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 days ago

In this episode of the podcast, we take a deep dive into the structure and design of UVA Darden’s Executive MBA program. We are joined for this conversation by Erin Colwell. Erin serves as the advisor for Darden’s Executive MBA students, and in this conversation, she shares insights about the Executive MBA student experience as well as tips for incoming Executive MBA students.  For more insights, tips, and stories about the Darden experience, be sure to check out the Discover Darden Admissions blog and follow us on Instagram @dardenmba.

Friday Jun 28, 2024

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with two leaders of the Healthcare Alliance, Uma Subramanian and Louis Chapman. Uma is a recent graduate in the Executive MBA Class of 2024, and Louis is a second year student in the Part-Time MBA Class of 2025. We talk with Uma and Louis about their backgrounds, their decision to pursue an MBA and what led them to Darden. They also reflect upon the healthcare community at Darden and plans for their organization in the months ahead. The Darden Healthcare Alliance (HCA) provides co-curricular opportunities for Professional Degree students looking to build and grow within today’s healthcare ecosystem. For more insights, tips, and stories about the Darden experience, be sure to check out the Discover Darden Admissions blog and follow us on Instagram @dardenmba.

Friday Jun 21, 2024

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Liza Ketcham. Liza is a recent graduate in UVA Darden’s Executive MBA Class of 2024, and in this wide-ranging conversation, we talk with her about her decision to pursue an MBA, adjusting to life as an Executive MBA student, her role on the Executive MBA wellness committee, the impact of her time at Darden and more. For more insights, tips, and stories about the Darden experience, be sure to check out the Discover Darden Admissions blog and follow us on Instagram @dardenmba.

Friday Jun 14, 2024

In this special edition of the Darden Admissions podcast, we share a recent installment in our ongoing ‘Office Hours’ faculty spotlight series, a conversation with Professor Ian Appel. His main area of interest is empirical corporate finance, and his recent work studies different types of institutional investors (e.g., index funds, activist hedge funds), corporate environmental behaviors, and governance in decentralized finance.. We talk with Appel about his background, what led him to Darden, his FinTech electives, decentralized finance, cryptocurrency and more. For more insights, tips, and stories about the Darden experience, be sure to check out the Discover Darden Admissions blog and follow us on Instagram @dardenmba.

Friday Jun 07, 2024

In this special edition of the Darden Admissions podcast, we share a recent installment in our ongoing ‘Office Hours’ faculty spotlight series, a conversation with Professor Shane Dikolli. Dikolli’s primary research interests focus on the performance evaluation of CEOs spanning both analytical modeling and empirical analysis, and he currently serves as an editor at The Accounting Review. We talk with Dikolli about his background, what attracted him to Accounting, what led him to Darden, his Strategic Costing elective, his global course in Australia and more. For more insights, tips, and stories about the Darden experience, be sure to check out the Discover Darden Admissions blog and follow us on Instagram @dardenmba.

Friday May 31, 2024

In this episode, we catch up with Chantal Mekhail. Chantal is a first year student in UVA Darden’s Executive MBA Class of 2025, and she is also a Batten Scholar. We talk with Chantal about her decision to pursue an MBA, what led her to Darden, the impact of her time in the Executive MBA program, her experience as a Batten Scholar and more. For more insights, tips, and stories about the Darden experience, be sure to check out the Discover Darden Admissions blog and follow us on Instagram @dardenmba.

Friday May 24, 2024

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Madison Mahoney and Kyle Ivester. Madison and Kyle are first year students in UVA Darden’s Executive MBA Class of 2025, and they also serve as section representatives. In this wide-ranging conversation, we talk with Madison and Kyle about their decision to pursue an MBA, what led them to Darden, what they’ve enjoyed about their first year, their advice for prospective students and more. For more insights, tips, and stories about the Darden experience, be sure to check out the Discover Darden Admissions blog and follow us on Instagram @dardenmba.

Friday May 17, 2024

In this podcast episode, we catch up with Dylan Kenney and Haley O’Brien. Dylan and Haley are first year students in UVA Darden’s Executive MBA Class of 2025, and they also serve as section representatives. We talk with Dylan and Haley about their backgrounds, their decision to pursue an MBA, what led them to Darden, what attracted them to the section representative role and more. For more insights, tips, and stories about the Darden experience, be sure to check out the Discover Darden Admissions blog and follow us on Instagram @dardenmba.

Friday May 10, 2024

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with KJ Sloan. KJ is a second year in our Executive MBA Class of 2024, and she currently works as a Senior Field Producer for CNBC. In this conversation, we talk with KJ about her decision to pursue an MBA, the value of an MBA for journalists, how she juggled work, life and school during the Executive MBA program, her advice for prospective students and more. For more insights, tips, and stories about the Darden experience, be sure to check out the Discover Darden Admissions blog and follow us on Instagram @dardenmba.

Thursday May 02, 2024

In this special edition of the Darden Admissions podcast, we catch up with Carlos Bortoni. Carlos is an MBA/M.Ed graduate in Darden’s Class of 2019, and he currently serves As Senior Director for the Batten Institute’s new launched “Tech Hub,” a cross-departmental effort to advance Darden’s presence and standing in technology through thought leadership, faculty and student engagement, and stakeholder management across the broader tech, startup, VC/PE, and industry-specific ecosystems in the U.S. and globally. We talk with Carlos about his Darden experience, what brought him back to Darden for his current role, why he’s so passionate about tech, what he’s looking forward to in the coming months and more. For more insights, tips, and stories about the Darden experience, be sure to check out the Discover Darden Admissions blog and follow us on Instagram @dardenmba.

Friday Apr 26, 2024

In this special episode of the Darden Admissions podcast, we catch up with Jen Coleman. Jen is the Executive Director of the Armstrong Center for Alumni Career Services at Darden, and she also serves as an Executive Coach and Career Consultant. We chat with Jen about her background, what brought her to coaching, how she works with alumni, her advice for prospective students and more. All Darden alumni have complimentary access to career support through Alumni Career Services for life. For more insights, tips, and stories about the Darden experience, be sure to check out the Discover Darden Admissions blog and follow us on Instagram @dardenmba.

Friday Apr 19, 2024

In this special edition of the podcast, we are excited to share another installment from our ongoing Women@Darden event series featuring Executive Fellow and Professor of Practice Carolyn Miles (MBA ’88). This wide-ranging conversation hosted by Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions Dawna Clarke touches on Miles’ advice and insights for prospective and admitted students, her work as CEO of Save the Children, what brought her back to Darden and more. For more insights, tips, and stories about the Darden experience, be sure to check out the Discover Darden Admissions blog and follow us on Instagram @dardenmba

Thursday Apr 11, 2024

In this special edition of the Darden Admissions podcast, we’re excited to highlight an upcoming event – the University of Virginia Venture Capital Conference taking place at Sands Family Grounds in Arlington, Virginia on Friday, 12 April. In honor of this year’s conference, we recently connected with two second year students in Darden’s Full-Time MBA Class of 2024, Malcolm Stewart and Ellie Jamison, to talk about Venture Capital at Darden – what resources and courses are available to students, advice for prospective students interested in VC and more. For more insights, tips, and stories about the Darden experience, be sure to check out the Discover Darden Admissions blog and follow us on Instagram @dardenmba.

Thursday Apr 04, 2024

In this podcast episode, we catch up with Stuart Nystrom and Crescent Islam. Stuart and Crescent are first year students in UVA Darden’s Part-Time MBA Class of 2026, and they also serve as First Year Section Representatives. We talk with Stuart and Crescent about their decision to pursue an MBA, what led them to Darden, how their first year is going, what attracted them to the section representative role and more. For more insights, tips, and stories about the Darden experience, be sure to check out the Discover Darden Admissions blog and follow us on Instagram @dardenmba.

Thursday Mar 28, 2024

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Veronica Gordon. Veronica is a second year student in UVA Darden’s Executive MBA Class of 2024, and she is also one of the student leaders in Darden’s Black Professional MBA student organization. We talk with Veronica about her MBA journey, her experience at Darden, the impact of the program and more. Veronica also shares highlights from UVA’s upcoming Black Alumni Weekend, including a Black trailblazers panel featuring prominent Darden alumni that Veronica spearheaded. For more insights, tips, and stories about the Darden experience, be sure to check out the Discover Darden Admissions blog and follow us on Instagram @dardenmba.

Friday Mar 22, 2024

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Anthony Ranghelli! Anthony is a second year student in UVA Darden’s Executive MBA Class of 2024, and he also recently served as President of Darden’s Executive Student Association (ESA). We talk with Anthony about his decision to pursue an MBA, what led him Darden, what led him to pursue a student leadership role, his advice for prospective students and more. For more insights, tips, and stories about the Darden experience, be sure to check out the Discover Darden Admissions blog and follow us on Instagram @dardenmba.

Friday Mar 15, 2024

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Anna Fife (MBA ’14). Anna is the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives for Darden’s Batten Institute, and we recently connected to talk with her about her background, what led her to Darden as an MBA student, and what brought her back to Darden for her role with the Batten Institute. Anna also shares insights about Darden’s Batten Scholars program. For more insights, tips, and stories about the Darden experience, be sure to check out the Discover Darden Admissions blog and follow us on Instagram @dardenmba.
 

Thursday Mar 07, 2024

In this episode, Brett Twitty and Ali Torres discuss the similarities and differences between UVA Darden’s Executive MBA and Part-Time MBA programs. For more insights, tips, and stories about the Darden experience, click the link the description to check out the Discover Darden Admissions blog and follow us on Instagram @dardenmba.
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For more insights, tips, and stories about the Darden experience, click the link the description to check out the Discover Darden Admissions blog and follow us on Instagram @dardenmba.

Friday Mar 01, 2024

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Jimmy Anthony. Jimmy is a first-year student in UVA Darden’s Executive MBA Class of 2025, and we recently connected with him to discuss his background, what led him to Darden, his experience commuting from Arkansas for the program, how Darden has helped him reevaluate how he spends his time and more.

Friday Feb 23, 2024

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Finale Norton. Finale is a second-year student in UVA Darden’s Executive MBA Class of 2024, and we recently connected with her to talk more about her background, her decision to pursue an MBA, what guided her elective choices, the impact of her Darden experience and more.

Friday Feb 16, 2024

In this special edition of the podcast, we are excited to share another installment from our ongoing Women@Darden event series featuring Senior Associate Dean, Professional Degree Programs Yael Grushka-Cockayne. Grushka-Cockayne's research and teaching activities focus on data science, forecasting, project management and behavioral decision-making. Her research is published in numerous academic and professional journals, and she is a regular speaker at international conferences in the areas of decision analysis, project management and management science. During this conversation moderated by Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions Dawna Clarke, Clarke and Grushka-Cockayne share insights into the Women@Darden initiative which has the goal of making Darden the graduate business school of choice for women leaders across the world.

Friday Feb 09, 2024

In this special edition of Darden Admissions’ podcast, we talk with Marc and Shizuka Modica about Darden’s global course offerings. Marc is a Senior Lecturer in Business Administration with broad international experience in negotiation, communications and conflict management teaching and consulting. Shizuka is a lecturer and adjunct faculty member, and she is an expert on high performance, meaningful work, leadership and change management. In this wide-ranging conversation, we talk with Marc and Shizuka about their backgrounds, what led them to Darden, what they enjoy about leading global courses and more. They also share insights about Darden’s global course offerings in Japan, South Korea and Vietnam.

Friday Feb 02, 2024

In this episode of the podcast we catch up with UVA Darden’s Professional Degree Programs Career Team, Gopika Spaenle, Jennifer Windus and Jim Collins. We talk with Gopika, Jennifer, and Jim about the recent Professional Advancement Course (PAC), as well as career-related news and updates for Darden’s current Executive MBA and Part-Time MBA classes.

Friday Jan 26, 2024

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Pam Peace. Pam is a second year student in Darden’s Executive MBA Class of 2024, and she also serves as the Executive MBA Student Association’s VP, Outreach. We talk with Pam about her decision to pursue an MBA, what led her to Darden, her work as VP, Outreach, what she’s enjoyed about the second year of the Executive MBA program, the impact of her time at Darden and more.

Friday Jan 19, 2024

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Kirby Landon. Kirby is a second year student in Darden’s Part-Time MBA Class of 2025, and she also currently serves as VP, Community for the Part-Time MBA Student Association. We talk with Kirby about her decision to pursue an MBA, what led her Darden, what she’s enjoyed about the program so far and more. Kirby also gave birth during her first year, and we chat with her about balancing the demands of work, school and parenthood.

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