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SIFMA: Securities Industry Institute®

Program Overview

The financial services industry has seen its share of changes and challenges in recent years since the 2008 financial crisis and the long-term recovery of the markets. SIFMA: Securities Industry Institute is a workshop-based leadership program that gives participants a broader view and strategic knowledge base to lead — focusing on global trends and current industry practices in the securities sector.

The result of a six-decades-long partnership between Wharton Executive Education and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, this three-year, workshop-based program will equip you with practical information, ideas, and answers directly applicable to your current and future responsibilities as a securities professional.

Read more about the Experience & Impact »

Program Highlights & Benefits

  • Examine current thinking in economics, finance, management, marketing, professional development, and operations
  • Familiarize yourself with the challenges facing the securities industry
  • Gain practical information, ideas, and answers directly applicable to your present and future responsibilities
  • Broaden your perspective and strengthen your management skills

Contact Us

To learn more about this program, visit the Securities Industry Institute® website, or contact them by phone at +1.212.313.1108.

Experience & Impact

In today’s global economy, the hardest challenge facing executives is creating a competitive advantage — and maintaining it.  SIFMA gives financial services leaders the opportunity to enhance their industry and investment knowledge while also building their professional skills as leaders. The program is designed to help you evaluate your current strategy, and provide you with the tools to create and implement new strategies.

Wharton faculty, led by Jeremy Siegel, PhD, world-renowned expert on the economy and financial markets, apply their field-based research and the latest strategic insights to help you broaden your perspective on how to make your organization more competitive.

The core courses and electives are offered in Industry Knowledge, Investment Knowledge, and Professional Skills Development. However, the leadership curriculum delves deeper, examining innovation outside the capital markets — insights helpful in understanding where customers are going to be in five years and how firms must adapt to succeed.

In sum, this program provides securities executives with the investment and professional development they need to add strategic value to their organizations, while building a world-class network of peers.

Session topics include:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Using Technical Analysis to Improve Portfolio Performance
  • Individual Thinking Styles: How They Influence Others
  • Your Leadership Blueprint
  • Strategize to Win
  • Courage, Teamwork, and Leadership
  • Fundamentals of Market Returns
  • Leadership & Diversity
  • Take Control of Your Future
  • 3 Gaps — The Journey to Inner Peace
  • Innovation, Disruption, and Business Transformation in the Digital Age
  • Leading Change
  • Economic, Financial, and Demography Trends Impacting Global Investing
  • Advanced Scenario Planning

Who Should Attend

SIFMA is designed for professionals in all areas of the financial services industry, including members of the exchanges and regulatory agencies.

Participants in this program are a diverse group of strategy leaders from varied industries, backgrounds, and geographies who share their biggest challenges with the class. Faculty tailor the program content to address these issues, so participants enjoy a learning experience that truly resonates with them and meets their learning needs.

Participants leave the program with an expanded peer network, plus specific tools and frameworks they can use to make a meaningful strategic impact within their companies or organizations.


Jeremy Siegel, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Academic Director

Russell E. Palmer Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Demographics, financial markets, long-run asset returns, macroeconomics


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. SII 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 instinctually 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.”

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