Alumni Success
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Our school may be small, but our alumni network comes up huge in ways that transcend mere numbers. We invite you to meet a few of our graduates who have gone from here to follow their passions, build outstanding careers and, in many cases, exert an outsized influence on their chosen fields.

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Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith: Investing in Her Own Success

Motivated self-starter finds a firm that matches her personality

Kelly Smith

Vanderbilt MS Finance 2013
Private Equity Associate, Global Endowment Management, Charlotte, NC

Geoffrey Walker

A Toy Story That’s Still Being Written

At Mattel, Geoff Walker helps build brands and chart strategic direction

Geoffrey "Geoff" Walker

Vanderbilt MBA 1994
Executive Vice President & Chief Strategic Technology Officer, Mattel, Inc.

Eric Noll

Eric Noll: Relying on Friends and Family

Looking back, Wall Street CEO remembers how Vanderbilt him get ahead

Eric Noll

Vanderbilt MBA 1990
Former President & CEO, ConvergEx

Adena Friedman

Turning an Association into a Business

Over two decades, Adena Friedman helped lead transformation at NASDAQ

Adena Friedman

Vanderbilt MBA 1993
CEO, NASDAQ

Guy Bodart

Taking the Leap into a New Environment

In luxury goods (and some challenging markets) knowledge and determination pay off for Guy Bodart

Guy Bodart

Vanderbilt MBA 1988
CEO, Duty Free Dynamics

Jameson Norton

Preparing for High-Stakes Leadership

MBA helped Marine captain Jameson Norton transition to behavior health care

Jameson Norton

Vanderbilt MBA 2015
CEO, Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and Outpatient Clinics

Joe Cashia

Joe Cashia: Learning to Run the Show

Health care executive gained the experience to launch his own companies

Joe Cashia

Vanderbilt MBA 1995
Founder & CEO, Ascend Health Care Services, LLC

Rob Louv

Investing in the Dynamic Side of Investment Banking

Rob Louv pursues emerging growth opportunities from Wall Street to L.A.

Rob Louv

Vanderbilt MBA 1997
Managing Director, Co-Head of the Technology & Media Group, Houlihan Lokey

Sarah Trahern

The Business Queen of Country Music

Sarah Trahern followed her passion to top rungs of the industry

Sarah Trahern

Vanderbilt Executive MBA 2004
CEO, Country Music Association

Maria Renz

From Interior Designer to Architect at Amazon

Maria Renz followed her mother’s advice — and her Vanderbilt degree

Maria Renz

Vanderbilt MBA 1996
Vice President Delivery Experience, Amazon

Steve Gruver

Mixing School and Work Pays Off

EMBA project team experience leads CEO to pursue his own degree

Steve Gruver

Vanderbilt Executive MBA 2001
Co-CEO and Owner, Orchid International

Connie Ritter

Connie Ritter: Doing What She Planned

ExxonMobil executive found the right offer — and stayed the course

Connie Ritter

Vanderbilt MBA 1980
Global Planning & Development Manager, ExxonMobil

Courtney Damon

Moving to Nashville and Moving up

Courtney Damon settled long enough to build career value with her EMBA

Courtney Damon

Vanderbilt Executive MBA 2014
Company Program Leader and Vice President for Human Resources, Schneider Electric

Derek Young

How Do You Manage $568 Billion?

At Fidelity, Derek Young relies on the skills he honed at Vanderbilt

Derek Young

Vanderbilt MBA 1991, Troy University B.S. 1986
President, Global Asset Allocation & Vice Chairman, Fidelity Institutional Asset Management

Sarah Gates

Always Choosing the Less-Traveled Road

Entrepreneur Sarah Gates does business on the frontiers of IT

Sarah Gates

Vanderbilt MBA 1996
Founder & CEO, Wisegate

Paul Jacobson

Watching His Dream Take Flight

Delta CFO Paul Jacobson went where he had hoped with his MBA

Paul Jacobson

Vanderbilt MBA 1997
Chief Financial Officer, Delta Airlines

Roger Kumar

Making the Most of an Analytical Toolkit

In the health care field, Roger Kumar turns numbers into strategy

Roger Kumar

George Mason University B.S. 0, Vanderbilt MS Finance 2011
Business & Strategy Manager, Cota, New York City

Linus Hall

Pouring Himself into His Career Passion

Executive MBA helps engineer Linus Hall build a brewery and a brand

Linus Hall

Vanderbilt Executive MBA 2000
Owner, Yazoo Brewing Co.

Josh Anthony

From a Biologist to a Business Leader

Executive MBA gave Josh Anthony the skills and credential for a wider role

Josh Anthony

Vanderbilt Executive MBA 2009
Vice President, Global Nutrition and Health, Campbell Soup Co.

Erika Bogar King

Delivering a World of Talent

King Turns Expertise into Global Career

Erika Bogar King

Vanderbilt MBA 1999
Senior VP Human Resources North America, Avanade

Cindy Kent

Choosing a Different Kind of Leadership

'Balanced’ approach informed Cindy Kent’s rise in health care business

Cindy Kent

Vanderbilt MBA 1999, Vanderbilt Master of Divinity 2001
President and General Manager, 3M Infection Prevention Division, 3M Health Care

Heiki Miki

Getting an Education from His Classmates

Recalling his Owen experience, manufacturing leader Heiki Miki pays it forward

Heiki Miki

Vanderbilt MBA 1996
Executive Officer & General Manager, Shinagawa Refractories

Kim Newton

Making Her Mark at Hallmark

Kim Newton leads internal consulting team for company’s diverse business units

Kim Newton

Vanderbilt MBA 1996
Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Business Development, Hallmark

Max Dutcher

Bridging the Gap between Numbers and Words

In New York, Max Dutcher applies MAcc Val skills to strategic communications

Max Dutcher

Vanderbilt MAcc Valuation 2013
Vice President, Gladstone Place Partners

Phyllis Ekdall

Phyllis Ekdall: Going beyond the Numbers

Hospital finance executive finds value in learning from diverse colleagues

Phyllis Ekdall

Vanderbilt MMHC 2009
Vice President of Finance, Clinical Enterprise, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Virginia Lazenby

How Gigi Lazenby Became ‘Queen of the Strippers'

Office assistant turned MBA rose to become national leader in petroleum industry

Virginia B. "Gigi" Lazenby

Vanderbilt MBA 1973
Founder and CEO, Bretagne, LLC

Janet McCormick

Flaring Broadly and Rising Narrowly

Janet McCormick reflects on ‘multiple career’ path at Fidelity

Janet Kim McCormick CFA

Vanderbilt MBA 1988
VP, Global Asset Allocation, Fidelity Investments

Jim Bryson

Jim Bryson: Business Leadership amid the Ruins

After the earthquake, research firm executive builds a school in Haiti

Jim Bryson

Vanderbilt MBA 1985
President, 20/20 Research

Josué Gomes da Silva

Taking the Family Business Global

Vanderbilt MBA equipped Josué Gomes da Silva to be international textile leader

Josué Gomes da Silva

Vanderbilt MBA 1989
Chairman and CEO, Coteminas

Tim Murray

Running an Industry That Helps Run a Country

CEO finds presiding over global giant in aluminum to be ‘humbling’

Tim Murray

Vanderbilt Executive MBA 2003
CEO, Alba

W. Douglas Parker

Finding Smoother Air beyond the Turbulence

American Airlines chief Doug Parker knows how to manage through tough times

W. Douglas "Doug" Parker

Vanderbilt MBA 1986
Chief Executive Officer, American Airlines

Henry Guy

Finding People to Roll up Their Sleeves

Henry Guy proved himself ? and found a pipeline at Vanderbilt for others like him

Henry Guy Jr.

Vanderbilt MBA 1998
President and CEO, Modern Holdings

Tom DiSalvo

Getting Beyond One Patient at a Time

‘Transforming’ EMBA experience helped Tom DiSalvo get to the heart of health care operations

Tom DiSalvo

Vanderbilt Executive MBA 2007
Medical Director, Division of Cardiology, Medical University of South Carolina

Steve Buchanan

Nashville Takes Buchanan to the Top

Following the music (and staying in Music City) was right choice for Opry president

Steve Buchanan

Vanderbilt MBA 1985
President of Opry Entertainment Group, Ryman Hospitality Properties

Belinda Grant-Anderson

Engineering a More Diverse Workforce

At AT&T, Belinda Grant-Anderson oversees global effort to build a robust talent pipeline

Belinda Grant-Anderson

Vanderbilt MBA 1990
Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion, AT&T

Brent Turner

From Electrical Engineering to Dog Walking

Microsoft veteran Brent Turner has a penchant for startups (and causes)

Brent Turner

Vanderbilt MBA 1999
Chief Operating Officer, Rover.com

Tim Perry

Drilling in a Different Direction

Like his industry, Tim Perry follows an unconventional route to leadership

Tim Perry

Vanderbilt MBA 1981
Global Co-head of Oil and Gas Investment Banking, Credit Suisse

Karen Rogers

Winning by Creating Win/Wins

At FedEx and beyond, Karen Rogers follows team-focused leadership approach

Karen Rogers

Vanderbilt MBA 1984
Co-founder & Former Chief Marketing Officer, Calade Partners