The Darden Center for Global Initiatives hosted one of their largest international partner programs last week with part-time MBA students from PAD School of Management in Lima, Peru. Sixty-four students and staff from PAD visited Darden on 7-11 October for a program focused on entrepreneurship and innovation from a general management perspective. The program, led by the Darden faculty and staff team of Raul ChaoTom Steenburgh, Kim Whitler, Elena Loutskina, Ting Xu and David Touve, included lessons in finance, operations, marketing and leadership. Students had the opportunity to tour Bold Rock Cidery and heard from co-founder Brian Shanks and vice president of retail operations, Lindsay Dorrier III, about the startup journey of Bold Rock as well as current innovations and new products they have introduced to the market. During the program, students also heard from Stephen Davis, president, and Carolina Medina, operations coordinator, of local nonprofit Community Investment Collaborative (CIC) to learn more about Charlottesville’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and how CIC empowers and supports local small businesses.

See below for more photos from the week!

Brian Shanks, co-founder, shared the startup journey of Bold Rock Cidery in Nellysford, VA.
Stephen Davis and Carolina Medina presented the work of Community Investment Collaborative to the PAD students.
Students enjoyed spending time together during the visit to Bold Rock.
Undergraduate students from UVA led small group tours of UVA’s academic village for the visiting students from PAD.