High-Impact Management Program

New Program

Format: Blended Learning (Online and In-Person)

A flexible, modular management program that allows executives to tailor their experience with online electives, core live-online modules, and an in-person capstone module.

Prepare for elevated leadership and management responsibilities with Chicago Booth's High-Impact Management Program. You'll develop the business judgment and confidence to tackle complex challenges, enhance your ability to influence outcomes, and grow your capacity to make high-impact business decisions that successfully guide your organization forward.

This program is held in a unique 10-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. 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 High-Impact Management Program helps global business executives prepare for elevated leadership and management responsibilities. The multidisciplinary curriculum draws upon Chicago Booth's world-renowned expertise in innovation, leadership, finance, and behavioral economics to empower leaders when making strategic, consequential decisions. You'll emerge with actionable plans you can use immediately in your workplace.


In the three core sessions, you will:

  • Improve your decision-making skills during the deal-making process through powerful negotiation techniques and social capital frameworks to drive organizational success.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how customers make purchasing decisions through pricing and value creation techniques by leveraging insights from Chicago Booth's Nobel-prize-winning behavioral economics research.
  • Acquire the decision-making frameworks to lead breakthrough innovation. You'll explore innovation risks, identify blind spots, and gain tools to challenge organization orthodoxies that hinder creativity.

In the three elective sessions, you can improve your financial acumen, become a more influential communicator, help customers and stakeholders make better choices, and increase your emotional intelligence to maximize your leadership potential.

Beyond the three core sessions, participants customize the curriculum by choosing three elective online sessions to complement their professional development needs, business interests, and schedules. Electives are offered in various areas including finance, mindful leadership, effective communication, and behavioral economics.  


Core Modules: In addition to a live-online welcome session, participants should expect:

  • Two live-online modules
  • Three-day in-person capstone module held in Chicago

Elective Modules:

  • 3 online elective modules 

The schedule for the upcoming cohort is available here.

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 also 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 who will provide tailored, actionable guidance focused on your personal and professional growth. 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. 

Lindsey Lyman

Clinical Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship
Lindsey Lyman is the founder of Growth Studios, an innovation consultancy that helps companies transform how they build new businesses. 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 is an advisor to executives of established companies on the topics of innovation strategy and execution and works with organizations to build innovation capabilities.

Outside of her work in corporate innovation, Lindsey is an active angel investor, board member, and advisor to founders of entrepreneurial ventures. Lindsey leverages her advisory and consulting work to develop current business content and cases for use in the classroom, in particular challenges relating to innovation execution in large organizations and early-stage hurdles when building a new entrepreneurial venture. As an advisory board member of the Alpha Network in Chicago, Lindsey has a passion for connecting entrepreneurs and helping them build their businesses.

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. Prior to that, she was a professional child actor and competitive dancer.

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 four young children. Lindsey looks forward to someday reviving her hobbies of biking, art making, and fabric crafting, however in the meantime center around drinking copious amounts of coffee and building Lego with her kids.

Devin Pope

Steven G. Rothmeier Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics/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/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, will be 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.


In the program's three core sessions, you'll improve your decision-making processes for better stakeholder, customer, and organizational outcomes.

First Core Session: Decision-Making in Negotiations
Format: Live-online -- Four 2-3 hour synchronous sessions held held over two weeks.

In this session, you'll gain effective negotiation techniques, combined with the power of social capital, to make impactful decisions during the deal-making process. You will discover your 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

Mid-Program Core Session: Customer Decision-Making

Format: Live-online (synchronous sessions)

In this session, you'll gain the tools to create value in the mind of customers through an understanding of how customers make purchasing decisions—using principles of behavioral economics in marketing. You'll improve your understanding of how customers make product pricing valuation decisions by exploring customer inattention in pricing, and price considerations, and creating an ideal environment for purchases.

Topics include: 

  • Behavioral pricing 
  • Loss aversion  
  • Choice architecture and nudging

Note: Although participants who choose Behavioral Economics as an elective will be exposed to the same fundamental concepts that are presented in this live-online session, this session expands on customer-focused insights.

Capstone Core Session: Applied Decision-Making—Making Innovation Happen
Format: In-person over three days at Chicago Booth's Gleacher Center campus in downtown Chicago

The program culminates in a 3-day interactive session that challenges participants to transform their ideas into execution and action. Attendees will gain core skills that correlate with high-impact innovation leadership, explore how entrepreneurs identify and promote breakthrough ideas, gain a toolkit to 'de-risk' innovation initiatives, and build momentum and stakeholder support.

Topics include: 

  • Discovering breakthrough and disruptive innovation 
  • Entrepreneurial thinking and business building
  • Creating viable and scalable new business ideas
  • Communicating ideas effectively and building followership

Choose three electives 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 include:

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.

This is an application-based program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; we encourage you to apply as soon as you can to secure your place in the program.

Admissions process:

1. Submit your application and place the deposit fee

2. Interview with the admissions team

You'll then get notified with about your admission into the the program.

This program, including the admissions process, is held in partnership with Global Alumni.

Upcoming Program Dates

February 19 - November 22, 2024
Fee: $22,500

2024 Cohort Schedule

  • Introductory session (online): February 19, 2024
  • First core sessions (live-online): April 15, 17, 22, and 24, 2024
  • Mid-program core sessions (live-online): August 21 and 28, 2024
  • Electives (online): winter, spring, and fall
  • Capstone session (in-person at the Gleacher Center in Chicago): November 20-22, 2024

View the full schedule with session dates and times here.