Global Leadership Institute

The Global Leadership Institute (GLI) is designed for skilled professionals to bolster their leadership and management skills as their responsibilities expand across their organization. GLI is designed to offer the most learning options—with in-person, online, and experiential education. It’s a flexible formula for fast-tracking your professional development in the kind of challenging, rigorous environment that has made Booth one of the top-ranked business schools in the world.

GLI is composed of two non-consecutive weeks of in-person classroom education in London and Chicago, and blended with several online, distance modules. Participants will experience immersive learning with Chicago and London-based company visits, hearing from industry leaders, and learning from each other - bringing The Chicago Approach to life.

Economic, social, and technological innovations have radically transformed the global workplace, placing new demands on organizations to stay one step ahead. These demands require organizations to be agile, strategic, and able to give rise to a new type of leader. This new type of leader must be equipped with the leadership skills to adapt to a highly collaborative work environment, while also holding the expertise to respond to modern business concerns in the face of rapid technology evolution.

Chicago Booth’s Global Leadership Institute (GLI) aims to transition emerging leaders into strategic, enterprise-focused executives. The program utilizes The Chicago Approach™ to business—a multi-discipline based approach to elevate the management skills of executives by focusing on leadership, strategy, decision-making, and finance. GLI also incorporates relevant topics such as innovation, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and corporate social responsibility to help leaders stay ahead. This program aims to provide the tools and frameworks to preserve and grow your organization as disruptive market changes occur.

By attending, you will: 

  • Improve your executive decision-making skills to better drive your organization’s strategic direction in times of digital and economic disruption
  • Learn best practices in negotiation techniques and develop frameworks for making sound decisions
  • Become a more effective leader and discover the dynamics of interpersonal and team behavior related to organizational performance and effectiveness
  • Gain the tools to think strategically and predict the impact of industry evolution to remain competitive and maintain profitability
  • Develop tactical innovation tools that will help leverage outside perspectives for insights and new ideas
  • Discover the fundamental principles of finance and accounting to make profitable financial decisions
  • Learn how an organization can become more socially conscious through their impact in society
  • Discover how artificial intelligence and analytics can be used to make smarter and more profitable business decisions Learn how to anticipate disruptive market changes and act with strategic agility
  • Discover effective cybersecurity tools and the role you can play in protecting your organization from global data breaches and digital attacks.

Format and Locations

Module 1: Leadership for the Global Executive
Format: In Person
Location: Chicago Booth Gleacher Center, Chicago
Time: 5 days

Module 2: The Chicago Booth Approach to Finance
Format: Distance learning
Time Commitment: 4-6 hours/week

Module 3: Define your Leadership Style
Format: Distance learning
Time Commitment: Three 1.5 hour webinars

Module 4: Cybersecurity for Executives
Format: Distance learning
Time Commitment: 4-6 hours/week

Module 5: Becoming the Transformative Leader of the Future
Format: In Person
Location: Chicago Booth campus in London
Time: 5 days

This program is designed for skilled professionals seeking to grow their leadership and management skills as their responsibilities expand across their organization. Executives who manage a P&L and share in the responsibility of driving the strategic direction and decision-making of their unit and/or organization will benefit from this program.

This program will benefit a wide range of industries and sectors – especially those in leadership functions undergoing dynamic change. This could include, corporate executives, country heads in multinational businesses, business owners, scientists, engineers, IT professionals, lawyers, government officials, architects, and entrepreneurs. Attendees should have 10 plus years of professional work experience.

George Wu

John P. and Lillian A. Gould Professor of Behavioral Science

George Wu studies the psychology of decision making; goal-setting and motivation; and cognitive biases in bargaining and negotiation. Additionally, he has received research funding as part of a 3-year, $3.6 million project entitled "Enhancing the Human Experience through Behavioral Science: New Paths to Purpose," to advance the behavioral science of purpose. Project research explores how people adopt, pursue, and fulfill their intentions to accomplish something that is meaningful to the self, and often is of consequence to the world beyond the self."

Wu's research has been published widely in a number of journals in economics, management science, and psychology, including Cognitive Psychology, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Management Science, Psychological Science, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.

Prior to joining the Chicago Booth faculty in 1997, Wu was on the faculty of Harvard Business School as an assistant and associate professor in the managerial economics area and then in the negotiation and decision making group. He also has worked as a lecturer at Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to graduate school, Wu worked as a decision analyst at Procter & Gamble.

Wu is a former department editor of Management Science and is on numerous editorial boards, including Decision Analysis, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, and Theory and Decision. He earned a bachelor's degree cum laude in applied mathematics with a concentration in decision and control in 1985, a master's degree in applied mathematics in 1987, and a PhD in decision sciences in 1991, all from Harvard.

Sanjog Misra

Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing

Sanjog Misra is the Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. His research focuses on the use of machine learning, deep learning and structural econometric methods to study consumer and firm decisions. In particular, his research involves building data-driven models aimed at understanding how consumers make choices and investigating firm decisions pertaining to pricing, targeting and salesforce management issues. More broadly, Professor Misra is interested in the development of scalable algorithms, calibrated on large-scale data, and the implementation of such algorithms in real world decision environments.

Professor Misra's research has been published in the Econometrica, The Journal of Marketing Research, The Journal of Political Economy, Marketing Science, Quantitative Marketing and Economics, the Journal of Law and Economics, among others. He has served as the co-editor of Quantitative Marketing and Economics and as area editor at Management Science, the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Marketing Science, Quantitative Marketing and Economics, the International Journal of Research in Marketing and the Journal of Marketing Research.

Misra is actively involved in partnering with firms in his research and has worked as an advisor to a number of companies such as Transunion, Oath, Verizon, Eli Lilly, Adventis, Mercer Consulting, Sprint, MGM, Bausch & Lomb, Xerox Corporation and Ziprecruiter with the aim of helping them design efficient, analytics-based, management systems that result in better decisions. He currently serves as an advisor to startups in the marketing technology, measurement and AI space. At Booth Professor Misra teaches courses on Algorithmic Marketing. These courses bring his practical and research expertise in the algorithmic marketing domain into the classroom. He is hopeful that these classes will get students ready for the next evolution of marketing that he believes is already underway.

Prior to joining Booth, Misra was Professor of Marketing at UCLA Anderson School of Management and Professor at the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. In addition he has been visiting faculty at the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

Jane L. Risen

H.G.B Alexander Professor of Behavioral Science and John E. Jeuck Faculty Fellow

Jane L. Risen conducts research in the areas of judgment and decision making, intuitive belief formation, magical thinking, stereotyping and prejudice, and managing emotion.

Her research has appeared in several notable publications, including "Looking Forward to Looking Backward: The Misprediction of Regret" with D. T. Gilbert, C. K. Morewedge, and T. D. Wilson in Psychological Science; " Why People Are Reluctant to Tempt Fate," with T. Gilovich in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,; "How Choice Affects and Reflects Preferences: Revisiting the Free-Choice Paradigm," with K. Chen in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, "Visceral Fit: While in a Visceral State, Associated States of the World Seem More Likely," with C. Critcher in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and “Believing What We Don’t Believe: Acquiescence to Superstitious Beliefs and Other Powerful Intuitions in Psychological Review.

Risen's research has been featured in the New York Times , Washington Post, the APA Monitor, and Psychology Today." She is a member of the American Psychological Society, Midwestern Psychological Association, and Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Risen received a bachelor's degree summa cum laude in psychology from Harvard University in 2001 and a PhD in social and personality psychology from Cornell University in 2007.

Haresh Sapra

Charles T. Horngren Professor of Accounting

Haresh Sapra studies the real effects of accounting measurement policies, disclosure regulation, and corporate governance. His current research deals with issues of disclosure, transparency and financial reporting for financial institutions. For example, how do accounting measurement rules impact the optimal design of prudential regulation for financial institutions? To what extent should accounting and prudential regulation be linked? What is the impact of loan loss provisioning models on banks’ risk-taking behaviour? His research has been published in journals such as The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Games and Economic Behavior and the Journal of Accounting and Economics. He teaches financial accounting to Executive students and a PhD course on the economic modeling of accounting issues. He has previously taught an MBA elective on Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Restructuring Issues to full time and part time students.

Sapra has won numerous teaching awards in all the programs at Booth. Sapra has been named one of the top-ranked professors in BusinessWeek's Guide to the Top Business Schools. Sapra has also the Ernest R. Wish Accounting Research Award for his paper "Do Mandatory Hedge Disclosures Discourage or Encourage Excessive Speculation?"

Sapra earned a PhD in Business Administration in 2000 from the University of Minnesota and then joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2000.

Sapra is an accomplished runner who has competed in over thirty marathons with a personal best time of 2:53:06.

Lindsey Lyman

Clinical Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship

Lindsey Lyman is the founder of Growth Studios, an innovation consultancy that helps companies build profitable new businesses. Through her work as an executive innovation coach, Lindsey helps executives become stronger innovation leaders. Through her work as a practitioner, Lindsey helps organizations build innovation capabilities. She consults with leading design firms, consulting firms, large and small companies, and entrepreneurs to identify unique growth opportunities and to build commercially viable new products, services, and business models. Lindsey also helps large corporate clients establish viable innovation structures and organizational designs.

Prior to founding Growth Studios, Lindsey spent 10 years at McKinsey & Company, where she was a founder of McKinsey's global innovation practice and co-developed McKinsey's Innovation Executive Education program. At McKinsey, Lindsey served Global Fortune 100 clients on innovation topics ranging from large-scale innovation transformations, to embedding capabilities in user-centered design and product development. Lindsey currently serves as a Senior External Advisor to McKinsey, focused on Product Development and Innovation.

Lindsey leverages her advisory and consulting work to develop current business content and cases for use in the classroom. Outside of corporate work, Lindsey serves as an advisor to many founders of entrepreneurial ventures and is a recreational angel investor. Lindsey also serves as a board member of the Advocate Aurora Health Whole Person Health Committee.

Lindsey holds an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she graduated with highest distinction. Lindsey lives on the North Shore of Chicago with her husband and 3 young children. Lindsey looks forward to someday reviving her hobbies of biking and fabric crafting, however in the meantime center around drinking coffee and building Lego with her kids.

Gregory D. Bunch

Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship

Greg Bunch draws on a wealth of experience as an entrepreneur, manager, consultant, alderman, and teacher. He is the founder of Masterplan International Corporation, a strategy consulting firm. He was also a partner at Brandtrust, a brand strategy consultancy. Greg co-founded a healthcare software start-up in the Bay Area. He has served on corporate boards for financial services, healthcare, retail, franchising and marketing firms.

He works with Fortune 50 companies, family businesses and start-ups in the areas of innovation and strategy. He has worked with a broad array of companies including Abbott Labs, American Express, Danaher, Dover, ETS, Harley-Davidson, Hewlett-Packard, Kimberly-Clark, McDonalds, PepsiCo, State Farm and Yum! Brands.

Greg was an alderman in the City of West Chicago, serving on the infrastructure, public safety and development committees.

Greg has lectured nationally and internationally on topics related to strategy, creating customers, and innovation. He earned a bachelor's degree from Wheaton College in philosophy and an MDiv from Harvard University.

Christina Hachikian

Clinical Associate Professor of Strategic Management

Christina Hachikian is a Clinical Associate Professor of Strategic Management at Chicago Booth. She teaches several of Booth’s social impact courses, focusing on topics including scaling social innovation and social enterprise strategy. She also serves as a coach for the John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge, the social impact track of the university’s nationally ranked startup launch program, as well as the College New Venture Challenge, the track focused on start-ups led by students from The College. She speaks on social entrepreneurship and innovation globally, on topics including the evolution of the social sector with an eye towards global trends, as well as how social impact is evolving at business schools.

Prior to moving into this full-time teaching role, Hachikian was the founding executive director of the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, as well as an adjunct associate professor of strategic management. Since its establishment in 2012, Hachikian led the center’s global work as the hub for people solving complex social and environmental problems. Under her leadership, the center became an integral part of the university’s social impact ecosystem and was a force for embedding social impact as an integral part of Booth. She was instrumental in building the center’s support base, including a more than $30 million endowment. Over her eight year tenure, she built a team of more than 20 people operating in Chicago, Hong Kong, and London dedicated to advancing research and developing the people and practices that will accelerate social change.

Prior to joining Booth, she was vice president and head of investor relations and corporate development for Cole Taylor Bank. Prior to Cole Taylor, Hachikian was an assistant vice president at ShoreBank (now Urban Partnership Bank), a triple-bottom line community development bank. There she was responsible for managing projects including growth strategy, capital raising initiatives, and operational efficiencies.

Hachikian has contributed substantially to the education and workforce development sectors. She is also a board member at two for-profit, early stage companies: including AIM Clinics, which provides autism therapy in underserved markets, as well as AutonomyWorks, a for-profit marketing services firm employing adults with autism, on which she serves as the company's social benefit director under benefit corporation status. She has volunteered since 2014 as executive coach for the executive director of VOCEL, an innovative early education nonprofit. In 2020, Hachikian was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Equitable Early Childhood Education and Care Funding, and was a 2017 McCormick Foundation Executive Fellow, the Erikson Institute’s leadership program for the advancement of access to quality early education. She has served on a variety of other committees and boards, including the City of Chicago Office of the Mayor’s Early Childhood Workforce Committee and UChicago Impact, the implementation arm of the Urban Education Institute at the University of Chicago.

Hachikian holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, with a focus on strategic management and managerial and organizational behavior. She also earned an AB in public policy from the University of Chicago.

In 2019, Hachikian was included in the Crain’s Chicago List of 40 Under 40.

Hal Weitzman

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science

Hal Weitzman is executive director for intellectual capital at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. He is editor-in-chief of Chicago Booth Review and host of The Big Question, Booth's monthly video panel discussion series. He was a reporter and editor at the Financial Times from 2000 to 2012, the last seven years as a foreign correspondent in South America and Chicago. As well as the FT, his reporting has appeared in The Economist, the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, New Statesman, The Irish Times, Slate and Politico.

Hal's experience in South America formed the basis for his 2012 book, Latin Lessons: How South America Stopped Listening to the United States and Started Prospering. His time as a reporter in Chicago led him to write 'Chicago's Decade of Innovation, 1972-1982', a chapter covering the development of financial derivatives, which was published in the 2010 book Regulated Exchanges: Dynamic Agents of Economic Growth.

Hal grew up in Wales. He was an undergraduate at Leeds, gained a master's at Oriel College, Oxford, and was a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Jake Braun

Lecturer and Executive Director of Cyber Policy Initiative, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

Jake Braun has over 15 years of experience in the development and implementation of strategic direction for complex, high profile national security initiatives. He works across technology, intelligence systems and transformational communications programs to develop solutions for clients in both the public and private sectors related to cybersecurity, government data analytics, and immigration.

Previously, Mr. Braun served as the Director of White House and Public Liaison for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where he was instrumental in the passage of the unprecedented Passenger Name Record (PNR) Agreement, one of the largest big data agreements in history. Mr. Braun currently serves as a fellow at the Council on CyberSecurity, in the President’s Circle on the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and as a strategic advisor to the Department of Homeland Security and the Pentagon on cybersecurity.

  • Experiential learning, or simply known as learning by doing, is woven throughout the program. Executives will have the opportunity to visit Chicago and London-based organizations, collaborate together on teams, and engage in activities that bring concepts to life outside of the classroom.
  • To reinforce the learning, participants will work on individual projects during the program that can be shared with their sponsors or, direct managers when they go back to work. The program also features group work and activities across the modules to increase collaboration and decision-making in a team environment.
  • To maximize the impact and time away from work, this program includes multiple formats for learning - online, live webinars, experiential, and classroom.
  • This program incorporates team activities such as dinners and social outings in London and Chicago. Participants who complete the program will become a member of the Chicago Booth community after the program ends and become a member of a GLI social network.

Additional Benefits

  • The Global Leadership Institute awards a Chicago Booth certificate of completion at the completion of the program.
  • Participants will receive a Chicago Booth Executive Education Global Leadership Institute digital badge upon completion of the program. This badge serves as an online credential of their accomplishment and recognition of the achievement. Badges can be shared among social networks such as LinkedIn.
  • Stay connected with each other and Chicago Booth after the program ends. Certificate holders will become a part of the Booth community and will receive invitation to the Booth Economic Outlooks located throughout globe, a complimentary subscription to the Chicago Booth Review publication, and access to Executive Education private social media groups and regional networking events.

Session Descriptions

  • Negotiations and Decision-Making: Learn techniques based on the latest advancements in the field of negotiation and decision strategy to enhance your influence within your organization and professional network. You’ll learn to recognize flaws in their negotiation and decision-making approach and develop frameworks for making sound decisions and negotiate effectively.
  • Strategic Leader in a VUCA World: Too often, executives over-rely on the experiences and thought patterns that have been successful in the past. In a completely static environment, this might allow them to continue to make good decisions but the business environment is changing rapidly and becoming increasingly complex. In this session, executives will gain the tools to scan the business environment, seek out alternative perspectives, and consider innovative approaches.
  • Choosing Leadership: Participants will explore their assumptions about leadership, management and followership; better understand the outcomes of their everyday behavioral choices and practice skill-building for executive leadership effectiveness.
  • AI and New Analytic Methods: Artificial intelligence and technology can impact an organization’s decision-making to make more powerful business outcomes for your customers. With advances in machine learning, AI and other new technologies, this session will address how organizations can use data to enhance their strategic decisions to improve their ROI.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility: Learn from Chicago Booth’s Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation faculty how to examine the broader social sector in which your organization operates, grow while focusing on social responsibility, and become a purpose-driven leader.
  • Define your Leadership Style: In this online module, you will identify, refine and develop your leadership style by building on Booth’s distinct approach to leadership. You’ll design and implement a series of in-work experiments and analyze the results. You’ll leave with a plan to continue developing and experimenting throughout your career.
  • The Chicago Booth Approach to Finance: In this online module, you’ll learn the fundamental principles of finance and accounting to become a more impactful leader and financial decision-maker. You’ll gain the frameworks to quantitatively evaluate choices and understand how these choices affect an organization’s incentives and resources.
  • Cybersecurity for Executives: In this online module, you’ll learn how to play a unique role in helping your organization stay safe by learning effective cybersecurity management strategies and the role you can play in protecting their organization from global data breaches and digital attacks.

GLI is designed to offer the most learning options—with in-person, online, and experiential education. It’s a flexible formula for fast-tracking your professional development in the kind of challenging, intensive environment that has made Booth one of the top-ranked business schools in the world. GLI is composed of two non-consecutive weeks of in-person classroom education and three online, distance modules.

The program is designed so busy global leaders may continue to collaborate and network virtually with other participants and faculty members throughout the entire program. What’s more, participants will experience immersive learning with Chicago and London-based company visits, hearing from industry leaders, and learning from each other. Group and individual projects, as well as experiential learning, bring The Chicago Approach to life in the GLI program.

What past participants say about our Comprehensive Management programs:

I started to get involved in a lot of international business, and I needed formal, deeper preparation. I was interested in more than technical or finance skills—more ways to structure strategy and social behavior. On the first day the professor said, ‘We are not going to teach you what to think, but how to think.’ I didn't believe it, but it was true. I found that the balance between the case analysis and walking through structural, academic facts was important. Making decisions that way has been really helpful for me and my environment, which includes more than just my organization. It includes my community as well. One of the best things I got out of the program was a structured approach to social capital. We are citizens of big corporations, big cities and big countries. I'm engaged not just with people in my company in the U.S. but in places like China, Brazil, Colombia, and South Africa. Logging into those networks and structuring the kind of relationships I'm going to have, rather than letting them flow to what’s most convenient, is key for my success and the future of my business.

- Bernardo Valenzuela, Vice President, Global Operations, Navistar Truck Group

I head up all the divisions that interface directly with our clients—the national sales, training and deployment, enterprise, and client services teams. I just kept going up the ladder with my career accomplishments. Without my MBA, I felt a little hesitant, but this program gave me the confidence I needed...Every professor was very engaged and gave us everything they had. They took time to boil down the relevant issues specific to the class. They would look at the roster and say, 'OK, I see that I have 10 marketing execs in here and I know that you're going to get more out of this particular area, so I want to spend some extra time on that and answer your questions.

- Lori Hardwick, Executive Vice President, Advisory Services, Envestnet Asset Management

I've been a part of a couple of start-ups that were successful, and I turned around a company for a private equity firm that then was sold. I started my own business that helps start-ups and middle-market companies practice the models I’ve done successfully in the past. The Chicago Booth program helped me find gaps in my strategy that I knew I had to strengthen, add new components, and refine them. As I became more familiar with the program, what I found really interesting were the opportunities to continue that education. It was a learning continuum, not only through the Advanced Management Program, but also with the variety of organizations and networks I could plug myself into. Any time I need more information or feel I need to learn more, I have the opportunity to pursue that. There are a lot of opportunities to engage the network of folks out there in given areas. I got involved in the university, the clubs, and the roundtables and met a lot of people that way. I know they’re going to provide certain expertise that I don’t have. The discussions are challenging and innovating. They’re practitioners talking about what they've done and how they've done it, and they share a Chicago Booth background.

- Peter Wilkins, CEO, Omaxen Group

In my core class there is a real global flavor and diversity of people and their responsibilities. With a good topic discussion, you come away with as much from the dialogue and interaction between classmates as you do from the professors. The questions the students ask—and that everybody builds off—drive the professors to expand on subjects that are really applicable. And you get a combination of multiple professors, so it's fresh.

- Russell Mitchell Jr., Vice President of Technology, Armstrong Building Products , Armstrong World Industries

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