Global C-Suite Program

Embrace global business leadership

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Course Dates

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March 26, 2024

Course Duration

DURATION

9 to 12 Months
Online + On Campus

Course Fee

PROGRAM FEE

US$20,000 US$19,000 and get US$1,000 off with a referral US$200 application fee

Course Information Flexible payment available

Tuition Fee Benefit

US$1,000

This is only available to participants who apply by .

83%

of global leaders say that they feel unprepared for their new roles.

Source: McKinsey & Co

68%

of global leaders think their organizations don’t offer them appropriate support.

Source: McKinsey & Co

Navigate growth through global leadership strategies

Today’s globally connected world requires advanced leadership skills and an unconventional approach to business that extends far beyond core functional competencies. Expanded global responsibilities, an increased focus on the customer experience, and demands for disruption and innovation require that top management think differently to succeed. With pressure to increase returns on capital, establish viable long-term partnerships, and develop winning strategies for multiple markets, the C-suite role has transformed significantly. The modern C-suite role requires empathetic leadership, a focus on technology, and sophisticated management skills. The right blend of communication, collaboration, and strategic thinking will enable you to thrive as a global leader.

The Global C-Suite Program is an extraordinary opportunity to build your leadership abilities in a fast-paced landscape and develop a growth-oriented mindset. The comprehensive 9- to 12-month program aids your transition into the C-suite with the skills needed to address short- and long-term business challenges. It will help you emerge as an inspiring and enterprising C-suite executive ready to lead a values-driven global organization.

“Organizations worldwide are undergoing massive changes in the way they function and conduct business. This paradigm shift has necessitated the need for C-suite officers who can effectively grasp the changing dynamics of the business landscape and strategize for success. The Global C-Suite Program from Wharton Executive Education has been designed to help senior executives sharpen their skills to lead in the evolving business environment.”

— Emilie R. Feldman
Academic director for the Global C-Suite Program; Professor of Management, the Wharton School

What will you learn from the program?

The multimodular program will enable you to:

  • Consolidate your functional, business, and communication skills to lead from the C-suite
  • Understand how to manage complex, multi-partner alliances and nurture strategic business ecosystems
  • Develop new approaches for global team building, strategy execution, and implementation
  • Focus on the demands of emerging markets and grasp new industry challenges
  • Plan and execute global strategy from a range of lenses including leadership, organizational culture, business challenges, and talent management
  • Recognize the drivers of corporate value and their tradeoffs: organic revenue growth, returns on capital, and long-term investing
  • Identify the factors that help your organization gain and sustain competitive market advantage

Program highlights

Imagen que acompaña al texto - Personaliza tu viaje de aprendizaje

Customize your learning journey with a choice of electives.

Imágenes que acompañan al texto - Aprende a tu rit

Learn at your own pace with a weekly commitment of three to five hours.

Imagen que acompaña al texto - Conoce la opinión de los expertos mundiales del sector

Glean insights from global industry experts who are at the cutting edge of innovation.

Imagen para acompañar el texto - Red de contactos con colegas expertos

Network with accomplished peers from around the globe and gain new approaches to leadership.

Imagen para acompañar el texto - Comprométete con tu coach de éxito

Engage with your success coach to craft your learning journey through regular check-in sessions.

Imagen para acompañar el texto - Benefícate de las sesiones en vivo

Benefit from experiential sessions combining theory with real-world case studies and apply the knowledge to your organization.

Imagen que acompaña al texto - Conoce a tus compañeros, expertos del sector y profesores

Meet your peers, industry experts, and faculty during two days of in-person networking on the Wharton campus.

Imagen para acompañar el texto - Proceso de solicitud estatus de egresado de Wharton

Following successful completion of the program and subsequent open-enrollment programs, subject to further qualification criteria and additional tuition, you have a pathway to apply for Wharton alumni status.

Curriculum

The Global C-Suite Program will enable forward-thinking executives like you to learn from a cutting-edge curriculum that reflects current industry trends. You will learn to formulate and execute global strategies, develop new approaches to manage global teams, and lead growth-focused initiatives. The program is divided into two components — 18 weeks of core modules followed by three online electives of six weeks each. It concludes with a two-day networking and graduation event on the Wharton campus in Philadelphia.

  • Global Strategy

    Elevate your leadership skills by delving into strategy, innovation, and effective management. Understand emerging market dynamics, and infuse your leadership with strategic acumen, paving the way for a competitive advantage in the ever-evolving global landscape.

    • Strategic Thinking
    • Creating and Sustaining Competitive Advantage
    • Competing in a Global Environment
    • Winning in Emerging Markets
    • Strategic Agility

    Executing Growth Strategies

    Embark on a strategic journey to leverage innovation and drive growth. By mastering diversification and value creation through growth modes, and decoding scaling metrics, you will be equipped to propel your organization toward transformative growth.

    • Growth Avenues — Scope Diversification and Consolidation
    • Creating Value through Modes of Growth
    • Analyzing an Organization's Scaling Metrics
    • The Drivers of Corporate Value

    Global Leadership

    Gain a sharper understanding of what it takes to be a global leader by navigating the complexities of managing diverse teams. Master the nuances of C-suite dynamics and strengthen your core leadership skills to navigate crises and elevate your leadership.

    • Managing Collaborative, Global, and Remote Teams
    • Leadership in Crisis
    • Your Leadership in the Global C-Suite
    • Strengthening Your Leadership in the C-Suite
    • Serving as the Complete Leader
    • Leader’s Checklist


    • Global Supply Chain Management Program: Learn how supply chains have reacted to global stresses and acquire the frameworks and skills needed to coordinate and integrate global logistics, purchasing, operations, and market channel strategies.
    • Executive Presence and Influence: Persuasive Leadership Development: Gain the skill set needed to have an impactful executive presence through strategic persuasion and craft your unique leadership style.
    • Driving Strategic Innovation: Leading Complex Initiatives for Impact: Prepare yourself to create and execute a well-developed innovation strategy that ensures your organization can meet the challenges of today and the future.
    • Future of Work: Leading Modern Workplaces: Learn to create a reliable framework to successfully navigate changes in modern workplaces.
    • Understanding the Brain: Using Neuroscience to Deliver Better Business Results: Understand the brain and its functions through the study of neuroscience — a discipline that is integral to cultivating organizational success, leadership abilities, and personal growth.
    • Business Acumen for Executives: Engage in six key areas of business to develop your strategic management expertise. Learn to influence and interact more effectively across your organization and make better cross-functional decisions that drive growth.
    • Behavioral Economics: Consumer Choice and Decision Making: Drive positive business impact by using insights from psychology into consumer motivation and bias in decision making
    • Corporate Governance: Maximize Your Effectiveness in the Boardroom: Gain a deeper understanding of corporate governance and increase your impact on board-level decisions by understanding the role, structure, and responsibilities of corporate governance.

    *Electives are subject to change.

Note: Session topics and final list of electives are subject to change

Recognition ceremony and networking event (two days | on campus)

Meet your cohort peers and faculty in person on the Wharton Executive Education campus in Philadelphia at a two-day recognition ceremony and networking event. This event takes place once every four cohorts, enabling you to network with not just your peers but also professionals from other cohorts and to create a lifelong community of global executives.

Executive reflection

Throughout the program, you will work on a reflection journal by applying program learnings to identify challenges in your current or previous organization. For the executive reflection, you will select one of the challenges you have identified, analyze it using each module’s learnings, and create a set of potential solutions to resolve the challenge.

There are three reflection journal submissions in total — one at the end of each phase:

  • Week 6: Global Strategy
  • Week 12: Executing Growth Strategies
  • Week 18: Global Leadership

You will be able to reflect upon the strategies you wish to implement, the support you will need in executing them, and how you can contribute to the future of your organization.

You are also encouraged to take advantage of weekly office hours and the Slack channel to ask questions and discuss ideas with your success coach and fellow peers.

Academic Director

Emilie R. Feldman

Academic Director for the Global C-Suite Program, Wharton Executive Education; Michael L. Tarnopol Professor; Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Emilie R. Feldman is the academic director for the Global C-Suite Program​. Her research primarily centers on corporate strategy and governance. She also explores the internal functioning of multi-business firms and examines the influence of significant shareholders on strategic decision-making and outcomes.

Feldman’s research has been published in several top academic journals, including the Strategic Management Journal, Strategy Science, and the Academy of Management Journal. Her work has also been featured extensively in popular press outlets, including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. She has been honored with the Wharton Teaching Excellence Award every year since 2018​. She also published her first book Divestitures: Creating Value Through Strategy, Structure, and Implementation in December 2022.

Meet the faculty

Feldman will be joined by other renowned faculty who are experts in their fields, along with acclaimed industry thought leaders. Their insights and domain expertise can be leveraged to better understand your business and industry in a global context.

Foto de perfil del profesor Gad Allon

Gad Allon

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

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Martine Haas

Lauder Chair Professor; Professor of Management, The Wharton School; Anthony L. Davis Director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute for Management and International Studies, The University of Pennsylvania

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Exequiel (Zeke) Hernandez

Max and Bernice Garchik Family Presidential Associate Professor, The Wharton School

Foto de perfil de la profesor Nicolaj Siggelkow

Nicolaj Siggelkow

David M. Knott Professor; Professor of Management; Co-Director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management, The Wharton School

Foto de perfil de la profesor Michael Useem

Michael Useem

William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management; Director, Center for Leadership and Change Management; Editor, Wharton Leadership Digest, The Wharton School

Foto de perfil de la profesor David Wessels

David Wessels

Adjunct Full Professor of Finance; Director, Wharton Executive Education, The Wharton School

Meet your success coach

Faculty Member Melissa Graham

Melissa Graham

Success Coach

Melissa has spent the past 20+ years working in a spectrum of industries from not-for-profits to large C-corporations, tribal and local governments, higher education, manufacturing, and more. She has served as a CFO, CEO, and COO in different business sectors, including higher education, and is excited to share her experiences and knowledge with you. Melissa holds an Executive Master of Business Administration degree (in Strategic Leadership), a Master of Finance degree, and is currently completing her Doctorate in Business Administration.

Who is it for?

The Global C-Suite Program is ideal for:

  • Experienced executives preparing to step into a global leadership role from a regional one
  • Recent C-suite officers who want to build momentum while making an impact
  • General managers who execute business transitions during alliances and collaborate with global and regional stakeholders
  • Executives and current C-suite officers in small- and medium-sized organizations looking to accelerate their careers

Program eligibility criteria include:

  • A minimum of 10 years of work experience
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

Past participant profile

The Global C-Suite Program attracts individuals who have diverse backgrounds, come from different industries, and bring unique experiences. The inclusive nature of the cohort ensures that you engage with like-minded peers, and gain valuable insights to address the challenges faced by your organization.

Average years of work experience:

  • 10 to 15 years: 6%
  • 15 to 20 years: 27%
  • More than 20 years: 66%

Top industries:

  • IT/Computers
  • Banking and financial services
  • Technology/Telecom
  • Consulting
  • Healthcare/Health services
  • Consumer products/Retail

Top functions:

  • General Management
  • Business Development/Sales
  • Information Systems/Technology
  • Strategic Planning
  • Finance Accounting
  • Consulting
  • Operations/Logistics
  • Engineering/Design
  • R&D/Product Development
  • Administration
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Entrepreneurship

Pathway to Wharton alumni status

For more than 135 years, Wharton has been the place where visionaries, inventors, and trailblazers get their start. Subject to further qualification criteria and additional tuition, the completion of the Global C-Suite Program and subsequent open-enrollment programs puts you on a pathway to apply for Wharton alumni status. Executives who successfully complete the Global C-Suite Program have the option of applying to the General Management Program (GMP), which offers further opportunities to enhance your leadership skills and business acumen with a flexible curriculum. The Global C-Suite Program provides one credit towards the six required to complete the GMP and earn alumni status. More details on the GMP are available at Wharton Executive Education.

Upon qualifying for Wharton alumni status, you will be eligible to receive:

  • Full access to become a member of 77+ Wharton alumni clubs
  • Invitations to attend future Wharton global alumni forums
  • A Wharton email address

Please also note that participation in the Global C-Suite Program (a) will not result in a degree from, alumni status, or earned credit at the University of Pennsylvania or the Wharton School (or, to Wharton’s knowledge, any other institution), (b) will not be recorded on a University of Pennsylvania or Wharton transcript, and (c) does not guarantee or suggest that a participant will be admitted to the University of Pennsylvania, the Wharton School, or to any other university or institution.

Certificate

Certificate

Earn a Wharton Executive Education digital certificate upon successful completion of the program. Alumni of the program get exclusive access to a wide range of professionals, events, and networking opportunities. Furthermore, you can also benefit from additional tuition assistance upon enrolling in further online programs from Wharton Executive Education.

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Note: After successful completion of the program, your verified digital certificate will be emailed to you in the name you used when registering for the program. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the Wharton School.

Application details

program fee

US$20,000 US$19,000

The fee amount is available till ,, and does not include the application fee of US$200


The program fee covers all program materials. The fee does not include accommodations for the two-day on-campus networking and graduation event, travel expenses (domestic, international, visa fee, and more), and other expenses.

FAQs

  • The Global C-Suite Program has been designed with your busy schedule in mind. You will be required to commit not more than three to five hours per week, enabling you to benefit from this transformative program while fulfilling your day-to-day work responsibilities. The impactful program offers a blend of self-paced modules and live interaction.

  • The 9- to 12-month learning journey includes live online and video online sessions with renowned faculty, industry experts, and global peers. You can take advantage of weekly live sessions and the Slack channel to ask questions and discuss ideas with your success coach and cohort participants. Real-world examples and a debrief of the program learnings are delivered through a combination of recorded video and live online lectures. The program concludes with a two-day on-campus networking and recognition ceremony on the Wharton campus in Philadelphia.

  • Although the program does not provide alumni status or benefits, it opens up a unique pathway to apply for the esteemed Wharton alumni status upon further qualification criteria and additional tuition. As a participant in this transformative program, you have exclusive access to a variety of professionals, events, and networking opportunities. You can also benefit from additional tuition assistance upon enrolling in further online electives from Wharton Executive Education.

  • The program fee covers teaching fees, all academic material, and access to online coursework. The fee does not include accommodations for the two-day on-campus networking and graduation event, travel expenses (domestic, international, visa fee, and more), and other expenses not specifically mentioned in the fees.

  • You can pay the full program fee upfront or pay in easy installments. If you apply well in advance of the program start date, you can receive a tuition fee benefit. If you would like to approach your company with a sponsorship request for this program, here is a customizable template that you can use.

  • Unfortunately, the maximum number of electives that can be taken cannot be exceeded. The purpose of the electives is to help you develop specialized skills in areas that align with your career so that you can dedicate focused time for learning and honing those skills.

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Our learning advisors have helped senior executives across the world choose the right program for their career goals. Schedule a 1:1 to get a deeper understanding on why the Global C-Suite Program is the right fit for you.

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