Experience Darden
Experience Darden #66: Harsha Gummagatta, MBA Class of 2021 and President of the Tech Club

Experience Darden #66: Harsha Gummagatta, MBA Class of 2021 and President of the Tech Club

May 29, 2020

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with rising Second Year student Harsha Gummagatta. Harsha is President of the Tech Club, and he is also host of A Professor and a Playlist, a new virtual Zoom event in which Darden faculty members share songs that are meaningful to them. Recent guests include Shane Dikolli, Ed Freeman, Lalin Anik and more. Be sure to check out the companion Spotify playlist for weekly selections.  

Experience Darden #65: Jeff Tang (MBA ‘13), Senior Director for General Management and Marketing Careers

Experience Darden #65: Jeff Tang (MBA ‘13), Senior Director for General Management and Marketing Careers

May 22, 2020

In this episode of the podcast we connect with Jeff Tang (MBA ’13). In addition to being a Darden alumnus, Jeff is the new Senior Director for General Management and Marketing Careers at the Darden School of Business. We recently caught up with him via Zoom to talk about his background and what attracted to his new role with the Career Development team

Experience Darden #64: Megan Bailey and Henrique Lopes, MBA Class of 2021

Experience Darden #64: Megan Bailey and Henrique Lopes, MBA Class of 2021

May 15, 2020

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with two of the newly elected leaders of the Darden Student Association (DSA), Megan Bailey and Henrique Lopes. We recently connected with Megan and Henrique via Zoom to talk about Quarter 4, their transition to virtual classes, what attracted them to their DSA roles and how the Darden community is staying connected during this time of physical distancing.  

Experience Darden #63: Jeff McNish, Assistant Dean for Career Development

Experience Darden #63: Jeff McNish, Assistant Dean for Career Development

May 8, 2020

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Jeff McNish. Jeff is Darden’s Assistant Dean for Career Development and a repeat guest on the podcast. We recently connected with Jeff via Zoom to talk about how the Career team is supporting students during the coronavirus pandemic, the team’s early plans for our incoming Full-Time MBA Class of 2022 and more.

Experience Darden #62: Scott Beardsley, Dean of the UVA Darden School of Business

Experience Darden #62: Scott Beardsley, Dean of the UVA Darden School of Business

May 1, 2020

In this very special edition of both the Experience Darden podcast and The ExecMBA Podcast, we catch up with the Dean of the Darden School of Business, Scott Beardsley. During this wide-ranging conversation, Scott shares insights about his life and background, how his long tenure at McKinsey helps guide his work as Dean, how he and the leadership team at Darden are navigating the coronavirus pandemic, why he’s optimistic about the future and more!

Experience Darden #61: Joanne Meier, Assistant Dean for Digital and Instructional Initiatives

Experience Darden #61: Joanne Meier, Assistant Dean for Digital and Instructional Initiatives

April 24, 2020

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Joanne Meier. Joanne is Assistant Dean for Digital and Instructional Initiatives at the Darden School of Business, and we connected with her via Zoom to talk about the school’s experience transitioning to a fully virtual learning environment in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Experience Darden #60: Marc Johnson, Senior Executive Director for Global Affairs and Enterprise Initiatives

Experience Darden #60: Marc Johnson, Senior Executive Director for Global Affairs and Enterprise Initiatives

April 17, 2020

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Marc Johnson. Marc is a Darden alumnus (EMBA ’13), and he is also Senior Executive Director for Global Affairs and Enterprise Initiatives at the Darden School of Business. Marc has been at the center of the school’s response to the current coronavirus pandemic, and we recently connected with him via Zoom to talk about how things are going at the school and the University, the current state of planning for the Class of 2022, his advice for international students and much more.

Experience Darden #59: The Darden African Business Organization (DABO)

Experience Darden #59: The Darden African Business Organization (DABO)

April 10, 2020

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with two leaders of the Darden African Business Organization (DABO), Meti Aberra and Sindara Oyekola. Meti and Sindara are both second year students in our Class of 2020, and we sat down with them in Charlottesville a couple months ago to talk about their decision to pursue their MBA, what led them to Darden, what attracted them to their leadership positions with DABO, how DABO builds awareness about the African continent within the Darden community and more. Fun fact: Meti also has her own podcast. Check it out!

Experience Darden #58: Professor Greg Fairchild on Teaching Ethics through Literature

Experience Darden #58: Professor Greg Fairchild on Teaching Ethics through Literature

April 3, 2020

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Greg Fairchild. In addition to serving as a Professor in the Strategy, Ethics and Entrepreneurship area, Greg is also Associate Dean for Washington, DC Area Initiative, and we recently connected to talk with him about the Ethics through Literature elective he leads in the full-time MBA program. If you’re looking for a few reading recommendations during this time of social distancing, this podcast is essential listening.

Experience Darden #57: Dawna Clarke, Executive Director of Admissions

Experience Darden #57: Dawna Clarke, Executive Director of Admissions

March 27, 2020

In this episode, we welcome Executive Director of Admissions Dawna Clarke back to the podcast! We connected with Dawna to discuss recent updates to our Full-Time MBA application process in light of the global Coronavirus pandemic as well as her advice for Round 3 applicants. If you’re applying in Round 3, this episode is essential listening. Podcaster’s Note: This was our first “distance” podcast interview, and we’re excited to keep the podcast on the air during this time of social distancing.