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Scott Beardsley Named 2020 Dean of the Year by Poets & Quants [#permalink]
FROM Darden EMBA Blog: Scott Beardsley Named 2020 Dean of the Year by Poets & Quants
Perhaps it seems only natural that in an unprecedented year, a nontraditional leader would be named Dean of the Year.

For his stellar leadership through one of the most turbulent periods in higher education, for the compassion he has shown to anxiety-ridden applicants and students, for his vision to strengthen and expand Darden’s standing among the best business schools in the world, Poets&Quants has named Scott Beardsley the Dean of the Year.

Poets & Quants noted Dean Beardsley’s nontraditional career trajectory — from McKinsey & Co. to the dean’s office, and the full force in which he embedded himself in the UVA and Darden communities. Dean Beardsley’s deep appreciation for Pink Floyd and reputation for being a ruthless tennis opponent are a few personal examples also cited in the article.

Dean Beardsley’s accomplishments over the last six years include the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the school’s history, which has directly contributed to the School’s impact on student experience, additional faculty and an impressive 82 new student scholarships.

Michael Woodfolk, president of the Darden School Foundation and the school’s chief fundraiser, commented on Beardsley’s commitment to the student experience, “To say that Beardsley threw himself into the job would be an understatement. Unlike most deans, Scott has done a deep comprehensive McKinsey study of Darden. As part of that study, he has looked at what are the strong arteries that flow to the heart of the school. One of those arteries is the student experience, and he has been determined to make sure it remains the best there is.”

As the coronavirus pandemic unfurled in early 2020, Dean Beardsley extended that student-centric compassion to Darden’s applicants as well. Testing sites closed and lives were upended across the globe. In response, Darden extended its Round 3 deadline for the Class of 2022 and suspended certain testing requirements, offering qualified applicants alternate ways to demonstrate professional and personal accomplishments. The School subsequently launched the first-ever January cohort for those who faced challenges to make the traditional August start. Darden will soon welcome 57 students in the Class of 2022 to “Section J.”

The Darden Report shared a summary of Dean Beardsley’s accomplishments, which include:

Notable accomplishments cited in the Poets & Quants article include:

  • A steady rise in the caliber of an increasingly diverse student body: From increases in GMAT scores to a record number of women and 40 Consortium fellows in the Class of 2022, the Darden full-time MBA has never been stronger. The Executive MBA class has been on a similar trajectory, and recently welcomed 151 students to the Class of 2022.
  • Fortifying the world’s best faculty: Beardsley has hired 38 full-time faculty during his tenure, and nearly 50 percent of the new hires hold non-U.S. passports and more than a third are women. The faculty has been repeatedly recognized as No. 1 in graduate business education, including by The Economist (2017–19).
  • Increased accessibility and affordability of the Darden MBA: Beardsley has prioritized fundraising for scholarships, and the School’s $400 million Powered by Purpose capital campaign has spurred the creation of 82 new scholarships. In 2020, Darden launched AccessDarden, offering a need-based aid program for the first time, which should aid the School’s efforts to attract qualified students from all walks of life.
  • Expansion to the Washington, D.C., area: Under Beardsley’s tenure, the School formally expanded into the global gateway of Washington, D.C., and opened the Sands Family Grounds at UVA Darden DC Metro in 2018. UVA Darden DC Metro is now the home base for the Darden Executive MBA, Master of Science in business analytics, and an expanded suite of Executive Education & Lifelong Learning More than 400 students now study in the Washington, D.C., area.
  • The launch of the largest capital campaign in Darden history: The funds raised in the Powered by Purpose campaign are earmarked for faculty and thought leadership; scholarships and student experience; the Darden Grounds Master Plan, technology and innovation; and the Darden Annual Fund. Through December, the School has raised $265 million toward its goal. The sum includes the single largest gift in Darden history — $68 million from Frank M. Sands Sr. (MBA ’63), which received a $14 million match from the UVA Bicentennial Professors Fund for a total impact of $82 million, to launch the Sands Institute for Lifelong Learning and helped jumpstart construction of a new inn and conference center.
The moves to bolster the School have coincided with continued rankings momentum, and the School climbed into the Top 5 in the most recent Bloomberg Businessweek ranking.

In 2011, Poets & Quants named Dean Emeritus Bob Bruner Dean of the Year, as well, making Darden the only top business school to have two consecutive deans awarded the honor. The publication has also bestowed MBA Professor of the Year honors on Professor Greg Fairchild and Lalin Anik.

In September 2019, Dean Beardsley shared an interview with Poets & Quants about the ROI of an MBA — which may ring more true now than ever before.



View the summary on The Darden Report and the full Poets & Quants article.

Be sure to consult the Latest News regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on Ideas to Action. And stay connected with us via social media: FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitterWeChat
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Darden’s Scott Beardsley Named 2020 Dean of the Year [#permalink]
FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Darden’s Scott Beardsley Named 2020 Dean of the Year
Perhaps it seems only natural that in an unprecedented year, a nontraditional leader would be named Dean of the Year.

For his stellar leadership through one of the most turbulent periods in higher education, for the compassion he has shown to anxiety-ridden applicants and students, for his vision to strengthen and expand Darden’s standing among the best business schools in the world, Poets&Quants has named Scott Beardsley the Dean of the Year.

Poets & Quants noted Beardsley’s nontraditional career trajectory — from McKinsey & Co. to the dean’s office, and the full force in which he embedded himself in the UVA and Darden communities. Beardsley’s deep appreciation for Pink Floyd and reputation for being a fierce tennis opponent are a few personal examples also cited in the article.

Beardsley’s accomplishments over the last six years include the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the school’s history, which has directly contributed to the School’s impact on student experience, additional faculty and an impressive 82 new student scholarships.

Michael Woodfolk, president of the Darden School Foundation, commented on Beardsley’s commitment to the student experience in the article: “To say that Beardsley threw himself into the job would be an understatement. Unlike most deans, Scott has done a deep comprehensive McKinsey study of Darden. As part of that study, he has looked at what are the strong arteries that flow to the heart of the school. One of those arteries is the student experience, and he has been determined to make sure it remains the best there is.”

As the coronavirus pandemic unfurled in early 2020, Beardsley extended that student-centric compassion to Darden’s applicants as well. Testing sites closed and lives were upended across the globe. In response, Darden extended its Round 3 deadline for the Class of 2022 and suspended certain testing requirements, offering qualified applicants alternate ways to demonstrate professional and personal accomplishments. The School subsequently launched the first-ever January cohort for those who faced challenges to make the traditional August start. Darden will soon welcome 57 students in the Class of 2022 to “Section J.”

The Darden Report shared a summary of Beardsley’s accomplishments, which include:

  • A steady rise in the caliber of an increasingly diverse student body: From increases in GMAT scores to a record number of women and 40 Consortium fellows in the Class of 2022, the Darden full-time MBA has never been stronger. The Executive MBA class has been on a similar trajectory, and recently welcomed 151 students to the Class of 2022.
  • Fortifying the world’s best faculty: Beardsley has hired 38 full-time faculty during his tenure, and nearly 50 percent of the new hires hold non-U.S. passports and more than a third are women. The faculty has been repeatedly recognized as No. 1 in graduate business education, including by The Economist (2017–19).
  • Increased accessibility and affordability of the Darden MBA: Beardsley has prioritized fundraising for scholarships, and the School’s $400 million Powered by Purpose capital campaign has spurred the creation of 82 new scholarships. In 2020, Darden launched AccessDarden, offering a need-based aid program for the first time, which should aid the School’s efforts to attract qualified students from all walks of life.
  • Expansion to the Washington, D.C., area: Under Beardsley’s tenure, the School formally expanded into the global gateway of Washington, D.C., and opened the Sands Family Grounds at UVA Darden DC Metro in 2018. UVA Darden DC Metro is now the home base for the Darden Executive MBA, Master of Science in business analytics, and an expanded suite of Executive Education & Lifelong Learning More than 400 students now study in the Washington, D.C., area.
  • The launch of the largest capital campaign in Darden history: The funds raised in the Powered by Purpose campaign are earmarked for faculty and thought leadership; scholarships and student experience; the Darden Grounds Master Plan, technology and innovation; and the Darden Annual Fund. Through December, the School has raised $265 million toward its goal. The sum includes the single largest gift in Darden history — $68 million from Frank M. Sands Sr. (MBA ’63), which received a $14 million match from the UVA Bicentennial Professors Fund for a total impact of $82 million, to launch the Sands Institute for Lifelong Learning and helped jumpstart construction of a new inn and conference center.
The moves to bolster the School have coincided with continued rankings momentum, and the School climbed into the Top 5 in the most recent Bloomberg Businessweek ranking.

In 2011, Poets & Quants named Dean Emeritus Bob Bruner Dean of the Year, as well, making Darden the only top business school to have two consecutive deans awarded the honor. The publication has also bestowed MBA Professor of the Year honors on Professor Greg Fairchild and Lalin Anik.

In September 2019, Beardsley shared an interview with Poets & Quants about the ROI of an MBA — which may ring more true now than ever before.



View the summary on The Darden Report and the full Poets & Quants article.

Be sure to consult the Latest News regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on Ideas to Action. And stay connected with us via social media: FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitterWeChat
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Darden’s Scott Beardsley Named 2020 Dean of the Year [#permalink]
FROM Darden EMBA Blog: Darden’s Scott Beardsley Named 2020 Dean of the Year
Perhaps it seems only natural that in an unprecedented year, a nontraditional leader would be named Dean of the Year.

For his stellar leadership through one of the most turbulent periods in higher education, for the compassion he has shown to anxiety-ridden applicants and students, for his vision to strengthen and expand Darden’s standing among the best business schools in the world, Poets&Quants has named Scott Beardsley the Dean of the Year.

Poets & Quants noted Beardsley’s nontraditional career trajectory — from McKinsey & Co. to the dean’s office, and the full force in which he embedded himself in the UVA and Darden communities. Beardsley’s deep appreciation for Pink Floyd and reputation for being a fierce tennis opponent are a few personal examples also cited in the article.

Beardsley’s accomplishments over the last six years include the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the school’s history, which has directly contributed to the School’s impact on student experience, additional faculty and an impressive 82 new student scholarships.

Michael Woodfolk, president of the Darden School Foundation, commented on Beardsley’s commitment to the student experience in the article: “To say that Beardsley threw himself into the job would be an understatement. Unlike most deans, Scott has done a deep comprehensive McKinsey study of Darden. As part of that study, he has looked at what are the strong arteries that flow to the heart of the school. One of those arteries is the student experience, and he has been determined to make sure it remains the best there is.”

As the coronavirus pandemic unfurled in early 2020, Beardsley extended that student-centric compassion to Darden’s applicants as well. Testing sites closed and lives were upended across the globe. In response, Darden extended its Round 3 deadline for the Class of 2022 and suspended certain testing requirements, offering qualified applicants alternate ways to demonstrate professional and personal accomplishments. The School subsequently launched the first-ever January cohort for those who faced challenges to make the traditional August start. Darden will soon welcome 57 students in the Class of 2022 to “Section J.”

The Darden Report shared a summary of Beardsley’s accomplishments, which include:

  • A steady rise in the caliber of an increasingly diverse student body: From increases in GMAT scores to a record number of women and 40 Consortium fellows in the Class of 2022, the Darden full-time MBA has never been stronger. The Executive MBA class has been on a similar trajectory, and recently welcomed 151 students to the Class of 2022.
  • Fortifying the world’s best faculty: Beardsley has hired 38 full-time faculty during his tenure, and nearly 50 percent of the new hires hold non-U.S. passports and more than a third are women. The faculty has been repeatedly recognized as No. 1 in graduate business education, including by The Economist (2017–19).
  • Increased accessibility and affordability of the Darden MBA: Beardsley has prioritized fundraising for scholarships, and the School’s $400 million Powered by Purpose capital campaign has spurred the creation of 82 new scholarships. In 2020, Darden launched AccessDarden, offering a need-based aid program for the first time, which should aid the School’s efforts to attract qualified students from all walks of life.
  • Expansion to the Washington, D.C., area: Under Beardsley’s tenure, the School formally expanded into the global gateway of Washington, D.C., and opened the Sands Family Grounds at UVA Darden DC Metro in 2018. UVA Darden DC Metro is now the home base for the Darden Executive MBA, Master of Science in business analytics, and an expanded suite of Executive Education & Lifelong Learning More than 400 students now study in the Washington, D.C., area.
  • The launch of the largest capital campaign in Darden history: The funds raised in the Powered by Purpose campaign are earmarked for faculty and thought leadership; scholarships and student experience; the Darden Grounds Master Plan, technology and innovation; and the Darden Annual Fund. Through December, the School has raised $265 million toward its goal. The sum includes the single largest gift in Darden history — $68 million from Frank M. Sands Sr. (MBA ’63), which received a $14 million match from the UVA Bicentennial Professors Fund for a total impact of $82 million, to launch the Sands Institute for Lifelong Learning and helped jumpstart construction of a new inn and conference center.
The moves to bolster the School have coincided with continued rankings momentum, and the School climbed into the Top 5 in the most recent Bloomberg Businessweek ranking.

In 2011, Poets & Quants named Dean Emeritus Bob Bruner Dean of the Year, as well, making Darden the only top business school to have two consecutive deans awarded the honor. The publication has also bestowed MBA Professor of the Year honors on Professor Greg Fairchild and Lalin Anik.

In September 2019, Beardsley shared an interview with Poets & Quants about the ROI of an MBA — which may ring more true now than ever before.



View the summary on The Darden Report and the full Poets & Quants article.

Be sure to consult the Latest News regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on Ideas to Action. And stay connected with us via social media: FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitterWeChat
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‘My Darden Degree is Like a Jet Pack’ Alumni Share Insights, Lessons L [#permalink]
FROM Darden Admissions Blog: ‘My Darden Degree is Like a Jet Pack’ Alumni Share Insights, Lessons Learned
It’s no secret that Darden has one of the most engaged alumni networks of any top business school. Is it because Darden’s full-time MBA program in Charlottesville, Virginia creates a tight-knit residential experience? Is it because the case method and learning team approach to academics bonds students for life? Is it the faculty who go above and beyond to create deep community and lifelong skills? The answer is… yes. Five Darden alumni recently shared advice for students — no matter where you are in your own business school journey, we hope you’ll enjoy learning a bit more about the Darden experience from those who know it best.

[img]https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/files/2020/12/Missy-Jenkins.jpg[/img]
Missy Jenkins (MBA ’16)
[b]Missy Jenkins (MBA ’16)

[/b][b]Project Leader at Boston Consulting Group[/b]

Faculty Connection: One of the biggest things that drew me to Darden was the fact that faculty are truly part of the community. The size of the Darden classroom and the Darden approach to teaching means that faculty truly get to know you and you get to know them everyday in the classroom, and their involvement outside of the classroom really facilitates even deeper, meaningful relationships that last past Darden. There are a number of professors I still keep in touch with today, nearly five years after I’ve left Darden, to chat about my career and to just to catch up on life. I feel very lucky to consider many of my Darden professors mentors, but I also feel very lucky to call many of them friends!

Tools Darden Provides: I went to Darden because I knew it would give me the foundational business knowledge that I was lacking as an undergraduate history major and former high school educator. After my two years at Darden, I came away not only with a better understanding of core business concepts, frameworks, and terminology, but also as a better leader, communicator, and person. Darden certainly set me up for success in my first role out of Darden in professional sports and it gave me the tools and resources to then make a transition into consulting. My ability to work in teams, to be hypothesis-driven in my approach to problem solving, and my confidence to speak up in a room with senior leaders is certainly owed to my time and experience at Darden.

Check out [url=https://news.darden.virginia.edu/2018/12/03/sport-of-interviewing/]Jenkins’ story of her career switch[/url], which was assisted by Darden’s Armstrong Center for Alumni Career Services.

[img]https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/files/2019/10/Morolake-Thompson-e1608062779737-300x300.jpeg[/img]
Morolake Thompson (MBA ’20)
[b]Morolake Thompson (MBA ’20)

[/b][b]Product Support Manager at Google, Marketing + Customer Engagement at Oemi Botanicals[/b]

Going to Learning Team for hours and peeling through pages of cases felt like a grueling experience while in school. But the foundational skills in delegating, collaborating with others, and perspective taking have been at the forefront of my current role. Lean into the learning experience, the simulations, and the opportunity to learn from others’ experiences. Darden is the perfect breeding ground to explore various leadership tactics and make novice mistakes.

Watch Thompson in this video featuring [url=https://youtu.be/IWkQmJuO8rQ]One Darden week[/url] and check out this article about [url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/2020/05/21/natural-beauty-product-company/]Oemi Botanicals[/url], the natural haircare startup she joined with fellow Darden alumni.

[img]https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/files/2020/12/JohnShaughnessy-300x300.jpg[/img]
John Shaughnessy (MBA ’07)
[b]John Shaughnessy (MBA ’07)

[/b][b]Head of Marketplace Business Development at LiveRamp[/b]

My Darden degree is like a jet pack. It’s propelled my career forward–faster–and allowed me to weave successfully between different industries and roles. I’ve felt confident taking on entirely new challenges, knowing this problem-solving toolkit will shorten any learning curve I come across. It de-risks my big aspirations.

Shaughnessy was an alumni host for the 2019 West Coast Tech Trek to the San Francisco Bay Area. [url=https://news.darden.virginia.edu/2019/11/06/darden-west-coast-network/]Learn more about this unique career opportunity[/url] for full-time MBA students.

[img]https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/files/2020/10/39821.jpg[/img]
Maureen Keegan (MBA ’17)
[b]Maureen Keegan (MBA ’17)

[/b][b]Senior Manager at Bain & Company [/b]

My biggest piece of advice for anyone considering business school is to make sure you take the time to reflect on why you want to go to business school and what you’re hoping to get out of the experience and then pick the school that’s will enable you to do that and is the best fit for you. For me, Darden stood out because I knew I would be to be challenged to develop the hard and soft skills that I needed to take the next step in my career, but was going to be doing that surrounded by supportive classmates and faculty in a place that I was excited to call home for 2 years.

[img]https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/files/2020/12/Abby-Ruiz-de-Gamboa_-7589-e1608062836949-300x300.jpg[/img]
Abby Ruiz de Gamboa (MBA ’04)
[b]Abby Ruiz de Gamboa (MBA ’04)

[/b][b]Principal at Deloitte Consulting[/b]

The team-based learning environment and case method at Darden provided a great foundation for a career in consulting.  The idea that we came together, had a lot of data (not always all of the data that we’d like, however) and needed to use the experience of the team to assess the problem and form a point of view on the answer in a short period of time was a perfect simulation of the craft of consulting.  And the case method, which forced me to learn to articulate my perspectives and have an active dialogue to get to the right answer in a working session is a skillset that I honed at Darden and has been core to my success in consulting.

Ruiz de Gamboa serves on [url=https://news.darden.virginia.edu/2017/07/26/new-darden-board-members/]Darden’s Corporate Advisory Board[/url], a group of board members that avidly work to strengthen corporate partnerships and grow Darden’s global impact.

Be sure to consult the [url=https://news.darden.virginia.edu/]Latest News[/url] regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on [url=https://ideas.darden.virginia.edu/]Ideas to Action[/url]. And stay connected with us via social media: [url=https://www.facebook.com/DardenMBA]Facebook[/url], [url=https://www.instagram.com/dardenmba/]Instagram[/url], [url=https://www.linkedin.com/edu/school?id=19605]LinkedIn[/url], [url=https://twitter.com/DardenMBA]Twitter[/url], [url=https://brand.darden.virginia.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/qrcode_for_gh_23920314812f_860.jpg]WeChat[/url]
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FROM Darden EMBA Blog: ‘My Darden Degree is Like a Jet Pack’ Alumni Share Insights, Lessons Learned
It’s no secret that Darden has one of the most engaged alumni networks of any top business school. Is it because Darden’s full-time MBA program in Charlottesville, Virginia creates a tight-knit residential experience? Is it because the case method and learning team approach to academics bonds students for life? Is it the faculty who go above and beyond to create deep community and lifelong skills? The answer is… yes. Five Darden alumni recently shared advice for students — no matter where you are in your own business school journey, we hope you’ll enjoy learning a bit more about the Darden experience from those who know it best.

[img]https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/files/2020/12/Missy-Jenkins.jpg[/img]
Missy Jenkins (MBA ’16)
[b]Missy Jenkins (MBA ’16)

[/b][b]Project Leader at Boston Consulting Group[/b]

Faculty Connection: One of the biggest things that drew me to Darden was the fact that faculty are truly part of the community. The size of the Darden classroom and the Darden approach to teaching means that faculty truly get to know you and you get to know them everyday in the classroom, and their involvement outside of the classroom really facilitates even deeper, meaningful relationships that last past Darden. There are a number of professors I still keep in touch with today, nearly five years after I’ve left Darden, to chat about my career and to just to catch up on life. I feel very lucky to consider many of my Darden professors mentors, but I also feel very lucky to call many of them friends!

Tools Darden Provides: I went to Darden because I knew it would give me the foundational business knowledge that I was lacking as an undergraduate history major and former high school educator. After my two years at Darden, I came away not only with a better understanding of core business concepts, frameworks, and terminology, but also as a better leader, communicator, and person. Darden certainly set me up for success in my first role out of Darden in professional sports and it gave me the tools and resources to then make a transition into consulting. My ability to work in teams, to be hypothesis-driven in my approach to problem solving, and my confidence to speak up in a room with senior leaders is certainly owed to my time and experience at Darden.

Check out [url=https://news.darden.virginia.edu/2018/12/03/sport-of-interviewing/]Jenkins’ story of her career switch[/url], which was assisted by Darden’s Armstrong Center for Alumni Career Services.

[img]https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/files/2019/10/Morolake-Thompson-e1608062779737-300x300.jpeg[/img]
Morolake Thompson (MBA ’20)
[b]Morolake Thompson (MBA ’20)

[/b][b]Product Support Manager at Google, Marketing + Customer Engagement at Oemi Botanicals[/b]

Going to Learning Team for hours and peeling through pages of cases felt like a grueling experience while in school. But the foundational skills in delegating, collaborating with others, and perspective taking have been at the forefront of my current role. Lean into the learning experience, the simulations, and the opportunity to learn from others’ experiences. Darden is the perfect breeding ground to explore various leadership tactics and make novice mistakes.

Watch Thompson in this video featuring [url=https://youtu.be/IWkQmJuO8rQ]One Darden week[/url] and check out this article about [url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/2020/05/21/natural-beauty-product-company/]Oemi Botanicals[/url], the natural haircare startup she joined with fellow Darden alumni.

[img]https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/files/2020/12/JohnShaughnessy-300x300.jpg[/img]
John Shaughnessy (MBA ’07)
[b]John Shaughnessy (MBA ’07)

[/b][b]Head of Marketplace Business Development at LiveRamp[/b]

My Darden degree is like a jet pack. It’s propelled my career forward–faster–and allowed me to weave successfully between different industries and roles. I’ve felt confident taking on entirely new challenges, knowing this problem-solving toolkit will shorten any learning curve I come across. It de-risks my big aspirations.

Shaughnessy was an alumni host for the 2019 West Coast Tech Trek to the San Francisco Bay Area. [url=https://news.darden.virginia.edu/2019/11/06/darden-west-coast-network/]Learn more about this unique career opportunity[/url] for full-time MBA students.

[img]https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/files/2020/10/39821.jpg[/img]
Maureen Keegan (MBA ’17)
[b]Maureen Keegan (MBA ’17)

[/b][b]Senior Manager at Bain & Company [/b]

My biggest piece of advice for anyone considering business school is to make sure you take the time to reflect on why you want to go to business school and what you’re hoping to get out of the experience and then pick the school that’s will enable you to do that and is the best fit for you. For me, Darden stood out because I knew I would be to be challenged to develop the hard and soft skills that I needed to take the next step in my career, but was going to be doing that surrounded by supportive classmates and faculty in a place that I was excited to call home for 2 years.

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Abby Ruiz de Gamboa (MBA ’04)
[b]Abby Ruiz de Gamboa (MBA ’04)

[/b][b]Principal at Deloitte Consulting[/b]

The team-based learning environment and case method at Darden provided a great foundation for a career in consulting.  The idea that we came together, had a lot of data (not always all of the data that we’d like, however) and needed to use the experience of the team to assess the problem and form a point of view on the answer in a short period of time was a perfect simulation of the craft of consulting.  And the case method, which forced me to learn to articulate my perspectives and have an active dialogue to get to the right answer in a working session is a skillset that I honed at Darden and has been core to my success in consulting.

Ruiz de Gamboa serves on [url=https://news.darden.virginia.edu/2017/07/26/new-darden-board-members/]Darden’s Corporate Advisory Board[/url], a group of board members that avidly work to strengthen corporate partnerships and grow Darden’s global impact.

Be sure to consult the [url=https://news.darden.virginia.edu/]Latest News[/url] regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on [url=https://ideas.darden.virginia.edu/]Ideas to Action[/url]. And stay connected with us via social media: [url=https://www.facebook.com/DardenMBA]Facebook[/url], [url=https://www.instagram.com/dardenmba/]Instagram[/url], [url=https://www.linkedin.com/edu/school?id=19605]LinkedIn[/url], [url=https://twitter.com/DardenMBA]Twitter[/url], [url=https://brand.darden.virginia.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/qrcode_for_gh_23920314812f_860.jpg]WeChat[/url]
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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Record Full-Time MBA Salaries and Insider Insights
We’re thrilled to share some exciting news released earlier this week about the career outcomes for the Class of 2020. Despite the widespread economic uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic at the exact same time the Class of 2020 was preparing to graduate and begin their post-MBA careers, the class earned the highest average starting base salary in school history. The impressive average of $139,945 is up about $4,800 from the Class of 2019’s average salary, which was also a school record.

Top employers of 2020 graduates include:

  • Boston Consulting Group (25)
  • Bain (17)
  • McKinsey (17)
  • EY (15)
  • Amazon (11)
  • Dell Technologies (8)
  • Deloitte Consulting (8)
  • Wayfair (8)
  • Accenture (7)
  • Google (7)
  • Microsoft (7)
  • Capital One (6)
Employment prospects for international students also remained strong – 91 percent of students without permanent U.S. work authorization received a full-time employment offer within 90 days of graduating. Additionally, 91 percent of Class of 2020 students accepted a job offer within 90 days of graduation, further demonstrating the resilience of Darden students, the Career Center and the commitment of employers.

On a recent episode of Experience Darden, Jeff McNish, assistant dean for Darden’s Career Center and Casey Floyd, director for employer engagement and recruiting shared insights on Darden’s Career Center philosophy, what each attributes to Darden’s record-breaking career outcomes and how the virtual recruiting process has looked (including an incredible example of a virtual pig roast – a much anticipated annual on-Grounds event hosted by one of the recruiting employers). Listen to the full Experience Darden episode to hear all the details.

McNish is in his fifth year serving as the assistant dean for the Career Center. “I love my job, I love what I do, I love watching students achieve their career goals.” When asked how McNish views his role at Darden, he said, ”I’ve worked at other business schools in my time in higher education


Casey Floyd, director for employer engagement
Darden and the University of Virginia are by far at the top – the talent we have, the talent we see in our students, the strong connections we have with employers, it just makes this job and the opportunity to serve really top-notch”

Floyd (GEMBA ’17) leads the Employer Engagement Team within Darden’s Career Center, and works directly with the approximately 120 companies that engage with and recruit from Darden. Floyd also does works closely with the Center’s Career Coaches and helps to coach students as they progress through the recruiting process. On her coaching role, Floyd shared, “It’s very rewarding to see them on their career journey and land offers and be successful in getting that job.”

On their approach to career support at Darden:

McNish: “First, we really want to inspire a Darden student to pursue their passion and to pursue why they want the degree – if you are getting an MBA for a particular purpose or a particular career path, we will partner with you to help you achieve that goal. Second, once we’ve figured out what that goal is, we hope we have learning opportunities where we can teach you to excel in the job search process. Many people have multiple careers over their lifetimes and knowing how to do the job search, and knowing how to do it well is key and sets you up for long term career success.

Floyd: “We want to create a customized, individual approach with each students. Everyone’s career goal and aspirations are different and personal to who you are and where you want to go. Whether we’re starting from scratch in the beginning or you’re that student that comes in knowing exactly what you want to do and has experience networking – we want to meet you where you are and provide that experience and career satisfaction.”

On what has led to Darden’s record career outcomes:

Floyd: “The career outcomes are a testament to the type of student Darden attracts and who comes in the door. These students are top talent – very intelligent, thoughtful, humble students who are willing to put in the work, work within teams, and want to be challenged. Starting with that canvas makes it easier – employers know that they can come and get that level of talent and continue to foster that relationship. And I have to give recognition to our alumni network – so many alums are in these organizations and they want to come back and recruit more Darden talent because they know the value that Darden grads provide in their organizations.”

McNish: “We’ve also worked hard to develop a coaching model where the career coaches are organized by industry or sector and that provides the coaches with an opportunity to get really close to the trends and issues in each of those sectors, whether it’s healthcare, real estate, consumer packaged goods or the traditional sectors like investment banking or consulting.”


Jeff McNish, assistant dean for the Career Center
On how fall 2020 has played out:

In a fall unlike any other, the Career Center team (and the Darden students) have all pivoted to an entirely virtual recruiting landscape. Some things seem to stay the same, though. Floyd said, “Our employers have tried to remain as consistent as possible, especially when it comes to recruiting events and engagements and networking. When I look at the calendar year over year, I see a lot of the same company briefings and interviews. It’s been similar but it’s looked different. Our employers and alum loving coming to Charlottesville so of course we heard a lot of people saying that they were missing being on Grounds at Darden but at the same time we’ve gotten feedback from employers who felt like they were still able to build strong connections through the events that they hosted.”

Pictured in feature image: Liana Abbot (Class of 2021)

Read the summary on the Darden Report to find out more about the Class of 2020 career outcomes.

Be sure to consult the Latest News regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on Ideas to Action. And stay connected with us via social media: FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitterWeChat
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FROM Darden EMBA Blog: Record Full-Time MBA Salaries and Insider Insights
We’re thrilled to share some exciting news released earlier this week about the career outcomes for the Class of 2020. Despite the widespread economic uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic at the exact same time the Class of 2020 was preparing to graduate and begin their post-MBA careers, the class earned the highest average starting base salary in school history. The impressive average of $139,945 is up about $4,800 from the Class of 2019’s average salary, which was also a school record.

Top employers of 2020 graduates include:

  • Boston Consulting Group (25)
  • Bain (17)
  • McKinsey (17)
  • EY (15)
  • Amazon (11)
  • Dell Technologies (8)
  • Deloitte Consulting (8)
  • Wayfair (8)
  • Accenture (7)
  • Google (7)
  • Microsoft (7)
  • Capital One (6)
Employment prospects for international students also remained strong – 91 percent of students without permanent U.S. work authorization received a full-time employment offer within 90 days of graduating. Additionally, 91 percent of Class of 2020 students accepted a job offer within 90 days of graduation, further demonstrating the resilience of Darden students, the Career Center and the commitment of employers.

On a recent episode of Experience Darden, Jeff McNish, assistant dean for Darden’s Career Center and Casey Floyd, director for employer engagement and recruiting shared insights on Darden’s Career Center philosophy, what each attributes to Darden’s record-breaking career outcomes and how the virtual recruiting process has looked (including an incredible example of a virtual pig roast – a much anticipated annual on-Grounds event hosted by one of the recruiting employers). Listen to the full Experience Darden episode to hear all the details.

McNish is in his fifth year serving as the assistant dean for the Career Center. “I love my job, I love what I do, I love watching students achieve their career goals.” When asked how McNish views his role at Darden, he said, ”I’ve worked at other business schools in my time in higher education


Casey Floyd, director for employer engagement
Darden and the University of Virginia are by far at the top – the talent we have, the talent we see in our students, the strong connections we have with employers, it just makes this job and the opportunity to serve really top-notch”

Floyd (GEMBA ’17) leads the Employer Engagement Team within Darden’s Career Center, and works directly with the approximately 120 companies that engage with and recruit from Darden. Floyd also does works closely with the Center’s Career Coaches and helps to coach students as they progress through the recruiting process. On her coaching role, Floyd shared, “It’s very rewarding to see them on their career journey and land offers and be successful in getting that job.”

On their approach to career support at Darden:

McNish: “First, we really want to inspire a Darden student to pursue their passion and to pursue why they want the degree – if you are getting an MBA for a particular purpose or a particular career path, we will partner with you to help you achieve that goal. Second, once we’ve figured out what that goal is, we hope we have learning opportunities where we can teach you to excel in the job search process. Many people have multiple careers over their lifetimes and knowing how to do the job search, and knowing how to do it well is key and sets you up for long term career success.

Floyd: “We want to create a customized, individual approach with each students. Everyone’s career goal and aspirations are different and personal to who you are and where you want to go. Whether we’re starting from scratch in the beginning or you’re that student that comes in knowing exactly what you want to do and has experience networking – we want to meet you where you are and provide that experience and career satisfaction.”

On what has led to Darden’s record career outcomes:

Floyd: “The career outcomes are a testament to the type of student Darden attracts and who comes in the door. These students are top talent – very intelligent, thoughtful, humble students who are willing to put in the work, work within teams, and want to be challenged. Starting with that canvas makes it easier – employers know that they can come and get that level of talent and continue to foster that relationship. And I have to give recognition to our alumni network – so many alums are in these organizations and they want to come back and recruit more Darden talent because they know the value that Darden grads provide in their organizations.”

McNish: “We’ve also worked hard to develop a coaching model where the career coaches are organized by industry or sector and that provides the coaches with an opportunity to get really close to the trends and issues in each of those sectors, whether it’s healthcare, real estate, consumer packaged goods or the traditional sectors like investment banking or consulting.”


Jeff McNish, assistant dean for the Career Center
On how fall 2020 has played out:

In a fall unlike any other, the Career Center team (and the Darden students) have all pivoted to an entirely virtual recruiting landscape. Some things seem to stay the same, though. Floyd said, “Our employers have tried to remain as consistent as possible, especially when it comes to recruiting events and engagements and networking. When I look at the calendar year over year, I see a lot of the same company briefings and interviews. It’s been similar but it’s looked different. Our employers and alum loving coming to Charlottesville so of course we heard a lot of people saying that they were missing being on Grounds at Darden but at the same time we’ve gotten feedback from employers who felt like they were still able to build strong connections through the events that they hosted.”

Pictured in feature image: Liana Abbot (Class of 2021)

Read the summary on the Darden Report to find out more about the Class of 2020 career outcomes.

Be sure to consult the Latest News regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on Ideas to Action. And stay connected with us via social media: FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitterWeChat
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Q and A with Dual Degree MBA/MSDS Students: Part 1 [#permalink]
FROM Darden EMBA Blog: Q and A with Dual Degree MBA/MSDS Students: Part 1
Darden offers several dual-degree programs in connection with other schools at the University of Virginia. These dual-degree programs are designed to enhance the educational experience beyond what could be achieved if the two degrees were pursued independently (not to mention, in many cases, reduce the time it would take to earn both degrees separately). The Second Year students featured in this post are MBA/MSDS students, and they recently shared insights about their experiences as both Darden MBAs and UVA School of Data Science students. MBA/MSDS dual degree students take classes for both programs at the same time across two years, starting in the Summer with the MS in Data Science program.

Aditi Rajagopal (Class of 2021)
Hometown: West Bloomfield, Michigan


Aditi Rajagopal (Class of 2021)
Undergrad: University of Michigan

Pre-Darden Professional Background: Software Engineer

Why Darden? Why a dual degree?

My initial draw to Darden was their track record of being the MBA program with the best learning experience, and the best student experience. Coming from a challenging undergraduate program, I wanted to be in a graduate program where teaching is paramount, and where the student body is engaged in all dimensions – academic, career, and social. I decided to pursue the dual degree in Data Science to keep my technical skills up to par, and to explore this new space.

How have you utilized your dual-degree and leveraged your connections at each school in your internship/job search process?

I was surprised to find that the MBA/MSDS combination has piqued the interest of folks in the venture capital space. Outdated wisdom says that you need prior experience in banking or finance to be in venture – but as VCs increasingly want to invest in companies that are data driven, many of them have recognized that they too must be data driven firms.

Advice to prospective students considering dual-degree:

Know what your motivators and demotivators are. Jot them down as you have conversations and experiences. Every once in a while reflect on them and see if you notice any trends.

Brian Foster-Pegg (Class of 2021)
Hometown: Erie, Pennslyvania


Brian Foster-Pegg (Class of 2021)
Undergrad: Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Pre-Darden Professional Background: Financial Services/Corporate Finance

Why Darden? Why a dual degree?

Case method, quality of teachers. Always wanted a masters degree but was conflicted between an MBA or a more technical program. The MBA/MSDS program provides the best of both worlds

How have you utilized your dual-degree and leveraged your connections at each school in your internship/job search process?

Employers love MSDS and the Darden Career Center tells us they ask for an MBA/MSDS resume book. Being part of that seven resume list is pretty beneficial!

If you could go back to the start of your program, what would you do differently to get the most out of your experience?

I would spend some time becoming more proficient with Python before classes start.

Charlie Putnam (Class of 2021)
Hometown: McClean, Virginia


Charlie Putnam (Class of 2021)
Undergrad: University of Virginia

Pre-Darden Professional Background: Data Science/Engineering

Why Darden / Why dual-degree?

I wanted a mix of business acumen and technical expertise when it came to working as a data scientist. Darden’s MBA/MSDS program offered the best opportunity to obtain both of these simultaneously.

How are the dual-degree students integrated in the main Darden cohort?

We are tightly integrated with Darden during our first year throughout Core, and we get the chance to bond with the other cohort of dual degree MBA/MSDS students since both cohorts share a class in the fall. It’s a great chance for the second years to offer mentorship to the incoming class.

How are you managing the workload? Do you feel that you are missing out on experiences from either of the program?

Regardless of whether you’re a dual degree student or just a Darden student, Darden is a choice-rich environment where you will not be able to do everything you would like to. It’s so important to prioritize and be efficient with your time, especially in the fall.

If you could go back to the start of your program, what would you do differently to get the most out of your experience?

I would reflect very carefully on what kind of career path I want to take, as attending company briefings, having coffee chats, and doing company research take up a lot of valuable time. Having purpose and intention in your career search is incredibly important. On the data science side, brush up on probabilities, statistics, and linear algebra. For Darden, be willing to expand your horizons and try new and different things (when time allows!).

Be sure to consult the Latest News regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on Ideas to Action. And stay connected with us via social media: FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitterWeChat
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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Q and A with Dual Degree MBA/MSDS Students: Part 1
Darden offers several dual-degree programs in connection with other schools at the University of Virginia. These dual-degree programs are designed to enhance the educational experience beyond what could be achieved if the two degrees were pursued independently (not to mention, in many cases, reduce the time it would take to earn both degrees separately). The Second Year students featured in this post are MBA/MSDS students, and they recently shared insights about their experiences as both Darden MBAs and UVA School of Data Science students. MBA/MSDS dual degree students take classes for both programs at the same time across two years, starting in the Summer with the MS in Data Science program.

Aditi Rajagopal (Class of 2021)
Hometown: West Bloomfield, Michigan


Aditi Rajagopal (Class of 2021)
Undergrad: University of Michigan

Pre-Darden Professional Background: Software Engineer

Why Darden? Why a dual degree?

My initial draw to Darden was their track record of being the MBA program with the best learning experience, and the best student experience. Coming from a challenging undergraduate program, I wanted to be in a graduate program where teaching is paramount, and where the student body is engaged in all dimensions – academic, career, and social. I decided to pursue the dual degree in Data Science to keep my technical skills up to par, and to explore this new space.

How have you utilized your dual-degree and leveraged your connections at each school in your internship/job search process?

I was surprised to find that the MBA/MSDS combination has piqued the interest of folks in the venture capital space. Outdated wisdom says that you need prior experience in banking or finance to be in venture – but as VCs increasingly want to invest in companies that are data driven, many of them have recognized that they too must be data driven firms.

Advice to prospective students considering dual-degree:

Know what your motivators and demotivators are. Jot them down as you have conversations and experiences. Every once in a while reflect on them and see if you notice any trends.

Brian Foster-Pegg (Class of 2021)
Hometown: Erie, Pennslyvania


Brian Foster-Pegg (Class of 2021)
Undergrad: Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Pre-Darden Professional Background: Financial Services/Corporate Finance

Why Darden? Why a dual degree?

Case method, quality of teachers. Always wanted a masters degree but was conflicted between an MBA or a more technical program. The MBA/MSDS program provides the best of both worlds

How have you utilized your dual-degree and leveraged your connections at each school in your internship/job search process?

Employers love MSDS and the Darden Career Center tells us they ask for an MBA/MSDS resume book. Being part of that seven resume list is pretty beneficial!

If you could go back to the start of your program, what would you do differently to get the most out of your experience?

I would spend some time becoming more proficient with Python before classes start.

Charlie Putnam (Class of 2021)
Hometown: McClean, Virginia


Charlie Putnam (Class of 2021)
Undergrad: University of Virginia

Pre-Darden Professional Background: Data Science/Engineering

Why Darden / Why dual-degree?

I wanted a mix of business acumen and technical expertise when it came to working as a data scientist. Darden’s MBA/MSDS program offered the best opportunity to obtain both of these simultaneously.

How are the dual-degree students integrated in the main Darden cohort?

We are tightly integrated with Darden during our first year throughout Core, and we get the chance to bond with the other cohort of dual degree MBA/MSDS students since both cohorts share a class in the fall. It’s a great chance for the second years to offer mentorship to the incoming class.

How are you managing the workload? Do you feel that you are missing out on experiences from either of the program?

Regardless of whether you’re a dual degree student or just a Darden student, Darden is a choice-rich environment where you will not be able to do everything you would like to. It’s so important to prioritize and be efficient with your time, especially in the fall.

If you could go back to the start of your program, what would you do differently to get the most out of your experience?

I would reflect very carefully on what kind of career path I want to take, as attending company briefings, having coffee chats, and doing company research take up a lot of valuable time. Having purpose and intention in your career search is incredibly important. On the data science side, brush up on probabilities, statistics, and linear algebra. For Darden, be willing to expand your horizons and try new and different things (when time allows!).

Be sure to consult the Latest News regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on Ideas to Action. And stay connected with us via social media: FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitterWeChat
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FROM Darden EMBA Blog: An ‘Unprecedented’ Fall Semester? Unexpected Opportunities and Guiding Principles
Curious about how COVID-19 impacted the full-time MBA and Executive MBA programs at Darden this fall? Hear firsthand as Senior Associate Deans Tom Steenburgh and Yael Grushka-Cockayne share their reflections on a fall semester unlike any other. During this episode, Steenburgh and Grushka-Cockayne discuss teaching in the new hybrid class format, weigh the challenges and opportunities created by COVID-19 and highlight the principles guiding Darden’s planning efforts for the months ahead.

This podcast interview provides an insider’s perspective of the school’s big pivot in response to the coronavirus pandemic, a shift that actually began in during Quarter 4. As both Steenburgh and Grushka-Cockayne note, Darden’s faculty, staff and students have worked exceptionally hard to make this semester a success. Faculty held weekly meetings to share teaching strategies. Staff logged countless hours adding new technologies to the Darden classrooms and supporting virtual and hybrid class sessions. Students supported each other other while observing the University’s health and safety guidelines, ensuring that it was still possible to have in-person learning and social opportunities.

Experience Darden #89: Fall Semester Special with Senior Associate Deans Tom Steenburgh and Yael Grushka-Cockayne 

On a Lighter Note

During this episode, you will learn that Grushka-Cockayne is a big movie fan. If you are looking for something to stream over the winter break, she was kind enough to share her Top 31 movie countdown. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it is in PowerPoint, but it is a fascinating and eclectic list. This recent video interview with Yael contains a spoiler about her favorite movie of all time, and it may just be the only business school faculty interview that makes time for both Gantt charts and footwear.

Yael’s Top 31 Movie Countdown

A Pandemic Playlist

If you’re interested in taking a deeper dive into the school’s efforts in response to COVID-19, we’ve curated a special playlist for your consideration:

In Episode #85, Associate Director Zakiah Pierre highlighted the many ways Darden students were finding to build community during the pandemic.

In Episode #74, Tom Steenburgh joined us to reflect upon Darden’s response to the pandemic and the many preparations for the arrival of the Full-Time MBA Class of 2022. For Executive MBA-related insights, listen to Yael’s interview from this summer discussing plans for Leadership Residency 1 (LR1) and the fall semester.

In Episode #73, Executive Director Sean Carr detailed the ways the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation pivoted its programming, including the summer incubator program, in response to COVID-19.

In Episode #64, Darden Student Association (DSA) leaders Megan Bailey (Class of 2021) and Henrique Lopes (Class of 2021) reflected upon the transition to virtual classes last spring, and how the DSA was supporting the community during this time of social distancing.

In Episode #63, Assistant Dean for Career Development Jeff McNish offered insights about how the Career team was supporting students during the early days of the pandemic. And be sure to also check out Jeff’s recent episode, featuring Casey Floyd, Director of Employer Engagement & Recruiting, about the transition to vitual recruiting this all.

In Episode #62, Dean Scott Beardsley joined us to talk about leading during a pandemic and how his long tenure at McKinsey guides his work as Dean.

In Episode #61, Assistant Dean Joanne Meier discussed the school’s transition to virtual instruction during Quarter 4 of the 2019-2020 academic year.

In Episode #60, Senior Executive Director Marc Johnson (EMBA ’13) highlighted the School’s early response to COVID-19 and the University’s planning for the start of classes in August.

Thank You

And wherever you are, we hope you and your loved ones are staying safe during this challenging time. We are so appreciative of all of our prospective students who have listened to our podcast episodes, read our blog posts, joined us online for our events and just generally been engaged with our Admissions team during this challenging year. We wish you a restful holiday season and very happy new year!

Be sure to consult the Latest News regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on Ideas to Action. And stay connected with us via social media: FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitterWeChat
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Curious about how COVID-19 impacted the full-time MBA and Executive MBA programs at Darden this fall? Hear firsthand as Senior Associate Deans Tom Steenburgh and Yael Grushka-Cockayne share their reflections on a fall semester unlike any other. During this episode, Steenburgh and Grushka-Cockayne discuss teaching in the new hybrid class format, weigh the challenges and opportunities created by COVID-19 and highlight the principles guiding Darden’s planning efforts for the months ahead.

This podcast interview provides an insider’s perspective of the school’s big pivot in response to the coronavirus pandemic, a shift that actually began in during Quarter 4. As both Steenburgh and Grushka-Cockayne note, Darden’s faculty, staff and students have worked exceptionally hard to make this semester a success. Faculty held weekly meetings to share teaching strategies. Staff logged countless hours adding new technologies to the Darden classrooms and supporting virtual and hybrid class sessions. Students supported each other other while observing the University’s health and safety guidelines, ensuring that it was still possible to have in-person learning and social opportunities.

Experience Darden #89: Fall Semester Special with Senior Associate Deans Tom Steenburgh and Yael Grushka-Cockayne 

On a Lighter Note

During this episode, you will learn that Grushka-Cockayne is a big movie fan. If you are looking for something to stream over the winter break, she was kind enough to share her Top 31 movie countdown. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it is in PowerPoint, but it is a fascinating and eclectic list. This recent video interview with Yael contains a spoiler about her favorite movie of all time, and it may just be the only business school faculty interview that makes time for both Gantt charts and footwear.

Yael’s Top 31 Movie Countdown

A Pandemic Playlist

If you’re interested in taking a deeper dive into the school’s efforts in response to COVID-19, we’ve curated a special playlist for your consideration:

In Episode #85, Associate Director Zakiah Pierre highlighted the many ways Darden students were finding to build community during the pandemic.

In Episode #74, Tom Steenburgh joined us to reflect upon Darden’s response to the pandemic and the many preparations for the arrival of the Full-Time MBA Class of 2022. For Executive MBA-related insights, listen to Yael’s interview from this summer discussing plans for Leadership Residency 1 (LR1) and the fall semester.

In Episode #73, Executive Director Sean Carr detailed the ways the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation pivoted its programming, including the summer incubator program, in response to COVID-19.

In Episode #64, Darden Student Association (DSA) leaders Megan Bailey (Class of 2021) and Henrique Lopes (Class of 2021) reflected upon the transition to virtual classes last spring, and how the DSA was supporting the community during this time of social distancing.

In Episode #63, Assistant Dean for Career Development Jeff McNish offered insights about how the Career team was supporting students during the early days of the pandemic. And be sure to also check out Jeff’s recent episode, featuring Casey Floyd, Director of Employer Engagement & Recruiting, about the transition to vitual recruiting this all.

In Episode #62, Dean Scott Beardsley joined us to talk about leading during a pandemic and how his long tenure at McKinsey guides his work as Dean.

In Episode #61, Assistant Dean Joanne Meier discussed the school’s transition to virtual instruction during Quarter 4 of the 2019-2020 academic year.

In Episode #60, Senior Executive Director Marc Johnson (EMBA ’13) highlighted the School’s early response to COVID-19 and the University’s planning for the start of classes in August.

Thank You

And wherever you are, we hope you and your loved ones are staying safe during this challenging time. We are so appreciative of all of our prospective students who have listened to our podcast episodes, read our blog posts, joined us online for our events and just generally been engaged with our Admissions team during this challenging year. We wish you a restful holiday season and very happy new year!

Be sure to consult the Latest News regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on Ideas to Action. And stay connected with us via social media: FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitterWeChat
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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Q and A with MBA/MPP Dual Degree Student Henry Frost
Darden offers several dual-degree programs in connection with other schools at the University of Virginia. These dual-degree programs are designed to enhance the educational experience beyond what could be achieved if the two degrees were pursued independently (not to mention, in many cases, reduce the time it would take to earn both degrees separately). Second Year student Henry Frost is a MBA/MPP student, and he recently shared insights about his experiences as both a Darden MBA and UVA Batten School student. Students admitted to both programs will be able to complete the Darden MBA and three years, instead of the four that would be required if each were taken separately.

Henry Frost (Class of 2021)
Hometown: Fenton, Michigan


Henry Frost (Class of 2021)
Undergrad: University of Michigan

Pre-Darden Professional Background: United States Navy

Why Darden? Why a dual degree?

I chose Darden because of its renowned academic environment, close-knit community and the fact that Darden’s curriculum and teaching style builds global leaders that know how to tackle ambiguity with confidence. After visiting Darden and meeting the genuine people on Grounds, I knew this would be a place that would help me achieve my professional goals while building life-long relationships.

The dual-degree was important because of the area of work that I am interested in. After having internships with both the US Treasury Department and Federal Reserve Bank of New York, I knew there were areas of the financial markets that I still wanted to have work experience in. With a Darden MBA, I would develop a broader set of business skills and professional network that could help me enter the competitive field of asset management. Additionally, although SAIS does a fantastic job at providing a global macro picture of international economic relations, a Darden MBA will provide the more micro skills that complement someone with my career interest.

How are the dual-degree students integrated in the main Darden cohort?

The integration has been pretty straightforward for me. I did my first year at Batten, and have operated as a normal Darden student since beginning my MBA last year.

How are you managing the workload? Do you feel that you are missing out on experiences from either of the program?

Darden and Batten have both made the workload totally manageable. For the first two years, I operate as a normal MPP (Year 1) and MBA (Year 2) student. The only year that gets tricky is Year 3. I cannot thank the Registrars at both schools enough. They’re immensely knowledgeable as well as helpful and kind, and have made what should be a difficult process absolutely seamless.

How have you utilized your dual-degree and leveraged your connections at each school in your internship/job search process?

It’s a differentiator. Being able to tell employers that you’re also pursuing another degree paints you as knowledgeable and hard-working, and indicates your ability to approach challenges from multiple angles. Some recruiters ask tough questions about whether your interest in another area makes you a flight risk, but if you have your story straight I think it’s immensely helpful. Additionally, depending on what you want to do, the networks you build can help you in both the short-term and the long-term.

If you could go back to the start of your program, what would you do differently to get the most out of your experience?

I would encourage all dual degree students to keep a foot in the door at each program when fully integrated with the other. I found some of my most rewarding experiences came at Darden when I was a full-time Batten student, and at Batten when I was a full-time Darden student. I wish I had found more ways to stay engaged from across Grounds!

Post-MBA career plans?

Investment banking in the short-term, policy in the long-run. I would ideally find a way to solve policy problems through private sector investment.

Be sure to consult the Latest News regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on Ideas to Action. And stay connected with us via social media: FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitterWeChat
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Darden offers several dual-degree programs in connection with other schools at the University of Virginia. These dual-degree programs are designed to enhance the educational experience beyond what could be achieved if the two degrees were pursued independently (not to mention, in many cases, reduce the time it would take to earn both degrees separately). Second Year student Henry Frost is a MBA/MPP student, and he recently shared insights about his experiences as both a Darden MBA and UVA Batten School student. Students admitted to both programs will be able to complete the Darden MBA and three years, instead of the four that would be required if each were taken separately.

Henry Frost (Class of 2021)
Hometown: Fenton, Michigan


Henry Frost (Class of 2021)
Undergrad: University of Michigan

Pre-Darden Professional Background: United States Navy

Why Darden? Why a dual degree?

I chose Darden because of its renowned academic environment, close-knit community and the fact that Darden’s curriculum and teaching style builds global leaders that know how to tackle ambiguity with confidence. After visiting Darden and meeting the genuine people on Grounds, I knew this would be a place that would help me achieve my professional goals while building life-long relationships.

The dual-degree was important because of the area of work that I am interested in. After having internships with both the US Treasury Department and Federal Reserve Bank of New York, I knew there were areas of the financial markets that I still wanted to have work experience in. With a Darden MBA, I would develop a broader set of business skills and professional network that could help me enter the competitive field of asset management. Additionally, although SAIS does a fantastic job at providing a global macro picture of international economic relations, a Darden MBA will provide the more micro skills that complement someone with my career interest.

How are the dual-degree students integrated in the main Darden cohort?

The integration has been pretty straightforward for me. I did my first year at Batten, and have operated as a normal Darden student since beginning my MBA last year.

How are you managing the workload? Do you feel that you are missing out on experiences from either of the program?

Darden and Batten have both made the workload totally manageable. For the first two years, I operate as a normal MPP (Year 1) and MBA (Year 2) student. The only year that gets tricky is Year 3. I cannot thank the Registrars at both schools enough. They’re immensely knowledgeable as well as helpful and kind, and have made what should be a difficult process absolutely seamless.

How have you utilized your dual-degree and leveraged your connections at each school in your internship/job search process?

It’s a differentiator. Being able to tell employers that you’re also pursuing another degree paints you as knowledgeable and hard-working, and indicates your ability to approach challenges from multiple angles. Some recruiters ask tough questions about whether your interest in another area makes you a flight risk, but if you have your story straight I think it’s immensely helpful. Additionally, depending on what you want to do, the networks you build can help you in both the short-term and the long-term.

If you could go back to the start of your program, what would you do differently to get the most out of your experience?

I would encourage all dual degree students to keep a foot in the door at each program when fully integrated with the other. I found some of my most rewarding experiences came at Darden when I was a full-time Batten student, and at Batten when I was a full-time Darden student. I wish I had found more ways to stay engaged from across Grounds!

Post-MBA career plans?

Investment banking in the short-term, policy in the long-run. I would ideally find a way to solve policy problems through private sector investment.

Be sure to consult the Latest News regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on Ideas to Action. And stay connected with us via social media: FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitterWeChat
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Today’s Future Year Scholars Program post is authored by Senior Associate Director of Admissions [url=https://www.darden.virginia.edu/mba/connect/meet-the-team/katherine-alford]Katherine Alford[/url].

One key area the Admissions Committee evaluates in every Future Year Scholars application is academics. We want to make sure we are putting a candidate in a position to be successful at Darden, and we will consider a broad array of factors as we get a feel for their academic readiness. These ‘readiness factors’ include undergraduate courses and grades, graduate level courses and grades, additional non-degree-related coursework (ie MBA Math, HBS CORe, etc.), and, yes, standardized test scores.

As part of Darden’s commitment to a broad, holistic application review process, the Future Year Scholars Program is now accepting the SAT and ACT exam in addition to the GMAT, GRE, EA, LSAT and MCAT.

We recommend candidates choose the test approach that best aligns with their strengths, background and career goals. Here are a four things to consider as you make your plans:

[b][/b][b]1.We are Test Agnostic.[/b]

View all the tests we accept equivalently. Though the GMAT is the most popular test, we have seen growing interest in GRE over the past few cycles.

[url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/2020/11/20/the-executive-assessment/]As recently noted[/url], we typically recommend the Executive Assessment (EA) for candidates who have at least five years of work experience. Consequently, the EA is likely not the best test for Future Year Scholars applicants.  [b][/b]

[b]2. Be objective.[/b]

Think about your application as our admissions committee will, objectively. Do you think your candidacy will benefit from having a more recent data point regarding your academic readiness? Or do you feel like you can build a strong case for your candidacy on the basis of your SAT/ACT score?

[b]3. Career Considerations.[/b]

Employers in certain industries – specifically investment banking and management consulting – will ask for a GMAT or GRE score as part of the recruitment process. If you’re not sure you will need a standardized test for a future industry, we’d recommend taking the GMAT/GRE… just in case.

[b]4. [/b][b][/b][b]Scholarship Strategy.[/b]

Each year Darden awards a number of competitive and merit based scholarships. Candidates who wish to give our Scholarship Committee one more data point to consider when making these awards may want to take the GMAT or GRE.

And remember – whatever test you choose, test scores are just one part of a much broader holistic review. We do not assign a particular weight to any part of the application, and we are interested in getting to know you through this process. Be yourself and use your application to share your story and highlight your many strengths.

If you would like to discuss your test plans or any other aspect of the Future Year application process, we invite you to [url=https://apply.darden.virginia.edu/portal/fy-conversation?_ga=2.226676701.1121084243.1606743657-619658761.1565358855]schedule a one-on-one call[/url] with a member of our Admissions Committee.

For more resources about standardized tests (and lots of other application tips) check out Executive Director of Admissions Dawna Clarke’s [url=https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKH1z_aubPdNOqncTzXo8S2cLi2jOnjKV]YouTube playlist[/url].

Studies show that students who take the GMAT or GRE while they are still in school (aka still in studying mode with a bit more free time) perform better on the exam than students who wait to take the exam and are further removed from the days of studying and sitting for exams.

For more information about the Future Year Scholars Program, [url=https://www.darden.virginia.edu/mba/admissions/apply/future-year]visit us online[/url] or sign up for our upcoming [url=https://apply.darden.virginia.edu/register/?id=fef0eccb-66ac-443a-bd97-30811f0b1937]Application FAQs webinar[/url]!

Be sure to consult the [url=https://news.darden.virginia.edu/]Latest News[/url] regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on [url=https://ideas.darden.virginia.edu/]Ideas to Action[/url]. And stay connected with us via social media: [url=https://www.facebook.com/DardenMBA]Facebook[/url], [url=https://www.instagram.com/dardenmba/]Instagram[/url], [url=https://www.linkedin.com/edu/school?id=19605]LinkedIn[/url], [url=https://twitter.com/DardenMBA]Twitter[/url], [url=https://brand.darden.virginia.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/qrcode_for_gh_23920314812f_860.jpg]WeChat[/url]
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FROM Darden EMBA Blog: Future Year Scholars Program: Let’s Talk About Standardized Tests
Today’s Future Year Scholars Program post is authored by Senior Associate Director of Admissions [url=https://www.darden.virginia.edu/mba/connect/meet-the-team/katherine-alford]Katherine Alford[/url].

One key area the Admissions Committee evaluates in every Future Year Scholars application is academics. We want to make sure we are putting a candidate in a position to be successful at Darden, and we will consider a broad array of factors as we get a feel for their academic readiness. These ‘readiness factors’ include undergraduate courses and grades, graduate level courses and grades, additional non-degree-related coursework (ie MBA Math, HBS CORe, etc.), and, yes, standardized test scores.

As part of Darden’s commitment to a broad, holistic application review process, the Future Year Scholars Program is now accepting the SAT and ACT exam in addition to the GMAT, GRE, EA, LSAT and MCAT.

We recommend candidates choose the test approach that best aligns with their strengths, background and career goals. Here are a four things to consider as you make your plans:

[b][/b][b]1.We are Test Agnostic.[/b]

View all the tests we accept equivalently. Though the GMAT is the most popular test, we have seen growing interest in GRE over the past few cycles.

[url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/2020/11/20/the-executive-assessment/]As recently noted[/url], we typically recommend the Executive Assessment (EA) for candidates who have at least five years of work experience. Consequently, the EA is likely not the best test for Future Year Scholars applicants.  [b][/b]

[b]2. Be objective.[/b]

Think about your application as our admissions committee will, objectively. Do you think your candidacy will benefit from having a more recent data point regarding your academic readiness? Or do you feel like you can build a strong case for your candidacy on the basis of your SAT/ACT score?

[b]3. Career Considerations.[/b]

Employers in certain industries – specifically investment banking and management consulting – will ask for a GMAT or GRE score as part of the recruitment process. If you’re not sure you will need a standardized test for a future industry, we’d recommend taking the GMAT/GRE… just in case.

[b]4. [/b][b][/b][b]Scholarship Strategy.[/b]

Each year Darden awards a number of competitive and merit based scholarships. Candidates who wish to give our Scholarship Committee one more data point to consider when making these awards may want to take the GMAT or GRE.

And remember – whatever test you choose, test scores are just one part of a much broader holistic review. We do not assign a particular weight to any part of the application, and we are interested in getting to know you through this process. Be yourself and use your application to share your story and highlight your many strengths.

If you would like to discuss your test plans or any other aspect of the Future Year application process, we invite you to [url=https://apply.darden.virginia.edu/portal/fy-conversation?_ga=2.226676701.1121084243.1606743657-619658761.1565358855]schedule a one-on-one call[/url] with a member of our Admissions Committee.

For more resources about standardized tests (and lots of other application tips) check out Executive Director of Admissions Dawna Clarke’s [url=https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKH1z_aubPdNOqncTzXo8S2cLi2jOnjKV]YouTube playlist[/url].

Studies show that students who take the GMAT or GRE while they are still in school (aka still in studying mode with a bit more free time) perform better on the exam than students who wait to take the exam and are further removed from the days of studying and sitting for exams.

For more information about the Future Year Scholars Program, [url=https://www.darden.virginia.edu/mba/admissions/apply/future-year]visit us online[/url] or sign up for our upcoming [url=https://apply.darden.virginia.edu/register/?id=fef0eccb-66ac-443a-bd97-30811f0b1937]Application FAQs webinar[/url]!

Be sure to consult the [url=https://news.darden.virginia.edu/]Latest News[/url] regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on [url=https://ideas.darden.virginia.edu/]Ideas to Action[/url]. And stay connected with us via social media: [url=https://www.facebook.com/DardenMBA]Facebook[/url], [url=https://www.instagram.com/dardenmba/]Instagram[/url], [url=https://www.linkedin.com/edu/school?id=19605]LinkedIn[/url], [url=https://twitter.com/DardenMBA]Twitter[/url], [url=https://brand.darden.virginia.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/qrcode_for_gh_23920314812f_860.jpg]WeChat[/url]
The post [url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/2021/01/08/fysp-standardized-tests/]Future Year Scholars Program: Let's Talk About Standardized Tests[/url] first appeared on [url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/]Discover Darden[/url].
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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Princeton Review Awards Darden Top Honors in Annual Ranking
To say it’s been a season of uncertainty might be the most accurate (and most cliché) statement of the decade. In fact, that unpredictability is why most top MBA programs declined to participate in the usual rankings frenzy that prospective students use as one of many factors when deciding which program might be the best fit. That’s why when the Princeton Review shared their annual “Best On-Campus MBA” list, we considered it a bit of a surprise holiday gift!

The Darden faculty are known for their incredible dedication to teaching, the case method and of course, the students — and though the appearance of what that looks like might be a little different right now, they’ve been working harder than ever to ensure the best possible learning experience. Check out this blog post about the transition to a hybrid class environment during the pandemic.

That commitment to the student experience and learning environment has earned Darden’s faculty the No. 1 ranking from the Princeton Review for the fourth year in a row.

Darden is ranked in the Top 10 in 10 categories, including:

  • 1 — Best Professors (for the fourth year in a row)
  • 2 — Best Classroom Experience
  • 3 — Best MBA for Management (Top 3 for fourth year in a row)
  • 4 — Best Campus Environment
  • 5 — Best MBA for Consulting
  • 7 — Greatest Resources for Women
  • 7 — Best Career Prospects
  • 8 — Most Competitive Students
  • 8 — Best Administered
  • 9 — Best MBA for Marketing
Although Darden has not actively participated in the 2020 MBA rankings cycle, the School has been noted for its perseverance throughout the pandemic. The Class of 2020 has reported receiving the highest starting salaries in School history, for instance, and Poets & Quants recently named Darden Dean Scott Beardsley its Dean of the Year and one of ‘10 Business Schools to Watch in 2021‘ in part due to the School’s success through the pandemic.

Be sure to consult the Latest News regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on Ideas to Action. And stay connected with us via social media: FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitterWeChat
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To say it’s been a season of uncertainty might be the most accurate (and most cliché) statement of the decade. In fact, that unpredictability is why most top MBA programs declined to participate in the usual rankings frenzy that prospective students use as one of many factors when deciding which program might be the best fit. That’s why when the Princeton Review shared their annual “Best On-Campus MBA” list, we considered it a bit of a surprise holiday gift!

The Darden faculty are known for their incredible dedication to teaching, the case method and of course, the students — and though the appearance of what that looks like might be a little different right now, they’ve been working harder than ever to ensure the best possible learning experience. Check out this blog post about the transition to a hybrid class environment during the pandemic.

That commitment to the student experience and learning environment has earned Darden’s faculty the No. 1 ranking from the Princeton Review for the fourth year in a row.

Darden is ranked in the Top 10 in 10 categories, including:

  • 1 — Best Professors (for the fourth year in a row)
  • 2 — Best Classroom Experience
  • 3 — Best MBA for Management (Top 3 for fourth year in a row)
  • 4 — Best Campus Environment
  • 5 — Best MBA for Consulting
  • 7 — Greatest Resources for Women
  • 7 — Best Career Prospects
  • 8 — Most Competitive Students
  • 8 — Best Administered
  • 9 — Best MBA for Marketing
Although Darden has not actively participated in the 2020 MBA rankings cycle, the School has been noted for its perseverance throughout the pandemic. The Class of 2020 has reported receiving the highest starting salaries in School history, for instance, and Poets & Quants recently named Darden Dean Scott Beardsley its Dean of the Year and one of ‘10 Business Schools to Watch in 2021‘ in part due to the School’s success through the pandemic.

Be sure to consult the Latest News regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on Ideas to Action. And stay connected with us via social media: FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitterWeChat
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