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Wharton ESG Executive Certificate for Senior Leaders

September 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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Event Details:
  • September 1
  • 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm  EDT
  • Virtual Event
  • $6,750
About the Event:

Highlights and Key Outcomes

In the Wharton ESG Executive Certificate for Senior Leaders program, you will:

  • Assess corporate exposure to climate risk and opportunities
  • Develop and refine the leadership skills necessary for positive stakeholder management and grand organizational change
  • Better navigate conflicting stakeholder demands, prioritize stakeholder issues, and earn/maintain stakeholder trust
  • Prepare for and proactively engage with ESG activists
  • Strategically engage with political and regulatory stakeholders

The Wharton ESG Executive Certificate for Senior Leaders is comprised of one month of introductory content (Wharton ESG Essentials) immediately followed by an additional month of specialized management content. This advanced certificate is designed to quickly catapult corporate leaders to the forefront of ongoing ESG decision making, empowering them to act as informed, prepared catalysts for change amid urgent and complex constraints.

Blended Online Program Structure

This program’s blended format is designed to produce maximum, immediate impact for the busy executive. Participants will join live online sessions for two hours once a week over eight weeks. Sessions will be led by award-winning, tenured Wharton faculty who are pioneering academic research and leading the dialogue in the rapidly evolving ESG field.

Broadcasted and facilitated live from a technologically advanced classroom, the program prioritizes live engagement and employs a host of instructional modalities to enhance the learning experience: in-class discussions, case work, small-group breakout sessions, role playing and several competitive and engaging simulations. In addition, participants will work through self-paced content at their convenience in between live sessions.

Program Details:

Every Wednesday for four consecutive weeks in September 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT

  • Day 1: September 6
  • Day 2: September 13
  • Day 3: September 20
  • Day 4: September 27


Every Wednesdays for four consecutive weeks in October 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT

  • Day 5: October 4
  • Day 6: October 11
  • Day 7: October 18
  • Day 8: October 25

Experience and Impact

The Wharton ESG Executive Certificate for Senior Leaders will arm participants with best practices, data, and processes that participants can immediately deploy in their organizations. You will build on the knowledge of Wharton ESG Essentials to learn how boards and c-suite executives are assessing strategies to address ESG risks and opportunities, from climate and socio-political risks to the best internal governance structures, and how to powerfully measure and harness these factors.

The program dives deepest into the skill sets begetting a successful leader who can put ESG at the forefront of value creation. You will learn the art and science of corporate diplomacy, including best practices for engaging with and fostering fruitful relationships with stakeholders, both external and internal. The program will also provide a playbook for overcoming organizational silos in the development and assessment of political risk mitigation strategies.

Additionally, you will analyze scenarios of global warming and their impact on asset values. You will gain perspective on the green technology and innovation sector, analyzing where cost curves are rapidly evolving and could impact your firm. You will investigate the risk factors that make some firms more likely to face shareholder activism and less capable or successful in their response. You will also develop tools and tactics for more sophisticated engagement with activist shareholders, policymakers, and representatives of civil society to unlock value.

Session topics include:

  • Climate Risks and Opportunities
  • Socio-Political Risk
  • Shareholder Activism
  • Corporate Political Activity

Those interested in learning more about Wharton ESG Essentials, or additional ESG specialized certificates, can visit here.

Participants who have successfully completed Wharton ESG Essentials as a standalone program can apply for and enroll in a certificate track within one year of Essentials completion.