Achieving Personal and Professional Success

Achieving Personal and Professional Success

 “In the Achieving Personal and Professional Success Specialization, learners can expect to harness key skills that will help them navigate their social world.”

– Maurice Schweitzer, Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions, The Wharton School

Based on four of the most popular courses taught at the Wharton School, the Achieving Personal and Professional Success Certificate program is designed to introduce the tools and techniques for defining and achieving success at home and at work. You’ll learn how to find your passion and core values, how to apply these values to your own life, how to work well with others, how to communicate effectively, how to set goals, how to use influence to achieve these goals, and even how to say you are sorry to achieve both personal and professional success. You’ll discover how to define not only what personal and professional success is to you, but also the best way to get it.

While many business courses cover topics related to successful organizational practices, Wharton’s Achieving Personal and Professional Success Specialization provides key insights into successful personal practices, whether you are in the office or in your home. We all bring ourselves to work every day, and these courses will help you be your best self wherever you are.

Why Study Personal and Professional Success?

  • According to the Employee Happiness Index, 48% of employees are unhappy (or somewhat happy) at work.1
  • Over 50% of employees surveyed in a national study indicated that they don’t perform well if they aren’t satisfied at work.2
  • Approximately 38% of workers say the ability to make a difference motivates them to do their job. 3
  • IBM’s Employee Experience Index indicates that 81% of employees are happier at work when their skills and abilities are effectively employed. 4

Program Details

Start Dates: 

4 weeks per course

2-3 hours per week

Program Format:
100% Online

Program Tuition:



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Video Transcript

Stewart Friedman: “If you’re like most people, it’s probably true that you ask yourself, ‘Am I doing what I really ought to be doing? Am I able to achieve the things that matter most to me in my life?’ So if those questions are on your mind, this is a specialization that has ideas and methods that you can use to help you address those issues.”

Cade Massey: “We all get caught up in our day-to-day, we all get caught up in what we’ve been working on for the last six months or six years, and this course helps you take a step back and reflect on whether that’s the right path for you.”

Maurice Schweitzer: “In the Achieving Personal and Professional Success Specialization, learners can expect to harness key skills that will help them navigate their social world.”

Stewart Friedman: “Knowing what matters, knowing who matters, and then having the skills to be able to implement your ideas and to get other people to buy into them – our courses help you to do that.”

Richard Shell: “The four courses in the specialization are in a sequence, and the sequence is important. The first course really is about defining goals and understanding how your goals connect to your long-term images of yourself. And then the next three are different ways of being effective and achieving those goals. The Communication course really helps us understand how to take other people’s perspective, where trust comes from, how to create relationships. The Leadership course talks about how to inspire others and different personality traits, about persistence and envisioning things that can help you as a leader. And then the Influence course really shows you how other people’s perspectives and their perceptions are so important in your being able to help others understand what you’re saying and follow your lead on things.”

Maurice Schweitzer: “This program brings accomplished scholars and award-winning teachers to you at a time that’s most convenient in your schedule.”

Stewart Friedman: “And you are in a global learning community…”

Richard Shell:  “And what that means is the diversity of viewpoints really gives them a rich learning environment that’s both cross-cultural, cross-generational, and across perspectives.”

Cade Massey: “If it’s early in one’s career and you’re still trying to figure out what direction you want to go, if you’re already sure that you’re on the right path but you’re not yet making the difference you want to make – we talk about many tools that will help you have a bigger impact.”

Richard Shell: “There’s nothing more important to someone that understanding themselves. This specialization are four different windows into who you are. The authenticity and confidence that comes from knowing yourself better and being able to relate more effectively is basically the secret to success.

Achieving Personal and Professional Success Program Courses

leadership 21st Century - Looking through Telescope


Duration: 4 weeks (4 hours/week)

Designed by the creator of the popular Wharton MBA course on the meaning of success, this course will help you answer the questions that arise when you consider how best to use your life. Get ready for the journey of a lifetime—one that will help you reevaluate your future and envision success on your own terms.

Managing Motivating Talent - Gears


Duration: 4 weeks (2-3 hours/week)

Improving Communications Skills is an essential course designed to give you both the tools you need to improve your communication skills, and the most successful strategies for using them to your advantage.

Managing Global Firm - Working at Computer


Duration: 4 weeks (2-3 hours/week)

This course provides you with the skills you need to lead in all four domains of your life: at work, at home, in the community, and in your private self (mind, body, and spirit). By the end of this course, you’ll have the tools you need to develop your skills so you can grow as a leader in all areas of your life and create greater harmony among them.

Full Course Description

Strategic Management Competitive Corporation Strategy - Puzzle


Duration: 4 weeks (4 hours/week)

Designed to help you understand the framework of power and influence and the dynamics of effective networks, this course shows you how to develop your skills of persuasion and leverage to achieve your goals in both business and in life.

Key Certificate Program Takeaways

In the Achieving Personal and Professional Success Certificate program, participants will learn how to:

  • Define success
  • Communicate effectively
  • Use influence to accomplish personal and career goals
  • Maximize their potential

Personal and Professional Success Faculty

The Wharton professors leading the Achieving Personal and Professional Success Specialization program are well-respected in the higher education community. Their work has been published in management, psychology, and business journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and the American Economic Review. They have been featured in outlets such as The Atlantic, The Economist, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. They have also authored several books, including  the award-winning Bargaining for Advantage: Negotiation Strategies for Reasonable.

Faculty research interests include:

  • Deception and trust
  • Decision making
  • Dynamics of change
  • Leadership development
  • Legal and political aspects of competitive strategy
  • Influence
  • Judgment under uncertainty
  • Moral psychology
  • Negotiation
  • Organizational behavior
  • People analytics
  • Personal and professional achievement
  • Persuasion
  • Positive psychology
  • Work/life integration

G. Richard Shell, JD

Thomas Gerrity Professor; Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics; Professor of Management; Chairperson, Legal Studies & Business Ethics Department, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Negotiation, persuasion, influence, moral psychology, positive psychology, personal and professional achievement, legal and political aspects of competitive strategy

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Maurice Schweitzer, PhD

Cecilia Yen Koo Professor; Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions; Professor of Management

Research Interests: Decision making, deception and trust, negotiations

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Stewart Friedman

Practice Professor Emeritus of Management Director, Wharton Work/Life Integration Project

Research Interests: Leadership development, work/life integration, dynamics of change

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Cade Massey, PhD

Practice Professor, Operations, Information and Decisions, The Wharton School

Research Interests: People analytics, judgment under uncertainty, organizational behavior

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