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About CEO Academy

Established in 1999 and acquired by SHRM in October 2022, CEO Academy offers an intensive learning and networking experience tailored for current and aspiring CEOs and board leaders. In collaboration with The Wharton School, CEO Academy presents a two-day comprehensive strategic learning program that has drawn over 600 current and former CEOs, company directors, and industry leaders from some of the world's largest and most renowned organizations.

With the adoption of the “Chatham House Rule,” executives can anticipate an intimate environment where open dialogue is fostered and the total attendance exceeding no more than 35 participants. We strive to assemble diverse cohorts, welcoming individuals with a wide range of perspectives and talents, fostering an environment where innovation and brilliance can thrive.

Meet the Advisory Board


Marillyn A. Hewson (Chair)

Former Chairman, President & CEO
Lockheed Martin Corporation

dr. erika h james

Dr. Erika H. James

The Wharton School

William McNabb

William McNabb

Former Chairman & CEO
The Vanguard Group

Alan Mulally

Alan Mulally

Former President & CEO
Ford Motor Company

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP

President & CEO

maggie wilderotter

Maggie Wilderotter


Meet the Team

mark thompson

Mark C. Thompson

CEO Academy

dr dennis carey

Dr. Dennis Carey

CEO Academy

Dr. Michael Useem

Dr. Michael Useem

Faculty Director, Leadership Center
Wharton School

patty parker

Patti Parker

Sr. Director, Custom Programs
Wharton School

chris lopez

Christopher Lopez

CEO Academy

Dr. vernon williams

Dr. Vernon Williams

Operations Manager
CEO Academy

ceo academy

Kelly Bradly

CEO Academy

Meet the Wharton Faculty

dr. peter cappelli

Dr. Peter Cappelli

George W. Taylor Professor, Professor of Management, and Director, Center for Human Resources

dr. thomas donaldson

Dr. Thomas Donaldson

Mark O. Winkelman Professor, Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics

Dr. emilie feldman

Dr. Emilie Feldman

Michael L. Tarnopol Professor, Professor of Management

dr. martine haas

Dr. Martine Haas

Lauder Chair Professor, Professor of Management, Anthony L. Davis Director, Joseph H. Lauder Institute for Management & International Studies

dr. katherine klein

Dr. Katherine Klein

Edward H. Bowman Professor, Professor of Management
Wharton Social Impact Initiative

Dr. Ethan Mollick

Dr. Ethan Mollick

Ralph J. Roberts Distinguished Faculty Scholar,
Associate Professor of Management
Academic Director, Wharton Interactive

Dr. Michael Roberts

Dr. Michael Roberts

William H. Lawrence Professor,
Professor of Finance

Dr. Lori Rosenkopf

Dr. Lori Rosenkopf

Simon and Midge Palley Professor of Management and Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship

Dr. Harbir Singh

Dr. Harbir Singh

Mack Professor, Professor of Management, Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management, and Faculty Director, Huntsman Program

Dr. Z. John Zhang

Dr. Z. John Zhang

Tsai Wan-Tsai Professor,
Professor of Marketing 
Director, Penn Wharton China Center