Management Development Program: High-Performance Leadership

  • Management Development Program
  • Gain an enterprise perspective to make more informed, strategic decisions for your organization.

    • Prepare for executive leadership by broadening your understanding of how all aspects of your organization can work together.

    • Build a portfolio of proven corporate 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.

  • Program Overview

    Engage in workshops and team-based activities designed to help you:

    • Deepen strategic expertise in accounting, finance, operations, strategy and marketing.
    • Learn strategies to manage the most complex challenges facing businesses today, including organizational change, a fluctuating global economy, 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.

    Outcomes & Impact

    • Integrate big picture strategy with departmental goals to guide your decisions during management challenges.
    • Build a high-performing culture through strengthened leadership and talent management skills.
    • Understand key performance indicators to track and promote organizational growth.
    • Supercharge your personal and professional development in tandem with that of your organization.

    Follow the journey of participants during the Management Development Program as they share what they've learned and how it will impact their careers moving forward.


    The Management Development Program counts as two credits toward a Certificate in Management. Complete this program and earn two additional credits in a four-year period to earn your certificate.


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

      MDP participants


      Paul J. Simko

      Associate Professor of Business Administration (Faculty Lead)


      Robert L. Carraway

      Associate Professor of Business Administration
      Area Coordinator, Quantitative Analysis


      Raul Chao

      Raul O. Chao

      Associate Professor of Business Administration


      Michael Lenox

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


      Rajkumar Venkatesan

      Ronald Trzcinski Professor of Business Administration


      June West

      Associate Professor of Business Administration
      Area Coordinator, Management Communication


      Joseph Harder

      Adjunct Associate Professor of Business Administration

      Faculty for Optional Wellness Component:

      Jolene Bodily

      Jolene H. Bodily

      Wellness Program Coordinator, Darden School
      Health Risk Reduction Services Coordinator, UVA Health System 


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

      As a participant in this program, accommodations and most meals are included in your program fee.