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.

2024 Darden Modules
Module 1: Sunday, February 4 – Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Module 2: Sunday, July 21 – Wednesday, July 24, 2024

A Customized Program for Foodservice Distribution
Participants come away with improved leadership, analytical, and problem-solving skills. With IFDA's customized program, they can develop those skills with other high-potential people in the foodservice distribution industry. This innovative program is carried out in partnership with the prestigious University of Virginia Darden School of Business, which boasts the top-ranked faculty globally according to The Financial Times. Additionally, The Economist has recognized Darden as the leading educational experience worldwide 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.

2024 Darden Modules

February 4 – 7, 2024
Darden Module One, Charlottesville, VA

(24 hours of class time & team work as well as approximately 10 hours of individual 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 21 – 24, 2024
Darden Module Two, Charlottesville, VA

(24 hours of class time & team work as well as approximately 8 hours of individual preparation, totaling 32 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 for the 2024 class is now open. Interested parties can compete the attached form for registration.

Total Cost to Participate: $9,500

Program Costs include:

  • Program Tuition and Campus Activities
  • Hotel Charges (room & tax)
  • Total Registration Cost for Program
  • The total registration fee covers the program tuition, all materials, activities and room and board for Modules One and Two.

Program tuition and campus activities include lunch and 2 dinners, transportation between the hotel and campus, snacks, wireless, and use of the fitness center. The cost for the hotel includes room charges and breakfast. Participants will be required to cover the cost of one dinner.
Please note: Attendees are responsible for their travel costs and any hotel nights beyond the three days of the program, Sunday - Tuesday.

Questions? Please contact Carolyn Muller cmuller@ifdaonline.org
Executive Leadership Program Cancellation Policy
We understand that circumstances can change, and participants may need to cancel their enrollment in the Executive Leadership Program. Our cancellation policy is designed to be fair and transparent, considering the administrative commitments and resources involved in preparing for each participant's attendance. Please carefully review the following cancellation terms:
Cancellation Requests: All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to the program coordinator via email or formal letter. Verbal requests will not be considered.
Refund Eligibility:
Cancellation 30 Days or More Before Program Start: Participants who cancel their enrollment 30 days or more before the program's scheduled start date are eligible for a full refund of the program fee minus a $100 administrative processing fee.

Cancellation 15 to 29 Days Before Program Start: Participants who cancel their enrollment between 15 and 29 days before the program's scheduled start date are eligible for a 50% refund of the program fee.

Cancellation 14 Days or Less Before Program Start: Unfortunately, participants who cancel their enrollment 14 days or less before the program's scheduled start date are not eligible for a refund.

Substitution of Participants: If a registered participant is unable to attend the program, a substitute participant from the same organization may be nominated to attend in their place. Substitution requests must be submitted in writing and approved by the program coordinator at least 7 days before the program start date. Program substitutions may not be made after the start of the program.
No-Show Policy:
Participants who do not attend the program without prior written notice will not be eligible for a refund, transfer, or credit.
Exceptions: Exceptions to this cancellation policy may be considered on a case-by-case basis for extenuating circumstances, such as medical emergencies or unavoidable travel restrictions. Requests for exceptions should be submitted in writing with supporting documentation.
By enrolling in the Executive Leadership Program, participants acknowledge that they have read, understood, and agreed to abide by the terms of this cancellation policy.

Questions? Please contact Carolyn Muller cmuller@ifdaonline.org

Hotel & Destination

The University of Virginia is located in Charlottesville, VA. UVA Darden's grounds provide an ideal environment for learning and reflection away from daily distractions. The renovated classrooms, learning team spaces, and scenic outdoor gathering and working spaces have been recently augmented by the opening of The Forum Hotel by Kimpton on Grounds.
The Forum features state-of-the-art classrooms, as well as botanical gardens and a five-acre arboretum with walking trails that connect The Forum to UVA.
*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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