Companies today face an unprecedented rate of change, and their senior leaders must be agile decision-makers and global strategists who steer their organizations through volatility to drive growth. To meet these ever-evolving needs, Darden is refreshing our flagship senior leadership experience, The Executive Program (TEP) for 2018, extending the program to four weeks from 3-29 June 2018.
In June, participants and faculty from The Executive Program (TEP) spent three days in Washington, D.C., as part of their three-week learning journey. Their D.C. experience focused on leading through uncertainty and featured opportunities to meet with industry and political leaders to explore global economic challenges, disruptive change and the turbulent political environment.
During the 2nd Annual Innovation Summit: Growing and Enabling Innovators hosted by Darden Executive Education in the Washington, D.C., area on 16 May, over 60 leaders came together from various companies and industries, including U.S. military, banking/investing, healthcare, IT, nonprofit, etc. to hear from Professor Ed Hess, author of Humility is the New Smart and Learn or Die.
While many of the participants were facing specific challenges in trying to grow and innovate, there was a consensus that what has been successful for organizations in the past isn't going to be sustainable in the future. "We need to look at new ways of doing things on a regular basis," said participant Jen Sovada with the U.S. Air Force. "Oftentimes we get stuck in these paradigms where we are comfortable, but we're not making any progress."
At the very moment the world's eyes are on Washington D.C., our flagship course, The Executive Program (TEP), will be hosting a residency in the Washington, D.C, area. The program will provide an opportunity for participants to connect directly with global thought leaders and policymakers on subjects including trade policy, immigration policy, global markets, cybersecurity and more.
We recently completed the second module of the two-part Global Strategy and Leadership Program that Darden developed in partnership with the Indian School of Business (ISB). The first module featured a five-day strategy course hosted by ISB in Hyderabad, India. The second module, hosted by Darden in Charlottesville, included a bridging session for the participants, who then joined with an additional cohort for our True Leadership program (recently renamed as Purpose Driven Leadership). Participants agreed that being part of the multicultural cohort enriched their experience and provided unique insights into the challenges and opportunities for organizations around the world.
On August 18, 2016, Darden was honored to sponsor and participate in Women Who Lead: Secrets of Success, a breakfast panel event hosted by the Washington Business Journal and the Washington Area Women’s Foundation which focused on women leaders in tech. Designed to bring together and support professional women in the D.C. Metro area, the event provided an open forum for women to connect through shared challenges, inspire and encourage each other and celebrate successes.
Photo credit: MAS Holdings
Darden has found a kindred spirit in new partner organization MAS Holdings. One of the world’s most recognized design-to-delivery solution providers in apparel and textile manufacturing, Sri Lanka-based MAS Holdings is a community-focused organization dedicated to providing a sustainable working and living environment for its more than 79,000 employees in 48 manufacturing facilities across 15 countries.
On 12 May 2016, Darden’s Executive Education program hosted a spotlight session with The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AmCham Shanghai). Held on the eve of the Darden Shanghai Investing Summit, the event featured Professor Melissa Thomas-Hunt, speaking about her recent research around unconscious bias.