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    Charlottesville: We Run This Town

    October 31st, 2017

    Written by Steven Menendez, MBA Class of 2018

    One of my favorite things about living in Charlottesville is the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities: camping, hiking, tubing, and my favorite, running. There is nothing better on a beautiful Charlottesville afternoon than to go for a run and explore the city. From road running to trails, Charlottesville has it all. Most of the streets have generous sidewalks, and you can take a run through the picturesque neighborhoods, the shops on the downtown mall, or through the University of Virginia Grounds. For those who prefer a different terrain, the Rivanna Trail system forms a 20-mile loop of wooded trails around the city of Charlottesville. Where else can you take a run past the Rotunda on the Lawn, a UNESCO World Heritage Site? When I first moved to Charlottesville, running helped me learn where everything is and made me feel like this town was becoming my home.

    Charlottesville also has a strong running community. There are local running stores, like Ragged Mountain and Crozet Running and numerous races of various lengths. Last year I ran a trail half marathon through the mountains of Crozet and a couple four-mile races in town. There were lots of spectators along the courses, and of course, Bodos Bagels at the end to celebrate a successful finish.

    My favorite running community has been the Darden Running Club (I am Co-President of the club this year, so I may be a little biased). We meet twice a week for runs before class. It’s been a great way to get to know other Darden students, share running tips, and get a good workout in amid the busy Darden schedule. We also participate in local races and running charity events.

    Whatever your outdoor pursuit, Charlottesville has something for you. And for all you runners out there, you can find no better place to spend two years to get a world-class business education and experience world-class running than Darden!

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    Charlottesville: We Run This Town

    October 31st, 2017

    Written by Steven Menendez, MBA Class of 2018

    One of my favorite things about living in Charlottesville is the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities: camping, hiking, tubing, and my favorite, running. There is nothing better on a beautiful Charlottesville afternoon than to go for a run and explore the city. From road running to trails, Charlottesville has it all. Most of the streets have generous sidewalks, and you can take a run through the picturesque neighborhoods, the shops on the downtown mall, or through the University of Virginia Grounds. For those who prefer a different terrain, the Rivanna Trail system forms a 20-mile loop of wooded trails around the city of Charlottesville. Where else can you take a run past the Rotunda on the Lawn, a UNESCO World Heritage Site? When I first moved to Charlottesville, running helped me learn where everything is and made me feel like this town was becoming my home.

    Charlottesville also has a strong running community. There are local running stores, like Ragged Mountain and Crozet Running and numerous races of various lengths. Last year I ran a trail half marathon through the mountains of Crozet and a couple four-mile races in town. There were lots of spectators along the courses, and of course, Bodos Bagels at the end to celebrate a successful finish.

    My favorite running community has been the Darden Running Club (I am Co-President of the club this year, so I may be a little biased). We meet twice a week for runs before class. It’s been a great way to get to know other Darden students, share running tips, and get a good workout in amid the busy Darden schedule. We also participate in local races and running charity events.

    Whatever your outdoor pursuit, Charlottesville has something for you. And for all you runners out there, you can find no better place to spend two years to get a world-class business education and experience world-class running than Darden!

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    The Darden Network of Executive Women

    October 31st, 2017

    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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    The Darden Network of Executive Women

    October 31st, 2017

    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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    Why ’Hoos Love to Call Charlottesville Home

    October 27th, 2017

    Why do ‘Hoos love Charlottesville?

    • It’s a natural playground, with more than 25 parks and trails for students and residents to enjoy.
    • It’s a home that welcomes not only students and faculty, but also refugees. Since the Internal Rescue Committee office opened in 1998, the city has welcomed more than 3,500 refugees from 32 countries.
    • It centers around a unique pedestrian Downtown Mall, with more than 120 shops and 30 restaurants, along with several theaters and music venues.
    • It’s a small business haven, with more than 2,400 businesses with 500 or fewer employees.
    • It’s a foodie’s paradise, ranking among the top 15 cities in the country in restaurants per capita.
    • It’s a growing wine region, with approximately 40 wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries, and that number seems to increase each year.
    • It’s an artistic powerhouse, proudly serving as home to artists from Georgia O’Keeffe to Dave Matthews – who recently organized the star-studded Concert for Charlottesville – and authors such as William Faulkner, Rita Dove and John Grisham.
    • It’s a living museum, with abundant reminders of the powerful role the city and the Commonwealth of Virginia have played in American history. The University’s Academical Village, together with Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello are listed together as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Copy credit: Erik Duda and Caroline Newman. Read their complete article.

     

     

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    Executive MBA Office Hours – Upcoming Dates on the East Coast!

    October 27th, 2017

    We’re hitting the road! We will be hosting Exec Office Hours in a number of cities throughout the month of November, and we hope you will join us! Here is a quick summary of dates and locations:

    Washington, DC area  –  November 6
    Richmond, VA  –  November 7
    Baltimore, MD  –  November 9
    Philadelphia, PA  –  November 14
    New York City  –  November 16-17
    Washington, DC area  –  November 20
    Norfolk, VA  –  November 21

    Office Hours are one-on-one meetings with a member of our Admissions Committee, and these forty-five minute meetings are a great way for you to learn about Darden and for us to learn about you! While we enjoy phone conversations, there is truly no substitute for face-to-face interaction.    

    Register for Office Hours!

    Can’t make one of these meetings? As noted above, we also offer phone conversations!

    Schedule a Phone Conversation

    We look forward to seeing you soon!

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    The ExecMBA Podcast Talks With GEMBA Students

    October 26th, 2017

    The sixth and seventh episodes of our ExecMBA podcast have arrived! In episode six we talk with Ryan Slevin, a Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) format student in our Class of 2018, about her decision to pursue an MBA, her experience as a GEMBA format student and more!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We also profile our upcoming November Office Hours appointments, as well our mini case discussion in November 1 in Rosslyn with Greg Fairchild. In other words, if you’re interested in Darden’s executive formats, there is no shortage of ways to learn more about your options in the coming weeks!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    In episode 7, we sit down with Chris Barchet, a GEMBA format student in our Class of 2018, to talk about why he came to Darden, his global residency experiences, and what he loves about the case method.

    And for those of you who are iTunes users, you can subscribe to the ExecMBA podcast (and Darden Businesscasts generally) via iTunes

    Thanks for listening!  

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    Darden’s First Resilience Week for Mental Health and Well Being

    October 24th, 2017

    Darden is proudly beginning our first Resilience Week on grounds today with the aim of establishing an institution-wide foundation for helping members of the Darden community become more resilient individuals and business leaders, and bringing awareness to a wide range of issues thoughtfully within a diverse – and internationally diverse – community.

    Darden students, faculty and staff are hosting a number of events each day this week, and all are invited to attend as much of the programming as possible, some of which includes:

    • A facilitated discussion processing what it means to be a woman at Darden, considering topics such as identity, leading with confidence and practicing resilience as a high-performer.
    • A workshop exploring how to use sports psychology or visualization techniques in job interviews, negotiations and business scenarios.
    • A townhall focusing on the theme of resilience in the personal experiences of LGBTQ Darden students after coming out and re-entering society.

    Driven by a passion for well-being, MBA Class of 2018 student Catherine Aranda spearheaded the initiation of Darden’s first Resilience Week. After a number of years in the non-profit sector, Catherine discovered Darden through the MLT. Although she credits the stress of preparing for the GMAT for her initial forays into mindfulness, health and mental wellness became significant to Catherine after heading into college immediately following the loss of her mother.

    Resilience Week is not an isolated week at Darden, but is part of a greater thoughtfulness on how the school and how each student can help support one another through a more comprehensive mental health and wellness program.

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    Talking With Greg Fairchild on The Case Method

    October 18th, 2017

    Aw snap! Just when they said it couldn’t be done, the ExecMBA podcast comes at you with the second half of our earlier interview with Greg Fairchild, Darden faculty member and Associate Dean for DC initiatives.

    In this half of our interview, we talk with Greg about his plans for the Class of 2019, the case method, and what he loves about teaching executive format students. Give it a listen!

    If you’re interested in meeting Greg in person, he will be leading the case discussion at our upcoming mini case discussion in Rosslyn on November 1. We hope you will be able to join us!

    Read more details and register for our November 1 Case Discussion

    And the sun has not yet set on our dream of crowd-sourcing our ExecMBA podcast topics! If you have any questions or any suggested topics for our podcast, hit us up at ExecMBA@darden.virginia.edu. We’re listening!

     

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    New “Dynamic Space” for Darden in DC

    October 14th, 2017

    Conceptual drawings of Darden’s new Rosslyn facility.

    Darden recently announced that it will open new facilities in the Washington, D.C., area. The dynamic space, housed on the top two floors of a modern high-rise in the Rosslyn district of Arlington, Virginia, boasts expansive views of the capital region and includes classrooms, offices and event space, opening up a world of new opportunities for the University of Virginia and for the Darden School’s Executive MBA (EMBA) and Executive Education programs in the D.C. area.

    This new space is representative of the growth of the EMBA and Executive Education programs. In 2016, Darden dramatically expanded the reach of its EMBA program, which includes an intensive Global Executive MBA format, when it welcomed the first cohort of the new Rosslyn section. This past August, nearly 70 new students joined the Rosslyn EMBA section for the 2017–18 academic year. When asked, Brett Twitty, Director of Admissions for Executive Formats, responded:

    Having a world-class facility in the DC area is an incredibly exciting development for our executive format students, but also for Darden generally. The past two years for our Executive MBA Program have been filled with highlights, and the executive formats of the Darden MBA have never been more popular. As a program, we have a tremendous amount of momentum, and the launch of this new space is the latest reflection of this trajectory.

    Read the complete article on Darden’s new Rosslyn facility by Dave Hendricks.

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