Executive Leadership Program

Tepper School of Business

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  • 4 weeks
  • in person

Tepper School of Business


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Who should attend

This program is designed for senior level executives. Recommended participants include:

  • business executives with leadership positions no more than two levels removed from the CEO and/or selected as a key person in the organization’s succession plan
  • c-suite executives in small/medium-sized enterprises
  • senior executives/administrators with 20 or more years of professional experience leading large organizations and/or initiatives
  • GS-15 federal employees with senior director, executive director, head, and/or chief (x) officer titles/positions
  • senior executive service and executive service federal employees

About the course

Understand what it takes to successfully lead without limits.

The Carnegie Mellon Executive Leadership Program is an immersive, month-long residential program that balances classroom instruction, practical application, and hands-on experiences for full-scope leadership development. Participants progress through four modules that emphasize effective leadership through higher management skills, innovation culture, emerging technologies, and executing to impact financial and social results. With engaging classroom instruction, the program includes panels, site visits, executive coaching, mentoring, team building, two live case studies, and an experiential project tailored to each executive’s unique organization-specific challenges. Participants will gain valuable and current insight from faculty, business leaders, and expert guest speakers. Moreover, the program offers invaluable networking opportunities with a select group of peer leaders, encouraging knowledge-sharing and synergistic learning.

As a result of this program, participants will:

  • Develop the knowledge and agility necessary to drive change within a rapidly evolving environment.
  • Develop higher executive management skills, including adopting a strategic approach, a deeper understanding of analytic tools, and the ability to both drive and advocate for organizational innovation.
  • Develop the ability to create and manage a culture of innovation, including mastery of process, tools, resource allocation, and the people factor.
  • Develop your understanding of emerging technologies, how they are (and will) disrupt the business world, and how to effectively prepare.
  • Hone your ability to apply these skills to execute effectively and immediately in your own organization.

Program Topics

The Dynamic Leader

Change begins with dynamic, agile leaders who can break through when challenges arise.

Today’s business climate is marked by shifting global trends, increased pressure from new and different competitors, and the need to respond to and adapt to change.

More than ever, organizations need inspired and effective leaders in order to produce a sustainable competitive advantage.

Building & Leading a Culture of Innovation

Leaders must continually reinvent products and services, and build with agile development to keep up with constantly changing market demands. Mastering innovation is a strategic imperative for competitive advantage.

This module helps participants deal with the challenges of creating an innovative culture and better understand the people factor of innovation in teams. Learn to harness the innovation potential and tap into the right people as critical enablers for innovation.

With a variety of tools and resources, participants will be able to develop a personal action plan in order to immediately tackle the innovation challenges of their organizations and involve the right people in the innovation process.

Leveraging Disruption

The rapidly evolving landscape of technology and related security challenges requires an understanding of the business application and the ability to apply best practices to create solutions. This module exposes participants to research-based and applied examples with dynamic innovators, researchers, and thought leaders responsible for shaping the future.

With a blend of classroom sessions, site-visits to forward-thinking startups and research labs, participants will end this module with a deeper understanding of several emerging technologies and their rapidly expanding business applications.

Topics include artificial intelligence, machine learning, Internet of Things, virtual/augmented reality, cybersecurity, smart grid, blockchain, open edge computing, and dynamic platforms. This module concludes with a facilitated discussion on applications and future business models.

Strategic Execution

The final module in this program aims to answer one question – how do you execute?

Focusing on experiential application, participants are provided with the knowledge and tools to effectively address the challenges they face every day, enabling them to develop a greater understanding of their own leadership style and create holistic strategies to be successful in different situations.


Robert Kelley

Robert E. Kelley is the author of the national best-selling and classic business books, including: How to Be a Star at Work: Nine Breakthrough Strategies You Need to Succeed. The Power of Followership The Gold-Collar Worker Consulting Dr. Kelley is an intellectual entrepreneur in the marketplace...

David Krackhardt

David Krackhardt pioneered the concept of “cognitive social structures,” wherein individuals provide their perceptions of the entire network in which they are embedded. Empirically, he has related these perceived structures to turnover, reputations, and power in organizations. Prior to his curren...

David Lassman

He also teaches ''Culture and Change'' in various Executive Education Programs at both the Heinz College and the Tepper School of Business. David has over 25 years of operations and engineering management experience, working in a range of industries including automotive, computer test equipment,...

Taya Cohen

PHONE 412-268-6677 OFFICE POS - Posner Hall - Room 255A AREA OF EXPERTISE Organizational Behavior and Theory EDUCATION University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Ph D (Social Psychology) - 2008 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - MA (Social Psychology) - 2005 Pennsylvania State...

Sylvia Vogt

President, Carnegie Bosch Institute and Adjunct Professor of Management,Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University; Executive Coach Sylvia Vogt serves as adjunct faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, teaching in numerous leadership programs. Her focus is on leadership development, ...

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