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.


CEO Academy: Sample Program Schedule

Day 1

2:00 PM Welcome
Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. — President & CEO, SHRM; Lead Independent Director, XPO Inc.; Independent Director, Guild and Vice Chair, University of Miami Board of Trustees

2:15 PM Opening Keynote: Working Together from America’s Icon
Introduction by Michael Useem — Faculty Director of the Leadership Center & McNulty Leadership Program, The Wharton School
Alan Mulally — Former President & CEO, Ford Motor Company and Director, Carbon 3D and the Mayo Clinic and Former Board Director, Google

3:00 PM Emerging Conflicts East & West — How the West Should Collaborate and Compete
Sunil D’Souza — Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Tata Consumer Products
Kuruvilla “Diny” Markose — Chief Executive Officer, International Business Division, Titan Company Limited
Olivia White — Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company & Director, McKinsey Global Institute
Facilitated by John Zhang — Tsai Wan-Tsai Professor; Professor of Marketing; Director, Penn Wharton China Center, The Wharton School

3:50 PM Break

4:00 PM Artificial Intelligence: Will it Lift or Kill Business as We Know it?
Ethan Mollick — Ralph J. Roberts Distinguished Faculty Scholar; Associate Professor of Management and Academic Director, Wharton Interactive, The Wharton School
Naveen Sastry — Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

5:00 PM Is ESG the Future or is it Dying?
Greg Garland — Executive Chairman, Phillips 66 and Board Director, Amgen Inc.
William McNabb — Former Chairman & CEO, Vanguard and Board Director, UnitedHealth Group, IBM and Nexii
Raj Ratnaker — Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, DuPont de Nemours Inc.

6:00 PM Cocktails

7:00 PM Dinner — Fireside Chat
Guest: Padmasree Warrior — Founder, President & CEO, Fable and Board Director, Spotify and Microsoft and Former CEO, NIO, U.S.
Facilitated by Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.

Day 2

7:30 AM Informal Breakfast

8:00 AM Investor Management — Getting Along in the Boardroom
Marna Whittington — Former CEO, Allianz Global Investors and Board Director, Phillips 66, Ocugen & Oaktree Capital Management
Greg Garland — Executive Chairman, Phillips 66 and Board Director, Amgen Inc.
Facilitated by Krystal Berrini — Partner, PJT Camberview

8:45 AM How the Role of the Chief Financial Officer is Changing
Frank D’Amelio — Former Executive Vice President, Global Supply & CFO, Pfizer Inc. and Board Director, Zoetis Inc. & Humana Inc.
Sean Roddy — Chief Financial Officer, SHRM and Former CFO, Pace Global Energy
Facilitated by Michael Roberts — William H. Lawrence Professor and Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

9:30 AM Board Governance — The Big “G” in ESG
Charles Elson — Retired Professor and Founding Director, Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, The University of Delaware and Board Director, Encompass Health and Blue Bell Creameries
Michael Useem — Faculty Director of the Leadership Center & McNulty Leadership, The Wharton School
Maggie Wilderotter — Chairman, DocuSign and Board Director, Costco Wholesale, Lyft Inc., SanaBiotechnology & Tanium Inc.
Facilitated by Emily Roberts — Partner, David Polk & Wardwell

10:15 AM Break

10:30 AM Could the Chief Human Resources Officers Be the CEOs of the Future?
Michael Fraccaro — Chief People Officer, Mastercard Inc.
Kausik Rajgopal — Executive Vice President, People & Sourcing, PayPal Holdings Inc. and Board Director, Alight Solutions
Bill Shaninger - Senior Partner Emeritus, McKinsey & Company
Facilitated by Lori Rosenkopf — Simon and Midge Palley Professor; Professor of Management & Vice Dean, Entrepreneurship, The Wharton School

11:15 AM Cybersecurity: What You Don’t Know Could Destroy Your Business
Rahul Dharni — Vice President & Global Chief Information Officer, Pratt & Whitney
Dan Streetman
— Chief Executive Officer, Tanium
Tiger Tyagrajan — President & Chief Executive Officer, Genpact and Board Director, Kantar and Catalyst
Maggie Wilderotter — Chairman, DocuSign and Board Director, Costco Wholesale, Lyft Inc., SanaBiotechnology & Tanium Inc.

12:00 PM Lunch
“Six People Control the World”
Ram Charan — Best Selling Author and Business Advisor and Board Director, ReNew Energy and Nexii

12:45 PM Culture Wars, Politics and Not Taking Sides — Lessons for Boards and CEOs?
Alex Gorsky — Former Chairman & CEO, Johnson & Johnson and Board Director, IBM Corporation, Apple Inc. and JPMorgan Chase
David McAtee — Senior Vice President & General Counsel, AT&T Inc.
Harbir Singh - Mack Professor; Professor of Management; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management and Faculty Director, Huntsman Program, The Wharton School

1:30 PM Economic Outlook
Brian Moynihan – Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Bank of America
Facilitated by Maggie Wilderotter – Chairman, DocuSign and Board Director, Costco Wholesale, Lyft Inc., SanaBiotechnology & Tanium Inc.

2:00 PM What Makes for a Great CEO?
Raj Gupta — Former Chairman & CEO, Rohm & Haas
Carolyn Dewar - Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company & Co-Author, CEO Excellence: The Six Mindsets That Distinguish the Best Leaders from the Rest
Maggie Wilderotter — Chairman, DocuSign and Board Director, Costco Wholesale, Lyft Inc., SanaBiotechnology & Tanium Inc.

3:30 PM Key Takeaways & Presentation of Wharton / CEO Academy Certificates
Alex Alonso — Chief Knowledge Officer, SHRM; Executive Sponsor, CEO Academy and Independent Director, United States Department of Defense Business Board
Dennis Carey — Founder, CEO Academy
Michael Useem — Professor of Management and Faculty Director of the Leadership Center & McNulty Leadership Program, The Wharton School

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 Dr. Vernon Williams at 703.535.6440 or for additional information.)

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 Emeritus of Management; Faculty Director, Center for Leadership and McNulty Leadership Program, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

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 12 – 13, 2024New York, NY$20,000

Hotel Information

When applicable, CEO Academy will reserve a block of rooms at a special event rate, available on a first-come, first serve basis. Specific hotel information will be provided once registration is completed and is the responsibility of the attendee.

Dinner is included on the first day. Breakfast and lunch are included on the second day, with light refreshments offered between meals.

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Contact Us

This two-day program will be held:

New York: The Harold Pratt House
58 E. 68th Street
New York, NY 10065

To register, please contact:
Dr. Vernon Williams or visit the CEO Academy.


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