Strategic Decision-Making and Leadership in a Crisis

This program is designed for mid-level and senior managers and is available as part of our Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership.

Program Dates: There are no currently scheduled dates for a public offering of this program.
Delivery: Live Online - 3 sessions OR 1 day In-Person
(Participants need to complete all sessions to meet the program requirements). 
Program Cost: $1195

Private Delivery Available: If you have a group of 15 or more, please contact us at to arrange for a private offering of this program!

Program Overview

Leading in a VUCA world—one that is more volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous—means you can’t operate “as usual.” The way you made decisions, communicated with and managed your team, and led change initiatives needs to change. But that means you’re also presented with an opportunity. Crises and disruptions can generate much-needed advancements both at the individual and organizational levels. Those advancements can lead to a more engaged and productive workforce, and strategic agility that enables stronger growth and profitability.

Strategic Decision-Making and Leadership in a Crisis, you will learn from two renowned experts who have developed and led leadership programs at some of the world’s most prestigious academic institutions, prominent corporations, and at West Point. They share their unique perspectives and areas of expertise in two dynamic team-taught sessions.

Over two two-hour live sessions, you will discover how to build agility into your decisions, making them with less available data and adjusting quickly as situations evolve. Meaningful yet manageable pre-work for this program will introduce important concepts and give you an opportunity to develop questions to explore with the instructors and a peer group of leaders during the online sessions. You will come away with advanced skills that will make a greater impact in your organization, both during and long after a crisis.

Impact & Benefits

  • Prepare your organization for a post-crisis “new normal” that is more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous
  • Better manage and lead change
  • Apply best practices for decision making under uncertainty
  • Understand the mindsets of those you lead to better engage and support them
  • Develop more decision makers who will in turn add strategic agility

Who Should Attend?

  • Leaders/Corporate Executives
  • High-level, Mid-level, and Newly Promoted Managers
  • Entrepreneurs/Small Business Owners
  • Experienced individual contributors moving into to leadership roles
  • Job or Promotion Seekers


Todd Henshaw, PhD, is a Senior Fellow, Center for Leadership and Change Management at The Wharton School and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the prestigious Schwarzman Scholars Program at Tsinghua University in Beijing.  

Todd designs, directs and teaches leadership programs at Wharton to both executives and MBA students. He also consults with organizations desiring improvement in leadership at all levels, including General Electric, Nissan, Glaxo Smith Kline, Coca-Cola, Huawei, IBM, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Novartis, Penske, McKinsey, Bain, McKesson and the National Military Academy of Afghanistan. 

Previously, Todd was a Professor at Columbia University, and Academy Professor and Director of Leadership Programs at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he prepared 23-year old graduates to lead in ultimate VUCA worlds: the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Kathy Pearson, PhD, is a strategist, Systems Thinking expert, and authority in decision making.  She is President and Founder of Enterprise Learning Solutions, a firm focused on executive development and learning across industries. 

An award-winning educator, Kathy works closely with executive education groups including the Wharton School, Duke CE, Smith College, and the Institute for Management Studies, teaching topics such as Critical Thinking, Strategic Agility, Change Management and Strategic Execution.

Kathy also works directly with global organizations including Bank of America, Cardinal Health, Citi, Coca-Cola, Comcast, Estee Lauder Companies, Federal Reserve Bank, Google, Heineken, and the World Bank. Kathy is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and has served as an adjunct Associate Professor in the Operations and Information Management Department at The Wharton School. She is the co-author of The Perceptive Leader:  A Handbook for Leading in an Environment of Uncertainty.

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