Money Management Institute and the University of Virginia Darden School Foundation Launch Executive IQ

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Executive-level certification provides investment leaders with training and networking opportunities to advance their careers and organizations

The Money Management Institute (MMI) and the University of Virginia Darden School Foundation today announced the launch of Executive IQ(TM), an executive-level professional accelerator for investment leaders looking to advance their careers and their organizations. An exclusive 18-month certification, Executive IQ combines university-backed curricula with real-world case studies from the industry’s most prestigious organizations.

“The Executive IQ flagship program is unique in that it makes the industry the actual classroom, putting the focus on the innovation experience of each participant,” said Craig Pfeiffer, President and CEO of MMI. “We’re proud to work with Darden Executive Education and Lifelong Learning to foster an extraordinary community of collaboration and networking to help educate today’s leaders for tomorrow’s opportunities.”

This rigorous education course is designed for U.S. market professionals with 10-15 years of experience in the workforce. MMI has collaborated with prominent Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft and PricewaterhouseCoopers, which will present seminars for the program, alongside top faculty from the Darden School of Business. Tailored to fit into a full-time work schedule, Executive IQ will require 10 hours per month of virtual classroom time, where participants are split into groups to both learn and engage in purposeful networking with peers. There are also planned in-person events for students, tentatively scheduled for June 2021 and January 2022, depending on updated health guidelines at the time.

“As markets, distribution channels and customer needs evolve, so must the skill sets of leaders in every industry, including financial services. We are excited to be the academic partner to MMI in this new program. Our world-class teaching faculty are eager to leverage their experience and insights to deliver a transformational learning journey for participants leading their financial services organizations into the future, even as those organizations go through their own transformations” said Ashley Williams, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Learning Officer of Darden Executive Education and Lifelong Learning.

This innovative program arose from a market need to learn skills mid-career that can turn executives into transformational leaders, allowing them to reach the next level in their careers. Participants benefit from the resources and networking capability of the entire financial services ecosystem in order to bring intelligence and best practices back to their firms. Upon course completion, students will receive a digital badge that they can use to further highlight their credentials through their business communications.

Executive IQ is supported by an advisory board comprised of key executives from firms such as Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and Northern Trust. The program is accepting applications from now through December 2020, after which it will announce the names in the first cohort, slated to begin in early 2021. For more information, visit

About the Money Management Institute (MMI):
Established in 1997, the Money Management Institute (MMI) is the industry association representing financial services firms that provide financial advice and investment advisory solutions to investors. Through conferences, educational resources, and thought leadership, MMI facilitates peer-to-peer connections, fosters industry knowledge and professionalism, and supports the development of the next generation of industry leadership. MMI member firms are dedicated to helping individual and institutional investors, at every level of assets, plan for and fulfill their financial goals. For more information, visit

About the University of Virginia Darden Executive Education and Lifelong Learning:
Darden Executive Education and Lifelong Learning (DEELL) is a top-ranked, global provider of executive development. Under the auspices of the University of Virginia’s Darden School Foundation and taught by the Darden School of Business’ highly acclaimed faculty, DELL prepares and inspires leaders to succeed through transformation and disruption in a global marketplace. Offering more than 30 open programs and partnering with leading organizations worldwide to develop custom business solutions, we provide personalized, transformational learning experiences at our locations in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Washington, D.C. Metro area, as well as online. Darden shapes the way the world does business through our research and draws upon our collective knowledge and experience to cultivate responsible, innovative leaders. For more information, visit

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