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ABA-Wharton CEO Leadership Lab

May 1-3, 2019  •  Wharton Aresty Institute of Executive Education  •  Philadelphia, PA

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Leadership is a journey, and great leaders understand that honing their skills and leadership acumen is an ongoing process. We are proud to present the ABA-Wharton Leadership Lab, designed exclusively for bank presidents and CEOs. Imagine the possibilities of spending two intensive days in a small group setting at the Wharton School’s Aresty Institute of Executive Education – a top-tier learning environment.  Peer to peer learning, solving complex challenges with the best business and leadership minds in the country will take you to the next level. We look forward to welcoming you.


Please let us know if you would like to be updated on details for the 2019 session.

Program Director

George W. Taylor Professor of Management
Director, Center for Human Resources
The Wharton School

Peter Cappelli has gathered an extraordinary group of Wharton faculty to challenge and inspire you over two intensive days of provocative conversation. Each morning, Peter will review the previous day's content with the group, gather insights, and preview the day's sessions. At the end of the program, Peter leads a deep-dive debrief to summarize key themes for the group to take away and implement at their organizations.

Partial List of Faculty

Joseph Bernstein Professor of Management
Wharton School of Business
Building A Banking Culture
  • Delve into the nature of organizational culture.
  • Recognize the organizational culture of your organization.
  • Understand the role of organizational symbolism and leadership behavior.
  • What is the role of sub-cultures?
  • The importance of fit between employees and organizational culture.

Organizational Psychologist
Wharton Executive Education
A Strategic Approach to Diversity & Inclusion

Building diverse and inclusive cultures where every leader can contribute and thrive, is no longer an option; it’s a strategic imperative that boosts the bottom line. In this session, we will discuss the benefits of workplace diversity in general, using relevant data, real-world examples, and research to clarify how diversity delivers impact. To further enrich the discussion, we will shift from a data-driven, to a person-centered approach that requires participants to engage in interactive discussions and a personal, ‘beneath the surface’ reflection. After this session, participants should be able to  articulate the benefits of workplace diversity; appreciate the diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives of other participants; and recognize the personal benefits of diversity and inclusion.

Senior Fellow
Management Department
The Wharton School

Fintech and Digital Innovation Opportunities
  • Understand changes shaping the future digital environment.
  • Assess how well your your organization is positioned to win in the digital wave.
  • Develop an experience that engages both employees and customers.
  • Explore alternative go-to-market and revenue models.
  •  Synthesize strategy into a roadmap for your organization.
William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management
Director; Center for Leadership and Change Management,
Wharton School of Business
Building Adaptability for Leadership and Decision-Making
  • Intensifying competition presses firms to be more flexible and faster-acting.
  • As uncertainty increases, leaders need to instill a compelling vision of the future.
  • Leadership depends on building a culture that focuses on personal responsibility.
  • Explore how to foster personal judgement and professional achievement.
  • Build your organizational capacity for making fast and accurate decisions.

"I had heard from our Stonier participants that the Wharton program was amazing, and that was an understatement. I received my MBA in 2000, and I am amazing by the changes in strategy, innovation and leadership thinking. This program has engaging speakers that impart business-changing strategies for our success. We as leaders, bankers and CEOs don't take enough time to invest in our own department. I am so glad I did."

Julieann Thurlow 
President and CEO
Reading Cooperative Bank, Reading, MA


Wednesday, May 1
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm 
Lunch and Program Registration
​12:30 pm  - 1:00 pm
​Welcome and Introduction
Amrita Subramanian 
​1:00 pm - 3:45 pm ​Strategic Leadership: Building Adaptability for Leadership and Decision Making
Michael Useem
​3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Break
​4:00 pm - 5:30 pm ​Managing Performance 
Peter Cappelli 
​5:30 pm - 6:00 pm Cocktail Reception
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Dinner

Thursday, May 2
7:30 am - 8:30 am
​8:30 am - 9:00 am
Amrita Subramanian 
​9:00 am  - 10:30 am
Refining Your Brand Promise
Patti Williams
​10:30 am - 10:45 am Break
​10:45 am - 12:15 pm Financial and Digital Innovation Opportunities
Scott Snyder
​12:15 pm - 1:00 pm 
​1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Applied Leadership Coaching
Amrita Subramanian 
​2:30 pm - 2:45 pm
​2:45 pm - 4:15 pm
Corporate Culture and Leadership
Sigal Barsade
​4:15 pm - 4:30 pm Break
​4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Corporate Culture and Leadership
Sigal Barsade
​6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
​Dinner Sessions with Mark Turner​

Friday, May 3
7:30 am - 8:30 am
8:30 am - 9:00 am
Amrita Subramanian 
9:00 am - 10:30 am
A Strategic Approach to Diversity and Inclusion
Harvey Floyd 
​10:30 am - 10:45 am Break
10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Program Wrap Up & Commencement 
Amrita Subramanian 
12:15 pm
Optional Lunch

Schedule subject to change. ​​​​

Questions? Contact Perette Bonner for more information.