CPD Tracks

The Wharton Certificate of Professional Development (CPD) offers you an opportunity to specialize in your area of expertise, further increasing your professional value and maximizing your impact on your organization.

Choose from one of the following areas:

Finance Track

As a leader in finance education, Wharton offers a strong selection of in-depth programs led by distinguished faculty. If you want to strengthen your knowledge of finance and financial management in today’s economy, this is the track to take.

Program Recommendations (Select any four of the following)

  • Advanced Corporate Finance
    Determine when to take on debt, offer equity, or do a combination of both when making capital structure decisions. Examine how valuation models change when making financial decisions.
  • Corporate Valuation
    Learn how to evaluate the financial implications of strategic business decisions through financial modeling. Become more effective at communicating the consequences of financial decisions to your organization’s key stakeholders.
  • Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Manager
    Learn how to use financial data to make business decisions and to evaluate your firm’s performance. Examine core concepts of finance and accounting in a straightforward, easy-to-grasp manner.
  • Global Asset Allocation and Wealth Management
    Learn how to improve investment performance through a diversified investment portfolio that accounts for risk and generates higher returns.
  • Investment Strategies and Portfolio Management
    Develop investment portfolios that generate the highest return for your level of investment risk. This program provides a solid foundation for building optimal portfolios and effective tools for making better investments.
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
    Our interdisciplinary faculty and industry speakers help you select, assess, and evaluate potential opportunities. Examine acquisition strategy, valuation techniques, tax issues, due diligence, and post-acquisition integration.
  • Pricing Strategies: Measuring, Capturing, and Retaining Value
    Gain new approaches for achieving maximum value and increasing your firm’s bottom line. Learn about the specific challenges facing various industries, including pricing new products, short lifecycle products, dynamic pricing, and bundling products and services.
  • Venture Capital
    Learn how to evaluate venture capital investment opportunities and do due diligence that will uncover pitfalls and mitigate risk.
  • Wharton Marketing Metrics™: Linking Marketing to Financial Consequences
    Demonstrate your marketing program’s ROI and strategically invest marketing dollars. Benefit from the latest research and tools to better assess and communicate the impact of marketing initiatives on your bottom line.
  • Wharton Finance for Executives
    Demystify the process of creating shareholder value; gain techniques to evaluate the financial impact and value of strategic decisions; and explore issues such as capital structures, diversification, and risk.
Leadership Track

With so many organizations facing change, strong leadership skills are always in high demand. This track will give you the abilities you need to influence, inspire, and lead your organization through any challenge.

Program Recommendations (Select any four of the following)

  • Becoming a Leader of Leaders: Pathways for Success
    Ensure your competence as a leader and examine the timeliness of your strategic vision. Senior executives learn from the decision-making processes of great leaders and discuss challenges with a network of global peers.
  • Creating and Leading High-Performing Teams
    Develop your ability to build, effectively lead, and successfully sustain high-performance teams. Explore team dynamics in the classroom — using the latest research and casework — and in highly experiential exercises.
  • High-Potential Leaders: Accelerating Your Impact
    Develop the strategic perspective required of global leaders, learn to manage uncertainty and execute your vision, and establish a firm personal foundation that can withstand the pressures of leadership.
  • Leading Organizational Change
    Examine the complex interpersonal and strategic issues involved in successfully spearheading change. Gain frameworks and perspectives on leading change and apply them to your unique business challenges.
  • Leading and Managing People
    Engage the principles of human behavior to better influence and lead others. Learn how to avoid your blind spots, examine how your actions affect others, and gain the resources to lead more effectively.
  • Strategic Persuasion Workshop: The Art and Science of Selling Ideas
    Assess your personal persuasion style, and apply what you learn to your current challenges. This program provides tools to help you advance your cause in your organization, identify and remove barriers to persuading others, and learn the “Art of Woo” – winning others over.
  • The Leadership Edge: Strategies for the New Leader
    Make the transition from new manager to leader in your organization. Gain insights into your decision-making processes and develop an authentic leadership style that is true to your personality.
Strategy & Innovation Track

Wharton's faculty is comprised of some of the world’s best thought leaders, who will teach you how to identify and devise strategies that will successfully lead your company through change.

Program Recommendations (Select any four of the following)

  • Customer Analytics
    Gain an in-depth understanding of new forms of customer data, advance your ability to forecast customer behavior based on identified data patterns, and acquire the skills to formulate concrete recommendations that leverage your findings to drive successful outcomes.
  • Corporate Valuation
    Learn how to evaluate the financial implications of strategic business decisions through financial modeling. Become more effective at communicating the consequences of financial decisions to your organization’s key stakeholders.
  • Creating and Implementing Strategy for Competitive Advantage
    Learn to accurately assess the competition, design a compelling strategy, leverage your firm’s capabilities to full advantage, and obtain necessary resources through alliances, acquisitions, and internal corporate ventures.
  • Driving Growth through Strategic Partnerships
    Gain the tools you need to overcome many of the inherent obstacles that occur when expanding into new markets or developing new products.
  • Effective Execution of Organizational Strategy
    Identify and understand your own negotiation style and that of others to negotiate more effectively. Learn transformative techniques and acquire practical tools and frameworks that will improve your ability to negotiate both inside and outside your organization.
  • Innovation for Growth: Strategies for Creating Value
    Create new business models, launch new products, improve customer experience, and open new markets. Learn how to design a flexible innovation process that lets your company quickly adapt to, and profit from, changes in customers, competitors, or markets.
  • Global Strategic Leadership
    Discover how you can formulate a global strategy for your organization and learn how to execute it with speed and agility.
  • Mastering Innovation: From Idea to Value Creation
    Become the catalyst for company-wide change when you learn how to construct the architecture that drives innovation in an organization.
  • The Strategic Decision-Making Mindset
    Explore the best practices and behaviors that lead to good decision-making habits. Learn how to effectively use critical thinking in business and gain a deeper understanding of the role personal judgment and emotions play in the decision-making process.
Design Your Own

If your professional goals are varied, consider designing your own CPD and customizing your executive education experience to achieve these goals. You can choose a combination of any four programs in our open-enrollment portfolio, from the specialized tracks as well as from our Marketing programs portfolio.

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