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Immerse yourself in Silicon Valley entrepreneurial ecosystem and build strong networks and affinities with key stakeholders



The CEO program has been co-created by Universidad del Norte and the Stanford Center for Professional Development to provide participants with the leadership skills needed to develop innovation mindset, identify specific signals of change which forecast disruptive trends in industries. The program combines the world-class expertise of both schools on innovation, entrepreneurship and management. It blends online and face-to-face learning by professors from both universities as well as industry keynotes and visits to Silicon Valley. Participants will gain insights into the broad context of how innovation works in the Silicon Valley and key mindsets and practices that can inspire innovation.




The program is for business leaders, involved in the decision-making process.

The roles include:

  • CEO´s
  • Presidents
  • Owners
  • Board Members
  • C-suite executives



•Learn about the key framework being practiced at Stanford and  Silicon Valley and how they can leverage design thinking in their business practices to inspire creativity and transform an organization. 
•Understand disruptive trends and learn about the framework to manage disruptions
•Learn from Stanford’s world-class faculty members and ecosystem influencers and thought leaders.
•Participants who complete the Stanford Program will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Stanford Center for Professional Development.  



  • Welcome address
  • Participants meet and greet
  • Program description
  • Content preview



  • Learn methods of leadership which identify and scale innovation and excellence within an organization.
  • Develop skills neccessary to empower leaders to foster intrapreneurship and innovation within an enterprise.



  • Shared prosperity initiatives.
  • Transforming organizations
  • How to lead companies in complex environments?
  • Dealing with uncertainty
  • Business networking agenda

















Morning Session

•Innovation and Disruption
•Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Mindset
•Innovation through Design Thinking
•Innovative Business Models
•Competition Strategy
•Building a Culture of Innovation
•Innovation Partnerships
•Digital Transformation
•Leadership: The Power of Stories







•Stanford Campus and School Tour
•Site Visit at a Silicon Valley Company
•Site Visit at a Silicon Valley Company
•Project Work
•Project Presentation
•Certificate Awards

Welcome Reception


Closing Dinner



Hau Lee
Professor of  Graduate School of Business, Stanford University


Tina Seelig
Professor of  the Department of (MS&E), Stanford University


Haim Mendelson
Professor of the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University


Pedram Mokrian
Adjunct Professor, Stanford University


Hayagreeva Rao
Professor of School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University


Mike Lyons
Adjunct Professor, Stanford University


With the CEO Program, participants will:

  • Discover new ways of thinking and acting to solve business challenges.
  • Learn to Stay ahead of  the competition




The program runs from January to February 2020 and incorporates a blended format of online and face-to-face sessions.

Place and time for the face-to-face modules are:

January 30-31, 2020

Universidad del Norte Business School, Barranquilla-Colombia

February 10-14, 2020

Stanford Center for Professional Development, Palo Alto – USA



The program fee includes teaching materials and online courses, and lunches and coffee breaks during the program days. The fee does not include travel expenses or accomodation.

Fee: $57.350.000


Online Application                                         
September 15 – October 22, 2019
Notification of Acceptance

October 23, 2019
You will need to complete an online application. The application includes biographical information and information on your professional background.

English-Language Proficiency.
Applicants must be proficient in the English language. All classes and discussions are conducted in English.


Mariangela López L.
Program Coordinator
Tel: +57 3509009




Stanford Center for Professional Development

The Stanford Center for Professional Development, a part of The Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL), makes it possible for today's best and brightest professionals to enroll in Stanford University courses and programs while they maintain their careers.
The SCPD portfolio reflects the exciting research and world-class teaching of Stanford faculty from all of Stanford’s schools. Courses are delivered online and, in some cases, at Stanford, at your work site, or at international locations-- providing a global community of learners with flexibility and convenience and enabling them to apply their education to their work.



Universidad del Norte Business School

Universidad del Norte Business School is located in Barranquilla, Colombia. It offers high-quality education and is ranked among the top 10 best universities in Colombia. Within the international scope, the university has academic agreements with universities worldwide. Additionally, the School  has contributed to the education of top executives within the region and the country.


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