Darden Executive Education is pleased to introduce our new Darden Ideas to Action Leader Series, workshop-based events designed to address the latest issues and emerging trends impacting modern global leaders. Hosted at Darden’s new state-of-the-art facility in the Washington, D.C., area, in Rosslyn, these learner-centered events will be led by Darden faculty to enable participants to undertake their own challenges and opportunities in collaboration with leaders from other organizations and industries. The Washington, D.C., area is a natural fit for Darden and this event series, as it is a global epicenter for growth and innovation, uniquely positioned at the crossroads of business and policy.
Our faculty and staff are excited to collaborate on this new opportunity to engage and interact with our valued clients, alumni, and colleagues. We hope you can join us for one (or more) of our inaugural events this fall.
Future dates and topics will be added as we finalize events.
Led by Professor Jeanne Liedtka
Pilot Price (register by 17 September) — $995
Fueled by the power of possibilities, Design Thinking transforms an organization’s ability to innovate using collaboration, empathy, and iteration to help solve complex problems. During this 2-day session, participants will examine Design Thinking as a social technology, a blend of tools and insights that can be thoughtfully leveraged to build a culture of innovation.
Led by Professor Yiorgos Allayannis
4–5 December, 2018
Pilot Price (register by 26 November) — $995
New financial technology, known as “fintech,” is drastically reshaping the financial services ecosystem, providing some of the most exciting developments within the sector in recent years. Through the use and application of current cases on various fintech areas, such as payments and cryptocurrencies, learners will gain a deeper knowledge of fintech and its impact as a disruptive technology within the financial services sector and beyond. Participants will engage in rich discussions about the strategic challenges organizations face as they seek to compete and thrive using fintech, and return to their organizations with actionable insights.
Jeanne M. Liedtka is the former chief learning officer at United Technologies Corporation, where she was responsible for overseeing all activities associated with corporate learning and development for the Fortune 50 corporation.
At Darden, Jeanne works with both MBAs and executives in the areas of design thinking, innovation and leading growth. Her passion is exploring how organizations can engage employees at every level in thinking creatively about the design of powerful futures. Her current research focuses on design-led innovation in the government and social sector, as does her most recent book, Designing for the Greater Good.
Professor Allayannis is the Paul Tudor Jones Chair in Business Administration and Associate Dean of Darden's Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) program. He is an expert in Corporate Finance, Risk Management and Financial Institutions. His primary research focus is on corporate risk management, corporate financial policies and international finance.
Prior to Darden, Allayannis was a Director in Citigroup's Global Financial Strategy Group in the Investment Banking Division. He worked extensively with clients in the financial institutions and industrial sectors advising on a broad range of issues such as capital structure, credit ratings, capital distribution policies, valuation and risk management.
Assistant Professor Bidhan (“Bobby”) Parmar’s research interests focus on how managers make decisions and collaborate in uncertain and changing environments to create value for stakeholders. His work helps executives better handle ambiguity in their decision making.
Michael is an experienced venture capitalist focused on early stage Financial Services companies. He co-founded MiddleGame Ventures, an early stage FinTech venture capital firm with Pascal Bouvier.
Your participation in each workshop 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 attending multiple sessions or combining sessions with Executive Education open programs, participants can earn a Darden Certificate in Management. Each session counts as half credit toward a certificate. Participants qualify for a certificate by completing four credits within a four-year period.
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