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Diversity Here is a place where you will be challenged to achieve your potential; find support as you shape your future; discover lifelong friends and mentors; and open doors to new possibilities.

Acting on Our Belief Our View The Owen community is diverse in terms of ethnicity, gender, geography, education and professions. We recognize that having diverse representation is not enough, but that we must foster an environment that leverages all unique perspectives and experiences. There are many Owen student clubs, Vanderbilt University groups and national organizations to which our community is closely connected. Scholarships We are committed to helping students afford our program by offering a significant number of scholarships. Visit our website at owen. to read about general scholarships and to see a full listing of diversity scholarships (e.g., Diversity Scholarship – Women, Diversity Scholarship – Underrepresented Minorities). Diversity scholarships are awarded based on the degree to which a person has impacted or is likely to impact the learning of others based on his or her unique background.



The historical job placement rate for underrepresented minorities in the MBA class. Hiring companies include Amazon, American Express, AT&T, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan.

Alumni Spotlights Carolina MacRobert

Vanderbilt MBA – 2011, Investment Banking Bank of America Merrill Lynch – Associate Carolina, whose family fled Castro’s Cuba and settled in Miami, always wanted to live and work in New York City. After completing her undergraduate education, she realized her wish, working as a repo margin analyst in New York. But to continue rising in the financial industry, Carolina knew she needed an MBA. To her surprise, Owen combined the energy of the big city with a supportive, familial feel. She was pleased to find that “Owen embraces diversity and creates opportunities for students to have global business experiences.” Owen’s international opportunities, Carolina believes, helped equip her for an investment banking internship that resulted in a full-time position.

Todd Johnson



The percentage of women in the MBA class of 2015.

Vanderbilt MBA – 2011, Marketing and Strategy Procter & Gamble – Global Senior Assistant Brand Manager Todd Johnson is literally a man on a mission. Several years ago, the Nashville native was part of a group that built houses for the poor in Reynosa, Mexico. “Through this experience,” he says, “I found an appreciation for the basic necessities that we take for granted in America.” The trip also led him to a personal goal: earning an MBA so he can “give back to the community.” Vanderbilt was a natural choice not merely because it is close to home. He needed an environment “that would allow my entrepreneurial spirit to flourish.” Before Owen, Todd helped launch a catering company while rising to become a retail sales manager overseeing multiple stores for Verizon Wireless. Ultimately, he plans to use his experience and skills to launch a nonprofit that improves opportunities for underprivileged youth. “Obtaining an MBA from Vanderbilt establishes credibility but also creates a sense of hope in others. What better way to inspire than to set the example?”

Local Diversity Resources CABLE is Tennessee’s largest and most established network of diverse professionals committed to connecting women and opportunity. CABLE fosters relationships and learning that enable its members to grow their businesses, serve their communities and develop their unique talents and strengths. Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NAHCC), Middle Tennessee’s longest-running, most influential Hispanic business membership association, actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of area Hispanic-owned businesses.

The Native American Indian Association of Tennessee, Incorporated (NAIA), is a statewide non-profit organization with an all-Indian board of directors elected by the membership. NAIA represents the concerns of the more than 10,000 Native American Indian residents of Tennessee. The mission of the Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce is to economically empower the African American community through the promotion, education and advancement of its businesses and their partners. The Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce exists to advance common business interests, economic growth and equality in the workplace and society for its GLBT members, businesses and allies by providing educational, networking and communitybuilding opportunities.

Student Clubs and Resources

Nashville Events

Owen Black Students Association Owen Latin Business Association Owen Women’s Business Association Owen Global Business Association Hispanic Graduate Student Association Organization of Black Graduate and Professional Students Office of LGBTQI Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center

Celebration of Cultures Native American Pow Wow Taste of Music City (food and wine festival) PlayDate Nashville (citywide game night) Jefferson St. Jazz & Blues Festival Music City Jazz, Blues & Heritage Festival First Saturday Art Crawl Stellar Gospel Music Awards John Merritt Classic (Tennessee State University vs. Southern University) African Street Festival Music City Bowl

Thousands of people gather for the Annual Celebration of Cultures, which promotes awareness and appreciation of Nashville’s diverse population.

For more information about activities in Nashville visit:

Contact Us Consuela Knox Director of Admissions Operations and Diversity Recruiting Manager Owen Graduate School of Management 401 21st Avenue South Nashville, TN 37203-2422

Telephone: 615.322.6469 Email: Web:

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