Welcome : Jeremy Glazier, D’12

glazier_jeremy_12Jeremy Glazier, D’12, grew up in Canada and relocated to New York City after undergrad.  There he began his career with KPMG’s consulting practice.  After graduating from Darden he obtained his JD from the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law (in two years!), after which he worked in New York City as an Associate in the Corporate practice at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.  Eager to return to Chicago, Jeremy relocated from NYC this past fall, and is currently working as an Associate in the Private Equity Group at Perkins Coie, LLP.

“As a corporate lawyer I don’t have a ton of time off, but when I do have some spare time I like to play hockey in the winters and golf in the summers.  As you probably guessed from my connection to Canada, I am a huge hockey fan.  Another perk of being from the great white north is that Chicago winters don’t intimidate me at all… I actually find them quite refreshing!”


McKinsey is looking for women in Operations

mckinsey_logoOn May 18, here in Chicago, McKinsey is hosting a Women in Operations Leadership Event.  This event is for women in the Chicago area with work experience in the field of Operations, including: supply chain, manufacturing, product development, etc.  This is an exclusive discussion and networking session hosted by McKinsey & Company professionals to:

  • Explore how to build your network of mentors and sponsors
  • Experience McKinsey’s commitment to developing female leaders
  • Learn about McKinsey’s work in Operations
  • Engage with other highly talented women in Operations

Attendance is by application only.  Please email your resume or bio as an attachment to: Women_In_Operations@mckinsey.com

‘Hoo wants to watch UVA topple (#1 until recently) Villanova?

uva-basketballCall, text, email a classmate or two and ask them to join you along with all the other UVA schools and meet at Lincoln Station, in the Lincoln Park neighborhood (at 2432 N. Lincoln Avenue, 60614) to watch UVA take on Villanova in a battle of basketball titans.  Noon tipoff, Sunday January 29.

Bonus – in basketball there is always a bonus – you can also join the UVA faithful and ‘railgate’ (yeah, I made that up but you see what I did there, tailgate but on a train so ‘railgate’… ) for the UVA vs Notre Dame game on January 24.  You can get tickets through UVA Club of Chicago.

Welcome : Herbert Haas, D’15

haas_herbert_15Herbert Haas, D’15, is moving to Chicago from Vienna, Austria.  That may sound like an odd route but Herbert was born in Vienna, Austria.  Before Darden he studied business administration and worked in Vienna for Umdasch Shop Consult in London and KPMG (Transaction Services).  Not to be all work and no play, in his spare time he co-founded a soccer club (Blues FC).  At Darden, Herbert shifted his career focus to management consulting and after Darden he took a year assignment overseas with BCG and is now transferring to the company’s Chicago office (starting Feb 1).  While engaged to his longtime love Andrea during his time in Charlottesville, they married after graduation and recently welcomed their daughter Mia.

Welcome : Priti Dhanda, D’12

dhana_priti_12Welcome to Chicago D’12 Priti Dhanda.  After starting her post Darden career with Starwood, she is moving from the NYC area to start new role with Hyatt.  Many of you, myself included may be nervous about our beloved SPG after the Marriott acquisition but Priti assures that we should be okay for another year as Marriott doesn’t have plans to make major changes until 2018.  Whew !

I am super excited about Chicago and sad about leaving Starwood.  I will be moving with my fiancé Ashok.  He is works in healthcare strategy at Accenture that gives us flexibility to move around.  We just bought a condo in Lincoln Park and officially move to Chicago on Jan 1.

Welcome : Jason Qiu, D’06

qiu_jason_06Jason Qiu, D’06, comes to Chicago after a 10 year finance career with a global manufacturing company based in Richmond VA.

While Jason, his wife and 2yr old daughter all loved Virginia, his wife recently accepted a couldn’t resist offer with Alliant, a growing online credit union based near O’hare, and will start work in Jan 2017.

As such, Jason is starting to explore new career opportunities as well as moving the family fairly soon.  He would appreciate any job leads and contacts (primarily finance director type positions) as well as general information about the city (where to live, etc.).

The new position puts the family in a tight spot as they’ll be living in two cities and two time zones until Jason can secure a position locally.  You can reach Jason via email at jasonqiu78@gmail.com with any job leads, recommendations, welcome notes, etc.

Support UVA’s Madison House @ 2nd Annual Holiday Party

uva_club_chicagoJoin the UVA Club of Chicago, in conjunction with Madison House Alumni Council, for our 2nd annual Holiday Party, Thursday, December 8
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

There are several door prizes to purchase during this event. Any donations will go to Madison House’s Holiday Sharing Program, which endeavors to aid needy families in the Charlottesville, VA area.

Your $10 entrance fee gets you appetizers and special prices on drinks.

This event is in River North at the Pepper Canister (509 N Wells St, 60654).

Click HERE to register.  We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Questions?  Please contact Jen Austin (CLAS ’05) at jenniferhaustin@gmail.com

Watch UVA Basketball @ Lincoln Station

uva-basketballChicago ‘Hoos, UVA Men’s Basketball is back! All alumni, parents and friends are invited to join fellow ‘Hoos at our game watch bar, Lincoln Station, in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, at 2432 N. Lincoln Avenue, 60614.

Food and drink specials may be available at each game watch.  For more information, please contact Jason Schraub (CLAS ’11) at jasonschraub@gmail.com.


Welcome to the new Darden Chicago Alumni site.  Granted, the site isn’t 100% perfect across all devices and I recommend using larger screens for easiest reading; laptops and computers are best while a bit tougher to navigate on mobile phones.

On the site you can scroll to see the latest updates, quickly find the Next Event via its own tab, connect to Darden’s alumni portal to login and update your contact information or register for events, even Search for news by graduation year, e.g. enter D’xx (substituting the graduation year’s final two digits for the xx’s) or enter an alumni’s name, and more…

Categories on the right quickly take you to Alumni Profiles, Events, Movers & Shakers, Odds & Ends, and Volunteer opportunities.

Please send me content to share, I’m also looking for alumni to profile so people can get to know each other beyond a LinkedIn page.  Use the Contact US page to submit ideas, feedback, anything… I hope the site makes it easier for everyone to stay current and connected vs searching for the latest newsletter.  Now get started and explore.

Get to Know D’89 Jack Oakes

oakes_jackYou may hear from or see Jack Oakes in Darden’s Advancement office in the near future.  As some of you know, Jack is a fellow Darden graduate (’89 MBA/MA in East Asian Studies).  He returned to Darden in early 2005 to work in the Career Development Center and led the office for five years as Assistant Dean for Career Development.  In July 2015, Jack joined Darden’s expanding Advancement team to work with alumni on engagement and philanthropy.  We’re lucky that one of his chapter areas is Chicago, so we look forward to Jack working with us over the months and years to come.