Specialization in Design Thinking and Innovation

MPI in Partnership with Darden School of Business

Online Course Series

Are you up on the latest ideas and innovations in the meetings and events industry? Able to calculate and articulate the real-world impact. Breakthrough your messiest business problems. Find valuable insights hidden in plain sight. Set new standards for your teams and lead your organization and career to new heights.


Specialization in Design Thinking and Innovation
Bundle (4 Courses - 5-Week Program Online)

Darden’s Specialization in Design Thinking and Innovation empowers you to become a creative catalyst with a systematic approach to innovation in the workplace. Whether you work in business, healthcare, education, or for a nonprofit, this hands-on training in the core principles of design thinking and leadership will help you solve your business challenges. Led by Darden’s world-renowned professors.

Register through MPI and get this bundle of four courses for $1,600. Includes all four courses where you will earn a specialization in Design Thinking from Darden.

Bundle Registration: $1,980

Bundle with MPI Registration: $1600

Key Takeaways

  • Adopt a lean, human-centered design mindset, and upskill your experience
  • Position yourself and act as a leader in your organization
  • Build the self and employee management skills that allow innovation to flourish
  • Break mental models to discover opportunities that already exist within your organization
  • Conserve resources and generate better outcomes using a research-based approach to problem-solving
  • Surface, and refine viable ideas quickly so that you spend less time and brainpower on stalled ideas
  • Share cross-departmental insights that break down silos, trigger collaboration, and increase organizational momentum
  • Use a step-by-step process for solving your most pressing challenges, whether they increased visibility for new products, improved resource allocation, or honing your ability to inspire and help the customer you most want to serve

Specialization in Design Thinking and Innovation
Individual Course Programs

Individual Course Details

The Specialization in Design Thinking and Innovation program includes four 5-week project-based online courses, which may also be taken individually and separate from the Specialization*:

  • Design Thinking Part I: Insights to Inspiration

  • Design Thinking Part II: Ideas to Action

  • Discovery Tools

  • Creating the Innovative Workplace

* Courses are listed in the recommended, but not required, sequence.

Tuition Details

$395 MPI Partnership Pricing.
(Regularly $495 per online course.)

MPI Partnership Pricing

5-week courses are competitively priced at $495. Register through MPI and get the discounted rate of $395 for individual courses and a rate of $790 for the Design Thinking 1 &2 bundle.

A Darden certificate of completion is provided at the end of each course.

Design Thinking Part I

Insights to Inspiration

In this project-based course, you will identify a human-centered problem that you want to solve. We’ll guide you in crafting and carrying out a research plan that helps you answer the question, “What is?”. You will gather and identify important insights about the needs and wants of others, and use this information to identify the attributes of an ideal solution.

Design Thinking Part II

Ideas to Action

This course facilitates the ideas you developed in Part I. We start this course by asking, “What if?” We’ll use brainstorming in a new and creative way to generate solutions to your challenge, and then learn to take those raw ideas and synthesize them into important concepts. By asking, “What wows?” and “What works?” you will learn to move from ideation to experimentation. Part I is required in order to take Part II.

Discovery Tools

In this course, you will learn to use tools from the field of human-centered design: stakeholder mapping, journey mapping, personas, value-chain analysis, the job-to-be-done, ethnographic interviews, and more. Learn to connect with your customers on a human level, to get beyond what they say and observe what they do.

Creating the Innovative Workplace

This course shows you how to build a workplace culture that makes innovation the norm. A panel of thought leaders shows you how to assess and ready yourself to foster and lead innovative teams, to prime these teams for this new approach, and to harness the power of your social networks to drive innovation.

Provided with Support from Our Partner


Darden Partnership