Management Development Program: Leading in the Digital Age

Management Development Program: Leading in the Digital Age

Hybrid Program

Management Development Program: Leading in the Digital Age

The Management Development Program: Leading in the Digital Age will help you gain an enterprise perspective to make more informed, strategic decisions for driving organizational growth and transformation.


Management Development Program: Leading in the Digital Age will help you gain an enterprise perspective to make more informed, strategic decisions for driving organizational growth and transformation.

  • Prepare for executive leadership by broadening your understanding of how all aspects of your organization can work together.
  • Manage and leverage disruption while leading digital transformation within your organization.
  • Build a portfolio of proven strategies to grow profits, improve efficiency, inspire employees and promote collaboration between teams.
  • Discover the connection between wellness, energy management and performance, and learn how be your best self.
  • Embrace the many interconnected roles you play as a Modern Global Leader, and how each is critical to your success.

Completion of all virtual and in-person modules will earn you the full four credits to receive your Certificate in Management.

FALL 2021 PROGRAM: 19 Sept–5 Nov 2021

  • 19–24 Sept 2021 - In-Person Immersion at UVA Darden in Charlottesville
  • 25 Sept–30 Oct 2021 - Business Challenge Virtual Module
  • 31 Oct–5 Nov 2021 - In-Person Immersion at UVA Darden DC Metro

Intended For

Senior Management, Executive


Comprehensive, Innovation, Leadership


Hybrid Program

Features both digital and in-person sessions


Available Dates

19 Sep - 5 Nov 2021




Two 1-week residencies, virtual intersession modules

Program Overview

Management Development Program: Leading in the Digital Age is designed for high-potential, experienced managers who demonstrate the capability to lead at the highest levels. Virtual and in-person modules, a digital transformation project and a cross-functional, enterprise perspective of management make this a powerful next step in your leadership development. It's a six-month, integrated learning experience carefully engineered to create an immediate impact.

Be Prepared To...

  • Deepen expertise in accounting, finance, operations, strategy and marketing.
  • Learn to formulate strategies to manage the most complex challenges facing businesses today, including organizational change, a fluctuating global economy, digital disruptors such as fintech and blockchain and competition from established and emerging players.
  • Get a personalized leadership assessment and mind/body wellness profile that will reveal the character strengths and lifestyle habits that will help you achieve and sustain peak performance.
  • Participate in optional daily wellness activities to kickstart your lifestyle changes.
  • Explore challenges and best practices with your network of peers, and identify opportunities to apply them to your own organization.

There are no prerequisites for participation. Advanced preparation includes:

  • Pre-reading Case Studies
  • Intro webinar
  • Wellness Surveys

The selected case studies, assessments, and exercises will be sent prior to the program for all participants to read and prepare for discussion on the first day of the course.

Program Flow

Opening Session- meet your faculty and cohort, get an overview of the program structure and dive right in to begin applying new concepts 

Strengthen Your Core

Module 1 - Self-Paced Virtual Module
Strengthening Your Core

  • Work weekly to prepare for the extended learning journey. Plan for approximately 1 hour per week.
  • Hone your financial literacy
  • Build on the foundations of strategy to expand your ability to think more strategically and analytically
  • Improve your decision quality with data analytics
  • Learn to communicate more effectively to create organizational alignment
  • Leverage customer insights to identify unmet needs and create competitive advantage
  • Assess the competitive position of your own organization

Integrating and Applying

Module 2 - In-person Immersion 
Integrating and Applying

  • Integrate learnings from virtual core module
  • Challenge assumptions & learn the power of data visualization
  • Leverage data analytics to drive change
  • Learn the principles of a digital transformation strategy
  • Prepare for your virtual team project

Business Challenge Project

Module 3 - Virtual
Business Challenge Project
If your organization is bringing a team, ask about working together to analyze your own company around a strategic challenge or opportunity

  • Design a challenge project working virtually with your team
  • Collaborate with a faculty mentor to develop your team's approach
  • Intersperse working sessions with synchronous updates on current digital transformation and/or other strategy concepts
  • Learn the finer points of working effectively across virtual teams

Putting Plans Into Action

Module 4 - In-person Immersion 
Putting Plans Into Action

  • Formulate more persuasive presentations that effectively influence and align stakeholders
  • Master digital strategy concepts like blockchain, cybersecurity, AI and machine learning
  • Mobilize your team to drive exceptional results
  • Envision how digital disruption and advanced analytics can be leveraged as an advantage for your organization
  • Develop confidence in the quality of your decision-making
  • Take advantage of individual coaching to identify your personal strengths and leadership style

Outcomes & Impact

  • Develop a 360° view of your organization, gauging impact of external forces in achieving business objectives.
  • Lead, innovate and navigate through ambiguity, considering impact to the entire organization.
  • Leverage digital technology and data analytics to improve processes, creating greater value through innovative thinking and actions.
  • Understand the interconnection between strategy and financial performance, examining how and why key metrics link to organizational strategy.
  • Identify and seize strategic opportunities to drive change and growth.
  • Effectively engage with and influence stakeholders to create alignment around new strategic initiatives.
  • Cultivate a high-performance culture within your organization.
  • Supercharge your personal and professional development in tandem with that of your organization.


If you complete all of the digital and in-person modules for the Management Development Program: Leading in the Digital Age program, you will earn the full four programs to receive a Certificate in Management.


This program is designed for mid- to senior-level managers who are undertaking more cross-functional leadership roles at the executive level.

In order to be awarded full credit hours, you must be present for the entirety of the program.


Paul Simko

Paul J. Simko

Frank M. Sands Sr. Associate Professor of Business Administration

Robert L. Carraway

Robert L. Carraway

Associate Professor of Business Administration

Michael Lenox

Michael Lenox

Tayloe Murphy Professor of Business Administration, Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer

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Rajkumar Venkatesan

Ronald Trzcinski Professor of Business Administration

June A. West

June A. West

Associate Professor of Business Administration

Joseph W. Harder

Joseph W. Harder

Associate Professor

Doug Thomas

Doug Thomas

Henry E. McWane Professor of Business Administration

George (Yiorgos) Allayannis

George (Yiorgos) Allayannis

Professor of Business Administration

Jolene Bodily

Jolene Bodily

Director of Executive Education Wellness Programs

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Sponsorship

UVA Darden Executive Education offers continuing education credits as part of our commitment to encourage lifelong learning. 

  • Instructional Delivery: Group Live
  • CPE Credits: 64.0
  • Fields of Study: Business Management and Organization, Personal Development
  • Program Level: Advanced

Refund/Cancelation/Concern Resolution Policy:

All cancellations and transfers must be received in writing. Submit your request via email to [email protected] with the name of the program, followed by "cancellation" or "transfer" in the subject line. Cancellation or transfer fees may apply. Visit our Registration & FAQ page for full details on transfers and cancellations. 

If you have any questions, concerns or complaints, please contact us at 1-434-924-3000 or [email protected] to resolve your issue.

UVA Darden School Foundation - Executive Education is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Concerns regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:


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

UVA Darden School of Business 
100 Darden Blvd. 
Charlottesville, Virginia 

UVA Darden DC Metro    
1100 Wilson Boulevard    
Arlington, Virginia 

The virtual modules will be hosted through synchronous and asynchronous sessions online. 


Accommodations will be provided for all participants as part of your program fee.

During the in-person module at UVA Darden in Charlottesville, participants will stay at:
Hyatt Place
2100 Bond Street
Charlottesville, VA 22901

During the in-person module at UVA Darden DC Metro, participants will stay at:
Hyatt Centric Arlington
1325 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia, 22209

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Darden Executive Education is provided by the University of Virginia
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