Silicon Valley, CA
Cape Town, South Africa and Accra, Ghana
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.
Tuition for all Master Classes includes accommodations, meals, program materials, and ground transportation during the class. Tuition does not include air or ground transportation to and from the program sites or air transportation between locations for Master Classes that may be offered in two sequential locations.
2013 MASTER CLASSESMaster Classes offer an integrated set of sessions on the changing business environment. While Fellows can benefit from attending any of the Master Classes individually, the full set of classes provides a more complete set of tools and fresh perspectives to challenge your view of the world and your own business.
July 14–17, 2013 • Silicon Valley, California
The Next Big Thing
Faculty Director: Professor Jerry Wind
You never know what Silicon Valley will come up with next. Silicon Valley continues to be a hotbed of innovation in technology and business models. In past Master Classes, we learned about blogs and wikis when they were virtually unknown. We saw companies such as eBay and Sun Microsystems as they continued to build and evolve their businesses. We looked at the technological revolutions and redirections at Charles Schwab as it reinvented its business. We explored the ecosystem of the region with legendary thinkers such as John Seely Brown and John Hagel. Where is Silicon Valley headed now? What will be the next big thing? How can you understand what it will mean for your business? The final selection of companies and sessions will include insights from business leaders, thought leaders and other pacesetters in Silicon Valley. This "tour of the future" will help you understand where technology is headed, so you can get out in front.
October 13–18, 2013 • Cape Town, South Africa and Accra, Ghana
Faculty Director: Professor Jerry Wind
ONGOING EXPERT NETWORK
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.
- Fellows status is obtained after admittance to the Fellows program.
- Fellows receive Wharton Alumni status after completing 12 three-day Master Classes.
- Annual dues of $1,200 is required to maintain membership in the Fellows program.
- 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.
Admission is limited to 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.
Wharton Fellows goes beyond traditional executive education. It is designed by and for senior leaders, offering:
- 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.
- Efficiency: Each master class is compressed (typically three days) for maximum knowledge gain in minimal time.
- 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. The Wharton Fellows program draws on more than 50 additional faculty and experts who are closely matched to each master class theme.
Wharton Fellows draws on more than 50 additional faculty and experts who are closely matched to each master class theme.
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