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Associate Fellow Program in Talent Management

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Wharton MasterClass, Aug 6 - Aug 10, 2018

  • Self-Study & Online stages commence April 2018
  • 4-6 hours/ week of self-paced online & text-study
  • Early Application Deadline - March 15, 2018
  • Final Application Deadline - April 15, 2018

Program Overview

The role of 21st century HR leaders has evolved well beyond the rules-and-procedures implemented by administrators of the past. Today, they are strategic partners who help drive value and overall organizational success. The TMI-Wharton Associate Fellow of Talent Management program is designed to expand the capacities, perspectives, and insights of such professionals—the brightest of rising global HR leaders—who are preparing for greater responsibilities and a bigger boardroom impact in their careers.

Worldclass Wharton Learning

Highly selective, the program has a small class-size and admits high-potential HR professionals from a large pool of applicants from around the world. It is designed to help participants develop greater confidence as leaders who are more capable of facing the range of professional challenges inherent in a dynamically changing workplace. The Associate Fellow program participants will learn from world-renowned Talent Management experts who share cutting-edge research and best practices that can be put into effect immediately. They will also build a strong network of high-achieving peers that continues to provide guidance and support long after the program has ended.

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Uniquely Experiential and Flexible Learning

Designed specifically for the extremely busy global professionals who desire their learning to be high-quality, self-paced, flexible and experiential – wherever they may be, the 3-stage Associate Fellow program demands just about 4-6 hours of concentrated, self-scheduled study every week. The first two stages include Wharton online learning and rigorous self-study of world-class texts framed on TMI’s global Talent Management knowledge standards, and can be completed by participants at their convenience. The final stage involves a visit to The Wharton School for 5 days of high-impact residential MasterClasses conducted by Wharton professors in the Wharton campus.

Key Program Takeaways

The TMI-Wharton Associate Fellow program blends the expertise and thought leadership of TMI and Wharton. Participants can expect the following:

  • Absolutely the latest learning through worldclass TMI books; high-quality Wharton Online courses, which you can do at your own convenience; and the Wharton Masterclass in The Wharton Business School
  • Exposure to state-of-the-art tools, theories and paradigms of Talent Management
  • Measurable addition to higher-order professional skills and Talent Management knowledge through the immersive Wharton experience
  • Expansion and enrichment of the perspectives of business, organizations and the impact of Talent Management on business growth and competitiveness
  • Addition of new skills and technical expertise required for making Talent Management an essential ingredient and result area of managerial and leadership roles within organizations
  • Leveraging of the Wharton alumni network and development of a network of global HR peers
  • Development of insights for practicing Talent Management in traditional HR ecosystems and for helping organizations transition to talent-led growth
  • Strengthening of negotiation and decision-making skills, critical for career and organizational success
  • Earning of certification from Wharton, one of the world’s most esteemed business schools, and TMI, the world’s most trusted Talent Management standards and credentialing body

The 3-Stage Learning

The TMI-Wharton Associate Fellow program comprises 3 learning stages covering 25 courses - self-study, Wharton online learning, and the Wharton MasterClass held in The Wharton School’s Philadelphia campus. Assessments are continuous and participants completing all requirements earn the TMI-Wharton Associate Fellow of Talent Management designation and TMI and Wharton certificates.

Participants complete 9 of these 25 themes at absolutely their own pace, at their own convenience. The effort is estimated to be in the range of around 4-6 hours a week. The remaining 16 learning themes are covered during the 5 days of the action-packed and immersive Wharton MasterClass. A high-impact career management workshop is also held in Wharton during the residential MasterClass.

STAGE 1 - Self-Paced Text-Study/ Reading

This stage involves self-study, directed at helping participants examine and comprehend the evolving science of Talent Management. This stage will build a common vocabulary and core of knowledge, setting the stage for the learning that follows. Participants will study from three required texts - The TMI Handbook on Talent Management, #Talentastic, and Talent & the Future of Work - included in the TMI-Wharton study kit. Even the busiest of professionals should be able to complete this text self-study stage with 60-80 hours of focused, self-planned study. All participants have to take the online TMI certification assessment after completing this stage as a requirement of completion of the Associate Fellow program. Details on this stage are available in the program guide shared with participants on their TMI-Wharton dashboards.

The following are the learning themes participants are required to cover in this stage by reading the books provided in the TMI-Wharton study kit:


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STAGE 1 (TEXT SELF-STUDY)

TMM-011 Defining Concepts and Perspectives in Talent Management
TMM-012 Elements of Strategy and Leadership in Talent Management
TMM-013 Critical Focus Areas of Talent Management Practice
TMM-014 International Talent Management Experiences and Insights
TMM-015 Talent Leadership Capabilities
TMM-016 Future of Work and Workforce

Please note, in addition to the mandatory online certification assessment, participants are also required to submit a business essay for this stage, which is graded and included in the list of assessments influencing the Associate Fellow certification and program-completion decisions.

STAGE 2 - Self-Paced Wharton Direct Online Learning

Stage 2 includes 3 exclusive Wharton online courses offering world-renowned expertise and instruction in leadership, people analytics, and socio-cultural dynamics affecting management of human capital in the 21st century. The expected effort required to complete this stage is around 15-20 hours of learning from Wharton online modules, which participants can plan according to their convenience immediately after Stage 1.

The following table lists the modules/ learning themes in this stage of the program:

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STAGE 2 (WHARTON DIRECT ONLINE LEARNING)

TWW-111 Global Trends for Business and Society
TWW-112 Managing Social and Human Capital
TWW-113 People Analytics

The Wharton online courses can be accessed through personal access logins provided individually to participants. Tests and quizzes are for monitoring comprehension and learning progress only. However, all participants must submit a 3,000-word business essay during this stage, and scores of this assignment impact the certification decision.

N.B: These Wharton Online courses are not delivered live. The sessions by Wharton professors and learning material etc., are stored in the cloud and Associate Fellow participants are given exclusive access to them through private logins. This arrangement ensures that participants have the freedom to plan their Wharton Online studies in accordance to their convenience. The online course-modules listed above have made the program after an extensive assessment of their utility for participants in their careers. However, TMI and Wharton may replace them with other courses in the interest of the quality of learning we desire to deliver under the program. All participants are informed sufficiently in advance about all such changes to help them plan their studies.

STAGE 3 - The Wharton MasterClass (On-Campus, Residential)

Participants undergo a five-day MasterClass led by Wharton professors at the school’s Philadelphia campus. This is an intensive learning experience designed to grow and strengthen the professional expertise of participants. Instruction includes the latest research and best practices while leveraging the knowledge, experience, and insights of the participants. This stage is designed to empower participants to transform their organizations and the HR profession. The following table lists the courses in this stage:

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STAGE 3 - WHARTON MASTERCLASS (5-DAY PROGRAM)

TWM-211 Building a Talent Management Mindset
TWM-212 Enhancing Social Capital Through Right Networks
TWM-214 Bridging HR and Business Strategy
TWM-215 The War for Talent
TWM-216 Managing Careers: Yours and Others
TWM-217 Building Effective Talent Systems
TWM-218 Effective Talent Acquisition
TWM-219 Negotiating Effectively to Manage Conflicts
TWM-220 Managing in a Matrix
TWM-221 Career Management and Succession Planning
TWM-222 Judgment and Decision Making: The Logic of Chance
TWM-223 Planning for Internal and External Staffing
TWM-224 Managing Talent Management
TWM-225 Enriching Talent and Human Capital in Organizations
TWM-226 Improving Retention Through Motivating Talent
TWM-227 Insights on Strategic Use-Cases of Talent Management in Business

N.B: The themes listed above have made the program after an extensive assessment of their utility for participants in their careers. However, TMI and Wharton may replace them with other courses in the interest of the quality of learning we desire to deliver under the program. All participants are informed sufficiently in advance about all such changes to help them plan their studies.

The Ideal Participant

This program is designed for senior HR professionals; high-potential experts in organizational learning & development, as well as Strategic HR & Talent Management consultants and HR business partners, who are preparing for larger, higher-impact leadership roles and assignments.

The Candidacy Tracks

There are three tracks for senior HR professionals from diverse backgrounds and experiences to earn the TMI-Wharton Associate Fellow of Talent Management credential:

  • The Track for Emerging HR Leaders
    Applicants would hold at least Bachelor's degree with a major in HR/ Business/ Management/ Economics/ Technology/ Science/ Liberal Arts or in any other interdisciplinary field from an accredited institution. The minimum work experience requirement to qualify under this track is 10 years or more in an HR sub-function.

  • The Track for Emerging Leaders from Non-HR Functions/ Areas
    Applicants would hold at least a Bachelor’s level qualification in HR/ Business/ Management/ Economics/ Technology/ Science/ Liberal Arts from an accredited institution. The minimum work experience required to qualify under this track is 12 or more in any business or management function(s).

  • Alumni Privilege Track for the GTML™- credentialed
    Applicants under this track should have an active GTML™ certification from TMI, with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. The minimum work experience requirement to qualify under this track is 10 years or more with a minimum of seven years in an HR sub-function.


Assessments

In addition to quizzes and mini-tests, there are 7 special assessments that evaluate and measure your development during the program and are used to qualify you for the Associate Fellow of Talent Management credential.

All assessments during the Wharton residential MasterClass are conducted by Wharton faculty, while those in Stages 1 & 2 are conducted by TMI, including the certification assessment at the end of Stage 1. This is a 60-minute, online certification exam to be taken by every Associate Fellow program participant after completing the Stage 1 self-study program. The assignment/ business case submission deadlines are mentioned in the detailed program schedule to be shared at the time of start of the program.

Assessments include two business essay assignments – one each for Stages 1 & 2; four on-campus assessments during the Wharton MasterClass, and the TMI-Wharton Associate Fellow certification exam. For more details, write to us at associatefellow@tmi.org

Application and Selection

Application Process

The Application Form for the TMI-Wharton Associate Fellow program can be found here, or by clicking the Apply Now tab appearing in multiple places on this page. Please read the program details carefully. Applicants are NOT required to pay any fee at the time of submission of their application. The payment process begins only after an applicant has been selected for the program. Importantly, applicants holding an active GTML™ certification of TMI will directly pre-qualify for the Associate Fellow Program under the TMI-Wharton Alumni Privileges facility (please read the Pre-Qualification rule below in this segment). For clarification on the Associate Fellow application process, please email us at associatefellow@tmi.org

Selection & Admission Process

Selection for admission in the TMI-Wharton Associate Fellow program involves assessment of applications in two sequential stages. Candidacy Verification is Stage 1, in which, applicants’ educational and work backgrounds are matched with and verified against the prescribed Associate Fellow candidacy norms. Only applicants meeting these candidacy norms are declared qualified for consideration in the final Profile Evaluation, the Stage 2. Applicants passing the Profile Evaluation stage are finally selected for admissions and sent admission offers.

All Associate Fellow applications are managed and evaluated by a special TMI-Wharton program management team, and the final admission decisions are taken by the Applications & Candidacy Management Office. The decisions of the Applications & Candidacy Management Office for all applications are final, and are emailed individually to applicants. Applicants who finally qualify for admissions, receive an assigned TMI-Wharton login to complete the admission-offer acceptance and payment process. Acceptance, selection, and admission decisions are not based on applicants’ race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran status, or disability.

Once the fee is paid, applicants become participants of the Associate Fellow program, and they are advised on the logistics of the program. Further, applicants holding an active GTML™ certification of TMI will directly pre-qualify for the Associate Fellow Program under the TMI-Wharton Alumni Privileges facility, though the final admission decisions will entirely be vested in the discretion of the admissions committee.

Participants facing a challenge in completing their program due to personal reasons in a particular edition can request for a deferment to the next edition. This deferment will permit them to resume the program with participants of the next edition of the program, exactly from the stage where they paused in the last edition.

Pre-Qualification & Qualification Norms:

  • Applicants who have earned a Pre-Qualification under Alumni Privileges or equivalence facilities are exempted from the Candidacy Verification stage and move direct to the Stage 2 of Profile Evaluation.
  • Applicants who have earned a direct Qualification under any Alumni Privileges or equivalence facilities can be directly considered for admissions as their Profiles have already been assessed as admission-worthy.

The TMI-Wharton Alumni Privileges Facility

Under the highly-demanded TMI-Wharton Alumni Privileges program, GTML™ certified applicants will pre-qualify for the TMI-Wharton Associate Fellow Program. This implies, that applicants who have earned a Pre-Qualification under Alumni Privileges or equivalence facilities are exempted from the Candidacy Verification stage and move direct to the Stage 2 of Profile Evaluation. Please check the Track 3 in the Candidacy section also to understand the proposition in greater detail. It should be noted that GTML™ certified professionals who successfully complete the Associate Fellow program are permitted to retain their GTML™ as well as the Associate Fellow designation.

Program Fee

The fee for the Associate Fellow program for 2018 is USD $16,950, and can be paid online through credit/debit cards or electronic bank transfer. The My Payments tab on the applicant’s myTMI-Wharton dashboard carries detailed information about the amount and modes of payment. Wharton alumni receive a 10 percent fee waiver. GTML™ certified applicants are charged a special fee for the Associate Fellow program under the TMI-Wharton Alumni Privileges policy. Applicants adopting the GTML™ Alumni Privileges track should check out this privilege fee offer posted on their MyTMI dashboards. There are no other scholarships, fellowships, or grants awarded for this program.

If you receive an offer of admission for an edition of the Associate Fellow program, you will be required to complete the admission formalities by a prescribed deadline, beyond which, an unaccepted admission offer shall automatically expire. You can formally accept the admission offer and complete other formalities online by logging into your myTMI-Wharton dashboard as explained in the instructions sent on your email. When you accept your offer, you must also pay the program fee, which includes a non-refundable admission deposit of USD $950, to secure your place in the program and which is credited toward your program fee. The balance of the program fee, if not paid in full, is billed immediately after your acceptance of the admission offer, and it must be paid by the prescribed deadline to complete admission formalities before beginning the program.

The Associate Fellow Program fee is inclusive of:

  • Program application fee
  • Cost (including shipping) of all Associate Fellow learning resources (printed/offline/online)
  • Wharton program fee
  • Accommodation and meals at Wharton for five nights and six days
  • All applicable international taxes

The Associate Fellow Program fee does not cover:

  • Cost of international or domestic air travel to and from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Airport transfer costs
  • Incidentals and out-of-pocket expenses
  • Travel and health insurance

Currently, and until further notice, the fee can only be paid in U.S. dollars. Digital and cryptocurrencies are not accepted. Payment for company-sponsored participants can be done via electronic checks or wire transfers, and further information may be sought by writing to tmiwharton@credforce.com

Learning Resources

The Associate Fellow resources provided to every participant include printed and electronic learning and reference material from both Wharton and TMI. These resources cover a range of Talent Management subjects including the TMI knowledge framework, Talent Management leadership, and contemporary Talent Management theory and practice.

Wharton online study resources include three courses, and links to them — as well as to many other resources connected to these courses — are provided to each participant. The TMI Associate Fellow study kit is shipped as soon as you complete your registration. It contains the TMI flagship publication: the 30-chapter TMI Practitioners’ Handbook for Talent Management, the world’s first and only standards-aligned and authoritative text on the science and art of Talent Management. It is the most important reading reference for preparing for the Associate Fellow certification exams.

Also included in the Associate Fellow study kit is #Talentastic, a book that will help you learn the habits, methods, conduct, and approach needed to become a high-impact HR and Talent Management professional. The third reference text in the study kit is Talent & the Future of Work, which includes the latest insights on how corporations and global HR leaders are deploying Talent Management precepts to decode the challenges of competitiveness in the future.

Faculty

Peter Cappelli
Peter Cappelli
George W. Taylor Professor of Management
Director, Wharton’s Center for Human Resources
Academic Director, TMI-Wharton Programs on Talent Management

Expertise Areas: Human-resource practices, public policy related to employment, talent and performance management

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Wharton MasterClass, Aug 6 - Aug 10, 2018

Self-Study & Online stages commence April 2018
4-6 hours/ week of self-paced online & text-study
Early Application Deadline - March 15, 2018
Final Application Deadline - April 15, 2018