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Advanced Management Program

Program Overview

Demands on senior leaders have never been greater. In an atmosphere of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity, you need to act more decisively and think more strategically. Pivots are required and disruption can’t take you by surprise. You must possess a level of foresight, agility, and resilience that your predecessors never imagined.

Wharton’s Advanced Management Program (AMP) will prepare you to meet those demands and give you the knowledge, skills, and instincts to reach new career heights. In five dynamic, transformational weeks, your greatest potential will be tapped. In addition to learning the latest business practices, insights, and trends, you will examine yourself as a leader, exploring your strengths and challenges, developing a leadership philosophy and greater leadership presence, and deepening your emotional intelligence. Through your investment in AMP, you can expect both professional and personal breakthroughs.

Michael Useem on the Advanced Management Program

Wharton’s AMP is a transformative learning experience, says Academic Director Michael Useem.

Program Experience

Highlights and Key Outcomes

In the Advanced Management Program, you will:

  • Develop a highly informed global perspective that will help your organization seize new opportunities and compete successfully well into the future
  • Turn the latest theories and best practices in marketing, finance, strategy, and innovation into actionable strategies
  • Lead with greater purpose and presence to better meet strategic objectives and inspire others
  • Deepen your self-awareness through individual and peer coaching, faculty mentoring, and a powerful off-site leadership retreat
  • Master key leadership skills including negotiating and harnessing the power of emotional intelligence
  • Build a strong global network of peers who will be an enduring source of support, advice, and personal connection
  • Receive Wharton alumni status upon completion of AMP, becoming part of a global alumni network with more than 98,000 members

A Learning and Living Community

During the Advanced Management Program, you will become part of an exclusive community of highly experienced senior leaders who come to Wharton from around the world. Your cohort is limited to about 55 executives, representing a wide range of sectors, industries, and companies. Together, in a setting designed to foster collaboration and connection, you will explore the latest research and best practices in every business discipline, discussing challenges and trends with Wharton’s world-renowned expert faculty, CEOs, and other senior leaders on the front lines of business today.

Unlike similar programs, there are no elective sessions in AMP: participants come to Wharton ready for an active experience and a high level of engagement with fellow participants. You will share your current leadership challenges, and put your knowledge and skills to the test in field experiences designed to engage and educate. The connections you forge will become a lifelong personal and professional network, keeping the AMP experience relevant well into the future.

Wharton’s whole-person approach also includes addressing the community, social, and physical aspects of senior leadership. You will work in a small group on a social enterprise project that taps your collective business acumen, expertise, and connections to address a pressing societal need. You will experience executive mindfulness sessions, and enjoy time out of the classroom in the conference center’s executive dining room, evening lounge, and fitness facilities. Off-campus social events include meals at faculty homes and outings in Philadelphia, one of America’s most historic yet cosmopolitan cities, with world-class restaurants, theaters, sports and music venues, and more.

During the last two days of the program, your spouse, partner, or other guest is invited to participate in the Partners' Program, which features select AMP sessions and social activities. After more than four weeks of absence, participants welcome this shared experience and find it greatly enhances and eases their return to home and work.


Jeff Klein on the Advanced Management Program


Global Emphasis

Because most companies today are international in ways both large and small, AMP builds your skills in working across boundaries, leading geographically diverse teams, and developing a deeper knowledge of global markets and geopolitics. Faculty bring new insights developed on the ground from their extensive work in China through the parallel CHAMP program (China’s AMP), as well as companies in India, Africa, Europe, and South America. Your global perspective and connections with leaders from around the world will grow exponentially.


Participant Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien on the Advanced Management Program


Executive Coaching

Learning Enhanced through Executive Coaching and Faculty Networking

Your AMP experience will be enhanced through individual coaching sessions that begin before the program and extend beyond the close. Coaching not only supports your learning during the fast-paced program but also helps you make the transition back to your workplace. It provides an intentional opportunity to take a step back for reflection, an incredibly valuable learning habit many senior executives don’t take the time to do. Because of the positive impact of coaching, many AMP participants choose to retain their coach for months or years after the official sessions end.

Small group coaching is also a part of AMP. You will receive real-time feedback throughout the program as you share your goals and current challenges with your group. During experiential learning sessions, you will experiment with your stretch goals and have the opportunity to practice new behaviors and make changes during the AMP. Your group is a learning support for each other, and the issues you choose to work on can be reshaped during the program.

Faculty continuity and networking is another area in which Wharton’s AMP is in a class of its own. Instead of attending one-off sessions led by a series of instructors, you will spend at least six hours a day with Wharton faculty. AMP’s lead instructors, who engage with participants daily through the five weeks, become part of your network, providing important feedback and advice during the program and throughout your career.


Executive coaching in AMP gives senior executives an opportunity to reflect on their professional roles and pushes them beyond what they thought was possible, says AMP’s Lead Executive Coach Ilene Wasserman.


Retreat and Reflection

During the program, there will be a two-day, off-site retreat designed to deepen your thinking on leadership and reflect on the program’s lessons and the ways in which you will personally apply them. Through guided reflection you will think deeply about how to reenter your organization. With an emphasis on being a true leader of leaders, you will determine how you can best leverage what you learned in the program to develop those working for you. Lead faculty will share their greatest challenges and triumphs, including the training of NASA astronauts and elite military forces, and leading teams to the summit of Mount Everest.

Who Should Attend

The Advanced Management Program is for executives who are ready to take a bold next step to accelerate the trajectory of their careers. This program is designed for senior executives who are within three reporting relationships of the CEO or managing director of their organizations. While participants come from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds, they share several key qualities.

Specifically, this program is for dynamic, ambitious, and multidimensional executives who:

  • Motivate by example and have the vision, leadership capabilities, influence, and business acumen to lead effectively in a world of uncertainty and complexity
  • Seek a learning experience that provides an opportunity for deeply personal self-assessment
  • Possess substantial experience in a variety of vertical industry groups, business disciplines, regions, and cultures

In addition to presidents, chief executive officers, and other senior executives, past participants have included successful entrepreneurs, media and technology executives, and leaders of nonprofit organizations.

A high level of English language proficiency is necessary to actively engage in group discussions and reading assignments. Scores for the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC), taken within the past two years, must be 800 or higher.*

The Admissions Committee may require that the AMP Candidate Nomination Form be completed before making a decision on your application. This form must be completed by your CEO, division president, or other nominator who can attest to your professional achievements and provide additional information about your career goals.

 

*If you have less than one year of experience working in an English-speaking environment, or if you are unsure about your current level of English, please contact us immediately at execed@wharton.upenn.edu. We will schedule an appointment for you to speak with one of our language specialists about our business English language programs. The Admissions Committee may also require an interview by phone.


Participant Profile

Participants by Industry

Advanced Management Program participants by industry

Participants by Job Function

Advanced Management Program participants by job function

Participants by Region

Advanced Management Program participants by region


Plan Your Stay

This program is held at the Steinberg Conference Center located on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia. Learn more about planning your stay at Wharton’s Philadelphia campus.

FAQs

How will I manage a five-week hiatus from my job?

Research and experience indicate that five intense weeks (Monday through Saturday) provide the right level of rigor and immersion for a senior management audience. While this is a significant time commitment, successful leaders are able to convert this time away into an opportunity that extends beyond the AMP experience itself. They delegate their daily and monthly tasks to others in their organization, preparing them for greater responsibility. When participants return to the office, they often choose to maintain the new delegation of duties to gain more time to implement the new practices and ideas gained at AMP.

How is Wharton AMP different from executive education programs at other business schools?

Wharton’s AMP is grounded in key components of peer mentoring, real-time context, and guided practice and reflection. While case studies come into play, learning is largely experiential and interactive.

  • Wharton’s AMP is exclusive and selective, with a maximum of about 55 participants. This size class is large enough to foster diversity of vertical industries, disciplines, and cultures, but small enough to build strong relationships will all classmates. Other schools often have in excess of 100 participants per program session.
  • Wharton’s AMP includes case studies as part of the curriculum, but they’re not the main focus. Wharton faculty members bring real-time, up-to-date information and trends into the sessions in order to spark discussions about future goals and the possibilities of tomorrow. Other programs rely primarily on historical case studies to educate and illustrate business practices.

How much does AMP cost? What forms of payment are accepted?

The total AMP fee is $58,500. This includes private accommodations, most meals, and all program materials.

If you are accepted into AMP, we will issue your company an invoice. A $15,000 deposit is required to reserve your place. Payment in full — by check, wire transfer, or credit card — must be received at least 60 days before the program start date. A full refund will be issued if cancellation in writing is received 90 days prior to the start of the program. Otherwise, the $15,000 cancellation fee will apply.

Where is the program held?

Two program sessions are offered per year, in the summer and fall, in Philadelphia. Participants live in residence and attend classes in the Steinberg Conference Center. It is surrounded by the culture, history, and vitality of the birthplace of the United States. The City of Philadelphia is renowned for its wealth of restaurants, theatre, sports venues, and entertainment.

Can my spouse or family attend?

During the last two days of each program, spouses, partners, or other guests are welcome to take part in the Partners’ Program, which features selected AMP sessions and social activities. After more than four weeks of absence, participants welcome this shared experience and find it greatly enhances and eases their return to their home and work environments.

Will I become a Wharton alumnus/alumna if I complete the program?

Upon completion of AMP, you will be granted Wharton alumni status.

You will be joining one of the largest business school alumni organizations in the world. With more than 98,000 members who live and work in more than 130 nations, the Wharton alumni network helps you stay informed through annual forums around the world.

Upon graduation, AMP graduates will receive a lifelong Wharton email address, as well as access to alumni communications.

I graduated from university several years ago. Do I need to brush up on my finance or business algorithms to attend?

AMP participants come from different professional and educational backgrounds, so the program starts with a quick immersion into key business components. This helps to build a common language before rapidly advancing to a higher, more sophisticated level.

The entire five weeks have been carefully crafted to address the overarching knowledge and leadership needs of top executives, not undergraduate business majors or recent MBA graduates. We are preparing these senior leaders for their next challenge within their organizations or beyond, and that means becoming “ambidextrous” in business — seeing all perspectives and being equipped with a new global network and framework to draw upon.

Is there an application deadline for AMP?

Admissions are done on a rolling basis, so the earlier you submit your application the better.

It is best to apply at least three to six months in advance of the program date you wish to attend. This should ensure adequate timing for you to delegate your monthly tasks and provide an opportunity to guide and coach your colleagues before your departure. With sufficient time and planning, you will feel confident that everything will be in good hands during your absence.

I've been accepted to AMP, but I'm unable to attend. What should I do?

We are more than happy to reschedule your attendance for the next program date, or we can work with you to identify a more convenient session.

Please note these AMP transfer and cancellation policies:

Cancellation: Cancellations received more than 90 days prior to the program’s start date are entitled to a full refund. Cancellations received less than 90 days to the program’s start date will incur a charge of $15,000 (USD).

Transfer: Wharton will consider requests to transfer to another program that has a start date within one year of the date of the program. Requests to transfer received 90 days prior to the program’s start date will not be charged; transfer requests received less than 90 days will incur a $5,000 (USD) administration fee.

Registrants are permitted a maximum of two transfers before forfeiting the entire tuition.

English isn't my native language and I don't work in an English-language environment. Can I still attend AMP?

All AMP candidates must be fluent in English to complete reading assignments and to actively engage in group discussions and activities. AMP is an intense program, and being able to fully communicate in English with your executive peers and Wharton faculty is an integral part of the experience.

If you have taken the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) within the past two years, your score must be 800 or higher.

If you have less than one year’s experience working in an English-speaking environment, or if you are unsure about your current level of English, please contact us immediately at execed@wharton.upenn.edu. We can better advise you then.

What other executive education programs does Wharton have for senior executives?

We have many Executive Education programs that enable business leaders to harness and exploit the speed of change that’s happening across their industries, markets, economies, and other related aspects, at home and abroad. All are based on real-time business dynamics, economic challenges and opportunities, global trends, and market shifts.

Additions and refinements to the curriculum are constantly considered. We fully expect half of the programs we will offer in five years to be ones that have yet to be developed.

To see our current list of programs, please visit the Senior Leadership section on our Leadership Programs page.

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Faculty


Michael Useem

Michael Useem, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Faculty Chair

William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management; Professor of Management; Director, Center for Leadership and Change Management; Editor, Wharton Leadership Digest

Research Interests: Catastrophic and enterprise risk management, corporate change and restructuring, leadership, decision making, governance


Jeff Klein

Jeff KleinSee Faculty Bio

Executive Director, Anne and John McNulty Leadership Program; Lecturer, The Wharton School and the School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania


Sigal Barsade

Sigal Barsade, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Joseph Frank Bernstein Professor; Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Organizational culture, emotional intelligence, unconscious bias, organizational change, teamwork and leadership


Quinn Bauriedel

Quinn BauriedelSee Faculty Bio

Speaker, Pig Iron Theatre Company


Brian Bushee

Brian Bushee, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Geoffrey T. Boisi Professor of Accounting, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Corporate disclosure, institutional investors, stock market anomalies


Emilie Feldman

Emilie Feldman, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Corporate governance, corporate strategy, diversification, divestitures, firm scope, spinoffs


Geoffrey Garrett

Geoffrey Garrett, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Dean; Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise, The Wharton School; Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania


Mauro Guillen

Mauro Guillén, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Dr. Felix Zandman Professor of International Management; Professor of Management; The Wharton School

Research Interests: Globalization, international political economy, multinational management


Witold Henisz

Witold Henisz, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Deloitte & Touche Professor of Management in Honor of Russell E. Palmer, former Managing Partner; Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Stakeholder engagement, political and economic reform, project management


Todd Henshaw

Todd Henshaw, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Senior Fellow, Center for Leadership and Change Management, The Wharton School; President, Leader Development Associates


Rodrigo Jordan

Rodrigo Jordan, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Senior Fellow, Center for Leadership and Change Management, The Wharton School; Executive Vice President, Vertical SA


John Kanengieter

John KanengieterSee Faculty Bio

Senior Fellow, Center for Leadership and Change Management, The Wharton School; Director, Kanengieter Consulting Group


B Cade Massey

Cade Massey, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Practice Professor, Operations, Information and Decisions, The Wharton School

Research Interests: People analytics, judgment under uncertainty, organizational behavior


David Reibstein

David Reibstein, PhDSee Faculty Bio

William Stewart Woodside Professor; Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Brand equity, marketing metrics, competitive marketing strategies, product line strategy


Nancy Rothbard

Nancy Rothbard, PhDSee Faculty Bio

David Pottruck Professor; Professor of Management; Chairperson, Management Department, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Emotion and identity, work motivation and engagement, work-life and career development


Richard Shell

G. Richard Shell, JDSee Faculty Bio

Thomas Gerrity Professor; Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics; Professor of Management; Chairperson, Legal Studies & Business Ethics Department, The Wharton School


Jeremy Siegel

Jeremy Siegel, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Russell E. Palmer Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Demographics, financial markets, long-run asset returns, macroeconomics


Nicolaj Siggelkow

Nicolaj Siggelkow, PhDSee Faculty Bio

David M. Knott Professor; Professor of Management; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Competitive strategy, firms as systems of interconnected choices


Harbir Singh

Harbir Singh, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Mack Professor; Professor of Management; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management; Wharton School Faculty Director for the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Corporate governance, corporate restructuring, management buyouts, strategies for corporate acquisitions


Christian Terwiesch

Christian Terwiesch, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Andrew M. Heller Professor at the Wharton School; Department Chair and Professor of Operations, Information, and Decisions; Professor of Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine; Co-Director, Mack Institute of Innovation Management

Research Interests: Analyzing operational performance, innovation management, R&D management


James Thompson

James Thompson, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Adjunct Associate Professor, Management Department, The Wharton School; Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Social entrepreneurship, building future markets, investment under conditions of high uncertainty


Ilene Wasserman

Ilene Wasserman, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Lead Executive Coach; President, ICW Consulting Group


David Wessels

David Wessels, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Adjunct Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

Testimonials


As an entrepreneur, you can feel like you’re on an island. Leaders aren’t able to divulge or discuss everything with their team. AMP provides a strong network of leaders. In the six months since the program ended, I’ve reached out to participants for feedback and assistance and even added one of the participants to our advisory board, a bonus I was not expecting. You change, personally and professionally, and it doesn’t stop when the program is over.”

Rebecca LorangerPresident, Lakeside Project Solutions, LLC


Wharton’s AMP is not for executives who just want to tick the education box. You have to want to make a change in your career, either by stepping up to a higher level or going somewhere else. It opens your eyes to what is possible. If you go through the program and you’re not able to enact the kinds of changes you are inspired to lead, you will be frustrated. That is where I was, and AMP came at the right time for me.”

Martin CassCEO at MDC Media Partners and Assembly, a New York City-based marketing and advertising firm


Lynn Flynn

(USA)


Iain O’Brien

(Scotland)


Mary Ho

(Hong Kong)


AMP was one of the most profound experiences of my life. The experience was analogous with peeling away the layers of an onion. This forced deep introspection (something that I hadn't done for a very long time) which created an unbelievable level of renewed self-awareness. For me the programme design helped surface the ‘real me.’ Whilst these onion layers were being peeled away I realized how outdated many of the tools that I used in business had become. Some needed replacing and others needed sharpening. Most importantly, in this exposed state, we developed meaningful friendships and an extended community that nurtured each of us, helping us rebuild ourselves. I left a far more complete and better human being than when I arrived."

Doug LeatherREAP Consulting Ltd.


My experience at the AMP program has been the best educational experience I have ever had. I would never have imagined the impact that Wharton has made in my life, company, and within the security industry. In these difficult economic times, my company's business has been booming with new growth and I have no problems getting credit. I really believe that all of this has been because of Wharton. I put Wharton learning into action with my company, and that has been the key for me.”

Kent MoyerCEO/President, The World Protection Group, Inc.


Without doubt, the Advanced Management Program was the most stimulating educational experience I have had. It made me think deeply about the impact of global competition on my industry and how the lessons from other industries can be applied. The human dimension was particularly valuable and helped me reflect on my role and my future career. The whole experience was first rate.”

Valerie GoodingBUPA


When I joined Unilever Turkey, I was the only foreigner on the board. Wharton's Advanced Management Program focused on how to manage a transnational organization in a fast-moving environment. I did things I probably wouldn't have done before, like taking the high ground and staying there as long as possible. From the program, I have a personal toolkit that I refer to quite often.”

Philippe BarthenUnilever

Date, Location, & Fees

September 29 – November 1, 2019Philadelphia, PA$58,500

May 31 – July 3, 2020Philadelphia, PA$60,500


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Alumni Status

Upon successful completion of the Advanced Management Program, General Management Program, or Advanced Finance Program, you will earn Wharton alumni status.


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