Corporate Executive Development Program

The Corporate Executive Development Program (CEDP) is a one-of-a-kind, immersive leadership experience designed exclusively for high potential Latinos who are mid-level managers and directors preparing for executive levels of responsibilities.

CEDP provides participants with the knowledge, skills and resources they need to accelerate their progress into executive positions and achieve superior business results—highlighting the advantages Latino executives bring to corporate America. Simply put, CEDP is strategically created to address the Latino talent pipeline. CEDP is guided by a distinguished advisory board of executives from nationally recognized organizations and exceptional faculty who are dedicated to the high-impact advancement of Latino managers

The Business Case
The U.S. Hispanic market is the nation's largest ethnic minority with 63.7 million people. However, gaps in representation continue to exist within U.S. companies and Hispanic managers and directors are significantly underrepresented in executive and senior executive positions. Research shows that while Hispanic managers and directors reach mid-level management positions faster than their peers, they are slower to climb to higher levels within their companies.



    • Accelerate Hispanic middle managers' progress into executive positions
    • Prepare Latino leaders for sustained success at high levels

Achieved Through

    • Practical, interactive, and hands-on learning experiences
    • Awareness of cultural barriers and opportunities for advancement
    • Individual development plans based on proven competencies of successful leadership
    • Support for application of program experience: executive class advisers, individual executive mentors, participant sponsors, peer groups of participants and past participants
    • Successful Hispanic corporate leader role models as guest speakers
    • Network with experienced Latino senior managers
  • Dates

    4/29/2024 8:00 AM - 10/10/2024 6:00 PM

  • Format

    The six-month program is delivered in three phases: April to May, August, and October. Each phase begins with a multiday, in-person module on the SMU campus and continues with virtual team project work and individual development activities until the start of the next phase. Register below

    Red Cohort

    Blue Cohort
  • Location

    SMU Cox School of Business
  • Price

    Please contact us at 214.768.3335 or for pricing information.

    Upon successful completion of the program, participants receive a certificate.

  • Topics

    Delivered in three instructional phases over six months (May – October), CEDP highlights the advantages Latino executives bring to corporate America. Each phase will kick off with an in person multiday module and continue with virtual team project meetings and continuing education sessions.


    Phase 1: Leading with Authenticity

    This phase is devoted to developing ‘self’ and understanding the power of culture in executive development. Participants will gain insights to intentionally use culture— individual, corporate and national—in service of optimum individual and business performance.


    Phase 2: Leading High Performing Teams

    In the second phase participants learn to leverage cultural diversity in others to maximize the performance of work units and teams and to work effectively across borders. Participants learn to use coaching and mentoring tools to develop talent and gain institutional knowledge.


    Phase 3: Becoming a Corporate Leader

    Participants learn to apply heightened cultural awareness and develop social capital needed to lead strategic thinking, innovation, and change at enterprise levels. They gain an understanding of roles and behaviors associated with the highest levels of corporate leadership, including the relevance of active community engagement.

    Upon successful completion of the program, participants receive a certificate and join the SMU Cox Latino Leadership Initiative alumni community.



    360 Assessments

    Each participant will complete a 360 degree feedback assessment of the competencies identified with successful executive leadership prior to Phase 1. Results of this self-awareness tool guides the development of an individualized development plan and form the foundation of the mentoring relationship that continues through the programs.



    Participants are assigned executive mentors with significant leadership experience within Fortune 1000 companies. These seasoned professionals assist in preparing and implementing personal leadership development plans.


    Executive Speakers and Advisors

    Participants will learn and interact with world-renowned experts in leadership and business. Our Latino executive advisors share practical insights, tools, and tips with participants in the classroom.


    Team Project

    Throughout the program, participants work in small teams applying new tools and concepts to create an entrepreneurial solution to a current social problem. At the end of the program, teams present their business plans to instructors, advisors, mentors, and corporate advisory board members.

  • Who Should Attend?

    • Mid-level Latino managers and directors with the demonstrated track records and potential to ascend to executive positions.
    • Engaged leaders who are committed to developing their managerial skills and approaches to optimize team performance 
    • Leaders who are supported by high level executives in their organization who are responsible for developing talent in their organizations. These executives should be visionaries committed to meeting the emerging needs of their global markets.


    Time Commitment

    CEDP requires significant commitments from participants. It is important that individual’s participation is supported by their organization. To acknowledge this, participants will provide names and contact information of their managers and senior leaders who will be updated regarding the program and invited to participate in key elements. 



    Contact Ana Rodriguez, Executive Director for the Latino Leadership Initiative, at or 214.768.8232 to learn more about the Corporate Executive Development Program

  • Schedule

    The six-month program is delivered in three phases: April to May, August, and October. Each phase begins with a multiday, in-person module on the SMU campus and continues with virtual team project work and individual development activities until the start of the next phase.

    Phase 1: Leading with Authenticity (April - May 2024)
    Phase 2: Leading High-Performance Teams (August 2024)
    Phase 3: Becoming a Valued Corporate Leader (October 2024)


    Red Cohort

     Blue Cohort

    Phase 1*

    April 29 – May 1, 2024

     April 30 – May 2, 2024

    Phase 2*

    August 26 – 28, 2024

     August 27 – 29, 2024

    Phase 3*

    October 7 – 10, 2024

     October 8 – 17, 2024

    *Virtual team project work and continuing education sessions follow the in-person module. For an entirely online-only option, contact Ana Rodriguez at if interested in virtual dates.

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