Tools & Solutions
We have partnered with a range of world-class public agencies to create transformative executive education experiences. An example of a solution we have used in custom education engagements is:
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) approached Wharton Executive Education after receiving a grant to develop a leadership program in finance for senior leaders of state highway associations. AASHTO is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association that represents highway and transportation departments in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
AASHTO serves as a liaison between state departments of transportation and the federal government. With the funding landscape for infrastructure changing rapidly, AASHTO sought to enhance its senior leaders’ capabilities around the finance piece of public-private partnerships.Wharton created a four-day program in which participants fine-tuned their skills in persuasion, stakeholder management, and project finance. Since the leaders were already experts in public finance, action learning projects focused on how to make a compelling financial case for private investment in public works. Through working with Wharton faculty and industry experts brought in for the program, participants learned new ways to manage uncertainty and created scenarios around real-life issues they faced in their respective states.
Shanghai Municipal Government
For the last decade, this two-week program brought together 30 heads of state-owned enterprises and government officials from Shanghai Municipal Government, to prepare these leaders to broaden their global view, learn from the international best practice in management and build the business knowledge and leadership capabilities to continue Shanghai’s rapid rise. Past participants include the Chairman of Shanghai Automotive Group, a Global 500 firm (ranked 17 in China).
Wharton developed the curriculum to reflect Shanghai Municipal Government’s mission to implement the strategies, guidelines and policies of the development of national economy and society, and put forward relevant policy measures. Wharton’s curriculum focused on arming the participants with the leadership skills and market knowledge to serve this growing municipality. They learned latest trends in economic development of international financial markets, and the role of governments in a changing global environment. They also delved into topics such as talent management and motivation, how to lead a learning organization, and strategic thinking and decision making in an uncertain world. Group discussions reinforced to participants how to implement to best apply their new global business acumen to best serve Shanghai’s growth.
Future Leaders Program — Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi
Wharton designed this 10-day leadership program in 2013 for the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi. The program was designed for their high-potential managers who are being groomed to take on more senior roles in the government. The program featured both an action learning project and a live case study of the American City. The program was aligned with the Crown Prince Courts’ 2030 strategic plan for the country.
Global Leadership Program — Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB)/Income Tax Department of India
The Wharton School and the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore have jointly hosted a Global Leadership Program twice a year for the last few years. The September 2013 program targeted 30 chief commissioners of the Indian Revenue Service’s 30 chief commissioners, who are the second most senior tier of the Indian Tax Department. They spent three weeks at IIMB before coming to Wharton for the global component of their program. They participated in team-change projects throughout the engagement, applying new skills as they moved through the programming. The 10-day Wharton program includes course lectures as well as trips to NYC and Washington, DC.
Fortaleza Executive Leadership Program
Fortaleza, the state capital of Ceará, located in Northeastern Brazil, wanted to lead the charge to bring world-class business acumen to the region. They collaborated with Wharton on a leadership and strategy program targeting the city’s upper to senior-level managers and business owners.
The six-day program includes three modules. Participants will gather in Brazil for the first two modules in the spring and summer, with Wharton hosting the final module in September 2014 in Philadelphia. The first module will focus on leadership conversations, the second will cover managing strategically, and the third will link finance to corporate strategy. A total of 25 business leaders are participating in this inaugural program, which is designed to that help these leaders think more strategically about their businesses and to communicate their organization’s vision more clearly to key stakeholders.