Professor Toni Irving recently joined the ongoing “Office Hours” thought leadership series to share insights on teaching and her unique path to Darden — and even shared a few book recommendations. A proud Philadelphian and UVA alumni, Irving shared details of her path back to Charlottesville in her current role as Darden Professor, which included time in the banking, academia and government arenas. Acknowledging her wide range of experience, Irving quipped, “I am a academic, social impact, government, professor, private equity consultant.”

Irving is the Frank M. Sands Professor of Practice, and currently teaches courses in both the Full-Time and Executive MBA formats, including a field-based class called “Nonprofit Management,” where MBA students go into the Charlottesville community to work with local nonprofits in a consulting capacity to help the organizations with business pain points. She also teaches the “Ethics and Literature” course (by the way, Irving has a Ph.D. in English Literature!), “Environmental Social Governance (ESG)” and “Getting in the Room Where it Happens,” which focuses on navigating careers in the corporate environment. And if a certain song just started playing in your head, yes, the title is borrowed from the Hamilton musical.

Watch the “Office Hours” recording for a fascinating conversation with Irving on how her decades of experience across an array of industries has informed her approach to making an impact and being an agent of change.


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