Leaders from consulting, financial services and the food and
grocery retail industries will speak during the spring 2014 session
of the Darden
Leadership Speaker Series. The theme for the series is "Leaders
Who Inspire Innovation, Collaboration and Growth."
Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods, will be the first to address
students, faculty, staff and visitors to Darden's Grounds on
Wednesday, 22 January, at 1:30 p.m.
Robb joined Whole Foods in 1991, beginning in the Mill Valley,
California, store. He rose through the ranks to be named co-CEO
with Whole Foods co-founder John Mackey.
Ed Freeman will moderate a fireside chat following Robb's
Additional speakers for the season include:
- Roger Ferguson, president of Teachers Insurance and Annuity
Association of America-College Retirement Equities Fund
(TIAA-CREF), will speak 3 February at 1:30 p.m.
- Stephen J. Rohleder, group chief executive, Health & Public
Service for Accenture, will speak 1 March at 1:30 p.m.
- Lorna Donatone, COO of Sodexo, will speak 14 March at 1:30
Darden's Leadership Speaker Series started in 2008. The program
connects Darden and the community beyond School Grounds with
business industry leaders who share their philosophies, lessons
learned and success stories.
Last fall's speakers included Darden alumnae Carolyn Miles (MBA
'88), president and CEO of Save the Children, and Martina
Hund-Mejean (MBA '88), CFO of MasterCard. Rich Hilleman, chief
creative officer and executive producer of Electronic Arts, also
spoke and engaged with students interested in learning more about
the gaming industry.
Watch videos of past Darden Leadership Speakers on Darden's
For questions or information, contact Abena
Foreman-Trice or a member of the Communication team.
About the Darden School of Business
The University of Virginia Darden School of Business is one of
the world's leading business schools, offering MBA, Ph.D. and
Executive Education programs. The unique Darden experience combines
the case study method, top-ranked faculty whose research advances
global managerial practice and business education, and a tight-knit
learning environment to develop responsible and complete leaders
who are ready to make an impact.
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