"Winners win, and this program is truly a winner! The case studies, the professors’ presentations, and my classmates were truly the best in class. A tremendous number of takeaways that will benefit both me and my associates for the rest of my business career!”

Brad Chambers
EVP
Performance Foodservice - Milton’s



IFDA Executive Development Program

An exceptional program that develops analytical, problem-solving, and leadership skills in high potential employees.

IFDA Executive Development Program

The IFDA Executive Development Program for Foodservice Distributor Executives is designed to take high potential employees at your company to the next level through a process of personal development that is both challenging and rewarding. Registration for the 2018 Class is open and the Deadline for Enrollment is December 22, 2017.

2018 Executive Development Program

Participants come away with improved leadership, analytical, and problem solving skills. With IFDA's customized program, they have the opportunity to develop those skills with other high potential people in the foodservice distribution industry. This groundbreaking program is conducted with the world-renowned University of Virginia Darden School of Business. The Financial Times ranks Darden’s faculty No. 1 in the world and The Economist has ranked Darden the No. 1 educational experience in the world for three consecutive years.

Jared Harris (at right) teaches ethics and strategy courses at Darden and is the lead instructor for the 2018 IFDA program. Darden’s “case study method” is the foundation of the program, where discussions — rather than lectures — teach new ways to think about challenges and help develop the leadership skills of participants. Professor Harris and a variety of other professors lead these discussions.

This program will help participants:
• Cultivate a leadership style that promotes an innovation-focused entrepreneurial mindset, create successful teams, and drive transformational change;
• Integrate strategy, judgment, and data for more effective decision-making;
• Analyze, assess, and structure negotiating situations, and create appropriate strategies to improve relationships and enhance effectiveness;
• Identify how cashflow influences business decisions, as well as key data, benchmarking comparisons, and other aspects of executive-level financial reporting;
• Realize their full potential as a leader.

Agenda

Thursday, January 11

Preparation Homework One

During the month prior to the first module at Darden, participants read the case studies for the session, document their thoughts, and come prepared for discussion.

Sunday, February 11

Darden Module One

Students spend four days at the Darden campus discussing 12 case studies including Leadership in Action, The Nuance of Negotion, Creating Mutual Value, and more.

Friday, June 15

Preparation Homework Two

During the month prior to the first module at Darden, participants read the case studies for the session, document their thoughts, and come prepared for discussion.

Sunday, July 15

Darden Module Two

During the final module, students spend four days at the Darden campus discussing case studies including Financial Decision Making, New Strategies in a Slow Growth Industry, and Leading Change.

FULL AGENDA

Registration & Brochure

Registration Materials

Take high potential employees at your company to the next level


Hotel & Travel

UVA Inn at Darden

The Inn at Darden is your on-Grounds refuge just steps from the classroom.