Darden's Alumni Network

Rated as one of the strongest alumni networks by Poets & Quants (2011), our graduates are an integral part of the Darden community. They understand and appreciate the value of the Darden MBA and are known for being highly accessible to current students and fellow alumni in the job search process.

Video: Darden's Collaborative Alumni Network

In the following video, Patricio Narro (MBA '14) describes his experience with the Darden alumni network: 

Darden's Global Network in 90 Countries

As a Darden student, you will not only build strong relationships among your classmates, but you will also gain access to over 14,000 alumni from 90 countries from all of Darden’s programs, including the Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA and PhD programs.

Darden Alumni Infographic  

UVA's Alumni Network

In addition to the Darden alumni network, you can also connect with more than 23,000 University of Virginia alumni who have volunteered to serve as a career resources.  

Contact an MBA Alumni Ambassador

Our alumni ambassadors welcome your questions! Feel free to e-mail them about their experiences at Darden and beyond. Please keep in mind that they are not able to assess your chances of being admitted to Darden.

Sample questions include:

  • How did you make the decision to attend Darden?
  • What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Darden?
  • Do you believe Darden prepared you for your career? If so, in what ways?
  • What was the most valuable aspect of Darden, in your opinion?
  • Do you still keep in touch with other Darden alumni?

Image Name Title Industry Company Position Job Function Current Location Hometown Region Areas of Interest Previous Education Undergraduate School Undergraduate Major Summer Internship Post-Darden Plans Darden Graduation Year Quote Email Blog Twitter
  Amanda Martin   Technology Danaher Global Marketing Manager General Management Dallas, TX, USA         University of New Hampshire Business & Communication     2012 Darden has prepared me well for my career in General Management. I have been able to leverage the enterprise perspective that Darden teaches you, the unique ability to make decisions taking into consideration all aspects of a business (Operations, Strategy, Finance, etc.). Darden's General Management focus, case study method, and alumni network have all attributed to making me feel much better prepared as I start my career at Danaher. mandag425@yahoo.com    
Amelia Gariepy   Retail The Home Depot Manager, Online General Management Atlanta, GA, USA         Washington University in St. Louis Spanish & Business     2013   amelia.gariepy@gmail.com    
Ashwani Verma   Health Care IMS Consulting Group Consultant Consulting New York, NY, USA         Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi Biotechnology     2012 My Darden experience prepared me for my current role as a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry in three key ways: Firstly, the multidisciplinary problem-solving approach learned through the case study method now helps me in solving real-life issues faced by client organizations. Secondly, the knowledge gained at Darden through healthcare specific courses such as Health Care Management and Transactions and Deal-making in Life Sciences helped me in developing a nuanced view of the industry landscape. Thirdly, the intensive classroom and learning team interactions at Darden now helps me to be more effective in collaborating with client teams. verma.ashwani@gmail.com    
Benson Metcalf   Consulting Bain & Co Case Team Leader Consulting Perth, WA, Australia         Brigham Young University Econ and Finance     2011 Without question Darden is a supremely special place to get an MBA. The community is the secret sauce. Faculty, staff, students, plus the history, architecture, scenery, case method, the process, and most importantly the Darden Cup...it all meshed together and gave me an incredible two years and a lifetime of relationships and opportunities. / / Because of Darden, I gained the confidence and experience to apply for a job at Bain & Co. And I honestly don't believe another place would have done that for me. I think about Darden - the people, memories, and knowledge - everyday in some form or another. I happen to think the Bain culture and Darden culture are exactly the same: high achieving, people focused, intense and fun, loyal and team centered, with healthy athletic competition mixed in. w.bensonmetcalf@gmail.com    
Blythe Crane   Retail Target Corporation Merchandise Buyer General Management Minneapolis, MN, USA         Brown University Applied Mathematics/Economics     2013   blythe.crane@gmail.com    
Catherine Sproul   Consumer Products Kiehl's Since 1851 (owned by L'Oreal) Director of Strategic Planning Marketing New York, NY, USA         Harvard University Cognitive Psychology     2010 I chose Darden for the case method style of teaching and for the tight knit community created in Charlottesville. The case method has given me the skills I need to think outside of the box in the office, to state a difference of opinion respectfully, and to work effectively in teams. catherinesproul@gmail.com    
  Chip Hogge   Consulting Deloitte Consulting LLP Manager Consulting Richmond, VA, USA         Washington & Lee University Business Administration     2011 The Darden network (both while in Charlottesville and as an alum) is unmatched — active, engaged, and responsive. / / And I believe the case method — the way it's taught at Darden — is the single best way to learn new content and skills, particularly for those with more than 5yrs of prior work experience. chiphogge@gmail.com    
Deanna de Arango   Consumer Products Estee Lauder Global Marketing Manager - Skincare Marketing New York, NY, USA         College of the Holy Cross Art History     2013 Attending Darden was the best decision I ever made! The tight-knit community, collaborative learning environment, challenging yet stimulating business cases and the best teaching faculty are truly incredible. My time at Darden was so rewarding and I know will profoundly influence my future both personally and professionally. dearangod13@alum.darden.edu    
Deniz Balci   Manufacturing Crane Co. Crane Business System Manager General Management Aiken, SC, USA         Gazi University Industrial Engineering     2013 Although Darden is a challenging business school, I spent the most beautiful two years of my life at Darden. Not only am I learning about businesses, I also improve my communication skills with people who are coming from different cultures and speak different languages. The supportive environment and 100% case method make Darden experience unique and precious. I am proud of being a part of Darden School of Business. I definitely suggest Darden to people who are planning to get an MBA degree. After spending two years at Darden, you will become positively a different person. dbalci@cranems.com    
  Elizabeth Dreyer   Consulting Optiv Managing Director Consulting Sydney, Australia         University of Virginia Biology     2008 Darden's case-based learning and general management approach prepared me well for a post-MBA career in consulting whereby I learned to break down complex business problems and apply a methodical approach to solving them. As my career has progressed over the years, taking on more responsibility for managing people and budgets, I continue to call on the learnings from the Darden classroom. / / lizcundari@gmail.com    
Emily DeSanctis   Technology N/A Entrepreneur General Management Sunnyvale, CA, USA         Tulane University French     2011 I first delved into my passion for entrepreneurship while still at Darden, working in the Incubator the summer after graduation with a classmate, then dabbling in it on the side afterwards. In January, I made the leap to commit full-time to getting my own tech startup off the ground and was able to hedge some of that risk by using Darden's work space at the Plug & Play Tech Accelerator as my HQ and gateway into Silicon Valley. Since then, I found a partner, built a business, shut down the business, and am now exploring other entrepreneurial opportunities as well as positions at some more established companies. Darden has given me the confidence to explore many different paths including the challenging yet thrilling role of entrepreneur, and I've found the skills I've learned and relationships I've built from Darden to be invaluable on my journey. emily.desanctis@gmail.com    
Eric Thome   Manufacturing Folbot President & CEO General Management Charleston, SC, USA         Clemson University Mechanical Engineering     2006 I am currently reaching back to all my Darden experience and trying to apply it as a new CEO. At the same time I am reaching out to the Darden network for help and advice. eric.thome@me.com    
Hong Bloom   Financial Services Chase Marketing Manager General Management Wilmington, DE, USA         University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Computer Science     2013 Darden gave me two extremely valuable assets - practical business knowledge and a strong alumni network. The business knowledge came from the case method, the all-star teaching faculty, and diverse and brilliant classmates. The alumni network helped me find my internship and full time job, and is a resource I can continually tap into as my career develops. hongfan86@gmail.com    
Ilan Danieli   Health Care Precipio Diagnostics CEO General Management Englewood, NJ, USA         Bar Ilan University Economics     2000 Without my education at Darden I would not have been able to successfully carry out the roles I have had throughout my career, in particular my current role as CEO. Having to constantly look at the big-picture; having to understand the different aspects and disciplines of a business, navigate and constantly coordinate a delicate balance between them - those are skills that were acutely developed during my MBA program at Darden. More than a career-changing experience, this was a life-changing experience. ilandanieli@gmail.com    
James Barter   Real Estate West End Capital Group Managing Partner Investment Management Washington, D.C., USA         University of Virginia Finance/Marketing     2012 Darden helped me step back and look at the bigger picture within the business world. No matter what industry you are in, you see a little bit of everything � finance, marketing, economics, leading organizations, to name a few � and Darden prepares you to meet each of these aspects head on. / james.barter@gmail.com    
Jason Sinnarajah   Sports Cleveland Indians Organizational Development Strategist General Management Cleveland, OH, USA         Boston College Finance and Marketing     2007 Darden was a transformational experience for me and helped me become a better manager and a better co-worker. Without Darden I never would have been able to work at Google for five years amid the ambiguous and demanding workplace that Google is. I was able to work for 3 years in Asia helping to build out Google's international business and the practical leadership that Darden provided served me well when I was given difficult projects. jasonsinnarajah@gmail.com    
Jeff Tang   Consumer Products General Mills Associate Marketing Manager Marketing Minneapolis, MN, USA         Northwestern University Journalism     2013 Darden is one of the greatest experiences I've ever had in my life. I came in as a career switcher from an unconventional field, uncertain about my future. I left confident, capable, and motivated to succeed in a completely new field. I have no doubt that my classmates and the Darden network will remain an integral part of my life in the years ahead. jeffrey.tang@genmills.com    
Juan Massot   Investment / Portfolio Management Citi Management Associate General Management Panama City, Panama         Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (U.T.D.T) Economics     2013 Darden has been a truly unique experience in my life. I would say there are three main reasons that helped made my time at Darden so great: community, case method and faculty. The truly collaborative environment all around campus, the classroom learning experience, and the availability of faculty created in my opinion and unbeatable combo. I can't imagine what it would have been to pursue my MBA anywhere else. massotj13@darden.virginia.edu    
Julia James   Consulting Deloitte Senior Consultant Consulting Washington, D.C., USA         Harvard University Environmental Science and Public Policy     2012 I had a wonderful experience at Darden. I was initially intimidated by the case method, but it enabled me to learn so much in two years. I found the faculty to be outstanding--I had some amazing professors and enjoyed the opportunities to get to know them and their research and to work with them on projects outside of the classroom. mjjames06@gmail.com    
  Karen Manookian   Retail Macy's Business Analytics Manager Other New York, NY, USA         Vanderbilt University Economics     2012   karen.manookian@gmail.com    
Kate Murphy   Consulting Accenture Consultant Consulting Charlottesville, VA, USA         Mount Holyoke College Economics     2012 Darden's general management curriculum prepared me to think strategically through our client's problems and the wider market changes occurring in the industry, structure these opportunities in a way that leads to action and results, and work with executives to gain support for our work. katherine.g.murphy@accenture.com    
Katherine Mueller   Technology AT&T Senior Associate Corporate Development/M&A Dallas, TX, USA         Boston College Accounting     2012 The case method used at Darden really prepared me for my post-Darden career. Even though my day to day focus is on finance and M&A I need to understand how the business units operate and different functional roles interact. The case method focuses on seeing the entire business picture not just one specific functional area. katherine.mueller@gmail.com    
Kathryn Banerji   Consulting The Camden Group Senior Consultant Consulting Boston, MA, USA         University of Virginia Economics/Sociology     2011 Darden was the right choice to build my healthcare career. The general management curriculum gave me a breadth of experience that I can call upon when helping hospitals tackle their financial, marketing, operational, and strategic challenges. The case method helped refine my problems solving skills and increase my comfort with ambiguity. The faculty were accessible and involved -- I spent my summer internship studying hospitals in Singapore thanks to a faulty member who made the initial introduction. kbanerji@thecamdengroup.com    
  Kevin Bennett   Technology Personal Manager for Partner Development & Marketing Business Development Washington, D.C., USA         Brown University Political Theory & American Political History     2012 As a manager for partner development & marketing at Personal, a venture-backed start-up, I am putting most, if not all, of the skills and knowledge from Darden to work. From business development and marking to go-to-market and corporate strategy, I can definitely say that I'm using the enterprise-wide approach that Darden teaches so well. I tackle a range of issues on a daily basis and feel confident regardless of what gets thrown my way because of the two years I invested in Darden (and that Darden invested in me). bennett.kevin@gmail.com    
Kristin Luckenbill   Consulting Philosophy IB Senior Consultant Consulting Morristown, NJ, USA         Dartmouth College Geography     2012 Darden trained me on the skills necessary to transition from my former career (professional soccer player) into the real world. Additionally, Darden alumni reached out to recruit me for my current job. kluckenbill@gmail.com    
Liz Tomic   Consulting Prophet Senior Associate Consulting Chicago, IL, USA         Fordham College Finance     2013   TomicE13@alum.darden.edu    
Mandy Lozano   Consumer Products PepsiCo Marketing Manager, Stacy's Pita Chips Marketing Dallas, TX, USA         University of Puget Sound Art     2009 Darden was one of the most amazing 2 years of my life. A fantastic environment of learning, dialogue, progress, and true kindness & support. I cannot speak more highly of the faculty, staff, and my classmates. The only limits I ever encountered were those within myself; and I learned to push beyond them to improve my thinking & approach to business problems. brimLozano@yahoo.com    
Marek Benko   Manufacturing N/A / Martimex Alfa In job search process/ Board Member General Management Martin, Slovakia         The University of British Columbia Economics     2013 It is true that Darden faculty is the best you can find, always accessible, wiling to help, and give advice in any area. / Alumni network is very strong. No matter how high in an organization, alumni are excited to share their experience and meet or talk to fellow Dardenites. marek_benko@hotmail.com    
Matt Epstein   Technology Amazon.com Senior Content Acquisition Manager Product Manager, Licensing Seattle, WA, USA         University of Wisconsin - Madison Economics     2011 Darden gave me the necessary tools to jump-start the rest of my life -- both on a professional and social level. The professors are some of the best I've ever had and the case method constantly challenges students to think about real-world business situations, which prepared me for the next step of my career. The classes, coupled with the tight-knit Darden community in beautiful Charlottesville, help make Darden such an amazing business school. mattjepstein@gmail.com    
Michael Crome   Hospitality/Entertainment Caesars Entertainment Vice President, Finance, Budget & Planning Corporate Finance Las Vegas, NV, USA         The University of Akron Accounting     2006 My Darden education helped me develop a broader knowledge and approach to business issues. In my position, I am expected to look at our business on an enterprise level, understanding the stakeholders both internally and externally. The experience helped me to refine that skill set. I always say to friends and colleagues that Darden alums are the best. While I was a student, whenever I reached out to an alum, they were always willing to take my call and help where they could. Even today as an alum I still reach out to alums and the camaraderie is still there. Great alumni base. mdcrome@gmail.com    
Michael Marquardt   Health Care University of Virginia Health System Director, Office of the Chief Medical Officer General Management Charlottesville, VA, USA         Duke University Chemistry     2012 Darden and the case method of instruction were invaluable to advancing my career as a leader in healthcare. Collaborative problem solving with multi-disciplinary teams and decision-making with imperfect data are skills I developed at Darden and now use daily in the hospital setting. More important than the technical education, Darden provided me the opportunity to develop my communication skills and all of the other intangibles that make me effective and productive in the industry mrm2fp@virginia.edu    
Nuno Carepa   Agriculture Universal Leaf Africa, Pty Regional Business Development and Project Manager General Management Lisbon, Portugal in transit to Johannesburg, South Africa         Nova School of Business and Economics, Portugal Business Administration     2013 I loved everything about my Darden experience! The School is great, you have real access to world class faculty and world class classmates and friends. I visited all East Coast schools and only found this spirit and culture at Darden! It is unique! There is nothing you can not find in Charlottesville. Great city! Very family and pets friendly but also vibrant and busy because of UVA. Darden may not have the biggest alumni network but it certainly has the most supportive and accessible one, and you will need that down the road one day. nuno_carepa@hotmail.com    
Patty Foglesong   Education Fulton County Schools Broad Resident, Division of Strategy & Innovation Strategy & Innovation Atlanta, GA, USA         University of Notre Dame Geological Sciences     2009   pafoglesong@gmail.com    
Paul Soper   Retail Coach, Inc. Manager, Creative Marketing Finance Corporate Finance New York, NY, USA         Harvard University Economics     2012 I can't stress enough how important it is to be able to actively manage ambiguity in the workplace. Direction is rarely cut and dry, and tends to require a cross-functional, enterprise perspective -- even within the finance silo. Darden, via the case method and its well-rounded approach to the MBA education, prepares you for that. paul.soper@gmail.com    
Raj Yadav   Technology Yahoo Inc. Product Manager General Management Sunnyvale, CA, USA         Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur Materials Engineering     2012 As a product manager, I have to collaborate with colleagues from varied backgrounds ( Engineers, Designers, Salespeople, advertisers, clients etc.) everyday, understand their unique perspectives and then take decisions about product features that will touch hundreds of millions of customers, to build profitable products and experiences. I strongly believe that the unique experiences I gained at Darden, with its diverse and international class, hundreds of cases, the awesome learning team and caring and concerned faculty has given me all the tools I need to succeed in my career. The Darden experience did not end at graduation, it still continues for me through constant conversation with LT mates, alumni events in the Bay Area and career specific groups. rajyadav@yahoo-inc.com    
Rasmus Rasmussen   Technology Microsoft Finance Manager Corporate Finance Seattle, WA, USA         University of Copenhagen Economics and Finance     2013 Having previously worked at the Ministry of Finance of Denmark I had a good grasp of how the macro economy is working and I had experience working in government. My Darden experience gave me the entrepreneurial mindset and the business acumen which is required to be successful in private sector finance, specifically in the technology industry on the American West Coast. The tight knit community consisting of students from all over the world made it easy for me to acquire the skills I needed to move forward. RasmussenR13@darden.virginia.edu    
Rich Ellis   Real Estate Boston Properties Senior Project Management General Management Washington, D.C, USA         Vanderbilt University Organizational Studies, Business Administration     2007 Darden�s general management curriculum and alumni community enabled me to transition into a new industry and opened professional doors that I couldn�t have imagined prior to my MBA experience. The Darden experience, both in and out of the classroom, has proved invaluable, personally and professionally. rellis@bostonproperties.com    
Rohit Gupta   Technology Homedepot Associate Product Manager Product Management Atlanta, GA,USA         NIT Allahabad, India Computer Science     2013 Darden's best in class teaching faculty accelerated the pace of my learning and helped me get the best out of my two years. In addition to regular Darden courses, I got an opportunity to work with faculty members on research projects, business projects, case writing and independent studies. It was more or less charting my own learning path under expert guidance! GuptaR13@alum.darden.edu    
Sadie Wieschhoff   Retail Target Wine Buyer General Management MInneapolis, MN, USA         Bowdoin College History     2012 I could not have asked for a better experience at Darden. I believe the case method and the dedication of the entire Darden community could not prepare you better for whatever step you take after your MBA. I feel very lucky to have had two wonderful years at Darden; it exceeded every expectation I had. swieschhoff@gmail.com    
  Shweta Srikanth   Consulting McKinsey & Co. Associate Consulting Springfield, NJ, USA         Anna University Industrial Biotechnology     2012 The 2 best and life changing years of my life, were at Darden! Please contact me about the case method, life at Darden, professors, Learning teams, careers and anything in between. srikanth.shweta@gmail.com    
Tanesha Duncan   Health Care Johnson & Johnson Finance Manager Corporate Finance Raritan, NJ, USA         University of Pennsylvania Business     2010 �Attending Darden was the best investment I have made in myself and my career to date. I've built lifelong relationships with my classmates, staff, faculty and alumni. That sense of community is one of Darden�s differentiating features and a big part of why I chose Darden for my MBA. The classroom experience and the case-based teaching method will stretch you regardless of your prior knowledge or experience and absolutely prepared me for the high expectations of my current position.� taneshap@gmail.com    
Tawana Murphy Burnett   Consumer Products Pfizer - Consumer Healthcare Division Senior Marketing Director/Franchise Leader, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Marketing South Orange, NJ, USA         Rutgers University English Literature     2004 Darden was an amazing experience in everything from team building to personal and corporate leadership development. What I love most about Darden is how my relationships both personal and business continue to strengthen well after graduation. The case method was a particularly unique and satisfying way to practically apply what we were learning in finance to marketing to real world scenarios. It prepared me best for my current role leading a Marketing group which includes brands like Advil, Robitussin, and ChapStick. tawana.burnett@gmail.com    
Trevor Winn   Consumer Products Green Dot Corporation Senior Marketing Manager Marketing Studio City, CA, USA         University of California - Riverside History     2007 Darden was a transformational experience for me as a career changer working in small company and history major during undergrad. It gave me the opportunity to move away from southern California to experience Charlottesville and was filled with countless opportunities. I made friends that I still keep in touch with today and even make my way back to campus every so often to say hello. I was thrilled with the case method experience and the faculty weren't just incredibly knowledgeable in their field, but more importantly amazing teachers. During my time, I focused on consumer marketing, participated in a handful of Global business experiences and case challenges, served as a career coach for incoming first years, and was director of the Darden Follies. trevordanielwinn@gmail.com    
Whit Walker   Diversified Electronics Samsung Electronics Global Strategist Consulting Seoul, South Korea         University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Electronic Communication     2012 Instilled in me the confidence necessary to be able to speak intelligently in all business settings. Provided incredible access to career opportunities and a peer network that is second to none. whit.walker@gmail.com    
Will Teichman   Real Estate Kimco Realty Corp. Director of Sustainability Sustainability / Strategy Charlotte, NC, USA         Washington and Lee University Economics, Politics, Environmental Studies     2009 Darden gave me a broader understanding of the elements that make a business sustainable over the long-term. I discovered that sustainability isn't just about checking the boxes on a handful of environmental or social initiatives � it's about making decisions today that will ensure that the business will be around for its customers, employees, and shareholders for years to come. The Darden experience � rigorous case prep, spirited classroom discussions, a tight-knit student population, and world class faculty � gave me a bias toward action that I rely upon every day in my work. will.teichman@gmail.com    
William Irwin   Manufacturing Danaher Product Manager, KaVo North America General Management Charlotte, NC, USA         US Naval Academy English     2012 It�s hard to describe how much the Darden Experience helped me grow as an individual, as a member of the UVA community, and as a general manager. The time spent working in small teams and in front of professors was instrumental in preparing me for my current role and for the years to come. The culture at Darden is truly unique, and it is a major factor in the continual ability of the school in preparing tomorrow�s leaders for multi-dimensional success. williamwirwin@gmail.com    
Yannick Sikam   Investment Banking Ecobank Investment Officer Investment Banking Douala, Cameroon         Mercy College Business Administration     2013 The Darden experience has shaped the rest of my life in more ways than one. It's amazing how my short two-year in Charlottesville has broaden my global outlook and exposed me to a world of opportunities I didn't know excited. I will forever cherish my time there, the close relationships I have built with various stakeholders of this vibrant community, the knowledge I have gained, and ultimately the new lease on life that I have acquired as part of this process. Darden is a truly unique place and I'd be glad to share my experience with any prospective students (or anyone) interested to learn more about the program. ysikam@yahoo.com    
Yoko Mori   Investment Banking Daiwa Securities Associate Director Investment Banking Tokyo, Japan         Keio Political Science     2013 Darden helped me to solve the vague problems or uncertain situation. Studying the tons of cases and working with various committed people were precious experience for me. Without those, I will be more hesitated to start my new job at investment bank. to.yoko.mori@gmail.com    
Yunki Kim   Technology Intel Finance Specialist Corporate Finance Hong Kong         Yonsei University Chemical Engineering     2013 My two year experience at Darden was amazing and extremely helpful to develop my perspectives and skills. Also, I was able to learn about collaboration from the life at Darden and every people who I met at Darden was extremely helpful. Based on my experience at Darden, I also would like to pass my learning to prospective students. niceyk@gmail.com    

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