Leading in an Ownership Setting: The Program for CEOS

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
An Educational Partnership of The Employee Ownership Foundation & University of Pennsylvania

Unparalleled Content and Opportunity
The Employee Ownership Foundation and the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Organizational Dynamics have partnered to offer CEOs/Presidents and/or the CEO/President designee, of ESOP companies a breakthrough Certificate Program - Leading in an Ownership Setting: The Program for CEOs. This ESOP Leadership program is focused on enhancing each participant’s leadership effectiveness in his or her own company. 

The program will cover the following topics:
• Essential factors for effectively leading an ESOP company
• Leadership challenges & opportunities unique to ESOPs
• Link of ownership culture to ESOP company performance
• How to promote employee engagement
• Reflection on your personal strengths and challenges as a leader
• Connecting your values and beliefs into your role as a leader
• 360 feedback using a nationally normed feedback survey
• Two coaching sessions with an experienced executive coach
• Learning how others perceive/respond to your words & actions
• Strategies for building a high performance ownership culture
• Research findings related to ESOPs & firm performance
• Cutting edge concepts, tools and techniques in leadership
• Development of a peer network ESOP company leaders

Value for myself. Value for my company.

While CEOs of employee-owned companies face unique challenges and opportunities, leadership effectiveness remains the critical factor in the success of the ESOP, the company and ultimately for the employee owners. This Certificate Program is the first and only program anywhere formally addressing the relationship between the distinctive nature of ESOP companies and the effectiveness of leaders. We will examine in depth how leadership that develops and fosters employee engagement and participation impacts the company’s bottom line.

Who should attend?

• CEOs, Presidents and CEO / President, formal designees, or
• Regardless of title, the designated functional leader of the company

• Within these role definitions, leaders who
  •    want to enhance their leadership effectiveness
  •    practice and are committed to lifelong learning
  •    want to build a high-performance ownership culture
  •    are interested in having a national network of peers

Why should I attend?

• To have the time to reflect on your leadership strengths and impact
• To become more aware of effectively driving your leadership agenda
• To learn new leadership tools for strengthening your effectiveness
• To gain skills for increasing your team’s effectiveness
• To enhance your ability to coach team members
• To create a more coherent plan for building your firm’s culture
• To maximize the performance opportunity of employee ownership
• To strengthen your firm's succession system to sustain your company

Why should my company have me participate?

• To maximize the performance opportunity of being employee owned
• To enhance your leadership skills in an ESOP environment
• To better understand and respond to employee owner expectations
• To gain tools to build a high performance employee ownership culture
• Through your leadership, enhance your firm's long term sustainability

Check out these video testimonials from three past participants!

Testimonial One
Testimonial Two
Testimonial Three

Contact Information

  • Stephanie Weaver
    Training & Consulting Services
    School of Arts & Sciences
    University of Pennsylvania

    “As the leader of a new ESOP, this program was very beneficial in learning about the best practices of established, successful ESOPs – and gaining insights into how to create and maintain a high-performance employee-ownership culture.”
    Susan Butler, CEO
    Butler/Till Media
    Rochester, NY (Class of 2012)

    “The program provides the CEO with the necessary tools to implement positive change within the organization. I’ve walked away with a vast personal took kit to improve my personal skills, as well as the organization around me.”
    Mike Willard, CEO
    Salem Distributing
    Winston-Salem, NC (Class of 2012)

    “The course was a tremendous opportunity to meet and really get to know other executives who share a passion for employee ownership and ESOP companies. We benefited from frank, honest discussions, engaging speakers and visits to ESOP companies. It was also very beneficial to me in implementing our corporate succession plan.”
    Richard Dreiman, CEO
    Chemonics, Washington DC (Class of 2012)

Payment Instructions

  • The total program cost is $11,000 for ESOP Association Members.

    For non-ESOP Association members, the total program cost is $13,000.

    Association membership will be verified upon registration to guarantee receipt of discount. 

    The deadline for registration is Friday, May, 24th, 2013, or when the program reaches maximum occupancy, whichever comes first.   

    The university has reserved a block of rooms for participants at the Inn at Penn.  More information about the hotel is available on the lodging page.

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