Managed Care
Leadership Development Program 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The 2023-2024 recruitment season is happening now! You can also visit our events page to see if we'll be on your campus (virtually and/or in person) in the near future.
Managed Care Leadership Development Program associates with CEO David Cordani
Are you passionate about changing the health care landscape? Then our Managed Care Leadership Development Program (MCLDP) could be a perfect fit. This program is designed to develop future leaders in the health care space, tackling projects that shape the strategy and development of our Government Business Segment (GBS), including our Medicare Advantage (MA) and Individual and Family Plans (IFP) lines of business. In fact, after graduating from this program, all of our associates are expected to move on to full-time roles at The Cigna Group.

Why you'll love this program:
  • Work on business-critical projects across functions and business areas
  • Customize your development experience
  • Take classes and trainings on topics in health care, leadership, and business skills
  • Engage with executives from across the global enterprise in a MCLDP-only speaker series
  • Grow with a mentorship program and dedicated career coaching
  • Join a robust and active MCLDP alumni network
Cigna Group MCLDP associates posing for a group photo
MCLDP associates posing for a group photo
MCLDP associates posing at a team event

Program Structure:

This is a two-year leadership development program that allows associates to complete three rotations in different areas of our Government and Solutions business. The first two rotations are six months each; during this time, associates work as general analysts to learn core business areas and skills. Following is a specialized one-year rotation in a specific department within our Government and Solutions business. Throughout their time in the program, associates will have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, build networks, and give back to the community by volunteering. For one year after graduation from the program, recent program alumni will continue to receive support, guidance, and coaching from the MCLDP program manager. 

Potential areas of opportunity within the Government and Solutions Business:
  • Network Contracting and Operations
  • Sales
  • Affordability
  • Product and Benefits Design
  • STARs
  • Strategy
  • Pharmacy
  • ​​​​​​​Market Expansion

Examples of projects available in different rotations:


Manage efforts aligned with the post-merger integration of pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts.

Texas Market Network Operations 

Consult for physician practices to identify opportunities for growth through competitive analysis, project management, and reporting.

Medicare Service Operations

Design and implement a pilot version of a customer service staffing model. Manage the team of new hires and measure results.

Strategy Execution 

Act as Chief of Staff for the VP of Solutions Strategy & Delivery and develop a governance process across multiple work streams.

Health Services Analytics

Analyze data to determine the effectiveness of clinical programs and build a dashboard to visualize the data.

​​​​​​​Take it from them...

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Blake A., Director of Business Development

"The Managed Care Leadership Development Program (MCLDP) provided me the opportunity to work on challenging projects that added value to the business. Throughout my rotations, I was able to gain broad health care knowledge and project management experience. Additionally, the program provided access to a network of mentors and business leaders that have assisted in my career development and success in subsequent roles. The MCLDP enabled me to accelerate my development, and I attribute that to the opportunities the program afforded me."
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Charlotte C., Product Management Advisor

"As a Managed Care Leadership Development Program associate, I gained a large amount of knowledge and experience in business operations within a short period of time. After the program, I moved into a virtual role on the newly developed National Health Services Clinical Programs team. Having had such an incredible experience as an associate, stepping into unchartered territory was an excellent opportunity to tap into the skills gained during the program to help establish our team. What makes the MCLDP outstanding is the support system and network of colleagues deeply invested in my success. I cannot think of a better way to have started my career in the health care industry."
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Abram E., Business Analytics Advisor

"The Managed Care Leadership Development Program has provided me a wide breadth of knowledge and opportunity that I believe would be impossible in other early career paths. Rotating through 3 different key business areas means 3x the learning, 3x the problem-solving, and 3x the relationships. The program allowed me to see the big picture of the organization and has given its associates a competitive edge in their various career paths post-program. While it is true that your various rotations will give you a lexicon of new skills, I believe the best asset gained is the network of talented and dedicated individuals with whom you will work and grow professionally.”
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Ashley G., Strategic Planning Advisor

"I choose the MCLDP because I knew I wanted to be a leader in health care but did not know just where that was. In ‘figuring out what you want to do when you grow up’ you need to first find out what is out there! Throughout the journey, it is critical to have guidance, support, and resources to ensure you are headed down a purposeful path. The MCLDP provided me with a wide breadth of experiences and invaluable relationships with leaders who continue to lead me closer and closer each day to discovering my purpose and shaping my career."