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What is the name of your student organization? What is the purpose of your student organization?  

There is a NEW organization at Darden! We’re the Darden Network of Executive Women (The Darden NEW), an organization dedicated to networking and professional development specifically focused on the Darden Executive MBA Program’s women, both current students and alumni.

 

Why did you start your organization?

We formed this organization because the women in the classes of 2018 and 2019 sought a more formal construct to support one another, to build our personal and professional networks, and to seek professional development opportunities. While there is a women’s organization within the residential program, we found that the unique Executive MBA schedule, along with the different career and life stages of executive students, necessitated the formation of an organization just for us. Meeting with so many dynamic women from the other enrolled classes in the start-up of the organization proved to us how impactful NEW will be.

 

What are your goals for your organization? Are you planning any programming or activities in the upcoming year?

As this is the first year of the Network, we are focusing on assessing the wants and needs of the Darden Executive Women’s community, building our brand, and setting a foundation of connections among current students and alumni. We’re planning to establish an online presence, host guest speaker events, networking events, and social events. As we grow the organization, we hope that these activities and resources will become a key part of the Executive MBA experience for students who want to be a part of our organization, and will also be something that alumni want to support after graduation as well.

 

In your opinion, what is the best thing about Darden’s Executive MBA Program?

Hands down, the Darden community is the best thing about Darden’s Executive MBA Program. This is an environment where students who say “Why isn’t there a group for the Executive MBA women?” get to answer it themselves by creating one, and where the faculty and staff are behind the students in doing so.  

Students are on board and champion for each other. The collegiality and spirit of the Darden community permeates not only the Darden Network for Executive Women, but every facet of the school and the Executive MBA Program. Students are genuinely invested in supporting one another in learning, as opposed to competing with one another. We celebrate one another’s individual accomplishments. Faculty truly care about the students. The program staff is fantastically supportive. There are so many moving parts, but they all come together to make Darden work for busy professionals.

Additionally, the self-actualization that transpires for each student in the Executive MBA Program is amazing. Along with traditional quantitative MBA courses, students take courses focused on leading organizations, global leadership, management communication, negotiations, and professional advancement; these courses require deep self-reflection. The program builds in time for personality assessments, career assessments, and career-coaching; this time and opportunity is rare and precious. The self-awareness students gain helps them shape their career paths and truly prepares them for being leaders of leaders.

 

What advice would you offer a prospective student considering the executive formats of the Darden MBA?

If you’re considering this program, think about what you hope to get out of it, and what you value in a prospective MBA experience. What are you hoping to accomplish through getting an MBA in the short term? In the long term? Will Darden help you achieve your goals? Do you need an MBA to achieve these goals? This program invests a lot into its students, and expects a lot of its students – this is not a part-time program, but an alternatively-scheduled full-time program. How will this experience fit into your life?

The Executive MBA program at Darden is an amazing program. It uses the case method – a different pedagogical approach than most programs, and it truly is a community. Get to know the program, the faculty and staff, the students, and see if it feels right for you. If you’re confident in why you want an MBA, and what you want out of an MBA program, you’re best positioned to find the right program for you. Darden will be a transformational experience for you.

 

How can an interested prospective student connect with your organization?

They can reach out to our leadership team!

President – Kristine Campbell (CHO 18), CampbellK18@darden.virginia.edu
Vice President – Sarah Rand (ROS 18), RandS18@darden.virginia.edu
Secretary – Latasha Kindrick (ROS 18), KindrickL18@darden.virginia.edu
Treasurer – Amber Ott (CHO 18), OttA18@darden.virginia.edu
Communications Director – Mariana Santos (CHO 18), SantosM18@darden.virginia.edu
CHO 2018 Representative – Megan Vitali, VitaliM18@darden.virginia.edu
ROS 2018 Representative – Casey McCarthy, McCarthyC18@darden.virginia.edu
CHO 2019 Representative – Katrin Kempiners, KempinersK19@darden.virginia.edu
ROS 2019 Representative – Amanda Richardson, RichardsonA19@darden.virginia.edu

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By UVA - Darden October 31, 2017 Leave a Comment

What is the name of your student organization? What is the purpose of your student organization?  

There is a NEW organization at Darden! We’re the Darden Network of Executive Women (The Darden NEW), an organization dedicated to networking and professional development specifically focused on the Darden Executive MBA Program’s women, both current students and alumni.

 

Why did you start your organization?

We formed this organization because the women in the classes of 2018 and 2019 sought a more formal construct to support one another, to build our personal and professional networks, and to seek professional development opportunities. While there is a women’s organization within the residential program, we found that the unique Executive MBA schedule, along with the different career and life stages of executive students, necessitated the formation of an organization just for us. Meeting with so many dynamic women from the other enrolled classes in the start-up of the organization proved to us how impactful NEW will be.

 

What are your goals for your organization? Are you planning any programming or activities in the upcoming year?

As this is the first year of the Network, we are focusing on assessing the wants and needs of the Darden Executive Women’s community, building our brand, and setting a foundation of connections among current students and alumni. We’re planning to establish an online presence, host guest speaker events, networking events, and social events. As we grow the organization, we hope that these activities and resources will become a key part of the Executive MBA experience for students who want to be a part of our organization, and will also be something that alumni want to support after graduation as well.

 

In your opinion, what is the best thing about Darden’s Executive MBA Program?

Hands down, the Darden community is the best thing about Darden’s Executive MBA Program. This is an environment where students who say “Why isn’t there a group for the Executive MBA women?” get to answer it themselves by creating one, and where the faculty and staff are behind the students in doing so.  

Students are on board and champion for each other. The collegiality and spirit of the Darden community permeates not only the Darden Network for Executive Women, but every facet of the school and the Executive MBA Program. Students are genuinely invested in supporting one another in learning, as opposed to competing with one another. We celebrate one another’s individual accomplishments. Faculty truly care about the students. The program staff is fantastically supportive. There are so many moving parts, but they all come together to make Darden work for busy professionals.

Additionally, the self-actualization that transpires for each student in the Executive MBA Program is amazing. Along with traditional quantitative MBA courses, students take courses focused on leading organizations, global leadership, management communication, negotiations, and professional advancement; these courses require deep self-reflection. The program builds in time for personality assessments, career assessments, and career-coaching; this time and opportunity is rare and precious. The self-awareness students gain helps them shape their career paths and truly prepares them for being leaders of leaders.

 

What advice would you offer a prospective student considering the executive formats of the Darden MBA?

If you’re considering this program, think about what you hope to get out of it, and what you value in a prospective MBA experience. What are you hoping to accomplish through getting an MBA in the short term? In the long term? Will Darden help you achieve your goals? Do you need an MBA to achieve these goals? This program invests a lot into its students, and expects a lot of its students – this is not a part-time program, but an alternatively-scheduled full-time program. How will this experience fit into your life?

The Executive MBA program at Darden is an amazing program. It uses the case method – a different pedagogical approach than most programs, and it truly is a community. Get to know the program, the faculty and staff, the students, and see if it feels right for you. If you’re confident in why you want an MBA, and what you want out of an MBA program, you’re best positioned to find the right program for you. Darden will be a transformational experience for you.

 

How can an interested prospective student connect with your organization?

They can reach out to our leadership team!

President – Kristine Campbell (CHO 18), CampbellK18@darden.virginia.edu
Vice President – Sarah Rand (ROS 18), RandS18@darden.virginia.edu
Secretary – Latasha Kindrick (ROS 18), KindrickL18@darden.virginia.edu
Treasurer – Amber Ott (CHO 18), OttA18@darden.virginia.edu
Communications Director – Mariana Santos (CHO 18), SantosM18@darden.virginia.edu
CHO 2018 Representative – Megan Vitali, VitaliM18@darden.virginia.edu
ROS 2018 Representative – Casey McCarthy, McCarthyC18@darden.virginia.edu
CHO 2019 Representative – Katrin Kempiners, KempinersK19@darden.virginia.edu
ROS 2019 Representative – Amanda Richardson, RichardsonA19@darden.virginia.edu

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