by Kristen Egan, Associate Director of Admissions
Darden alums in Bangalore with Dean Beardsley and Marc Johnson (From left to right: Dean Beardsley, Gokul Chandraskaran, Guarav Agarwal, Krishnan Srinivasan, Marc Johnson)
It is an exciting time of year for our team as we hit the globe to connect with prospective students, reconnect with alumni and share the Darden experience along the way. As I write this our team is truly spread across the world – Spain, Brazil, Taiwan, Texas, California, DC and of course Charlottesville to welcome our visitors. And between every boarding pass and gate check we’re reminded of how global our community is and how lucky we are to welcome students from all over the world to Darden for such a transformative experience.
Darden alumni reconnecting in Mumbai. (From left to right: Kavita Sanganeria, Akshay Mittal, Himanshu Wardhan, Amit Chakarabarty)
I recently had the opportunity to return to India with my colleague Marc Johnson, Executive Director for Global Affairs at Darden. This time we had a special VIP with us – Dean Beardsley. We had a jam packed schedule between alumni and admissions receptions in Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi that included meetings with alumni, education partners, corporate executives, education consultants, journalists and a few pit-stops to enjoy some sights in India.
Having the opportunity to travel with Dean Beardsley a year into his leadership role was exciting and inspiring. He reminded prospective students and alumni that education is the one thing that can take you from anywhere to anywhere and shared his own personal journey in choosing Darden following 26 years with McKinsey & Co. You can check out his Top 20 Reasons to Choose Darden here. During media interviews I heard more about his overarching goal to attract, develop, and retain great people and align them to a greater mission. He is motivated by Darden’s mission and by the positive impact our alumni are doing in their fields and communities—reflecting our mission through their leadership.
Post reception dinner in Delhi with alumni. (From left to right: Hasmeeth Uppal, VN Dalmia, Akash Premsen, Dean Beardsley, Marc Johnson)
You can learn more about what our alumni are doing and how their experience at Darden helped them get there by reaching out to one of our alumni ambassadors. If you’re interested in hearing from some of our current students from India, join us for a webinar on Friday, 7 October at 9:00 AM ET where current students will share more on life at Darden (Register Here) or reach out to a student ambassador in the meantime.
There were too many stories from the week to capture in one blog post, but check out a few of our pictures throughout and below the post for some of the highlights from our time in India. We look forward to our return!
Darden alumni and UVA representatives at alumni gathering in Delhi hosted by Chapter President Akash Premsen.
A reception for Dean Beardsley at Chapter President Akash Premsen’s home (From left to right: Kristen Egan, Akash Premsen, Dean Beardsley, VN Dalmia, Marc Johnson)
Chapter President Akash Premsen with his family, wife Himani and daughter Devika sporting her Darden gear.