Tools & Solutions
We have partnered with some of the world’s leading nonprofits and foundations to create a range of transformative executive education experiences. Some examples of tools and solutions:
Goldman Sachs Foundation
Created by the Goldman Sachs Foundation, 10,000 Women is a five-year, $100 million global initiative to help grow local economies and bring about greater shared prosperity by providing 10,000 underserved women entrepreneurs with a business and management education, access to mentors and networks, and links to capital. The Goldman Sachs Foundation sought out Wharton Executive Education as the trusted partner who could most effectively develop the business and management education component of this endeavor.
Wharton created educational programs for the women entrepreneurs and partnered with members of the network (which includes more than 80 academic and nonprofit institutions) to develop locally relevant coursework so that members could deliver quality business education on-site worldwide. The women selected for the program enrolled in customized certificate programs that ranged from five weeks to six months. Topics included marketing, accounting, writing business plans, and accessing capital. Students received mentoring and post-graduate support by partner institutions, local businesses and employees of Goldman Sachs.
The Wharton curriculum allowed the entrepreneurs to sustain themselves and their employees and persevere through the enormous political changes in the Middle East in recent years. The program continues to expand and help women entrepreneurs grow their businesses.
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.
Designing Leadership with the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia
The five-session program, Designing Leadership, held weekly from March 19 to April 16, 2014, helped elevate the leadership skills of Philadelphia’s arts, culture and creative sector.
Wharton Executive Education worked with the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia and other sponsors to enhance participants’ individual leadership styles and their competencies around collaboration, strategic sustainability and human capital. Peter Cappelli, the George W. Taylor Professor of Management and Director, Center for Human Resources for the Wharton School, showed participants how leaders manage their teams can reinforce the basic competencies that drive business strategy.
The program concluded with Wharton facilitating an expert panel of senior leaders throughout the Philadelphia cultural and arts community, who answered questions and shared their own leadership lessons and best practices.
CTI Leadership Program for Opportunity Finance
Fifty community development finance leaders participated in the 2014 “CITI Leadership Program for Opportunity Finance” that will conclude in June on Wharton’s campus. Organized by the Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), the premier national network of community development finance institutions (CDFI), the program brought together the country’s top emerging, mid-level and executive level CDFI leaders to engage and explore leadership and transformational change that they can apply to their organizations and to the industry as a whole.
CDFIs, which number more than 850 in the U.S. as of 2014, serve low-income, low-wealth communities who are underserved by conventional financial institutions. The program helped these leaders explore how their industry can continue to innovate and develop passionate leaders, so important to the CDFI industry having a greater impact on communities long term. Topics covered include the role of values in transformational leadership and high performance, leadership styles and communication skills, and how to build effective teams for transformational change. Throughout the program, Wharton faculty provide a conceptual framework for transformational leadership, with rich examples from both inside and outside of the CDFI industry that illustrate the impact and the conditions necessary to create it.