The top Olin Blog posts of 2023

  • December 27, 2023
  • By Jill Young Miller
  • 2 minute read

It’s time to review the most popular stories among Olin Blog readers in 2023. The top story, not surprisingly, was the announcement of Olin’s new dean, Mike Mazzeo, who officially joined Olin in September.

We also look back at some stellar funding news for a couple of startups Olin alums founded, which alumni Olin honored in 2023, an endowed scholarship in honor of a beloved professor Olin lost to cancer—and other top stories for the year.

Here are the Top 10 Olin Blog articles published in 2023:

Mazzeo appointed dean of Olin Business School

Michael Mazzeo, a professor of strategy at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, was named the next dean of WashU Olin.

WashU Olin’s BSBA holds to top 10 in P&Q’s 2023 ranking

WashU Olin’s BSBA program ranked ninth in the latest ranking of undergraduate business schools from Poets & Quants.

Startup born in the Hatchery secures $2.5M in seed funding

Buoy, which makes and markets hydration drops, closed a $2.5 million seed round that includes 50 angel investors.

Darth Vader learns a hard lesson about negotiation

Professor Hillary Anger Elfenbein was on a Dragon Con panel called “Conflict Experts Fight About Star Wars.”

Olin to honor 2023 Emerging Leaders on April 20

Olin celebrated Megan Berry, MBA 2015, MArch 2015; Zoe Hillenmeyer, MBA 2013; and Alixandra Henick Iger, BSBA 2010.

Olin to honor three 2023 Distinguished Alumni on April 21

Olin celebrated Chris Bloise, BSBA 1997; Lal Karsanbhai, MBA 1995; and Ari Lewine, BSBA 2009. 

Alum’s healthcare startup Paytient tops $63M with latest funding round

The company that Brian Whorley, PMBA 2012, founded announced a $40.5 million Series B funding round, bringing total funding to $63 million.

Scholarship honoring Radhakrishnan Gopalan now endowed, to be awarded annually

The Radhakrishnan Gopalan Endowed Scholarship will ensure his impact on WashU Olin students continues for years to come.

Student team cooks up a business plan for Laughing Bear Bakery

A group of Olin undergraduates gave recommendations to a bakery that gives a chance to people released from prison.

Proud alumnus Russ Flicker, BSBA 1994, gives back

Russ and Lisa Flicker increased their pledge for undergraduate scholarships through Make Way: Our Student Initiative.


About the Author

Jill Young Miller

Jill Young Miller

As research translator for WashU Olin Business School, my job is to highlight professors’ research by “translating” their work into stories. Before coming to Olin, I was a communications specialist at WashU’s Brown School. My background is mostly in newspapers including as a journalist for Missouri Lawyers Media, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Washington Post and the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida.

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