The ExecMBA Podcast, Episode 3: An Interview with Hanna Dobbels, Class of 2019

September 25, 2017

In this episode we profile our various conversation opportunities - both phone and in-person - and interview Hanna Dobbels, a member of our Class of 2019, about her experience in the Program so far and what drew her, as an entrepreneur, to Darden.

 

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The ExecMBA Podcast, Episode 2: An Interview with Associate Dean for DC Initiatives,Greg Fairchild, Part 1

September 11, 2017

In this episode of the ExecMBA Podcast, Brett Twitty discusses upcoming class visit opportunities in Charlottesville and the DC area, and interviews Darden faculty member and Associate Dean for DC Initiatives, Greg Fairchild, about his Leadership Explorations course and the ways in which he works with our executive format students.

 

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The Interdisciplinarian, Episode 8: Inbal Reichman Cohen on Managing Privacy as a Product at Facebook

August 30, 2017

How do you focus managing something as important yet abstract as user privacy? How do you define success? In this episode, Darden alumni Inbal Reichman Cohen discusses her time at Facebook managing privacy. 

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The ExecMBA Podcast, Episode 1: “Welcome to the Podcast”

August 30, 2017

In this first episode of the ExecMBA Podcast, host Brett Twitty introduces the podcast, as well as Darden’s newest class of executive format students – our Class of 2019! He also highlights the launch of the 2018 Exec application and upcoming application deadlines.

On the ExecMBA Podcast, Brett Twitty, Director of Admissions for the Executive formats of the Darden MBA, explores Darden’s Executive MBA (EMBA) and Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) formats, tackling a host of topics ranging from Admissions questions to the student experience and everything in between. Episodes feature interviews with current students, program staff, faculty and more!

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The Interdisciplinarian, Episode 7: Ira Renfrew from iRobot on Innovating in Hardware (+ Robots!)

July 19, 2017

With something as complex as a robot, can you still use short cycle innovation techniques like Lean Startup? The answer from Ira is a big "Yes" and he'll tell you more about how they do it at iRobot, makers of the widely popular (and super useful) robot vacuum, Roomba.

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The Interdisciplinarian, Episode 6: Duygu Karaboncuk (Amazon) on Optimizing Customer Experience

April 28, 2017

In this episode you'll hear how Amazon product manager Duygu Karaboncuk keeps their Woot property fresh and relevant for users. Duygu describes where and how she finds insights about how to improve customer experience and how she grooms and tests new ideas. You'll also hear about her use of Amazon's vaunted 'press release process' where PM's write a future press release to describe the impact of a new idea.

 

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C-Suite Insights, Special Live Edition: “How an Indian Entrepreneur Changed the IT Industry Forever” Narayana Murthy

April 20, 2017

Infosys Founder Narayana Murthy is an IT industry icon and considered one of the world’s greatest entrepreneur for his trailblazing work creating the global delivery model, which launched India as a major player in the IT industry. Traveling to the University of Virginia to receive the 2017 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Global Innovation, Murthy joined Darden School of Business Dean Scott Beardsley for a special C-Suite Insights interview in front of a live audience to share his story founding Infosys, his tips for today’s entrepreneurs, his advice to help India become a more business-friendly global economy and his outlook on technology trends for the future.

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C-Suite Insights Special Edition:”What’s the Future for Women in Finance?” Barclays’ Barbara Byrne

April 6, 2017

American Banker named Barclays Investment Banking Vice Chairman Barbara Byrne the second most powerful woman in finance in 2016. She has also financed a Hollywood movie about a female investment banker and launched a fund that invests in women-led companies. She sat down with guest host Melissa Thomas-Hunt to discuss her work blazing trails for more women to join the traditionally male-heavy fields of investment banking and finance. She also discussed the impact Brexit is having on Barclays, the London finance industry and the United Kingdom, in addition to how Brexit is one of many examples around the world of populist frustration with weak economic growth.

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Lessons from the World of Banking: Barbara Byrne, Vice Chairman of Investment Banking at Barclays

April 5, 2017

The Darden Leadership Speaker Series welcomes Barbara Byrne, a Vice Chairman within the Investment Bank at Barclays. Based in New York, Ms. Byrne is Chairman of both Barclays Americas Citizenship Council, overseeing strategic programs to foster global economic growth and opportunity, and Barclays Social Innovation Facility, a cross-business resource dedicated to the development of self-sustaining commercial solutions to social challenges.

With over 35 years of financial services experience, Ms. Byrne has been at the forefront of developing and leading longstanding partnerships with some of Barclays’ most important multinational, corporate clients. She is responsible for leading cross business teams in delivering the firm’s products and services to those clients, and is the primary architect of several of the firm’s marquee transactions. She has held senior management positions in Energy and Technology Banking groups throughout her career, and has led diverse strategic advisory initiatives across the firm focused on enhancing clients' global market position. Additionally, Ms. Byrne graduated from Mount Holyoke College magna cum laude in 1976 and served on its Board of Trustees and Executive Committee for ten years.

Recorded 27 March 2017.

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The Interdisciplinarian, Episode 5: Nastia Root (Google) on Finding the Right User for the Right Product

March 20, 2017

"We need to find the right user for the right product. That's my goal."

If you're interested in the role of 'growth product managers' or growth in general, tune in for a first hand perspective from Google product manager Nastia Root. In this interview, Nastia describes the role and focus of the growth PM. You'll hear about the ways she drives growth on Google for Work (formerly Google Apps) and how she arrived at the role of growth PM. 

 
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