UVA Club of Chicago: Coast Sushi Bar BYOB Dinner

coast_sushiJoin us for Japanese entrees & creative sushi in a group-friendly setting and BYOB.  Thursday, July 21 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm

Space is limited; register today. We hope to see you there!

For more info, please contact Victoria Greenberg (CLAS ’12) at victoriaagreenberg@gmail.com.

2nd Annual Summer Brunch – July 14, 2016

brunchThank you D’14s Michael Humenansky, Allison Kelly and Amanda Middlebrooks for hosting this year’s summer brunch Sunday July 14, 10:00 am (1749 N Wells St. #2010).  Last year this was ‘potluck’ style so bring a favorite dish if you like but we’ll plan food based on RSVPs via Darden’s forthcoming invitation (email me if you want to bring a dish).

UVA Club of Chicago: All Virginia Schools Happy Hour

happy_hourYou’re invited to mingle and network with alumni from UVA, William & Mary, Richmond, Virginia Tech and JMU for the annual Virginia Schools Happy Hour on Thursday, June 9 @ 5:30 pm8:00 pm

Complementary appetizers will be provided. Drink special include: $5 select drafts, $6 select wines and $7 cocktails.

We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information, please contact Kristina Hamilton (CLAS ’09) at uvaclubofchicago@gmail.com.

Happy Hour – November 19, 2015

happy_hourIt has been awhile since we just picked a day to catch up after work without having to meet the current summer interns, or the prospective students, or the future internship seekers, or the recent graduates, or …

This night is just for us hard working Darden Chicago alumni.  Put Thursday Nov 19 on your calendar and lets meet after work at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago (127 W. Huron at Lasalle).  Look for the UVA colored balloons.

(Someday we’ll go) All The Way

cubsOn September 27 – UVA Club Chicago has invited us to join them on the roof for the second to last Cubs home game (dare I say pending playoffs?).  We have 20 discounted Brixen Ivy rooftop tickets for $79.  Brixen Ivy (1044 Waveland) is down the left field line and yes you can see the field.  If our ticket allotment sells out we can request more (let me know if you need extras).  Buy tickets directly through this link.

An Evening with Professor Ed Hess

Join up to 200 alumni for lively networking and discussion of ‘Why Is Innovation So Hard?’ led by Darden Professor Ed Hess, author of the best-selling book, Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization.

This interactive session will explore how upcoming technology advances will make learning a strategic imperative for organizations and how innovation will become the primary business differentiator. Hear how three market leaders; Bridgewater Associates LP, Intuit Inc. and Google; created exemplary organizational learning systems. You will come away with ideas you can put into action immediately.

Food and drink provided so please RSVP.  Upon arrival, check in at the Darden table within the 1871 lobby and take a moment to see the center’s 75,000 sq’ tech ecosystem.

Reading material (Its Darden, thus always extra reading material):
Why Is Innovation So Hard
The AI Revolution Will Humanize Business
The MBA of the Future Needs a Different Toolbox
Innovation Requires Humility and Courage


Professor Edward D. Hess 30 year career includes time at Atlantic Richfield Corporation, Warburg Paribas Becker, Boettcher & Company, the Robert M. Bass Group and Arthur Andersen. He has authored 11 books, over 60 practitioner articles and over 60 Darden cases dealing with managing growth, systems and strategies. His books include:

Smart Growth was named a Top 25 2010 business book by Inc. Magazine.

His current research focuses on applying the science of learning in a business environment: learning cultures, systems and processes.

Hess has taught in Executive Education programs for Harris Corporation, Cigna, Timken, United Technologies, Genworth Financial, Pitney Bowes, Unilever Russia, Marriott International, Westinghouse Nuclear, Alpha Natural Resources, Alegco-Scotsman, FTI Consulting, Dover Corporation, Glen Raven Corporation as well as IESE (Barcelona) and the Indian School of Business.

learnordiebyedhessTo compete with today’s increasing globalization and rapidly evolving technologies, individuals and organizations must take their ability to learn — the foundation for continuous improvement, operational excellence, and innovation — to a much higher level. In Learn or Die, Edward D. Hess combines recent advances in neuroscience, psychology, behavioral economics, and education with key research on high-performance businesses to create an actionable blueprint for becoming a leading-edge learning organization.

Learn or Die examines the process of learning from an individual and an organizational standpoint. From an individual perspective, the book discusses the cognitive, emotional, motivational, attitudinal, and behavioral factors that promote better learning. Organizationally, Learn or Die focuses on the kinds of structures, culture, leadership, employee learning behaviors, and human resource policies that are necessary to create an environment that enables critical and innovative thinking, learning conversations, and collaboration. The volume also provides strategies to mitigate the reality that humans can be reflexive, lazy thinkers who seek confirmation of what they believe to be true and affirmation of their self-image. Exemplar learning organizations discussed include the secretive Bridgewater Associates, LP; Intuit, Inc.; United Parcel Service (UPS); W. L. Gore & Associates; and IDEO

3rd Annual Trekkers & Alumni Holiday Mixer – December 18, 2014

palmer_houseDecember 18 is Darden Chicago’s third annual Alumni & Trekkers Holiday Party, from 5:30 – 9:00 pm, within the Palmer House‘s beautiful lobby bar. You will find us near the UVA colored balloons.  Food and beverage are available for purchase and a formal RSVP invitation from Darden will follow.

Take a moment to Meet the Trekkers.  This year’s group is diverse and consulting focused across a wide range of interests, including; industrial, education, strategy and general management.  They look forward to meeting you on December 18th!