The Darden School of Business hosts a Leadership Speaker Series featuring senior executives from companies around the world. This year, our guest speakers answer the question, “What Does it Take?” and explain how lessons and skills they have learned along the way have successfully prepared them to succeed in their current role. Speakers from this year’s series include top-level executives from Google, Booz & Company, Deloitte, Anheuser-Busch InBev and more.
In the video below, Kip Tindell, Chairman and CEO of The Container Store, shares his perspectives on conscious capitalism and the relationship between business and society.
Throughout the fall, there are numerous opportunities for Darden students to meet and network with recruiters from a variety of companies across the world. One such opportunity includes Career Club Conferences, which are held across several Fridays throughout the year. At these conferences, Darden students learn about career opportunities in the featured functional area, participate in Q&A sessions with recruiters and alumni and attend a networking cocktail hour and dinner with company representatives.
Prospective students may attend a portion of the Marketing Forum, as well as the upcoming Finance Conference and Darden Entrepreneurship Conference. In addition, you may participate in an Admissions Q&A session and tour the Darden Grounds.
The Consulting Club at Darden is hosting its annual conference this Friday, 28 September and spots for prospective students interested in attending the conference are still available! You will have the opportunity to attend a portion of the club’s conference in addition to an Admissions lunch and tour. The Consulting Conference will open with the IBM Leadership Speaker and then present a workshop on consulting projects and a panel covering the “Consultant’s Life.” Following the conference programs, prospective students will have lunch with Admissions representatives and go on a tour of the Darden Grounds.
In the following video, Sara Neher, assistant dean of MBA Admissions, discusses opportunities for prospective students to visit Darden and observe career recruitment at our Club Conferences. She also talks about class visits and our travel calendar for fall 2012:
The Graduate Women in Business (GWIB) club invites prospective female students to attend the annual GWIB conference on Friday, 5 October from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. In line with this year’s theme, “The Pursuit of Happiness: Blazing Your Own Trail”, we have an exciting lineup of panelists covering topics:
“Putting Your Best Foot Forward”
“Boardroom Perspectives: Getting There and Making an Impact”
“Playing your Hand: Women and the Art of Negotiation”
The GWIB conference is a great opportunity for prospective students to engage with Darden women in the dialogue about women’s issues, as well as gain early exposure to some of GWIB’s corporate sponsors. In addition to the panels, you will join current Darden students over breakfast and lunch, which are included as part of the nominal $10 participation fee.
Please RSVP by 24 September by clicking on the following link or reach out to Hillary Lewis, Vice President Conference with any conference-related questions at email@example.com.
Please note that while class visits are not available on Friday, 5 October, prospective students are welcome to contact the Admissions Office to schedule a meeting with a member of the Admissions committee and go on a self-guided walking tour. To schedule an appointment with admissions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Admissions Office will also be hosting a reception the evening before here on the Darden Grounds and all prospective students are welcome to attend. To learn more and to register, please visit the event website.
Darden’s Black Business Student Forum has planned an exciting agenda for their annual conference, which will take place this Friday, February 25th. The theme of the conference is “Education in the New Economy,” and speakers and panelists include author Steve Perry, featured in CNN’s “Black in America” series and with an impressive applied track record of achieving academic success with traditional low performers at the high school level; Gerard Robinson, Virginia’s Secretary of Education; and Christopher Howard, president of Hampden-Sydney College.
If you will be at Darden visiting this Friday, we encourage you to try to attend one of the events. Thanks to a generous donation, the events of the day are free, but registrationisrequired for planning purposes.
9th Annual Darden International Finance Conference The 9th Annual Darden International Finance Conference took place on March 18-19. The two-day event highlighted issues and practices surrounding access to capital in both emerging and developing markets and included sessions on “Financial Institutions and the Global Crisis,” “Politics and International Finance,” and “International Portfolios and Returns.”
2nd Annual Venture Summit The University of Virginia, which last year hosted a summit that brought together venture capitalists representing nearly $20 billion in active capital funds, will hold its 2nd Annual Venture Summit on March 25 and 26. Dean Robert F. Bruner said entrepreneurial activity is critical to America’s economic recovery and job creation. “This summit goes right to the heart of that challenge and is the kind of contribution to recovery that a university is ideally suited to make,” he said. Virginia U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner will be on hand via videoconference for a special session on federal regulation of venture capital. U.S. Representative Tom Perriello of Charlottesville will participate via videoconference in a special panel discussion on energy. The summit will also showcase U.Va. start-ups and student concepts. All six of the U.Va.-based start-ups showcased in 2009 found funding following their presentations at the Summit.
U.Va. has rapidly become a destination for sourcing new technology-based ventures.
U.Va. innovators have spun 77 new technology-based ventures out of the University, including 61 over the past decade. U.Va. start-ups have helped to establish Charlottesville as a hotbed for new ventures (ranked 18th “Best City for Living and Launching a Business” by Fortune and Money magazines and ninth “Best Small Market for Business” by Forbes in 2008).
Over the past five fiscal years, U.Va. researchers have reported the invention of 885 new technologies, 302 (34 %) of which have been licensed to companies and institutions for further development.
U.Va. has recently entered into strategic research partnerships with major corporations and industry leaders such as AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Rolls Royce.
Over the past five years, U.Va. has attracted significant innovation funds and generated high returns on investment via private translational research funding through the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Translational Research Partnership, the Ivy Foundation, the Thelma R. Swortzel Collaborative Research Award, the Launchpad Program and others.
The Darden School of Business is busy this time of year hosting a variety of events for the Darden community.
Earlier this week, the Black Business Student Forum arranged for Sergio Rial, Cargill’s Platform Leader of Food Ingredients & Systems and President and Regional Director for Latin America, to speak about global leadership. For more information on the talk, read the Leading With Your Brain and Heart article.
Today First Year student Georgi Yanchev is competing in the first ever UVA Entrepreneurship Cup, where he will pitch his concept KaioTeas.com (that won the Darden Business Concept Competition). The event forms part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, and to celebrate the week, Darden and the Batten Institute are hosting the annual E-Conference on November 19 and 20. The E-Conference includes a series of events and panels for alumni and students with entrepreneurial interests to mingle and find inspiration from other entrepreneurs. Read First Year student Brianne Warner’s blog post Quotable E-Conference for some of her favorite pieces of advice from the event.
Today is also the second day of the 9th Annual Darden Finance Conference, which is focusing on top financial institutions’ perceptions of “Looking Ahead to Economic Recovery”. The conference provides a platform for students to learn about various opportunities that exist for MBAs within finance, and it’s also a great way for corporate sponsors to interact with Darden students.
Finally, tonight is the ever-popular Marketing Brand Challenge, organized by the Marketing Club. The event is an educational and entertaining experience that gets students excited about careers in brand management and familiarizes them with issues surrounding product positioning and market research.