sergio Chayet, Hillary Anger Elfenbein, PMBA Class

Mark Soczek, MACC Class

Todd Gormley, Thomas Maurer, MSF Class

 

 




Paulino do Rego Barros, Jr., President of US Information Solutions (USIS) at Equifax, is the keynote speaker at Olin’s Executive MBA Class 47 Graduation – the first ceremony of the spring graduation season – that takes place May 5, 10:30 a.m. in Emerson Auditorium, Knight Hall.

Paulino Do Rego Barros Jr. ©Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.

Before joining Equifax in April 2010, Barros was the founder and president of PB&C- Global Investments (LLC), an international consulting and investment firm.

When Barros joined Equifax, he led the company’s international unit with responsibility for Latin America, Europe, Asia and Canada, and also led expansion efforts into other countries.

Barros’ career has included executive positions with a number of global corporations including: AT&T where he was president of Global Operations; several top positions at the BellSouth Corporation before it was acquired by AT&T in 2006, including chief product officer, president of BellSouth Latin America, regional vice president of Latin America, as well as chief planning and operations officer.

Barros also served at Motorola, Inc., as corporate vice president and general manager – Latin America Group and was also corporate vice president and general manager of Market Operations – Americas. He also held a variety of positions with The NutraSweet Company as well as with Monsanto Company in the U.S and Latin America.

Patti Williams

Patricia Williams, has been selected by her classmates as student speaker. She is Vice President and General Counsel – Strategy, Litigation and Business Development
for Peabody Energy.

The Executive MBA is a rigorous 20-month degree program designed for working executives. When Class 47 entered the program, these stats provided a snapshot of the students:

  • Average age: 39
  • Average work experience: 15 years
  • Average management experience: 9 years
  • % female: 40% (roughly double the EMBA industry average)
  • % born outside the U.S.: 18%
  • % military veterans: 21%

Olin’s Executive MBA program is also offered in Shanghai in conjunction with Fudan University; in Mumbai with partner school IIT-Bombay; and satellite campuses in Kansas City and Denver.




The keynote speaker for Olin’s Graduate Programs Graduation Recognition Ceremony will be Joe Fox. The ceremony will be held Friday, May 19, at 3:00 p.m. in the Athletic Complex, Field House.

Joe Fox at the Consortium award ceremony.

Joe Fox joined Olin Business School in 1998 as associate dean for Graduate Programs. He oversees management of the Full-Time MBA program, the part-time Professional MBA program, and the Specialized Masters programs. Prior to Olin, Fox served as assistant dean and MBA program director at Marquette University in Milwaukee for nearly 18 years.

Fox received his undergraduate degree in accounting from John Carroll University in Cleveland, and his MBA from Marquette University, where he taught accounting prior to pursuing his career in administration.

Fox is active in several organizations dedicated to graduate business education including the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management (CGSM), the MBA Roundtable (MBAR), and the Forté School Advisory Council.

Joe Fox is stepping down from his full-time role at Olin in June. He and his wife Gail are returning to their home state of Wisconsin to be near family.




In April 2015, IIT-Bombay and Washington University launched the first US-India joint Executive MBA program in Mumbai. Today, Oct. 14, 2016, the first batch, or cohort, graduated in St. Louis after a three week residency stateside. Congratulations to these trailblazing executives who are now alumni of two leading universities and equipped with new leadership skills to manage business challenges in the 21st century.

Olin’s Interim Dean Kurt Dirks was master of ceremonies for the graduation event held in Knight Hall’s Emerson Auditorium. David Farr, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Emerson was the keynote speaker. Washington University Chancellor Mark Wrighton also addressed the students, faculty, staff, and family members present. The entire ceremony was live-streamed online; the recorded version will be available for viewing beginning Oct. 18, link here.

Shivganesh Bhargava, Head of the Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management at IIT Bombay was also a featured speaker at the graduation ceremony as well as IIT Bombay Professor Prasanna Mujumdar. Sunil Punjab, Managing Director for Sigma-Aldrich in India, and a member of the graduating class, was chosen by his peers to be the student speaker. Ashly Thomas Jacob received the Student Recognition Award.

Inaugural class at a glance:

  • Approximately 16 average years of professional experience, with 11 years of management experience
  • 11 industries represented — both India and multinational companies
  • Over 40 percent of the class are executives at the senior vice president level and higher
  • Over 50 percent of the class is traveling from outside of the Mumbai area

2016 EMBA Mumbai graduation ceremony:

Click on thumbnail to expand image. Photos by Sid Hastings, WUSTL Photo Services.

 


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