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“Ethics in Organizations” at U.Va. School of Continuing and Professional Studies – May 13

Posted by lbanner on May 1, 2008

This workshop will “explore what it means to be ethical, how to make ethical decisions, and how to muster the moral courage to do the right thing. Participants will also examine why good leaders sometimes end up doing bad things, and how good leaders can create good organizations – those with a healthy ethical climate … Participants will leave with a toolkit for enhancing ethics in their own work and organization,” so says U.Va. School of Continuing and Professional Studies about their May 13th, 2008 workshop, Ethics in Organizations: How to Lead and Live in a Workplace You Admire. Sounds good to me.

May 13, Zehmer Hall Conference Center, U.Va. School of Continuing and Professional Studies: 9am-4pm. $125 (includes box lunch).

Information and registration page or call (434) 982- 2779.

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Darden annual Career Transitions workshop June 16-18

Posted by lbanner on March 26, 2008

UVA’s Darden School of Business will be hosting its 15th Career Transitions workshop June 16-18, 2008 at the Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose, CA. This year materials about the workshop note that it has been expanded and revised to focus on both life and career transition issues. “Whether you are in your 30s and facing today’s changing job market, in your 40s or 50s and facing mid-career decisions, or older and simply challenged by what to do with the second half of your life, this workshop offers you a time, a place and a process to tackle these issues.”
All University of Virginia alumni and their spouses/partners are invited to attend. All participants must have at least 10 years of work experience. The workshop fee is $2,095 ($1,895 for registrations before May 1), which includes tuition, room, board and all workshop materials.
Additional information, including recent testimonials and the registration form, may be viewed by visiting Darden’s “career transitions” web site. For more information, contact Darden’s Alumni Career Services office at (434) 924-4876 or alumnicareerservices@darden.virginia.edu.

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Batten Institute “Developing Future Leaders” conference March 26-28

Posted by lbanner on December 28, 2007

The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and the Batten Institute for entrepreneurship and innovation will present an interactive learning experience March 26-28, 2008 that will answer key questions about learning and leadership, among them – “Can leadership be taught in college?” and “What are effective and innovative ways to teach leadership?”

Designed for faculty from graduate and undergraduate business schools in the United States, the “Developing Future Leaders” conference will include presentations and workshops that address new developments in business simulations, multimedia cases, the humanities, distance learning, self- assessments, and case method teaching. Faculty who want to expand the leadership dimensions of their management courses, teach or plan to teach leadership courses, or who want to design their own leadership programs will all benefit from the conference’s insights.

The conference keynote address will be delivered Thursday, March 27 by Jim Collins, author of Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap … and Others Don’t and coauthor of Built to Last. Mr. Collins will also facilitate a panel discussion focused on integrating Good to Great principles into the classroom. Limited admission to the keynote address will also be available to the local community.

To register for “Developing Future Leaders,” visit: http://forms.darden.virginia.edu/batten/tl/register.htm

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Abrahamson, “A Perfect Mess,” to be featured speaker at VABook Business Breakfast

Posted by lbanner on September 19, 2007

The youngest-ever full professor of management at Columbia University’s School of Business and co-author of A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder – How Crammed Closets, Cluttered Offices and On-the-Fly Planning Make the World a Better Place, Eric Abrahamson, is set to speak at the Virginia Festival of the Book’s annual Business Breakfast, March 26th.

Mr. Abrahamson also authored Change Without Pain: How Managers Can Overcome Initiative Overload, Organization Chaos and Employee Burnout. A Perfect Mess was co-authored by David H. Freedman.

The Business Breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. March 26 at the Omni Hotel. The breakfast is part of the 2008 Virginia Festival of the Book held annually in Charlottesville. Starting Thursday, tickets may be purchased at www.vabook.org or by phone at 434-924-6890. Tickets for the Business Breakfast are $25.00.

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Looking for a career change?

Posted by lbanner on September 5, 2007

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business hosts a Career Transitions Workshop annually for individuals looking to “clarify their mission in life.” Darden’s Alumni Career Services Center shares the following information on the 2007 workshop:

Darden’s Career Transitions workshop has been expanded and revised to focus on both life and career transition issues. Whether you are in your 30’s and facing today’s changing job market, in your 40’s or 50’s and facing mid-career (and mid-life) decisions, or older and simply challenged by what to do with the second half of your life, this workshop offers you a time, a place and a process to tackle these issues.

The fourteenth Career Transitions workshop is scheduled for November 12-14, 2007 at the Darden School in Charlottesville, VA. All University of Virginia alumni and their spouses/partners are invited to attend. All participants must have at least 10 years of work experience. The workshop fee is $1,795 ($1,595 for registrations before October 1), which includes tuition, room, board and all workshop materials.

If you are attempting to define or clarify your mission in life, you will benefit from this workshop. Sessions will include a number of topics, including the following:

  • Use of self-assessment for life and career plans
  • Your life story and lesson
  • Personal styles
  • Defining life themes and what’s next
  • Translating life themes into career objectives
  • Strategies for the current job market
  • Generating your marketing materials: resumes, cover letters and profiles
  • Networking
  • Interviewing, offers and contracts and
  • Creating a game plan to achieve your objectives.

Additional information, including recent testimonials and the registration form, may be viewed by visiting Darden’s Web site at http://www.darden.virginia.edu/acs/careertransitions. For more information, contact Darden’s Alumni Career Services office at (434) 924-4876 or alumnicareerservices@darden.virginia.edu.

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Is it worth the money? Forbes lists UVa’s Darden #5 in ROI

Posted by lbanner on August 23, 2007

Forbes magazine has published its fifth biennial ranking of business schools. The magazine’s survey ranks schools based on return on investment, calculated as compensation five years after graduation minus tuition and the forgone salary during school. The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business came in at number five. Using the ROI approach, Forbes noted the appeal of one-year programs, “Each of the top five one-year foreign programs beat out all two-year programs because the opportunity cost, in lost wages, to attend is materially less.” In other words, if you’re looking at a salary of say $95,000+ a year (that’s the median first-year compensation of a Darden grad), a one-year program translates into a single $95,000 loss while a two-year program generates a loss of $190,000. That the one-year program comes out on top in terms of ROI appears not too astonishing, especially when you fold in tuition. Total two-year in-state cost of participation at Darden? $35,000 (year-1) + $37,500 (year-2) = $72,500. Out-of-state? $40,000 (year-1) + $42,500 (year-2) = $82,500.

Darden’s Data:

Five-Year MBA Gain
Total 1: $94,000
As % Of Expenses 2: 63%
Years to break even: 3.5

Class Of 2002 Salary
Pre-MBA: $56,000
In 2006: $149,000

Class Of 2008
Tuition 3: $83,000
Media GMAT score: 680

The List (top 4):

  1. Dartmouth (Tuck)
  2. Stanford
  3. Harvard
  4. Virginia (Darden)

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If we build it, will they come? First someone is going to have to actually build it.

Posted by lbanner on August 17, 2007

Boar’s Head Inn Hosts Groundbreaking For Area’s Largest Meeting Pavilion

If you’ve been involved in the Charlottesville area’s local business and hospitality scene long enough, you recognize the oft-voiced complaint of this region’s lack of a large conference facility. That lack equals dollars lost to other regions capable of handling the lucrative large conference market. Here’s an example: From the 16th Annual Meetings Market Survey published by Convene, the magazine of the Professional Convention Management Association, 60 percent of respondents estimated the economic value of their meetings to the host destination at $1 million or more. In addition, 65 percent of respondents noted that they use area, off-site, restaurants to host conference functions. Who wouldn’t want a piece of that pie?

So it is no surprise that an August news release announcing the groundbreaking of a new, state-of-the art Meeting Pavilion at the Boar’s Head Inn included a quote from Mr. Mark Shore, Director and CEO of the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Charlottesville has clearly become a destination of choice for meeting and event planners,” said Mr. Shore, “but we have lost business opportunities by not having large enough facilities at a single site.”

The new Boars Head Inn Meeting Pavilion, a $10 million expansion project directed by the University of Virginia Foundation, is set for completion in September of 2008. Ms. Sandy Fitz-Hugh, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the UVA Foundation, explains the purpose of the new Pavilion in this way, “The Board recognized that the Pavilion project would not only support the growing needs of the University but would also offer an important new platform for larger in-house conferences, meetings and social events … We look forward to an exciting future for the facility and to its playing a role in enticing even more leisure and business travelers alike to Charlottesville and the surrounding area.”

Consisting of nearly 17,000 square feet, the new Pavilion will include a large pre-function space, meeting rooms, and a grand ballroom in excess of 5,500 square feet, as well as a full kitchen. Noted also in the release, the newly-completed ballroom will become Charlottesville’s largest. Ah! The large convention market to Charlottesville at last? No, not really, for how large is large?

The two most commonly competing venues in the Charlottesville region for conferences and ballroom events are the Doubletree Hotel, located on Rt. 29 north, and the Omni Hotel, downtown Charlottesville. The grand ballroom of the Doubletree Hotel totals 4,850 sq. ft. and holds a maximum of 500 people. The Omni boasts a grand ballroom of 5,445 square feet also holding a maximum of 500 people. And the new Boar’s Head Meeting Pavilion? As noted, its ballroom is 5,500 sq. ft., a mere 55 sq. ft. larger than the Omni’s. And it’s capacity? Though the “footprint” has yet to be “carved in stone” as it were, the current estimate is a maximum of 580 people. Somehow, it doesn’t quite seem that those additional 80 folk will serve as the region’s tipping point for the large convention market.

What would it take? Just for reference, the Greater Richmond Convention Center, host to many a Virginia-based conference, possesses a grand ballroom of 30,500 sq. ft. with a maximum human capacity of 1,500. So it would appear that the only way for Charlottesville to actually compete in the large convention marketplace would be for the Boars Head Inn, with its new facility, the Omni, and the Doubletree Hotel, to somehow work-together at enticing the conference crowd to Charlottesville. You might not be able to get all 1,500 attendees in one room, but with three 500 people grand ballrooms, maybe you could link them virtually.

Otherwise, rather than “enticing even more leisure and business travelers alike to Charlottesville and the surrounding area,” it looks more like the new Meeting Pavilion at the Boars Head Inn threatens to compete in an already tight 500 person dinner and meeting market. Well, given that UVa actually owns the Boars Head Inn and so too the ground which has been broken for the new meeting pavilion, at least the University, wishing to host a conference or 500 person dinner, will no longer have to frequent the services of Charlottesville’s local, private hotel enterprises.

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UVa brings in the bucks says new study

Posted by lbanner on June 28, 2007

A new study by economists at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service found that the University of Virginia brings in $4.71 from outside the commonwealth for every $1 the institution receives in state support.

This study is the first to examine the University’s economic impact not only in the immediate Charlottesville area but also throughout the rest of the state. Researchers report that in fiscal year 2005 alone, U.Va. brought $622 million in out-of-state grants, out-of-state tuition, philanthropic support and graduate fellowships into Virginia. U.Va. received $132 million from Virginia’s General Fund in fiscal year 2005.

Locally, U.Va.’s impact on Charlottesville and Albemarle County exceeded $1 billion in 2005, according to the study. The figure represents total spending by all University units, components, employees, students and visitors. Local spending by the University itself, including payroll, totaled $791 million. The Academic Division spent more than three- fifths of this amount. The Medical Center and the closely related Health Services Foundation accounted for more than a third of local outlays.

The report is available online at www.coopercenter.org/publications/uvaimpact

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