Stew Friedman, PhD

Practice Professor of Management; Director, Wharton Work/Life Integration Project, The Wharton School

Research Interests:

Work/life integration, leadership development, dynamics of change

About Stew:

A member of the Wharton faculty since 1984, Stew is the founding director of the Wharton Leadership Program. He also initiated and leads the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project. While on a 2.5-year academic leave, Stew served as the senior executive at Ford Motor responsible for the company’s leadership development worldwide. An award-winning teacher, he appears regularly in business media and is in high demand as a keynote speaker, workshop leader, and management consultant. He has been recognized twice as one of HR's Most Influential International Thinkers and three times as one of the world’s leading business thinkers by Thinkers50 who, in 2015, gave him the Distinguished Achievement Award in the talent management field. One of his many articles for HBR.org was listed first among Harvard Business Review's Ideas that Shaped Management in 2013. He was chosen by Working Mother as one of America’s 25 most influential men to have made things better for working parents, and was recently honored by the Families and Work Institute with its Work Life Legacy Award. The author of two bestselling books, Stew’s most recent is Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life (Harvard Business, 2014). He delivered his popular Wharton leadership elective course via MOOC; 135K+ people enrolled and it was ranked second among all online courses at Penn. Every Tuesday at 7 PM Eastern Stew hosts Work and Life, his radio show on SiriusXM 111, Business Radio Powered by Wharton.

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Executive Education Programs Taught

ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking Program
An educational partnership between Wharton and the American Bankers Association, this three-year program will arm you with the necessary leadership skill training to effectively recognize and handle high-level management issues.

Physician Leadership Academy
Physician Leadership Academy, offered in partnership with Deloitte Consulting, will facilitate the journey from physician leader to enterprise leader. This program consisting of three non-consecutive modules combines in-person learning with individual feedback and coaching, mentoring from successful physician leaders, and peer support.