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    The Financial Times ranks Darden #4 for Job Placement Success in 2014, 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.

    Chequeta Allen

    Assistant Dean for Career Development
    Phone: +1-434-297-7971
    Email: allenche@darden.virginia.edu

    Chequeta Allen joined the Career Development Center as Assistant Dean for Career Development Center (CDC). She comes to Darden with a focus on the key directives of the CDC related to the strategic direction of the Business School.  


    She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Policy & Management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Decision Sciences and completed her MBA in the Executive Program at the College of William and Mary’s R.A. Mason School of Business.

    Chequeta has a distinguished career and has led in a diverse set of top organizations. Prior to her role at Darden, she was Executive Director of the Career Management Center at the R.A. Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary. Before joining W&M, Chequeta worked in corporate and academic settings, including Oracle, Stanford University and Stanford Medical Center, the University of Southern California and Virginia Commonwealth University College of Medicine. Throughout her career she has excelled at marketing, administration, training and applied research. 

    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: Cross-Functional, Non-Traditional
    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.

    Amanda Panarese

    Career Advisor: Marketing, Technology, Entrepreneurship 
    Phone: +1-434-924-3580
    Email: panaresea@darden.virginia.edu

    Amanda Panarese serves as a career advisor for students pursuing careers in entrepreneurship, marketing and technology. She serves as the liaison to the Marketing, Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital and Technology Clubs.

    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: General Management, Social Impact
    Phone: +1-434-982-2737
    Email:  thompsonr@darden.virginia.edu

    Reid Thompson (MBA ‘09) has joined the career education and advising team as an Assistant Director for the residential 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: Executive MBA & Global MBA programs 
    Phone: +1-434-924-4882 
    Email:   leopold@darden.virginia.edu

    Jeff serves as a career advisor and educator for the MBA for Executives and Global MBA for Executives students at the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business. 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.

    Jim Collins

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

    Jim Collins joins Darden’s career education and advising team as an Assistant Director for the MBA for Executives and Global MBA for Executives programs. Jim 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.