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Reid Petty has been President of the Class of 2017 since sophomore year and before he graduates, he will address his classmates, and thousands of guests and graduate students in Brookings Quad at Commencement. The Source talked to Reid who is an Olin marketing major about what he plans to say and his post-graduation plans in the advertising industry.

Why did you decide on a career in advertising?

Growing up, I was always plopped in front of the TV with my family. That’s how we bonded — watching “The Office,” “Lost” and probably some questionable stuff like “The Sopranos.” I loved the shows, but I also loved the ads. I would challenge myself to come up with a better ad than the one I saw on TV.  It clicked that this is what I should do with my life. Last summer, I worked at Team One, an advertising firm in Los Angeles, where I wrote copy that will appear in an upcoming Lexus ad. And after graduation, I will be working in the Chicago office of DigitasLBI in a dual project management and account management role. I also studied film at WashU and I am hoping, at some point, to merge these two loves by going into advertising for film.

You spent a summer in Copenhagen and a semester in Singapore. How did your study-abroad experiences impact your education?

Those experiences are some of the best things that ever happened to me. In Copenhagen, I took a class on the Roskilde Festival, the world’s largest nonprofit music festival. We learned about festival management and festival culture. It concluded with us spending a week at the festival where we were just immersed in Danish culture. The week shaped my understanding of what it means to travel, to get outside of your comfort zone and discover new people and places. I then chose to go to Singapore because I wanted a totally different experience, and I loved it. Being abroad is challenging, fun, sometimes lonely and always exciting.

So what words of wisdom will you be sharing with graduates?

I’m 22 years old. I don’t have that much wisdom to offer to my peers. But I have thought a lot about why this place is so special. And it comes down to the people. And sure, you could say that about a lot of universities. But I found this school very different than the other ones I visited. As a tour guide, I would talk about the campus culture here — that Washington University is super-collaborative and very friendly. And I think that imparting those words on visiting students gives them the idea that this is a very welcoming place. And they make it so. Their expectations shape reality. And so this sense of community is passed down from class to class. For us seniors, it may feel like it’s all ending, but it’s not. This community will stay with us wherever we go in life.

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.

Sharon Price John, President and CEO of Build-A-Bear Workshop, will be the first speaker in the Century Club series that kicks off Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. in Emerson Auditorium, Knight Hall. The continental breakfast club/networking event featuring prominent business leaders has been an Olin tradition since 1979.

sharon-john-preferred-headshot-june-2016Sharon Price John became CEO of Build-A-Bear in 2013. Since then, she has led the company through a successful financial turnaround, while refreshing the nearly 20-year-old brand.

Before joining Build-A-Bear, Sharon was President of the Stride Rite Children’s Group LLC, leading product creation, marketing and distribution. Prior to SRCG, she drove the global strategy and marketing for Hasbro’s preschool portfolio. Prior to that, she held senior roles, including Marketing Director of Barbie and VP of International for the Disney Business Unit.

Her career began in the advertising industry working at top agencies in New York. Sharon holds a bachelors degree in communications from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and an MBA from Columbia University.


Executive MBA Class 45 will be the first to march to Pomp & Circumstance this year at their Diploma and Awards Ceremony Saturday scheduled for April 30, 2016, 10:30 a.m. in Emerson Auditorium, Knight Hall.


John Herber

The keynote speaker will be John Herber. He is the Managing Partner of RubinBrown, St. Louis. Founded in 1952, RubinBrown LLP is one of the nation’s leading accounting and professional consulting firms. As a Partner in the Assurance Services Group, Herber serves clients in the Manufacturing and Distribution service industries.

Herber’s consulting experience includes strategic planning and individual, business and estate tax planning. John is an active community leader and was also named one of the Most Influential St. Louisans by the St. Louis Business Journal in 2011 and 2012.

Patrick E. Smith

Patrick Smith

Class 45 elected classmate Patrick E. Smith, Sr. as their class speaker. Smith is the Senior Director of Metro Division Operations and Community Relations for Ameren Missouri. He leads four Missouri operating divisions engaged in the safe design, installation, and maintenance of the electrical distribution system. This includes service to nearly 800,000 customers in Missouri from the Mississippi River to the western St. Charles border. He also leads business and community relations strategies for Ameren Missouri.

Smith’s career has spanned three decades at Ameren beginning as a journeyman lineman. He rose to his current position in senior leadership after serving in positions from supervisor of electrical operations to strategic analyst and superintendent of operations for the company. Smith has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. He and his wife, Crystal, have two children in college. He is active in the community and passionate about youth leadership development.

On October 29, the International Business Association (IBA) hosted a speaker event featuring Ms. Tasneem Rangwala, head of the Monsanto Global Issues Management team. Rangwala gave students a wonderful presentation about Monsanto and its global internship opportunities.

Monsanto, as a global agricultural firm, has a strong focus on sustainable community development as well as reliable technological advancement in agricultural production. Rangwala started off the presentation by introducing sustainability strategies and the overall organizational structure at Monsanto, including some of its global operations.

Rangwala then moved on to share her own career development stories and talk about how to strategically navigate career movement in a big firm.

Finally, she introduced global internship opportunities at Monsanto and its global organizational structure. The event ended with a heated discussion between Specialized Masters Program (SMP) students and Ms. Rangwala. Most of the SMP students that attended our event showed a strong interest in Monsanto’s global internship opportunities.

Guest blogger: Caroline Yuandi Ling, IBA President