Alumni Career Services

Career Counseling

The Armstrong Center for Alumni Career Services offers one-on-one career counseling to all Darden MBA, MBA for Executives and PhD programs.  Counseling sessions may take place in person, on the phone or via Skype.  Our team of career counselors are all Darden alumni and draw on diverse and deep business experience.

We can help develop a powerful resume and LinkedIn profile to support your search.  We can also assist you in figuring out what's next, developing a job search strategy, negotiating employment terms, understanding severance agreements, developing a career plan and thinking through most any career issue.  Most sessions are one hour in length, but vary depending on the topic and your needs. 

It's free!  There is never a charge for the Armstrong Centers' counseling services.

To set up a counseling session contact us at or +1-434-924-4876.
We look forward to working with you! 

Before you speak to a counselor, it may help to take a look at the Job Search TOOLKIT.  

The ACS Staff

ConnieEnglish1Connie Dato English, Director of Alumni Career Services (Darden MBA '91)
Connie joined ACS in 2001, bringing experience as a consultant and recruiter at Booz Allen Hamilton, a strategic business planner with PepsiCo, Inc.’s corporate headquarters and as human resources manager for J.M. Huber Corporation in its Wood Products Division. Connie is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and received her MBA from Darden in '91. She has assisted thousands of alumni including women re-entering the workforce.  Connie currently serves as the Executive Director of the MBA CSWP Alliance, an international peer group.


Marty SpeightMarty Speight, Career Consultant (Darden MBA '96)
Before Marty joined the ACS counseling team, she had consulted with Darden’s Career Development Center assisting students and managing projects. Marty’s impressive career in general management and operations included stints with Coca-Cola and several start-ups in the software industry. She ran a large division of iXL, a global internet services firm, and worked on implementing supply chain software solutions with clients in a variety of industries. Marty obtained her B.S. in Industrial Relations at UNC-Chapel Hill before pursuing her MBA at Darden.


LindsayGuthrieLindsay Guthrie, Career Consultant (Darden MBA '04) 
Before joining the ACS counseling team, Lindsay was an MBA Career Coach at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business MBA Career Center.  While there, she coached hundreds of MBAs, EMBAs, and Alums through their end to end job search.  Prior to Georgetown, Lindsay worked for over ten years in consulting at PwC, IBM, and Accenture.  In addition, she spent several years as a Director at U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  Lindsay obtained her A.B. in government from Harvard University and her MBA at Darden.  


Cathryn DavisCathryn Davis, Alumni Career Services Associate
Cathryn joined Alumni Career Services in July of 2013. Cathryn manages our office and is the webmaster for ACS. She is often the first point of contact for our office and can help you navigate the ACS website, schedule your first career counseling appointment and help you access any of the services we offer. Cathryn received her B.A. in Communication Studies from Virginia Tech, as well as her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Montana State University.  Contact Cathryn.




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