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Experience Darden, Episode 21: An Interview with Allison Shimamoto (MBA ‘19)

Experience Darden, Episode 21: An Interview with Allison Shimamoto (MBA ‘19)

June 28, 2019

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with recent Darden graduate, Allison Shimamoto. We recently sat down with Allison to talk about her MBA journey, her involvement in Darden’s Resilience Week and what she has enjoyed about her time in Charlottesville.

The ExecMBA Podcast, Episode 77: An Interview with Sarita Soldz, EMBA Career Advisor

The ExecMBA Podcast, Episode 77: An Interview with Sarita Soldz, EMBA Career Advisor

June 28, 2019

In this episode of the ExecMBA Podcast, we catch up with Sarita Soldz. Sarita is one of the career advisors who support our executive format students, and she is a repeat guest on the pod. We sat down with her to talk about the recent Life Design workshop she offered for women in our Class of 2019, as well as some of the exciting discussions Executive MBA staff are having around student engagement and support. Bonus coverage: Listen to Sarita's earlier podcast episodes https://dardenmba.podbean.com/?s=soldz). 

The ExecMBA Podcast, Episode 76: An Interview with Roger Wieland and Connor Lott, EMBA Class of 2020

The ExecMBA Podcast, Episode 76: An Interview with Roger Wieland and Connor Lott, EMBA Class of 2020

June 21, 2019

In this episode of the podcast, we continue our spotlight on the military transition experience with a conversation with two veterans in our Class of 2020, Roger Wieland and Connor Lott. We talk about Roger and Connor about their paths post-military, why they decided to pursue an MBA and their advice for service members contemplating a transition to the private sector.

Research and Relevance, Episode 12: The Entrepreneurial Pivot Necessary for Success

Research and Relevance, Episode 12: The Entrepreneurial Pivot Necessary for Success

June 17, 2019

The entrepreneurial pivot is a term popularized by entrepreneurs Steve Blank and Eric Ries, particularly through Ries’ well-known book The Lean Startup, and represents a company’s re-orientation of strategic direction. Batten Research Fellow Siobhan O’Mahony discusses her study of early-stage energy and cleantech hardware firms in the Boston area to better understand their pivots. Dr. O’Mahony unexpectedly found that a pivot is not just a one-time occurrence but a cumulative set of decisions made over time, based on critical information drawn from customers and other stakeholders. The research has important lessons for aspiring entrepreneurs who need to engage with their potential markets early, adapt to new information, or even exit. Dr. O’Mahony is the Feld Family Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Strategy and Innovation at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.

Hosted by Erika Herz, Director of Research and Intellectual Capital at Darden’s Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Read more about the entrepreneurial pivot here.

Experience Darden, Episode 20: An Interview with recent graduate Taylor Sheppard (MBA ‘19)

Experience Darden, Episode 20: An Interview with recent graduate Taylor Sheppard (MBA ‘19)

June 17, 2019

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with recent graduate, Taylor Sheppard. Taylor is a veteran and a member of the Darden Military Association, and we sat down with her to talk about what drew her to the MBA, what she’s enjoyed about her Darden experience and highlights from her second year of business school.

Experience Darden, Episode 19: An Interview with recent graduate Valerie Urban (MBA ‘19)

Experience Darden, Episode 19: An Interview with recent graduate Valerie Urban (MBA ‘19)

June 17, 2019

In this episode of the podcast, we sit down with recent graduate, Valerie Urban. Valerie is originally from Brazil, and we talk with her about how she decided to pursue her MBA, what attracted her to Darden and her advice for international students considering Darden.

The ExecMBA Podcast, Episode 75: An Interview with Emily Kelly, EMBA Class of 2020

The ExecMBA Podcast, Episode 75: An Interview with Emily Kelly, EMBA Class of 2020

June 17, 2019

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Emily Kelly, an EMBA format student in our Class of 2020. We recently sat down with Emily to talk about what led her to Darden, how she has juggled the demands of the program and starting a new job, and her advice for prospective students wondering if now is the right time to get an MBA.

Research and Relevance, Episode 11: Decarbonizing the Agriculture Industry

Research and Relevance, Episode 11: Decarbonizing the Agriculture Industry

June 5, 2019

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. Agriculture accounts for a significant amount of GHG emissions worldwide but is also the one sector being hit the hardest by a changing climate. As the global population continues to grow – an additional 2 billion people predicted by 2050  – industry stakeholders are working diligently on technology solutions that will increase productivity while reducing carbon footprint.

We take a closer look at the two largest sources of GHG emissions – livestock farming and soil management – and explore the best practices and technologies that support carbon-smart farming.  We'll then discuss the levers and opportunities in more detail with Darden Professor Mike Lenox, who is a co-author on the forthcoming report titled Path to 2060: Decarbonizing the Agriculture Industry.

We would like to thank Dominion Energy’s Ryan Childress, Beanstalk Farm’s Jack and Michael Ross, and UVA Professor James Galloway for their contributions to this podcast, which also includes insights from the March 2019 World Agri-tech Innovation Summit.

This is the fourth in a series of podcasts from the Business Innovation and Climate Change Initiative at Darden’s Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation http://www.darden.virginia.edu/innovation-climate/. Episodes 5, 7, and 10 of Research and Relevance discussed automobiles, electric utilities, and industrials.

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

Experience Darden: A Career Development Special Episode

Experience Darden: A Career Development Special Episode

June 3, 2019

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with two members of Darden’s Career Development Center (CDC) team, Kellogg Leliveld and Jenny Zenner, to discuss the CDC’s new course for incoming Full-Time MBA students, Career Development WhyFinding (CDWhy).