• 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.

    Jack Oakes

    Assistant Dean for Career Development
    Career Advisor: Investment Management, Private Wealth Management and Private Equity
    Phone: +1-434-924-7686
    Email: oakesj@darden.virginia.edu

    As assistant dean for career development, Jack Oakes (MBA/MA in East Asian Studies '89) leads all activities of the Darden Career Development Center (CDC) including strategy development and implementation; management of the global portfolio of recruiting companies; career coaching of students and direction and management of the CDC staff. He leads the career advisors in providing advice, coaching and career search support to First and Second Year students. He acts as a career advisor to students interested in marketing, investment management, private wealth management and private equity. Jack also serves as the liaison to the Darden Military Association, Darden Capital Management, Darden Private Equity Network and the Real Estate Club.

    Videos: Advice from Jack Oakes

    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.

    Jeff Leopold

    Career Advisor: General Management and Operations
    Phone: +1-434-924-4882
    Email: leopoldj@darden.virginia.edu

    Jeff Leopold serves as a career advisor for students interested in general management careers. He also manages the Second Year Coaches program. Jeff serves as the Career Development Center advisor to the Energy and General Management & Operations Clubs.

    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.

    Meftehe (Mef) Shebi

    Career Advisor: Consulting, Corporate Strategy, Education
    Phone: +1-434-924-0895
    Email: shebim@darden.virginia.edu

    Meftehe Shebi serves as a career advisor for students pursuing careers in consulting, corporate strategy and education. He serves as the liaison to the Consulting and Education 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.