Darden MBA - Industry Focus Electives - Social Enterprise

Social Enterprise

Career opportunities in social enterprise and the nonprofit sector are rapidly increasing as MBA students pursue opportunities in companies that develop innovative products and services that have a positive societal impact.

Whether you are interested in working in microfinance, community foundations, education or global philanthropy, it is critical to have a strong foundation in business leadership and a solid understanding of business fundamentals.




Please note: courses are subject to change each year. Consult the course directory for the most up-to-date course offerings.


  • Organizations & Events

    Net Impact at Darden 

    Net Impact is dedicated to using the power of business to positively impact social, environmental and economic concerns across the world.


    Institute for Business in Society (IBiS) 

    IBiS is a Darden Center of Excellence that aims to be a leading global catalyst and convener of thought, information and action at the interface of business and society, and to promote the development of leaders who positively impact society through business.


    Darden Education Club  

    The Education Club strives to generate energy, passion, appreciation and focus around the education industry.


    Darden Nonprofit Internship Fund (DNIF)  

    DNIF is a student-funded program that helps First Year students defray summer living expenses while pursuing low-paying internships in the nonprofit and social sectors.


    Building Goodness in April (BGiA)  

    BGiA's mission is to rehabilitate the homes of low-income, elderly and disabled families in the Charlottesville community.


    Outreach at Darden 

    Outreach is Darden's umbrella community service organization that organizes fun activities that leave a positive impact on the world outside of Darden.


    Community Consultants at Darden 

    This student organization performs pro-bono consulting engagements in the Charlottesville community.


    Black Business Student Forum (BBSF) Conference 

    In 2009, BBSF's annual conference focused on "The Business of Social Change: Using business principles to solve the world's biggest challenges."


  • MBA Careers For Change

    In the following video, Darden students share their experiences from their summer MBA internships in sustainability consulting (GreenOrder), K-12 education (Bellweather Education Partners), energy optimization (MKThink) and corporate innovation (Waste Management).

Social Enterprise Faculty

Gregory B. Fairchild

Gregory B. Fairchild

Isidore Horween Research Associate Professor of Business Administration

Andrea Larson

Andrea Larson

Associate Professor Emeritus of Business Administration

Frank Warnock

Frank Warnock

James C. Wheat, Jr. Professor of Business Administration

Veronica Warnock

Veronica Warnock

Senior Lecturer & Batten Institute Fellow