Research and Relevance, Episode 7: Decarbonizing the Electric Utility Industry

April 18, 2018

Scientists assert that global warming must be kept below two degrees Celsius to avoid insurmountable global disruption. Getting there will require near total decarbonization of economic activity by 2060. Electricity generation accounts for a significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. and worldwide. Electric grids around the world are being decarbonized but a complete shift to 100% clean energy will likely take longer than 40 years. What will facilitate the transition and what threatens progress? 

Let's begin by reviewing four zero-carbon emission generation sources and technologies that could lead us into the clean energy future – hydropower, nuclear energy, wind, and solar. We'll then discuss the levers and opportunities for solar and wind adoption with Devin Welch, Sun Tribe Solar, Erik Haug, Apex Clean Energy and Darden Professor Mike Lenox, who is a co-author on the forthcoming report titled Path to 2060: Decarbonizing the Electric Utility Industry.

This is the second in a series of podcasts from the Business Innovation and Climate Change Initiative at Darden’s Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation http://www.darden.virginia.edu/innovation-climate/. Episode 5 of Research and Relevance discussed the automobile industry.

Sun Tribe Solar: www.suntribesolar.com

Apex Clean Energy: www.apexcleanenergy.com

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The ExecMBA Podcast, Episode 22: An Interview with Mariana Santos, EMBA Class of 2018 and Marco Mendoza, GEMBA Class of 2018

April 16, 2018

In this episode of the ExecMBA Podcast, we talk with Mariana Santos and Marco Mendoza about their experience as international students in Darden’s Executive MBA Program. Mariana is a 2018 EMBA format student (Charlottesville section) and originally from Brazil. Marco is a 2018 GEMBA format student (Charlottesville section) and based in Peru. We spoke with Mariana and Marco about why they chose Darden, what they like about learning in the case method, and their advice for international students considering the executive formats of the Darden MBA.

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The ExecMBA Podcast, Episode 21: An Interview with Paul Conboy, MBA ‘17

April 6, 2018

In this episode of the ExecMBA Podcast, we talk with Paul Conboy, an EMBA format graduate in our Class of 2017. We recently sat down with Paul to discuss his experience in the program, how he developed as a leader as a result of his time at Darden, what he loved about learning in Charlottesville, and more.

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The ExecMBA Podcast, Episode 20: A Discussion on Entrepreneurship with Sarita Soldz, Career Advisor: Executive MBA Students on Entrepreneurship

March 16, 2018

In this episode, we continue our exploration of entrepreneurship in the executive formats with a conversation with Sarita Soldz about career resources for students seeking to start their own ventures. Topics include peer support for entrepreneurially-inclined students, Darden’s iLab, and career support strategies for both emergent and experienced entrepreneurs.

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Research and Relevance, Episode 6: Declining Business Dynamism and Entrepreneurship in the U.S.: Behind the Numbers

March 7, 2018

Why has the rate of U.S. entrepreneurship been on a steady decline for the past decade and what does it mean for the U.S. economy? Sean Carr, Ph.D., Executive Director of Darden’s Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation speaks with Prof. John Haltiwanger from the University of Maryland and the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), whose research has played a major role in our understanding the determinants of firm-level job creation, job destruction, firm dynamics and economic performance. He has published more than 100 academic articles and numerous books including Job Creation and Destruction (with Steven Davis and Scott Schuh, MIT Press).

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The ExecMBA Podcast, Episode 19: An Interview with Craig Van Bremen, EMBA Class of 2018

March 6, 2018

In this episode, we continue our look at entrepreneurship in the executive formats with a conversation with Craig Van Bremen, an EMBA format student in our Class of 2018. We talk with Craig about a business he recently started, his experience in the iLab this past summer and how Darden has shaped him as both an entrepreneur and a business leader.

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The ExecMBA Podcast, Episode 18: An Interview with Arica Booker, EMBA Class of 2018

February 19, 2018

In Episode 18, we begin with a short Admissions update before continuing our exploration of career support for executive format students at Darden with a conversation with Arica Booker, a 2018 EMBA format student in our Rosslyn section. Arica transitioned jobs during the program, and we talk with her about her search process, as well as her general experience as an EMBA format student at Darden. Arica is also a founding member of our Black Executive MBAs student organization, and we also discuss her goals for this group in its first year.

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The ExecMBA Podcast, Episode 17: An Interview with Sarita Soldz, Career Advisor: Executive MBA Students

February 15, 2018

In Episode 17, we talk with Sarita Soldz, one of two advisors with Darden’s Career Development Center (CDC) who work exclusively with our executive format students. In this conversation, we explore the process and available resources for those executive format students who are seeking to leverage their degree to facilitate a career transition. This is the first of several podcast episodes exploring career support in the executive formats of the Darden MBA.

 

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The ExecMBA Podcast, Episode 15: An Interview with Amanda Fox, MBA ‘17

February 6, 2018

The ExecMBA Podcast is back for 2018! In this podcast, we share a quick Admissions update, highlighting upcoming opportunities to learn more about Darden’s executive formats, and we also feature a conversation with Amanda Fox, a Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) format graduate from Darden’s Class of 2017. We talk with Amanda about her experience in the program, what led her to Darden, how she grew as a leader through our GEMBA format, and what advice she has for prospective executive format students.

 

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The ExecMBA Podcast, Episode 15: An Interview with Corbin Norman, GEMBA Class of 2018

December 22, 2017

In Episode 15, we return to the topic of entrepreneurship and talk with Corbin Norman, a GEMBA format student in our Class of 2018, about his passion for entrepreneurship, what he’s gained through the case method, what he’s learned from his classmates and how Darden has shaped his experience as an entrepreneur.

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