By the numbers


The current number of Vanderbilt Business alumni. It's a small-but-mighty network of individuals who are always eager to help those who are following in their footsteps.

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Adena Friedman


When Adena Friedman graduated from Vanderbilt, she wanted to manage complex products. Luckily for her (and for Nasdaq), that’s the job she was offered — even though, she says, at that time Nasdaq “didn’t understand that they had products.” Adena relaunched a Nasdaq product that facilitates the quoting and trading of certain restricted securities. Today, she’s listed as one of the 40 most powerful women in the world.

Nicolas P.B. Bollen

Frank K. Houston Professor of Finance

A prolific publisher and expert on hedge funds and mutual funds, Nick Bollen’s work has been referenced throughout academia and mainstream media.  

Patti Phan

Senior Manager, Co-Manufacturing, Danone North America

Since her employer, Mars Petcare, is transitioning itself into a global food company, Patti Phan wanted an MBA focused on skills for global business. Her choice of Vanderbilt paid dividends even while she was still in the program. Applying skills she had learned, Patti developed a new global sourcing strategy that resulted in $30 million in savings for Mars. “My company,” she says, “has seen me develop as a leader.”