AARP partnered with Georgetown McDonough to develop a multi-module program, called Agile (AgL), for its leadership team.
The AgL program, now in its fourth cohort, builds participants’ leadership and business skills while creating a common lexicon. The program culminates in strategic learning projects (SLPs), for which small groups of participants tackle a real organizational issue. Cohort sizes have varied from 25 to 40 participants. Georgetown and AARP chose the cohort model to help boost learning across the organization.
- Three modules of three days each, delivered on Georgetown’s campus
- Started in 2014
- Georgetown faculty teach sessions on strategy, leadership, communication, and teams
“The program stands out in my mind as being very comprehensive. It focused on theory, practice, and teamwork. The program used relevant scenarios from AARP, which added to the value and the power of the experience. Specific concepts taught were reinforced with exercises that allowed us to put theory into practice. Since we were all from the same organization, we focused on topics and issues that were inherent to our day-to-day reality. It was very impactful.”
-- Sonia Alvarez, senior vice president of operations strategy and analysis, at AARP
Booz Allen Hamilton
Booz Allen Hamilton and Georgetown developed the Change Management Advanced Practitioners (CMAP) program to expose executives to the major frameworks, tools, and methodologies within change management; present their similarities and differences; and provide guidance on how and when to apply them.
- Intensive nine-day program, delivered in D.C. over the course of five months
- Nearly 1,000 participants have gone through the program since its inception in 2009
- Content is taught by Georgetown faculty and Booz Allen practitioners
“This program's unique foundation in theory and practice provides a full arsenal of change management knowledge and tools to our consultants. As a result, our consultants are able to choose and apply the most effective change management theories with their practical applications, strategies and frameworks to best serve the needs of each individual client.”
-- Maria Darby, vice president, Booz Allen Hamilton
Georgetown developed the Latin America Leadership Development Program for partners at KPMG.
Participants in the multi-city program focus on building personal leadership, developing and leading others, and leading the organization through sessions with Georgetown faculty. The program also incorporates cultural activities in each city, as well as executive dialogs with senior firm leaders and outside experts who help ensure the program curriculum is firmly connected to practice.
- Nine-day program, split into three modules: São Paolo, Mexico City, and Washington, D.C.
- Started in 2015
- Georgetown faculty lead sessions and guest speakers share their expertise during each module
"I think it was one of the best training workshops that we have ever had at KPMG, not only because of the content, but also the relationships we built. The content made us think about some of our projects in a more structured way. The experiences we exchanged allowed us to see different points of view. The combination of knowledge and relationships was incredible."
-- Katia Dantas, partner, audit, KPMG
Executive MBA programs
Universities around the world come to Georgetown McDonough for modules and residencies in the nation’s capital.
Students in executive programs learn from Georgetown faculty, visit government institutions, and experience all that Washington, D.C., has to offer. Each year, more than 300 students take part in modules at Georgetown McDonough.
Recent university clients include: Chile University, ESADE (Spain), INCAE (Costa Rica), Koc University (Turkey), Nanyang Business School (Singapore), Rotterdam School of Management (Netherlands), and the Universidad Del Pacifico (Peru).
Modules range from two days to one week and include a customized blend of classroom and cultural activities.
“The [Georgetown] professors give you a global perspective. It's been a rich experience. They're amazing in the classes. When we went to Shanghai, we got the Chinese side of things. Now, we’re getting the American perspective. You 'click' when you hear both sides.”