Tools & Solutions
We have partnered with some of the world’s leading international organizations to create a range of transformative executive education experiences. Some examples of solutions we have used in custom education engagements include:
Organization of Economic and Cooperative Development (OECD)
The Organization of Economic and Cooperative Development (OECD) engaged Wharton to conduct a leadership program focused on developing high-level leadership skills and competencies. The OECD invited several other international agencies to nominate high-potential leaders to attend. The diverse group included talent from the IMF, WTO, IADB, BIS, ECB, ADB and others.
Areas of focus during this four-day program included strategic decision making, communication, performance management and strategic persuasion. Robust, cross-agency conversation and learning facilitated by Wharton faculty enabled these emerging leaders to see themselves as the results-oriented, innovative, efficient and effective leaders they can be. The vision of this program, set forth by the OECD, will help them and other international agencies to create a responsive, flexible pipeline of leaders who can maintain the high standards of their policy agendas in an ever-changing global environment.
The UNDP is the United Nations’ global development network, an organization that advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to build better lives. To assist with the UNDP’s cultural change, the UNDP Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery partnered with Wharton to develop a leadership program for 30 high-potential mid-level executives who are required to lead organizational change and meet strategic objectives. Per the identified strategic objectives, the program focused on developing leadership capabilities such as emotional intelligence, communication, collaboration across teams/divisions, and strategy execution. Wharton engaged a coaching partner who began the program with a 360 degree assessment and then provided supplemental pre and post program coaching. This four-day program, led by key Wharton faculty, ensured a common baseline of management and leadership skills and created a community of “coaching buddies” who after the program remain connected to assist with knowledge application and support for challenges that will assist with the transformation expectations of the UNDP.
Women’s World Banking
Women’s World Banking partnered with Wharton to develop a program that would allow its members to build a global understanding, increase strategic and critical thinking, and drive stronger customer-centric innovation. Fifty of the world’s top-rated microfinance institutions sent nearly 100 representatives from 14 countries to this advanced leadership program. The group included both veteran leaders with the mission of MFIs “in their DNA” and managers who are new to the microfinance industry.
World Economic Forum Global Leadership Fellows Program
Wharton works closely with the World Economic Forum (WEF) to offer three Global Leadership Fellows Programs over a three-year period. Initiated by University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and Wharton Dean Thomas Robertson to strengthen the University of Pennsylvania’s ties with the WEF, the programs give participants the opportunity to work full-time at WEF while receiving intensive practical and analytical training to develop key skills for thriving in global leadership and management roles. WEF’s selection process for all three programs is highly competitive. Fellows already have advanced degrees and are fluent in multiple languages, and their roles in the private and public sector involve direct engagement with world leaders, heads of state or CEOs.
A total of 227 fellows have completed the Global Leadership Fellows Personal Power and Influence (PPI) and Social Impact (SI) Programs since they were launched in 2009. Forty-five leaders have completed the Directors Program, now in its third year.