Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Program

Emerge as a transformational leader

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Course Duration


9 months
Online and In Person

Course Duration


Program Overview

In an increasingly volatile environment, where business models are continually changing across industries, the CEO’s role is also evolving. The Berkeley Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Program has been designed to equip business leaders with the skill sets required to successfully navigate this era of uncertainty and transformation.


of CEOs believe that external factors like regulatory concerns and market factors will most impact their businesses in the next two to three years

Source: IBM’s 2021 CEO Study


of CEOs say their most important business priorities revolve around customers, clients, and citizens

Source: IBM’s 2021 CEO Study


of CEOs are looking to IoT and cloud computing to deliver results in the next two to three years

Source: IBM’s 2021 CEO Study

Program Highlights

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High Touch

Live online sessions, fireside chats, and guest lectures by industry experts

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High Tech

A theater-style virtual classroom brings the world-class Berkeley experience to you, wherever you are

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Core Curriculum

Focus your program journey with 21 weeks of in-depth core sessions in strategic thinking, innovation, culture, leadership, and more

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Choice of Electives

Select one (six to eight weeks each) from various topical electives to gain relevant skill sets specific to your career goals

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Real-World Application

Apply the learnings to your job immediately

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World-Renowned Faculty

Learn from world-renowned experts and cutting-edge researchers

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Interactive Sessions

Take advantage of 120+ hours of interactive learning with faculty, industry experts, and an accomplished peer group

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Peer Learning

Learn from high-achieving peers from around the globe and build your network

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Capstone Personal Case Project

Apply your learnings to a personal case project, informed by faculty, peers, and your executive coach

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Expand Your Network

Interact with faculty, peers, and global industry leaders during a three-day, on-campus networking event

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Alumni Benefits

Earn select Berkeley Haas alumni benefits upon completion of the program


The Berkeley CEO Program delivers learning that will help you fulfill your potential. Three core modules will provide you with the tools and frameworks to effectively lead innovation and change. You will explore various leadership styles to emerge as a more strategic leader equipped to build and inspire high-impact teams, and drive organizational transformation. Your in-depth learning journey will include lectures by faculty experts and specialists, case studies, group and individual exercises, and discussions with global leaders.
  • Transforming the Business
    (Strategy, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship)

    • Systems of innovation: The Silicon Valley ecosystem as a model
    • Technical platforms: A framework for strategic innovation
    • Customer-focused design
    • Essential drivers of the digital economy
    • Driving digital transformation and innovation
    • Leading growth strategies
    • Intrapreneurship (leading strategic innovation and change)
    • Strategy in competitive markets
    • Future-proof: Leading and succeeding in the global economy
    • Corporate strategy: M&A
    • Corporate strategy: Sustainability

    Transforming the Self
    (Leadership and Influence)

    • Leadership and executive presence
    • Leading your team
    • Managing your network
    • Strategic negotiations
    • Strategic storytelling
    • Judgment and decision making
    • Leading across differences: Conflict Management
    • Beyond yourself: CSR and leading the sustainable business
    • Driving change and dynamic execution
    • Using influence to lead change

    Transforming the Organization
    (Leadership and Culture)

    • Your leadership style: What you think it is, what others think, and what it all means
    • Leading strategy execution through culture
    • Organizational canvas (exercise)
    • Leadership in crises
    • Leading high-performing organizations and developing a growth-oriented culture
    • Fostering a culture of innovation through DEI
    • Sustainability, leadership, and ethics
    • Managing the board
    • Taking action and getting traction

    Note: Topics and sessions are subject to change.

    • Blockchain for Leaders
    • Digital Transformation
    • AI for Business
    • Business Analytics for Leaders
    • Future of Technology

    Note: Elective topics are subject to change.

Capstone Personal Case Project

Across the Berkeley CEO Program experience, you will complete a Capstone Personal Case Project. You will apply classroom lessons to a real personal leadership challenge or opportunity to deliver an actionable solution. You will be informed by faculty content sessions and guided by your executive coach and peers. At the end of the core modules, you will share the codified learnings from your experience as a personal case.

  • Problem definition and analysis
  • Solution narrowed and reason chosen
  • Action planning
  • Results
  • Conclusion and codification of insights


The Berkeley CEO Program is developed and taught by a team of Berkeley Haas faculty who are renowned experts and skilled educators with a focus on the sociological and psychological processes within organizations. They bring to the classroom their deep research capabilities and rich experience at some of the world’s most prominent enterprises. Through interactive lectures and real-life case studies, they will help you understand how core themes such as decision making, innovation, negotiation, diversity, and culture affect organizational performance. The world-renowned faculty will prepare you to reach and succeed in the highest-ranking role today.

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Jennifer Chatman

Associate Dean for Learning Strategies | Paul J. Cortese Distinguished Professor of Management

World-renowned researcher, teacher, and consultant on leveraging organizational culture for firm performance and leading high-performance teams. In her research, teaching, and consulting work, she focuses on how organizations can leverage culture for strategic success and how diverse teams can optimize performance.

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Kurt Beyer

Continuing Lecturer | Entrepreneurship and Innovation

A faculty member of UC Berkeley’s Haas Business School and Graduate School of Information Science, he teaches Cal’s prestigious Entrepreneurship Program to MBAs, undergrads, and graduate students. The program produces multiple promising startups each year including recent successes Pokemon Go, Indiegogo, Tubemogul, Lime, Freewire, Traveling Spoon, and Plushcare.

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Cameron Anderson

Professor | Lorraine Tyson Mitchell Chair in Leadership and Communication II

An expert on organizational behavior with a focus on leadership, negotiation, conflict resolution, team dynamics, and influence processes. Anderson, a Professor of Organizational Behavior, teaches courses in Power and Politics in Organizations, Negotiations, and Conflict Resolution. He has been awarded the Earl F. Cheit Outstanding Teaching Award seven times.

Alumni Benefits

Earn select Berkeley Haas Alumni benefits upon completion of the program.

Networking and Events

  • Ability to join local alumni chapters or clubs in your region
  • Access to a private network of distinguished Berkeley Haas alumni
  • Invitation to the annual Berkeley Haas Alumni Conference
  • Opportunity to attend select Berkeley Haas and Berkeley Executive Education Networking events opened to the COBE community

Berkeley Resources

  • Access to Haas Insights — Latest research and thought leadership from industry speakers and faculty
  • 30% discount on eligible future programs after completion of your Certificate of Excellence
  • Get an email forwarding address
  • Public access to the Long Business Library and other university database services (onsite access only)

News and Communication

  • One-year complimentary digital subscription to the California Management Review
  • Berkeley Haas Alumni newsletter
  • Subscription to the Berkeley Haas Alumni Jobs e-Newsletter with latest job postings from distinguished employers

Note: All benefits subject to change.

Participant Profile

The Berkeley CEO Program is designed for senior executives who are ready to accelerate their career to the highest level of leadership. It is designed for CEOs as well as for senior leaders who are identified as critical to a company's succession plan.

Participants are expected to have:

  • A minimum of 15 years of work experience
  • A demonstrated track record of leading regional/global teams and motivating by example
  • The agenda and ability to drive transformation in a complex, uncertain business environment
  • Substantial work experience, including significant time as a business leader ideally across regions and cultures
  • Readiness to immerse themselves in a transformative learning experience that offers an opportunity for serious self-assessment
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

Application Details

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