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MBA Leadership Development Program 

We are a dynamic, diversified financial services organization with outstanding financial strength. Our vision is to become one of the most dependable, service-oriented financial services organizations in the world leveraging our financial strength.

Our MBA Leadership Development Program (LDP) builds on that strength and vision. It is designed to develop top MBA graduates (LDP associates) and MBA students (LDP summer interns) through strategic assignments, high visibility assignments and partnership with our senior management team. Our Leadership Development Program challenges the best to become extraordinary financial services leaders with impact throughout Western & Southern Financial Group and in our surrounding community.

LDP Summer Internship

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. LDP 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.

LDP Associate

LDP associates participate in four to six rotations over the three-year program that provide a strategic perspective of the major business units that comprise Western & Southern Financial Group. Typical assignments include:

  • investments
  • marketing
  • financial analysis
  • due diligence
  • strategic planning

Each assignment provides you ownership of the most demanding and leading-edge projects in Western & Southern Financial Group.

Our LDP program is small and select, and LDP associates receive a generous share of our senior leaders’ time and attention. You report directly to the most 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.

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.

Characteristics of Successful LDP Associates 

  • Proven business savvy with 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

Please visit our LDP website to learn more and to meet our current LDP associates.  


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