• The Economist ranks Darden #2 for Global MBA programs in 2015, and our talented team of career advisors play an important role in that success. Learn more about who they are and how they can help you in your career search.

    Ed Yu

    Career Advisor: Finance, Investment Banking and Sales & Trading
    Phone: +1-434-924-3951
    Email: yue@darden.virginia.edu

    As a career advisor, Ed Yu teaches career management, providing career advice to First and Second Year students. He is responsible for advising students interested in careers in investment banking, sales and trading and corporate finance. Ed serves as the liaison to the Finance and Turnaround & Restructuring Clubs.

    S. Kellogg Leliveld

    Career Advisor: Consulting & Corporate Strategy                
    Phone: +1-434-924-7170
    Email: lelivelds@darden.virginia.edu

    S. Kellogg Leliveld serves as a career advisor for students interested in non-traditional MBA career paths. Kellogg also teaches a series of classes to First Year MBAs on career management and job search strategy and provides student coaching. She oversees Darden’s student-led job treks and serves as the Career Development Center advisor to a number of student organizations including Health Care, Retail & Luxury Goods, Graduate Women in Business, and Business Design.

    Denise Karaoli

    Career Advisor: International & Diversity
    Phone: +1-434-924-6748
    Email: karaolid@darden.virginia.edu

    Denise Karaoli serves as a career advisor and resource for international students seeking positions in the U.S. and overseas, and U.S. students seeking international opportunities. Her main responsibilities include program and resource development, individual career counseling and group instruction in career search strategies for the U.S. and abroad. Denise also focuses on developing recruiting opportunities with international and multinational companies for the entire Darden student body and with U.S. companies for the international students. In addition, Denise provides career support for minority students, works with companies on diversity recruiting and is actively involved in the major diversity conferences. She also serves as the liaison for 10 diversity-focused student organizations.

    Margaret Weeks

    Career Advisor: General Management, Social Impact
    Phone: +1-434-924-0950
    Email: weeksm@darden.virginia.edu

    Margaret Weeks serves as a career advisor for students interested in general management and social impact career roles. She also guides development of the CDC's Career Education programming. Margaret manages CDC engagement with student club leadership and serves as advisor to the Net Impact, Business & Public Policy, Media and Entertainment & Sports Clubs.

    Reid Thompson

    Career Advisor: Marketing, Technology, Entrepreneurship, & Private Equity               
    Phone: +1-434-297-7894 
    Email: thompsonr@darden.virginia.edu

    Reid Thompson (MBA ‘09) has joined the career education and advising team as an Assistant Director for the MBA program and will focus on advising students in the areas of entrepreneurship, venture capital, private equity, investment management, and general management. Reid has over seven years of experience in financial services, marketing, and operations. Most recently at YB MoneySpot, a financial technology startup, Reid was Vice President of Market Strategy, overseeing marketing plans, investor relations, and vendor relationship. Reid also worked in marketing and research at Latinum Network where he managed operations and business intelligence. Immediately after Darden, Reid spent four years at BB&T bank in a Leadership Development Program where he focused on financial management, commercial lending and retail banking and oversaw a multicultural initiative, which brought in new retail business for Hispanic clients. Before business school he managed a manufacturing facility in Monterrey, Mexico. Reid is a graduate of Washington & Lee University with a BA in Spanish and has an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

    Jeff Leopold

    Career Advisor: Consulting  
    Phone: +1-434-924-4882 
    Email:   leopoldj@darden.virginia.edu

    Prior to joining Darden, Jeff worked at Genworth Financial where he served as Chief Marketing Officer, Program Marketing. Jeff’s business career of nearly 30 years also includes work with Capital One, Circuit City, IBM, and management consulting with CSC Index. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Council on Economic Education. He is an adjunct professor teaching strategy at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University. Jeff earned his BSE from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

    Mike Stevens

    Career Advisor: Marketing & Investment Management
    Phone: +1-434-924-9680
    Email:   stevensm@darden.virginia.edu

    Mike Stevens joined the CDC as an assistant director of career advising & education.  In his career advising role, Mike will focus on advising students in the areas of marketing, general management and investment management.  Prior to joining Darden, Mike’s business career of nearly 25 years spanned start-ups to Fortune 100 Companies in a range of industries including aviation, financial services and medical servicing, and a number of functional areas including, marketing, operations and risk.  As a graduate of Georgetown’s Leadership Coaching program, Mike has been coaching and developing senior leaders for over 10 years. Mike holds both an MS and BS in Operations Research & Management Science from the Universities of Warwick and Lancaster respectively, both in the UK.  

    Jim Collins

    Career Advisor: Executive MBA students
    Phone: +1-434-297-7984
    Email:  collinsj@darden.virginia.edu

    Jim Collins works with Executive MBA students and brings to Darden a broad background in organization, executive, management, and professional development. He started his career as a clinical psychologist, earned a doctorate in Organizational Behavior, and spent the next 21+ years in executive and consulting positions in the area of education, training, and talent management. For the past six years, he’s dedicated his career to assisting others who are facing transitions with theirs. In that role he has served as a career coach, seminar facilitator, and expert resource for some 2,000 clients ranging from supervisors to CEO’s.

    Sarita Soldz

    Career Advisor: Executive MBA students
    Email:  soldzs@darden.virginia.edu

    Sarita Soldz works with Executive MBA students on career strategy and career transitions. Prior to joining Darden, Sarita spent her career in marketing and human resources for companies that include Kimberly-Clark, Coca-Cola, and Ashland/Valvoline. In her most recent roles, she led strategy for professional development that established a women’s leadership accelerator program, an inclusion and diversity action plan, and an all-employee mentoring program. She has worked with senior executives to create culture change, and is a recipient of Ashland’s pinnacle Chairman’s Award for leadership. Sarita holds a B.S. from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.