UVA Darden Executive Education Offers New Online Giving Voice to Values Course

26 February 2019

By Dave Hendrick

Interactive Course Provides Actionable, Ethical Framework for Values-Driven Leadership

Business leaders interested in developing an action-oriented approach to values-driven leadership have a significant resource in the new Darden Executive Education Giving Voice to Values (GVV) online course.

Delivered online over the course of five weeks, the Giving Voice to Values course is taught by University of Virginia Darden School of Business Professor Mary Gentile, whose pioneering GVV curriculum teaches how to recognize, speak and act on personal values in professional contexts. The initial offering of the course will run 8 April to 17 May.

Described by former Medtronic CEO Bill George as “precisely what the corporate world needs now,” the curriculum has seen broad adoption in more than 1,000 education institutions and organizations of all sizes and on all seven continents.

“Giving Voice to Values is about asking and answering a new question. Once we know the right thing to do, how do you get it done effectively?” Gentile said. “Instead of ‘what is right,’ the question becomes ‘how do you get the right thing done?’”

The course is divided into five modules — called field manuals — and will focus on topics including values conflicts, speaking up and acting on values, among other topics.

The experience is interactive, with each field manual including videos, learning cases and various scenarios for which participants will contribute. Learners will have the opportunity to earn points and badges for their contributions, making the experience both enjoyable and memorable.

By the end of the course, learners will be prepared to cultivate environments where values conflicts are brought forth and discussed, and plan concrete actions to address issues of values.

Darden Executive Education is routinely recognized as among the best in the world. In 2018, Financial Times named Executive Education open enrollment programs No. 5 in the United States and No. 9 globally. Among other accolades, the ranking placed Darden Executive Education as No. 1 in the world in faculty, facilities and course design.

About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business prepares responsible global leaders through unparalleled transformational learning experiences. Darden’s graduate degree programs (MBA, MSBA and Ph.D.) and Executive Education & Lifelong Learning programs offered by the Darden School Foundation set the stage for a lifetime of career advancement and impact. Darden’s top-ranked faculty, renowned for teaching excellence, inspires and shapes modern business leadership worldwide through research, thought leadership and business publishing. Darden has Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Washington, D.C., area and a global community that includes 18,000 alumni in 90 countries. 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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Darden School of Business
University of Virginia