The ExecMBA Podcast, Episode 50: The Tables Are Turned - An Interview with Brett Twitty, Director of Admissions, Executive Formats

December 3, 2018

Episode 50! A milestone! It’s been quite a run for the ExecMBA Podcast, and in this episode, friend of the pod, Whitney Kestner, turns the tables and interviews Brett Twitty. In a conversation that touches on everything from Darden’s efforts in the DC area to The Smiths, Whitney and Brett chat about music, movies and, of course, all things Executive MBA. And be sure to check out Brett and Whitney’s prior episodeall about the Executive MBA application process.


Research and Relevance, Episode 10: Decarbonizing the Industrial Manufacturing Sector

November 30, 2018

Scientists assert that global warming must be kept below two degrees Celsius to avoid insurmountable global disruption. Getting there will require near total decarbonization of economic activity by 2060. Industrial manufacturing accounts for a significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. and worldwide.  Efforts to reduce energy consumption through more efficient operations have greatly reduced emissions but more innovation and investment is needed to decarbonize this critical sector.  What levers could be pulled to facilitate a more rapid transition to low-carbon manufacturing? 

 We focus on the three largest emitters of CO2 – steel, cement, and petrochemicals – and explore some of the ideas and technologies best positioned to decarbonize these industries, and the challenges faced for broader adoption. We then discuss the levers and opportunities in the industrial sector with Darden Professor Mike Lenox, who is a co-author on the report titled Path to 2060: Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector.

 This is the third in a series of podcasts from the Business Innovation and Climate Change Initiative at Darden’s Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Episodes 5 and 7 of Research and Relevance discusses the automobile and electric utility industries.

Podcast hosted by Becky Duff, Senior Research Associate for the Business Innovation and Climate Change Initiative, Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.


Research and Relevance, Episode 9: Testing the Locust Hypothesis, Part 2: The Global Corporate Patent Dataset

November 28, 2018

In our discussion with economists Pedro Matos and Jan Bena we explore their research on the impact of foreign investment on corporate innovation, as measured by number of patents. They describe the global corporate patent dataset they created, which is hosted by the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and available for use by any scholars around the world who seek to better understand innovation outcomes. Matos and Bena share why this resource is novel and useful for researchers who have experienced limitations with earlier patent datasets. Hosted by Erika Herz from the Batten Institute.


Research and Relevance, Episode 8: Testing the Locust Hypothesis, Part 1: The Impact of Global Investors on Long-Term Investment and Innovation

November 28, 2018

As the world economy has become increasingly globalized and complex, it's not obvious what effects foreign investors have on the companies whose stock they hold. Is it possible that these foreign investors provide pools of capital that firms can access in order to produce stronger companies, or do global institutional investors behave more like a swarm of locusts, resulting in short-term corporate policy making such as reduction in capital expenditures?  We discuss these questions and implications for corporate leaders with Pedro Matos, Darden finance professor and faculty director of the Mayo Center for Asset Management, and Jan Bena, professor at the University of British Colombia Sauder School of Business and a Batten Research Fellow. Matos and Bena are co-authors of the briefing,Testing "The Locust Hypothesis": The Impact of Global Investors on Long-Term Investment & Innovation. Hosted by Erika Herz from Darden’s Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.


The ExecMBA Podcast, Episode 49: Brett Twitty Answers Frequently Asked Questions

November 28, 2018

In this episode, Director of Admissions, Brett Twitty, answers the questions we most frequently receive from applicants. Curious about how our deadlines work? Want to learn more about our test requirement? Have questions about what materials are required for our application process? Check out this episode and then head over to the Exec Video Blog for even more answers!


The ExecMBA Podcast, Episode 48: An Interview with Jonas Porcar-Ferrer and Bhavin Patel, EMBA Class of 2020

November 21, 2018

In this episode, we catch up with two students in our Class of 2020, Jonas Porcar Ferrer and Bhavin Patel, during a busy first quarter of the program. In this wide-ranging conversation, we chat with Jonas and Bhavin about why they chose Darden, what they enjoy about learning through the case method, how they are juggling school and their many other commitments, and their advice for prospective students. Stay tuned for additional interviews with Jonas and Bhavin throughout the coming months!


The ExecMBA Podcast, Episode 47: An Interview with Kellogg Leliveld, Director of Career Education and Advising

November 16, 2018

In this episode, we catch up with Kellogg Leliveld! Kellogg is one of the career advisors who work with our executive format students, and we chat with her about her background, what she enjoys about working with Darden students, her advice for students considering an MBA and her approach to career advising. If you’re interested in learning more about career resources for executive format students, be sure to also check out our conversations with Sarita Soldz and Jim Collins.


The ExecMBA Podcast, Episode 46: An Interview with Ladi Carr, Director for Global Executive Programs

November 9, 2018

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Ladi Carr! Ladi is a member of Darden’s Center for Global Initiatives (CGI) team, and she helps lead the global residencies for our Executive MBA Program. This episode is essential listening for anyone seeking to learn more about our Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) format, our week-long global residencies or additional global opportunities available to executive format students at Darden.


The ExecMBA Podcast, Episode 45: An Interview with Jim Collins, Associate Director of Career Education and Advising, Executive MBA Students

November 3, 2018

In this episode, we catch up with Jim Collins. Jim is one of the career advisers who support our executive format students, and he returns to the podcast to talk about networking tactics for job seekers. He also shares highlights from our recent virtual job fair. And while you’re streaming, be sure to check out his previous interview exploring strategies for individuals who wish to climb within their current companies. 


Family Matters: An Introduction to Family Owned and Controlled Businesses with Darden Professor Greg Fairchild

October 30, 2018

Family owned and controlled businesses, which account for 90 percent of all U.S. companies, rarely outlive their founders to survive the next generation. Only one in three defies the odds, but that requires a well-thought-out transition plan and, in some cases, even a non-family member to step in and lead, according to a new white paper by the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management.

All growing businesses face challenges as they build from their entrepreneurial beginnings — whether they are global conglomerates or successful local companies. Family business owners who wish to retain control through the generations face a distinct set of challenges and opportunities. The paper drills into the issues of intergenerational transfer and offers insights into what family business owners should consider as they work to create sustainable businesses and plan for the future. A series of original case studies also demonstrates hardwon lessons learned from family-owned businesses – hear their stories through interviews conducted by Darden faculty member Greg Fairchild.