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Enabling Marketing Leaders of today to become the CEOs of tomorrow

“The Marketing Academy provide the best marketing leadership programs in the world”

 – Syl Saller CBE, former Global CMO Diageo

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US Fellowship Program Overview

The Marketing Academy US Fellowship Program developed in partnership with McKinsey & Company and sponsored by by Salesforce, is a powerful, free, part-time program giving a select group of exceptional CMOs & marketing leaders at the top of the marketing career ladder a unique opportunity to further develop these critical capabilities.

Established in 2013 in Europe, 2019 in the US and 2023 in APAC, our Alumni have come from top global brands and have said the program has been instrumental for their career progression into board roles. To view our Global Fellowship Alumni click here.

Great CEOs and board directors need the ability to influence, engage and take risks. They should also have a deep understanding of the commercial drivers of their business, intellectual breadth, a well-honed ability to spot the right opportunities and an unfailing ability to understand what their customers want.

Designed to provide CMOs with access to board-level thinking and development in all elements of Board stewardship, this program ensures that marketing leaders accelerate their knowledge and experience to take on a future CEO or board role.

“The Marketing Academy Fellowship has been way more than I expected it to be and one of the best learning experiences of my life”  Fellowship Alumni

Fellowships will be awarded to a maximum of 25 CMOs and high achieving marketing leaders who will benefit from:

  • A comprehensive knowledge curriculum developed and delivered by McKinsey & Company partners and functional experts, delivered during three Residential events with masterclasses covering the full CEO, leadership and board stewardship spectrum
  • Three residential events with knowledge topics covering the full CEO spectrum including a series of masterclasses covering all elements of board stewardship, designed and delivered by leading experts
  • Immersive CMO to CEO leadership journey program developed and led by Global CMO Leadership Expert Thomas Barta together with The Marketing Academy and McKinsey experts
  • Board-level executive coaching with individual one-to-one sessions from a professional executive coach provided by Wisdom8
  • One-to-one mentoring sessions with high profile board chairs, non-executives, CEOs, CFOs, board members and influencers
  • Peer-to-peer learning and development with an exclusive peer group from global business in diverse market sectors
  • 12-months access for you and your team to The Marketing Academy Global Virtual Campus. The curriculum consists of a minimum of 18 curated lectures and masterclass via a dedicated online platform.

Acceptance to the program is conditional on 100% availability to attend all residential events in full: 

Evening of Monday June 10 to Thursday June 13, 2024 (3 full days, New York)

Evening of Tuesday October 22 to Thursday October 24, 2024 (2 full days, Chicago)

Evening of Tuesday January 28 to Friday January 31, 2025 (3 full days, California) 

Applications for 2024 are open, please click here to apply

Selection Criteria & Process

The US Fellowship Program has been designed for time constrained individuals. It is anticipated that the program will take up to 11 days during the eight month period.

To be considered for a place on the US Fellowship program you:

  • Currently hold the top marketing, growth, or commercial leadership role (CMO, Chief Commercial Officer, Chief Growth Officer, or equivalent) within a leading, marketing-dependent, global organization at a regional or global level
  • Report directly to the Regional or Global President, CEO or EVP 
  • Lead large, complex teams and significant budgets, with P&L accountability
  • Have a minimum of 15 years leadership experience with the marketing & commercial function
  • Have a clear career ambition to become a CEO or to take a wider main board position
  • Have significant non-marketing leadership experience
  • Be employed on a permanent basis in The U.S. with no risk of resignation for the duration of the program
  • Have proven reputation in the industry
  • Be able to travel for all Residential sessions
  • Be a resident of the US or Canada

Please note that The Fellowship Program is exclusively for client-side CMOs

Fellowships are awarded by invitation only. Potential delegates are required to submit a short application form, full resume, a written endorsement from their CEO and then take part in a discussion with a member of the selection panel.

The timeline for the application process is:

October 2023; Applications Open

April 12, 2024; Applications Close

April 22 to May 3, 2024; Selection Panel Meetings

May 20, 2024; Final Decisions for 2024 Cohort

Click here to download a copy of our 2024 Fellowship Program Guide 

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