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Last Updated: March 31, 2020

Wharton Executive Education’s Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The safety, health, and well-being of our community is our top priority

As our world is now confronted with a rapidly changing and unprecedented global emergency, our thoughts are with our participants and clients. We know the uncertainty facing us all is deeply affecting our communities and organizations. At Wharton, the safety and health of our participants and clients, as well as our faculty, students, staff, and the entire Wharton community, are paramount.

As a result, all Wharton Executive Education programming has been canceled through Saturday, May 30. We are committed to providing you with the most current information available about our executive education programming. Please check back frequently for updates on the status of future programs.

If you are currently enrolled in a future program, we will contact you at least three weeks in advance of your program start date with any changes to the program schedule. Our Program Finder also features a full list of upcoming programs, along with information on content, faculty, and dates.

More about Wharton Executive Education’s response to coronavirus

Please be assured we are closely monitoring travel guidelines provided by the CDC as changes occur. We will also request adherence to travel restrictions for those planning to visit the Steinberg Conference Center when programming resumes, particularly if you have::

  • Been ill, or are feeling unwell
  • Traveled to/from/through areas of high concern in the past 14 days
  • Been in close contact with someone who recently traveled to/from areas of high concern in the last 14 days; close contact is defined as being within approximately 6 feet of someone who has traveled in an area of high concern and may have been exposed to COVID-19
  • Been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis

We will continue to maintain the following measures within the Steinberg Conference Center to ensure our healthy environment:

  • Increasing frequency of cleaning and sanitizing high-touch areas and work surfaces throughout common areas with Virex, a cleaning agent effective against pathogens including COVID-19
  • Increasing availability of hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes throughout the facility, including all classrooms and common areas
  • Offering on-call physicians for health consultations for participants, should the need arise in the future

We encourage all guests and visitors to join our staff in continuing to practice “common-sense prevention” in our daily routines, which includes the following:

  • Avoid shaking hands
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when you cough or sneeze
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Avoid close contact with those you know to be sick
  • Do not attend class if you are not feeling well and consult a doctor; we can assist with an on-call physician if need be
  • Practice “social distancing” of at least 6 feet (2 meters) per person

You can also find answers to many frequently asked questions at the Wharton School’s and University of Pennsylvania’s central information hubs.

For any additional questions, please contact Wharton Client Relations at +1.215.898.1776 or execed@wharton.upenn.edu. Thank you.

Wharton Thought Leaders on the Impact of Coronavirus

Will emergency measures lead to permanent changes in the distribution and allocation of health care resources? Wharton’s Dean Geoff Garrett and Professor Zeke Emanuel, Vice Provost of Global Initiatives and Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, discuss this topic.

Did globalization go too far? Will a new paradigm of trusted leadership emerge from this crisis? Professor Mauro Guillén discusses the leadership impacts with Dean Geoff Garrett.

The pandemic has created a need for new economic policy frameworks to deal with business disruption and high unemployment. Wharton Professors Mauro Guillén and Kent Smetters explore the issues.