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Results-Driven Learning Solutions

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Why Penn State Executive Programs?

Learning Solutions that Drive Results


With over 60 years and 6 academic awards under our belts, we excel at helping organizations succeed and grow through a proven system of leadership education that is collaborative, innovative, and measurable.

Whether on-campus, online, or at your location, we leverage resources from the internationally-ranked Penn State Smeal College of Business, as well as leading business experts, to help you shape the future of your career or organization.

Why We Are Different

  • We are educators, not consultants.
  • We are collaborative, not prescriptive.
  • We unleash and focus the potential of people.
  • Our solutions are based on a proven foundation of excellence.
  • Our results are measurable.
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Penn State Executive Programs is the executive education and corporate learning division of the Smeal College of Business at Penn State.

Serving the development needs of the world's leading corporations since 1954, we are committed to helping organizations develop leaders who know how to deliver results. Clients work with us for our outstanding ability to apply new knowledge to real problems for measurable outcomes in strategic innovation, effective leadership, and more effective business processes.

CLO Gold Award Seal

Nearly 40,000 executives from 43 different nations have participated in programs delivered on five continents.

In 2016, we expanded our comprehensive leadership development portfolio to encompass executive level through front-line supervisors and individual contributors.

We are recognized as one of the top providers of executive education worldwide, as evidenced by our numerous Gold Awards for Excellence in Academic Partnerships awarded by Chief Learning Officer magazine.

  • Penn State Executive Programs is an invaluable partner when you need to:
    • execute an enterprise-wide change initiatives
    • build organizational capability to execute against strategic goals
    • develop globally-focused strategic leaders at all levels
    • access thought leadership in emerging business practices
    • assess the environment through proprietary diagnostic tools

Collaboration as a Cornerstone

Penn State Executive Programs creates learning solutions grounded in the context of your organization’s competitive environment. Our approach integrates your strategic goals and performance expectations with the leadership skills required to build organizational capability and enhance performance.

Our solutions include leadership assessments, custom and open enrollment programs, applied learning projects, and coaching. In our programs, leadership teams have numerous opportunities to examine challenges and opportunities from a variety of perspectives and work together to formulate innovative solutions. We are experts at the use of applied learning to accelerate the readiness of leaders and provide direct business impact.

Fully-Supported Engagements

One of the advantages of Penn State Executive Programs is our support team. We manage the entire lifecycle of the relationship, offering complete services that range from learning design, custom module development, stakeholder communication, coordination of delivery logistics, and post-program support.

Relationship Director

We appoint a relationship director to connect all aspects of the relationship to ensure fulfillment of your goals, from vision to implementation and beyond. Our directors offer deep experience in leadership and organization development as well as learning solution design. The relationship director leads the design team that includes faculty with the most relevant research and program administrators.


Penn State Executive Programs selects faculty based on their academic expertise, experience working within organizations, proficiency in executive education, and their ability to work with executives. We place a premium on our faculty’s ability to provide leading-edge learning and the ability to help leaders apply new knowledge to solve real challenges.

Program Administration

Program administration is a critical function that allows everything to run smoothly. The Penn State Executive Programs team of professionals supports every aspect of learning delivery including managing enrollment, attendance, and program logistics to ensure a consistent process prior to, during, and post-program.

Content Partners

Penn State Executive Programs connects you and your organization to a network of thought leaders from the Smeal College of Business and beyond. By partnering with leading content experts, we offer you the knowledge, tools, and perspectives necessary to address current business challenges. Our academic partners work closely with industry experts to address critical challenges and produce research that shapes the world.

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Center for Supply Chain Research®

The Center for Supply Chain Research® (CSCR®) serves as a forum where industry leaders and academics exchange ideas and advance knowledge in business logistics. CSCR® research penetrates into emerging areas such as sustainability, low-cost country sourcing, and demand-driven supply networks.

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Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Farrell Center promotes and supports entrepreneurship and innovation as fundamental management disciplines that can be applied at any scale of enterprise, from start-up companies to global corporations. The Center is uniquely dedicated to helping students prepare to be change managers in larger organizations.

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Business Career Center

The Business Career Center is Smeal's undergraduate career services center and helps students develop relevant employability skills in collaboration with companies, alumni, and academic departments. BCC programming includes resume reviews, career coaching, mock interviews, workshops, and corporate engagement. The BCC also provides resources for 40+ Smeal student organizations. Interested in recruiting at Penn State? The BCC is your stop!

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The Leadership and Innovation Lab

The Leadership and Innovation Lab focuses its research in leadership and innovation management. Research areas include creativity and engineering design; the creative climate in a virtual environment, leading unique workforce populations, and organizational climate. Previous partners on applied and academic projects include Lockheed Martin, NATO, Google, Nike, and Epic Games.

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Sustainability at Smeal

Sustainability permeates education, research, and practical practices across the Smeal community and is now an integrated mission led by Director of Sustainability, Erik Foley. As sustainability is an enterprise-wide priority that touches every business function, we can help you focus on where strategy, mission, and sustainability coincide.

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Smeal Lifelong Learning Webinars and Podcast

Smeal Alumni Career Services hosts several virtual programs that serve the ongoing and self-motivated educational, professional, and career interests of our growing network of alumni constituents. Our uniquely curated webinars and podcast episodes showcase cutting-edge research and field knowledge by Smeal faculty, alumni professionals, and industry insiders. Register to attend a live program, stream at a moment’s notice, or download for a later listen.

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Penn State reaches outside of their campus to invite other business experts and the best University faculty to meet our specific needs. Also, they demonstrate a willingness to modify the program to meet evolving needs and continue an ongoing process of seeking new knowledge.
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