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CEO Academy®

Program Overview

Focusing on the most critical leadership issues facing new and established CEOs, CEO Academy® brings together the world’s most well-respected chief executives to share what worked while leading their companies through major change and what they would have done differently. Attendees leave with actionable insights from CEOs in the trenches, as well as a richer perspective on macroeconomic trends, shareholder engagement, and strategic leadership.

Designed for both new and experienced chief executive officers, this program features more than 15 current and former CEOs from major companies as speakers. They will focus on the most critical leadership issues relevant to new and established CEOs.

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CEO Academy Program Highlights & Benefits

  • Enhance your leadership and strategic decision-making skills
  • Gain new insight on some of the major issues affecting CEO decision-making today
  • Connect with peers in a dynamic setting
  • Hear from veteran CEOs at critical moments leading their organizations and what they learned

Contact Us

This two-day program will be held at The Harold Pratt House, 58 E. 68th St., New York City.

To register, please contact:
Donna Gregor at 215.656.5348 or email dgregor@ceo-academy.com. Visit the CEO Academy website.

November 15 - 16, 2017$20,000

New York, NY

Lodging in New York City and meals during the program, with the exception of dinner scheduled for one evening, are not included.

Participants who are CEOs can bring one board member to the program at no extra charge.

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Experience & Impact

CEOs face increasing economic uncertainty, disruptive innovation, and activist shareholders. This unique leadership program brings together current and former chief executives from major companies, leaders from institutional investment and governance firms, and Wharton’s senior faculty members.

In sum, this program provides a unique learning program for chief executive officers, where they can elevate their thinking around leadership and strategy and learn from other successful leaders in a collaborative peer environment. CEO Academy® executives and faculty from the 2015 program collectively served on more than 50 major company boards.

Session topics over two days include:

  • Why CEO Continuous Improvement is Critical
  • Case Studies of Successful CEOs
  • Why Capital Allocation is Strategy
  • Ethics and Integrity: Setting the Tone at the Top
  • The Discipline of Getting Things Done
  • Continue to Innovate or Die
  • Placing Your Bets around the World
  • How Best to Assess your Team
  • The Changing Landscape of Shareholder Engagement
  • What You Need to Know about ALL Media
  • Boards: When to Take Charge, When to Partner and When to Stay out of the Way
  • Transform Your Company Before Others Do
  • The Art of Delegation

Designed for both new and experienced chief executive officers, this two-day program builds on the highly successful program that has brought CEOs together to learn from one another since 2001.

Who Should Attend

CEO Academy® is designed for both new and veteran CEOs from all industries. The program is limited to 50 attendees, who must be a sitting CEO, Chair, or have been publicly announced as CEO or Chair designate. To further leverage the value and impact of CEO Academy®, participants can bring a board member to attend at no additional charge.

Participants leave the program with an expanded peer network and powerful insights on how to lead their organizations while managing external pressures, from global competition to shareholder activism.


Michael Useem, PhD   See 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

Sigal Barsade, PhD   See Faculty Bio

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

Research Interests: Emotional intelligence, organizational culture, team dynamics

Peter Cappelli, DPhil   See Faculty Bio

George W. Taylor, Professor of Management; Director, Center for Human Resources, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Human resource practices, public policy related to employment, talent and performance management

Dennis Carey    See Faculty Bio

Vice Chairman, Korn Ferry International

Thomas Donaldson, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Mark O. Winkelman Professor, Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Business ethics, corporate compliance, corporate governance

Geoffrey Garrett, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Dean, Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise, The Wharton School

Martine Haas, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Global collaboration, teamwork, knowledge sharing, information-technology use, human and intellectual capital

Harbir Singh, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Mack Professor of Management; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management; Vice Dean for Global Initiatives, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Corporate governance, corporate restructuring, management buyouts, strategies for corporate acquisitions

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