A graduate of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, Bill Gray frequently returns to the university as a lecturer and guest speaker. The former co-CEO of Ogilvy Group North America, Bill Gray continues to support the university and is one of the Darden School’s featured alumni.
Offering MBA, Ph.D., and Executive Education programs, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business is one of the top business schools in the world. First established in 1955, the Darden School excels at providing entrepreneurial-minded students with the knowledge and skills they need to become responsible leaders. A recent survey found that alumni from the school have had a significant impact on the economy at the state, national, and international level.
The survey considered more than 220,000 graduates, many of whom have played roles in launching new companies. Of the graduates surveyed, 65,000 were responsible for starting new companies that generate more than $1.6 trillion a year and employ more than two million individuals. This high level of entrepreneurial activity among alumni has helped Virginia’s economy grow at a much faster rate than many other states.
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.