Executive Education

Darden/UVa-Wise Partnership for Leadership Development


The Partnership is a joint venture with the University of Virginia College at Wise.



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Upcoming Darden/UVa-Wise Program

Managing Change: Individual and Organizational
23-25 October 2012
(Registration deadline is 17 September 2012.)


UVa-Wise 2012 Download brochure




Unparalleled Learning. Avenues to Success.

Through exploratory discussions with business leaders from within the Southwest Virginia region, the idea of a concentrated effort of high-level education was formed and cultivated in the Darden/UVa-Wise Partnership for Leadership Development. This partnership will host an option of six key courses from which participants will select four in order to complete the full program and earn their Certificate in Leadership Development. Rooted in an expressed need for focus on, and development of, management skills, influence and strategic and functional acumen, participants can build an excellent learning portfolio through which they will grow, and ultimately, help their businesses and the region grow.

The Darden/UVa-Wise partnership will:

  • Help develop managers in Southwest Virginia and create a network among the next generation of community leaders.
  • Strengthen the UVa College at Wise’s promise of management development, and deepen relationships with their client organizations.
  • Connect Darden Open-Enrollment and Custom programs to businesses and organizations in the region. 

The leadership team includes Darden Staff Susian Brooks and Colin Winter, Directors, along with Shannon Blevins, Economic Development Director, UVa-Wise.

The Darden/UVa-Wise Certificate in Leadership Development 

The Certificate in Leadership Development will be awarded to participants who complete four of the available six programs offered in this partnership. These courses are two to three days in length and span the areas of negotiation, financial excellence, change management and strategy.

Wise Final Certificates


Barry Tate of Crutchfield Corp. and Barry Compton of Maxim Shared Services were awarded their Certificates in Leadership Development. They are joined by Professors Jay Bourgeois and Sam Bodily, Senator William C. Wampler Jr., and Shannon Blevins, Director of Economic Development, University of Virginia College at Wise.


By attaining your Certificate, you will have acquired the tools and best practices to improve company strategy and performance, a broadened perspective from different industries and strengthened leadership and management capabilities to lead your team toward continual improvement.


Participating Companies in the Darden/UVa-Wise Partnership
for Leadership Development

Allied Logistics • Kincaid Furniture Co., Inc.
• Allied Realty Co. • Kingston Resources, Inc.
• Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. • K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.
American Drew, Lea, Hammary • Maxim Shared Services
Brooks Run • Quesenberry's Inc.
C-E Minerals • Reo Distribution
Clean Energy R&D Center • Southwestern VA Higher Education Ctr.
Crutchfield Corp. • SunCoke Energy
Data Ensure, Inc. • University of Virginia
DMME Division of Gas and Oil • University of Virginia College at Wise 
Eastman Chemical Co. • Wellmont Health System



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