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ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking Program

Program Overview

The financial services industry has faced unprecedented change, requiring senior-level bankers and regulators to gain new levels of agility, decision-making skills and oversight. With a focus on practical skills and knowledge, the American Bankers Association (ABA) Stonier Graduate School of Banking Program provides you with the necessary leadership skills training to effectively recognize and handle high-level management issues.

Through a unique partnership with Wharton Executive Education, Stonier is continually focused on evolving and enhancing our curriculum through Wharton’s extensive professional faculty, it’s cutting edge research and thought leadership.  When combined with Stonier’s faculty, extensive content and reach to serve the needs of program attendees and attract future leaders like you, it’s a combination unparalleled in the financial services industry.  This three-year program enables you to embrace broader responsibilities, lead change, and create more value for your organization. You gather on Wharton’s campus every June, attending one week-long resident session per year.

Read more about the Experience & Impact »

Program Highlights & Benefits

  • Develop strategies to be proactive in today’s competitive marketplace and gain a more integrated view of leadership
  • Sharpen your interpersonal and management skills, and hone your acumen in all areas of banking and financial management
  • Discover best practices for facing today’s industry realities, while preserving the integrity of how the business of banking is conducted in the future
  • Identify ways to shape, implement, and manage high-level initiatives and change management
  • Consider the latest emerging issues and regulations faced by the industry and how they affect your institution

Contact Us

To learn more about this program, visit the American Bankers Association website, download the brochure PDF, or contact Perette Bonner by email.

June 1 - 8, 2017$4,695

Philadelphia, PA

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The Wharton ABA Stonier program provides leadership skills to executives working in the banking and financial services industry.

Experience & Impact

In today’s global banking environment, you need multiple management skills and a disciplined focus on strategy. ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking Program is designed to develop the necessary leadership and strategy experience to allow you to effectively recognize and handle high-level management issues confronting the financial services sector.

Mario Moussa, PhD, an advisor to senior leaders on strategy and competitiveness, and co-director and program integrator of several Wharton Executive Education programs, is joined by faculty from multiple Wharton disciplines. They apply their field-based research and latest strategic insights, including new research topics such as negotiation and trust, persuasive impact, collaboration, and linking career objectives with personal values.

In addition to the leadership dimension interwoven throughout the program, the curriculum in partnership with Stonier’s expert faculty includes areas such as risk, cyber security, shadow banking, technology, high performance banking, diversity, financial management, talent management, marketing strategy and competitiveness.  Extension work and projects round out the curriculum, continues your development between the yearly on site session and helps you to apply principles for your organization.  Emphasizing the importance of strategic leadership, this program is one of the world’s most comprehensive and has a quality history for developing banking leaders.  In sum, the program equips current and emerging financial service leaders with a rich mix of leadership, critical thinking and industry-specific business acumen skills.

Through highly interactive lectures, exercises, and case studies, both in the classroom and in smaller work groups, ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking Program will expose you to the latest thinking in leadership and the full spectrum of banking competitive and risk issues. In addition to the core curriculum, you can choose up to four elective courses a year, between year two and year three, which allows you to create an individualized course of study.

Capstone Strategic Project

A highlight of the program is the high-impact Capstone Strategic Project between the second and third year. This project provides a unique opportunity to address a major initiative within your own organization.  And furthering the learning experience from your prior years, into a culminating project that you present to your professional peers during your final year onsite.

Who Should Attend

ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking Program is designed for rising stars within a bank, holding company, or financial services organization. The program also attracts managerial personnel at a federal or state agency and senior managers at a firm that provides services to banks. Participants ideally have five years of financial services experience, and have acquired knowledge in at least three of the following areas: financial statement analysis, bank operations, credit administration, accounting, and economics.

You graduate with a Stonier Diploma and a Wharton Leadership Certificate and return to your institution with an enhanced ability to lead, motivate, and mentor others, as well as being a more strategic leader to your organization.

Plan Your Stay


Mario Moussa, PhDSee Faculty Bio

President, Moussa Consulting

Sigal Barsade, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Joseph Frank Bernstein Professor, Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Emotional intelligence, organizational culture, team dynamics

Stew Friedman, PhDSee Faculty Bio

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

Research Interests: Work/life integration, leadership development, dynamics of change

Todd Henshaw, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Senior Fellow, Center for Leadership and Change Management, The Wharton School; President, Leader Development Associates

Roch Parayre, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Fellow, Wharton Executive Education, The Wharton School; Managing Director, Decision Strategies International, Inc.

Kathy Pearson, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania; President, Enterprise Learning Solutions

Gregory P. (Greg) Shea, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Adjunct Professor of Management; Senior Fellow, Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management; Adjunct Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics; The Wharton School

Research Interests: Leadership, leadership of change, organizational innovation

G. Richard Shell, JDSee Faculty Bio

Thomas Gerrity Professor, Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management; Chairperson, Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department, The Wharton School

Michael Useem, PhDSee Faculty Bio

William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management; Editor, Wharton Leadership Digest; Director, Center for Leadership and Change Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Catastrophic and enterprise risk management, corporate change and restructuring, leadership, decision making, governance


I began the program in 2010 when I was Allied Securities’ chief strategy officer and continued the program after joining BrightScope. My role in both companies involves understanding the major trends shaping the industry, and working with the wealth management firms to see how these trends impact their business. The program has enabled me to improve our business model and innovate new products and services by helping me understand the macro trends and impact on the finance industry’s value chain.

“The relationships I developed with like-minded leaders have broadened my network. One course I took twice was on executive influencing. You do things to influence others instinctively but a program like this allows you to put those concepts into a framework and a discipline. Influencing skills are important when you are driving innovation and change. I absolutely will apply what I learned at Wharton in my workplace.”

Sonia Ahuja

Head, Business Development and Strategy, BrightScope, a privately held business intelligence firm in San Diego

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