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Audience in Lecture






Executive Director


Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology at UVA Darden


Omar Garriott, Author of the bestselling career book "Linked: Conquer LinkedIn. Get Your Dream Job. Own Your Future." (, leads the Batten Institute of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. He previously ran the $100M K-12 & Higher Ed global businesses for Qualtrics, a ubiquitous research & evaluation tool in Education. Prior to that, Omar led K-12 product marketing for Salesforce and was Senior Product Marketing Manager at LinkedIn for students and universities. He also led iPad marketing to schools (K-12 & Higher Ed) for Apple, and managed product launches to students and schools for Adobe. He’s also spent time as a Teach for America teacher (3rd grade in Washington, D.C.) and a fundraiser & lobbyist with college access nonprofit PeerForward (formerly College Summit). Omar’s passion for education runs deep, as does his interest in coaching and mentoring. He has a book due out in spring 2022 on The New Job Search. Omar is proudly public school-educated throughout, with a B.S. in Commerce with Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MBA from UC Berkeley. Check out his capstone project for the Pahara fellowship!

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