Overview

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.

2023 Darden Modules

  • Module 1: Sunday, February 5 – Wednesday, February 8, 2023
  • Module 2: Sunday, July 16 – Wednesday, July 19, 2023

REGISTER FOR THE 2023 PROGRAM

 

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.
  • Module 1, February 5 – 8, 2023, contains 24 hours of class time & mandatory team required activities as well as approximately 10 hours of mandatory pre-class individual preparation. In total there are 34 hours of instructional hours. 
  • Module 2, July 16 – July 19, contains 20 hours of class time & mandatory team required activities as well as approximately 8 hours of mandatory pre-class individual preparation. In total there are 28 hours of instructional hours.

2023 Darden Modules

February 5 – 8
Darden Module One, Charlottesville, VA
(24 hours of class time & team work as well as approximately 10 hours of indvidual preparation, totaling 34 hours.)
Students spend three days at Darden developing critical thinking, decision analysis, and strategic thinking to help participants understand organizational strategy, competitive dynamics, and the fundamentals of business growth.

July 16 – 19
Darden Module Two, Charlottesville, VA
(21 hours of class time & team work as well as approximately 9 hours of indvidual preparation, totaling 30 hours.)
Second classroom session where students will continue to build insights and network with colleagues.

Program Graduates receive a certificate of completion as well as recognition at IFDA events.

Registration

Cost to Participate and What is Included:

  • Program Tuition and Campus Activities: $7,320
  • Hotel Charge: $1,080
  • Total Registration Cost for Program: $8,400

The registration fee covers the program tuition, all materials, activities and room and board for Modules One and Two.

Program tuition and campus activities includes lunch and dinner each day, transportation between the hotel and campus as well as snacks, wireless and use of the fitness center. Cost for the hotel includes room charges and breakfast ($180 per day for a total of 6 days).

Please note: Attendees are responsible for their travel costs and any hotel nights beyond the three days of the program, Sunday - Tuesday.

Click the image below to register for the 2023 IFDA Executive Development Program:

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Please note: If you are unable to attend the conference you can transfer your registration to another employee in your company, please forward an email including the name of the cancelled Team Member along with the new Team Member's name to events@ifdaonline.org

Cancellation policy
All cancellations must be emailed to Mary Som at msom@ifdaonline.org by 12/30/2022


Questions? Please contact Carolyn West cwest@ifdaonline.org

Hotel & Destination

For the February session, while the Inn at Darden is undergoing renovations, students enrolled in the Executive Development Program stay at the Marriott Residence Inn, Downtown Charlottesville.

The hotel is a 10 minute ride to Darden’s campus (transportation provided) and conveniently located in the bustling downtown area.

Rooms are studio suites with kitchens and a seating area. Complimentary Wi-FI and work desks also make it easy to stay connected and productive throughout your stay.

In July, the program is scheduled to return to the newly renovated hotel and center located on the Darden campus.

Marriott Resident Inn Downtown Charlottesville
315 West Main Street
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

 

Please note that reservations are handled by the university and are automatically made for participants when they register for the program.

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