IESE Launches New Blended Learning Program for Advanced Professionals in New York City

New York City, February 02, 2018. – To help enterprising, high-achieving young professionals in the greater New York metropolitan area who aspire to attain senior leadership positions, IESE Business School has developed a blended learning professional development solution.  The Driving Leadership Potential (DLP) program furthers IESE strategy to expand its footprint in the US, and bolsters its commitment to serve executives and leaders in North American markets for years to come. 

The seven-month program, which kicks off in April at IESE’s New York campus, is designed to help the potential leaders of today – those with a minimum six-to-10 years of work experience – hone their professional skills, explore new aspects of their industries, and achieve their objectives for tomorrow.

“This is an important program for the school,” said Franz Heukamp, Dean of IESE. “Personal and professional demands can make it difficult for executives to develop their career. Through its flexible blended learning syllabus, the Driving Leadership Potential program empowers them to reach higher levels of success without putting their career on hold.”

The program is unique in its comprehensive design, stressing the three core competencies at the heart of all IESE programs – Discover, Discuss, Do – and creates a seamless journey of learning with a flexible blended education format, personalized approach and market-relevant focus. Over the span of six online modules and six on-campus modules, students work to achieve six Milestones, each representing a different area of leadership:

  • Each Milestone begins with online “discovery,” where the student learns about a specific topic.
  • After completing the online learning portion, students then visit the New York campus for two days for live discussion and face-to-face instruction.
  • Once the learning portions of the Milestone are complete, students put their knowledge to use in the real world with mentoring, coaching, professional development and practical application opportunities.

According to Idunn Jonsdottir, Managing Director, Executive Education, IESE New York, the Discover, Discuss, Do model imparts an exceptional blend of online and face-to-face content that enlarges long-term outlook, while equipping students with actionable insights that can be immediately applied at work.

The program will address and nurture in its participants six core areas of competency essential for any experienced executive to develop:

  • Lead People – Strengthening students’ ability to lead and inspire others to achieve strategic objectives;
  • Drive Business Performance – Develop a working knowledge of managerial accounting and how to leverage financial data in strategic decisions;
  • Think Strategically – Learn how to think like a senior leader and sharpen critical thinking skills in a variety of competitive contexts;
  • Acquire an Entrepreneurial Mindset – Transform your ideas into sustainable business models;
  • Build Digital Acumen – Understand the disruptive impact of digitization on business models, revenue streams and customer behavior;
  • Communication and Negotiation Skills – Learn how to inspire, persuade and influence others to optimize organizational impact.

“The DLP program is designed for ambitious, forward-thinking professionals who want to develop their leadership abilities and strategic vision while continuing to work full-time,” said Professor John Almandoz, Academic Director of DLP. “This program offers an ideal platform for participants to grow as leaders, broaden their perspectives and build their professional network. I’m supremely excited about this program’s potential as we have a distinguished group of IESE academics who have designed, and will teach, the classes.”

Joining professor Almandoz in administering the DLP classes will be:

  • Eric Weber, Associate Dean of IESE Business School and Professor of Accounting and Control
  • Pascual Berrone, Associate Professor of Strategic Management at IESE
  • Julia Prats, Professor of Entrepreneurship at IESE
  • Josep Valor, Professor of Information Systems at IESE
  • Kandarp Mehta, Senior Lecturer of Entrepreneurship and Negotiation Teaching Unit at IESE

To learn more about the program, visit the Driving Leadership Potential program homepage.