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.

A Customized Program for Foodservice Distribution

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.

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.

Darden Module 2 Schedule

Sunday, July 15
Registration and Check-in
The first day includes a tour of Monticello, a reception and dinner, and concludes with learning teams meeting.

Monday, July 16
Class Time
The day features case studies addressing: Leadership Personality, Style, and Effectiveness; Financial Decision Making - Cash Flow and Forecasting; and Creating Value (Apple Computer).  the day concludes with a cookout.

Tuesday, July 17
Class Time
The day features case studies addressing: Ethical Decision Making, Values-Based Decision Making, Sales Management Systems, and New Strategies in a Slow Growth Industry. The day concludes with a reception and graduation dinner.

Wednesday, July 18
Class Time
The day includes a two-part case study on Leading Change. The program concludes at 11:45 a.m.


Registration for the 2018 Class is closed. The Deadline for Enrollment is for the 2019 Class is December 21, 2018. Questions, please call (703) 532-9400.

Hotel & Destination


Students enrolled in the Executive Development Program stay at the historic Inn at Darden, the on-grounds hotel and conference property of the University of Virginia. Conveniently located next to UVA’s Darden School of Business, the inn is a 10-minute drive from downtown Charlottesville and a quick walk from shops and restaurants just off grounds.

Rooms include pillow-top queen beds, microwaves, coffeemakers and mini-fridges. Complimentary Wi-Fi and work desks also make it easy to stay connected and productive throughout your stay.

UVA Inn at Darden
10 Duffy Boulevard
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Hotel Information: (434) 243-5000
Reservations: Are made for participants automatically when they register for the program.

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