New master’s program prepares students to assume role of effective, ethical leaders

March 23, 2017

Lisle, Illinois ~ Business is the most powerful institution on the planet.

Leadership decisions made in the workplace shape the lives of individuals, economies and the world more than any other single institution. Increasingly, smart business leaders are leveraging social, ethical and environmental performance to drive innovation and profitable growth.

Benedictine's new Executive M.S. in Values-Driven Leadership program is a unique, values-based program meant to elevate leaders and open doors. It imbues professionals with the personal, interpersonal and business management competencies necessary to assume leadership roles in organizations that create shareholder value while serving the common good.

"Students develop broad-based leadership acumen and skills that position them for success across any number of industries, functions and roles," said James Ludema, Ph.D., professor of Global Leadership and director of the Center for Values-Driven Leadership at Benedictine. "Students are empowered to solve real-world problems, evaluate ideas and business opportunities, lead teams effectively and take control of their careers."

This executive program is specifically designed for business leaders committed to using the creativity and discipline of business to create short-term and long-term shareholder value, enrich people's lives, produce products and services that benefit society, and contribute to the health and sustainability of the planet.

The 18-month hybrid/cohort program is taught by faculty with doctoral degrees and practical experience, and includes individual, team and organization level assessment and a customized development plan. The program is personalized using Hogan Assessments to match students with an executive coach who works with a student throughout the first year of the program.

The class schedule is designed for business executives with most of the course content delivered online and with face-to-face residency classes on select long weekends (Thursday-Sunday) throughout the year. Residencies occur three times during the program with the third being an international residency.

The program also includes a service project and international coursework requirement and an active learning practicum that results in a deliverable for the student and the company where they work.

Students must have at least eight years of management experience, and be in a senior leadership position or be on the path to an executive position. In addition to creating advancement opportunities in a professional's current career, this degree can lead to leadership roles in multiple settings including business, government, nonprofit and education.

Applications are currently being accepted for the Executive M.S. in Values-Driven Leadership program, which is scheduled to begin on May 1.

For more information about the Values-Driven Leadership program, visit, or contact Marie Di Virgilio, Ph.D., at or (630) 829-2178.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 9,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. A 2016 PayScale Inc. report ranked BenU one of the top 10 colleges in Illinois for return on investment and in the top 20 percent nationally. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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