Darden's Career Advisors

Financial Times ranks Darden #5 for "Placement Success" (2011). Our career advisors are a big part of that success. Learn more about them below:

Jack OakesJack Oakes

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

As a career advisor, Ed 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
E-mail: 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 the Healthcare, Retail & Luxury Goods, Graduate Women in Business, and Business Design.

Denise Karaoli

Career Advisor: International & Diversity
Phone: +1-434-924-6748
E-mail: 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. Denise's 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. Additionally, she serves as the liaison to the following student organizations: Asia Business Club; Black Business Student Forum; South Asia Society; Emerging Markets Club; European Society; Gays, Lesbians and Allies at Darden, Hispanic American Network, International Business Society; Latin American Student Association and the Darden African Business Organization.

Jeff Leopold

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

Jeff serves as a career advisor for students interested in general management careers. He is also an adjunct professor teaching strategy at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University. Jeff serves as the Career Development Center advisor to the Energy and General Management & Operations Clubs.

Amanda Panarese

Career Advisor: Marketing, Technology
Phone: +1-434-924-3580
E-mail: panaresea@darden.virginia.edu

Amanda 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
E-mail: shebim@darden.virginia.edu

Meftehe 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: Mission-Driven
Phone: +1-434-924-0950
E-mail: weeksm@darden.virginia.edu

Margaret serves as a career advisor for students interested in mission-driven career roles. She also guides the career development center on a number of strategic initiatives including student communications and outreach and the CDC Section Representative Program. Margaret manages CDC engagement with student club leadership and serves as advisor to the Net Impact; Business & Public Policy; Media, Entertainment & Sports Clubs.

For a full list of Career Development Center staff bios, visit Recruiters & Companies: Our Team.

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