The ARELI mission is to provide executives with the knowledge and tools to propel them to the senior leadership of their companies and organizations. Utilizing individualized learning and intensive group education, participants are provided an in-depth understanding of organizational processes, market drivers and government influences necessary for precise integration of the broad range of business functions. Further, there is a particular emphasis on the development of an adaptive leadership mentality in the face of an ever changing business climate.

The program has five main educational themes primarily set in the context of technology-driven enterprises:

  • Personal leadership competencies and style – It is important that an executive understands his or her individual leadership style along with areas of strong competency as well as areas that present development opportunity. Successful leaders have high ratings across most competencies.
  • Analytic business tools – While a senior executive might not be expected to carry out the detailed manipulation of a tool, he or she must understand when and how an analysis should take place, and more importantly, how to interpret the results of such an analysis for optimizing decision making. Using intuition alone can be disastrous.
  • Strategic functional integration – Program participants most often have risen through a single functional business area. But when ascending the top rungs of the organization, the senior executive must now consider and balance the distinct needs of all parts of the business, which must be synchronized and moving in the same strategic direction.
  • Improving the management team and setting the culture – Leading at the top requires enhanced skills in subordinate selection, motivation and mentoring. In addition, a positive and proactive culture needs to be built and maintained with the organization. The senior executive must be the CMO —the Chief Morale Officer.
  • Confronting the outside environment – The senior executive must assure the adaptability of the business as the world and its market opportunities continue to change. Further, he or she is the face of the organization and must be adept at establishing and maintaining an appropriate positive image for all stakeholders and the public.

All of these themes are highly inter-related and the institute’s curricula recognizes this as subject matter moves appropriately among them with each day and each activity building on what has come before.

Program delivery is a combination of interactive class lectures that often require pre-reading and group discussion, online courses, participant presentations, on-the-job assignments during intersession, coaching opportunities, senior executive guest speakers and field trips to organizations with important stories to tell.

CEO/Beyster Institute Employee Ownership Conference


  • Opportunity for morning weight workout, calisthenics or trail jogging
  • Breakfast - Full Breakfast at the Rady Center for Executive Development
  • “Issues and Answers” session to set day’s class schedule
  • Morning Session I
  • Anticipating and Exploiting Disruptive Technologies


  • Morning Session II
  • Advanced Portfolio Brand Management of Technology Products
  • Lunch - Theme lunch at the Rady Center for Executive Development
  • Small Group Media Training
  • Afternoon Session I
  • Power and Influence in Rapidly Changing Organizations


  • Afternoon Session II
  • Organizational Mapping and Informal Communication Networks
  • Free Time
  • Dinner
  • Reception, Dinner and Guest Speaker at Truluks


  • Study group discussions and course reading