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CEO Leadership Program

Leading in an Ownership Setting: The Program for CEOs

Leadership effectiveness is the critical factor in the success of an ESOP company, and this is the only program that formally addresses the relationship between ESOP companies and the effectiveness of their leaders. It examines how leadership that develops and fosters employee engagement and participation impacts the company’s bottom line.

This program is focused on enhancing each participant's leadership effectiveness, and on building a network of ESOP CEO’s who can share resources and best practices to enhance the success of ESOPs across the country.

Who should attend? 

This program is for current CEOs or Presidents of ESOP companies or for their designate successors. Leaders who find this program most beneficial:

     • Want to continue to develop as leaders.
     • Are committed to lifelong learning.
     • Want to maximize their opportunities to build a high-performing employee owned culture.
     • Are interested in developing a national network with leaders of ESOP companies.
Look at what program alumni have to say about their experience:


Carolyn Stanworth

President and CEO
BL Companies

The UPenn CEO Employee Ownership Program allowed me the time, focus, and environment to take a step back from the day-to-day to gain insights and tools to perform at a higher level. The program was instrumental in helping me learn more about myself as a leader, how my values and the company's values need to be in alignment for success, and then how to leverage them. 


Mike Willard 

Salem Distributing

You will be constantly challenged throughout the sessions, and this will make you a better CEO. Possibly the best outcome is the networking amongst the peers in your class. I have a group of CEO’s I can bounce ideas off of that are like-minded and, in most instances, have encountered the challenge I currently am facing. This is a “must attend” event for emerging CEO’s and current CEO’s.


Roseline Bougher

A.D. Marble

This program allowed me to become a leader for our ESOP, which is different in many ways from other companies. I learned so much about who I am as a leader and as a person, and to this day, I am able to apply what I learned in my business and in my personal life. Definitely worth it!”

Program Dates

The program takes place in sequential sessions. Participants should attend both sessions.
        Part I:    June 23-28, 2019 
        Part II:   December 1-4, 2019


$11,000 (ESOP Association Members)
$13,000 (Non-Members)
(Tuition does not include accommodations at the Inn at Penn)

Program Size 

To maximize the benefits of this program, class size is limited to 20 participants. Register early to reserve your space!


The Certificate Program will be held on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, one of the most beautiful of the Ivy League institutions.

Program Content

Take a look at the program's preliminary agenda
For a look at the potential faculty, see the faculty bios.


Registrants are responsible for their own hotel accommodations. A block of rooms are reserved at the Inn at Penn. Occasionally the block fills up in which case attendees will need to reserve rooms at other nearby hotels. We encourage you to make your room reservations when you register for the program.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests must be sent by June 1st to Ginny Vanderslice at


Questions may be sent to Rosemary Clements at or 202-293-2971.

For more information about program content, contact Ginny Vanderslice, the program’s Academic Director, at or 215-292-4865. 

Register online or download a registration form today!
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