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Get Ready to Lead

Western & Southern's Leadership Development Program (LDP) is a three-year executive-track general management program for top MBA graduates.

Leadership Development Program: Become an Extraordinary Leader

Our Leadership Development Program (LDP) challenges the best to become extraordinary leaders with impact throughout Western & Southern and in our surrounding community. It is designed to develop top MBA graduates (LDP associates) and MBA students (LDP summer interns) through strategic, high visibility assignments and partnership with our senior management team. From day one, our LDP associates and interns are positioned to make significant contributions toward achieving our vision: to be a highly respected, world-class (and best-in-class) diversified financial services organization.

Characteristics of Successful LDP Associates:

  • Proven business savvy with strong financial acumen
  • Demonstrated creative problem-solving skills
  • Competency in and a commitment to collaboration
  • A concentration in finance or management
  • Strong leadership and communication skills
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Associate Track: Lead From Day One

Leadership Development Program (LDP) associates participate in four to six rotations over the three-year program. These rotations provide a strategic perspective of the major business units that comprise Western & Southern Financial Group. Typical assignments include investments, marketing, financial analysis, due diligence and strategic planning. Each assignment provides you ownership of the most demanding and leading-edge projects in Western & Southern Financial Group.

Our LDP program is highly selective, and LDP associates receive a generous share of our senior leaders' time and attention. You report to the senior officer responsible for your assigned operation. In addition, a member of senior management is selected as your coach and mentor – your advocate throughout the program – to ensure your experiences effectively prepare you for a leadership role.

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Intern Track: An Internship Like No Other

LDP internships give candidates a realistic preview of life as a full-time LDP associate at Western & Southern Financial Group. The internship lasts 10-12 weeks during the summer between years one and two of a student's MBA program.

Interns work on projects of the same magnitude as those assigned to LDP associates – giving them the same fast-paced, exciting opportunities. As an LDP intern, you report to the senior officer of your assigned operation and meet with business unit heads throughout Western & Southern Financial Group.

Your summer assignment focuses on business deliverables for strategic initiatives within your assigned unit and culminates in a presentation to senior management.

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Alumni Track: Build a Valuable Network For Your Career

After successfully completing three years of rotational assignments throughout Western & Southern Financial Group's family of companies, LDP associates are promoted to officer-level positions. Placement is based on your career interests and passions as well as organizational needs. With solid academic MBA backgrounds and three years of strategic exposure to our businesses, LDP alumni are well-prepared for the next level of leadership within our organization.

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