Experience Darden

A podcast about UVA Darden's Full-Time MBA Program

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Episodes

Tuesday Jun 28, 2022

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Vashti Barran (Class of 2023). Vashti is a second year student in the Full-Time MBA Class of 2023, and, in this wide-ranging conversation, she reflects upon her MBA journey – from growing up in New York City, to college in NYC, to her career in the non-profit sector, to Charlottesville and her first year as a Darden student. Vashti is President of Humans of Darden, a student organization that seeks to form stronger connections among the humans of the Darden School of Business, and she also shares her plans and vision for Humans of Darden in the year ahead.

Friday Jun 24, 2022

In this special edition of the Darden Admissions podcast, we share the 13th installment in our ongoing ‘Office Hours’ faculty spotlight series, a conversation with Professor Manel Baucells. Baucells teaches quantitative analysis courses in Darden's MBA and Executive Education programs. Baucells' research focuses on incorporating psychological realism into consumer behavior models by considering factors such as reference point formation, mental accounting, psychological distance, anticipation, fatigue, and satiation; and examines how these factors influence risk and time preferences, consumer choices, and managerial decisions. We talk with Manel about his interest in quantifying the unquantifiable, why he’s passionate about the case method, as well as his research around attaining happiness. He also shares insights about Darden’s newly re-launched PhD program as well as his Behavioral Decision Making elective.

Friday Jun 17, 2022

Senior Assistant Dean for Admissions, Dawna Clarke, joins us for our annual spotlight on the new Full-Time MBA application. Dawna shares insights about the application, including her favorite essay question, tips for choosing a recommender, advice for candidates considering a test waiver request and more. She also talks about the importance of approaching the MBA application process with both joy and excitement.

Friday Jun 10, 2022

In this special edition of the Darden Admissions podcast, we share the 12th installment in our ongoing ‘Office Hours’ faculty spotlight series, a conversation with Professor June A. West. West is the Marjorie R. Sands Associate Professor of Business Administration, and she specializes in organizational communication, leadership, strategy, and change management. She teaches in Darden’s MBA, Executive MBA, Executive Education programs, iLab Innovation Incubator and the Center for Global Initiatives, where she offers for students a global course that takes place in Bahrain, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi. In the year ahead, she will also be teaching the Leadership Communication course in Darden’s newest MBA format, Part-Time MBA. We talk with June about her interest in communications, what led her to Darden, and why she’s so passionate about working with students. She also reflects upon her work with Darden’s Partnership for Leaders in Education (PLE), a program with UVA’s School of Education, as well as her current research interests, including hot topics in communications.

Friday Jun 03, 2022

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with June Sun. June is a student in UVA Darden’s Full-Time MBA Class of 2023, and she is the Chief Investment Officer for Darden Capital Management, an organization comprised of 24 second-year students chosen to actively manage six investment portfolios for the Darden School Foundation, including the newest fund focused on REITs, which launched on 1 April 2022. We talk with June about her journey to Darden, why she’s passionate about Finance, her plans for the summer ahead, what she’s looking forward to accomplishing in her CIO role and more.

Friday May 27, 2022

In this special episode of the Darden Admissions podcast, we spotlight the recent Finals Exercises at the University of Virginia and the Darden School of Business. Every year, the Darden ceremony features student speakers who are nominated and voted upon by their classmates. We’re excited to share the remarks from Alex Smith (MBA ’22), the Full-Time MBA student speaker as well as Joe Stanley (EMBA ’22), the Executive MBA student speaker. You will also hear reflections and introductions from by the outgoing Darden Student Association (DSA) President DeMario Moore (MBA ’22) and outgoing Executive Student Association (ESA) President Catriona Stadtler-Ayer.

Friday May 20, 2022

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Khushali Shah. Khushali is a student in our Full-Time MBA Class of 2023, and she was recently named Forte fellow ambassador for 2022-2023. She is also VP International for UVA Darden’s Graduate Women in Business (GWIB). We talk with Khushali about her background and her decision to pursue an MBA, as well as what attracted her to the Forte fellow ambassador role.

Friday May 13, 2022

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Nikolaus Jacobs. Nikolaus, or “Niko” as his classmates know him, is a second year student the Full-Time MBA Class of 2022. Niko is originally from Germany and came to the United States for college before spending time working for Google in Ireland. We talk with Niko about his MBA journey and how his career interests have evolved during his time at Darden. He also reflects on the importance of knowing your priorities and values, or as he describes it “your north star”, as you navigate business school.

Friday May 06, 2022

In this episode of the podcast, we continue our ongoing spotlight on student founders. We catch up Bradley Levergood (Class of 2023) and Maya Singh (Class of 2023) about their venture, Clarifi Technologies, LLC, a product to help students with ADHD stay focused while doing digital work. We also talk with Bradley and Maya about their MBA journeys, how UVA's Entrepreneurship Cup has helped them  along their entrepreneurial path, and what their excited about for Clarifi in the months ahead.

Friday Apr 29, 2022

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Adriana Gadala-Maria. Adriana, or “Adri” as her Darden classmates know her, is a second year student in UVA Darden’s Full-Time MBA Class of 2022. In this wide-ranging conversation, we talk about Adri’s journey from the tech industry in the San Francisco Bay Area to Darden community in Charlottesville. She reflects upon her decision to pursue an MBA, what led her to Darden and how she has pursued her passion for venture capital during her time in business school, including internships with Cav Angels, Glynn Capital and Dorm Room Fund, as well as serving as President of the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital (EVC) club. This episode is highly recommended for prospective students with an interest in venture capital and/or private equity.  

Friday Apr 22, 2022

In this special edition of the Darden Admissions podcast, we catch up with Raj Venkatesan. Venkatesan is a member of the Marketing faculty at Darden, and he was recently named the Co-Academic Director for the M.S. in Business Analytics program, a one-year specialized masters offered by the UVA Darden School of Business in partnership with UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce. Venkatesan’s areas of expertise are customer relationship management, marketing metrics and marketing analytics, and in this wide-ranging conversation, he reflects upon his background, what led him to Darden, what he’s researching currently and why he’s excited about his role at Co-Academic Director. He also discusses the important role communication and messaging play in analytics, and why the human element may matter even more in the data work of the future.

Friday Apr 15, 2022

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Rachel Edwards. Rachel is a second year student in UVA Darden’s Full-Time MBA Class of 2022, and she is also an entrepreneur. Rachel has spent her career in fashion, and we chat with her about her decision to pursue an MBA, what led her to Darden, her work with the UVA Seed Fund and early stage ventures during her two years in Cville, as well the software application she is developing focused on helping individuals sharpen their personal fashion and style.

Friday Apr 08, 2022

In what is quickly becoming an annual tradition on the podcast, in this episode we catch up with the new Consortium co-liaisons for the upcoming academic year – Alexis Orr (Class of 2023), Minnie Lahoti (Class of 2023) and Angel Monrroy (Class of 2023). Alexis, Minnie and Angel reflect upon their MBA journeys and why they’re excited to serve as Consortium liaisons in the year ahead. They also share what the Consortium community has meant to them over the past year, and they also provide a few tips for incoming Darden students.

Friday Apr 01, 2022

In this episode of the podcast, we spotlight the Second Year Tutor Program, and we are joined for this conversation by the outgoing Second Year Tutor Chairs Kate Shadlock (Class of 2022) and Johnny Mac Yates (Class of 2022). With graduation on the horizon, Kate and Johnny Mac talk reflect upon their MBA journey and the impact of their Darden experience. They also discuss what the tutoring program, the important role Second Year students play in supporting First Year students, and how their experience leading the tutoring program has only deepened their respect and appreciation for the Darden faculty.

Friday Mar 25, 2022

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Sukari Brown (Class of 2023). Sukari is a First Year student in UVA Darden’s Full-Time MBA Class of 2023, and it’s fair to say she is involved in the extracurricular life of the school. Sukari is the President-Elect of the Private Equity Club, a Breakthrough Scholar, a Consortium member and a portfolio manager for Darden Capital Management. She is also meaningfully involved with the Black Business Student Association (BBSA), Darden African Business Organization (DABO), and the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club (EVCC). During this wide-ranging conversation, we talk with Sukari about her MBA journey and what led her to Darden. She also discusses her plans for the summer, and her Darden Venture Fellowship with Sands Capital Management in Arlington, Virginia. This episode is essential listening for anyone interested in learning more about private equity and venture capital-related opportunities and support at the Darden School. Click here for more information about the Breakthrough Scholars Program.

Friday Mar 18, 2022

In this conversation, we catch up with Ryan Cox. Ryan is a first year student in Darden’s Class of 2023, and he is also enrolled in UVA’s MS in Data Science program. We talk with Ryan about his experience as a dual degree student, what it’s like learning in the case method, his plans for his summer internship and what he loves about his first year section, Section D. Ryan applied to Darden through the Future Year Scholars Program, Darden’s deferred enrollment program for bachelor’s degree students in their final year of student and full-time masters students who have not held a full-time work position.

Friday Mar 11, 2022

In this conversation, we catch up with Kristian Robinson. Kristian is the Associate Director of Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Recruiting at the Darden School of Business, and we recently connected with him via Zoom to talk about his journey to Darden. Kristian has a background in mental health counseling and he is currently working on a Ph.D at Virginia Commonwealth University, and in this wide-ranging conversation, he shares how his background and research interests led him to pursue a role in higher education, and Admissions specifically. Fun fact: Kristian was instrumental in planning and executing this year’s Darden Diversity Conference.

Friday Mar 04, 2022

In this episode of the podcast we catch up with Tyler Kelley and Moriah Horner. Tyler and Moriah are First Year students in the Full-Time MBA Class of 2023, and they are also newly elected leaders of the Darden Student Association (DSA). Tyler is the DSA President and Moriah is DSA Executive Vice President, and we talk with them about their backgrounds, how they decided to pursue an MBA, how their first year has gone and what they hope to accomplish as DSA leaders in the year ahead.

Friday Feb 25, 2022

In this special edition of the podcast, we spotlight the University of Virginia’s MS in Business Analytics. The MSBA is a 12-month program offered in partnership by the Darden School of Business and the McIntire School of Commerce, and it is designed for working professionals seeking to learn essential and emerging data analysis techniques within a business context. We are joined for this conversation by two Admissions colleagues from the McIntire School of Commerce, Lizzie Batman and Mary Wells, as well as frequent Admissions podcast guest and Darden Admissions Committee member, Katherine Alford.

Friday Feb 18, 2022

In this special episode of the Darden Admissions podcast, we’re excited to share a recent installment from our ongoing Women@Darden event series featuring Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions Dawna Clarke and Professor of Practice Vivian Riefberg. Riefberg is a Professor of Practice at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia where she holds a David C. Walentas Jefferson Scholars Chair. She joined the Darden faculty after over 31 years at McKinsey & Company, and she is one of the faculty sponsors for the Women@Darden initiative, teaches in both the Executive and Full-Time MBA formats, and serves on many advisory boards. Riefberg is a Director Emeritus with McKinsey and was also recently named as an Advisory Board Member for the Smithsonian's American Women's History Museum.

Friday Feb 11, 2022

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Hemant Das. Hemant serves as the Principal Advisor for India Initiatives through Darden's partner Sannam S4. Hemant works collaboratively across the Darden Enterprise, leading efforts to advance the school’s impact and engagement in India and the region. He is a key liaison for Darden to alumni, corporate partners, current/prospective students, and business and educational institutions in the region. We talk with Hemant about his background, what led him to Darden, the power of the Darden network in India and why he enjoys engaging with members of the Darden community.

Sunday Feb 06, 2022

In this episode of the podcast, we connect with Kate Allen (Class of 2022). Kate is a second year student, and she also serves as Vice President for Darden Cup on the Darden Student Association. During this wide-ranging conversation, Kate talks about how she identified her target MBA programs, why Darden resonated with her, and what it was like to go through the business school application process with a partner who was also a B-school applicant. Kate also reflects upon her decision to serve as VP for Darden Cup and shares how things have been going this year.  Fun fact: Kate is a Second Year Coach, working closely with a  group of First Year Darden students as they navigate the job search process.

Thursday Jan 27, 2022

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Doris Cao. Doris is Director of China Initiatives with Darden’s Center for Global Initiatives, and she is based in Shanghai, China. We recently connected with Doris via Zoom to talk about what led her Darden, what enjoys about working with Darden students and why she thinks Darden is such a transformational MBA experience. She also shares reflections on her career in higher education and insights about what makes Shanghai such an exciting city.

Friday Jan 21, 2022

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Second Year students Juan Montiel (Class of 2022) and Jorge Laborde (Class of 2022). Juan and Jorge are both members of the Latin American Student Association (LASA) student organization leadership board, and we talk with them about their decision to pursue an MBA, what led them to Darden and their experiences relocating to Charlottesville from Argentina and Chile, respectively, for business school. They also share insights about the Darden community and what LASA has planned for the months ahead.

Friday Jan 14, 2022

In this special edition of the Darden Admissions podcasts, we share the 11th installment in our ongoing ‘Office Hours’ faculty spotlight series, a conversation with Professor Toni Irving. Irving is a Professor of Practice at the Darden School, and she teaches several courses in the Strategy, Ethics and Entrepreneurship area, including “Getting in the Room Where It Happens: How to Successfully Navigate the Workplace and Get Things Done”, “Business Ethics Through Literature”, Whose Streets?!: ESG Strategies to Create Competitive Advantage from Wall Street to Main Street” and “Thinking of a Master Plan: Non-Profit Management, Metrics & Impact Making in the Field.” In this wide-ranging conversation, we talk with Irving about her journey from UVA grad to English and American Literature PhD to English professor to Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor for the Governor State of Illinois to founding and launching a social impact fund and now her work at Darden. She also shares insights about her courses and reflects upon what she enjoys about teaching both Full-Time MBA and Executive MBA students.

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