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.”

Read Mawadjou’s full profile on Darden’s The Network.

About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business prepares responsible global leaders through unparalleled transformational learning experiences. Darden’s graduate degree programs (MBA, MSBA and Ph.D.) and Executive Education & Lifelong Learning programs offered by the Darden School Foundation set the stage for a lifetime of career advancement and impact. Darden’s top-ranked faculty, renowned for teaching excellence, inspires and shapes modern business leadership worldwide through research, thought leadership and business publishing. Darden has Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Washington, D.C., area and a global community that includes 18,000 alumni in 90 countries. 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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