As a leadership team, our
goal is to make the 2014-2015 year one to remember. To reach this goal,
we have planned a socially and professionally rich calendar of events
to help BBSF members fully experience the best of Darden: brilliant
classmates, dynamic faculty, engaged alumni, enthusiastic recruiters,
excited prospective students, and committed administration.
Classmates: Our goal is to provide programming that is relevant to
ALL Darden students. Watch out for our conference
February 2015. You will want to be there!
Faculty: Eighty-five minutes in class isn’t enough.
We want to know what faculty are researching, read what they're reading
(or recommend), and learn more from them as well as about them.
Engaged Alumni: You are where we want to be. We want to
engage with you and learn from your experiences. We will resume the
Alumni Newsletter this year, and we will also implement “30-30s with
BBSF Alums” – 30 minutes with BBSF alums every 30 days.
Recruiters: We value the opportunities and support you
provide for BBSF. We look forward to seeing you around on Grounds, as
well as national conferences and industry events.
Prospective Students: We are here to answer your questions and
share our experiences with you. We will answer ANY question, so please
do not hesitate to reach out to anyone on our Leadership Team. If we
can’t answer your question, we will find someone who can.
Administration: We truly appreciate the support that we receive
from the Darden Administration. We have organized our calendar to
harmonize with the broader Darden agenda, and we enjoy partnering with
you to deliver The Best of Darden.
Continue reading to meet the BBSF 2014-2015 Leadership Team...
Amiel Harper graduated from Bradley University in 2003 with a B.S. in Finance. He then attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate in 2007, and thereafter, practiced law in Chicago, serving as Financial Risk Manager and In-House Counsel to the Self-Insurers Advisory Board of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. This past summer he was a Brand Management intern at Proctor & Gamble for the Gillette Global Team.
Executive Vice President
Vida Asiegbu is the Executive Vice President of the Black Business Student Forum. Prior to joining Darden, she was a Corporate Beverage Buyer for a convenient store chain based out of Atlanta. She is pursuing Investment Banking upon graduation and worked for Citi Investment Banking during the summer.
Vice President of Finance
Yichen Feng graduated from Harvard College in 2010 majoring in East Asian Studies. She plans to stay in the international development field, having worked in corporate venture capital, entertainment, and education (all within emerging markets) prior to Darden. She spent the summer in San Francisco with the investment banking division at Goldman Sachs.
Vice President of Administration
Sele Elens-Eigbokhan was born and raised in Nigeria. He moved to the United States to pursue his undergraduate studies and graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Applied Economics and Management. Upon graduation, he worked at The Nielsen Company within the Financial Leadership Program and subsequently at Avis Budget Group as a Senior Financial Analyst. Sele spent the summer as a Summer Associate at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Vice President of Corporate Sponsorship
Sharif Bennett is originally from Nyack, NY and graduated from Swarthmore College in 2003. Prior to Darden he worked in both marketing and sales capacities for just over seven years. Most recently Sharif was a National Account Sales Manager in a business to business, telecommunications sales role where he was responsible for generating new revenue and building customer relationships. He enrolled at Darden in an effort to get a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of marketing and during the summer of 2014 will be interning with Bristol Meyers Squibb. Sharif is an avid fan of sports and entertainment and spent two years studying and acting at both Second City Chicago and Chicago ImprovOlympic.
Vice President of Education
Marcus Thomas is a U.S. Navy supply chain, acquisition, and operational logistics manager. A native of Hephzibah, GA, Marcus graduated from United States Naval Academy in May 2004, and will return to active military service after earning MBA. His personal interests are outdoor sports, science fiction, and helping others, and he hopes to someday create a charitable trust or foundation that provides educational opportunities to the less fortunate.
Vice President of Marketing
Matt Waite grew up in the courteous, convivial, captivating country of Canada, and graduated from the University of Ontario Institute of Techology (UOIT). He then worked in risk management for a power company in Ottawa, before moving to calm, carefree California to work in project management for an e-commerce startup. He likes playing guitar, attending musical theatre, watching various tv shows, adjectives that begin with C, going to the beach, and wearing comely cardigans. He was in a commercial strategy role at Dow AgroSciences this summer.
Martin Davidson is Associate Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior. In his research, teaching and consulting, Davidson focuses on how leaders can use diversity strategically to create sustainable competitive advantages for their firms, both globally and domestically. His most recent work is The End of Diversity as We Know It.
In addition to teaching leadership in Darden's MBA and Executive Education programs, he consults with a host of Fortune 100 firms, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. He has served as the national chair of the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the Academy of Management.