Darden Executive Education to Host Innovation Summit in Washington DC

By Brittany Schmid

Darden Executive Education — a top-ranked global provider of short courses, online courses and custom solutions for leading companies and organizations operated by the University of Virginia Darden School Foundation — is hosting its second annual Innovation Summit in the Washington, D.C., area on 16 May.

This year’s summit, titled Growing and Enabling Innovators, will bring together business leaders to explore the future of innovation. Darden School Professor Ed Hess will introduce research from his new book, Humility Is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age, and lead discussion around questions, such as:

  • What is innovation and how does it occur?
  • How can a leader set up an organization to be innovative?
  • How can organizations create an environment where true innovators thrive?

Humility Is the New Smart is Hess’ most recent installment on innovation and leadership in a new age of technological disruption, a subject on which he has authored several books. A luminary and sought-after consultant in the innovation space, Hess has worked with and researched innovative companies, including Best Buy, Bridgewater Associates, Harris Corp., Intuit, Sysco Corp. and more.

Darden Executive Education offers a portfolio of short courses and custom solutions for organizations, which are delivered in Charlottesville, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; and around the globe. Its clients have included global organizations such as AB InBev, Northrop Grumman and multiple branches of the U.S. military. Its technology-enabled synchronous and asynchronous online courses in topics such as design thinking and innovation in the workplace have made Darden a leader in the digital delivery of actionable insights.

Darden Executive Education is routinely cited among the world’s best providers. In 2016, Financial Times named the organization No. 1 in the world for open-enrollment programs in the categories of faculty, teaching methods and materials, course design, preparation, facilities, and food and accommodation.

To learn more about the Innovation Summit, visit the event page.

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About Darden Executive Education

Darden Executive Education is a top-ranked, global provider of executive development. Delivered by the University of Virginia Darden School Foundation and taught by the Darden School of Business’ highly acclaimed faculty, Darden Executive Education prepares and inspires leaders to succeed in a global marketplace. Offering more than 30 short courses and partnering with leading organizations worldwide to develop custom business solutions, we provide personalized, transformational learning experiences at our location in Charlottesville, Virginia, in Washington, D.C., and online. Darden shapes the way the world does business through our research — energized by 10 research Centers of Excellence — and draws upon our collective knowledge and experience to cultivate responsible, innovative leaders.

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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