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April 2019

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The Richmond MBA builds lifelong connections. You may recall the story of Caron Sinnenberg, GB’14, who in 2016 joined the Peace Corps in Peru as a community economic development volunteer. To demonstrate her impact in that community and among her classmates, our first story chronicles the trip that several other Richmond MBA students took to visit her in Peru. We are so proud of her work in Peru and join her classmates in welcoming her back to Richmond. Enjoy the story of their adventure. 

The second annual Future-Proofing Your Career event connected Richmond MBA Spiders – current students and alumni – with women CEOs from the Virginia Council of CEOs.  Linda Schreiner, senior VP of strategic management for Markel, launched the event with a keynote emphasizing the importance of mentoring.  Roundtable discussions and a cocktail reception deepened the connections among the participants, making a lasting impact on all who attended. 

Speaking of impact and connections, Rick DeJarnette knows about both. Read about how a tragic ice climbing accident impacted his plans to teach Leadership Foresight in the spring of 2018, but did not diminish his long-term connection with the program. 

Randy Raggio
Associate Dean
Robins School of Business

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Career Corner with Tom Kemp, Executive in Residence

Two weeks ago, I participated in a leadership roundtable discussion and as part of the kickoff, we were asked by the facilitator to share our favorite book. For some, this seemed a simple exercise (as their ability to answer quickly indicated!).  For me, my favorite book is often the most recent one that I benefitted from reading…so after passing for a couple of others to answer, I mentioned a book that I read last year titled Deep Work by Cal Newport.

I share this because I often encounter students who are having a difficult time being productive at work while pursuing their MBA, maintaining a relationship, and often raising a family. 

The foundation of Deep Work is built around the hypothesis that the ability to produce work at a high level is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy.  As a consequence, “the few who cultivate the skill to block out or at least manage distractions, and make Deep Work a core of their working life, will thrive.”  You can read a summary of it here

While portions of the advice Newport shares may be too severe for some of us, he nonetheless provides tidbits that you may find valuable when you are juggling the demands of work and life.

Tom Kemp is the MBA Executive in Residence, and is available to work with you on your career aspirations and journey.  To contact Tom, visit him in the Robins School of Business, in office #122. His office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-6 p.m. You can also reach him by email at​

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