BBSF is committed to developing programs and events that support the founding mission and goal of building a stronger community around Darden, UVA and Charlottesville. Our commitment to creating opportunities for networking, training and social outreach is what establishes BBSF as an integral part of the greater Darden community from a professional, personal and social perspective.
Lessons in Leadership Speaker Series
The Leadership Speaker Series (LSS) allows Darden students to learn first-hand about the experiences of prominent business leaders who are involved in growing and developing a variety of enterprises. The featured lecturers discuss a variety of topics ranging from how they began their career to their company’s strategy in responding to changes within their competitive landscape. The goal of LSS is to enlighten, stimulate, and empower students in the world of practical affairs and serve as a conversation piece around important developments in global business.
Take A Kid to Class Day
Take a Kid to Class Day is a Darden-wide community-service event, led by the BBSF and co-sponsored by the Darden Education Club. This event is designed to expose minority elementary-age students to alternative role models in the fields of business, medicine and law as well as to encourage them to think about the importance of education and how their decisions will impact them in the future. A select group of elementary students have the opportunity to take a tour of the Darden Grounds and participate in a case prepared just for them. During lunch each student is paired with their buddy, a Darden, UVA Law or UVA Medical student, who talks in more detail about what they do.
View news coverage of the 2008 event.
World of Opportunities
World of Opportunities is designed to expose minority high-school juniors and seniors to alternative role models in the fields of business, medicine and law, and to encourage them to think about the importance of education and how the decisions they make now will impact them in the future. A select group of high school students from Charlottesville High School spend a half-day at Darden where they are assigned a student “buddy” who will spend one-on-one time with them during their visit. The student will also have a chance to discuss in an open forum with student and professional panelists future opportunities in education and in their careers.
Black History Month
Black History Month is celebrated each year at Darden through a series of events and programs. Video Presentations, Speakers, Movie Discussions and Workshops are all on tap for Black History Month 2011.