Cameroon Native Learned to Speak Up at UVA Darden
By Dave Hendrick
The University of Virginia Darden School of Business was something of a culture shock at first for Gaelle Mawadjou Tchokoua, who came to the School from Cameroon by way of New York City. It was a culture Mawadjou quickly adapted to, however, as she built confidence in her capabilities and potential.
Mawadjou points to the academic environment, the supportive and collaborative student body and “the expectations the School has of its students,” as top selling points of Darden. She mentions “Leading Strategic Change” and “Organic Growth” as particularly impactful courses, and is thinking ahead to their uses in her long-term goal of finding a job in impact investing in Africa.
“I feel like I have been given so much and that I can have a real impact there,” Mawadjou said. “I want to help enterprises create social impact.”
The University of Virginia Darden School of Business delivers the world’s best business education experience to prepare entrepreneurial, global and responsible leaders through its MBA, Ph.D. and Executive Education programs. Darden’s top-ranked faculty is renowned for teaching excellence and advances practical business knowledge through research. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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