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Executive Development Program

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Executive Development Program Testimonial: Geraldine Ekkers

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Sep 15—27
12 days
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
USD 27850
USD 2320 per day
Nov 10—22
12 days
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
USD 27850
USD 2320 per day
Mar 15—27, 2020
12 days
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
USD 27850
USD 2320 per day


In today's complex, fast-paced, competitive environment, executives must be adept at moving quickly to build new leadership capabilities. Wharton's Executive Development Program (EDP) prepares fast-track leaders to move from mastery of one focused area to success in a broader role, priming them for greater leadership responsibility in large companies and organizations.

During two intense, transformative weeks, participants will expand their business acumen in key areas while benefiting from the expertise of global participants from a wide variety of industries, functional areas, cultures, and geographical regions.

Program Highlights & Benefits

In the Executive Development Program (EDP), you will:

  • Build capabilities for leading cross-border teams across functions and countries
  • Strengthen business acumen in core areas such as finance, marketing, management, and strategy
  • Put your knowledge to the test in a realistic business strategy simulation that requires leadership and teamwork
  • Work with an executive coach to develop your leadership skills through the simulation team experience

Experience & Impact

The Executive Development Program is designed to increase the business skills and leadership capabilities of managers who lead key divisions of their companies and aspire to be among top leadership in their organizations. EDP takes a multidimensional approach to learning, combining lectures, small/large group discussion, case study, role playing, campus networking opportunities, and a strategy simulation to provide new insights and give you opportunities to apply them. During the two-week program you will:

  • Advance your strategic decision-making capabilities to think faster and more creatively about current competitive strategies and solutions
  • Deepen understanding of organizational dynamics to improve the design and implementation of new initiatives and avoid destructive conflicts
  • Build capabilities for leading cross-border teams across functions and countries
  • Develop a global network of peers and experts
  • Create a plan to implement the lessons of EDP when you return to work
  • Work with an executive coach through individual and group coaching sessions to develop leadership skills during the program and transfer these skills to the workplace

A team of faculty and experts, from diverse business disciplines, provide in-depth knowledge in core business areas including finance, strategy, leadership, marketing, organizational dynamics, and globalization. Class sessions are designed to capture the years of experience in the room. Learning groups provide opportunities for exploring issues across business and cultural boundaries, and social activities promote a spirited camaraderie that leads to deep and lasting connections.

Session Topics:

  • Valuing Strategic Decisions
  • Operations Management and Link to Financial Performance
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Managing Global Policy Risks
  • Creating and Sustaining a Competitive Advantage
  • The Power of Corporate Culture and How to Harness It
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Executive Negotiation Workshop
  • Leadership and Integrity
  • Team Dynamics
  • Leading through Emotional Intelligence

Executive Coaching: Leadership, Coaching, and Teamwork

A distinguishing highlight of Wharton’s EDP is the executive coaching included in the learning experience. Wharton’s EDP, recognizing the importance of coaching to support individual learning and development, offers an intensive in-depth coaching experience focused on behavioral improvement grounded in feedback. It includes three individual sessions — two held during the program and one held after its conclusion — as well as two group sessions.

Your executive coach will have two areas of input to draw from: a 360-degree leadership assessment that you complete before your arrival in the program, and observations of you and your team during an intense business simulation. The 360 tool gathers vertical and horizontal feedback on leadership competencies such as influence, emotional intelligence, and teamwork. During the simulation, the executive coach will be able to observe your ability to lead, to collaborate, to negotiate, and to be an effective team member. Armed with this data, individual coaching sessions will focus on your development as a leader, using the simulation to work on specific skills through the team experience.

In short, the structure of the EDP, and the coaching provided, allows EDP participants to make connections between their behaviors and their effectiveness very quickly and gain powerful new insights into their leadership opportunities. Moreover, the extension of coaching past the program is focused on implementing key learnings from the program with the participant’s organization to create value and lasting impact from the EDP experience.

Who should attend

Wharton's Executive Development Program is designed for successful functional, country, or unit managers preparing to take on broader responsibilities that require leading outside their areas of education and experience.

Participants represent many cultures and regions, and more than half are typically from outside the United States. They include leaders from across all disciplines, including marketing and sales, research and development, accounting and finance, supply chain and logistics, manufacturing and engineering, human resources, and information technology. Likewise, they come from a variety of industry vertical groups, such as pharmaceuticals and health care, financial services, manufacturing, aerospace and defense, and high technology.

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


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Education: PhD, Harvard University; MA, Harvard University; BS, University of Michigan. Academic Appointment: William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management, 1997. Director, Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management, 1996. Recent Consulting: Numerous programs on leadership, decis...


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