Executive Education

Why Darden Custom Executive Education?

Darden Executive Education’s custom solutions bring the world’s top-ranked faculty directly to your organization to develop the leadership potential of your people and stimulate business growth.

Experiential Learning


At Darden, we believe that learning is a process and that why and how you learn is as important as what you learn. Our powerful and flexible learning environment will be customized to meet your organization’s needs as your professionals focus on real-life business challenges that mirror those you are facing.

Our experiential learning incorporates multiple methodologies including: business simulations, 360-degree and other assessment feedback sessions, carefully selected readings, strategic business challenge projects, forward-thinking case study discussions, videos, peer mentoring, role-playing, customized exercises and coaching sessions focused on applying what is learned. Deployed across virtual self-directed, in-person and online application modules, participants are able to prepare, experience and internalize new ways of thinking and operating.

The Darden approach has proven effective in developing executives and high-potential candidates with:

  • A real-world understanding of business
  • Strategic decision-making capabilities
  • Bias toward action and high performance
  • Ability to collaborate across boundaries
  • Innovative capacity
  • Leadership agility

A True Partnership

Relationships strengthened by a shared pursuit of results.

At Darden, we understand that every industry, organization and culture is different. We respect this spirit of diversity, immersing ourselves in the culture, operations and strategy of each organization to create a truly deep-rooted partnership. This allows us to better recognize opportunities and strategies for achieving your objectives.

Darden’s multitiered collaborative process ensures a customized and effective program design tailored to your needs. We view education as an ongoing, evolving process — one that requires the constant and full attention of its partners.


A senior program director will advise and collaborate with you in the design, development and delivery of Executive Education solutions that achieve your objectives and deliver business results.

Our faculty members are preeminent scholars whose research advances managerial practice and informs their creation of innovative teaching materials used in Darden classrooms. Their willingness to be available to executive participants outside the classroom enhances the trusting relationships we build with our clients.

Darden’s 10 research Centers of Excellence focus on key issues that drive today’s economy and management practices. The centers leverage faculty research that is relevant and timely to our custom clients’ business needs.


An Oasis of Learning

Jefferson designed the Neoclassical “Academical Village” — the only U.S. university designated a United Nations’ World Heritage site — as a place that encourages learning, expansion of thought and undisturbed reflection. Whether delivered on the Darden Grounds or at a location of your choice, Darden learning experiences create an oasis of learning. Learn more.

World-Class Faculty

We have the best B-school faculty in the world. Our professors combine the best attributes of teacher, coach and mentor. They create a transformational, high-energy environment focused on your development and will instruct, challenge, inspire and empower you. Learn more.

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