• Darden women make a significant impact every day — at Darden, in Charlottesville and around the world. They are student club presidents, community leaders, entrepreneurs and more. Darden is committed to recruiting women who want to positively impact the world, and empowering them for long-term success in whatever role they choose. Darden has a history of advocacy on behalf of women, moreover, including our Dean's recent participation in the White House Roundtable to outline best practices for cultivating women leaders and improving workforce conditions for women and families.

    Over the course of two years at Darden and as a life-long member of the alumni network, you will be able to take advantage of mentorship, alumni and career development resources, and you will develop skills critical to gaining respect as a business leader. Darden’s distinctive case method of instruction — designed to strengthen students’ confidence in their communication, decision-making and teamwork skills — and  experiential learning opportunities create a great learning environment for women.

    Below you will be able to meet some of Darden's female leaders, see what our female students are involved with and peruse a collection of resources developed particularly for women. 


    • Meet Darden Alumnae

      Power Up Carolyn Miles

      Carolyn Miles — Darden Class of 1988

      As the CEO of an international nonprofit, Save the Children, Carolyn models how a Darden an MBA can prepare you for a successful and rewarding career in the nonprofit sector.

      Read more about Carolyn's Accomplishments

      Jennifer Hayes

      Jennifer Hayes — Darden Class of 2001

      As partner at Bain & Company and mother of three, Jennifer's life is a wonderful story of success both in her career and at home.

      Read more about Jennifer's Accomplishments


      Shelley Reese

      Shelley Reese — Darden Class of 2008

      Shelley Reese, a Senior Associate at Booz Allen, was recently interviewed as one of Booz Allen's "Leading Ladies." Read her Q&A to see how she continues to grow professionally, how she mentors others, and how she regularly exceeds expectations.

      Read the full Q&A

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      Katherine Neebe — Darden Class of 2004


      Since graduating from Darden, Katherine has worked with a wide range of corporate, government and nonprofit organizations. After spending six years at WWF managing one of the world's largest corporate-NGO partnerships, Katherine joined Walmart's sustainability team and leads Walmart's external stakeholder relationships.

      Contact Our Alumnae

      Reach out to one of our many alumnae ambassadors to hear more about their experience at Darden, and their journey since graduating.

      Contact an Alumnae Ambassador

      Darden and the Forté Foundation

      Forté Foundation, an organization committed to helping more women pursue business leadership roles. While every woman at Darden can join and be a member of Forté, each member school has the opportunity to select Forté Fellows.

      The Forté Foundation offers many resources unique to Fellows. In addition to the financial support provided through fellowships awarded by individual Forté member schools, Fellows gain exposure to leading companies in the Forté network. They also gain an immediate network of Fellows that extends beyond their individual business school. Darden usually has approximately 50 Fellows during any given year.

      Graduate Women in Business (GWIB) 

      Darden’s chapter of Graduate Women in Business (GWIB) promotes the role of professional women by developing a greater appreciation for issues of diversity among men, women, faculty and administration. GWIB provides resources related to women’s issues in pursuing a career in business and helps students create and build their professional and personal networks.

      Graduate Women in Business (GWIB) 

      Darden’s chapter of  Graduate Women in Business (GWIB) promotes the role of professional women by developing a greater appreciation for issues of diversity among men, women, faculty and administration. GWIB provides resources related to women’s issues in pursuing a career in business and helps students create and build their professional and personal networks.


      Women@Darden

      The Women@Darden Initiative is a cross-departmental effort launched last year to examine and to continually improve the quali­ty of the Darden experience for prospective and current female stu­dents and alumnae. Faculty, students, alumnae, and senior leaders of the School, moreover, collaborate to explore recruitment, student experience and alumni engagement in an ongoing effort to enrich Darden’s ecosystem for women. This group’s outreach and strategic initiatives are one of the many ways the School is supporting a diverse, vibrant community and encouraging open and sustained dialogue around important issues of gender dynamics and gender equality.


      1:1 Program for Prospective Student Women

      Darden is known for having a tight-knit community. In order to give you a more personalized introduction, the Graduate Women in Business Club and the Office of Admissions are pleased to offer the 1:1 Program for Prospective Student Women.  

      The program will pair you with a current female student mentor in late summer so that you can have a one-on-one connection with a member of the Darden community. Previous participants have found that this is a fantastic way to learn about the School, the student community and the many academic opportunities and resources. 

      If you are interested in applying to be a part of the 1:1 Program, please email Haley Whitlock Gyory 


      Wednesday 10s

      Wednesday 10 events provide an opportunity for women in the Darden community — students, staff and faculty — to have real conversations about what it means to be a woman in the business world. In these sessions women share examples of situations they’ve faced in the past and provide valuable takeaways on how to even the playing field and be more confident business women.


      Darden Student Bloggers

      Visit the Darden Student Bloggers to find women writing about their experiences in business school.


      UVA Resources for Women