Program Experience

Highlights and Key Outcomes

In the Leading with Business Analytics Program (LEAP), you will:

  • Have flexibility to select from a wide variety of open-enrollment programs structured to provide content relevant to and applicable in all industries, including deeper knowledge in analytics
  • Customize your experience to support your personal career goals and professional interests
  • Benefit from individual coaching and guidance from Wharton’s team of expert executive coaches
  • Build a global network of accomplished peers across functions, industries, and countries
  • Earn Wharton alumni status, becoming part of a global alumni network with more than 100,000 members

Experience & Impact

Participants of the Advanced Business Analytics Program (ABAP) are encouraged to apply for Leading with Business Analytics if they believe they meet the program requirements. Those applying to the ABAP who are not yet admitted, are also encouraged to apply to LEAP when they submit their ABAP application.

To complete LEAP and achieve Wharton alumni status, ABAP participants must complete two additional Wharton Executive Education open enrollment programs. These programs can be taken on campus or in the Wharton LIVE online format but must be completed within 12 months of admission to LEAP.

One program must be selected from our Analytics programs and will focus on deepening competency in the skills needed to implement and oversee data-driven business decisions. The second program must be selected from our Leadership or Strategy offerings to introduce general management principles. In addition, the participants will work with a personal coach for six individual sessions.

1.) Select ONE from Analytics:

Analytics (REQUIRED)

Customer Analytics for Growth Using Machine Learning, AI, and Big Data
Pricing Strategies: Analytics for Measuring, Capturing, and Retaining Value
People Analytics: HR Transformation through Data

2.) Select ONE from any of the list below:

Contact Us

For questions about the Advanced Business Analytics Program, please email our delivery partner, Emeritus, at Wharton_abap@emeritus.org.

For questions about the Leading with Business Analytics Program, please contact Wharton Client Relations at execed@wharton.upenn.edu.

Executive Coaching

Personalized Leadership Development

A highlight of the Leading with Business Analytics Program is executive coaching. The first of six sessions is held virtually and can begin after the completion of the ABAP core curriculum. If you choose to take advantage of this opportunity, you will complete a personality assessment and a 360° tool to collect feedback from your organization. Next, a virtual goal-setting session will help you identify the specific outcomes you want to achieve through LEAP. You will then meet with your executive coach, either virtually or on campus, to create a leadership development plan that both leverages your existing strengths and identifies opportunities for growth. This leadership development plan will be tailored to your and your organization’s specific needs, recognizing the most valued leadership skills and traits necessary for you to succeed in your current role and beyond.

As you work with your executive coach over six sessions throughout LEAP (held in person, virtually, or a combination of both), you will make stronger connections between your leadership behaviors and performance. You will also work on active behavioral modifications needed to achieve your desired outcomes and attain greater success. In a final session, you will assess your progress and set goals for future growth and development.

Who Should Attend

The Leading with Business Analytics Program (LEAP) is for senior-level executives, general managers, business owners, and successful entrepreneurs who have successfully completed the Advanced Business Analytics Program.

LEAP is designed for executives with at least 15 years of leadership experience, seeking to advance their careers and become more influential within their organization. The following criteria is required:

  • Demonstrated career achievement within chosen profession
  • Profit and loss responsibilities
  • Expansion of cross-functional and/or cross-geographical responsibilities

In addition to application approval, the Admissions Committee may also request that applicants submit a letter of recommendation. If requested, this letter must be written by someone who can attest to your professional achievements and provide additional information about your professional goals. If you require company sponsorship to participate in LEAP, please obtain approval from your company before applying.

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


Plan your stay in Philadelphia

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.

Faculty


Jagmohan Raju

Jagmohan Raju, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Academic Director

Joseph J. Aresty Professor; Executive Director, Wharton Co-Sponsorship of Indian School of Business; Professor of Marketing; Vice Dean, Wharton Executive Education

Research Interests: Competitive strategy, pricing, retailing


Gad Allon

Gad Allon, PhDSee Faculty Bio

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

Research Interests: Operations management and operations strategy


Matthew Bidwell

Matthew Bidwell, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Human resource management, knowledge workers, worker mobility


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


Serguei Netessine

Serguei Netessine, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Professor of Operations, Information, and Decisions; Senior Vice Dean for Innovation and Global Initiatives, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Business model innovation, operational excellence and entrepreneurship


Nancy Rothbard

Nancy Rothbard, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Deputy Dean; David Pottruck Professor; Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Emotion and identity, work motivation and engagement, work-life and career development


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


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

FAQs

What is the Leading with Business Analytics Program (LEAP)?

The Leading with Business Analytics Program (LEAP) is a flexible approach to obtaining an advanced level of executive education in analytics. It is available to individuals who have successfully completed Wharton Executive Education’s Advanced Business Analytics Program. This learning journey develops deeper competency in the skills needed to implement and oversee data-driven business decisions.

LEAP is intended for executives who understand the importance of data, AI, and ML in their organizations and want to harness them for greater competitive advantage. LEAP is structured to support career advancement with a curriculum that is rigorous, comprehensive, and highly experiential.

Benefits of LEAP include:

  • Wharton alumni status, including a lifelong Wharton email address
  • The flexibility to select from a wide variety of open-enrollment programs
  • The ability to customize your education experience to support your specific career goals
  • The opportunity to build a global peer network
  • Executive coaching
  • A personalized Wharton consultation to guide the design of your program experience

Is there a difference between the Leading with Business Analytics Program (LEAP) on campus and programs taken online in the Wharton LIVE format?

The content and faculty are the same for both the on-campus and Wharton LIVE format. When you enroll in the Leading with Business Analytics Program (LEAP) you will be joining a highly engaged and dynamic learning community and also will have a tremendous opportunity to build a powerful professional network with global peers. Whether you decide to do the Leading with Business Analytics Program (LEAP) in the Wharton LIVE format, on campus, or a combination of the two, the overall experience is a robust learning journey that includes two programs, one-to-one executive leadership coaching with a Wharton-trained coach, and Wharton alumni status upon completion.

How is the Leading with Business Analytics Program different from other general management programs?

The hallmark of Wharton Executive Education's LEAP is the ability to deepen study into the applications of business analytics, which span all functional areas. Two open-enrollment programs are required. You will choose one program focused on deepening competency in data analytic skills and one program applicable to your current business leadership development needs. The end result will be powerful professional development, a global peer network, and the pride of having a Wharton education.

Wharton’s open-enrollment programs are highly experiential and are taught by world-class faculty who offer participants a global perspective in a constantly changing business environment. LEAP immerses executives in business knowledge that is timely and relevant, and is designed to build deep competency in the skills needed to implement and oversee data-driven business decisions and today’s most pressing business challenges.

Will I become a Wharton alumnus/alumna if I complete LEAP?

Yes, upon successful completion of LEAP, you will be granted Wharton alumni status.

You will be joining one of the largest business school alumni organizations in the world. With more than 100,000 members who live and work in more than 130 countries, the Wharton alumni network is a powerful community of which you become a part and to which you have access.

Upon completion, LEAP participants will receive a lifelong Wharton email address and be invited to global alumni forums that showcase thought leadership from around the world. Also, you will have access to resources that facilitate both personal and professional growth through lifelong learning opportunities.

How is LEAP different from an MBA?

The flexible nature of LEAP is what most distinguishes the program from a traditional MBA degree. LEAP consists of the completion of the Advance Business Analytics Program (ABAP) and two additional Wharton open enrollment courses that you select to meet your individual professional goals, taken on your own timetable over a two-year period (inclusive of ABAP and LEAP). Please note, however, that the ABAP and LEAP programs do not qualify for academic credit and cannot be transferred or used as a credit toward a degree.

In a traditional MBA cohort, participants spend up to two years with their same class of peers. Because the LEAP experience is customized learning for the individual, you will meet and interact with many individuals from all over the world, allowing you to create your own powerful professional network.

Another way in which LEAP is different from an MBA is the highly experiential nature of the open-enrollment programs at Wharton, which combine a variety of teaching methods. Many of our programs frequently put participants’ knowledge and skills to the test in the classroom through realistic business strategy simulations.

Which categories of programs are eligible?

Wharton Executive Education open-enrollment programs that run at least four (4) days can count toward completing LEAP. Complete one program in analytics and one program in leadership or strategy. Two open-enrollment on-campus in total must be successfully completed. Contact us at +1.215.898.1776 or execed@wharton.upenn.edu for more details.

Which open-enrollment programs are not eligible?

The following programs are not eligible:

Please contact us at +1.215.898.1776 or execed@wharton.upenn.edu for a personalized consultation.

Can I take longer than one year to complete LEAP?

No. The curriculum must be completed in one year or less, and the time frame for completion cannot be extended.

A Wharton Program Consultant can assist you in selecting the programs that meet your professional goals and fit your work schedule. Please contact us at +1.215.898.1776 or execed@wharton.upenn.edu for a personalized consultation.

If I previously attended an open-enrollment program at Wharton, can I receive credit toward LEAP?

You may be eligible to receive credit for ONE open-enrollment program toward completing LEAP if you previously completed an eligible open-enrollment program within the past 12 months. This will not include the on-campus open enrollment program required for the ABAP. Please contact us at +1.215.898.1776 or execed@wharton.upenn.edu for a personalized consultation.

I attended a custom program at Wharton through my company. Can that program count toward my LEAP?

No, we regret that we cannot consider custom programs as eligible to count toward LEAP.

What other Wharton Executive Education programs are available for senior executives?

Two multi-week programs target the specific needs of senior-level executives. Both are designed to develop acumen and skills required at the highest levels of organizational leadership, and they are based on real-time business dynamics, economic challenges and opportunities, global trends, and market shifts. The programs are Advanced Management Program (AMP) and the Executive Development Program (EDP).

The AMP provides:

  • Stretch experiences that go beyond conventional case studies and classroom lectures to build leadership capabilities
  • Executive coaching, delivered both in teams and individually, to accelerate learning and personal growth
  • Access to a powerful group of global peers and admittance to Wharton’s alumni network of 99,000+ graduates in more than 130 countries

The EDP:

  • Builds capabilities for leading cross-border teams across functions and countries
  • Strengthens business acumen in core areas such as finance, marketing, management, and strategy
  • Puts knowledge and skills to the test in a realistic business strategy simulation that incorporates program content, sustainability issues, and teamwork

Is there an application deadline for LEAP?

You may select to apply for LEAP when you apply to the ABAP. If you are already enrolled in the ABAP and interested in applying, you may submit your request via email to the attention of Wendy McGeehan, Senior Director of Open Enrollment Programs at execed@wharton.upenn.edu. Applications are considered on a rolling basis; however, you may begin your LEAP coaching after your completion of the ABAP core, however you may not begin your two LEAP Wharton programs until you have completed the ABAP. Upon approval of your application, your first coaching session becomes your entry point into LEAP.

Do I need to take the GMAT or any other graduate admission exams?

No, we do not require an admissions examination to attend this program.

I graduated from a university several years ago and/or I already have an MBA. May I still apply to LEAP?

Yes. LEAP participants come from different professional and educational backgrounds, but what distinguishes them is a commitment to lifelong learning and professional advancement.

English is not my native language and I do not work in an English language environment. Can I still attend LEAP?

All LEAP candidates must be fluent in English to complete reading assignments and to actively engage in group discussions and activities. Being able to fully communicate in English with your executive peers and Wharton faculty is an integral part of the experience.

If you have taken the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) within the past two years, your score must be 800 or higher.

If you have less than one year’s experience working in an English-speaking environment, or if you are unsure about your current level of English, please contact us immediately at execed@wharton.upenn.edu. We can better advise you then.

What is included in LEAP price and what form of payments is accepted?

The LEAP fee includes tuition for two open-enrollment programs, executive coaching, private accommodations, most meals, and all program materials.

Payment can be made by wire transfer or credit card. Due to postal delays with the U.S. Postal Service, we do not recommend sending a check. If you do wish to pay by check, please note that sending a check by mail could delay receipt of your payment and admission into the program.

A $15,000 deposit is due within 30 days of acceptance into the program. This confirms your attendance in LEAP. The balance is due 30 days prior to the start of your first coaching session and/or the start of your first program, whichever comes first.

I’ve been accepted into LEAP but I am unable to attend and wish to cancel my enrollment. What do I do?

If you wish to cancel enrollment in one of your selected LEAP courses, we are more than happy to reschedule your attendance for the next program date, or we can work with you to identify a more convenient session. If you wish to withdraw entirely from LEAP, please contact Wharton Client Relations at +1.215.898.1776 or execed@wharton.upenn.edu to discuss your specific situation.

Please note these transfer and cancellation policies:

Transfer of Registration: We will allow participants to transfer between different dates of a specific program with at least 10 days’ notice before the start date.

Cancellations and Refunds: Cancellations received more than 90 days prior to the start of the first program in your learning journey will receive a full refund. Cancellations received less than 90 days prior to the first program’s start date will incur a charge of $10,000. Please note that after you have taken your first program in LEAP, no refunds will be given.

Requests to cancel or defer participation in LEAP must be made in writing and submitted to Wharton Client Relations at execed@wharton.upenn.edu.

For more information, please contact Wharton Client Relations at +1.215.898.1776 or by email.

Additional Information
In addition to application approval, the Admissions Committee may also request that applicants submit a letter of recommendation. If requested, this letter must be written by someone who can attest to your professional achievements and provide additional information about your professional goals. If you require company sponsorship to participate in LEAP, please obtain approval from your company before applying.

Fluency in English, written and spoken, is required for participation in Wharton Executive Education program

Date, Location, & Fees

Flexible learning journeyPhiladelphia, PA$69,000


Wharton will begin accepting applications for the LEAP program as of September 1, 2021.

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Fees for the on-campus program include accommodations and meals. Prices are subject to change.

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For questions about LEAP, please contact Wharton Client Relations at:

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