High-Impact Transformation Program

Format: Online with an in-person Chicago capstone

Your organization needs to transform. It needs leaders to deliver impact. You’re ready to level up—rise to the challenge with Booth's High-Impact Transformation program.

This program is held in a 6-month modular format that blends online, live-online, and in-person learning—giving you flexibility while also providing a world-class networking and on-campus learning experience.

According to a study by Innosight, the average tenure of companies on the S&P 500 in 1965 was 33 years. Two years from now, that lifespan is forecast to shrink to 14 years. In a business era marked by turbulence, uncertainty, novelty, and ambiguity, business leaders are asked more than ever before to have the mental agility and foundational skill sets to lead with transformative impact. Elevate your impact as a manager and leader in this new era with Chicago Booth's High-Impact Transformation program.

Participants will discover the theory and best practices that affect meaningful change in highly uncertain environments, learn how to make decisions faster with less error, and innovate before the competition disrupts their business. They'll emerge with an action plan to bring transformation to their business unit.

This program is held in a unique modular format that blends online, live-online, and in-person learning—giving you flexibility while also providing a world-class networking and on-campus learning experience. It’s a 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.

This program is in partnership with Global Alumni.

The interdisciplinary curriculum draws upon Chicago Booth's world-renowned expertise in innovation, leadership, finance, and behavioral economics to empower leaders when making strategic, consequential decisions.

BENEFITS

In the four core sessions, you will:

  • Utilize human-centered, outcome-oriented design processes to solve critical problems and build revolutionary solutions.
  • Create more value, build stakeholder relationships, and drive successful deals through powerful negotiation techniques.
  • Become a more customer-centric leader and gain a deeper understanding of how customers make purchasing decisions, leveraging insights from Chicago Booth’s Nobel-prize winning behavioral economics research.
  • Learn how to identify blind spots, de-risk, and build momentum and stakeholder support for innovation initiatives.
  • Develop an action plan to drive transformation for your business. Be confident in presenting and leading your high-impact action plan to your organization when you return to the office.

In the elective session, you’ll expand your managerial decision-making skills in the area of your choice:

  • Improve your financial acumen
  • Become a more influential communicator
  • Help customers and stakeholders make better choices
  • Increase your emotional intelligence to maximize your leadership potential
PROGRAM FORMAT
This program is held in 5 modules plus an introductory session:
  • Introductory Session (live-online)
  • 3 Core Modules (live-online)
  • 1 Elective Module (online with live sessions)
  • 1 Core Three-day In-Person Capstone Module

Mentorship and Networking

The program is designed to combine flexibility with a cohort experience where you'll grow your network with other top global executives. You'll engage in an opening live-online networking session, mentorship, and an in-person graduation ceremony at the end of the three-day module.

Throughout the program, you’ll be accompanied by an expert mentor. Their support ensures a seamless learning experience through personalized feedback and maximizes your engagement by facilitating peer networking opportunities.


This program benefits business executives who are preparing for an increased role in management and seek to increase their ability to make impactful decisions with intent and purpose.

Those from a wide range of industries and geographies will find this program beneficial. Titles such as Manager, Director, Associate, and especially those in functions such as operations, business development, client relations, marketing, sales, and strategy will gain new skills. 

James Janega

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship

James Janega is Managing Partner at Growth Innovation Strategy Group (GIS). GIS helps organizations see how the future will develop around them, find wins in changing environments, and build growth paths through better strategies and better innovations.

Janega has taught executives and worked with consulting clients in consumer goods and electronics, financial services, commercial real estate and insurance, energy, education, infrastructure, and innovative technologies that include clean tech, precision optics, and quantum hardware. He specializes in bridging the gap between strategy and innovation, particularly identifying growth opportunities and developing products and services that serve emerging market segments.

Janega’s career brings a broad perspective to new activities. His two decades in journalism include 15 years at the Chicago Tribune Media Group. He helped develop the Strategy & Innovation group at Slalom Consulting Chicago, and worked in emerging opportunity areas at Cushman & Wakefield that included managing innovation strategy, new product strategy and development, and new business operations. He has served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the EnterpriseWorks incubator at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign since 2015, and is a startup advisor at the Duality quantum accelerator in Chicago.
Janega holds an MBA from Chicago Booth, an MA in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and a BA in journalism from Northern Illinois University.

When not teaching or consulting, Janega’s interests include laughing with his wife and their two children, exploring the outdoors, racing in Ironman triathlons, and performing jazz music.

Devin Pope

Steven G. Rothmeier Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics and Robert King Steel Faculty Fellow
Devin Pope is the Steven G Rothmeier Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. Pope is a behavioral economist that researches a variety of topics at the intersection of economics and psychology. He has published work in prestigious journals within economics, psychology, and management. His research primarily uses observational data and studies how psychological biases play out in important economic markets. Examples include left-digit bias and projection bias in car markets and present bias in housing markets.

Prior to joining Chicago Booth faculty in 2010, Pope was on the faculty at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a PhD in economics from UC Berkeley in 2007 and a BA in economics from Brigham Young University in 2002. Pope also worked as an Amazon Scholar from 2019-2021.

John Burrows

Senior Lecturer

John Burrows's academic home is the University of Chicago where he is a Senior Lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy. He is also the Faculty Lead for Harris’s Evening Master’s Program (EMP). In addition, John holds an appointment as an Associate Fellow at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School where he teaches EMBA and MBA students negotiations each summer. Between 2014 and 2018, John taught at the Booth School of Business and will be again teaching at Booth in 2023-24. John earned his MBA and PhD in Behavioral Science from Booth and holds an undergraduate degree from Vassar.  

Before moving into academia, John began his professional career at Arthur Andersen eventually becoming a partner at Accenture. His expertise was not limited to consulting; he also assumed senior roles in sales and marketing at enterprise software companies such as MicroStrategy, Siebel, and Oracle. In these roles, John negotiated, managed, and implemented complex, multinational, multimillion-dollar projects. His work spanned across continents, building and growing operations in the UK, USA, and Japan, and encompassing business development, international joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions. 

In addition to his degree teaching, John speaks, and consults to a range of organizations. Private sector clients include Accenture, Aon, ARCO Design Build, BNY Mellon, Capgemini, CUES, Edelman, IWI Wealth Advisors, Kiewit, and State Farm. In the healthcare sector, he has worked with the American College of Surgeons (ACS), American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), Association of Program Directors in Surgery (APDS), BrainLab, CVS Aetna, and the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS). His public sector clients include the Civil Service Bureau of Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia’s Decision Support Group (DSG), Saudi Central Bank (SAMA), State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB), the U.S. Army War College, and the U.S. Navy.

Haresh Sapra

Charles T. Horngren Professor of Accounting
Haresh Sapra is the Charles T. Horngren Professor of Accounting at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He 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. His research has been featured in the Economist, Wall Street journal, Bloomberg, and the Financial Times. He is currently the editor of the Journal of Accounting Research. Sapra has also won the Ernest R. Wish Accounting Research Award for his paper "Do Mandatory Hedge Disclosures Discourage or Encourage Excessive Speculation?"

Sapra has won 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 teaches an MBA elective entitled "Deal Structuring and Financial Reporting Implications" to Full time and Part time MBA students, a course on Financial Accounting to Executive MBA students, and a course on Economic Modeling of Accounting Issues to PhD students. Here is a video that describes the course on Deal Structuring.

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 two marathons with a personal best time of 2:53:06. He is an Abbott World Marathon Majors 6-star finisher.

 

Devin Pope

Steven G. Rothmeier Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics and Robert King Steel Faculty Fellow
Devin Pope is the Steven G Rothmeier Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. Pope is a behavioral economist that researches a variety of topics at the intersection of economics and psychology. He has published work in prestigious journals within economics, psychology, and management. His research primarily uses observational data and studies how psychological biases play out in important economic markets. Examples include left-digit bias and projection bias in car markets and present bias in housing markets.

Prior to joining Chicago Booth faculty in 2010, Pope was on the faculty at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a PhD in economics from UC Berkeley in 2007 and a BA in economics from Brigham Young University in 2002. Pope also worked as an Amazon Scholar from 2019-2021.

Hal Weitzman

Adjunct Associate 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.

His interests include rugby, tea, and gardening.

Stephanie Klein

Founder, MindFire Mastery

Stephanie’s experience as a 3x Chief Marketing Officer in Fortune 500 firms helps her understand the challenges and stress of leading through uncertainty, crisis and organizational change. As a new CMO in 2008, she led her global team through the financial crisis. When she came up for air several years later, she was diagnosed with life threatening breast cancer that opened her awareness to the toll her stressful life was taking on her body, mind and spirit. She realized self compassion, mindfulness and balance were critical for her healing journey, while opening her up to be a more vulnerable and connected leader, mother, partner and friend.

After leading through the joy and tribulations of a transformative acquisition in 2017, she realized it was time for her to walk away and pursue a more meaningful second act. She began a journey of education and growth that led her to become a certified Search Inside Yourself Instructor, Executive Coach, Speaker and author. Her disruptive story of leaving the C-suite was published in the anthology Turning Point Moments: True Inspirational Stories About Creating a Life that Works for You (2022). Her book Waking Up on the the Right Side of Wrong, about how we can use disruption and mindset to positively change the trajectory of our lives, was published in 2023.

As an executive coach, positive intelligence and emotional intelligence trainer, educator, speaker and author, she is passionate about empowering elite professionals to thrive through change. She helps them bravely embrace their authenticity, learn to adapt with choice, and stretch with confidence and compassion, so they optimize performance and well-being and build mental resilience to shift from burnout to balance. What lights her up is seeing how inner transformation creates positive outer change, with myriad ripple effects across relationships, organizations, communities and our world.

The schedule for the upcoming cohort is available here.

CORE SESSIONS: HIGH-IMPACT DECISION-MAKING

In the program's core sessions, you'll improve your decision-making processes for better stakeholder, customer, and organizational outcomes. During these sessions you'll engage world-renowned faculty and a global set of peers in an interactive environment.

Program Sessions Overview
INTRODUCTORY SESSION: NAVIGATING TURBULENT ENVIRONMENTS
Live-Online (Synchronous Session)

The program kicks off with a live-online session led by Faculty Director, James Janega. Participants will have the opportunity to meet James and your program mentor, receive an overview, and network with peers.

Topics include:

  • Innovator’s DNA: 5 innovation-based skills to lead with agility in turbulence
  • Gain an introduction to the capstone project, where you'll select an emerging challenge within your organization. Discover how you'll draw lessons from this program that will help you solve your problem, develop your internal stakeholder communication plan, determine how to de-risk your proposal, negotiate for the resources you will need to execute, and make your solution stick with customers.
CORE MODULE 1: DECISION-MAKING IN NEGOTIATIONS
Live-Online (Synchronous Sessions)

In today’s fast-paced, high stakes environment, opportunities and deals present themselves quickly—and every executive must be ready to negotiate. Your negotiating decisions may make the difference between a favorable and detrimental outcome for your initiatives. Through the lenses of negotiation and social capital, you’ll learn how to achieve more value while maximizing the benefits for your organization and yourself.

You’ll gain effective negotiation techniques, harnessing the power of social capital, to make impactful decisions during the deal-making process. Participants will discover their unique negotiation style, explore how different strategic choices impact outcomes, and explore cross-cultural negotiation practices. Moreover, you'll gain confidence at the bargaining table that can only be achieved through practice by participating in live, gamified negotiation exercises with peers—making this an engaging, interactive learning experience.

Topics include:

  • Strategies to negotiate with influence.
  • Hidden psychological biases
  • Win-win scenarios
CORE MODULE 2: BRIDGING IDEATION TO IMPLEMENTATION
Live-Online (Synchronous Sessions)

Conceiving innovative ideas is only a first step; turning these ideas into reality requires a structured process. During this dynamic session, participants will explore the transformative power of human-centered design as a universal problem-solving tool. Delve into the intricacies of understanding how process outcomes serve as the foundation for revolutionary solutions, navigating the journey from conception to execution.

Topics include:

  • Human-centered design
  • Understanding process outcomes
CORE MODULE 3: CUSTOMER DECISION-MAKING
Live-Online (Synchronous Sessions)

Improve your chances of creating successful products and services with a customer-centric approach. In this session, you'll gain the tools to create value for customers by using marketing-applied principles of behavioral economics to understand how customers make purchasing decisions. You'll delve deeper into customers’ product pricing valuation decisions by exploring customer inattention in pricing and price considerations and learn how to create an ideal purchasing environment.

Topics include:

  • Behavioral pricing
  • Loss aversion
  • Choice architecture and nudging
CORE MODULE 4: FROM MINDFUL DECISION-MAKING TO INFLUENTIAL EXECUTION
3-Day Capstone module held in-person at the Gleacher Center (downtown Chicago)

During this three-day interactive session, participants gain targeted skills to improve your odds of transforming your innovative ideas into successful, transformative solutions. You will learn how to use decision-making frameworks to de-risk initiatives, identify personal blind spots, preemptively validate and gather evidence, and build momentum and stakeholder support. In addition, you will practice and refine presenting your high-impact action plan, so you can be confident when you return to your office.

Topics include:

  • Mindful Decision-Making: Unraveling Unconscious Bias and Mastering De-Risking Techniques
    • Avoiding unconscious bias and decision traps
    • How to identify true innovation risks, and deploy high-impact, low-investment tactics to de-risk new ideas
  • Crafting Influence: Effective Communication for Innovation:
    • Utilizing visual communication and storytelling
    • Influential communication tactics to mobilize support
  • Putting Concepts into Practice
    • Innovation Entrepreneurship: Leadership and execution dynamics presentations
    • Present your action-plan to program faculty and peers

ELECTIVE MODULE

Choose 1 elective from the list below that match your development interests and schedule. These online electives offer a blend of asynchronous learning, weekly self-paced projects, group discussions, and required live sessions with faculty and thought leaders:

Format: Online; each elective session takes place over six or eight weeks. Elective options:

Behavioral Economics: Nudging to Shape Decisions: Use insights from behavioral economics to drive enterprise value, improve product and service design, and help customers and stakeholders make better choices.

Chicago Booth Approach to Finance: Acquire the tools and frameworks to interpret and analyze financial statements—emerging a more impactful decision-maker who understands how to improve the financial performance and health of your organization.

Effective Business Communication: Become a more persuasive and effective leader, capable of transforming big ideas into impact for your organization.

Mindful Leadership: Learn how to maximize your leadership performance by harnessing your full brainpower—shifting from functional to optimal leadership performance and building meaningful connections with your team and colleagues.
 

Note: program curriculum, faculty, dates, and price are subject to change.