EMBA Executive Career Coaching

Wharton’s MBA Program for Executives Career Coaching team helps you assess and plan your career while you are in the program and learn strategies and techniques that will allow you to effectively manage your career over your lifetime. Wharton MBAs are in high demand because they create immediate and sustainable value for corporate, nonprofit, and government organizations around the world.

Executive Career Coaching for Executive MBA Students

Wharton’s EMBA Executive Career Coaching addresses the needs of our students from across industries and roles, with the understanding that flexibility is critical as your career evolves. Some of the services the team provides include:

  • Individualized career coaching and advising
  • Career programs, workshops, speakers, and informational resources that address a wide range of career topics and industries in the marketplace.
  • Coaching on cultivating important professional networks consisting of Wharton alumni and industry leaders.

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General Executive Career Coaching Resources

During your two-year program, a variety of professional development programs will be available to you. Wharton’s EMBA Executive Career Coaching Services include skill development, such as networking, social media, and industry and company research, as well as panel and speaker presentations covering various topics relevant to today’s marketplace and student interests. Our general coaching programming begins in your second term and includes:

  • Career assessment and planning
  • Individualized career coaching and advising
  • Online career resources available 24/7
  • Resume review
  • Interview preparation
  • Planning long-term career strategies
  • The Wharton Job Board
  • Job search action groups and resources

Lifelong Career Support

Wharton’s commitment to you lasts long after you leave campus. As an alumnus, you will have access to career resources and services during career transitions and to support your long-term career goals. Alumni tools include:

  • Alumni Career Management Website
  • Alumni Resume Book
  • Alumni Job Board
  • Career Advising

Executive Career Coaching Team (ECC)

Wharton’s ECC directors bring a wide range of experience that provides you with practical and actionable guidance, supporting each step of your career exploration, planning, transition, and job search.

  • Significant marketplace experience in career and executive coaching, human resources, and executive search, adding value to all facets of your career process.
  • Individualized career coaching support.
  • The latest knowledge on the marketplace and career management content.

Our team constantly seeks to enhance resources, responding to student feedback and industry changes.

Dawn Graham, Director of ECC, Philadelphia

Dawn brings over 17 years progressive experience in recruiting, coaching, career management, leadership assessment, training, and business transformation. Most recently, she was running her own coaching business, following her passion around career management and helping individuals to optimize their career potential. Prior to this, Dawn had a successful career at Personnel Decisions International (a Korn Ferry company), where she moved from providing executive consulting and coaching services to building and implementing the firm’s global talent resource allocation infrastructure.

In addition to her experience in career search and coaching, Dawn brings an expertise in psychology and organizational development. A licensed psychologist, she holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver, a master’s degree in organizational development from the Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Seton Hall University.

In addition to her interest in career management, Dawn loves to travel and is a Certified Personal Trainer.

Steve Hernandez, Director of ECC, San Francisco

Steve brings more than 15 years of professional career development experience, and leads Career Services for students in San Francisco. Prior to Wharton, he was an adjunct career advisor for the UC Berkeley Haas/Columbia and Executive MBA programs. As a former partner and executive recruiter for a local search firm, Steve has helped Bay Area companies identify, screen, and hire professionals ranging from staff to senior management in a variety of industries, including banking, software, technology manufacturing, financial services, retail, consumer goods, biotechnology, and nonprofit.

In partnering with C-level executives, senior and middle managers, as well as human resources, he gained in-depth knowledge of the skills, communication, leadership, and behavioral traits that lead to success within organizations. Steve also manages a private career services practice and holds a master’s degree in career development.

Carina Myers, Program Manager, ECC

Carina joined the Wharton Executive MBA Program in May 2016.  Her role provides administrative and program support to the Directors and assists in the planning of CMS-related activities and processes.  She supports Philadelphia students by training them to effectively navigate and utilize the different online career service resources available and answers their questions about programs and systems.  In addition she is responsible for the CMS webpage maintenance, weekly newsletters, providing resume reviews, assisting advising appointments and alumni outreach support.  Prior to Wharton, Carina worked at Macy’s as a Sales and Merchandise Team Manager and oversaw the hiring, training, and coaching of sales associates. Carina has a B. S. in Business Management from Penn State University.

Lifelong Learning

A Wharton MBA gives you tools you’ll use throughout your career. It also gives you a chance to continue to build your knowledge to meet the challenges you face later in your career. Wharton provides many opportunities to learn long after you finish your MBA.

Knowledge for Life

All Wharton MBA alumni in the class of 2010 and all subsequent classes, beginning seven years after graduation, are eligible to take one Wharton Executive Education open enrollment course every seven years.

Continuing Education Resources

Wharton’s Lifelong Learning program provides a rich array of educational resources for all Wharton alumni throughout their professional lives, helping them continually gain knowledge in their selected professions and communities.

Wharton Around the World

Regional programming, including the Wharton Global Forums and Lifelong Learning events, bring alumni around the world together with Wharton faculty for educational presentations, learning opportunities, and networking.