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Executive MBA Women

Darden's Executive MBA program builds on a proven learning experience and immersive curriculum to develop leaders who are not only capable in the face of ambiguity — but also embrace the challenge.

Darden is committed to recruiting women who want to positively impact the world, and empowering them for long-term success in whatever role they choose. The women in Darden's Executive MBA program represent a wide range of identities. They are parents, CEOs and leaders, partners, artists, Olympians, marketers, entrepreneurs and beyond. The support from Darden classmates and community members is truly unmatched. Learn more about our Executive MBA community and how we support women in the next stage of their career journey.

No. 1 Ranked Faculty


Meet Senior Associate Dean Yael Grushka-Cockayne

Grushka-Cockayne is a master of project management and data science and the dean of professional degree programs at the School. But she’s also a shoe fanatic, running aficionado and lifelong friend of her students.

Our professors bring energy and enthusiasm to the classroom. You'll be surprised by how they make even the most technical business school topics compelling, entertaining and memorable.




A NEW Style of Support

A network for you, by you. Students play an integral role in shaping extracurricular life in Darden's Executive MBA program. Darden's Network for Executive Women (NEW) is a student-led organization dedicated to the professional advancement of women in both the Executive and Part-Time MBA programs.

Learn more about the ways NEW empowers women at Darden to reach their full potential:

Career Pathways Event Series

Hosted by the Network of Executive Women, this webinar series focuses on areas that play pivotal roles in prospective students’ decision to pursue an Executive MBA program, including time management strategies and career outcomes.

Podcast: Meet NEW President Sarah Sowden

Episode No. 288 of the ExecMBA Podcast features a Q&A with Network of Executive Women president Sarah Sowden (PTMBA '25).

Throughout the year, NEW works to:

Sarah Sowden
Sarah Sowden 
Part-Time MBA Class of 2025
Network of Executive Women President

Create an inclusive community and a sense of belonging among women in the Darden Executive MBA program

Connect female students and alumni through professional development, career support and networking opportunities

Advocate for an understanding around issues of gender equality, specifically related to women executives


Invest in Yourself: UVA Darden’s Executive MBA

Emily Kelly (EMBA ’20) shares how investing in herself through the Darden MBA helped grow her confidence that accelerated her career and development as a leader.


Women@Darden: In the News


Forté Partnership

At Darden, we are committed to promoting women's leadership, and since its inception have proudly partnered with Forté, a non-profit working to launch women into successful and significant careers. Through Forté's consortium of leading companies, top schools and pioneering donors, we empower women to rise higher. 

All women in UVA Darden's Executive MBA program receive a complimentary Forté Premium Access Pass membership, which includes access to:

  • Forté Job Center
  • Women Lead Monthly Speaker Series
  • Forté Business 360 Blog & Trending @ Forté
  • Powerful network of 100,000 women members and 130+ partner schools and premier employers