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About Darden

About Darden - Women at Darden


A Holistic Approach for Women


Women@Darden brings together the whole of the Darden community to develop and execute initiatives that will drive Darden toward gender inclusive excellence and propel Darden to become the business school of choice for women interested in management education.

Building Meaningful Connections

The Women@Darden initiative focuses on building connections and lasting relationships between admissions, prospective and current students, faculty and alumni. The initiative has kicked off with a focus on the student experience, examining ways to enhance the classroom experience for women, increase programmatic offerings and develop increased support and allyship for students.

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We are here to help women appreciate their possibilities, to show them that there is a path for them to, through, and after an MBA. Darden is a place that cultivates leaders, and we need more female leaders in all sectors. Women@Darden seeks to provide pathways to a Darden MBA, ensure that students have a transformational learning experience, and remain connected to this remarkable community throughout their lives. Darden women have been putting cracks in the glass ceiling for decades, but it’s time for us to shatter it.

Sam Firstenberg (MBA/M.Ed. '21) Project Lead, Women@Darden Initiative
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Building a Case for Diverse Case Protagonists

The Forté Foundation recently detailed how a student-led initiative helped diversify Darden cases by over 7 percent. Recent work by the Women@Darden Steering Committee is building on the work. 

By Lisa Beebe, Forté Foundation — Pam Fischer was in her first year at Darden when she and other women noticed how few of the cases they were studying featured women. She remembers thinking, “Most of the case protagonists seem to be men — in particular, white men from the United States. While this might have been the business environment of 20 years ago, it isn’t the one of the future, or probably even of our class.”

While few MBA programs focus entirely on case-based teaching like Darden, the case method is prevalent in at least some limited form in most MBA programs. This suggests that students all over the world may have noticed the same thing as Pam and her classmates.

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Spotlight: Featured Alumnae

Mayra Rocha (GEMBA '16) UVA Darden

Mayra Rocha (GEMBA '16)

President, Project M Media Corp.

Katherine Neebe UVA Darden

Katherine Neebe (MBA '04)

VP National Engagement and Strategy and Chief Sustainability Officer at Duke Energy

 Lynnette Crowder UVA Darden

Lynnette Crowder (EMBA ’10)

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, U.S. Silica

Daniele Wilson UVA Darden

Daniele Wilson (MBA '11)

Head of Industries – Nonprofits, Google Inc.

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Christine Davies (MBA '09)

Founder and CEO, Poligage

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Goli Sheikholeslami (MBA '94)

President and CEO, New York Public Radio

Laure Katz (GEMBA '16) UVA Darden

Laure Katz (GEMBA '16)

Chief of Staff, Conservation International

Marcia Mao UVA Darden

Marcia Mao (MBA '15)

Director of Portfolio Management, Zenity Capital

Liz Lynch UVA Darden

Liz Lynch (MBA '84)

Senior Managing Director, Evercore

Nicole Lindsay UVA Darden

Nicole Lindsay (MBA/JD ’00)

VP, Strategy and Operations, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

Nishita Henry UVA Darden

Nishita Henry (MBA '03)

Chief Innovation Officer, Deloitte Consulting

Sheri Lucas (EMBA '13) UVA Darden

Sheri Lucas (EMBA '13)

Senior Vice President, Business Initiatives, Wells Fargo

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Pursuing Purpose

Martina Hund-Mejean (MBA ’88), Former Chief Financial Officer of Mastercard Worldwide

Darden alumna Martina Hund-Mejean (MBA ’88) is a purpose-driven leader with inspiring advice for how future leaders can pursue their purpose successfully. Hund-Mejean currently serves as the head of the Darden School Foundation Board of Trustees, which oversees the Foundation’s strategies, providing an important link between the academic and business communities.

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Darden Executive Education & Lifelong Learning

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Women in Leadership

Available 2023 dates: 17-21 April and 23-27 October

Women are called on to lead in organizations and society more than ever, but they face unique challenges along the way. This non-degree program will show you how to create opportunities to leverage strengths and lead confidently at all levels.

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Funding Your MBA

Darden has a robust portfolio of merit scholarships plus we partner with external foundations and organizations whose missions may include supporting MBA students through scholarships, professional development, resources, community-building and mentoring. Consideration for most of these scholarships is through the Darden application. Learn more about ways Darden students fund their MBA.

Read more about UVA’s notice of non-discrimination and equal opportunity.



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Graduate Women in Business

Darden’s chapter of Graduate Women in Business (GWIB) promotes the role of professional women by developing a greater appreciation for issues of diversity among men, women, faculty and administration. This organization led by women in the Full-Time MBA provides resources related to women’s issues in pursuing a career in business and helps students create and build their professional and personal networks.  

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Network for Executive Women

Darden's Network for Executive Women (NEW) is a student-led organization in Darden's Executive MBA program dedicated to the professional advancement of women in the program. NEW creates an inclusive community in the Darden Exec MBA program, advocates for an understanding around issues of gender equality specifically related to women executives and connects female students and alumni through professional development and networking opportunities

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Women@Darden Faculty Advisors

Meet the faculty advisors who are leading the Women@Darden Committee along with students, faculty and staff from all corners of the Darden network.


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