Christine Davies (MBA '09)
Why did you become a Class Agent?
I became a Class Agent because I wanted to give back to Darden and try to contribute to its continued success. I also thought it would be a great way to stay connected to the School after graduation.
Why is giving back to Darden important to you?
I had such a wonderful experience at Darden because of the efforts of so many people, and I know that providing the same experience for future classes can only be realized if there is an active community of people working to do the same.
What advice would you offer a new Class Agent?
Work to stay connected to your class all year long.
Why do you give to the Darden Annual Fund?
We know that tuition and fees paid by each student don’t cover the full cost of providing a Darden education in terms of developing great programs, attracting the best faculty, and even things like keeping the Grounds beautiful and IT infrastructure up to date. Contributing to the Annual Fund gives Darden’s leadership the tools and the flexibility needed to provide the best experience for future Darden classes, just as we received the benefit of the work of previous Darden classes. The Annual Fund also provides Darden with the means to reach out to new groups of applicants and to market the School to new audiences. This is critical to ensuring that the value of our Darden brand and reputation only get better.
What has been your most successful fundraising strategy?
The Class of 2009 has really embraced the Section Leader concept, and we work to arm our Section Leaders with sample monthly communications to make their outreach to sections as easy as possible. These communications include more than just an update on class giving; they include information about some of the latest and greatest happenings at Darden. We hope these insights make the communication something that our classmates will look forward to reading every month — and will drive them to contribute to the Annual Fund!
How do you talk to your classmates about giving?
I remind them of all of the incredible things Darden is doing and how their support has both enabled this and is critical to continued success; it seems to have a positive effect. I also describe why I am giving to Darden so they know I’m walking the walk and not just talking the talk.
What sets Darden apart from other graduate business schools?
I truly believe that Darden’s problem solving environment, case study focus and team approach turn out business and societal leaders who are better prepared to influence people and make impactful, positive decisions —more so than schools that simply teach each individual how to perform analysis and which best practices to apply in various situations. I think the Darden formula is very unique and important.
How long have you been a Class Agent?
Since before graduation. I’m one of the original four from the Class of 2009.
What is your greatest memory from Darden?
Probably the moment Team Darden’s name was announced at the 2009 Pepsi Brand Challenge at Wake Forest and we learned our amazing group of six had won first place and $50,000! We were exhausted after two long days and no sleep, but ecstatic about our collaboration and victory.
What is one word to describe your Darden experience?
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