The competitive scholarship initiative is designed to foster a new generation of diverse leadership in private equity, venture capital (VC), hedge funds and other areas of asset management.
Mercurio is among a rare number of chief executives to reach their seat through a marketing career path.
Executive MBA and MSBA students typically work full time while they learn, with many earning promotions or switching careers during their program.
In 2011, the Darden School and UVA School of Education and Human Development announced a first-of-its-kind partnership to train “a new generation of education leaders."
In addition to the familiar in-person graduation, Darden graduates encountered another sign of normalcy: strong initial employment figures.
Aja Sae-Kung said the Executive MBA helped her build new quantitative skills but the “bigger-picture leadership skills” gelled throughout the program.