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 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.

Program Experience

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

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 and Vice Chairman, CEO and Board Recruiter, Korn Ferry
Michael Useem – William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management and Director, Center for Leadership and 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, and CEO, Chiquita Brands International
Cynthia Carroll – Former CEO, Anglo American
Ivan Seidenberg – Former Chairman and CEO, Verizon Communications Inc.
Mark Turner – Chairman, President, and CEO, WSFS Financial Corporation and 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 and CFO, Johnson & Johnson
Brian Kane – Senior Vice President and CFO, Humana Inc.
David Meline – Executive Vice President and CFO, Amgen Inc.
Facilitated by Charles Holley – Former Executive Vice President and CFO, Walmart

5:00 Reflections on Being a CEO and Director
Ellen Kullman – Former Chairman & CEO, DuPont Company and current Director of United Technologies Corporation, Goldman Sachs, Amgen Inc., Dell Technologies Inc., and Carbon3D
Facilitated by Sigal Barsade – Joseph Frank Bernstein Professor, Professor of Management, The Wharton School

6:00 Cocktails

7:00 Dinner
Speaker: Ram Charan, Business Advisor and 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 and CEO, SPX Corporation
Facilitated by Maggie Wilderotter – Former Chairman and CEO, Frontier Communications Corporation

9:30 A Case Study of Board / CEO Interaction – Phillips 66
Greg Garland – Chairman and CEO, Phillips 66
Denise Ramos – President and CEO, ITT Inc., and Director, Phillips 66
Glenn Tilton – Former MidWest Vice Chairman, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and 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 and Investment Stewardship Officer, The Vanguard Group
Amy Lissauer – Managing Director, Evercore
Abe Friedman – Chief Executive Officer, CamberView Partners
Facilitated by Michael Useem – William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management and Director, Center for Leadership and Change Management, The Wharton School

12:00 Lunch

1:00 How CEOs Should Think About Their Portfolio
Donald Gogel – Chairman and CEO, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice
Andrew Liveris – Former Executive Chairman, DowDuPont Inc.
Rodney Zemmel – Managing Partner, Northeast Office, McKinsey & Company
Facilitated by Harbir 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 and 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 – Chairman and 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 and Vice Chairman, CEO and Board Recruiter, Korn Ferry
Larry Costello – Former Executive Vice President and CHRO, Tyco
Brian McNamee – Executive Vice President, Full Potential Initiatives, Amgen Inc.
Facilitated by Peter Cappelli, George W. Taylor Professor of Management and Director, 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
Ronald Williams – Former Chairman, President, and CEO, Aetna Inc., and current Director of
American Express Company, Johnson & Johnson, and The Boeing Company
Facilitated by Thomas Donaldson, Mark O. Winkelman Professor, Professor of Legal Studies and
Business Ethics, The Wharton School

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

Prium Prize: Awarded to Kenneth Chenault, Former Chairman and CEO, American Express
Company, and current Director of Airbnb Inc., Facebook Inc., IBM Corporation,
and Procter & Gamble 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.

Faculty


Michael Useem, PhDSee 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, 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


Peter Cappelli, DPhilSee 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, PhDSee 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, PhDSee Faculty Bio

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


Martine Haas, PhDSee 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, 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

Dates, Cost, & Location

Session Information TBD


Logistics Information

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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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 or visit the CEO Academy website.

 2156565348

 dgregor@ceo-academy.com


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