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Calling all UVA Darden MBA Applicants: (2017 Intake) Class of 2019!!

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Darden on the Road: Upcoming Multi-School Events in August  [#permalink]

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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Darden on the Road: Upcoming Multi-School Events in August
It’s that time of year again: Darden is traveling around the globe to attend events and answer your questions about Darden and the MBA admissions process. We have several multi-school events scheduled over the coming weeks, and we hope you will be able to join us when we are in your area.

This week, we are up and down the East Coast:

Tuesday, 2 August – Atlanta, GA – Register

Tuesday, 2 August – Baltimore, MD – Register

Wednesday, 3 August – Philadelphia, PA – Register

Wednesday, 3 August – Raleigh, NC – Register

Thursday, 4 August – Charlotte, NC – Register

Next week, we will be in the Midwest, on the West Coast, and in Canada:

Tuesday, 9 August – Detroit, MI – Register

Tuesday, 9 August – San Francisco, CA – Register

Wednesday, 10 August – Chicago, IL – Register

Wednesday, 10 August – Silicon Valley, CA – Register

Thursday, 11 August – Seattle, WA – Register

Thursday, 11 August – Toronto, Canada – Register

We have many more events coming up around the world, so if you do not see your city here, be sure to check our website for future dates and locations. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Summer Stories from the Tech Club, Part 3  [#permalink]

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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Summer Stories from the Tech Club, Part 3
Today we’re sharing another summer internship from the Darden Tech Club. Jimmy Figueroa is interning with Google in San Francisco this summer.

Jimmy Figueroa, ’17 – Google, San Francisco
Ok Google You Have Great Perks, But Does Any of It Matter?

The short answer:  Yes.  The long answer: Probably even more than you think.

I’ll be honest, before I began interning at Google, I was a total skeptic.  Why do Google employees talk about their perks all of the time?!  Is it really that big of a deal?  I want a job that challenges me, I want career growth.  I don’t want a micro kitchen, or different cafes, or a standing desk.

But I do, I just didn’t know it at the time.  And you should want it for yourself.

Working in New York in various roles in the Financial Services industry for several years shaped my view of a job and what I should expect from an employer.  It was always a no frills environment where you work hard, work long and perform.  If you do well you’ll get paid rewardingly, but the idea of free cafes, gym classes and game rooms is a pipe dream.  Those companies that give away all that free stuff, they’re cool, but that’s not where the serious careers are.  So I thought.

I arrived in Mountain View with a “so-what, another cafe” attitude, and this lasted probably throughout the first week or two.  Over time though, it did make a difference.  I found myself increasingly venturing off to a cafe, or outside, or a library to do my work.  I worked out at the on-campus gym in the mornings, I rented a bike for the summer.  I hit the batting cage, took a spinning class with co-workers, grabbed Americano’s from the baristas when I needed it and desserts when I didn’t.  And so, I began to feel this sort of freedom I haven’t had before.  This mentality that going to work was actually fun and enjoyable, that I could actually look forward to it in the morning.  And now, with a clear head and positive frame of mind, Google gets my best self every day.  I’m eager to tackle problems, to do more for my team and to be a growing part of the community.

All of this has surprisingly made a positive impact on me, and this is before taking the culture itself into account (which is fantastic, embracing and empowering).  Altogether, this heightened level of output should lead to better performance reviews and then, more opportunities.  People stay at Google for years and it’s easy to see why.  Google enables them to perform well, mobility is encouraged, job opportunities are endless, and new challenges continually await.

So don’t discount perks.  Look for them at your next job.  You’ll perform better and get farther in your career because of it.

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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Register for a 2016 Forté Forum
This year’s Forté Forums are quickly approaching, and we hope to see you at one of them!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, the Forté Foundation is a non-profit consortium of leading companies and top business schools working together to launch women into fulfilling, significant careers through access to business education, opportunities, and a community of successful women.

Each year, Forté hosts a series of forums for prospective MBA women. These events, which are held in 12 cities across the globe, allow women considering an MBA to make critical connections with representatives, alumnae, and students of top business schools in North America and Europe – including Darden!

Select the city that works best for you and register on Forte’s website. We look forward to seeing many of you there!

2016 Forté Forum Dates and Locations

15 August – Boston

16 August – Washington, DC

17 August – Atlanta

18 August – Miami

22 August – Seattle

23 August – San Francisco

24 August – Los Angeles

25 August – Houston

29 August – Chicago

30, 31 August – New York, NY

1 September – Toronto

20 October – London

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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Reminder: Register for a Darden Open House
Darden’s 2016 Open Houses kick off in just over two weeks! We hope you’ll be able to join us for one of them to get to know the Darden community better. You will meet current students, hear from faculty members, sit in on a class and more. All of our Open Houses have themes, but feel free to attend the Open House that best fits your schedule.

Ready to register? Dates and themes are listed below. As always, be sure to check our website to see what other events we have coming up!

Monday, 5 September – Innovation & Entrepreneurship – Register

Monday, 12 September – Business in Society – Register

Monday, 19 September – Women at Darden – Register

Monday, 26 September – Asset Management & Investing – Register

Monday, 3 October – Technology & Data Analytics – Register

Monday, 10 October – Military at Darden – Register

Thursday & Friday, 27 & 28 October – Diversity at Darden – Register

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Re: Calling all UVA Darden MBA Applicants: (2017 Intake) Class of 2019!!  [#permalink]

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I would say it is formal but I believe that stems from how traditional the institution of UVA is (hint: Thomas Jefferson) I think that the school prides itself on education first and foremost. It is different from other schools that I have visited but I wouldn't say its a bad thing. I couldn't compare it to the schools in the South because I have yet to visit any of them but I think each school has its own charm. =)
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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Darden Welcomes Fall 2016 Exchange Students
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This fall semester, Darden is hosting exchange students from leading partner business schools. We are delighted to welcome students from the following schools/countries:

  • CEIBS in China
  • ESADE and IESE in Spain
  • HEC in France
  • HIT in Japan
  • HKUST in Hong Kong
  • IPADE in Mexico
  • MBS in Australia
  • University of St. Gallen in Switzerland
These exchange students will take various Second Year courses and be active participants Darden’s community and many co-curricular activities.  We are thrilled to have them at Darden!

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Forté Rising Stars: College Leadership Conferences for Women  [#permalink]

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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Forté Rising Stars: College Leadership Conferences for Women
Darden is committed to increasing the number of women who decide to attend business school. The residential MBA Class of 2018 boasts 39% women – the most women we’ve ever had in one class – and we are excited to see what these incredible women accomplish in their careers and their lives.

As part of our commitment to women in business, Darden partners with the Forté Foundation, a non-profit consortium of leading companies and top business schools working together to launch women into fulfilling, significant careers through access to business education, opportunities, and a community of successful women. Over the years, Forté has developed a number of ways to help women learn more about the MBA and a career in business.

But when should women start thinking about business school? Even though the average age in Darden’s residential program is 27, the process of applying to business school starts much earlier. In fact, Darden recently launched its Future Year Admissions program, a deferred-admission program, because we believe that it’s never too early to start thinking about business school. (Our FYA allows current undergraduate seniors and 5th year master’s degree students to get into Darden now, and matriculate after two, three, or four years of work experience. Interested, or know someone who might be? Learn more on our website.)

This year, college age women who are just starting their MBA research are in luck: The Forté Foundation is putting on two college conferences this summer. These free conferences will give you the opportunity to connect with standout peers, gain hands-on leadership experience and network with representatives from top companies and graduate schools. There is also a travel stipend for out-of-town participants.

Forté College to Business Leadership Conference

28 October 2016 – NYC

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Forté College Fast Track to Finance Conference

4 November 2016 – Boston

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We hope you will register and begin your MBA journey.

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Darden’s Executive MBA Application is now live!  [#permalink]

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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Darden’s Executive MBA Application is now live!
Our 2016-2017  Executive MBA Program application is now live! Our first application deadline is 10 October, but we offer a number of deadlines throughout the coming months. You can find more information about our EMBA/GEMBA application deadlines on our website.

Not sure where to start? Just beginning to think about an executive MBA? We encourage you to schedule a conversation with a member of our Admissions Committee!

Whether you’re trying to determine which format – EMBA or GEMBA – and location – Charlottesville or the DC area – are the best fit for you or you’re wondering how to talk with your company about financial support or you are simply curious to know if your background and experience would be a good fit for our executive formats, we are here to help in any way we can. Basically, if you have questions, we have answers, and no question is too small!

Ready to apply? You can start your application here.

We look forward to connecting with you!

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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Meet Darden Professor Mary Margaret Frank
Mary Margaret Frank is an Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Accounting department at Darden, and she is also the academic director for Darden’s Institute for Business in Society. But did you know she started college as an Art major?

Watch the below video to learn about what brought her into the business world, what she finds fascinating about the intersection of government, business and society, and why she didn’t land that far from her art roots after all.

Then, be sure to sign up for our Business in Society Open House next Monday, 12 September. At the open house, Mary Margaret will share more about Darden’s Institute for Business in Society and its mission, Admissions Committee members will share more about the admissions process, and you’ll have the change to sit in on a class and chat with current students and faculty members. You can sign up here or visit our website for other Open House dates. For the Business in Society Open House, please be sure to register by Thursday, 8 September.

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An Introduction to Alumni Career Services at Darden  [#permalink]

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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: An Introduction to Alumni Career Services at Darden
Congratulations on your decision to pursue an MBA! Admittedly, I am envious that you have this experience ahead of you; this will surely be one of the best adventures of your life. My name is Jen Coleman, and I have the privilege of leading The Armstrong Center for Alumni Career Services here at Darden. Alumni Career Services provides degreed alumni with career coaching resources for life. Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Darden alumni, this service is free of charge. This type of support is one of the many factors you might consider when you are choosing an MBA program. You will also certainly want to consider the quality of the alumni network.

When I say it is my privilege to lead Alumni Career Services, this includes the privilege to interact with Darden alumni every day. Darden alumni are consistently warm, articulate, genuine, and engaging – truly some of the most enjoyable people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. EQs are as high as IQs. Darden alumni care deeply about Darden and invest as much as they extract from their community. Darden alumni make up a community that you not only need, but that you’d truly want to be part of in support of your future career.

In addition to being extremely personable, Darden alumni are also extremely diverse – diverse not only in their backgrounds, but in their interests and pursuits as well. I have had the pleasure of working with alumni all over the world that are engaged in every type of business you can imagine – functions ranging from international development to healthcare policy; organizations ranging from startup breweries to global investment banks. Darden alums are consistently entrepreneurial, but apply that mindset in a wide array of environments. An MBA is by definition a generalist degree, and no matter what you intend to do with your degree, you will extract benefit from both your Darden education and the Darden alumni network for the rest of your life.

Finally, Darden alumni are well rounded. I love reading the last section of Darden resumes because I learn about all of the passions and interests that make Darden alumni unique. I am thoroughly impressed by the balance that Darden alumni prioritize in their lives – volunteerism, athletic achievements, community involvement, Board leadership, etc. Darden attracts the type of people that will enrich your experience as a student and beyond.

I hope you will continue to explore Darden and its extraordinary community. To learn more about Alumni Career Services and the benefits offered Darden alumni at all stages of their careers, please visit our website.

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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Spotlight On: Graduate Women in Business (GWIB)
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We wanted to take this opportunity to highlight one of the most active student organizations at Darden, our chapter of Graduate Women in Business (GWIB).

Darden GWIB is an organization that connects, empowers, and celebrates the next generation of women leaders and helps build awareness of women in leadership positions.  From senior speaker series to golf lessons to volunteer opportunities, we offer a range of programs that engages our community – students, alumnae, faculty, and prospective students alike – throughout the entire year.  Our goal is to use education, coaching, networking, and mentoring to foster a lifelong community that enables and empowers Darden women to achieve their professional and personal aspirations, both during and after their time at Darden.

Below are some quotes from Darden First Years about their GWIB experience.

“GWIB definitely helped me feel like I was part of something bigger here at Darden. Their planed events helped me get to know the Charlottesville area and my fellow classmates on a deeper level.” – Sasha Kelemen, Class of 2017

“Knowing there was a GWIB community supporting me was very empowering during my first year at Darden.  The tutoring sessions and encouraging notes from my mentor reminded me that there is this incredible network here for me no matter what.”  – Katherine Somerdyk, Class of 2017

GWIB is completely student-led and this year’s leadership board is diverse with women of all academic and professional backgrounds who bring a wide range of experience to the organization.  We encourage prospective students to reach out to members of the leadership team to learn more about GWIB and the resources for women at Darden!

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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Webinar: Your Darden Application
As Darden’s Round 1 Application Deadline approaches on 4 October, we want to give you a chance to ask all your application questions! Join members of Darden’s admissions committee for an application Q&A session on Thursday, 29 September.

Application Q&A Webinar

Thursday, 29 September 2016

12:30 – 1:30 pm EST

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You may submit your answers ahead of time via the registration form (you can add them at any time by updating the form), or you may bring them with you day-of and type them into the chat box. We look forward to answering your questions!

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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Admissions Talk Show: Alumni Career Services
Last week, you read a guest post from Jen Coleman of Alumni Career Services. Jen recently sat down with Sara Neher on the Admissions Talk Show to go into more detail about the services that the Armstrong Center for Alumni Career Services provides to Darden alumni, and she even offers a quick interview tip for prospective students. Watch the full interview below.

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Hi! i noticed on the Darden class visit sample schedules that you can set up appointments with different groups. What groups do you recommend an applicant should meet while on his/her visit?

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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Women at Darden: Meet Maeve McGilloway
 This week is a very exciting one for women at Darden. We kicked off the week with the Women at Darden Open House, where prospective students got to visit classes, talk with current students, and hear from Senior Associate Dean and Global Chief Diversity Officer Melissa Thomas-Hunt. Later this week, Darden’s Graduate Women in Business club will host its annual conference.

Leading GWIB this year is President Maeve McGilloway (MBA ’17). Prior to her time at Darden, Maeve worked in Financial Services at JP Morgan Chase & Co in New York, and after graduation she will be join Deloitte for consulting. We asked Maeve a few questions about her time at Darden, her experience with GWIB, and more. We hope you enjoy learning a little bit more about our community through Maeve’s eyes.

During the application process, when did you know that Darden was going to be the place for you?

Having gone to a smaller school in a non-urban location for undergrad I knew I thrived in smaller settings and communities where I could get to know my classmates and professors and where there was more of an on campus (or I guess I should say on “grounds”) experience, so I was pretty targeted on smaller, tight-knit schools like a Darden, Fuqua or Tuck.

When I first visited Darden I went on a tour of grounds and my tour guide could barely walk down the hallway or finish a sentence without a section mate, friend or faculty member stopping by to chat or say hello. In retrospect this was a brief moment in passing, but it really embodied the community at Darden and it became so obvious that this was the very tight-knit and intimate group that I wanted to be part of.  People always say business school is about networking and I think we should be aware of getting to know, and networking with, our own classmates and peers too, as those are the people I will probably be calling for jobs and career advice 10 to 15 years from now!

 Once you got here, what was one thing that surprised you about Darden?

This may seem cliché, but honestly it is the people. I won’t do this justice, but never before have I met such talented, supportive and helpful classmates and friends.  I remember during my second week of school one of my classmates, on his own merit and free time, volunteered on his Saturday to tutor our class on a Decision Analysis problem set.  I never felt that people are cutthroat at Darden –  if anything they have been more friendly and cooperative than I could have ever imagined.  From practicing cases to planning section events, the typical Darden student is so willing to embrace this community and give back on so many different levels.  While I had always heard about this, witnessing the people and the student-run environment is way more surprising and impressive than I could have ever imagined.  I wish I knew Admissions’ secret!

Tell me more about GWIB and your role. What sort of things does the club do throughout the year? How does your position play a role in that?

I am the President of the Graduate Women in Business Club and while I am not in charge of one specific component of the club, like Academics or Corporate Relations, I act as a program manager who oversees all the moving parts to make sure everything is cohesive and that we address all part of women’s and our members’ experience at Darden.

My role is to support the entire GWIB community to make sure we all are empowering and rallying Darden women to succeed academically, professional and socially to be effective both during and after their time at Darden!

What I love about the student-run atmosphere is that it is really up to us (i.e., club leadership) to determine our scope and set the direction for the year – we really have such autonomy to do what we think will be most impactful at Darden. This year we plan to continue all of the awesome programming from year’s past including our annual conference, spring formal, First and Second Year mentoring and alumni leadership speaker series.  That said, we also want to change things up; one example is having more social interactions across classes or building out better relationships with our male members (i.e., “men-bers”) to have more open dialogues that brings more awareness to gender-equity issues.

As President of the club I have a lot of high-level ideas and try to have a cohesive strategy of what I think will be meaningful to our members. Then it is up to me and my fantastic leadership board to deliver and execute on it.  In truth, my board is who makes things happen… they really deserve all of the credit!

What was it that initially drew you to pursue a leadership role in GWIB?

Admittedly, if this were a year ago I probably would have been too intimidated to assume a leadership position, but two of my classmates (who happen to be women) encouraged me to apply. This very act of my female classmates and colleagues encouraging and empowering me to get out of my comfort zone and assume this role is a testament to the strength of the GWIB network and community here at Darden.  I really wanted to give back to this unbelievable support network that helped me this past year or so.

You have the GWIB conference coming up – this year’s theme is Chart Your Course. What did you enjoy most about planning the conference? What part of it are you most looking forward to?

I really enjoyed having the flexibility to design the conference programs and schedule as we see fit, which has made it easy for us to execute on our vision. For example, a lot of us did not want our kickoff dinner to feel too formal or forced and therefore decided to host the event at a local restaurant that seemed more intimate and casual.  Little things like that where we get to set the direction and tone for the conference.

I am most looking forward to our keynote speakers who are both incredibly accomplished women in their respective fields and both happen to be UVa undergrads: Kristin von Ogtrop, the former editor of Real Simple, and Kate Moore, the Chief Equity Strategist at BlackRock.  Having met or heard both of these women previously, I think they are the embodiment of successful women who did their own thing (i.e., “chart your course”) and I am encouraged to see what insights and advice they have to share to our members!

Now that you’re into your second year at Darden, what is one thing you wish you’d known during the application process?

Talk to as many Darden students as you can! When I applied I was looking for names to put on my application to simply list off people that I spoke to, but I think if I had more thoughtful conversations I would have had more data points to really understand the Darden student profile and what makes the Darden student so unique.  I think the average Darden student’s willingness to make time for admitted and prospective students is a testament to just how helpful they are, and will be, when you come to Darden! 

What’s your favorite thing to do in Charlottesville?

I really enjoy the restaurants and bars at both the corner and downtown mall areas, and I am now exploring the Belmont area too. I think the blend of the undergrad corner scene with the more sophisticated downtown mall makes Charlottesville the perfect home for a late twenty-something.

My favorite restaurants include: Public Fish & Oyster, C&O Restaurant, Ten Sushi, and Continental Divide! 

Tell us one unexpected thing about yourself.

  • Despite being in business school, I am a huge history (namely U.S. President) fanatic and I would be lying if I said that Thomas Jefferson was not a factor in my decision to attend University of Virginia.
  • Although I am in a leadership position and really involved on grounds, I am actually pretty introverted.

This year we’re asking applicants to share their favorite film, book, or song on the application. What’s yours? (You only have to pick one!)

Good thing I did not have to apply when this was a question – it is hard to only pick one!

My favorite film is probably Forrest Gump, which I guess stems from my love for modern U.S. history.  I also really like the film’s 1960s soundtrack (which I guess partially answers the song question too).

If you’d like to get in touch with Maeve or any of the members of GWIB’s leadership team, you can find contact information here.

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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Darden in India
by Kristen Egan, Associate Director of Admissions

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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.

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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.

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Meeting with representatives at SP Jain Institute of Management & Research in Mumbai.

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.

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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.

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Marc Johnson with Darden’s first India alum Mr. Ajit Sahgal – class of ’77.

 

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!

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Darden alumni and UVA representatives at alumni gathering in Delhi hosted by Chapter President Akash Premsen.

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VN Dalmia ’84 welcoming us to his home and showing his UVA pride.

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A rickshaw ride through Old Delhi.

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Enjoying lunch at Bukhara in Delhi.

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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)

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Dean Beardsley connecting with alumni in Delhi.

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Chapter President Akash Premsen with his family, wife Himani and daughter Devika sporting her Darden gear.

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World Peace Gong at Gandhi Smriti.

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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Sit in on an Executive MBA Class!
Interested in the executive formats of the Darden MBA? Do you want to experience the case method firsthand? Curious about our classroom space in Rosslyn or want to get a feel for the Darden grounds in Charlottesville? You are in luck! We just posted our class visits for late September/early October on our Visit page.

Visit options are available in both Charlottesville and the DC area later this month, and during a visit, and participating students will have an opportunity to attend class, connect with current students, and join our students for lunch. For available days and times, please see the link below:

http://www.darden.virginia.edu/emba/admissions/visit/

Of course, if these visit options do not work with your schedule, do not worry. There will be additional visit options in the coming months. Stay tuned!

As always, if you have any questions about visiting or our executive formats generally, please send us an email at ExecMBA@darden.virginia.edu. We also encourage you to schedule a conversation and attend an event.

We hope you are able to join us!

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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Summer Internship Stories – Ester Barbuto (MBA ’17)
Our Technology & Data Analytics Open House is quickly approaching on Monday, 3 October (you can register here if you haven’t already). With that in mind, we wanted to share with you another summer internship story from Tech Club President Ester Barbuto (MBA ’17). Read on to learn more about her experience working at Microsoft in Seattle, then come visit us on Monday to learn more about Darden’s commitment to technology and innovation.

This summer I interned in Product Marketing Management on the Cloud and Enterprise Team at Microsoft. What an experience! Seattle is absolutely gorgeous and I couldn’t have asked for more working at Microsoft.

I started the summer in a blur. I just returned from the Global Business Experience (GBE) in China and started the internship right away. Instead of unpacking the day before starting work, I decided to be adventurous and go on the Mount Si hike with friends and fellow interns. That was the best choice because it helped me establish friends quickly and also to have something to talk around with people on the first day. Making connections is very powerful! It was also nice to be out in nature to reflect on my accomplishments during the first year of Darden and my goals for the internship.

I initially wasn’t too thrilled with my project, however, I took the negative and made a positive picture by using it as a learning experience. What could I learn from my project about Microsoft and Product Marketing overall? Is this a place where I wanted to spend my career post-graduation? What insights could I glean from the actions I needed to take for my project? What could I observe about the Microsoft culture and does this align with my personal mission? These are all questions I asked constantly during the internship and I spoke to my manager openly about. The summer is a time where you have the luxury to learn more about a company, but more importantly more about yourself.

Darden prepared me for this and this type of thinking. As a marketing intern, you would think I would most use the content that I was taught by the wonderful Tom Steenberg in the core Marketing course. To my surprise, it wasn’t! I found myself reflecting on the three questions that strategy professor, Ming-Jer Chen, posed at the beginning of each class. “1) Why are we here? 2) Why should we care? 3) How much do we know?” Thinking about my past, current self, and desired future self, I strategically attended the various intern events and met with individuals for advice to understand what excited me most about technology and if I could pursue that passion at Microsoft. With each week, I would reflect on the progress of my internship project but also reflect on what I was doing to accomplish my goals of obtaining a better understanding of myself. If you listen carefully, you’ll learn about Strategic Self Awareness during your first year at Darden.

At the end of the internship, I was able to successfully complete my project and build relationships within and beyond my team in C+E Product Marketing. The biggest success in my eyes was getting a better understanding of who I am and the type of business leader I want to be in the future.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • You only have 10-12 weeks, consider it a “consulting project” and have the most impact possible
  • As an intern, people love to share their story with you and to give you advice. Pick their brains!
  • Internships are an opportunity to learn about a company and more broadly about yourself. Is this a place where you can bring your “whole self” to work and thrive?
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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Submit Your Questions for the Exec Video Blog
Calling all Exec Video Blog viewers! For months, we’ve chosen our topics based on what we think you might want to hear about. But going forward, we want to incorporate what we know you want to hear about.

Have questions about the executive formats of the Darden MBA? Want to know how our application process works? Curious about the differences and similarities between EMBA and GEMBA? Looking for more details on our career services? Wondering what information to consider as you compare Charlottesville and Rosslyn? Or maybe you are simply just wondering if that tie goes with that shirt. Well, we have answers!

If you have a question you would like answered on the Exec Video Blog, email your question with the subject heading “Video Blog Question” and your First and Last Name – to ExecMBA@darden.virginia.edu. Every few weeks, we will select some questions for our  “Ask Me Anything” blog segment. We are pleased to announce that we will be offering application fee waivers to anyone whose question is selected. Of course, even if your question is not selected, do not worry – we will gladly answer it via email.

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