You may not know Darden Admissions offers two podcasts:
- Experience Darden is our podcast all about the Darden Full-Time MBA experience.
- The ExecMBA Podcast is our podcast exploring Darden’s two executive formats — the Executive MBA and Global Executive MBA.
Both podcasts are a great way to learn more about life Darden, and they feature regular conversations with students, faculty, staff and alumni. New episodes are published on a weekly basis, so be sure to add the podcasts to your regular downloads. You can find us on iTunes or Podbean under “UVA Darden Podcasts.”
Below are a few recent highlights from the shows. In the weeks ahead, keep an eye out for interviews with Darden Senior Associate Dean for Degree Programs Jeanne Liedtka, the i.Lab’s David Touve, Assistant Dean for Global Advising Larry Mueller, Executive Director of Admissions Dawna Clarke and more!
Elliott and Warwick are members of Darden’s Office of Student Affairs team. During this conversation, they share advice for incoming students, what they love about working at Darden as well as how their office supports student life at the School. If you’ve ever wondered why there are so many student organizations at Darden (currently 50+ and counting), this episode is a must-listen.
Laura Bordoni is the newest member of our Executive MBA leadership team, and she is currently spearheading a number of the program’s community building initiatives, including Friday First Nights and Saturday Socials, as well as her work with our six Executive MBA student organizations. Learn more about our Executive MBA community and culture in this wide-ranging interview.
Meet Christie Julien! Julien is Darden’s new Assistant Dean for Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and she recently joined Darden’s senior leadership after roughly six years with the University of Virginia Career Center. Christie comes from a mental health and counseling background, and during this interview, she details what attracted her to the assistant dean position, how she plans to approach her first few weeks on the job and her goals for the months ahead.
Connie Dunlop leads our Professional Advancement Course (PAC), and she is a two-time guest on the ExecMBA Podcast. She is also part of the faculty working group revamping the program’s experiential learning components. We recently caught up with her to talk about the decision to move PAC to Quarter 1, as well as the experiential learning refresh, including incorporating the Experiential Leadership Development Lab into the program’s curriculum.
On the occasion of Healthcare Week, we sat down with Second Year students Casey Skittle and Rachel Leitner to talk about the value of the Darden experience for students interested in health care. Learn about what led them to pursue an MBA, why they chose Darden as well as their advice for prospective students. Skittle is an MD/MBA student, so this episode is particularly recommended for students considering this dual degree.
Oh, the places you’ll go! Our executive formats recently got even more global with the announcement of an expanded menu of global residency locations. Ladi Carr of Darden’s Center for Global Initiatives recently joined us to talk about the program updates as well as what she loves about traveling with Darden students.
Curious about the future of Darden? Professor Mike Lenox is senior associate dean and chief strategy officer for the School, and we caught up with him to talk about the value of the MBA, why he’s passionate about sustainability, what he’s currently working on and how Charlottesville shapes the Darden experience.