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CEO Academy®

Program Overview

Focusing on the most critical leadership issues facing new and established CEOs, CEO Academy® brings together the world’s most well-respected chief executives to share what worked while leading their companies through major change and what they would have done differently. Attendees leave with actionable insights from CEOs in the trenches, as well as a richer perspective on macroeconomic trends, shareholder engagement, and strategic leadership.

Designed for both new and experienced chief executive officers, this program features more than 15 current and former CEOs from major companies as speakers. They will focus on the most critical leadership issues relevant to new and established CEOs.

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CEO Academy Program Highlights & Benefits

  • Enhance your leadership and strategic decision-making skills
  • Gain new insight on some of the major issues affecting CEO decision-making today
  • Connect with peers in a dynamic setting
  • Hear from veteran CEOs at critical moments leading their organizations and what they learned

Contact Us

This two-day program will be held at The Harold Pratt House, 58 E. 68th St., New York City.

To register, please contact:
Donna Gregor at 215.656.5348 or email dgregor@ceo-academy.com. Visit the CEO Academy website.

participants at CEO leadership development program

November 14 - 15, 2018$20,000

New York, NY

Download the program schedule, including session details.

Lodging in New York City and meals are not included.

Participants who are CEOs can bring one board member at no charge. Corporate memberships, which cover a CEO and two board members, are $30,000.

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Experience & Impact

CEOs face increasing economic uncertainty, disruptive innovation, and activist shareholders. This unique leadership program brings together current and former chief executives from major companies, leaders from institutional investment and governance firms, and Wharton’s senior faculty members.

In sum, this program provides a unique learning program for chief executive officers, where they can elevate their thinking around leadership and strategy and learn from other successful leaders in a collaborative peer environment. CEO Academy® executives and faculty have collectively served on more than 50 major company boards.

Session topics over two days include:

  • Why CEO Continuous Improvement is Critical
  • Case Studies of Successful CEOs
  • Why Capital Allocation is Strategy
  • Ethics and Integrity: Setting the Tone at the Top
  • The Discipline of Getting Things Done
  • Continue to Innovate or Die
  • Placing Your Bets around the World
  • How Best to Assess your Team
  • The Changing Landscape of Shareholder Engagement
  • What You Need to Know about ALL Media
  • Boards: When to Take Charge, When to Partner and When to Stay out of the Way
  • Transform Your Company Before Others Do
  • The Art of Delegation

Designed for both new and experienced chief executive officers, this two-day program builds on the highly successful program that has brought CEOs together to learn from one another since 2001.

Board Representation

  • ABB Ltd.
  • ABM Industries Inc.
  • AdvanSix Inc.
  • Alphabet Inc.
  • Ambac Financial Group Inc.
  • Amgen Inc.
  • AptarGroup Inc.
  • Arconic Inc.
  • Banc of California Inc.
  • Boeing Company
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
  • Cadence Design Systems Inc.
  • Cantel Medical Corporation
  • Carbon 3D Inc.
  • Comcast Corporation
  • Costco Wholesale Corporation
  • DCP Midstream Partners LP
  • Donnelley Financial Solutions Inc.
  • DowDuPont Inc.
  • Dynegy Inc.
  • Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
  • GCP Applied Technologies Inc.
  • Google Inc.
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
  • Hitachi Ltd.
  • ICF International Inc.
  • International Business Machines Corporation
  • International Paper Company
  • ITT Inc.
  • Juno Therapeutics Inc.
  • Kirkland’s Inc.
  • Lazard Ltd.
  • LPL Financial Holdings Inc.
  • Park Hotels & Resorts Inc.
  • PepsiCo Inc.
  • Phillips 66
  • Procter & Gamble Company
  • Prologis Inc.
  • Raytheon Company
  • R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company
  • Smith’s Group plc
  • Stanley Black & Decker Inc.
  • Tiger Branded Consumer Goods Plc
  • Tractor Supply Company
  • U.S. Bancorp
  • WD-40 Company
  • Westmoreland Coal Company

Who Should Attend

CEO Academy® is designed for both new and veteran CEOs from all industries. The program is limited to 50 attendees, who must be a sitting CEO, Chair, or have been publicly announced as CEO or Chair designate. To further leverage the value and impact of CEO Academy®, participants can bring a board member to attend at no additional charge.

Participants leave the program with an expanded peer network and powerful insights on how to lead their organizations while managing external pressures, from global competition to shareholder activism.

The price to attend CEO Academy® is $20,000. Participants who are CEOs can bring one board member at no additional charge. Corporate memberships, which cover a CEO and two board members, are $30,000.

Fluency in English, written and spoken, is required for participation in Wharton executive education programs unless otherwise indicated.

Group Enrollment

To further leverage the value and impact of this program, we encourage companies to send cross-functional teams of executives to Wharton. We offer group enrollment benefits to companies sending four or more participants.

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Michael Useem, PhD   See Faculty Bio

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

Sigal Barsade, PhD   See Faculty Bio

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

Research Interests: Emotional intelligence, organizational culture, team dynamics

Peter Cappelli, DPhil   See Faculty Bio

George W. Taylor Professor of Management; Director, Center for Human Resources, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Human-resource practices, public policy related to employment, talent and performance management

Dennis Carey    See Faculty Bio

Vice Chairman, Korn Ferry International

Thomas Donaldson, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Mark O. Winkelman Professor, Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Business ethics, corporate compliance, corporate governance

Geoffrey Garrett, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Dean, Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise, The Wharton School

Martine Haas, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Global collaboration, teamwork, knowledge sharing, information-technology use, human and intellectual capital

Harbir Singh, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Mack Professor; Professor of Management; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management; Vice Dean, Global Initiatives

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

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