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Dome Room Dinners

Dine In The University's Most Iconic Building

Top off your Family Weekend with an unforgettable experience: consider entering the lottery for one of the Dome Room Dinners. In these incredibly popular events, families may dine on Grounds in the University's original library while listening to a lecture from one of our premier faculty members.

There are two Dome Room Dinners hosted during Family Weekend. Due to limited space and popularity, all interested parties are entered in a lottery and selected at random. This year, the dinners will be held on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4. Both will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The cost to attend the dinner is $80 per person, regardless of age. Attendees who are selected from the lottery will be notified on October 23 via email.


Friday: Tom Bateman

Tom Bateman specializes in organizational behavior and strategic leadership. He conducts research on proactive behavior, problem solving, and job stress in organizational contexts and as behavioral challenges in the domain of climate change.

Professor Bateman publishes articles in academic and professional journals, writes textbooks, presents papers at professional meetings, and participates in executive education programs. His most recent journal articles concern leadership in the domain of climate change and mitigative vs adaptive problem solving. Another concerns the work styles of scientists as they pursue deep versus broad contributions to knowledge.His most recent book chapter concerns proactive goals and goal pursuit, and appears in Proactivity at Work (S. Parker and U. Bindl, eds. Routledge, 2017). Another recent book chapter discusses how people can develop themselves as leaders, from a self-directed rather than a classroom or program perspective.

Professor Bateman teaches workshops in North America, Europe, and Asia and is working on the 12th edition of his textbook Management: Leading & Collaborating in a Competitive World (McGraw-Hill/Irwin).

Saturday: Martin Davidson

Martin N. Davidson is the Johnson & Higgins Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. He currently serves as Senior Associate Dean and Global Chief Diversity Officer for the school.His thought leadership has changed how many executives approach inclusion and diversity in their organizations. He teaches, conducts research, and consults with global leaders to help them use diversity strategically to drive high performance.

His research on the impact of culture and ethnicity on career development and on conflict management appears in top academic and practitioner publications including Administrative Science Quarterly, Harvard Business Review, Research on Negotiation in Organizations, Journal of Personality, Review of Educational Research, and the International Journal of Conflict Management. He has also conducted research on four continents identifying the critical competencies for managing effectively across national boundaries. Executive summaries of Davidson's academic journal articles and book chapter contributions may be viewed on his website

His book, The End of Diversity as We Know It:  Why Diversity Efforts Fail and How Leveraging Difference Can Succeed, introduces a research-driven roadmap to help leaders more effectively create and capitalize on diversity in organizations.


The Lottery

Because of this event's popularity and due to the fact that space is limited to 100 guests, all interested parties are entered into a lottery and selected at random. This year's Dome Room Dinner lottery winners were notified on October 23.