Business, Policy and Leadership

  • Convening and preparing leaders engaged in how business and public policy deliver value and impact to society

    The Institute for Business in Society and its faculty advisers lead programs, convening events and courses that enable practitioners and students to more positively impact business and society through collaboration and shared best practices. These initiatives engage business leaders in thought-provoking and outcomes-oriented solutions to address complex societal issues that increasingly span the spheres of business, government, law and public policy.

    CFO Roundtable

    Led by Darden Professor Kenneth M. Eades and Fellow Jane-Scott Cantus, the Institute for Business in Society convenes the Darden Strategic CFO Roundtable. The quarterly gathering of leading chief financial officers in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area discuss, debate and share best practices for enhancing the strategic role of the CFO. With more than 300 years of collective strategic financial and leadership experience, roundtable members share their views on federal monetary policy and the overall economy. Each meeting produces a report entitled Views From the C-Suite, based on survey data and discussions among the CFOs.

    Tri-Sector Leadership Fellows Program

    The UVA Tri-Sector Leadership Fellows program is a cross-university effort designed to explore effective, responsible leadership and the importance of multi-disciplinary perspective in decision-making. The fellowship brings together prominent, high-impact leaders with graduate students and faculty from UVA’s policy, business and law schools for a series of Jeffersonian salon-style conversations.

    The program includes examination of relevant “Tri-Sector” (public, private and social sector) issues which feature a host of more granular financial, economic, political, legal and other considerations. In the student-conceived program, a series of accomplished leaders facilitate interactive exchanges, based on their own personal leadership experiences, with the group of competitively-selected student fellows. Through their interactions, student fellows gain first-hand insights into how these leaders holistically and critically analyze complex policy and practical considerations, and then take action, so that solutions can successfully be implemented.

    The Tri-Sector Leadership Fellows program is administered by the Institute for Business in Society and facilitated by faculty across all three schools. 

    To learn more about the program, please review the information below.

  • Program Leaders

    The Tri-Sector Leadership (TSL) Fellows Program is led by one faculty member from UVA's Darden School of Business, School of Law and Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and directed by an Institute for Business in Society Director and Fellow. The leadership team for 2016-2017 includes:


    Mary Margaret Frank Darden HeadshotMary Margaret Frank: Associate Professor of Business Administration & Institute for Business in Society Academic Director, Darden School of Business 

    Julia MahoneyJulia Mahoney: John S. Battle Professor of Law, School of Law

    MyungNoah Myung, Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Leadership Simulation and Gaming, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

    Marc Ferzan: Marc Ferzan Headshot CroppedFellow, Institute for Business in Society, Darden School of Business

    Morse TSLMaggie Morse: Associate Director, Institute for Business in Society and Tri-Sector Leadership (TSL) Fellows Program Director, Darden School of Business

    Discussion Sessions

    From September through March, the Tri-Sector Leadership (TSL) Fellows engage in discussions with notable leaders who have agreed to volunteer their time and energy to host a round-table conversation with the students. Many sessions encompass the exploration of core themes including:

    • Leadership Skills
    • Multi-Sector Collaboration
    • Multi-Sector Perspectives in Decision Making
    • Responsible Leadership
    • Stakeholder Engagement 

    These core themes are typically addressed through the use of specific examples and discussion topics. Past discussion topics include:

    • Consumer Privacy in the Age of Data Mining
    • Corporations and Public Policy
    • Cybersecurity
    • Deregulation of the Telecom Industry
    • Energy Policy Reform
    • Financial Crises and Government Response
    • Fiscal and Operational Enhancements in Non-Profits
    • Government Reform
    • Healthcare Access and Delivery
    • Non-Profits and Public Policy
    • Public Universities
    • Tax Reform
    • Transportation Systems and Building Resilient Infrastructure


    From September through December, the fellows engage in discussion sessions with notable leaders who have agreed to volunteer their time and energy to host a round-table conversation with the students.

    2018 SPEAKERS

    Jim Donovan, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, & Co; Adjunct Faculty, UVA Law 

    Wick Moorman, former President & CEO, Amtrak; former President & CEO, Norfolk Southern Railway

    Michael Finnegan, President, Atlantic Media

    Margie Graves, Federal Deputy Chief Information Officer, United States

    Justin Jones, former speechwriter, Mitch McConnell; Managing Director, The Mikolashek Group

    Wendy Chan, Strategy Senior Manager, Accenture

    Annie Donovan, Director Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, U.S. Department of Treasury

    Michael Piwowar, Executive Director of the Milken Institute Center for Financial Markets; former Securities and Exchange Commissioner

    James Ryan, President, University of Virginia

    Melody Barnes, Co-Founder & Principal, MB²; Distinguished Fellow, UVA Law; Senior Fellow & Compton Visiting Professor in World Politics, UVA Miller Center 

    2017-2018 SPEAKERS

    Carolyn Miles, President and CEO, Save the Children 

    Luis Fortuño, former Governor of Puerto Rico 

    Kim Keenan, President and CEO, Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council 

    Dontai Smalls,Vice President, Global Public Affairs, UPS 

    Thomas Debass, Acting Special Representative for Global Partnerships, U.S. Department of State 

    Wick Moorman, Co-CEO, Amtrak 

    Dr. Grace Terrell, CEO, Envision Genomics 

    Scott Beardsley, Dean, UVA Darden School of Business 

    Risa Goluboff, Dean, UVA School of Law 

    Allan Stam, Dean, UVA Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy 

    2016-2017 Speakers

    Kathelen Amos, President, Aflac Foundation

    David Brown, Senior Vice President for Federal Affairs, Exelon Corporation

    Tom Wheeler, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission

    Rich Schrader, former Chair, Parsons Brinckerhoff

    Sarah Bloom-Raskin, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Treasury

    Shamina Singh, President, MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth

    Paul Mahoney, Faculty and Former Dean, UVA School of Law

    Ted Mathas, CEO, New York Life 

    2015-2016 Speakers 

    Scott Beardsley, Dean, UVA Darden School of Business

    Ignacia Moreno, CEO and Principal, iMoreno Group and former Assistant Attorney General of the Environment and Natural Resources Division

    Franklin Raines, former Chairman and CEO, Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and former Director, U.S. Office of Management and Budget

    Caryl Stern, President and CEO, UNICEF USA

    David Toscano, House of Delegates Democratic Leader, Commonwealth of Virginia General Assembly

    Harriet Tregoning, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Community Planning and Development Resilience, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

    Christopher Valentino, Director of Strategy, Cyber Division, Northrop Grumman Information Systems

    Fred Werner, Group President, Design and Consulting Services, AECOM 

    2014-2015 Speakers

    Veronique ("Ronnie") Hakim, Executive Director, New Jersey Transit

    Gail McGovern, President and CEO, American Red Cross

    Michael McShane, Government Relations Executive 

    Troy Paredes, former Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) 

    Carlos Pasqual, former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and Ukraine 

    Teresa Sullivan, President, University of Virginia 

    Matthew Swift, Chairman, Co-Founder and CEO, Concordia