We recently completed the second module of the two-part Global Strategy and Leadership Program that Darden developed in partnership with the Indian School of Business (ISB). The first module featured a five-day strategy course hosted by ISB in Hyderabad, India. The second module, hosted by Darden in Charlottesville, included a bridging session for the participants, who then joined with an additional cohort for our True Leadership program (recently renamed as Purpose Driven Leadership). Participants agreed that being part of the multicultural cohort enriched their experience and provided unique insights into the challenges and opportunities for organizations around the world.
Former participant in Darden's Washington, D.C. area course Strategic Sales Management, Jorge Bullemore, looks back on why he took this program and how he's incorporated what he learned into his roles in higher education and consulting.
Have you been thinking about pursuing an MBA – or even launching your own startup – but worry you lack business essentials like marketing, accounting, finance and operations? Tara Cappel, former Darden Business Essentials student, was considering different career options a year ago when she registered for the program. Today she's the founder of a successful startup, For the Love of Travel (FTLO Travel), an organization that takes small groups of young professionals on uniquely curated group trips. Read below to learn more about her experience in Darden Business Essentials and her journey to launching her own company, including advice to other early career professionals considering pursuing a startup.
On Friday, 7 October in Singapore, design thinking and innovation expert Jeanne Liedtka shared insights on design thinking from her own research, from her work with various types of organizations, and from participants in her courses. Attendees at the event represented large companies, multinationals, family-owned businesses, non-profits, and consultants from several industries, including manufacturing and industrial, education, financial, healthcare and more. Many of the participants had previously taken Jeanne's Design Thinking MOOC on Coursera or courses in her Design Thinking Specialization at Darden Online.
On Thursday, September 29, over 230 sponsors, members and guests of Virginia Bio convened for an inaugural event, Women Building Bio: The XXFactor. Darden Executive Education sponsored this event and were represented by Lili Powell, Assistant Professor of Business administration and Martin Davidson, Johnson & Higgins Professor of Business Administration, at University of Virginia Darden School of Business.
On August 18, 2016, Darden was honored to sponsor and participate in Women Who Lead: Secrets of Success, a breakfast panel event hosted by the Washington Business Journal and the Washington Area Women’s Foundation which focused on women leaders in tech. Designed to bring together and support professional women in the D.C. Metro area, the event provided an open forum for women to connect through shared challenges, inspire and encourage each other and celebrate successes.
Photo credit: MAS Holdings
Darden has found a kindred spirit in new partner organization MAS Holdings. One of the world’s most recognized design-to-delivery solution providers in apparel and textile manufacturing, Sri Lanka-based MAS Holdings is a community-focused organization dedicated to providing a sustainable working and living environment for its more than 79,000 employees in 48 manufacturing facilities across 15 countries.
On 12 May 2016, Darden’s Executive Education program hosted a spotlight session with The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AmCham Shanghai). Held on the eve of the Darden Shanghai Investing Summit, the event featured Professor Melissa Thomas-Hunt, speaking about her recent research around unconscious bias.