UVA Darden Executive Education Announces The Executive Program

11 January 2013

The 54th session of The Executive Program (TEP) – the University of Virginia Darden Executive Education flagship advanced management course – will be held 2-28 June 2013. The curriculum for the 2013 program, which is subtitled “Strategic Leadership at the Top,” will be based on three pillars: thinking strategically, leading strategically and influencing strategically. Applications are invited from senior-level executives who have at least 12 years’ management experience and are currently in significant leadership roles at any size company, public or private.

“Through TEP, senior leaders will gain new knowledge and skills, fine-tune their strengths, challenge their way of thinking and prepare to lead an organization in today’s complex, global world,” said MasterCard Professor of Business Administration Sankaran Venkataraman (“Venkat”), TEP’s faculty leader.

TEP is an on-site, four-week program in Charlottesville, Virginia. Participants will learn from Darden’s highly acclaimed faculty, who deliver a transformational learning experience built on business best practices, the latest academic research and Darden’s signature case study method and learning-team approach. With support from a team of seven faculty members, participants will hone their abilities to reconcile differing viewpoints, make decisions amidst uncertainty, and persuade and inspire others. The curriculum’s core content is designed to develop global and strategic acumen and organizational and personal growth.

TEP also features flexible enrichment activities (e.g., touring Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello), a wellness component and a three-day guest program. For sponsoring organizations, the program provides an immediate return on investment through the “Back-Home Challenge.” Participants identify a strategic or leadership management challenge at work, frame the issue with their professors and classmates and return to their jobs with fresh ideas and approaches.

“As with all of Darden’s Executive Education programs, TEP not only delivers a rich body of content but engages participants and cross-disciplinary teams of faculty in open dialogue – enabling participants to immediately deploy new knowledge into their workplaces,” Venkat said.

These exchanges are especially rich because of the diversity of participants attracted by TEP. Recent TEP alumni have come from four continents and 18 different industries, including many Fortune 100 firms. Of the nearly 4,000 TEP alumni, 47 percent have come from outside the United States.

“The Executive Program has proven to be a truly global and eye-opening experience for participants,” said Erika James, senior associate dean for Darden Executive Education. “TEP is one way Darden demonstrates its commitment to fulfilling its mission – to improve society by developing principled leaders – not only within the youngest generations but also at the highest levels of management.”

Past participants have praised TEP as “the greatest educational experience in my adult life” and “a tipping point for me both in work and life.”

Upon completion, participants earn a Certificate in Management and gain lifelong access to the Darden School’s tight-knit, global network of alumni and professionals.

For more information or to apply, visit our site.

About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business delivers the world’s best business education experience to prepare entrepreneurial, global and responsible leaders through its MBA, Ph.D., MSBA and Executive Education programs. Darden’s top-ranked faculty is renowned for teaching excellence and advances practical business knowledge through research. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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