Wharton Partnership

An important collaboration

Stonier’s partnership with the world-renowned Wharton School helps deliver outstanding leadership courses to our students. Wharton brings additional perspectives and insights on how to effectively lead in a world of continuous change.

From understanding the art of influence and persuasion to learning critical thinking for leaders, highly-interactive courses led by Wharton faculty prepare attendees to make decisions in an atmosphere of increasing time pressure and uncertainty. The courses are seamlessly integrated with the rest of the Stonier program and graduates receive both a Stonier Diploma and a Wharton Leadership Certificate.

Real-world knowledge and experience

Wharton delivers the breadth and depth of knowledge needed to address the realities of leadership in today’s volatile market, and its faculty members have experience working directly with leading companies and policy makers around the world.

Dr. Mario Moussa, Academic Director for the Wharton Leadership Program, specializes in large-scale organizational changes. He says learning more about why people follow through — and why they don’t — is key to improving execution success rates. He is the co-author of The Art of Woo: Using Strategic Persuasion to Sell Your Ideas, and has published widely in the field of organizational dynamics, power, and influence.

Wharton faculty members who participate in the Stonier Program include:

Dr. Mario Moussa

Portrait of Dr. Mario Moussa


Wharton Strategic Persuasion Workshop
Philadelphia, PA

Mario Moussa is a noted author, keynote speaker, and management consultant who advises senior leaders about top team effectiveness, organizational culture, and large-scale change initiatives.  He has delivered workshops on leadership, strategic persuasion and collaboration to thousands of executives in New York, San Francisco, Beijing, Shanghai, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, London, Istanbul, and other major cities around the world.  His work has been featured on National Public Radio as well as in leading publications, including Time Magazine, Business Week, U.S. News and World Report, Fortune, Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur, The Economist, The Financial Times, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Mario is the co-creator of Wharton Executive Education’s Strategic Persuasion Workshop: The Art and Science of Selling Ideas.  He has also led the design of customized leadership development programs for organizations in a wide variety of sectors, including financial and professional services, pharmaceuticals, energy, healthcare, higher education, and government.  By connecting the classroom and the boardroom, he closes the gap between cutting-edge research and business experience.  His work is based on simple, repeatable techniques that deliver results in today’s turbulent economic climate.

For over ten years, Mario was a Principal at CFAR, a management-consulting firm that started as a research center at the Wharton School and spun off to become independent. He was co-leader of CFAR’s practice in Collaboration and Negotiation. His consulting clients have included many of the most prominent global organizations.

In his latest book Committed Teams: Three Steps to Inspiring Passion and Performance, he and co-authors Madeline Boyer and Derek Newberry use vivid stories and extensive first-hand observations from Wharton’s Executive Development Program (EDP) to describe a process for building great teams. Mario’s first book The Art of Woo: Using Strategic Persuasion to Sell Your Ideas, co-written with G. Richard Shell, has been critically acclaimed for its clear and effective methodology.

Sigal Barsade

Portrait of Sigal Barsade

Joseph Bernstein Professor of

Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Sigal Barsade is the Joseph Bernstein Professor of Management at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania where she has been on the faculty for 9 years, and prior to that was a faculty member at Yale University for 10 years. Dr. Barsade has consulted to many large corporations across myriad industries such as Del Monte, GlaxoSmithKline, Magna PowerTrain, Merrill Lynch, the NBA, Oxford Health Plans, State Farm Insurance and Wyndham Worldwide; health care organizations; public and not for profit corporations such as Philadelphia Gas Works; as well as to small entrepreneurial organizations. The focus of her consulting practice has been on emotional intelligence, organizational culture, organizational change, teamwork and leadership.

Dr. Barsade is an award winning researcher and teacher whose academic expertise enables her to integrate cutting edge research tools and knowledge into her consulting practice. She has published in the top academic research journals in her field, and currently serves on the editorial boards of the Administrative Science Quarterly, Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes, and Organization Science.  She is also often interviewed by, and has her research referenced in, the general media, such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Business Week, Time Magazine, US News & World Report, International Herald Tribune, Forbes, LA Times, Oprah Magazine, Fast Company, Slate, ABC and CBS News as well as numerous national and regional news outlets. Her research and areas of expertise include:

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Organizational Culture
  • Leadership and Top Management Teams
  • Emotions in the Workplace
  • Group Dynamics


Stewart Friedman

Portrait of Stewart Friedman

Founding director of the
Wharton Leadership Program

Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Stew Friedman has been on the Wharton faculty since 1984. He became the Management Department’s first Practice Professor in recognition of his work on the application of theory and research to the real challenges facing organizations. As founding director of the Wharton Leadership Program, in 1991 he initiated Wharton’s required MBA and undergraduate leadership courses. He also started and directs the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project; its mission is to develop leaders and enable change through action learning and applied research.

In 2001 Stew concluded a two-year assignment as a senior executive at Ford Motor Company, where he was director of the Leadership Development Center (LDC), running a 50-person, $25 MM operation. In partnership with the CEO, he launched a corporate-wide portfolio of initiatives designed to transform Ford’s culture, in which over 2500 managers per year participated. He brought his concept of “total leadership” to Ford Motor, which created measurable change in both increased business results and enriched lives. While Stew was at Ford, the LDC received major media attention (including profiles in Fast Company, Training and Development, and CIO). Near the end of his tenure at Ford, an independent research organization (ICEDR) identified the LDC as having achieved “global benchmark” status for leadership development programs.

Stew worked for five years in health care before earning his Ph.D. (1984) from the University of Michigan. He has published numerous books and articles on work/life integration, leadership, and the dynamics of change, including the widely cited Harvard Business Review article, “Work and life: the end of the zero-sum game” and, more recently, in the Academy of Management Executive, “The Happy Workaholic: a role model for employees.” Work and Family – Allies or Enemies? (co-authored with Jeff Greenhaus, Oxford University Press, 2000) was recognized by the Wall Street Journal as one of the field’s best. With Integrating Work and Life: The Wharton Resource Guide (Jossey-Bass, 1998), Stew edited the first collection of learning tools for building leadership skills for integrating work and life. His most recent book is the best-selling Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life (Harvard Business Press).

Stew has consulted with a wide range of organizations and executives, including Jack Welch and Vice President Al Gore; he serves on numerous advisory boards; and he conducts workshops globally on leadership and the whole person, creating change, and strategic human resources issues. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, he appears regularly in business media (the New York Times cited the “rock star adoration” he inspires in his students), and was chosen by Working Mother as one of America’s 25 most influential men in having made things better for working parents.


Mauro F. Guillén


Director and Professor

University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School
Philadelphia, PA

Mauro is the Director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Dr. Felix Zandman Endowed Professor in International Management at the Wharton School. He received a PhD in sociology from Yale University and a Doctorate in political economy from the University of Oviedo in his native Spain. He is a member of the advisory board of the Escuela de Finanzas Aplicadas (Grupo Analistas), and serves as the Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals.

In 2013, Mauro won the Aspen Institute’s Faculty Pioneer Award which honors educators who have demonstrated leadership and risk-taking in integrating complex business and society issues into their teaching. He is an elected fellow of the Macro Organizational Behavior Society and of the Sociological Research Association, a former Guggenheim Fellow, and a Member in the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. His current research deals with corporate governance, the role of the corporation in society, the internationalization of the firm, and with the impact of globalization on patterns of organization and on the diffusion of innovations. He is the author of 10 books and over 30 scholarly articles.

Anthony Palombit

Portrait of Anthony Palombit

Master Trainer

Herrmann International and Genos Americas
Lake Lure, NC

Anthony brings more than three decades of corporate and consulting experience in the areas of executive coaching, organizational effectiveness and leadership development. His client list includes: BlackRock, Gymboree, Burlington Stores, Fitbit, VMware, Nike, Sensata Technologies, the NFL, Cirque du Soleil, IBM, EBay, PayPal, Microsoft, Pfizer, American Express, the UN, the CIA, the Department of Defense, Victoria’s Secret, Cisco, Biogen, Eli Lilly, and Logitech.

Anthony specializes in coaching CEOs of Fortune 1000 companies and the executives that report into them. In addition to coaching, he designs and facilitates executive team off-sites and leadership summits.

Anthony teaches in the Executive Education Program at the Wharton School of Business. He has extensive expertise in the field of leadership development assessments (personality, emotional intelligence, leadership impact, 360s and thinking styles) and has trained and certified over 2,000 facilitators, executive coaches and therapists in use of these technologies. He has led efforts in the design, development and delivery of customized, enterprise-wide leadership development programs. Some of the courses he developed and delivered include: Sets Strategy and Drives Results, Leveraging Unconscious Bias to Make Better Business Decisions, Brings Out the Best in People, Client and Market Insight and Builds Process and Organizational Excellence.

He spent six years working abroad in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean coaching leaders how to effectively manage in global environments. He is conversant in French.

Anthony is a licensed, clinical psychologist in the state of California and has a clinical practice in San Francisco working with individuals and couples in a therapeutic capacity.

Anthony has a BS degree in Chemical Engineering, a BA in Biochemistry, MAs in Graphic Arts and French Literature and a Ph.D. in Psychology.

In his free time, Anthony is a documentary filmmaker, enjoys traveling with his partner and hanging out with their many animals.


Roch Parayre

Portrait of Roch Parayre


Heidrick & Struggles
Philadephia, PA

Roch Parayre is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Philadelphia office and a member of the Leadership Consulting Practice. He was previously a senior partner at Decision Strategies International, a global strategy and leadership development advisory firm acquired by Heidrick & Struggles in 2016, where he also led the Blue Ocean Strategy Practice.

A strategist and master teacher, Parayre has advised organizations on five continents across a broad spectrum of industries, helping them grow and transform their businesses. He is an expert and conducts executive education seminars on the topics of decision-making, scenario planning, innovation, and strategy. Parayre teaches in executive education programs at Wharton Executive Education, at CEDEP and INSEAD in France, for Duke Corporate Education, and at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He was previously a senior fellow at the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at Wharton and a faculty member at the Cox School of Business at SMU, where he won numerous MBA teaching awards.  His published works are in a variety of academic journals, industry reports, and trade publications.

Parayre holds a bachelor of science magna cum laude in applied mathematics from the University of Ottawa, a master of science in engineering-economic systems from Stanford University, and a PhD in business strategy from the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Kathy Pearson

Portrait of Dr. Kathy Pearson

President and founder of Enterprise Learning Solutions

Philadephia, PA

Kathy Pearson is a strategist, systems thinking expert, and authority in decision making. She is president and founder of Enterprise Learning Solutions, an adjunct senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, and has served as an adjunct associate professor in the Operations, Information and Decisions Department at the Wharton School, both at the University of Pennsylvania. An award-winning educator, Kathy works extensively with mid- to senior-level executives, including high potentials and executive teams, teaching on a variety of topics including critical thinking, strategic agility, change management, and strategic execution. Kathy received her BS degree in theoretical mathematics from Auburn University, her MS degree in decision sciences from Georgia State University, and her PhD in industrial engineering (concentration in statistics) from Northwestern University.

G. Richard Shell

Portrait of G. Richard Shell

Professor of Legal Studies,
Business Ethics, and Management

Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

G. Richard Shell is the Thomas Gerrity Professor of Legal Studies, Business Ethics, and Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught since 1986. He is a senior member of the faculty and has led a number of School-wide initiatives, including the 2010 redesign of the MBA program. As a teacher, he is the Academic Director for two Wharton executive education programs: The Executive Negotiation Workshop and the Strategic Persuasion Workshop. He is also the author of three books: The Art of Woo: Using Strategic Persuasion to Sell Your Ideas (Portfolio/Penguin 2007) (with Mario Moussa), Bargaining for Advantage: Negotiation Strategies for Reasonable People (2nd Edition, Penguin 2006), and a work on competitive strategy and law entitled Make the Rules or Your Rivals Will (Crown Business 2004).

Professor Shell is an internationally recognized expert in negotiations, persuasion, and strategy, as well as an award-winning teacher. He has lectured to some of the world’s most influential corporate, nonprofit and political leaders at venues such as the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and the World Negotiation Forum in New York City. Wharton students have honored Professor Shell with numerous teaching prizes, and his professional peers have recognized his scholarly contributions to the dispute resolution field by giving his work some of their top awards. BusinessWeek’s bi-annual “Guide to the Best Business Schools” has consistently listed Professor Shell as one of the Wharton School’s top professors based on polls of Wharton School graduates.

As a consultant, Professor Shell has worked for over 100 business firms and nonprofit organizations. His clients include: Google, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, Citibank, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Merck & Company, Hewlett-Packard, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Christie’s, the Pew Charitable Trusts, American Association of Medical Colleges, the Teamsters, and the United Food and Commercial Workers International. He has also worked closely with the several groups within the United States Special Operations Command and the Crisis Negotiation Unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

As a scholar, Professor Shell has published widely on the subjects of negotiation, dispute resolution, and strategy in leading business and legal journals. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation, testified before Congress on public policy questions related to litigation and dispute resolution, and published opinion articles for such publications as Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. His books are available in over fourteen languages.


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