Authentically Darden at DC Metro The Executive MBA Experience

Welcome to UVA Darden DC Metro in Rosslyn, Virginia, home of Darden’s Executive MBA format. Meet EMBA students and explore Darden’s collaborative, high-impact, high-value education and network in the nation’s capital. You’ll also learn about the full range of degree and non-degree programs for professionals working outside the DC area from Sands Family Grounds.

Read the full transcript below:


Gregory B. Fairchild:

Helping people into the room, what a good thing.

Ryan Burns:

It was great to tackle complex issues.

Yael Grushka-Cockayne:

Challenge each other, empower each other, learn from each other.

Lauren Powlovich:

I now have a self-confidence that I never imagined I would have.

Matthew L. Boyd:

They have their own secret solutions, and it works very well.

John Byrne:

Hi, I’m John Byrne with Poets&Quants. Welcome to UVA Darden’s DC Metro Campus in Rosslyn, Virginia, one metro station from Washington, DC, our nation’s capital.

Ryan Burns:

Nice campus, by the way, overlooking the Potomac River just outside of Washington, DC.

John Byrne:

We are here to take a deep dive into the Executive MBA program. On this campus, Darden offers, of course, a full menu of executive education courses and an all-new part-time MBA and new Masters in Business Analytics with AVU’s McIntyre School of Commerce.

Yael Grushka-Cockayne:

The degree programs we have are for working professionals, people who have day jobs.

Lauren Powlovich:

I just thought, wow, being a mom, having a full-time job, I’m going to school, I’m getting my MBA in the nation’s capital.

Gregory B. Fairchild:

It’s a place that doesn’t separate campus life from living and working life. They are all integrated.

Ryan Burns:

We have people from all over the world coming together in this city, and the access we have is just amazing.

Scott Beardsley:

Washington DC is one of the most important business centers in this country, and it is also a hub for technology. So if you’re looking for talent and you’re also looking for influence, clearly the intersection of technology and government is there, and that’s what it’s all about.

Gregory B. Fairchild:

One of the great advantages of this location is that we are in the soup. We are literally in close proximity to these companies who are very, very interested in finding ways to build a closer relationship with their employees.

Yael Grushka-Cockayne:

The goal is really to create a community of strong leaders, who have connected, who have been inspired by a lot of other people who have very different experiences and backgrounds, people from the military, from the council, from finance, profit and non-profit organizations, an incredible array of individuals who come together for these weekends and leave just different.

Ryan Burns:

My name is Ryan Burns. I’m a lobbyist here in town, which is a dirty word for a lot of people, but I actually find it the most fascinating job. I came in with a lot of political experience working on Capitol Hill. But what Darden has done is actually given me new tools that I can use to assess environments, strategize, and be able to use them to advise my leaders and consult on the hill in a way that I just couldn’t have without these tools.

Gregory B. Fairchild:

When you’re sitting in the room and you have the former Fed chairman, when you’re sitting in the room and you have the former CIA director, when you’re sitting in the room and you have the CEOs of major defense contractors there, and frankly, we’re close and engaged with them, they’re creating new opportunities for students to do projects with those organizations.

Lauren Powlovich:

My name is Lauren Lovich. I’m the deputy chief medical officer of a medical research organization. I don’t know how it all happened so serendipitously, but my company recently underwent a restructuring. I now manage people. I now make decisions at a much higher level, and I really don’t think I would be able to be in the position that I am in today and have the confidence that I have to make those decisions without my education Darden.

Matthew L. Boyd:

I’m Matthew Boyd, I work for a pharmaceutical company. Personally, coming from a scientific background, a deep scientific background, all of my growth has been in all of our quantum classes. So I think the executive format, being able to really do the learning hands-on, but really applied to your day-to-day life right now in real time was really impactful for me.

Yael Grushka-Cockayne:

They want to learn in the moment and apply it next week at work.

Scott Beardsley:

And Darden has this incredible mix of being grounded in the world of practice and using the case method, combined with hiring professors and training them in this method so that they can be the most effective teachers possible.

Yael Grushka-Cockayne:

I teach decision analysis. I want students to walk away knowing Excel and feature optimization and all these tools that I can sort of name but that’s not really about it. It’s more about the ability to be willing to be humble, to ask a lot of questions, to make sense of a messy situation, and then to move forward with some kind of conviction, and that’s really beautiful to see .

Matthew L. Boyd:

Each of us had our own strengths. Each of us is able to speak through themes in a different way.

Lauren Powlovich:

We are a community and we take care of each other. And at the end of the day, when we graduate, we’re gonna have each other.

Ryan Burns:

The reality is that an EMBA program isn’t for everyone, but if you’re someone who wants to grow as a leader, who wants to learn how to manage complexity in an environment where you’re going to be challenged challenge, if this excites you, as it excites me, then Darden is the place for you.

Yael Grushka-Cockayne:

Where we are and in today’s world, people find it helpful to add an MBA to their toolbox.

Lauren Powlovich:

Do it and you won’t regret it.

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