Program Experience

Highlights and Key Outcomes

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

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.

Due to our application review period, applications submitted after 12:00 p.m. ET on Friday for programs beginning the following Monday may not be processed in time to grant admission. Applicants will be contacted by a member of our Client Relations Team to discuss options for future programs and dates.


CEO Academy: Sample Program Schedule

Day 1

2:00 PM Welcome
Dennis Carey – Founder, CEO Academy & Vice Chairman, CEO & Board Recruiter, Korn Ferry
Michael Useem – Professor of Management and Faculty Director of the Leadership Center & McNulty Leadership Program, Wharton School

2:05 Leading Under Pressure
Erika James – Dean, The Wharton School and Director, Momentive Global Inc.

2:50 Leading with Passion: What that Means
Ronald Williams – Former Chairman, President & CEO, Aetna Inc. and Director, American Express Company, Johnson & Johnson, The Boeing Company & Agilon Health Inc.

3:30 What Do Shareholders Want From Boards?
Donna Anderson – Head of Corporate Governance, T. Rowe Price Associates Inc.
Benjamin Colton – Global Co-Head of Asset Stewardship, State Street Global Advisors
Abe Friedman – Partner & Head, PJT Camberview
William McNabb – Former Chairman & CEO, Vanguard and Director, IBM Corporation & UnitedHealth Group Inc.
John Shrewsberry – Former Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Wells Fargo & Company

4:15 Break

4:30 What Good CFOs are Sharing with Their Board
Clare McGrory – Chief Financial Officer & Chief Compliance Officer, Atairos Management LP
David Meline – Chief Financial Officer, Moderna Inc. and Director, ABB Ltd.
Leslie Seidman – Former Chairman, Financial Accounting Standards Board, and Director, General Electric Company & Moody’s Corporation
Facilitated by Tandra Jackson – Vice Chair, Growth and Strategy, KPMG

5:15 The Geopolitics of Energy
Meghan O’Sullivan – Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and Director, Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard University’s Kennedy School, and Board Director, Raytheon Technologies Corporation

6:00 Cocktails

7:00 Dinner
The Economy and Market Dynamics
Jeremy Siegel – Russell E. Palmer Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

Day 2

8:00 AM Informal Breakfast

8:45 The U.S. / Asia Connection – Future Prospects / Barriers
Aloke Lohia – Chief Executive Officer, Indorama Ventures
Facilitated by Harbir Singh – Mack Professor of Management, Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management, Vice Dean, Global Initiatives, The Wharton School

9:30 New Ideas for Leaders and Their Board of Directors
Richard Kramer – Chairman, President & CEO, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and Director, Sherwin-Williams Company
Mark Turner – Former Executive Chairman, WSFS Financial Corporation and Director, WSFS Financial Corporation
Dawn Zier – Former CEO, Nutrisystem and Director, Spirit Airlines Inc., Hain Celestial Group Inc., Prestige Consumer Healthcare Inc., and Purple Innovation Inc.
Facilitated by Martine Haas – Lauder Chair Professor & Professor of Management, The Wharton School

10:30 Break

10:45 Managing a Board from a CEO’s Perspective
Gary Adams – Director, Phillips 66 & Trecora Resources Inc.
Greg Garland – Chairman & CEO, Phillips 66 and Director, Amgen Inc.
John Lowe – Director, Phillips 66, APA Corporation, & TC Energy Corporation
Facilitated by Richard Truesdell – Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Managing Your Portfolio
Edward Breen – Chairman & CEO, DuPont de Nemours Inc., and Director, Comcast Corporation & International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
Facilitated by Thomas Donaldson – Mark O. Winkelman Professor, Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics, The Wharton School

2:00 Thinking for the Long-Term
Ram Charan – Best Selling Author and Business Advisor
Brian Dumaine – Founder & Editor in Chief, High Water Press, and Contributor,
Fortune Magazine
Rodney Zemmel – Senior Partner and Global Leader, McKinsey Digital, McKinsey & Company
Facilitated by Michael Useem – Professor of Management and Faculty Director of the Leadership Center & McNulty Leadership Program, Wharton School

3:00 Break

3:15 How Should Companies Be Thinking About Transformation?
George Bailey – Senior Fellow, Center for Global Enterprise, Digital Supply Chain Institute
Ram Charan – Best Selling Author and Business Advisor
Facilitated by Rodney Zemmel – Senior Partner & Global Leader, McKinsey Digital, McKinsey & Company

4:15 Talent Is Paramount
Gabriella Giglio – CHRO & Executive Talent, General Catalyst
Nadia Rawlinson – Chief People Officer, Slack Technologies Inc., and Director, Vail Resorts Inc. and J. Crew Group
Andrea Coughlin Rowley – Senior Vice President & CHRO, AltGas
Tim Richmond – Executive Vice President & CHRO, AbbVie Inc.
Facilitated by Katherine Klein – Edward H. Bowman Professor, Professor of Management & Vice Dean Wharton Social Impact Initiative, The Wharton School

5:15 Wrap Up and Thoughts About the State of Global Markets
Don Gogel – Chairman, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

6:00 What Have You Learned? Key Takeaways
Dennis Carey – Founder, CEO Academy & Vice Chairman, CEO & Board Recruiter, Korn Ferry Michael Useem – Professor of Management and Faculty Director of the Leadership Center & McNulty Leadership Program, Wharton School

6:15 Cocktails

7:00 Dinner
Prium Prize: Awarded to Marillyn Hewson, Former Chairman, President & CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Director, Johnson & Johnson and Chevron Corporation; and Dr. Albert Bourla, Chairman & CEO, Pfizer Inc.

Board Representation

Participants of CEO Academy® serve as members of boards across a wide range of industries and geographies. Representing virtually every sector of business, below are some of these companies:

  • American Express Company
  • BlackRock Inc.
  • Boeing Company
  • DreamWorks Animations SKG Inc.
  • Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
  • Motorola Solutions Inc.
  • Proctor & Gamble Company
  • Viacom Inc.
  • Wyeth Inc.
  • Yum! Brands Inc.

See the complete list of companies on which CEO Academy® participants serve.

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 for an additional charge. (Contact Donna Gregor at 215.656.5348 or for more pricing details.)

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.

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


Michael Useem

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

Peter Cappelli

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

Dennis Carey See Faculty Bio

Vice Chairman, Korn Ferry International

Thomas Donaldson

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

Martine Haas

Martine Haas, PhDSee Faculty Bio

The Lauder Professor; Professor of Management, The Wharton School; Anthony L. Davis Director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute for Management and International Studies, The University of Pennsylvania

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

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

Date, Location, & Fees

November 16 – 17, 2022New York, NY

Hotel Information

Accommodations in New York City and meals are not included.

The cost of the program is $20,000 for the CEO. A member of the board and/or one or more of a company’s top executives for an additional $10,000 per person, up to three people per company, is allowed.

Prices are subject to change.

International Travel Information »

In Partnership With

CEO Academy - 20th Anniversary

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.


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