The other half of the class was dedicated to guest appearances by successful alumni who came back to teach a case and talk about their careers, including a final day with Professor Colley (more on that another time). I can’t say how much I’ve enjoyed those sessions and fought my way into General Managers Taking Action this spring which is only guest cases. I can’t recommend it enough and the willingness of these very busy people to come back every year (in some cases more than once), share their experiences and give advice is really just another thing that makes Darden great.
Recently, GMTA was treated to a very special guest (though he isn’t an alum, we don’t hold that against him) Dean Bruner. Dean Bruner is stepping down at the end of the year and our class is lucky to be the final class of Darden grads he will oversee. He shared with us cases and challenges that he has faced as the head of Darden and discussed with us also how we would handle the transition to the new dean. It was a great class with a great dean and another experience that I consider myself lucky to have had in Charlottesville.