Darden Ideas to Action Leader Series

Sands Family Grounds in the Washington, D.C. area

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.


Fintech: Strategic Challenges and Opportunities

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.

  • Develop a working knowledge of fintech, its impact on the global economy, and your business in particular
  • Deepen your understanding of relevant factors, ethical considerations, regulatory issues, and long term implications of fintech
  • Identify opportunities, associated risks, and strategic challenges related to the growth of fintech
  • Create actionable insights to elevate exposure and experience with fintech as it relates to the financial services ecosystem and your organization
These are just the first events in the Ideas to Action Leader Series, with future workshops already in development. We will update this page and send invitations once the details are confirmed. Other topics being considered for our 2019 events include Strategy Execution, Impact Investing, Identity and Inclusion, Courageous Leadership and more.



Yiorgos Allayannis
Professor of Business Administration

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.

Bidhan ("Bobby") Parmar
Assistant Professor of Business Administration

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.




L. Michael Meyer

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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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 Sands Family Grounds
1100 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209