Value-Packed Executive Development - Compact Delivery

Darden Ideas to Action Leader Series
Darden Sands Family Grounds 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 2-day "bootcamps" are:

  • Accelerated - Between interactive workshop sessions and lively group discussions around your specific issues, you get an intense learner-centered experience in just 2 days.
  • Accessible - Hosted at our new Darden Sands Family Grounds in Rosslyn, VA, these events are designed to make it easy for local professionals 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 development 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.

Our faculty and staff are excited to collaborate on this opportunity to engage and interact with our valued clients, alumni, and colleagues. Explore our upcoming events to find one that fits your needs.

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


Strategic Execution: Achieving Breakthrough Performance

Led by Professor Scott Snell and Ken Carrig
3–4 April, 2019

Early Bird Price (register by 1 March) — $995
Regular Price (register by 26 March) — $1,195

Top leaders frequently see strategy execution as the most critical issue facing their organizations today, yet recent results of CEO surveys, academic research and consultancy studies paint a dire portrait, with as much as 90% of companies consistently failing to effectively execute their strategies.

Learn why so many firms struggle with strategy execution while others achieve breakthrough performance, foster the ability to better assess execution capability, understand the implications of and keys to effective strategy execution, and discover practical strategies to help generate alignment around effectively executing an organization’s strategy.

Outcomes and impact

  • Understand best practices in strategic execution to improve your organization’s likelihood of achieving breakthrough performance.
  • Identify your organization’s strengths and weaknesses in the four key areas of execution.
  • Apply strategy mapping to your organization by identifying the key challenges and metrics at four different levels: (a) financial, (b) customer, (c) internal capability, and (d) people. 
  • Apply the organization architecture model to your own organization by identifying the core processes, systems, talent pools/position and skills set that activate core capabilities and drive customer value.

Leadership Communication: Crafting a Strategic Narrative

Led by Professor June West and Steve Soltis
8–9 May, 2019

Early Bird Price (register by 1 April) — $995
Regular Price (register by 30 April) — $1,195

Today’s leaders face increasing demands and challenges brought about by disruptive global markets; a diverse, multi-generational workplace; and the proliferation of social media. Senior executives must communicate effectively to a variety of stakeholders to gain alignment, execute strategy, and promote and protect the organization’s (and their own personal) brand.

Develop a solid grounding in the theory and practice of specific skills required to be an effective communicator, ultimately achieving both organizational and personal goals.

Outcomes & Impact

  • Frame messages for multiple constituencies in order to persuade effectively at every level
  • Diagnose communication problems, institutional sources of conflict and promote cultural climates which effectively manage disputes
  • Utilize effective approaches to collaborative decision making
  • Craft a compelling story to engage stakeholders in your cause
  • Explore effective communication strategies during disruption or crisis

Coming Fall 2019

Mark your calendars. Program details and registration links will be posted for the below programs in the coming weeks.

Giving Voice to Values: Leadership When It Really Counts

Led by Professor Mary Gentile
2–3 October 2019

Harnessing the Power of Design Thinking

Led by Professor Jeanne Liedtka
13–14 November 2019


Scott Snell
E. Thayer Bigelow Research Professor in Business Administration

Professor Snell teaches courses in strategic management and consults internationally with senior executives to help their companies align strategy, capability, and investments in talent.  He is an award winning researcher and is listed among the top 100 most-cited authors in scholarly journals of management.  He is author of several books, including the forthcomingStrategic Execution: Driving Breakthrough Performance (Stanford University Press).  He currently serves on the board of HR People + Strategy, and previously has been a board member of Strategic Management Society's Human Capital Group, the Society for Human Resource Management Foundation, the Academy of Management's Human Resource Division, theAcademy of Management Journal and the Academy of Management Review.

Ken Carrig

Carrig is Former Corporate Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for SunTrust Banks, Inc. He now serves as an advisor to CEOs. SunTrust market cap grew from $14BN to $22BN during this 5-year term. A member of National Academy of HR Fellows since 2004, in 2010, he was named the Academy of Management Distinguished Human Resources Executive.

June West
Associate Professor of Business Administration

Professor West is an expert in organizational communication. She serves as a University faculty liaison to the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA, and is an adjunct faculty member at the Federal Executive Institute. West also directs a Darden faculty team that teaches in the summer orientation program for the Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellows program that places active-duty military officers in corporations for a one-year fellowship. As a communication consultant, West has worked with executives in a variety of organizations, universities and public school districts.


Steve Soltis
Adjunct Lecturer

Soltis is a senior advisor with MAS Leadership Communication, a company he formed in 2017 with partners Ken Askew and Charles McNair. He has recently joined the Darden team as an executive-in-residence, teaching management and leadership communication. Soltis retired from The Coca-Cola Company, where he led both executive and internal communication for 11 years. In that role, he served as the lead communication strategist for Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent, and was responsible for all of his executive speeches, town halls, videos, press briefings, correspondence and external and internal appearances.


Your participation in each masterclass will help you build new insights around current and emerging issues, to help expand your leadership capabilities and enable you to tackle challenges with a fresh perspective. By combining sessions with Executive Education open programs, participants can earn a Darden Certificate in Management. Each session counts as half a credit toward a certificate. Participants qualify for a certificate by completing four credits within a four-year period.


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1100 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209