Darden Speakers and Events
Leadership Unscripted: Let’s Talk About Water

Leadership Unscripted: Let’s Talk About Water

November 19, 2020

Hosted by UVA Darden Professor Peter Debaere in a Leadership Unscripted session, this discussion features Fernando Mercé (MBA ’98), CEO of Melissa & Doug and former president and CEO of Nestlé Waters North America. Water is what connects Mercé and Debaere. When Mercé served as CEO of Nestlé Waters North America, he and Debaere, an international economist and water expert, started a conversation about America’s water infrastructure crisis, the quality of drinking water, the price of water and the role of private business. Mercé has since become CEO of toy manufacturer Melissa & Doug, but the conversation continues. Debaere and Mercé revisited key topics on the current state of water and look toward the future.

Leadership Unscripted: Lessons From the Pandemic With Dr. Vivian Pinn

Leadership Unscripted: Lessons From the Pandemic With Dr. Vivian Pinn

July 13, 2020

Dr. Vivian Pinn said “social determinants” — factors such as wealth, profession and access to health care — have been among the key drivers of who gets sick and why. Pinn was interviewed at the virtual Leadership Unscripted event by Professor Lalin Anik, whose research in the marketing area often considers the role of social connection on human behavior. A pioneer in the field of medicine, Pinn was the inaugural full-time director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and associate director of NIH for women’s health research from 1994 until her retirement in 2011. 

Leadership Unscripted: The Unique Role Female Leaders Can Play in Times of Crisis

Leadership Unscripted: The Unique Role Female Leaders Can Play in Times of Crisis

June 17, 2020

A Conversation with former President of Ireland Mary Robinson and Halla Tómasdóttir, a former candidate for president of Iceland and CEO of The B Team.

Leadership Unscripted: What’s Holding Business Back from Achieving Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace?

Leadership Unscripted: What’s Holding Business Back from Achieving Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace?

March 31, 2020

Speaking at a Leadership Unscripted event at UVA Darden DC Metro, Darden Professor Laura Morgan Roberts, incoming Wharton Dean Erika James and Airbnb Head of Global Diversity and Belonging Melissa Thomas-Hunt discuss the connection between identity and experience in the workplace and what it might take to achieve a truly inclusive professional environment.

Leadership Unscripted: A Conversation with Carolyn Miles, CEO of Save the Children

Leadership Unscripted: A Conversation with Carolyn Miles, CEO of Save the Children

January 3, 2020

In this episode, Save the Children CEO Carolyn Miles (MBA'88) discusses the role of women in the developing world and the ability of women and girls to change the trajectory of a country's development towards a more equal and democratic society. 

Leadership Unscripted is a Darden speaker series hosted at UVA Darden DC Metro in Arlington, Virginia. To learn more, visit us at: www.darden.virginia.edu

Recorded 6 November 2019.

Leadership Unscripted: A Conversation with Jean Case, Chairman of the National Geographic Society and CEO of the Case Foundation

Leadership Unscripted: A Conversation with Jean Case, Chairman of the National Geographic Society and CEO of the Case Foundation

December 10, 2019

In this episode of Leadership Unscripted, Case Foundation CEO and National Geographic Society Chairman Jean Case discusses the importance of taking risks, being fearless, and leveraging difference in order to change the world. 

Leadership Unscripted is a Darden speaker series hosted at UVA Darden DC Metro in Arlington, Virginia. To learn more, visit us at: www.darden.virginia.edu

Recorded 10 October 2019

Darden Leadership Speaker Series: Scott Price, Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer of UPS

Darden Leadership Speaker Series: Scott Price, Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer of UPS

December 10, 2019

In this episode, UPS Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer Scott Price (MBA/MA ’90) discusses how to influence and create transformation from within a global corporation. 

The Darden Leadership Speaker Series is held on Darden Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, and events are open to the public. To learn more, visit us at: www.darden.virginia.edu

Recorded 31 October 2019

Darden Leadership Speaker Series: Tom Barkin, Richmond Federal Reserve President and CEO

Darden Leadership Speaker Series: Tom Barkin, Richmond Federal Reserve President and CEO

December 10, 2019

In this episode of Darden Leadership Speaker Series, Richmond Federal Reserve President and CEO Tom Barkin shares 10 life tips he has learned during his career and offers his thoughts on economic issues, from global trade wars to potential recession. 

The Darden Leadership Speaker Series is held on Darden Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, and events are open to the public. To learn more, vist us at: www.darden.virginia.edu

Recorded 3 October 2019

Darden Leadership Speaker Series: His Excellency Mahendra Siregar, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the United States of America

Darden Leadership Speaker Series: His Excellency Mahendra Siregar, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the United States of America

December 10, 2019

In this episode of the Darden Leadership Speaker Series, Indonesian Ambassador to the United States of America Mahendra Siregar shares the story of Indonesia's recovery from near collapse and discusses the impact of global trade skirmishes. 

The Darden Leadership Speaker Series is held on Darden Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, and events are open to the public. To learn more, visit us at: www.darden.virginia.edu

Recorded on 16 September 2019

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

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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