The ExecMBA Podcast



Friday Apr 30, 2021

Marina Peddy’s (Class of 2022) initial inspiration to pursue her MBA actually came from her father, who also participated in an Executive MBA program. We chat with Marina about her human resources career path, what led her to Darden, Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment (naturally) and how she has applied the lessons from the program even in her family life. She also shares and why now is the right time to pursue an MBA.

Friday Apr 23, 2021

In this special edition of the Darden Admissions podcasts, we share the second installment in our ongoing ‘Office Hours’ faculty spotlight series, a conversation with Professor Kinda Hachem. We talk with Hachem about growing up in Toronto, what initially sparked her interest in Economics, her “Economics of Money and Banking” course and more. We also check in about a number of hot topics in Economics, including the current U.S. debate about inflation, K-shaped recoveries on a global scale, the greatest current threat to the banking system, and the concept of a global corporate tax rate.

Friday Apr 16, 2021

Will Payne (Class of 2022) focuses on bringing business opportunity to Southwest Virginia. Will has deep roots in politics, and we discuss the steps that brought him to pursue an MBA, what he loves about his current work in economic development and how Darden has offered him an opportunity to be the student he always wanted to be. We also talk about Appalachian Grains, his craft grain business that has supplies grains to distilleries and breweries across the Commonwealth, including Charlottesville’s own Three Notch’d Brewery.

Friday Apr 09, 2021

First year Executive MBA student Jemuir Rivers (Class of 2022) is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and a test pilot in the United States Navy. In this podcast, we talk with Rivers about his decision to pursue an MBA, how classes are going so far, the important role his Learning Team has played in these first few quarters and what he believes really matters in an MBA program. Spoiler alert: It’s about more than just numbers.

Friday Apr 02, 2021

Executive MBA students Catriona Stadtler-Ayer (Class of 2022) and Sean Taylor (Class of 2022) are card-carrying members of the “full plate club,” as parents, pet owners, working professionals and now leaders of the Executive Student Association (ESA). We connected with Catriona and Sean to discuss what led them to Darden for an MBA and what the ESA hopes to accomplish in the months ahead.  

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