Executive Education Programs Take Home Management Development Awards

20 September 2022

By Molly Mitchell

Two Darden Executive Education & Lifelong Learning custom programs, Executive IQ and the Executive Leadership Development Program, took home gold and bronze awards at the annual Brandon Hall Group Human Capital Management Awards last month. The awards recognize excellence in categories including human resource strategy, future of work, talent management, leadership development, and learning and development.

Darden creates customized Executive Education programs to equip  leaders and teams with the knowledge, skills and purpose to address specific organizational and industry challenges.

The Executive IQ program, sponsored by Money Management Institute (MMI) and led in collaboration with educational partners at Microsoft and PwC, won Gold awards for Best Advance in Leadership Development Program and Best Association Professional Development Program. The Executive IQ program is a 15-month innovation accelerator for senior leaders in the financial services industry.

“Executive IQ delivers a unique combination of learning approaches, all of which are focused on preparing leaders with a fresh mindset to address the speed, scope, and nature of the unprecedented disruption facing financial services,” said Tim Williams, Director of Education Initiatives for MMI and Program Director for Executive IQ. “We are honored to be recognized in two competitive categories and are grateful to our participants for leaving an indelible mark on the program and, of course, to our partners at Darden, PWC and Microsoft whose collective talents help prepare these executives for tomorrow’s opportunities.”

The Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP), presented in partnership with the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), won a Bronze award for Best Advance in Leadership Development for Racial/Ethnic Minorities. The ELDP is an eight-month learning journey designed to help solve some of the industry’s most persistent diversity challenges.

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"It has been a pleasure working alongside our amazing partners...to develop and deliver leadership programs that have had such a positive impact on participants, their organizations and their industries."
Ashley Williams, CEO and CLO of Darden Executive Education & Lifelong Learning.

“It has been a pleasure working alongside our amazing partners at MMI and NAMIC to develop and deliver leadership programs that have had such a positive impact on participants, their organizations and their industries,” said Ashley Williams, CEO and CLO of Darden Executive Education & Lifelong Learning. “We’re honored to have Executive IQ awarded two golds and ELDP recognized for the second year in a row. We look forward to continuing to deliver powerful experiences for both programs in the coming year.”

Entries were evaluated by leading global academics and practitioners according to five criteria: Fits the needs of the organization, design of the program, delivery of the program, measurable benefits and overall impact. Competition included other prominent business schools and multiple entries by global consulting companies.

About Brandon Hall Group

Brandon Hall Group operates the largest and longest running awards program in Human Capital Management. As an independent HCM research and analyst firm they conduct studies in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Talent Acquisition and HR/Workforce Management. These benchmark studies help organizations by providing strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results.

Coupling the research studies with the best practice from the awards, Brandon Hall Group has helped more than 10,000 clients globally and more than 28 years of delivering world-class research and advisory. At the core of our offerings is a membership program that combines research, benchmarking and unlimited access to data and analysts. Membership enables executives and practitioners to make the right decisions about people, processes, and systems, coalesced with analyst advisory services which aim to put the research into action in a way that is practical and efficient.

Brandon Hall Group has also launched professional certifications for business and human capital management professionals to upskill themselves and gain credentials for career advancement.

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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Molly Mitchell
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Darden School of Business
University of Virginia