Global CxO Program

Embrace global business leadership

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Course Dates

STARTS ON

September 22, 2022

Course Duration

DURATION

9 to 12 Months
Online + On Campus

Course Fee

PROGRAM FEE

US$20,000 US$19,000 US$400 application fee

Course Information Flexible payment available

Tuition Fee Benefit

US$1,000

The program fee is US$20,000. The amount payable after considering the tuition fee benefit is US$19,000.
This is only available to participants who apply by August 25, 2022.

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

Program overview

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 CxO 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.

Customized design for your success

The Global CxO Program is designed with the needs of busy executives in mind. You will learn through online and interactive sessions and guest lectures from global industry leaders. The flexible nature of the program allows you to customize your learning journey for maximum career and business impact.

Flexible

The self-paced modules provide the flexibility to accommodate learning around your busy work schedule. The program can be completed in 9 to 12 months as your schedule and program selections demand.

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Interactive

A community learning experience with a limited cohort size facilitates interactive discussions with peers, program coaches, faculty, industry speakers, and career advisors — allowing you to implement program learnings in real-world scenarios.

Transformative

The multimodular learning journey experience, including the executive reflection, allows you to learn and grow as an executive while enabling you to develop business strategies to improve your personal and organizational goals.

Program highlights

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Customize your learning journey with a choice of electives.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

Curriculum

The Global CxO 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

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

    Executing Growth Strategies

    • 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

    • 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


    • Executive Presence and Influence
    • Corporate Governance
    • Career Strategies for CXO’s
    • Future of Work: Leading Modern Workplaces
    • Managing and Implementing Complex Projects


    Meet your cohort peers and faculty in person on the Wharton campus in Philadelphia during a two-day networking and graduation event. This event takes place once every four cohorts, providing an opportunity to network with your peers as well as professionals from other cohorts to create a lifelong community of global executives.

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

Executive reflection

You will have the opportunity to apply program insights to your organization’s challenges and develop potential solutions. There are three reflections in the program, placed at the end of each phase of the core module journey — and they are essential for program completion. The reflection journals are designed to help you take all that you have learned in the program curriculum, interaction with your success coach, and discussions with peers to strategize for your organization’s unique global challenges.

Meet the faculty

Recognized for their breadth and depth of knowledge in business and leadership, Wharton’s world-renowned faculty, along with acclaimed industry thought leaders, will prepare you to face a wide array of challenges. You will leverage their insights and domain expertise to better understand your business and industry in a global context and immediately apply the insights you have gained to your organization.

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Emilie R. Feldman

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

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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

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Nicolaj Siggelkow

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

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Michael Useem

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

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David Wessels

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

Who is it for?

Are you an experienced executive preparing to step into a global leadership role from a regional one? Or have you recently become a CXO and want to build momentum while making an impact with your broader responsibilities? If these are the opportunities you foresee in your current or future responsibilities, then the Global CxO Program is the right fit for you. The program is also suitable for general managers who execute business transitions during alliances and collaborate with global and regional stakeholders. Executives and current CXOs in small- to mid-sized companies will also find this program to be ideal for accelerating their career goals.

Program eligibility criteria include:

  • A minimum of 12 to 15 years of work experience
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • International exposure (preferred)

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 CxO Program and subsequent open-enrollment programs puts you on a pathway to apply for Wharton alumni status. Executives who successfully complete the Global CxO 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 CxO 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 CxO 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$400
program fee

US$20,000

The fee amount is available till ,, and does not include the application fee of US$400


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.

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