movers_shakersD’89 Marla (Stempler) Buerk is now Executive Vice President at Dairy Management Inc.
D’03 Peter Harrison is a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley
D’08 Nick Moran via New Stack Ventures is the lead investor in Print With Me
D’11 David Turco is now a Director at AloStar Capital Finance
D’14 David Cockerill is now Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group
D’16 Katie Griffith is now a Senior Associate at Strategy&
D’16 Wei Liao is now a Senior Associate at Strategy&
D’16 Vivek Mehta is now a an Associate at McKinsey & Company

Meet me at Google and I’ll introduce you to a prospective student

Sept 8 @ 6:30 – The Darden Offices of Engagement and Admissions invite you to enjoy an evening of hospitality at the Chicago Admissions/Alumni reception hosted by Google and our Google working alumni D’10 Caroline O’Sheasy and D’14 Warner Lewis. The Darden alumni community is a valuable asset in attracting top talent and, as always, we encourage you to invite prospective students.

We are excited to announce that Mike Lenox, senior associate dean and chief strategy officer, will be in attendance, along with Michael Woodfolk and they looks forward to meeting you. Please join Mike Lenox, Admissions staff and your fellow alumni to discuss the Darden distinction with prospective students for the three formats of the School’s MBA program: residential MBA, MBA for Executives and Global MBA for Executives.

Darden delivers the world’s best business education experience, and we invite you to share your journey as a valued member of the School’s powerful, global network. Prospective students enjoy talking to you about your time at Darden; please join us to share your story.

Google’s new Chicago office: 320 North Morgan Street, #600, Chicago, IL 60607

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).

Looking for volunteer opportunities?

compassprobonoCompass Pro Bono matches small teams of top MBAs with qualified non-profits for an array of consulting projects that include; Marketing, Partnerships, Strategic Planning, Board Development, etc.  Locally, both D’14 Michael Humenansky and D’16 Vivek Mehta have rolled up their sleeves to get involved.  Michael worked with Compass while consulting in Washington D.C. and both are involved in the Chicagoland.

For more information visit and reach out to Compass’s Executive Director in Chicago, Julie Walther at

movers_shakersD’84 Doug Varney is now Solution Architect at Nokia

D’90 Kristin Colber-Baker is now Director, Mars University, Global Programs and Learning at Mars, Inc.

D’04 Mehul Vora is now Cofounder and Partner at NexGen Housing Partners

D’04 Jason Uner is now Integrated Media Manager at Country Financial

D’08 Kelly Becker is now Vice President, Power Solutions at Schneider Electric

D’09 Aja Davis Isble is now Strategy, New products, Global Immunology at Baxalta

D’11 Larissa Hawkes is now ABM Bars and Fruit Snacks at TreeHouse Foods

D’14 Amanda Middlebrooks is now Marketing Manager at Uber

D’15 Laura Redden is now Business Strategy Consultant at Accenture

D’15 Adam Hazzout is now Senior Consultant at IBM Global Business Services

Improving our military’s physical fitness capabilities

MobellMuscle.pngThis month D’14 Michael Humenansky moved his company MoBell Muscle from Darden’s iLab to Chicago.  MoBell Muscle designs, develops and delivers patent-pending, transportable strength-building equipment and solutions for people who lose access to the gym or traditional gym equipment.  Inspiration and initial target market is the US Military, specifically deployed troops, they’re our nations’ heroes.