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Campus Chronicles: The Cold Call Chronicle

Welcome back to Campus Chronicles, our weekly perusal of the news at top business programs. This week we check in on students at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business via their student newspaper, The Cold Call Chronicle.

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A group of Darden women travelled to Washington, DC to attend the TEDxWomen conference, organized by the Paley Center for Media. Students were selected for the conference after submitting mock TED talk proposals centered on the theme of promoting women and diversity in business. The extensive lineup of speakers at the conference included Emily Bazelon, a senior editor at Slate and a contributor to the New York Times Magazine; Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, a foundation that invests in women-led organizations worldwide; Charlotte Beers, the former Chairman and CEO of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide and former Bush Administration official; Rosie Rios, the current Treasurer of the United States; and Eve Ensler, a Tony-Award-winning playwright and activist. Darden students unable to make the trip to Washington were still able to watch the event via live stream from the United States Institute of Peace.

Additionally, many Darden students spent their winter breaks “trekking” to various companies across the country. These treks included visits to Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, New York, Seattle, Portland, Denver and San Diego. Job Treks, which are organized by students but coordinated by Darden’s Career Development Center, offer a chance for first-year students to meet with firms in their target industries or cities, an early step in their hunt for summer-internships.  A selection of companies playing host to this winter’s treks included Delta, Chevron, Bain, Saks Fifth Avenue, Patagonia and Google.

Finally, the Cold Call Chronicle shone a spotlight on Darden Associate Professor of Finance Pedro Matos for his freshly published research on international differences in executive pay. Matos is the co-author of “Are US CEOs Paid More? New International Evidence,” which he presented this winter at Darden’s December research forum. Matos and his co-authors show that while U.S. executives appear better compensated than their peers elsewhere around the world, this is mainly a function of the ownership structure of their companies and the composition of their pay packages. The study will be published in the journal The Review of Financial Studies.

 

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