Program Experience

Highlights and Key Outcomes

In Family Wealth Management: Advanced Financial Strategies, you will:

  • Grasp the critical differences between conventional investment and family wealth management so you can work more expertly with family offices
  • Explore how to successfully balance the different investment horizons, risk preferences, and liquidity needs of multi-generational families
  • Enhance your financial acumen with high-level discussions of modern portfolio theory, alternative asset classes, and international markets
  • Discover the critical role of manager selection and due diligence in the context of wealth management
  • Learn techniques for fostering effective communication within the family

Experience & Impact

In the current environment, ultra-high-net-worth families are increasingly seeking expert financial guidance to maintain ownership of their wealth across time. If you are a professional financial advisor or family office executive who manages the portfolio of these high-net-worth families, this program is for you.

Family Wealth Management: Advanced Financial Strategies provides you with a rigorous, in-depth guide to being a successful family office advisor, covering best practices, cutting-edge research, and the latest trends. You will begin by grasping the differences between family office management and conventional investing. Explore the complexities of holistic portfolio construction for multi-generational, multi-branch families, including differential risk preferences and investment horizons, tax considerations, estate planning, and succession management. You’ll also receive a granular review of the alternative asset classes that are deployed by these families, as well as reviewing the applications of modern portfolio theory.

The program’s co-academic directors are top experts in this distinctive area of asset management. Wharton Professor of Management Raffi Amit founded and chairs the Wharton Global Family Alliance (WGFA), a unique academic-family business partnership that brings together influential global families to share thought leadership. Bilge Yilmaz serves as Wharton Private Equity Professor, professor of finance, and academic director of the Harris Family Alternative Investments Program. Along with the other distinguished lecturers in this program, they offer you a breadth and depth of knowledge in wealth management — backed by uncompromising data-driven analysis — unmatched by any faculty worldwide.

The classroom experience is enhanced with interactive sessions, real-life case studies, and guest speakers. Overall, Family Wealth Management: Advanced Financial Strategies fully equips you to seize opportunities and expand your client base during the historic wealth transfer occurring in our time.

Session topics include:

  • Family Wealth Management: Balancing Family Harmony with Financial Prosperity
  • The Outlook for the Global Economy
  • Modern Portfolio Theory
  • Performance Measurement
  • How to Invest in Volatile Markets: Lessons from Theory and Practice
  • How to Invest in Volatile Markets: Models of Asset Allocation
  • The Total Balance Sheet and Cases of Family Wealth Management
  • Fixed Income Investing
  • Hedge Funds
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital
  • Real Estate
  • Manager Due Diligence
  • Valuation Framework to Assess Opportunities
  • Latest Trends in Wealth Transfer
  • Portfolio Construction
  • International Capital Markets
  • Trends in Family Wealth Management

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.

Who Should Attend

Family Wealth Management: Advanced Financial Strategies is designed for global financial professionals involved in wealth management, including advisors, private bankers, brokers, and family office executives who presently manage the portfolio of a family office.

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

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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. Meals and accommodations are included in the program fees. 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.


Rafi Amit

Raphael Amit, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Co-Academic Director

Marie and Joseph Melone Professor; Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Entrepreneurship, family business, venture-capital financing

Bilge Yilmaz

Bilge Yilmaz, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Co-Academic Director

Wharton Private Equity Professor; Professor of Finance; Academic Director, Harris Family Alternative Investments Program, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Corporate finance, alternative investments, game theory, political economy

Gordon Bodnar

Gordon Bodnar, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Director, International Economics Program, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University

Research Interests: International finance, corporate finance

Chris Geczy

Christopher Geczy, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Adjunct Professor of Finance; Academic Director, Wharton Wealth Management Initiative; Academic Director, Jacobs Levy Equity Management Center for Quantitative Financial Research, The Wharton School

Joao Gomes

Joao Gomes, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Howard Butcher III Professor of Finance; Professor of Economics; Chairperson, Finance Department, Senior Vice Dean of Research, Centers & Academic Initiatives, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Macroeconomics and financial markets, quantitative corporate finance, corporate investment and financing

Craig Mackinlay

A. Craig MacKinlay, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Joseph P. Wargrove Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Asset pricing models, behavior of futures prices, econometric modeling, stock market behavior

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

Todd Sinai

Todd Sinai, PhDSee Faculty Bio

David B. Ford Professor; Professor of Real Estate; Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy; Chairperson, Real Estate Department, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Commercial real estate and real estate investment trusts, real estate and public economics, risk and pricing in housing markets, taxation of real estate and capital gains

Date, Location, & Fees

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October 28 – November 1, 2024Philadelphia, PA$12,500

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