Global MBA for Executives

Contact a GEMBA Student Ambassador

One of the best ways to learn more about Darden's Global MBA for Executives is to talk to current students in the program.The following GEMBA students have made themselves available to answer questions from prospective students and applicants.

Please keep in mind that these executives have busy schedules and it may take them a few days to respond to your e-mail. To contact students from our Executive MBA, go to the EMBA student ambassadors webpage.


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Aaron Fernstrom   Venture Capital/Private Equity   Managing Director, Mid-Atlantic Venture Investment Co.   Charlottesville, VA, USA       BS Finance, University of Pittsburgh Honors College           Darden is like no other place on Earth. From the moment you arrive as a member of this wonderful community, you're constantly engaged with brilliant and creative classmates, inspiring and thoughtful faculty, and interesting and energizing case studies. A lot of top business schools teach you how to give the right answer. Darden teaches you how to ask the right question. Darden challenges its student to think differently, and creates a context where meaning can be discovered.    
Ana Beskin   Technology   Program Security Manager, Hewlett Packard   Great Falls, VA, USA       BA Mathematics / Computer Science and Music / Piano Performance, Sweet Briar College,           One of the best parts of Darden is the incredible tight knit community and highly accessible faculty. They have helped me grow in both my personal and professional life. Darden has taught me so much in such a short time. I am already using what I�ve learned to expand my role at my company.    
Dan Benn   General Management   Regional Facilities Manager   Newport Coast, CA, USA       BSE Industrial & Operations Engineering, University of Michigan           Thus far my Darden experience has been everything I had hoped it would be. The personal approach to the recruiting process was a major factor in my decision to attend Darden, and as I suspected, the classroom experience has followed the same approach. The faculty is highly engaged and invested in our success as a cohort. In the GEMBA format, we have significant access to the very top faculty that Darden has to offer due to the smaller cohort size and use of several professors in each class.    
Jordan Sorkin   Consulting, Marketing   Executive Advisor, Marketing Practice   Washington, D.C., USA       BA International Business and Spanish - Muhlenberg College           The Darden experience is one that is clearly without boundaries. Embarking on the GEMBA path with the appropriate faculty, flexibility and application to global executives, Darden is pivotally shifting what is possible with top tier executive education. The case methodology seems so much more 'real' when you are studying in the country that plays host to the case and its protagonist and are then able to meet them face to face to gain additional perspective.    
Julien Menager   Consulting   Technology Consultant   France       Specialized Master in International Business Law and Management / HEC Paris School of Management ; Master�s Degree in International Business Law, with distinction, University of Tours; Graduated from Centre de Droit du Commerce International, University of Tours; Master�s Degree in Business Law, with distinction, University of Le Mans; Bachelor in Private Law, with distinction, University of Le Mans           When I applied to Darden, I expected to find one of the best educational program in the world through the case study method, a tight-knit community and an impressive network of alumni. / I found all this but also wonderful people with very diverse and excellent backgrounds with whom I can share experiences. With the GEMBA program in particular, I live a wonderful international journey around the world to become a potential global leader.    
Masanori Uzawa   Pharma/Biotech/Healthcare   Deputy Manager, Corporate Planning & Coordination Office   Japan       Bachelor's degree, Law - University of Tokyo           There is no doubt that GEMBA's international residencies provide us precious first-hand experience to nurture global business perspectives. Furthermore, distance learning courses in which GEMBA students join through the program are also valuable opportunities to hone our skills to manage a 'global team' as communicating with each other remotely. I guarantee that Global MBA for Executives is the best program for those who have strong aspirations to be a global business leader.    
Rob Lane   Consulting   Manager, Advisory   Arlington, VA, USA       BS Finance and Accounting, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign           The caliber of students and faculty at Darden is top-notch. I am constantly being challenged to analyze business cases from a variety of different lenses in order to form a holistic enterprise perspective. The diverse backgrounds of my cohort and professors contribute to dynamic and enlightening case discussions, which have practical applications outside of the classroom. As a manager, I cannot imagine a more effective instructional format than the case method at Darden.    
Stephanie Scuderi   Other Finance, Marketing   Vice President, Director of Sales   Tavernier, FL, USA       MS Integrated Marketing Communication, Database - Northwestern University; BS Communication - Cornell University           Darden inspired me from the start. Classes have been more than I ever expected - truly mind-blowing experiences, stretching my brain, inspiring great thought from the entire class which is made of up some of the most interesting people I could ever hope to meet. My Darden class was chosen not on individual value, but with consideration to the cohort unit's chemistry and energy. Half way through the GEMBA program, it is my classmates AND a truly remarkable faculty who remind me of the big dreams that brought me to Darden and inspire me to continue to reach higher and dream bigger.    
Tahmina Nurova   Finance/Investment Management/Portfolio Management   Team Leader / Banking Expert   Tajikistan       International Economic Relations - Tajik National University           The case method and focus on real business situations is what differentiates the Darden experience. For me, coming from the financial consulting sector, it is a tremendous opportunity to gain a hand-on expertise that I can immediately apply in my daily work. The case method is also the best way to strengthen my communication and presentation skills, and that means so much in the consulting world.    
Tariq Alqadi   Real Estate   Project Director   Jordan       American University of Beirut           The Darden experience has allowed me to build on my analytical and leadership skills. In addition allowed me to widen broaden my professional network.    

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