EMBA - Clubs and Organizations

Professional Degree Programs - Clubs and Organizations

Clubs & Organizations

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Students play an active role in shaping extracurricular life in our Professional Degree MBA Programs. As an executive and part-time format student, you will join a dynamic learning community in which relationships matter and learning stretches beyond the four walls of the classroom. Our student clubs are a compelling example of our students' investment in their educational experience.

Student Organizations

Several student organizations at Darden are organized and led by Professional Degree MBA students. These student groups are targeted to meet the needs of the working professional and are designed to enhance a student's academic, social, cultural, and professional lives.

Below is a listing of the current Professional Degree student organizations.

  • Black Professional MBA Association
    • Steven Daley, Co-President Part-Time MBA
    • Cedric Thomas, Co-President Part-Time MBA
    • Sean Webber, Co-President Executive MBA
    • Contact Black Professional MBAs: [email protected]

    The Black Professional MBA Association chartered in 2017, is dedicated to recruiting Black business students and its membership's professional and academic advancement. In addition to its professional and academic goals, Black Professional MBAs host social outings throughout the year to foster relationships within the groups' membership and the Darden community at large.

    Mission Statement:

    We support the advancement of prospective and current Black students in their endeavors to become intentional and transformational leaders through academic and professional initiatives. We bring diversity in thought to forge equity and inclusion within the Darden community and beyond. 

    Recent News and Articles:



  • Darden Executive MBA Fund (DEF)
    • Haley O'Brien
    • Sean Webber
    • Keerti Mehta
    • Annmarie McCormick
    • Hayden Breedlove
    • Catherine Strand
    • Haley Merritt
    • Sivasish Sindiri
    • Stewart Neifert
    • Rashidah Lawson
    • James Abraham
    • Patrick Cashin
    • Joseph Gehling

    The Darden Executive Fund (DEF) is an independent study providing Professional Degree students with hands-on experience researching, pitching, and directly managing a portfolio of active investments in publicly traded assets. General membership is known as the Investment Club.

    Students in the course research, prepare and pitch a stock to the fund's leadership team for investment consideration. Other students are also welcome to pitch stocks to the team, participate in all stock pitch sessions, and attend all DEF-sponsored events.

  • Professional MBA Consulting Club
    • Aman Dar, Co-President

    The Darden EMBA Consulting Club at UVA is established for the expressed purpose of:

    1. Bringing fellow students interested in careers in consulting together to provide a peer-enabled, transformational learning experience in preparing professional degree students in preparing for the management consulting interview process and successful careers in this industry.
    2. Collaborating with other CIOs and departments to host career-focused events on grounds.
    3. Providing opportunities for recruiting and networking with key industry stakeholders, experts, and target firms.
  • Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club, Professional Degree Programs
    • Eugene Cho, President
    • Maxwell Godwin, VP, Ventures
    • Holden Hershey, VP, ETA

    We will foster an inclusive culture that supports established and aspiring entrepreneurs across executive and part-time MBA classes, facilitate communication and relationships with Charlottesville and D.C. entrepreneurial ecosystem, and provide a platform for Darden entrepreneurs to exchange ideas, and best practices and connect resources in Charlottesville and D.C.

    The Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club aims to support Darden students in growing or developing new business endeavors by providing a supportive and inclusive platform from which Darden entrepreneurs can exchange ideas, learn best practices, and connect with resources to begin or continue their business journeys. Through cooperation with Darden students, faculty, and alumni in Charlottesville, DC, and beyond, the club intends to facilitate the expansion of professional networks to best serve its members’ entrepreneurial goals.

  • Healthcare Alliance
    • Louis Chapman, Co-President Part-Time MBA
    • Alexander Degann, Co-President Executive MBA

    The Darden Healthcare Alliance (HCA) provides co-curricular opportunities for Professional Degree students looking to build and grow within today’s healthcare ecosystem. We seek to help inspire responsible leadership through transformational learning experiences beyond the walls of the classroom through a host of networking events, speaker series, and social events to help us foster a vibrant community of healthcare-minded peers, open to all students, under the distinct leadership and direction of those working at the front-lines of healthcare delivery.

  • Network of Executive Women (NEW)
    • Sarah Sowden, President
    • Cara Hewitt, Executive Vice President
    • Katie Housel, VP, Finance
    • Stephanie Massucco, VP, Communications
    • Stephanie Kehl, VP, Programming
    • Contact NEW

    The Network for Executive Women (NEW) is an organization dedicated to the professional development and advancement of females in Darden's Executive MBA Program. NEW empowers women to reach their full career potential whether that is a C-suite position or another leadership position; we aim to see more women leaders. According to a 2019 McKinsey & Company Report “Women in the Workplace,” only 21% of C-Suite Executives are women. Together we can change this statistic one “rung” at a time.

    NEW’s goals include:

    • Connecting female students and alumni through professional development, career support, and networking opportunities;
    • Creating an inclusive community and a sense of belonging among women in the Darden EMBA program;
    • Advocating for an understanding of issues of gender equality specifically related to women executives;
    • Expanding the pipeline of female applicants into the Darden EMBA program; and,
    • Inspiring females to reach their fullest potential as leaders in business.
  • Darden Military Association, Professional Formats
    • Scott Timmester, President
    • John (Shane) Bowling, VP Executive MBA
    • David Kim, VP Part-Time MBA
    • Contact DEV Leadership

    The Darden Executive Veterans (DEV) serves the Professional Degree community as an affinity group by leveraging former and current military experiences to enhance career opportunities and foster camaraderie within the entire Darden Community.

    In addition to supporting veterans in the Professional Degree Programs, the organization's programming touches upon a variety of veteran-related topics, including advising others on what it means to hire and work with a vet. 

  • Emerging Organizations / Interest Groups

    Though not yet official and formally organized as a CIO at UVA, several organizations are emerging or are maintaining interest group status, including: 

    • Finance Club
    • Defense Technology/National Security Club
    • Entrepreneurship through Acquisition Club
    • Pride at Darden
    • Energy Club
    • Darden Running Club
    • Darden Christian Fellowship

Executive MBA Student Association

The Executive MBA Student Association (ESA) serves as the leadership board for all Executive MBA students. The mission of ESA is to foster a sense of community and culture within the student body and serve as a liaison between the students, faculty, and program. 

  • President: Dylan Kenney
  • Executive Vice President: Haley O'Brien
  • VP, Career: Russell Kunze
  • VP, Clubs: Kyle Ivester
  • VP, Communications: Jimmy Anthony
  • VP, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Chris Mai
  • VP, Networking and Engagement: Madeline Peterson
  • VP, Resilience: Amanda Freitag-Thomas
  • VP, Outreach: Erin Drury
  • VP, Social: Evan Waghelstein

To contact the ESA Board, please email [email protected].