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A personal request, (wa)HooWa'nts Basketball tickets, reunion registration & more...
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A personal note... 

This week I had lunch with a Darden VIP that was passing through town who told a story about Scott Beardsley that I wanted to share.  Before starting his new role as Dean and months before he moved to Charlottesville, he made it his mission to meet with every professor in person for at least an hour - and often times longer (I think Ed Freeman set the record).  Week after week he traveled to Darden with the intent to do just one thing - before he did 'any' thing - and that was to listen.  Sure, this is the Consultant 101 playbook for gathering information but it was also driven by a genuine interest in developing relationships, building trust and setting the tone for openness.   In the end, after dozens of flights and hundreds of hours of conversations, he personally met with all but three.

I wanted to pass that story along as context with the invitation to come meet Scott yourself.  While we all love Chicago, in reality we're a second tier city when it comes to the alumni density hierarchy.  Ergo, outside of an annual prospective student event, we don't see many folks from Darden making the trip (I've tried) and even fewer times when it is just us alumni in a private setting with a chance to glean new content from the top.

I have neither met nor do I know Scott, only knowing of him through the school's various announcements.  However, drawing from the story above I believe there is more to his visit than just banging the drum with a new cadence that outlines his vision forward.  I also believe he is here to ask questions and listen to our ideas, thoughts, impressions, careers, industries, etc - just as he wanted to listen to every professor.

That said, I wanted to personally invite each of you to meet him yourself.  About half of our 250 local alumni open these emails so I charge everyone to reach out to your fellow classmates to spread the word and - even better - join you.  It could be a looooooooooong time before we have this opportunity again.    Please RSVP via this link

- Duke Best, D'08

(wa) HooWa'nts to go to this weekend's Sweet 16 / Elite 8 games?  D'08 Mike Marino has an extra set of tickets in the UVA section.  If interested, contact him MJMarino@gmail.com for more details.  The UVA Club viewing party is Friday at The Ogden (1659 W Ogden Ave, 60612) $15 includes food & fun.
April 7 : Scott Beardsley
Thank you D'68 W. "Googan" Bunn for hosting our reception with new dean Scott Beardsley on April 7, from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Racquet Club of Chicago (1365 N Dearborn Pkwy).  Please RSVP via this link  Guests welcome ! 
April 29 - May 1 : 'x1 & 'x6 Class Reunion
Reunion Time --- Darden welcomes back to Grounds the classes ending in 1s and 6s, in addition to the 2015 MBA, MBA for Executives and Global MBA for Executives.  Reunion dates are 29 April - 1 May 2016.  Register here
D'04 Jason Uner is now Integrated Media Manager at Country Financial
COMING SOON : Raymond Lambert
Would you leave your successful Investment Banking career to launch a startup in an industry you have no experience?  What if your startup helped the early careers of comedian Chris Rock, Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, the tv/radio host of everything Steve Harvey, the late Bernie Mac, the great Dave Chappelle, and dozens more...  Then a documentary was made about you that earned great acclaim.  Then you become a producer and your latest movie about Maya Angelou was just selected for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.  Sounds crazy but taking that risk is what D'87 Raymond Lambert did and he is sharing his behind the scenes entrepreneurial story with our Darden Chicago alumni.  Stay tuned as we're working on event details but you can order Raymond's book All Jokes Aside  or rent the documentary Phunny Business from Amazon... or, you can stay in that safe banking job.
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