Leading Teams for Growth and Change

Leading Teams for Growth and Change

Cultivate a healthy, collaborative culture, even while undergoing change. Features rowing with Olympian Dan Lyons.

Upcoming Dates

Program Dates
Time Commitment
Program Fee
23-27 Sep 2024
In-Person, Charlottesville, VA
5 days
2-6 Jun 2025
In-Person, Charlottesville, VA
5 days

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Build happier, more functional teams to achieve significant gains in productivity.

  • Develop teams who are more efficient, effective and flexible, to meet the demands of a changing world.
  • Learn techniques for coaching Olympic-level teams, designed to inspire commitment, loyalty and pride while striving toward a shared goal.
  • Practice skills in leadership and communication through peer workshops and daily rowing to prepare for challenges back at the office.

Intended For

Team Leader, Senior Management



Become a more sensitive and powerful leader through self-diagnosis, expert change management strategies, peer workshops and daily sweep rowing experiences led by Olympic rower Dan Lyons and his team of coaches.

  • Embrace listening as a key leadership skill, and practice offering constructive feedback.
  • Discuss real-life scenarios and specific personal challenges around such topics as: bridging differences within teams, driving change and growth with teamwork, learning to coach instead of direct.
  • Learn to visualize and communicate organizational goals to inspire buy-in.
  • Bring it all together when you compete a full racing shell with a group of your peers.


Darden's New Home for Lifelong Learning

The Forum Hotel Kimpton

The Forum Hotel at the UVA Darden School of Business in Charlottesville is now open! We’re excited to welcome our EELL participants to learn and stay with us in this dynamic new meeting place.

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  • Outcomes & Impact
    • Design team structures that maximize output without overextending individuals.
    • Assess and applaud the talents of individuals, and determine which tasks will suit them best.
    • Discover which of your personal skills are most helpful in competitive and collaborative situations.
    • Foster a culture of collaboration and innovation. 
  • Schedule & Topics

    The program begins at 4pm the first day with a welcome and opening dinner. The remaining days feature classroom activities in the morning and late afternoon, with mid-day exercises out at the boathouse and rowing on the river. Featured session topics include:

    • Creating the Environment for Change
    • Making Change Happen
    • Envisioning Strengths and Outcomes
    • Your Personal Strengths - features Insights instrument to provide personalized feedback
    • Getting the Message Out
    • Performing and Learning
    • Celebrating the Journey
  • Participant Profile

    This program is designed for: 

    • Executives and leaders responsible for enhancing growth, innovation or organization-wide performance.
    • Mid-to-senior level project, unit or division managers.

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

  • 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: 25.0
    • Field of Study: Personal Development
    • Program Level: Beginner

    There are no prerequisites for participation. Advanced preparation includes:

    • Pre-reading Case Studies
    • Insights

    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. 

    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: www.nasbaregistry.org.

  • Location & Accommodations

    Location & Transportation

    Darden School of Business
    100 Darden Blvd.
    Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

    Daily rowing practice will be held at the Rivanna Reservoir Boathouse on the Rivanna River. Transportation to and from the boathouse is provided.


    The Forum Hotel Kimpton Guest Room The Forum Hotel Kimpton Arboretum & Gardens

    Lodging will be provided at our new on-Grounds hotel for participants of this program as part of your program fee. If you register within 30 days of the program start date, accommodations at The Forum Hotel cannot be guaranteed. Alternate lodging would be provided. We encourage you to register early to reserve your spot!

    The Forum Hotel
    Kimpton Charlottesville
    540 Massie Rd.
    Charlottesville, VA 22903

    Enjoy access to all the hotel’s perks during your stay, including morning coffee and tea service, on-site fitness center, Birch & Bloom steakhouse, The Good Sport craft beer bar and large outdoor terrace.

    Anchored by the beautiful Tahja Arboretum and LaCross Botanical Gardens with outdoor learning and reflection spaces, as well as state-of-the-art indoor classroom and event spaces, The Forum Hotel is the new home for Executive Education & Lifelong Learning programming.

Get a glimpse of how coaching, team building, rowing practice and leadership training come together during an action-packed regatta on the final day of the Leading Teams for Growth and Change program.

If you want to learn how to synchronize your team and build high performing teams, this is a workshop for you. Learn in a fun, unique environment.

Piki Knap
CEO, Kowhai Consulting Ltd
Certificate in Leadership & Management

Earn Your Certificate

Leading Teams for Growth and Change counts as one program toward a noncredit Darden Certificate in Leadership & Management. Complete this program and three additional programs within a four-year period to earn your certificate.



Lynn A. Isabella

Frank M. Sands Sr. (M.B.A. ’63) Associate Professor Emerita of Business Administration

Dan Lyons

Daniel K. Lyons

World Gold Medalist and Olympian in Rowing , Founder and President of Team Concepts Inc. , Founder of Champions of Hope Inc.

Leading Teams for Growth and Change Team Awards

Participant Profile: TJ Narlock

Program participant, TJ Narlock, service manager at Sewell Cadillac, reflected on his Darden experience, "Getting people on your side, getting people to work hard for you and not in spite of you, and motivating people to get the most out of my team members were all things I took away from the program that will help me work toward my career goals."

Read more about his experience on our blog.

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Darden School Foundation.