The Executive Program: Strategic Leadership at the Top

  • Today's executives face challenges and opportunities that extend beyond the enterprise — across industries and around the world. Confronting the challenges and embracing these opportunities require more than training and expertise. It requires a strategic perspective, informed judgment and a global vision for what’s possible. Join Darden for a global leadership experience like no other, a complete immersion into the principles, habits and perspectives of transformational leaders that will provide a higher view for how you lead your organization in today’s complex, uncertain world.

    • In-Person Immersion Module #1: 31 May–12 June 2020 (Charlottesville location)
    • In-Person Immersion Module #2: 30 November–12 December 2020 (Charlottesville & Rosslyn locations)
    • Virtual intersession modules will be hosted before and between the in-person modules.
  • Program Overview

    To meet the ever-changing needs of today's executives, TEP's format has been expanded to include both virtual and residential modules, extending the learning journey to provide ongoing support and guidance as you share and implement new insights within your organization. And your residential module will include sessions, workshops and guest speakers at both of Darden's locations - Charlottesville and Rosslyn.

    Throughout this intense program, your  TEP journey will be a shared one, connecting with engaged faculty as well as senior executives from diverse industries around the world. Our proven experiential approach focuses on the whole leader, to discover what inspires and drives you from the inside out and beyond.

    • Engage with faculty and members of your learning team throughout the program to discuss and explore personalized new possibilities for yourself  and your organization
    • Analyze real-life business situations and become a better leader by asking the right questions, thinking strategically and offering solutions-sharpened by the perspective of colleagues and their executive leadership experience.
    • Apply new concepts to your current position and identify a personal or organizational challenge for which you'll develop a customized plan of action to launch upon your return.
    • Engage in enrichment activities and workshops chosen by you and your peers. You'll expand on classroom concepts with topics like design thinking, financial management, entrepreneurship, or government and politics.
    • Improve your peak performance through a stamina-building wellness program that includes a course on cognitive fitness, structured exercise opportunities and a personalized wellness profile with risk ratings and recommendations for health improvement, so you can ensure that your physical, mental and psychological strengths serve you well during the program and the rest of your life.

    Listen to alumni from The Executive Program (TEP) share stories and insights from their Darden experience and how it transformed them, their perspectives and their approach to leadership.

    Program Format

    TEP's extended learning journey includes both virtual and residential modules:

    • Opening Online Module - Meet the TEP faculty, share your personal and organizational challenges and goals, and prepare for your TEP experience
    • In-Person Immersive Module #1 - Hosted at Darden's location in Charlottesville
    • In-Person Immersive Module #2 - Hosted at Darden's locations in both Charlottesville and Rosslyn
    • Virtual Intersession Modules - Webinars, coaching sessions, group projects, etc. to help you implement new strategies and plans once you return to the office

    Request a Consultation

    Prior to application, we recommend that the potential participant and/or the referring organization's representative consult with the TEP  program director to discuss the candidate's suitability and answer any questions about the program. To request a consultation, please click below:

    Rare opportunity to step out of your regular life to learn, reflect and engage with a diverse group of people on the importance and responsibilities of leadership and how to create value where it matters most.

    Kristen Hege (TEP '16), CVP, Translational Development, Celgene

    It's a really holistic experience with faculty that teach together. It starts early in the morning, finishes at what time you want to leave at night, and there's a social side to it, too. I just grabbed every bit of it.

    Neal Garnett (TEP '15), SVP, Construction Transport & Industrial, De Lage Landen

    Key Themes & Topics

    By putting you in a position to engage key issues across functional and enterprise boundaries, you will develop the acumen to inspire change and drive innovation within yourself, your organization and beyond.

    Developing Executive Capabilities:

    • Leading Other Leaders
    • Thinking & Acting Strategically
    • Taking an Enterprise Perspective
    • Becoming Globally Aware
    • Managing Through Crisis
    • Envisioning Future Scenarios & Possibilities
    • Leading "Values" Change Towards New Priorities & Standards
    • Leading Cultural Change
    • Managing/ Aligning Diverse Stakeholders
    • Making Tough Decisions
    • Advocacy

    Key Topics:

    • Digital Transformation & Disruptive Technologies
    • Global Disruptions
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Environmental, social & governance
    • Cyber Security
    • Data Analytics
    • Future of Competition

    Impact & Outcomes

    As a result of participating in this program, you will be able to:

    • More effectively lead from purpose, vision, and values
    • Apply a strategic mindset to skillfully envision and communicate an enterprise strategy and desired future
    • Leverage an enterprise perspective to integrate across functions and foster a results orientation throughout the organization
    • Demonstrate a global orientation to decision making and systems thinking
    • Enhance your personal well-being by more effectively balancing mental and physical demands with organizational imperatives
    Save the Children CEO Carolyn Miles shares the importance of professional development for her staff, and how programs like TEP have been invaluable opportunities for a non-profit organization with a limited budget.


    This program is designed for senior-level executives with more than twelve years of experience in significant management roles. Of the more than 4,000 executives who have graduated from this program, many represent Fortune 100 companies. Approximately 60% of TEP participants also have advanced degrees.

    Executives in  The Executive Program are selected for their outstanding leadership capabilities. As you share perspectives in the classroom, you will gain insights that will provide more breadth and depth to your own point of view.

    TEP Participant summary


    Alan R. Beckenstein

    The Global Economy 
    Head of Darden's Global Economies and Markets area, Beckenstein teaches executives about open-economy macroeconomics, policy tools and the politics associated with them, emerging markets and global investing. His courses look at the past, present and the future. He has been the leader of significant learning activities in the public and private sector in New Zealand for 20 years.

    Jolene Bodily

    Jolene H. Bodily

    Wellness and Energy Management
    Bodily's "Sleep. Eat. Exercise. Rejuvenate." framework helps executives enhance physical and mental energy, focus and stamina. Executive capacity, endurance and health are increased through coaching and practice tools designed for real life. A registered dietitian with a Master of Public Health, Bodily develops and delivers health, fitness and nutrition programs to private and corporate clients.

    Gregory B. Fairchild

    The Extended Enterprise
    Fairchild is an expert in strategic management, business ethics, leadership and entrepreneurship. He specializes in underserved, overlooked markets and was recently the lead investigator in a study of business models and public policy issues in the field of community development finance, an initiative supported by a $850,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

    Alexander B. Horniman  

    Managerial Psychology and Leadership
    Horniman's "Leading, Learning and Change" framework has inspired thousands of leaders to think differently about how they lead and influence others. His classes aim to heighten your self-awareness and help you better understand your strengths as an influencer and a leader. Horniman served in the U.S. Army and as a special consultant to U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara.


    Elena Loutskina

    Loutskina's research focuses on the impact of the securitization markets on the financial management of financial and non-financial corporations. She also specializes in the area of venture capital and innovation. Alongside numerous academic conferences, she has been invited to present her research at the Federal Reserve Bank, Federal Reserve Board, International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank and Banque de France.


    Doug Thomas - Faculty Leader

    Operations Management
    Thomas has led numerous executive education sessions in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, including programs at Penn State, INSEAD and Georgia Institute of Technology as well as custom programs for Accenture, DuPont, ExxonMobil, IBM, Ingersoll-Rand, Mars, Office Depot, Parker-Hannifin, Pfizer, Schlumberger and the U.S. Marine Corps.  He has testified as an expert witness and consulted for several large organizations on supply chain strategy including Accenture, CSL Behring, Dell, ExxonMobil and Lockheed Martin Aerospace Corporation.

    S. Venkataraman

    Organizational Strategy
    An internationally renowned scholar and educator in the field of entrepreneurship, "Venkat" teaches courses in strategy, entrepreneurship and ethics. He began his career as co-founder of a successful Indian technology spin-off. He consults with Fortune 500 firms and advises companies, universities and governments on strategy.

    Kim Whitler

    Kimberly Whitler

    Whitler's expertise is in marketing strategy with a focus on understanding how board and C-level roles, characteristics and decisions impact the firm's marketing performance. Her professional career covers nearly 20 years in marketing and general management positions, including leadership and executive positions with organizations such as Procter & Gamble, David's Bridal, Aurora Foods and PetSmart.

    Alumni Benefits

    In addition to networking with a diverse group of leaders during your TEP experience, TEP graduates are also connected to the 13,000+ Darden alumni in over 90 countries around the world. As such, you receive many of the same benefits, including:

    • Alumni Directory (
    • Lifetime Darden email address
    • Monthly webinars with faculty
    • Alumni  chapter events around the world (excluding MBA alumni/admissions receptions)
    • Access to Darden's case collection
    • Alumni Career Services online toolkit
    • Alumni newsletters and messages from the School
    • Executive Education - 25% discount on short programs
    • The Darden Report magazine (bi-annually)


    During the in-person modules of The Executive Program, you will have the opportunity to learn and explore at Darden's locations in Charlottesville and in the Washington, D.C., area:

    Darden School of Business
    100 Darden Blvd.
    Charlottesville, Virginia 

    Darden School of Business    
    1100 Wilson Boulevard   
    Arlington, Virginia 

    Application Process & Tuition

    Admission is by application only. 

    Tuition is $39,995 and includes materials, meals and accommodations.

    Participants represent a broad range of backgrounds - industries, geographic locations, organizational size and professional responsibilities are considered. Although the number of participants from any one organization may be limited, firms are encouraged to send more than one executive. Admission is based on consultation among the three parties concerned: the nominating company, the applicant and a committee of the  TEP faculty that evaluates the candidate's application. Notice of confirmed admission to TEP will be sent as soon as the process is complete.

    Application Procedures

    A candidate's suitability should be discussed with one of our directors prior to internal company discussions and participant's application.

    • A company may request a reservation before nominating a specific applicant.
    • Nomination of a participant must be originated by the participant's organization.
    • Completed applications will be handled on a "first come" basis. 
    • Enrollment is limited. Early application is encouraged.
    • Online application

    Once your application has been reviewed and upon acceptance into the program, a 25% deposit is required to secure your registration.