An alumnus of the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia (UVA), Bill Gray earned his MBA from the school. Bill Gray, who spent more than 30 years a co-chief executive officer of Ogilvy Group North America, retains strong ties to his alma mater as a featured speaker and lecturer to current students.
UVA’s Darden School recently named winners of the first-ever pitch night competition based on business platforms dealing with environmental sustainability. Held in January at the W. L. Lyons Brown III Innovation Laboratory on campus, the event saw six individuals pitching ideas before a packed room. The Darden School supported the event to promote environmental awareness while also putting business students in a high-pressure, real-world situation. Anna Perry, a high school student, earned the People’s Choice award as well as the Most Feasible Idea award for her pitch on composting in elementary and high schools. Top honors, however, went to Joni Lane for her hemp-based insulation idea.
By Bill Gray
Established in 1954, The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business offers a range of programs that emphasize entrepreneurship and ingenuity, an international outlook, and a solid understanding of business ethics. The school’s top-ranked Master of Business Administration (MBA) program integrates three distinctive elements. It utilizes the Case Study Method, allowing students to examine real-world business matters and problems, contribute ideas and debate openly, and devise solutions. The program also employs a student-focused faculty whose members encourage innovation and contribute their own well-regarded research and scholarship. Furthermore, the MBA program maintains a highly collaborative learning environment that enables students to grasp the fundamentals of business, like accounting, operations, and communications, while enhancing their ability to think strategically and gain new insights.
The Darden School of Business also encourages global business experience. Students can study with partner schools in several countries where they visit and tour companies as well as interact with influential business leaders and politicians. In addition, the school’s Global MBA for Executives program helps prepare executives for international leadership by introducing them to an array of economies, markets, and cultures. The 21-month program includes six two-week residencies in Europe, China, India, Brazil, and the United States.
About the author: The former Co-CEO of Ogilvy Group North America, Bill Gray received his MBA from the Darden School of Business and is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer. Mr. Gray currently acts as an Independent Trustee for the Century Capital family of mutual funds.