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GBTA Academy: Global Leadership Professional® (GLP) Program

Program Overview

Business travel decision-makers must juggle a variety of challenges, including balancing rising travel costs and the impact of foreign fiscal crises with the ongoing need to improve the traveler experience. To grow as leaders, they need access to the latest management insights. Wharton’s GBTA Academy: Global Leadership Professional® (GLP) Program will help you address the challenges — and opportunities — of managing business travel in today’s corporate travel environment.

In partnership with Wharton, the Academy’s GLP Program offers travel professionals an immersive executive learning experience. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate as well as a Global Leadership Professional® (GLP) Designation.

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Program Highlights & Benefits

  • Network and exchange best practices with travel industry peers and renowned Wharton School faculty
  • Enhance your sphere of influence through better negotiation skills
  • Identify new solutions to emerging travel industry problems
  • Learn how to sustain strategic change and build a more disciplined, agile organization
  • Gain an integrated view of your organization’s financial strategy and how to drive value creation

Contact Us

To register or learn more about this program, visit the GBTA Academy website or contact Becky Morgan at +1.703.684.0836 or academy@gbta.org.

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Experience & Impact

Wharton’s GBTA Academy provides you with essential business acumen in leadership, finance, marketing, and management. You work in teams to study the impact of decisions on financial performance, develop better decision-making skills, and learn techniques for achieving strategic advantage. After completing the program, you’ll have the skills and tools to analyze new trends in the travel industry, to identify new solutions to emerging problems in the rapidly changing business travel industry environment, and to provide more value to your company and customers. In addition, you’ll receive a certificate from the Wharton School that illustrates your commitment to continuing professional development.

GBTA Academy: Global Leadership Professiona® (GLP) Program kicks off with a negotiation and influence program led by Mario Moussa, an advisor to senior executives on strategy and competitiveness and an expert in large-scale organizational initiatives. Through the breadth and depth of Wharton faculty expertise, you’ll gain intensive insight into current business issues in leadership, finance, marketing, and management. This unparalleled Wharton experience employs an interdisciplinary approach that addresses both the challenges and opportunities of conducting business in a rapidly changing environment.

This program provides travel industry leaders with business insights and tools to grow as strategic decision-makers.

The GBTA Academy will offer three two-day programs on Management, Leadership, and Finance in the summer and fall 2016:

  • Negotiations and Influence Strategies for Success (Denver, Colorado)
  • Strategy Accelerators: How to Win Today and Tomorrow (New York City, New York)
  • Financial Strategy and Value Creation (Scottsdale, Arizona)

Through practitioner-led lectures and first-rate networking with other travel industry leaders, participants will discover their own pathway for leadership success.

Overall, you will learn how to:

  • Leverage the six channels of influence and most effective communication styles
  • Increase your “strategic thinking IQ” through reality testing your strategy assumptions and organization capabilities for both clarity and realism
  • Identify and manage “strategy accelerators,”  including identifying areas of strength
  • Discover the link between financial strategy and performance management

Who Should Attend

GBTA Academy: Global Leadership Professional® (GLP) Program is designed for travel management professionals and business travel industry professionals, both on the supplier and buyer sides, who would like to grow and develop within their companies and the travel industry. Travel management professionals and business travel industry professionals in executive-level positions or those poised to take on executive positions within their companies would also benefit. This program also is relevant to anyone who deals with travel decisions within their companies such as business travel managers, CFOs, supplier representatives, and purchasing managers.


Mario Moussa, PhD   See Faculty Bio

President, Moussa Consulting

David Wessels, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Adjunct Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

Joseph Ryan, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Founder and President, True North Advisory Group


During the GLP Program I learned how to efficiently handle difficult situations of the highest alert, to build up a team within a company to cater to and handle crisis or near crisis situations. Since the Wharton course I have restructured the company’s organizational chart, changed top manager responsibilities and KPI. As a result it has helped me to focus more on strategic issues, company PR, and development projects. We also started an educational program focused on high and middle class managers’ leadership skills development."

Roman Gorokhov

Managing Partner, Director, Nicko Travel Group, Moscow, Russia

The GLP is an amazing program. It is dubbed a mini MBA for very good reason. With the knowledge I gained, I am now very comfortable speaking with my CFO, COO, and CEO using terms and concepts familiar to them. Prior to going through the program, this was not always an easy task. I find I refer to the many discussions we had on a regular basis and I am a better business person because of this program." 

Lynn C. Brunner

CTC, GLP Designation Recipient, Director, Travel & Meetings, HCA Healthcare

I find it hard to put onto paper how the GLP Program has helped me and my career. Let it suffice to say that this program has been worthwhile mainly due to the quality of the professors. The caliber of their teaching amazed me; some of the driest subjects were taught with panache and were made memorable. The topics covered were made understandable and applicable to my everyday life. The GLP classes have helped me move from a task-handler to a strategic thinker. By understanding how senior management looks at various functions, I am able to better prepare for them. Keep up the good work." 

Mary Alice Hansen

CCTE, Associate Category Manager, Travel, Astellas US LLC

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