The Wharton Approach

At Wharton Executive Education, we bring the full resources of the Wharton School, 225 world-class faculty members, 10 distinct academic departments, and 20 research centers and initiatives, along with the vast resources of the University of Pennsylvania, to your program. The result of our partnership is a transformational learning experience that is meaningful and actionable, giving your leaders a rigorous, measureable education experience with innovative tools, new frameworks, and powerful ideas they can use immediately.

Read more about our partnership and custom design process below. Often, our process is similar to what you'll find here. To learn how Wharton can add value to your executive learning and development needs, please contact us at


As the first step in our partnership, we conduct a thorough needs assessment. We begin by interviewing stakeholders from senior management and the participant group, as well as other relevant individuals in your organization. Our goal for every conversation is to ensure your program content will be grounded in your organization’s strategy, directly related to your participants’ jobs and roles, and integrated with your strategic objectives. We will also define your desired outcomes and determine the metrics for evaluating the long-term impact of the program.

Your organization also has pre-program responsibilities, adding impact to specific success factors. These may include pre-reading, a 360-degree individual assessment, and networking activities. We provide an action plan with guidelines so that participants will be well-prepared to get the most from their Wharton experience.

Program Delivery

The design of our programs aligns with the goals and objectives determined during the needs assessment, and complements your organizational culture. We work with you to develop a truly customized program that combines a variety of learning methodologies with perspectives from Wharton faculty, your leaders, and outside experts.

We may propose a modular approach, in which learning happens over a series of weeks or months. We may recommend supplementing the classroom experience with the latest online learning platforms, including materials optimized for mobile devices to live virtual classrooms in which colleagues around the globe can attend a faculty lecture. We may develop master classes that present opportunities for lifelong learning or to reconvene program alumni.

The possibilities are limitless but ultimately, the program is grounded in your organization’s strategy and designed for maximum — and immediate — impact.


Our programs often conclude with development action plans in which participants put their new knowledge to use and organizations begin to see results. We support the continued engagement of your executives and can help you boost key success factors in several ways:

  1. Behavior Tracking: Developing systems that effectively measure and provide feedback on new behaviors.
  2. Coaching: Demonstrates how to apply the new tools and practice the new behaviors. We allow time for participants to integrate the new learning while holding them accountable for its application.
  3. Peer Learning: Creating opportunities for participants to cascade the new learning by teaching up, down, or across the organization.
  4. Impact Measurement: Evaluating the program to measure its impact weeks and months after the formal sessions conclude.
  • Designed for Executive Learning

    Every customized program we create aligns perfectly with the learning objectives of your company or organization.

    Our comprehensive and practical approach to leadership development engages participants and senior leadership in an experience that delivers knowledge for immediate action.

    Learn more about our program design.

    Created for Impact

    As part of the design process at Wharton, we determine your desired outcomes and draft programs to meet the long-term objectives of your organization. We provide your executives with new ways of thinking and share tools and frameworks that can be put to immediate use when your team returns.

    See some of our results in our Client Success Profiles.

  • Meet the Team

    We draw on the full resources of the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania to create impactful, highly engaging programs. Our expert team of 23 learning and development professionals is committed to being your thought partner while reducing your transaction time on L&D initiatives. The result is a dynamic learning experience aligned to your organization’s culture and goals.

    Meet the people behind the experience.

    Recognized for Success

    Our world-class custom programs have been heralded by executive education experts around the globe, including the EFMD, an international accreditation council that recognizes quality in management education for business schools, executive education programs, and corporate universities.

    See the global EFMD Award recognition that resulted from recent partnerships.