Executive Development Program

Program Overview

In today’s complex, fast-paced, competitive environment, executives must be adept at moving quickly to build new leadership capabilities. Wharton's Executive Development Program (EDP) prepares fast-track leaders to move from mastery of one focused area to success in a broader role, priming them for greater leadership responsibility in large companies and organizations.

During two intense, transformative weeks, participants will expand their business acumen in key areas while benefiting from the expertise of global participants from a wide variety of industries, functional areas, cultures, and geographical regions.

Professor Patti Williams says the Executive Development Program will challenge your notions about how a leader should act.

Academic Director Patti Williams says the Executive Development Program enables participants to step outside of your traditional roles and experience management issues across multiple business functions.

Program Experience

Highlights and Key Outcomes

In the Executive Development Program (EDP), you will:

  • Build capabilities for leading cross-border teams across functions and countries
  • Strengthen business acumen in core areas such as finance, marketing, operations, management, and strategy
  • Put your knowledge to the test in a realistic business strategy simulation that requires leadership and teamwork
  • Work with an executive coach to develop your leadership skills one-on-one and through the simulation team experience

Experience & Impact

The Executive Development Program (EDP) is designed to increase the business skills and leadership capabilities of managers who lead key divisions of their companies and aspire to be among top leadership in their organizations. EDP takes a multidimensional approach to learning, combining lectures, small/large group discussion, case study, role playing, networking opportunities, executive coaching, and an immersive strategy simulation to provide new insights and give participants opportunities to apply them. During this two-week program you will:

  • Advance your strategic decision-making capabilities to think faster and more creatively about current competitive opportunities and solutions
  • Deepen your understanding of organizational dynamics to improve the design and implementation of new initiatives and avoid destructive conflicts
  • Develop knowledge in core areas of business, including finance, marketing, operations, management, and strategy based on current research and best practices
  • Develop a global network of peers and experts
  • Work with an experienced executive coach in individual and group coaching sessions to hone your leadership skills during the program and enable successful transfer of these skills to the workplace

A team of faculty, and experts, from diverse business disciplines, provides in-depth knowledge in core business areas including finance, strategy, leadership, marketing, negotiations, organizational dynamics, and globalization. Class sessions capture the years of experience in the room. Teamwork provides opportunities for exploring the relationship between individual behavior and team dynamics. Social dynamics promote a spirited camaraderie that leads to deep and lasting connections.

Session Topics:

  • Value-Based Decision Making
  • Operational Excellence and the Link to Financial Performance
  • Marketing Strategy: How to Compete in an Age of Disruption
  • Creating and Sustaining Competitive Advantage
  • Strategic Considerations in Mergers and Acquisitions: From Decision-Making to Implementation
  • Executive Negotiation Workshop
  • Leading with Character and Integrity


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Academic Director Patti Williams talks about the EDP simulation in this excerpt from an interview on Wharton Business Radio, SiriusXM.

Executive Coaching

Leadership, Coaching, and Teamwork (LCT)

A distinguishing highlight of Wharton’s EDP is the inclusion of executive coaching within the learning experience. Recognizing its importance in supporting individual learning and development, EDP offers intensive in-depth coaching focused on behavioral improvement grounded in feedback. It includes three individual sessions — two held during the program and one held after its conclusion — as well as two in-program group sessions.

Your executive coach will draw upon two resources to help you achieve your goals: a 360-degree leadership assessment that you complete before your arrival in the program, and observations of you and your team during an intense business simulation. The 360˚ tool gathers vertical and horizontal feedback on leadership competencies such as influence, emotional intelligence, and teamwork. During the simulation, your coach will observe your ability to lead, collaborate, negotiate, and participate as an effective team member. Armed with these insights, individual coaching sessions will focus on your development as a leader, using the simulation and the 360° to identify and strengthen specific skills.

Executive Coaching: Grounded in Feedback

The structure of the EDP, and the coaching provided, will allow you to make connections between your behaviors and your effectiveness very quickly, and gain powerful new insights into your leadership opportunities. The post-program coaching session is focused on implementing key learnings within your organization to create value and lasting impact from the EDP experience.

Who Should Attend

Wharton's Executive Development Program is designed for successful functional, country, or unit managers preparing to take on broader responsibilities that require leading outside their areas of education and experience.

Participants represent many cultures and regions, and more than half are typically from outside the United States. They include leaders from across all disciplines, including marketing and sales, research and development, accounting and finance, supply chain and logistics, manufacturing and engineering, human resources, and information technology. Likewise, they come from a variety of industry vertical groups, such as pharmaceuticals and health care, financial services, manufacturing, aerospace and defense, and high technology.

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


Participant Profile

Participants by Industry

Executive Development Program participants by industry

Participants by Job Function

Executive Development Program participants by job function

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Executive Development Program participants by region


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Plan Your Stay

This program is held at the Steinberg Conference Center located on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia. Learn more about planning your stay at Wharton’s Philadelphia campus.


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


Patricia Williams

Patti Williams, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Academic Director

Ira A. Lipman Associate Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Consumer decision making, emotional and attitudinal ambivalence, the persuasive effects of emotion


Gad Allon

Gad Allon, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Jeffrey A. Keswin Professor; Professor of Operations, Information, and Decisions; Director of the Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Operations management and operations strategy


Emilie Feldman

Emilie Feldman, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Corporate governance, corporate strategy, diversification, divestitures, firm scope, spinoffs


Mauro Guillen

Mauro Guillén, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Dr. Felix Zandman Professor of International Management; Professor of Management; The Wharton School

Research Interests: Globalization, international political economy, multinational management


Barbara Kahn

Barbara Kahn, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Patty and Jay H. Baker Professor; Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Brand loyalty, consumer choice, customer-relationship management


Cade Massey

Cade Massey, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Practice Professor, Operations, Information and Decisions, The Wharton School

Research Interests: People analytics, judgment under uncertainty, organizational behavior


Todd Norris

Todd NorrisSee Faculty Bio

Simulation Consultant


Michael Roberts

Michael Roberts, PhDSee Faculty Bio

William H. Lawrence Professor; Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Applied econometrics, corporate investment, capital structure


Richard Shell

G. Richard Shell, JDSee Faculty Bio

Thomas Gerrity Professor; Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics; Professor of Management; Chairperson, Legal Studies & Business Ethics Department, The Wharton School


Nicolaj Siggelkow

Nicolaj Siggelkow, PhDSee Faculty Bio

David M. Knott Professor; Professor of Management; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Competitive strategy, firms as systems of interconnected choices


Christian Terwiesch

Christian Terwiesch, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Andrew M. Heller Professor at the Wharton School; Professor of Operations, Information, and Decisions; Professor of Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine; Co-Director, Mack Institute of Innovation Management

Research Interests: Analyzing operational performance, innovation management, R&D management


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


Lynn Krage

Lynn Krage, MSODSee Faculty Bio

Senior Director of Leadership and Talent Development, McNulty Leadership Program; Lecturer, The Wharton School

Testimonials


As I evaluated a number of programs, the deciding factor for choosing Wharton’s EDP was the combination of a business simulation model coupled with coaching. Having my coach observe the simulation and then give feedback on my performance in real time was a top priority.

The simulation is designed to let you apply knowledge you just learned under pressure in a highly charged environment. That sequence makes for much better retention — the lessons really get cemented in. Having my coach watch me and then give me feedback on my performance was really important. My Wharton executive coach challenged my thinking and assumptions about myself and how others might perceive me as a leader. The coaching is incredibly valuable and I will continue to meet with her during the coming year.

EDP is absolutely worth the time and investment. What appealed to me was the breadth of material covered within a two-week period. I wasn’t looking for a longer program since I already have an MBA. I just needed to dust it off and rejuvenate my skills. Two weeks is the perfect amount of time. It’s long enough to truly break away from your day-to-day responsibilities — which I had not done in more than a decade — and get immersed in a trusting environment of collaboration and camaraderie. Not only did I accomplish my academic objectives, I came away with new lifelong friendships and a network of colleagues that span the globe.”

Diane DentonManaging Director, Federal Policy, Duke Energy


When I read about how uniquely the Executive Development Program was structured, with so many touch points outside the classroom over the two weeks, I knew I would get so much out of it. It’s not about lectures and taking notes, or just sitting next to people from different cultures and disciplines. You work with them on projects that get you out of the classroom and out of your comfort zone. The simulation and the coaching component make it a true 360 program.”

John HoseyVice President, Chief Appraiser, First Republic Bank


I chose the Executive Development Program because of the curriculum. It covered a broader range of topics compared to other executive programs. But it was the executive coaching that was truly instrumental for me. During coaching sessions, which I received throughout the program, I managed to gain a much deeper understanding of myself and the barriers that I needed to overcome to further advance my career. The coaching experience was truly transformational.

One of my biggest challenges that I wanted to overcome by enrolling in the EDP was my dependence on my subject matter expertise to build my confidence level in decision making. This occasionally prevented me from making quick business decisions where I wasn’t the expert in the subject area. This was made more apparent to me during an invaluable exercise, which included a two-week business simulation where we need to make quick business decisions that I had very little knowledge about, while under immense pressure to meet deadlines. No one in my group was a subject matter expert — we were all starting on equal footing. I was quieter at the beginning while I assessed and became more familiar with the business. My coach and peers helped by encouraging me and others to make decisions with very little information and to benefit from taking risks and challenging one another in a safe environment. It was a great opportunity to fully engage, without any downside.

Since the program, I find myself being able to lean on other members’ expertise more and combine that with my own past experiences in being able to make well-informed quick decisions. It also allows me to take more informed risks and free myself from the need to delve into too much detail. EDP has helped me become a better leader, as it gave me the opportunity to self-reflect and understand how to navigate my own self-imposed barriers.

At this stage in my career, I value the opportunity to interact with other global leaders who face similar challenges. Building a global network is helpful, as it really allows you to see things from different perspectives and learn from one another. Having a forum where we can speak freely and constructively about what we are dealing with and coach one another on how to navigate certain situations is truly invaluable. The relationships established during the program are very valuable and beneficial. We are all tackling similar challenges and it’s nice to have a broader support group to lean into when necessary.”

Dianne FoxChief Operating Officer, North America Life and Annuity, Foresters Financial


My experience with Wharton’s Executive Development Program was by far one of the best professional decisions I’ve made in a very long time. Between the world-class professors, the lectures, the business simulation, and executive coaching, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. The content was really current — you learn things you can apply and start benefiting from very quickly. It was a very beneficial experience that I was able to start applying very quickly when I got back to work.

I’ve never had a coach before, so I didn’t know what to expect. I had self-awareness on areas I wanted to focus on to continue my professional growth, and my Wharton coach helped connect the dots into how I could make a greater impact. He was amazing, really helping me dig deep and open up. There was so much growth in such a short amount of time, and I feel like I came out on the other side a better version of myself.”

Odelya ArnoldSr. Director, Professional Services Global Business Strategy and Operations, Citrix


Kevin PatrickVP, Energy Company


The learning we experienced during the two intense weeks of EDP was immense. The program was well defined, covering all major facets of management in an industry context, and supported with case studies. One especially outstanding facet of the program was the opportunity to form a 'virtual company' and to play the role of an expert from a specific discipline, contributing the appropriate strategy to the company’s success. Thanks for the superb hospitality and for memories that I will cherish for years to come."

Vijay BatraManaging Director, Teva API India, Ltd


Geraldine EkkersMarketing & Communications, Manufacturing Company, Italy


The Executive Development Program (EDP) was the only program I looked at that addresses soft skills along with the hard ones, and it was the soft skills that I knew would help me perform better. To be a leader, you need to engage with employees, build a strong team, do cross-border business, report to a board, and communicate your vision and strategy to your team. You can read theories about how to do that in a book, but to really learn you need to practice. Wharton’s EDP is the only program that teaches you how, and then gives you the time and space to practice. It was by far the best executive education program I have done."

Tim AelenSenior Vice President, ABN AMRO, The Netherlands


Andrew EllisExecutive VP, Supply Chain & Logistics


The program was a great experience! As a senior executive, I don’t usually get the time to reflect on my role or receive the kind of feedback that I got from my peers in this program. I greatly appreciated having real-world professors and speakers — people like us who are living in the business world, not just basing their insights on theoretical or book knowledge."

Hong (Margaret) ChenDirector, Asia, Telefonica


Roy HallidayCEO, Insurance Company


I’ve worked in the family company for the last 20 years. I graduated as a mechanical engineer and chose Wharton to build up my management skills as I prepare to be named CEO. My father is the founder and he will step down by the end of this year. My biggest challenge as a second-generation family business leader is how to continue my father’s legacy and, since Brazil is in a recession, ensure that our business is prepared for when the market picks up.

Wharton’s program was great and well worth the investment. For me, the biggest learning experience was the simulation, which focused on how to market a new medical injection device. We had to all take the time to listen and not talk over each other. Working as a group and bringing the best of each other’s backgrounds to the same point in the discussion was critical. Out of all the technical things we talked about, the biggest learning for me was how to you to create a high-performance team.

My family’s core business is the rental of tanks or containers for transport of dangerous goods or other chemicals or liquids. We have three companies — one in the chemical area, one serving offshore oil rigs and a third that rents modular disassembled canvass-covered warehouses. Since I oversee three managers for each of our companies, understanding how to bring out the best in a high-performance team was something I can use right away. I came to realize that if we don’t have the right person doing the job, the person with the most knowledge for that particular assignment, we are not going to get where we need to go. Focusing on high-performance teams will make a great difference."

Braulio SteffaneloDirector, Rentank, São Paulo, Brazil


The Wharton EDP experience exceeded my expectations. The instructors, team simulation, programming, and facilities were all world-class and at the leading edge of business education. Importantly, the truly international and cross-industry make-up of the class enriched the diversity of thinking, requiring a global approach to problem solving. I was able to implement the new learning on day one when I returned to my job."

Matthew V. PetronioEVP and Chief Operating Office, Just Born, Inc., Bethlehem, PA – US

Date, Location, & Fees

The September 2019 session is full. Please email for waitlist information.

September 15 – 27, 2019Philadelphia, PA$27,850

November 10 – 22, 2019Philadelphia, PA$27,850

March 15 – 27, 2020Philadelphia, PA$28,700


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