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Wharton Fellows: Master Classes and Networking for Senior Executives

Oct 29, 2014 - Oct 31, 2014Boston$7,900
Feb 15, 2015 - Feb 18, 2015Austin$10,000
May 17, 2015 - May 20, 2015Tel Aviv, Israel$11,500

You can't meet today's challenges with past experience alone. Even if you're ahead of the competition, the pace and scope of change isn't on your side. External forces, whether market, environmental, or economic, can quickly conspire against you, and organizations often lack the flexibility and agility needed to respond. Many are simply adrift or stuck trying to use business models that once served them well. Today, senior executives need to constantly question assumptions, learn new best practices, and develop and test new ideas. Continuous learning is the only way to position yourself and your organization to meet current and future challenges.

For this reason, we created the Wharton Fellows — a lifelong network of thought leaders, senior executives, Wharton faculty, and leading experts that provides continuous critical knowledge, challenges to the status quo, and unparalleled decision support. The program's unique format — short, global master classes and a continuously linked community of experts — helps senior leaders to meet the current and future business challenges of accelerated, disruptive change.

The Next Big Thing — Boston, MA

October 29–31, 2014
More details coming soon.

The Next Big Thing — Austin, TX

February 15–18, 2015
More details coming soon.

The Next Big Thing — Tel Aviv

May 17–20, 2015

Day 1: Program Opening and Introduction
Afternoon site visit to Google Campus TLV, a hub for entrepreneurs and tech developers in Israel

Day 2: From Academia to R&D to Game Changing Internet Investment
Includes visits to IDC Herzliya, the first private institution of higher education in Israel; Carmel Ventures, a venture capital firm; Netafim, Sosa TLV, and Microsoft's R&D Accelerator.

Day 3: Bio-Tech and Medical Breakthroughs
Includes visit to the Weizmann Institute of Science, Har Hotzvim Industrial Park and to JVP Media Labs, an early-stage investment firm.

Day 4: Disruptive Technologies
Includes visits to various Israeli tech companies that aim to change the way we shop and consume information online. Companies include: The Gifts Project, Wibbitz and IBM’s Alpha Zone Accelerator.

For the complete program schedule, please contact Katrina Clark, Associate Director of Customer Care, at +1.215.898.1776 or

Impact & Experience

Wharton Fellows: Master Classes and Networking for Senior Executives offers an integrated set of sessions on the changing business environment. While Fellows can benefit from attending any of the Master Classes individually, attending multiple sessions in different locations provides a more complete set of tools and fresh perspectives to challenge your view of the world and your own business.


Upon admission, new Fellows immediately join an exclusive expert network that provides rich opportunities for ongoing, real-time, peer-to-peer interaction around critical issues. Components of the network include:

  • An exclusive, ongoing association that extends knowledge sharing on critical topics as identified by Fellows and faculty, allowing for rapid topic selection and knowledge creation. Executives can attend and interact online and/or via phone from any location in the world.
  • Membership in the virtual Fellows community, which will include knowledge sharing between members, action learning to help you apply what you learned back at your workplace, on-going threaded conversations led by Wharton faculty, and preparatory sessions for upcoming master classes.
  • Regular updates from Wharton via Knowledge@Wharton (the School's acclaimed business knowledge source), and on-line discussions with the Fellows that recap and summarize each master class in real time.
  • Reverse mentoring with MBA students and entrepreneurs for a unique cross-generational exchange of new ways of thinking.

About Fellows

  • Fellows status is obtained after admittance to the Fellows program.
  • Fellows receive Wharton alumni status after completing 12 Master Classes.
  • At least one Master Class must be attended every two years to maintain membership.
  • A partners program is available for spouses at 75% of cost for full participation in Master Classes, or a flat fee of $2,500 to attend three sessions, dinners, and social events.

Wharton Fellows: Master Classes and Networking for Senior Executives goes beyond traditional executive education. It offers:

  • Immediacy: Ongoing real-time decision support on critical issues.
  • Relevancy: Sessions take place several times per year in geographic centers relevant to Master Class content.
  • Networking: Webinars, regional events, and an online presence give continuous access to the global Fellows community.
  • Access: Faculty and experts are drawn from the best of academia, business, and other relevant fields (including technology, science, politics, and the arts).
  • Intimacy: Each master class is limited to 50 participants to encourage interaction and dialogue.
  • Exclusivity: The program is limited to top executives and high potentials/change agents.
  • Action: Master Classes and the ongoing expert network are action-oriented, helping you apply critical knowledge and test new concepts and ideas immediately.

Who Attends This Program

Senior executives with more than 15 years of management experience. All candidates must submit an application for acceptance into the Fellows program prior to registering for any Master Classes.


  • Jerry Wind

    Jerry Wind, PhD

    Faculty Director

    The Lauder Professor, Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School

    Research Interests: Global marketing strategy, marketing-driven corporate strategy, new product and business developmentSee Faculty Bio


“I chose Wharton because I wanted to bolster what I’m already doing in marketing management, and to help my company with that because we were in the process of restructuring, rebranding, and recapitalizing. Wharton Fellows — and really everything at Wharton — is all about thinking outside the box: How can you work outside the box you’ve been put in and come up with new ideas and new ways to be a leader in your field? If you want to stay current, if you want to stay relevant, if you want to be on the cutting edge and have an edge, absolutely take part in Wharton’s professional development programs.”
Jacqueline Martin, Director of Marketing and Business Development, National Medical Reviews, Inc.

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