Barbara Fitch

Barbara is a professional Executive Assistant and Project manager who specializes in managing client-centric office operations.  She is equipped with the exceptional ability to facilitate all aspects of internal and external communications and brings with her 13 plus years of operational, planning, and daily administrative and leadership experience working with C-level executives. 

Barbara has a proven talent for aligning business objectives with comprehensive administrative knowledge and has achieved maximum operational impacts through organizations. Having held positions in the hospitality, educational, and health industries, she has a specialized skill set that has contributed to a harmonious and fastidious work ethic.

In her previous role as Senior Catering and Conference Service Manager at the UVA Darden School of Business, Barbara played an instrumental role in event strategies that included key negotiations with vendors, leading multiple projects concurrently, and actively building and sustaining key stakeholder relationships.  Amongst her other significant contributions, Barbara made her greatest influence on the department through collective collaboration with support departments in developing an updated, more efficient data entry system. A true believer in coaching, she advocated for and created one-on-one coaching plans for employees that desired growth and guidance.

In addition to her duties as an Executive Assistant and Project Manager, Barbara is also active in many organizations in her community.  She is part of the Birth Sisters of Charlottesville Collective as a doula that provides labor support for women of color.  Barbara also holds the position of Minister of Music at the Zion Union Baptist Church. Keeping true to her musical background, she also serves on the Board of Directors for The Oratorio Society of Virginia. Barbara is a recent graduate of Liberty University and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Although Barbara does not have children, she does have two fur babies.  Chloe (the cat) and Juliette (the poodle) keep her in line. 

 Proudest Professional Achievement and Why? 

My proudest professional achievement was serving on the Darden Business School’s mission board to rewrite the school mission.  At that point in my career, I was a doer and did not think that my words were impactful, but finding out that my passion and voice was heard was an amazing honor.

Proudest Personal Achievement and Why?

My proudest personal achievement was going back to college in my 40’s and finishing in my 50’s and making the dean’s list while working a demanding full-time job.   This was huge for me because neither one of my parents finished grade school, even at this age, I can still see the pride on my Dad’s face.

Three words someone else would use to describe me:

creative, dedicated, resourceful.

I consider a day a success if:
I’ve finished my to-do list, made someone smile, and made it home in enough time to watch the sunset.

Favorite Quote:

“It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it.”

-Lena Horne