The ExecMBA Podcast

An informational podcast series about the Executive MBA Program at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

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6 hours ago

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with John Grant and Carter Whitelow. John is a second year student in our Executive MBA Class of 2023, and Carter is a first year student in our Executive MBA Class of 2024. As you will learn from this conversation, John and Carter are friends outside of Darden, and this relationship played an important role in Carter’s MBA journey. We talk with John and Carter about their decision to pursue an MBA, what led them to Darden, the impact of the Executive MBA program and much more.

Tuesday Nov 22, 2022

In this special edition of the podcast, we are excited to share a recent conversation between the Dean of the Darden School of Business Scott Beardsley and Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions Dawna Clarke about why it has never been a better time to be at Darden. Beardsley and Clarke share insights on a number of topics including the importance of financial accessibility and scholarships, Darden’s unique academic environment, updates on School priorities and how students can take a Darden MBA ‘from here to anywhere.’ This conversation was recorded on 2 November.

Tuesday Nov 22, 2022

In this special edition of the podcast, we are excited to share another installment from our ongoing Women@Darden event series featuring Professor Melissa Thomas-Hunt. Thomas-Hunt is the John Forbes Distinguished Professor of Business Administration at the Darden School of Business and Professor of Public Policy at the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and she is also the former Head of Global Diversity and Belonging at Airbnb where she led the strategy and execution of our global internal diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging programs. For 25 years, she has taught MBAs and executives leadership, team dynamics, and negotiations and conducted research on the factors that unleash, leverage, and amplify the contributions made by individuals, particularly women, underrepresented individuals, and numerical minorities. During this wide-ranging conversation moderated by Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions Dawna Clarke, Thomas-Hunt touches upon her professional journey, what led her to Darden, her experience at Airbnb and more.

Thursday Nov 10, 2022

Did you know over half of our Executive MBA students identify as career switchers? True story. In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Jim Collins. Jim is a Career Coach with UVA Darden’s Professional Degree Programs, and we talk with him about the career exploration process for working professional students. Jim also shares tips and insights for students seeking to leverage their Part-Time MBA or Executive MBA experience to facilitate a career change.

Friday Nov 04, 2022

In this episode of the podcast, we talk with Jennifer Windus. Jennifer is a Career Center Executive Coach, and she is the newest member of the Career team that supports Darden’s Professional Degree Program students. We talk with Jennifer about her background, what led her to career coaching, what she enjoys about working with students on their professional goals as well as her advice for prospective students as they consider next steps along their career path.

Wednesday Oct 26, 2022

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Tanveer Kathawalla and Natalie Szmyd. Tanveer and Natalie are second year students in the Executive MBA Class of 2023, and they are Co-Presidents of the Executive MBA Venture Capital Club. We talk with Tanveer and Natalie about their backgrounds, how they decided to pursue an MBA, the impact of their Darden experience so far as well as their plans for the VC Club in the months ahead.

Friday Oct 21, 2022

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Johnny O’Boyle and Hannah Solomon. Johnny and Hannah are second year students in the Executive MBA Class of 2023, and they are also Co-Presidents of the Executive MBA Entrepreneurship Club (EMBEC). We talk with Johnny and Hannah about their backgrounds, their decision to pursue an MBA, what led them to Darden and their plans for EMBEC in the year ahead.

Friday Oct 14, 2022

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Matthew Boyd and JB Norcott. Matthew and JB are second year students in the Executive MBA Class of 2023, and they are also Co-Presidents of the Black Executive MBA (BEMBA) student organization. We talk with Matthew and JB about their backgrounds, their decision to pursue an MBA, what led them to Darden and their plans for BEMBA in the year ahead.

Friday Oct 07, 2022

In this special episode of the Darden Admissions podcast, we’re excited to share a recent installment from our ongoing Women@Darden event series featuring Carolyn Miles (MBA ’88). Miles is an Executive Fellow and Professor of Practice, and she is also the former Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children, an organization that gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn, and protection from harm. In this conversation, Miles shares reflections on her MBA journey, the impact of her Darden experience, the work she and other are doing as part of Darden’s Women 2.0 initiative, highlights from UVA Darden’s inaugural women’s summit and more.

Thursday Sep 29, 2022

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Sherri Watson. Sherri is the Assistant Dean for Student Engagement for the Professional Degree Programs at the Darden School of Business, and in her role, she supports Executive MBA and Part-Time MBA students learning out of Sands Family Grounds in Rosslyn. In this wide-ranging conversation, Sherri reflects upon her background, her passion for working with students, what led her to Darden, her impressions of UVA Darden’s Executive MBA and Part-Time MBA student communities and more.

Friday Sep 23, 2022

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Remington “Rem” Roth and Josh Rubbelke. Josh and Rem are second year students in UVA Darden’s Executive MBA Class of 2023, and they are Co-Presidents of the Executive MBA Consulting Club. We talk with Josh and Rem about their backgrounds, what led them to Darden, the impact of their Darden experience so far, their plans for the Consulting Club and more. This episode is highly recommended for any listeners potentially interested transitioning to a role with a consulting firm.

Friday Sep 16, 2022

In this episode of the podcast, we spotlight the MS in Business Analytics (MSBA) program with a conversation with James G. “Trey” Maxham III. Maxham is the William Stamps Farish Entrepreneurial Eminent Research professor at UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce and he also serves as one of the Academic Directors for the MSBA program. In this wide-ranging conversation, Maxham reflects upon how the MSBA program has evolved since its launch in 2017, sharing insights about the inspiration for the program, how the program’s integrated design leverages faculty and expertise from both Darden and McIntire, his experience teaching in the program and more. This episode is essential listening for anyone considering the MSBA Program.

Friday Sep 09, 2022

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Leah Svoboda. Leah is a second year student in the Executive MBA Class of 2023, and she is the newly elected President of the Network of Executive Women (NEW) student organization. We talk with Leah about her background, her decision to pursue an MBA, what led her Darden as well as NEW’s plans for the years ahead. This episode is highly recommended for prospective students interested in learning more about Executive MBA clubs and organizations.

Wednesday Sep 07, 2022

Please join our Admissions team for these special micro-podcast episodes giving you a step by step guide to the application process. There are two ways to listen to the playlist... here, on Spotify ► https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2EtyMkjZzi9ErgSjrTxKEl?si=1bffd345fee549ad

Friday Sep 02, 2022

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with LaShondra Ervin. LaShondra is a second year student in the Executive MBA Class of 2023, and she is also the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Executive Student Association (ESA). We chat with LaShondra about her decision to pursue an MBA, what attracted her to Darden, as well as how she and her family have navigated the first year of the program. We also talk with LaShondra about the work of the Executive MBA Program’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee, including what they have planned for the months ahead. Fun fact: LaShondra was one of three Executive MBA recipients of the C. Steward Sheppard Distinguished Service Award at the program’s mid-point celebration.

Friday Aug 26, 2022

On this episode, we are joined by longtime friend of the podcast, Director of Admissions Katherine Alford, for a conversation that is something of an annual tradition – the application launch episode! Our new Part-Time MBA and Executive MBA applications are now live, and we catch up with Katherine to talk about the applications as well as tips and strategies for Part-Time MBA and Executive MBA applicants.

Saturday Aug 20, 2022

In this special edition of the Darden Admissions podcast, we catch up with Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions, Dawna Clarke, to reflect on a truly historic opening week for the Darden School of Business. On Monday, 15 August, for the first time in the history of the School, we welcomed Full-Time MBA, Part-Time MBA, and Executive MBA students to grounds for the start of school. In this episode, we discuss key data points for each of these classes and look ahead to a busy fall for the Admissions team, including upcoming deadlines, the annual Diversity Conference, a Women’s Leadership Symposium in Rosslyn and more.

Friday Aug 12, 2022

In this special episode of the Darden Admissions podcast, we’re excited to share a recent installment from our ongoing Women@Darden event series featuring Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions Dawna Clarke and Senior Associate Dean, Professional Degree Programs Yael Grushka-Cockayne. Grushka-Cockayne leads UVA Darden’s Part-Time MBA, Executive MBA  and MSBA programs, and she is also a member of the Quantitative Analysis faculty. This conversation touches upon a wide variety of topics including UVA Darden’s differentiators, how faculty are an integrated part of the Darden community, the power of the case method, imposter syndrome and more. Grushka-Cockayne also shares insights from her research and publication.

Tuesday Aug 09, 2022

In this special edition of the Darden Admissions podcast, we share the 15th installment in our ongoing ‘Office Hours’ faculty spotlight series, a conversation with Professor Robert Carraway. Carraway teaches in the Quantitative Analysis area, and he has taught in UVA Darden’s Full-Time MBA and Executive MBA programs, and he will teach Decision Analysis in the core curriculum of the newly launched Part-Time MBA program. He served as Senior Associate Dean for MBA programs at UVA Darden from 2006 to 2011, a period that included the introduction of the Executive MBA program. In this wide-ranging conversation, Carraway offers his insights about the case method, the Darden community as well as the design of Darden’s core curriculum. He also discusses the important role intuition plays in analysis, and why stories matter when working with data.

Friday Jul 29, 2022

In this special edition of the Darden Admissions podcast, we share the 14th installment in our ongoing ‘Office Hours’ faculty spotlight series, a conversation with Professor Andy Wicks. Wicks teaches Ethics in Darden’s MBA and Executive Education programs. An ethicist with a background in religious studies, Wicks examines both the theoretical and practical implications of ethics through thought-provoking courses such as: "Responsible Leadership: Ultimate Questions and Creating Value for Stakeholders"; "Leadership, Values and Ethics"; "Servant Leadership"; and "Contemporary Issues in Business Ethics." In this wide-ranging conversation, we talk with Wicks about his background in Religious Studies, what led him to Darden, what he enjoys about teaching Ethics in business school, the inspiration behind his popular “Ultimate Questions” elective and more. Wicks is also the Director of UVA Darden’s Doctoral program, and he discusses the re-launch of the PhD program this fall. 

Friday Jul 22, 2022

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Debbie Herndon. Debbie is a student in the Executive MBA Class of 2023, and in this wide-ranging conversation she reflects upon her decision to pursue an MBA, what led her to Darden and the supportive community she encountered from her very first moments as a Darden student. Debbie also reflects upon returning to school later in her career and the impact of her first year in the Executive MBA program

Saturday Jul 16, 2022

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Jack Elsea and Matt Gray. Jack and Matt are second year students in the Executive MBA class of 2023, and we talk with them about the importance of making connections with classmates prior to the start of school, strategies for navigating the first year of the Executive MBA program, as well as what they are excited about as they move into their second year of study. For prospective students who live outside of the DC metro, Matt is based in Texas, and he reflects upon the experience of traveling to and from Rosslyn for the once-a-month weekend residencies.

Friday Jul 08, 2022

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Lauren Powlovich. Lauren is a student in the Executive MBA Class of 2023, and she is also a doctor. Lauren currently serves as the Associate Chief Medical Officer for the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, a Charlottesville-based foundation dedicated to bringing focused ultrasound, an early-stage, noninvasive therapeutic technology, to the treatment of medical disorders. We talk with Lauren about her decision to pursue an MBA, what she has gained from the program so far, her involvement with the Executive MBA program’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee as well as an emerging faith-based student interest group and more.

Friday Jul 01, 2022

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Jarred Mack. Jarred is a second year student in the Executive MBA Class of 2023, and he is also a Naval service member. We talk with Jarred about his service in the Naval supply corps, his decision to pursue an MBA and how he has balanced work, life and school in his first year at Darden. He also shares insights about his plans for the Darden Executive Veterans (DEV) student organization in the year ahead and reflects on how the organization seeks to support service members.

Tuesday Jun 28, 2022

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Billy Petersen (Class of 2023). Billy is as second year student in the Executive MBA Class of 2023, and he is also a pediatric hematologist-oncologist at UVA Health. We talk with Billy about his medical career, his decision to pursue an MBA and how he has fit UVA Darden’s Executive MBA program into a very full professional and family life. Billy also discusses the important role his Learning Team played as he navigated his first year as a Darden student.

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