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Darden Ideas to Action Leader Series
UVA Darden DC Metro facility in Rosslyn, Virginia

Welcome to Darden Executive Education's Ideas to Action Leader Series - masterclasses designed to provide new perspectives for ongoing challenges facing managers and leaders today. Developed to meet the needs of professionals who are always on the move, our 1-day workshops are:

  • Accelerated - Between interactive workshop sessions and lively group discussions around your specific issues, you get an intense learner-centered experience in just 1 day.
  • Accessible - Hosted at our new UVA Darden DC Metro facility in Rosslyn, VA, these events are designed to make it easy for local leaders and travelers alike to join us at a global epicenter for growth and innovation.
  • Applicable - Featuring topics, challenges, and opportunities that are relevant in our fast changing global market, you are sure to find a Leader Series masterclass that speaks to your personal or organizational needs. And, while collaborating with leaders from other organizations and industries, you'll discover fresh insights that will lead to ideas and solutions you may not have imagined.

Offered to our valued corporate contacts, clients, alumni and colleagues by invitation only, our faculty and staff are excited to collaborate on this opportunity to engage with you and your organization. Explore our upcoming events to find one that fits your needs. Seating is limited for each event, so participants will be registered on a first come, first served basis.

Future dates and topics will be added as we finalize events.


New Frontiers in Diversity & Inclusion 

Led by professor Martin Davidson and Valerie Purdie-Greenaway
Upcoming Dates: 5 December 2019
9am-4:30pm (Breakfast available starting at 8am)
Complimentary event, by invitation

Up until now, organizations have grappled with diversity and inclusion as a problem to solve or a set of boxes to check. An increasingly global and multi-generational workforce, persistent functional silos and the challenges inherent in decentralization contribute to the complexities of managing organizations. New Frontiers in Diversity and Inclusion aims to move beyond the debate about whether your organization needs a D&I strategy. Rather, renowned leadership experts Martin Davidson and Valerie Purdie-Greenaway offer a framework for leveraging difference to achieve competitive advantage.


Coming Spring 2020

Mark your calendars. Program details and registration links will be posted for the below programs as soon as dates and details are finalized.

AI Symposium
TBD March 2020


Martin N. Davidson
Johnson and Higgins Professor of Business Administration
Senior Associate Dean and Chief Diversity Officer

Martin N. Davidson teaches, conducts research and consults with global leaders to help them use diversity strategically to drive high performance. His research on the impact of culture and ethnicity on career development and on conflict management appears in top academic and practitioner publications including Administrative Science Quarterly, Harvard Business Review, Research on Negotiation in Organizations, Journal of Personality, Review of Educational Research, and the International Journal of Conflict Management. 

Valerie Purdie-Greenaway
Diversity & Inclusion Expert

Valerie Purdie Greenaway serves as Director for the Laboratory of Intergroup Relations and the Social Mind (LIRSM). She is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University, core faculty for the Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program (RWJ Columbia-site), and research fellow at the Institute for Research on African-American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia.


In case you’re coming in from out of town, Darden recommends several hotels in the area near the UVA Darden DC Metro facility:

Hyatt Centric Arlington
1325 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia, 22209
Tel: +1 703 525 1234

Le Méridien Arlington
1121 North 19th Street, Arlington, VA 22209
Telephone: +1-703-351-9170

Marriott Key Bridge
1401 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA 22209
Telephone: +1-703-524-6400

Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge
1900 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA 22209
Telephone: +1-703-807-2000

UVA Darden DC Metro
1100 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209