Program Experience

Highlights and Key Outcomes

In People Management for Emerging Leaders, you will:

  • Learn management nuts and bolts, from hiring to project management to legal issues
  • Avoid costly common managers’ pitfalls
  • Understand the implications of transitioning from individual contributor to manager
  • Explore how to unify and motivate your team toward common objectives
  • Leverage both your formal authority and informal interactions
  • Become skilled at managing interpersonal conflicts and having difficult conversations
  • Identify your personal management style through self-assessments

Blended Online Program Structure

This program’s blended format of live online and self-paced online sessions is designed to produce maximum, immediate impact for the busy manager. Participants will join live online sessions for three hours once a week over six weeks. Sessions are led by award-winning faculty who are pioneering the academic research and leading the dialogue on what it means to be a manager today.

Broadcasted and facilitated live from Wharton’s Wave Classroom, the program prioritizes live engagement and employs a host of instructional modalities to enhance the learning experience: in-class discussions, case work, small-group breakout sessions, role playing, and several competitive and engaging simulations. In addition, participants will work through self-paced online content at their convenience in between live online sessions.

  • Live Online Discussion with Wharton Faculty – This program offers the unique opportunity to directly engage with each of the program’s faculty
  • Curated, Relevant Resources – Faculty curate and share a list of essential videos to equip learners with the requisite knowledge for an optimal experience in live online sessions
  • Peer Dialogue – Participants are encouraged to share their input and experiences as well as gain valuable insights from peers and the wider community

Experience and Impact

Thriving as a manager involves a paradigm shift. You must continuously be achieving success through your team’s contributions. Fueled by the research of Wharton People Analytics, People Management for Emerging Leaders guides you through every aspect of that transformation — practical, interpersonal, psychological, legal, and ethical — so you are fully prepared to master your new role.

The program begins by introducing you to the imperatives of management: achieving self-awareness; hiring, retaining, and developing your talent; and delegation, motivation, and job satisfaction. From there, sessions shed light on the critical importance of successful project management, offering practical strategies and methods.

Content will then transition to an examination of how your actions impact your organization’s legal standing and reputation. You will learn to handle potential issues such as discrimination, sexual harassment, and misconduct. Wharton management faculty will lead you through an exploration of challenging conversational opportunities with your direct reports. Additional sessions will delve into incentive systems and rewards, special considerations for managing remote teams, giving and receiving constructive feedback, and utilizing effective communication and persuasion techniques.

Filled with live online and interactive experiences to personalize your learning, this program will truly help you understand each facet of what it means to assume authority and responsibility for others.

Session topics include:

  • Stepping Up: The Imperatives
  • Succeeding Through Others
  • Out of Trouble: Legal Boundaries
  • Managing a Distributed and Diverse Team
  • Exploring the Key Pillars of Projects’ Success
  • Communication Strategies for Challenging Situations
  • Reflection and Integration

Convince Your Supervisor

Here’s a justification letter you can edit and send to your supervisor to help you make the case for attending this Wharton program.

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

People Management for Emerging Leaders is designed for current and transitioning managers globally, including:

  • Managers who are experiencing challenges and would like to improve their skills
  • Professionals and individual contributors promoted into management roles for the first time or who aim to become managers in the near future
  • Transitioning managers adapting to new teams or new team infrastructure, including newly in-person, hybrid, or fully remote teams
  • New and aspiring managers in a variety of areas including the corporate sector, government, health care, international agencies, and nonprofit groups
  • Entrepreneurs managing teams
  • Managers who have received the title but no formal training

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

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.


Peter Cappelli

Peter Cappelli, DPhilSee Faculty Bio

Academic Director

George W. Taylor Professor of Management; Director, Center for Human Resources, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Human-resource practices, public policy related to employment, talent and performance management

Amy Wrzesniewski

Amy Wrzesniewski, PhDSee Faculty Bio

William and Jacalyn Egan Professor; Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: The experience and meaning of work, creation of meaning in challenging organizational and occupational contexts, the valuing and devaluing of work

Jennifer Feldman

Jennifer Feldman, JDSee Faculty Bio

Associate General Counsel, University of Pennsylvania

Lisa Warshaw

Lisa Warshaw, MBASee Faculty Bio

Ed Tech Entrepreneur, Former head of Wharton’s Communication Program, and Management Communication Consultant

Date, Location, & Fees

If you are unable to access the application form, please email Client Relations at Our application closes on Aug. 20, 2024.

September 1 – October 30, 2024Live Online$5,500Program Welcome Session: Tuesday, September 3, 2024, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST
Weekly Live Online Sessions:
Tuesdays beginning September, 10, 2024 for six consecutive weeks
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT
Additional Asynchronous Hours: Weekly

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