TEP alumni share their experiences and key takeaways from this "life-changing" program.
What’s Possible? For executives to engage in business at the highest levels of risk and reward, they need to become true leaders of leaders by integrating personal power with keen management skills and mastering proven processes and tools designed to build the future. The Executive Program: Strategic Leadership at the Top (TEP) inspires exceptional leaders to think strategically, lead strategically and influence strategically, and in the process, answer the question What’s Possible? in your organization and beyond.
Prepare yourself for the role of a lifetime with
The Executive Program: Strategic Leadership at the Top.
You'll leverage all of your executive talents through three intense weeks of professional and personal development to emerge with the strategic expertise in leadership, thinking and influence necessary to command every level of business.
Crystallize your vision, self-awareness and holistic leadership capabilities with Darden's flagship advanced management experience for senior-level executives. Now in its 57th year,
The Executive Program, also known as TEP, offers a comprehensive immersion into the principles, habits and lifestyles of next-generation leaders. Through courses that build on and compliment one another, you'll learn the core tenets of powerful business direction-strategic thinking, leadership and influence - in a context of personal enrichment and communal growth.
Led by global economies and markets teacher
Alan Beckenstein, a team of award-winning faculty experts in strategy, ethics, corporate finance, behavioral psychology and leadership, systems thinking, marketing strategy, and wellness will work across their functional boundaries and show you how to do the same. In case studies and simulations, you'll be asked to make difficult decisions with the same limited information as the leaders who faced those challenges in real life. You'll further hone your strategic thinking and communication skills in small teams of executive peers. Together, you'll prepare and defend responses to daily learning activities and debate the choices of classmates. You'll also consider the application of new concepts to your current position, and you'll identify a "back-home challenge" for which you'll develop a customized plan of action to launch upon your return.
Your leadership development will continue off-campus during 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. You'll also 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.
You'll walk away from
The Executive Program with:
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. Their diverse industries include aerospace, consumer services, banking/finance, consulting, defense contractors, insurance, mining, nonprofit, oil, telecom, bio/pharma, chemical, construction and the U.S. military.
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.
As a graduate of TEP, you will join Darden's worldwide network of nearly 4,000 alumni of the program and 10,000 alumni of Darden's MBA program in 87 countries, whose sense of commitment, camaraderie and connection is globally recognized.
The Global Economy - Faculty Leader
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.
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.
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.
Conroy's classes on corporate finance, valuation in financial markets and derivative securities prepare executives to navigate a global economy. Conroy serves as chair of the full-time format of the Darden MBA. He has published numerous articles and cases on capital markets, and his research focuses on the Japanese financial markets. He has held a CFA charter since 1996.
Behavioral 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.
Landel brings realism to the "Four Ps" framework - Purpose, People, Processes, Performance - and provides an integrated, systems-thinking approach to business. He teaches courses in innovation and operations strategy, systems thinking and operational effectiveness. Landel consults with companies to develop high-performance work systems and coaches mid- and top-level executives in operations.
An expert in B2B marketing and sales, Steenburgh came to Darden in 2012 from Harvard Business School, where he chaired the B2B Marketing Strategy executive education program. His cases are used in business schools worldwide, and his research addresses questions that help managers measure the effectiveness of their sales and marketing strategies.
During The Executive Program, you will stay on Grounds at the
Inn at Darden. Consistently ranked among the world's best for food and accommodations by
Financial Times, Darden's facilities include individual accommodations, rooms for discussion groups, a fully equipped exercise room, a recreation area and a casual gathering spot for evening conversations.
The Abbott Center Dining Room offers a wide-ranging menu of local and organic cuisine prepared by professionally trained chefs.
Participants will have access to exercise facilities at the Inn at Darden and at the North Grounds Recreation Center, immediately adjacent to the Inn, which features a modern, multi-purpose sports center with two squash courts, cardiovascular and strength training machines, day lockers and towel service.
Admission is by application only.
Tuition: $29,500 includes materials, meals and accommodations at
the Inn at Darden.
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.
A candidate's suitability should be discussed with
Katie Wiesel prior to internal company discussions and participant's application.
A 25% deposit is required to secure your registration for the program. Please see the postponement and cancellation terms specific to
The Executive Program.
Schedule & Cost
TEP runs from Sunday evening, 5 June to noon on Friday, 24 June 2016. Registration is from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, 5 June. The program will open with a reception, followed by dinner at the Abbott Center dining room. Classes and events on the final day will conclude by noon.
The cost of TEP is $29,500. This includes tuition, study materials, lodging, most meals and certificate of participation. The Guest Program participant's meals and the sharing of the TEP participant's accommodations are also included in this fee.
TEP Cancellation and Transfer Policy
All cancellations and transfers must be received in writing. Submit your request via e-mail to Katie Wiesel, Senior Director (
email@example.com), or call +1-610-574-9323, or mail to:
Darden Executive Education
Darden School of Business
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 7186
Charlottesville, VA 22906-7186
Darden Executive Education is provided by the University of Virginia Darden School Foundation.
University of Virginia Darden School Foundation
Darden Executive Education
P.O. Box 7186
Charlottesville, Virginia 22906-7186 USA