Wharton Fellows: Master Classes and Networking for Senior Executives

Program Overview

Disruptive change is the new status quo. Businesses, industries, governments, and individuals can no longer rely on expected outcomes, but must continuously rethink strategies and business models while scanning for new opportunities and threats.

Wharton Fellows: Master Classes and Networking for Senior Executives is designed to help you stay ahead of the curve, reinvigorating and enhancing your leadership skills. This robust network of senior executives, academic experts, and global thought leaders delivers real-time, high-level insider knowledge while challenging you to embrace change. There are no traditional classrooms in this ongoing learning experience. Instead, Fellows meet around the world with the most influential leaders in business, politics, science and technology, and the arts, gaining the most current, actionable insights into industry-transforming business models.

Program Experience

Highlights and Key Outcomes

By attending Wharton Fellows, you will:

  • Revitalize your current mental models through continuous learning
  • Position yourself and your organization to meet current and future challenges
  • Receive Wharton alumni status after completing 12 Master Classes

Experience & Impact

The next series of Master Classes is still in development. The Fellows will explore the transformational convergence of communication, energy, and mobility technologies, and meet with the business and political leaders who are embracing and enacting real change.

  • Fellows status is attained after admittance to the Fellows program.
  • At least one Master Class must be attended every two years to maintain Fellows membership.
  • A partners program is available for spouses at 75 percent of cost for full participation in Master Classes.

Who Should Attend

Senior executives with more than 15 years of management experience. All candidates must submit an application for acceptance into the Fellows program prior to registering for any Master Classes.

Ongoing Expert Network

Upon admission, new Fellows immediately join an exclusive expert network that provides rich opportunities for ongoing, real-time, peer-to-peer interaction around critical issues. Components of the network include:

  • An exclusive, ongoing association that extends knowledge sharing on critical topics as identified by Fellows and faculty, allowing for rapid topic selection and knowledge creation. Executives can attend and interact online and/or via phone from any location in the world.
  • Membership in the virtual Fellows community, which will include knowledge sharing between members, action learning to help you apply what you learned back at your workplace, ongoing threaded conversations led by Wharton faculty, and preparatory sessions for upcoming Master Classes.
  • Reverse mentoring with MBA students and entrepreneurs for a unique cross-generational exchange of new ways of thinking.

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

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Jerry Wind

Jerry Wind, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Academic Director

The Lauder Professor Emeritus of Marketing; Academic Director, The Wharton Fellows Program; The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Global marketing strategy, marketing-driven corporate strategy, new product and business development


Robert LunaCEO, Surevest Wealth Management

I was so impressed with the program. The pace is really good. It’s like a shot of adrenalin, of new knowledge and enthusiasm. I clear out my calendar for the Fellows Master Classes.”

Victor EdozienCEO and President, SET Enterprises, Inc.

If you want to break through barriers, this is how to do it. It is absolutely necessary to get outside of your own context. Big ideas don’t always come from within. That is what happened with me. I was able to think outside the box because I was outside my box. It really made a difference.”

Thomas PirronePresident & CEO, SSC US, Inc.

It was a real gift to be able to engage with people outside my industry. The dynamic nature of the group was as exciting as the program itself, and it was refreshing to see so many women in Fellows.”

Karen GibersonPresident, Accessories Council

Fellows is not classroom learning. It’s in the field. You’re hearing from the horse’s mouth what companies are dealing with right now. There is a sense of urgency and timeliness. It hits you much more viscerally when you are standing in the Bloomberg corporate headquarters hearing from Michael Bloomberg, or in the Duane Reade flagship store. It’s not a case study — it’s real life.”

John WindCEO/Designer, Maximal Art

Many executives say they can’t take the time to come to a program like this. I say you can’t afford not to take the time. It has been the most valuable three days I have spent all year. You get more ideas for your business and get more business done during the Master Classes than you would at work.”

Dr. Eric Bernstein

Since I attended Fellows in San Francisco and New York, we have started doing things differently. We were a top-down company for a long time. Now, we are driving innovation from the bottom up. The combination of both master classes have made an impact, and 2014 is looking very good for us.”

Arjun MahajanVice President, Software Folks, Inc (DBA Saviance Technologies)

Talking to the other Fellows was like opening up a side of the world I don’t normally interact with. I wish I had started five years ago; it would have made me think more strategically, and I would have made different decisions earlier. I lost some time not becoming a Fellow sooner.”

Saumil ShuklaVice President, Steam Operations, Con Edison

Fellows gets you out in the real world to see what other businesses are going through and what their issues are, listening to executives speaking in real time, in their own words, about what they are dealing with today. It’s not a 5-year-old case study. Fellows is true experiential learning.”

Alex BatsonDirector of Finance, Thermo Fisher Scientific — CIDTEC Cameras and Imagers

I chose Wharton because I wanted to bolster what I’m already doing in marketing management, and to help my company with that because we were in the process of restructuring, rebranding, and recapitalizing. Wharton Fellows — and really everything at Wharton — is all about thinking outside the box: How can you work outside the box you’ve been put in and come up with new ideas and new ways to be a leader in your field? If you want to stay current, if you want to stay relevant, if you want to be on the cutting edge and have an edge, absolutely take part in Wharton’s professional development programs.”

Jacqueline MartinDirector of Marketing and Business Development, National Medical Reviews, Inc.

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