• The Economist ranks Darden #2 for Global MBA programs in 2015, and our talented team of career advisors bring over 50 years of combined industry experience to play an important role in that success. Learn more about who they are and how they can help you in your career search.

    S. Kellogg Leliveld

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

    S. Kellogg Leliveld serves as the director of career education and advising, and is responsible for advising students in consulting, corporate strategy and non-traditional MBA career paths, cultivating relationships with corporations to build sustainable talent pipelines and partnerships in support of higher education needs, and teaching a series of classes to First Year MBA students on career management and job search strategy. She oversees Darden’s student-led job treks and serves as the Career Development Center advisor to a number of student organizations including Energy, Health Care,  Media, Entertainment & Sports, Retail & Luxury Goods, Graduate Women in Business, and Business Design & Innovation clubs. Prior to joining Darden, she spent nine years as a management consultant, worked in Strategic Planning with Toys "R" Us, and served as an independent consultant to Easter Seals. Kellogg earned her MBA from the University of Chicago, a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Virginia and a BS from the University of Michigan.

    Jim Collins

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

    Jim Collins works with Executive MBA students on career strategy and career transitions. Prior to joining Darden, Jim spent over 5 years as a career coach, seminar facilitator and expert resource for over 2,000 clients ranging from supervisors to CEOs. He also spent over 21 years in executive and consulting positions in the areas of education, training and talent management. Jim earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, an MS in Clinical Psychology from Cleveland State University and a BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame.

    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. Denise provides career support for minority students, works with companies on diversity recruiting and is actively involved in the major diversity conferences. Denise is responsible for developing recruiting opportunities with international and multinational companies, providing individual career counseling for international and diversity students, and leading group instruction in career search strategies for the U.S. and abroad. She also serves as the liaison for 10 international- and diversity-focused student organizations. Prior to joining Darden, she served in the President's, Vice President's and Provost's office at the University of Virginia for eight years, promoting international programs and activities, and managed the university-wide strategic planning process.Denise also worked in private and public international marketing and consulting for 14 years for companies in the U.S. and overseas. She holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Kent in the U.K. and a BS in Cross Cultural Studies from California Polytechnic State University.

    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.

    Mike Stevens

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

    Mike Stevens focuses on advising students in the areas of marketing, general management and real estate. Prior to joining Darden, Mike’s business career of nearly 25 years spanned from 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 earned his MS in Operations Research from the University of Warwick and a BS in Management Science from the University of Lancaster, both in the U.K.

    Reid Thompson

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

    Reid Thompson (MBA '09) focuses on advising students in the areas of technology, entrepreneurship, venture capital, and private equity. He also serves as a Career Development Center advisor to a number of student organizations including Private Equity, Technology, Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital, and Toastmasters clubs. Prior to joining Darden, Reid worked in financial services, marketing and operations for over seven years. Reid's worked at YB MoneySpot, a financial technology startup, as vice president of market strategy, Latinum Network in marketing and research, BB&T in their leadership development program, and a manufacturing facility in Monterrey, Mexico. Reid earned his MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and a BA in Spanish from Washington & Lee University.

    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 is also the co-lead for the CDC SY Coaches program. Margaret also serves as an advisor to the Darden Military Association, Education, General Management & Operations, and Net Impact clubs. Prior to her advising role, Margaret served as the communication and marketing manager for the CDC and worked in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at the University of Virginia. She also has 12 years of experience working in non-profits, including The Alzheimer’s Association, and private educational settings. Margaret earned an M.Ed. from the University of Virginia and a BA from the College of Wooster.

    Ed Yu

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

    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 finance. Ed serves also serves as the liaison to a number of student organizations including the Business & Public Policy, Darden Capital Management, Finance, and Turn Around & Restructuring clubs. Prior to joining Darden, Ed spent two years at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in MBA Career Services, and worked at J.P. Morgan Asia in sales and trading and at Merrill Lynch's Singapore, Seoul and Korea offices in investment banking. Ed earned his MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.