Seamane Flanagan, Christine Switzer, and Brian Meffle
The Charlottesville chapter of Company of Friends is a diverse group of local business professionals, artists, and free agents who meet regularly to help each other stay motivated, inspired, creative, and successful. Sponsored by self-help publication Fast Company Magazine, the Company of Friends group includes opportunities for networking, speakers, brainstorming, mentoring, idea sharing, and problem solving.
When John Worth of Darden’s Career Development Office attended a Company of Friends meeting, he saw an obvious overlap in interests between his school and the group, but no discernable crossover in membership. It was this experience that was the moving force in Darden’s hosting a mixer on April 3 for Company of Friends members from the local business community, Darden staff and faculty, and Darden students. The dining room in the new Darden Center was an elegant venue for this high-energy meeting where lasting connections were forged.