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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 as speakers more than 15 current and former CEOs from major companies. They will focus on the most critical leadership issues relevant to new and established CEOs.

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Program Highlights & Benefits

In CEO Academy®, you will:

  • Enhance your leadership and strategic decision-making skills
  • Gain new insight into some of the major issues affecting CEO decision-making today
  • Connect with peers in a dynamic setting
  • Hear from veteran CEOs leading their organizations at critical moments 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 experience for CEOs, in which 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 may 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 Media
  • Boards That Lead: 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

Below is a partial list of companies who have attended:

  • Alphabet Inc.
  • Amgen Inc.
  • Boeing Company
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
  • Comcast Corporation
  • Costco Wholesale Corporation
  • Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
  • Hitachi Ltd.
  • International Paper Company
  • PepsiCo Inc.
  • Procter & Gamble Company
  • Raytheon Company

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

Agenda

The Harold Pratt House
58 East 68th Street,
New York, NY

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

2:00 PM Welcome
Dennis Carey – Founder, CEO Academy & Vice Chairman, CEO & Board Recruiter, Korn Ferry
Michael Useem – William & Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management & Director, Center for Leadership & Change Management, The Wharton School

2:05 Why “CEO Continuous Improvement” Is Critical
Geoffrey Garrett – Dean, The Wharton School

2:45 Leadership Lessons Looking Back
Fernando Aguirre – Former Chairman, President & CEO, Chiquita Brands International
Cynthia Carroll – Former CEO, Anglo American
Ivan Seidenberg – Former Chairman & CEO, Verizon Communications Inc.
Mark Turner – Chairman, President & CEO, WSFS Financial Corporation & WSFS Bank
Facilitated by Martine Haas – Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School

3:45 Break

4:00 What Does a Good CFO Look Like
Dominic Caruso – Executive Vice President & CFO, Johnson & Johnson
Brian Kane – Senior Vice President & CFO, Humana Inc.
David Meline – Executive Vice President & CFO, Amgen Inc.
Facilitated by Charles Holley – Former Executive Vice President & CFO, Walmart

4:45 Working Together Management Systems – Principals and Practices
Alan Mulally – Former CEO of The Ford Motor Company, and Former CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and current Director of Google and Carbon3D

6:15 Cocktails

7:00 Dinner
Speaker: Ram Charan, Business Advisor & Best Selling Author
Topic: The Digital CEO

Thursday, November 15, 2018

8:00 AM Informal Breakfast

8:30 Successfully Dealing with Activists
Chris Kearney – Former Chairman, President & CEO, SPX Corporation
Facilitated by Maggie Wilderotter – Former Chairman & CEO, Frontier Communications Corporation

9:30 A Case Study of Board / CEO Interaction – Phillips 66
Greg Garland – Chairman & CEO, Phillips 66
Denise Ramos – President & CEO, ITT Inc., & Director, Phillips 66
Glenn Tilton – Former Vice Chairman, JPMorgan Chase & Co., & Director, Phillips 66
Facilitated by Richard Truesdell, Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell

10:30 Break

10:45 Relationship Between the CEO and Institutional Investors
Glenn Booraem – Principal & Investment Stewardship Officer, The Vanguard Group
Amy Lissauer – Managing Director, Evercore Partners
Abe Friedman – Chief Executive Officer, CamberView Partners
Facilitated by Michael Useem – William & Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management & Director, Center for Leadership & Change Management, The Wharton School

12:00 Lunch

1:00 How CEOs Should Think About Their Portfolio
Donald Gogel – Chairman & CEO, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice
Andrew Liveris – Former Executive Chairman, DowDuPont Inc.
Rodney Zemmel – Managing Partner, Northeast Office, McKinsey & Company
Facilitated by Habir Singh – Mack Professor of Management, Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management, and Vice Dean, Global Initiatives, The Wharton School

2:00 The Cyber Threat is Real
Art Coviello – Former President & CEO, RSA Security Inc.

2:45 Break

3:00 Go Long: Why Long-Term Thinking Is a Good Short-Term Strategy
David Dorman – Chairman, CVS Health Corporation
Maggie Wilderotter – Former Chairman & CEO, Frontier Communications Corporation
Rodney Zemmel – Managing Partner, Northeast Office, McKinsey & Company
Facilitated by Brian Dumaine, Senior Editor at Large, Fortune Magazine

3:45 CHRO as Chief Transformation Officer
Dennis Carey – Founder, CEO Academy & Vice Chairman, CEO & Board Recruiter, Korn Ferry
Larry Costello – Former Executive Vice President & CHRO, Tyco
Brian McNamee – Executive Vice President, Full Potential Initiatives, Amgen Inc.
Facilitated by Peter Cappelli, Professor of Management & Director of the Center for Human Resources, The Wharton School

4:30 Break

4:45 Digitization, Artificial Intelligence, Block Chain – and Other Terms Being Thrown About
Facilitated by Paul Willmott – Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

5:15 Unlocking Shareholder Value
Ed Breen – Chief Executive Officer, DowDuPont Inc.
Facilitated by Michael Useem, William & Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management, Director, Center for Leadership & Change Management, The Wharton School

6:15 Closing Remarks
Dennis Carey – Founder, CEO Academy & Vice Chairman, CEO & Board Recruiter, Korn Ferry
Michael Useem – William & Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management, Director, Center for Leadership & Change Management, The Wharton School

6:30 Cocktails

7:00 Dinner
Speaker: Michael McFaul – Former U.S. Ambassador to The Russian Federation
Topic: The Current Geo-Political Environment – What CEOs Should Know

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.

Faculty

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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