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Women are on the rise at Olin Business School. Five tenure-track female professors join the faculty this fall in the areas of marketing, organizational behavior, and finance. Olin also welcomes a female visiting professor in economics from Carnegie Mellon. And on the student side of the desk, the MBA Class of 2019 is reporting an uptick in the gender category with 39% women.

“We are pleased to welcome so many talented newcomers to the Olin community,” said Vice Dean Todd Milbourn. “We will all benefit from the talent and knowledge they bring to our educational mission.”

Pictured above left to right, front row: Kang, Huang, Hardin; center row: Perfecto, Liao, organizational behavior postdoc; top row: Scott, Ruttan. Photo by Jerry Naunheim.

Ashley Hardin, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavioral

  • PhD, Business Administration, 2017, University of Michigan
  • Prior to Olin: Instructor, University of Michigan
  • Research Interests: Quantitative Social Research, Quantitative Social Research, Social Psychology

Xing Huang, Assistant Professor of Finance

  • PhD, Economics, 2013, University of California at Berkeley
  • Prior to Olin: Assistant Professor of Finance, Michigan State University
  • Research Interests: Behavioral Finance, Asset Pricing, Investor Behavior, Market Efficiency, Information Acquisition, Mutual Funds, Household Finance

Karam Kang, Visiting Professor of Economics

  • PhD, Economics, 2012, University of Pennsylvania
  • Prior to Olin:  Assistant Professor of Economics, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Research Interests: Political Economy, Industrial Organization, Environmental Economics

Zhenyu Liao, Postdoc for Organizational Behavior

  • PhD, Management and Organization, 2017, National University of Singapore
  • Prior to Olin: Research Assistant, National University of Singapore
  • Research Interests: Leadership Behavior and Dynamic, Event Perspective, Interpersonal Interaction

Hannah Perfecto, Assistant Professor of Marketing

  • PhD, Business Administration, 2017, University of California, Berkeley
  • Prior to Olin: Teaching Assistant, 2017, University of California, Berkeley
  • Research Interests: Consumer Behavior, Behavioral Decision Theory, Metacognition, Field Experiments, Research Replicability and Reliability

Rachel Ruttan, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior

  • PhD, Management and Organizations, 2017, Northwestern University
  • Prior to Olin: Instructor, Management and Organizations, Negotiations, Northwestern University
  • Research Interests: Compassion and Prosocial Behavior, Values and Moral Judgment, Emotion

Sydney Scott, Assistant Professor of Marketing

  • PhD, Marketing and Psychology, 2017, University of Pennsylvania
  • Prior to Olin: Teaching Assistant, 2017, University of Pennsylvania
  • Research Interests: Morality and Consumption, Judgment and Decision Making, Preferences for Natural Products


As part of their Best & Brightest nomination process, Poets & Quants asked students: “If you were a dean for a day, what one thing would you change about the MBA experience?”

Olin’s Markey Culver advocates for the minority of women in most business schools where most of the case studies focus on companies managed by men when she said she would “push for more cases and discussions that address international and female-focused topics.”

Other students called for more international experience.  “A Georgia Tech grad would tackle the issue by purchasing an airline ticket voucher, good for one international trip, for every student.”

What would you do if you were Dean for a Day?

Link to Poets & Quants story.

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

October was a big month for Olin Women in Business (OWIB)! One of the first big efforts of the year for the club was to bring on board new members to the leadership team. Joining the second-year MBA leadership team are five first-year MBA representatives. These lovely ladies come from Washington DC, Bangalore, Dallas, Nanjing, and New York. They have a variety of experiences from banking to software development to healthcare and more. We are pleased to have Hallie Groff, Nehal Kumar, Neelam Vyas, Lisa Li, and Perri Goldberg on the team!

OWIB logoIn addition, OWIB is very excited to welcome representatives from other Olin programs this year. We strive to be a resource for all women at Olin and thought it was high time that we invite women from other Olin programs to get involved in OWIB. Representing our Specialized Masters women is Serena Chen (MS Supply Chain Management). We also have Manasa Ammisetty and Jennifer Kronick from the PMBA program. We hope these additions will help us better serve all of the women at Olin.

Secondly, October 20-22 was this year’s National Association of Women MBA’s Conference in Stamford, CT. Six women from Olin represented our chapter and we were surprised and honored to be awarded NAWMBA Student Chapter of the Year. During the Leadership Retreat Day we shared many of our successes and strategies with other schools and the NAWMBA organization itself. NAWMBA was impressed with our input and our show of attendance and is looking forward to working with us in the future. Thus, they recognized us with this fantastic award! This is a reflection of all OWIB members and the work that we do. We are thrilled to be recognized and hope we can continue to build a strong relationship with this national organization.

OWN IT WashU is a summit designed to encourage WashU women and women in the St. Louis community to be their best selves and to encourage each other to do the same. We bring successful, driven, and inspiring women from all walks of life to Washington University’s campus. By bringing together these like-minded women, attendees will leave the summit with both knowledge and leadership skills to amplify their personal and professional success.

ownit2016-2OWN IT: A Summit for Women’s Leadership

Bauer Hall & Knight Center

November 12, 2016, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM



The day will include:
– Four panels of experts: Business, STEM, Impact, and Create (visit ownitwashu.com for full bios of each panelist)
– Interactive breakout sessions and “office hours” with speakers
– Breakfast and round-table luncheon (included in ticket price)
– Empowerment Exchange featuring local business and female-led groups
– Opportunities for networking with peers and professionals
– Empowerment and good vibes all day !!!

Do I have to identify as female to attend?
NOPE! We even have a breakout session specifically addressing “Manbassadors” and how men can participate, and our panelists have great insight to share with everyone.

How much does it cost?
WUSTL Undergrad Students – $15.00
Graduate Students – $20.00
Community Members – $35.00

Link to video.

Guest Blogger: Emily Duncan, Director of Public Relations, Own It WashU 2016

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