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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5 days ago

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.

Friday Jan 12, 2024

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Dan Biga. Dan is a graduate in our Executive MBA Class of 2021, and he currently works for Deloitte as a Lead Specialist, Social Impact Portfolio, Deloitte Leadership and Human Potential. We talk with Dan about his service in the United States Marine Corps, his experience teaching in Chicago, his decision to pursue an MBA, what he’s been up to since graduation and more.

Friday Jan 05, 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 Jim Naughton. Naughton is an Associate Professor in the Accounting area at Darden, and his research examines how financial, legal, and regulatory institutions shape both financial disclosure and economic choices. We talk with Naughton about why he’s passionate about the case method, Darden’s approach to Accounting, his interest in ESG disclosures and more.

Friday Dec 29, 2023

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 Les Alexander. Alexander is an experienced professor, venture capital and private equity investor, corporate executive, and investment banker, and he is a Professor of Practice in the Finance and Strategy, Ethics & Entrepreneurship areas at Darden. In this wide-ranging conversation, we talk with Alexander about Venture Capital (VC), Private Equity (PE), his Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition (ETA) elective, plans for the UVA Venture Capital Conference, his advice interested in VC and PE and more.

Thursday Dec 21, 2023

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Melissa Thomas-Hunt and Yael Grushka-Cockayne. Melissa is the Senior Associate Dean for Darden’s Residential Full-Time MBA program and Yael is the Senior Associate Dean for Darden’s Professional Degree Programs. We talk with Melissa and Yael about the fall semester, highlights from the past few months, what they’re looking forward to in the spring, their advice for prospective students and more.

Friday Dec 15, 2023

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Taylor Bennett. Taylor is a recent graduate in our Executive MBA Class of 2023, and he is currently the Chief Development Office for Pizza Hut. We talk with Taylor about his decision to pursue an MBA, the impact of his Darden experience, his favorite Darden classes, as well as the independent study he did focused on his classmate's restaurant concept in Birmingham, Alabama.

Friday Dec 08, 2023

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Patrick Clancey. Patrick is a graduate in Darden’s Executive MBA Class of 2020, and we talk with Patrick about this decision to pursue an MBA, what led him to Darden, how his Learning Team shaped his Darden experience, how he balanced work, life and school as an Executive MBA student, what he’s been up to since graduation and more.

Friday Dec 01, 2023

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up Stephen Beaudoin. Stephen is a graduate in Darden’s Executive MBA Class of 2022, and he has built his career in the performing arts. In this wide-ranging conversation, we talk with Stephen about his decision to pursue an MBA, the impact of his Darden experience, what he’s been up to since graduation, his new role as the President and CEO of the Music School of Delaware and more.

Tuesday Nov 21, 2023

In this special edition of the podcast, we catch up with Ayana Younge. Younge is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration in the Leadership and Organizational Behavior area at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, and her research lies at the intersection of emotions, social hierarchy, and interpersonal processes. We talk with Younge about her journey to Darden, what it’s like to teach in Darden’s core curriculum, her elective – People, Purpose and the Power of Relationships, as well as her work with the PhD Project. Founded in 1994, The PhD Project seeks to diversify corporate America by diversifying the role models in the front of classrooms. Learn more.

Thursday Nov 16, 2023

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Allison Elias. Elias teaches courses about communication and negotiation in Darden’s MBA and Executive MBA programs, and we recently connected with her to discuss her journey to Darden, her elective – Women, Gender and Work – as well as her 2022 book, The Rise of Corporate Feminism. Elias was a nominee for the 2022 Outstanding Faculty Award at Darden, and her elective, Women, Gender, and Work, was rated among the top 10% of all Darden electives (according to student ratings regarding course content and instructor quality).

Friday Nov 10, 2023

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Liz Brunette. Liz is a recent graduate in UVA Darden’s Executive MBA Class of 2023, and we recently connected with her about her decision to pursue an MBA, what led her to Darden, how she managed her time during the Executive MBA program, what it was like navigating the program with a newborn, what she’s been up to since graduation and much more.

Friday Nov 03, 2023

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Ryan DeVito. Ryan is the newest member of our Admissions team supporting Executive MBA and Part-Time MBA students, and we recently connected with him to discuss his background, what led him to his current role, what he enjoys about working with professional degree students and more. As you will learn from this podcast, Ryan is also a big Billy Joel fan!

Saturday Oct 28, 2023

In this special edition of the podcast, Managing Director of Admissions Brett Twitty and Assistant Director of Admissions Ali Torres debunk frequent Executive MBA- and Part-Time MBA-related myths! In this wide-ranging conversation, Brett and Ali share application tips, offer insights about the working professional student experience, detail career support for Executive MBA and Part-Time MBA and much more. Essential listening.

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