One-on-One Coaching

The Armstrong Center for Alumni Career Services offers free one-on-one career counseling to all Darden MBA, MBA for Executives and Ph.D. program alumni via phone, Skype or in-person appointments. Please contact us to schedule your appointment. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Self Assessment / Transition
  • Job Search
  • Networking
  • Resume Reviews
  • Mock Interviews
  • Starting a Business
  • Performance Reviews
  • Promotion
  • Compensation Negotiation
  • Relocation

Meet our coaches:

Jen Coleman

After receiving her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Jen spent nine years in equity sales and trading at Goldman Sachs. After a subsequent year as a trader with a hedge fund, she transitioned to higher education and became assistant dean at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business Career Center. At McDonough, she spent seven years as a career coach and relationship manager responsible for the oversight of multiple industry verticals, coaching staff, career services for McDonough’s masters of finance program, and alumni career coaching. In November 2015, she became the executive director of The Armstrong Center for Alumni Career Services at Darden. In addition to her MBA, Jen has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Tufts University.

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Lindsay Guthrie (Darden MBA '04)

Prior to and immediately after receiving her MBA from Darden in 2004, Lindsay worked in consulting in commercial (hi-tech, retail, energy) and federal strategy practices at PwC, IBM and Accenture. After 10-plus years in consulting, Lindsay accepted a director level GS-15 role in the federal government in the CFO’s office at U.S. Customs and Border Protection. When the time came to make a career transition, she received coaching, used the resources in the Darden Alumni Career Services office, and eventually accepted a role at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business in its career coaching office. After leaving McDonough, Lindsay joined Darden’s Alumni Career Services office as a coach and also opened her own private coaching practice in the Washington, D.C., area. Lindsay has a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University and an MBA from Darden.

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Marty Speight (Darden MBA '96)

Marty holds a bachelor’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and received her MBA with honors from Darden in 1996. Prior to Darden, she worked for a number of software ventures, including a supply-chain/logistics firm. After graduation, she joined Coca-Cola in an operations role. She quickly transitioned back to high-tech, joining the startup iXL, an internet services firm, where she ran the Atlanta division and went on to a global operations role. While taking a career hiatus to start a family, Marty served as a consultant to Darden’s Career Development Center, counseling students, teaching and managing projects. In 2007, she transitioned to Alumni Career Services as a coach where she has served the Darden community by supporting hundreds of alumni through transitions at every stage of career and touching wide-ranging roles and industries. Marty has been instrumental in the development of many ACS resources, including its web-based career management tools, blog content and career-focused workshops.

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Mike Kirkman

Mike has worked in the area of executive search for roughly 30 years. Over the course of his career, Mike opened Spencer Stuart’s Washington, D.C. office, ran Korn Ferry’s Mid-Atlantic Region, co-founded one regional executive search firm and was a partner in another. He has conducted assignments across a broad range of industries and functions, assisting companies of all sizes and stages of development. Most recently, he has been focused on financial services, professional services, defense contracting, and education and nonprofit. He has also been active throughout his career in the finance function —particularly, CFO and senior tax roles — and has conducted numerous board assignments.

Mike received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in 1975 and his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He currently resides in Charlottesville.

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