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SHRM Acquires CEO Academy

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Today, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) announced the acquisition of CEO Academy, a high-level intensive learning and networking experience for CEOs, focusing on key issues and trends that are top of mind for CEOs.

Together, SHRM and the CEO Academy will strengthen SHRM's mission to create Better Workplaces for a Better World. With the organizations' combined capabilities, we will be able to provide more resources and tools to business executives, which will allow them to excel in the workplace and optimize the CEO-CHRO relationship.

CEO Academy offers two-day programs delivered in close partnership with the Wharton School and McKinsey. The program, in its 22nd year attracts some of the most successful chief executives and board leaders in the country. It is one of the most comprehensive "learning and refresher" programs of its kind, attracting current chef executives, former CEO's, potential successors, company directors, Wharton faculty and industry leaders.

The two-day program focuses on strategy, innovation, growth, finance, talent, compensation, succession, governance, and other issues key to chief executives, emerging leaders, and board leaders. The next event will be in New York City on November 16-17, 2022.

"I am excited to welcome the CEO Academy to SHRM," said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, SHRM president and chief executive officer. "This partnership and acquisition shows our deep commitment to leadership development by addressing the most critical issues facing new and established CEOs and others in the C-Suite of Fortune 500 companies. Through world-class executive leadership programming, we can empower great leaders together to create real change in the world of work."  

"It is an exciting day for CEO Academy to begin this new phase in our growth as part of SHRM," said Dennis Carey, CEO Academy founder.  "The academy is proud to bring 23 years of successful leadership preparing tomorrow's CEOs to the C-Suite. I especially look forward to working with Johnny C. Taylor Jr., one of the most innovative and thoughtful leaders in American business. SHRM's expertise as a convener in thought leadership on issues impacting today's evolving workplaces gives the academy an enviable platform to impact talented leaders today and in the future among SHRM's global community."

About SHRM

SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, creates better workplaces where employers and employees thrive together. As the voice of all things work, workers and the workplace, SHRM is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today's evolving workplaces. More than 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies rely on SHRM to be their go-to resource for all things work and their business partner in creating next-generation workplaces. With 300,000+ HR and business executive members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 115 million workers and families globally. Learn more at and on Twitter @SHRM.

About the CEO Academy

Founded by Dennis Carey in 1999, the CEO ACADEMY® has emerged as the best refresher course in the United States for long serving CEO's as well as the perfect "War Room" training ground for newer CEOs and potential successors. The Academy is led by a faculty of some of the best recently retired successful CEOs and top academics at the Wharton School. It has been cited by participating CEOs as the "absolute best program anywhere for CEO preparation" and "nothing compares it for take home value and it's no-nonsense approach to value creation – even for long serving CEOs."

Carey expanded the program to include Board leaders in 2016 and establishes the Wharton school partnership in 2017. Dennis continues to recruit CEOs and Board, Board Directors as Vice Chairman of Korn Ferry, has authored 7 books on Talent, Strategy and Risk, and teaches Corporate Governance at the Wharton School. 


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