February 10, 2017
Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth President Shamina Singh is leading a global effort to close the data divide between data “haves” and “have-nots” so that the two billion people who are not currently participating in the formal economy can access the technology and tools needed to benefit from modern financial services. In this Darden Ideas to Action C-Suite Insights interview with University of Virginia Darden School of Business Dean Scott Beardsley, Singh details the steps she and global leaders are taking to end information inequality, which she calls “the issue of our time.” From banking on smart phones to data-collection systems used to confirm the identity of people in developing countries who don’t even have birth certificates, Singh said there are incredible technologies available today in financial services, but that those technologies must be put to use to achieve results that improve financial inclusion.
January 30, 2017
Aston Martin former Chairman and former CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez sat down with University of Virginia Darden School of Business Dean Scott Beardsley to discuss the future of the luxury automaker, including how new technologies like electric vehicles, self-driving features and connected car features will change the iconic vehicles known for their custom craftsmanship. Bez also discusses the importance of Aston Martin’s relationship with the James Bond movie franchise and what new products customers will see from the company in the future.
October 13, 2016
McKinsey & Co. Global Managing Partner Dominic Barton sat down with University of Virginia Darden School of Business Dean Scott Beardsley during a recent visit to the School for a Darden Ideas to Action C-Suite Insights interview where the two discussed the four key trends impacting McKinsey’s clients around the world. Barton explained how business model redesign, organizational change, the introduction of advanced technology and business resilience were burning issues for many companies, regardless of where they operate. Beardsley and Barton also discussed new models of leadership given vast global change for employees, MBA students and McKinsey clients.
August 4, 2016
More than 10 million Syrians are currently refugees in other countries or displaced from their homes within Syria, and more than five million of those people are children, according to Save the Children President and CEO Carolyn Miles. University of Virginia Darden School of Business Dean Scott Beardsley sat down with Miles, a 1988 Darden graduate, to discuss the biggest issues facing the safety and wellbeing of children in the world today as well as how organizations like Save the Children and Darden can inspire people to take on the world’s biggest challenges. Miles told Beardsley of her travel around the world to more than 80 countries where she has seen families disrupted by everything from war in Syria to poverty in Ethiopia to natural disasters in Nepal, but said she remains inspired by meeting children and the parents who want a better world for them.
August 4, 2016
Less than 2 percent of the world’s fresh water supply is required for basic human needs like hydration and sanitation. How should the world manage the other 98.5 percent of what is becoming an increasingly stressed and scarce resource? The challenges are many and global, but former Nestlé CEO and current Chairman Peter Brabeck is leading the charge among world leaders by fighting to make water challenges one of the highest priority issues for the United Nations and the World Economic Forum. He’s also leading a public-private partnership known as the 2030 Water Resources Group to start addressing the individual challenges one by one, from a global to a local level. In this latest installment of Darden Ideas to Action C-Suite Insights with Dean Scott Beardsley, Brabeck discusses his views and efforts around water. He also provides unique insight into what he hopes his legacy will be at Nestlé and advice for those at the beginning of their professional careers.
August 3, 2016
Darden School of Business Dean Scott Beardsley hosts PricewaterhouseCoopers Chief Financial Officer Carol Sawdye for a discussion about her career journey, global trends facing PwC’s clients, and her views on why it is important as a leader to speak out in support of important workplace issues like diversity and same-sex partnership rights.
PwC is one of the largest global professional services firms in the world, and Sawdye rose to the rank of CFO after leaving the firm early in her career to pursue other opportunities like serving as CFO of the National Basketball Association. She credits her aggressive and risk-tolerant approach to her career path as a key to coming back to PwC in a top leadership position. Dean Beardsley questions Sawdye about her advice for others on forging a career path and how business schools can better prepare students to make an impact at firms like PwC.
August 3, 2016
Darden School of Business Dean Scott Beardsley hosts ADT Corp. CEO Naren Gursahaney (MBA '89) for a discussion about how new smart technologies for the home are revolutionizing the home security business and driving disruptive innovation. The ADT Pulse suite of apps for your smart phone and the company’s partnership with Nest to sync control of a Nest Learning Thermostat with an ADT home security system through a mobile app are just a few examples of how ADT is innovating for the future. Wireless, connected devices and gadgets are a growing part of the smart home of the future, and they’re changing the way home security and monitoring is done as the sector focuses more on convenience for the consumer through automation and 24/7 ability to check on the security and status of a residence.