Ashley Williams, Executive Education CEO

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Meet Our Team

The Executive Education & Lifelong Learning team work closely with organizations and individual learners to build and deliver learning journeys that fit the specific needs and goals of each client.

Ashley Williams
CEO and CLO, Executive Education and Lifelong Learning

An expert in transforming leaders through learning and development, Ashley came to Darden after serving as Global CLO of McKinsey Academy, the arm of McKinsey & Co. that provides digital and in-person leadership development for its clients. She led innovations in learning program design and delivery to meet global organizations’ pressing needs to develop their talent. She also counseled clients on learning and development transformations, and led the Academy team building out a suite of capability-building offerings that are powered by technology. Here at Darden, she works closely with the faculty and Executive Education team to develop innovative custom solutions for organizations, immersive learning experiences for managers and executives at all levels, and leading-edge, technology-delivered programs on Coursera and other digital platforms.

Education: MBA with a concentration in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania; B.S. in Commerce, with a concentration in finance with distinction, from the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce.

Larry Murphy
President, Executive Education and Lifelong Learning, Custom Solutions

Larry brings progressive leadership in the development of programs at the leading edge of program design, technology and client engagement. Larry brings progressive leadership in the development of programs at the leading edge of program design, technology and client engagement. He comes to Darden from McKinsey & Co.’s Atlanta office, where he was director of partner learning. Prior to McKinsey, he accumulated 12 years of experience in higher education — mainly at Harvard Business School, where he led their custom program activities in executive education. He also spent 14 years in investment banking, holding chief operating officer roles for the European and global investment banking businesses of Morgan Stanley and UBS, respectively.

Marc Ruggiano
Executive Director, Executive Education and Lifelong Learning

Marc works with C-suite executives at private and public institutions to address their capability and leadership-building challenges, and to connect their needs with the knowledge, faculty, programs, technology and teaching offers of Darden. Marc also joined the UVA Data Science Institute (DSI) as a Fellow, and helps to advance the Institute’s efforts in the areas in which it collaborates with Darden. Marc joins Darden from Humana, based in Louisville, where he was vice president of marketing & enterprise customer relationship management (CRM). Marc brings a wealth of cross-industry experience, and deep expertise in strategy, marketing, data analytics and technology.

Education: MBA from the UVA Darden School of Business; B.S. in Computer Science from the United States Naval Academy.

Shaun Rozyn
Managing Director, Executive Education and Lifelong Learning, Custom Solutions

Shaun has over 14 years of executive education and leadership development experience to Darden. He recently held roles as Head of Global Leadership Development at a prominent Middle Eastern global multinational organization and Executive Director of Executive Education at a prominent African business school. Before that, Shaun has worked in the management consulting, defense and higher education sectors. Shaun regularly presents at global executive education conferences on issues including corporate talent development acceleration, emotions in decision making for leaders and leadership development strategy. Shaun is an invited member of the FRED and Global Executive Leadership think tanks.

Education: MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria in South Africa; completed executive development programs from Darden, Harvard and IMD business school.

Lisa Cannell
Managing Director, Executive Education and Lifelong Learning, Custom Solutions

Lisa explores opportunities for organizations to collaborate with Darden to address their talent and organizational needs through diagnoses of the leadership development and capability building requirements of public and private organizations. She helps build and secure EE programs and corporate partnerships (at the highest two levels) and actively connects Darden, its research, faculty and programs throughout the business community, including direct interaction with senior C-Suite executives (e.g., CHRO, CLO) in conjunction with EE and corporate partnership/relations priorities and benefits. Lisa networks with other top B school CHROs and collaborates with other parts of the Darden Enterprise, such as Advancement, the Foundation Board of Trustees, the Alumni Board, the Corporate Advisory Board, and the Global Advisory Council.

Education: MBA from the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business, Certificate in Organizational Consulting and Change Leadership from Georgetown University, Bachelor’s in Psychology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ty Schieber
Senior Director, Business Development

Ty is focused on expanding and enhancing Darden Executive Education’s strong foundation in the military and government arena. He brings to the team almost 30 years of sustained engagement and impact in public service, economic development, national security, technology, and education. A 1987 graduate of the US Naval Academy, he selected service with the United States Marine Corps where he served until 1998. He has two masters degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School (MS Systems Technology & MS National Security).  Ty joined the defense and technology industry in 1998. In 2013, he founded Clarity Enterprise Solutions, LLC a small consultancy specializing in solutions engineering, business development, and marketing & communications. Prior to founding his company, he ran business operations for a range of large, mid-tier, and small companies providing cyber, engineering, and technology services for government and commercial clients. He has led two companies to acquisition and has successfully integrated several acquired companies into business operations. He was elected as the Garrisonville District Supervisor on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors from January 2012-December 2013, and also served on the Stafford County School Board from 2010-2012. 

Rebecca Yancey
Senior Director, Executive Education and Lifelong Learning

As part of Darden Executive Education’s business development and program design team, Becca works on learning initiatives within custom solutions and also has responsibilities within the open-enrollment portfolio. She has significant experience with the design and delivery of leadership development journeys, as she has spent 15 years in various roles within executive education, all of which have been at Darden.

Lauren Shifflett
Associate Director, Executive Education and Lifelong Learning

Lauren is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with our participants and clients; helping them continue their lifelong learning journeys to achieve business goals that allow them to lead with results. Her primary focus is assisting participants with our Leadership and Corporate Aviation programs as well as those interested in earning a Darden Certificate in Leadership. With a background in sales management, Lauren understands the importance of lifelong learning and the impact it can have on entire teams.

Allison Stratton
Associate Director, Executive Education and Lifelong Learning

Allison is part of the open programs team specializing in the areas of management, strategy, and certificate programs. As an Associate Director of Lifelong Learning, she leverages a wide-ranging academic background along with seven years of higher education experience to evaluate individual and organizational professional development needs to help plan learning journeys tailored to specific goals.

Katie Wiesel
Senior Director, Client Engagement

Katie is Darden’s director of client engagement for the D.C. region. In this role, she is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with clients and prospective partners in the Washington, D.C., area, as well as designing and implementing programs and events for a portfolio of D.C.-based clients. Before joining Darden in 2011, Katie was a director of custom programs at Wharton Executive Education, responsible for designing and delivering a portfolio of tailored programs for clients in the financial services, technology and defense industries. Katie also served as director of program development for Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, where she oversaw design and delivery of customized and open-enrollment programs, and marketing for MSB’s executive degree and non-degree programs.

Education: B.A., English Literature and Rhetoric & Communications Studies, University of Virginia; MLA in Creative Writing, University of Pennsylvania

John Sullivan
Senior Director, Client Engagement

John has a diverse background in executive development, PR, and journalism. He is  motivated by helping individuals develop their ability to lead and make better decisions that empower others and their organizations to move forward. John develops and maintains ongoing relationships with organizational clients for custom solutions and programs around the world. Prior to joining Darden, he spent seven years at Duke Corporate Education and two at the Center for Creative Leadership, helping design, develop and deliver customized solutions and strategies for clients and program participants all around the world.

Before his executive education career, John worked as Director of Public Relations for a leading marketing agency, creating and executing strategic public relations plans for clients such as Lockheed Martin, Bombardier Learjet, BMW, Michelin and Porsche. He also spent 12 years as a broadcast journalist, including seven at CNN in Atlanta as an anchorman.

Jennifer Hicks
Senior Director, Client Engagement

As part of Darden Executive Education’s Client Engagement team, Jennifer collaborates with Darden faculty to create curricula that are cutting-edge and that position Darden in the forefront of its field.  Employing expertise in the field of executive development, talent management and adult learning methodologies, Jennifer, in collaboration with the business development and program design team, develops and delivers programs that meet client objectives and business requirements. She has significant experience collaborating with client, partners, faculty, Business Development Directors and EE leadership to ensure all aspects of program delivery are planned and executed. She has spent 20 years in various roles within executive education, all of which have been at Darden.

Darden Executive Education is provided by the University of Virginia
Darden School Foundation.