Hosted at UVA Darden DC Metro, the Leadership Unscripted speaker series features top leaders who are creating meaningful impact in their fields and in the world. By engaging these leaders in candid conversations on a variety of thought-provoking topics, the series seeks to:
- Highlight Important Issues: In its second year, the series will bring a multicultural lens to leadership, specifically exploring what it means to live and work in the United States when coming from other countries and cultures. While speaker industry expertise and session content vary, the series rests on the truth that diversity of background and thought is crucial in effective organizational management and the creation of positive impact on business and society.
Inform: Speakers engage in candid conversations about the opportunities and challenges of bringing first generation leadership, global perspectives and cultural diversity to organizations, as well as general leadership insights and industry expertise.
Inspire: Speakers offer advice to aspiring leaders and help them tap into their own purpose and path as future leaders.
This series is open to students, alumni, staff and faculty of the UVA Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, and select members of the business community.
For more information, email the Leadership Unscripted team.
In its inaugural year from 2019–2020, the series focused on themes related to women, gender and how creating more inclusive organizations can improve business and society. Speakers engaged in candid conversations about the challenges and strengths of women’s leadership, provided general leadership insights and industry expertise, and offered advice to aspiring leaders to help them tap into their own purpose and path as future leaders.
CEO, Case Foundation
Chairman, National Geographic Society
Case Foundation CEO, National Geographic Society Chairman and internet pioneer Jean Case shared some of her own transformational life experiences and advice to women leaders while discussing the importance of being bold and taking calculated risks.
CEO, Save the Children
Carolyn Miles, CEO of the global non-profit Save the Children, discussed the importance of investing in girls, the role of women in the developing world, and the ability of women and girls to create more equal and democratic societies.
Melissa Thomas-Hunt & Erika James
In honor of Black History and Women’s History Month, UVA Darden Professor Laura Morgan Roberts hosted Airbnb Head of Global Diversity and Belonging Melissa Thomas-Hunt and Emory University Goizueta Business School Dean Erika James to discuss What’s Holding Business Back from Achieving Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace? Learning From Intersections of Race and Gender. The three global experts explored why achieving a truly diverse and inclusive workplace still seems so elusive in many organizations — and what businesses and society can do to move the dial.
The Honorable Mary Robinson & Halla Tómasdóttir
The COVID-19 pandemic is an extraordinary test of leadership, and women in global leadership positions are rising to meet the challenge. This special online Leadership Unscripted session featured former President of Ireland Mary Robinson and Halla Tómasdóttir — a former candidate for President of Iceland, CEO and entrepreneur — for a dynamic discussion on Leadership in Times of Crisis: Lessons From Women World Leaders.
Vivian W. Pinn, MD
The inaugural full-time director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Vivian Pinn, joined Leadership Unscripted for a discussion on Health Equity During a Pandemic. Pinn is a trailblazer in the field of pathology and a recognized champion of women's health on both local and global levels. Hosted by UVA Darden Professor Lalin Anik, this dialogue explored challenges and opportunities for leadership in health equity during COVID-19.