UVA Darden Welcomes Second Cohort of Dean’s DC Fellows

By Dave Hendrick

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business recently welcomed its second cohort of Dean’s D.C. Fellows, a distinguished group of experts working in a range of industries who will engage with the Darden community.

"As we strengthen our collaboration in the [D.C.] region, we are grateful for the valuable insights these accomplished leaders will bring to the School."
Dean Scott Beardsley

The second group of fellows, who will serve a two-year term, from 2023 to 2025, includes business leaders working in technology, media, finance and consumer products, among other sectors. In addition to their specific areas of expertise, fellows are chosen in part due to a proven ability to work in an interdisciplinary manner across industries.  

In addition to convening as a group four times a year to discuss and debate pressing global issues, the fellows are invited to collaborate with Darden faculty and students in a variety of ways, both in and out of the classroom. Previous fellows participated in Leadership Unscripted speaker series events, led classroom discussions, and collaborated on case writing.  

“Darden’s presence in the Washington, D.C., area has expanded rapidly in recent years, with hundreds of students and lifelong learners now based at UVA Darden DC Metro,” said Darden Dean Scott Beardsley. “As we strengthen our collaboration in the region, we are grateful for the valuable insights these accomplished leaders will bring to the School.” 

“The first cohort of fellows contributed immensely to the UVA and Darden community, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the capabilities of the new group,” said Darden Professor Greg Fairchild, who serves as CEO of UVA Northern Virginia.  

The 2023-25 Fellows include: 

  • Ken Bacon, Co-Founder and Partner, Railfield 
  • Eric D. Chewning (MBA ’08), Executive VP of Strategy & Development, HII 
  • Juliann Jordan Clemente, President, Clemente Development Company, Inc 
  • Allison Cryor DiNardo (MBA ’88), President, King Street Wireless, Inc.
  • Tom Dukes, CEO, Veritas Data Research 
  • Thomas M. Fulcher Jr. (MBA ’86), Vice Chairman, Mid-Atlantic Region Lead, Director, Savills 
  • Goli Sheikholeslami (MBA ’94), CEO, POLITICO Media Group 
  • Emmanuel Smadja, Co-Founder and CEO, MPOWER Financing 

The D.C. Fellows program is based at UVA Darden DC Metro, located at the Sands Family Grounds in the Washington, D.C. area. Since opening its doors in 2018, UVA Darden DC Metro has grown into a thriving hub of activity, serving as the home of the Executive MBA program, the Part-Time MBA program, the Master of Science in business analytics program and a significant portion of Executive Education & Lifelong Learning programming. 

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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