‘Collective Rather Than Competitive’ Classroom Propels Darden Exec MBA Student
Discover Darden is spotlighting women in our Executive MBA program. In the coming weeks, we’ll feature blog posts and podcast conversations, and we invite you to explore these resources as you learn more about the students who shape and define the Darden Executive MBA.
Today, we kick things off with Tiffany Pillifant, an EMBA format student in our Class of 2020 and a two-time guest on the Discover Darden blog. Be sure to check out her earlier Q&A when she was in her first year of the program. We recently sat down with Tiffany to talk about how she’s juggled family, work and school; why she decided to take on a leadership role within her class; and her advice for prospective students.
Listen to Tiffany’s podcast interview on The ExecMBA Podcast
What is your best advice for women considering an MBA?
There’s no question that women are underrepresented in the C-suite, and they’re underrepresented in graduate programs. My advice for women thinking about an MBA: help turn the tide by leaning in and going for it. There’s a lot that makes me proud when I think about what I’ve accomplished on this journey. But at the top of the list is that my husband and I will have taught our three sons what love and equality in our household looks like, and that true strength comes from working in partnership.
The student body at Darden is one of the most supportive, invested and capable I have ever encountered. Now more than a year into the program, my classmates have made formal and informal commitments to help lift each other up, helping with jobs, leadership challenges, project work, advice and brutal honesty. The classroom feel is collective rather than competitive.
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