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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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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.

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.

“The ABA-Wharton CEO Leadership Lab is a must-attend opportunity. The program helped me push the re-set button. The professors are outstanding, the curriculum perfect and the peer interaction a huge benefit to helping me be a better leader. This program has enhanced my ability to make a positive difference. Well worth the time. I am still quoting some of the professors and using their insights in my decision process.”

Mark Ricca
President and CEO
First American International Bank, NY


Wednesday, May 1
​12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
​Welcome and Lunch
​1:00 - 1:30 p.m. ​Program Introduction & Review (Peter Cappelli)
​1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Building Adaptability for Leadership and Decision Making (Michael Useem)
​3:00 - 3:15 p.m. ​Break
​3:15 - 5:00 p.m. Building Adaptability for Leadership and Decision Making (Michael Useem)
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. ​Cocktail Reception
​6:00 - 8:00 p.m. ​Dinner

Thursday, May 2
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
​8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Review & Integration (Peter Cappelli)
​9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Corporate Culture & Leadership (Sigal Barsade)
​10:30 - 10:45 a.m. ​Break
​10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. ​Corporate Culture & Leadership (Sigal Barsade)
​12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
​1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Executive Review and Discussion (Peter Cappelli)
​2:45 - 3:00 p.m.
​3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Refining Your Brand Promise (Patti Williams)
​4:30 - 4:45 p.m. ​Break
​4:45 - 6:15 p.m.
Fintech and Digital Innovation Opportunities (Scott Snyder)
​6:15 - 8:00 p.m.
​Dinner Session

Friday, May 3
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Review & Integration (Peter Cappelli)
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Driving Change through Strategic Agility
​10:30 - 10:45 a.m. ​Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Program Wrap Up & Commencement (Peter Cappelli)
12:15 p.m.
Optional Lunch

Schedule subject to change. ​

Questions? Contact Perette Bonner for more information.