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Bank Executive Leadership Program

Develop strategy, leadership and enterprise financial-management skills tailored for senior bank leaders.

Upcoming Dates

Program Dates
Time Commitment
Program Fee
10-14 Feb 2025
In-Person, Charlottesville, VA
5 days


Become a more strategic and effective bank leader amid financial disruption and transformation in a quickly evolving world.

  • Navigate the risks inherent in bank finance, including strategic ALM, regulatory challenges, shifting interest rates, credit risks and increasing competition.
  • Manage bank-wide change, motivate direct reports and inspire teams with value-driven communications.
  • Make and defend difficult decisions with limited information and significant uncertainty.
  • Delve into new models of banking, including fintechs.

Intended For

Executive, C-Suite


Leadership, Finance & Banking

This immersive and highly-targeted program will help senior banking leaders enhance their overall capabilities by combining leadership training with strategic, whole enterprise thinking and financial expertise using hands-on practice to help solve daily business challenges while managing the ever-changing financial environment.

  • Examine the strategic decisions facing bank executives, including evaluating acquisitions and divestitures, implementing effective risk management, managing capital and liquidity, and addressing regulatory expectations.
  • Review capital requirements, current debt and equity markets for banks and strategies for raising capital.
  • Explore new ways of managing and reducing your bank's exposure to risk and practice scenario analyses in a workshop that will prepare you to turn results into action.
  • Engage in real problems that bank leaders face and debate solutions to arrive at best practices.
  • Explore the impacts of emerging banking models and technologies


Darden's New Home for Lifelong Learning

The Forum Hotel Kimpton

The Forum Hotel by Kimpton at the UVA Darden School of Business in Charlottesville is now open! We’re excited to welcome our EELL participants to learn and stay with us in this dynamic new meeting place.

Learn More

  • Schedule & Topics

    The program begins at 5:30pm the first day with a welcome reception and opening dinner. The remaining days generally run from 8am-5pm, wrapping up at 12pm on the final day. Featured session topics and workshops include:

    • Becoming an Outstanding Finance Leader
    • What is Strategy?
    • Balance Sheet Strategies
    • The Strategic Decisions Facing Bank Executives
    • What is your bank worth and how do you improve it?/Valuing Bank
    • M&A session
    • Financial Innovation (Green Bonds/ESG)
    • Articulating Strategy Workshop
    • Bank Capital, Basel III and Future of Banking
    • Effectively Managing a Bank's risk
    • Scenario Planning Workshop
    • Bank & Fintech Competition
    • Sustaining your Leadership
  • Impact & Outcomes
    • Develop best practices for your daily and long-term responsibilities, including risk and balance sheet management, competitive analysis, bank value creation, acquisitions and capital planning.
    • Articulate your bank’s strategy and defend it, working through a scenario planning analysis to decide how to manage the various risks posed.
    • Reconcile differing perspectives and align cross-functional efforts toward a shared vision or goal.
    • Develop strategic approaches for balancing the tension between earnings growth and capital efficiency.
    • Understand the future of fintech and impact in the banking sector.
    • Integrate leadership frameworks for professional growth and fostering a value-adding culture in your team. 
    • Gain a network of industry peers with whom you’ve shared a once-in-a-lifetime educational experience.
  • Participant Profile

    Designed for current and next generation bank and credit union senior leaders, across all functions, who want to expand their skills in strategy, leadership and finance to become a more effective, well-rounded leader. Open to bank leaders from institutions of all sizes, with roles ranging from VPs and Treasurers to C-suite leadership. Participants typically have 10 years experience in the banking industry.

  • Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Sponsorship

    UVA Darden Executive Education offers continuing education credits as part of our commitment to encourage lifelong learning.

    • Instructional Delivery: Group Live
    • CPE Credits: 29.6
    • Fields of Study: Finance, Business Management and Organization, and Personal Development
    • Program Level: Beginner

    There are no prerequisites for participation. Advanced preparation includes case study readings. The selected case studies will be sent prior to the program for all participants to read and prepare for discussion on the first day of the program.

    This program would also provide 2.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

    Refund/Cancelation/Concern Resolution Policy:

    All cancellations and transfers must be received in writing. Submit your request via email to with the name of the program, followed by "cancellation" or "transfer" in the subject line. Cancellation or transfer fees may apply. Visit our Registration & FAQ page for full details on transfers and cancellations. 

    If you have any questions, concerns or complaints, please contact us at 1-434-924-3000 or to resolve your issue.

    UVA Darden School Foundation - Executive Education is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Concerns regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

  • Location & Accommodations


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


    The Forum Hotel Kimpton Guest Room The Forum Hotel Kimpton Arboretum & Gardens

    Lodging will be provided at our new on-Grounds hotel for participants of this program as part of your program fee. If you register within 30 days of the program start date, accommodations at The Forum Hotel cannot be guaranteed. Alternate lodging would be provided.  We encourage you to register early to reserve your spot!

    The Forum Hotel
    Kimpton Charlottesville
    540 Massie Rd.
    Charlottesville, VA 22903

    Enjoy access to all the hotel’s perks during your stay, including morning coffee and tea service, on-site fitness center, Birch & Bloom steakhouse, The Good Sport craft beer bar and large outdoor terrace.

    Anchored by the beautiful Tahja Arboretum and LaCross Botanical Gardens with outdoor learning and reflection spaces, as well as state-of-the-art indoor classroom and event spaces, The Forum Hotel is the new home for Executive Education & Lifelong Learning programming.

Certificate in Leadership & Management

Earn Your Certificate

Bank Executive Leadership Program counts as one program toward a noncredit Darden Certificate in Leadership & Management. Complete this program and three additional programs within a seven-year period to earn your certificate.


George (Yiorgos) Allayannis

George (Yiorgos) Allayannis

Robert F. Bruner Distinguished Professor of Business Administration

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Sankaran Venkataraman

MasterCard Professor of Business Administration, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research

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Peter Belmi

Scott C. Beardsley Associate Professor of Business Administration

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