Erika James Named Senior Associate Dean for Darden Executive Education Program

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Erika Hayes James, PhD Named Senior Associate Dean for Darden School of Business, University of Virginia Executive Education Program

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Erika Hayes James, PhD

My goal as senior associate dean of Darden Executive Education is to prepare leaders to operate in uncertain times

Erika Hayes James, PhD was named the new senior associate dean for the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, Executive Education program. The custom and open-enrollment courses deliver innovative, experiential learning with real-world insights to help solve global organizations’ toughest business challenges.

As a member of Darden’s Executive Education faculty, ranked #1 by the Financial Times, 2004–2011, Erika produced a unique new offering in 2010 called Women Emerging in Leadership, given at the Darden School and across the globe in Dubai. The custom and open-enrollment programs deliver innovative, experiential learning with real-world insights to help solve global organizations’ toughest business challenges.

"My goal as senior associate dean of Darden Executive Education," said James, "is to prepare leaders to operate in uncertain times; to make use of rapidly evolving technologies, with a strong grasp of globalization; and to manage in an environment in which people and consumer goods are increasingly diverse."

To learn more about James's vision for Darden's Executive Education program, watch her interview with Trip Davis, president of the Darden School Foundation and senior associate dean for external relations.

The research and work of Erika Hayes James, PhD began in the field of Organizational Psychology and now intersects at Executive Leadership. She addresses three challenges that global organizations face:

  •     Crisis Leadership—being prepared for, managing through, and learning from crisis
  •     Women in Leadership—gender equity at executive levels, and women emerging in leadership
  •     The Commute—professional couples in commuter marriages and how it relates to talent acquisition and retention

An engaging and captivating teaching style has earned Erika accolades from the MBA students she has impacted at two of the top-ranked business schools in the world: currently at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, and as a former visiting professor at Harvard Business School at Harvard University.

"Erika is a talented and proven leader who will energize Darden Executive Education," said Darden's Dean Robert F. Bruner. "An expert in leadership and organizational behavior, she knows what it takes for executives and companies to lead in these uncertain times, and she will be a valuable partner to organizations and professionals of all levels."

Dr. James has authored numerous paper and multi-media case studies, published in notable academic journals, and speaks at academic and professional conferences on her topics of research.

To learn more about Erika James, visit her personal web site, http://erikahayesjames.com.

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