Professional Development Program

An immersive career development experience

"High quality event and opportunities to interact with the right people"

The Professional Development Program (PDP) is committed to cultivation of rising talent, offering learning and networking opportunities with peers and the opportunity to engage in thought leadership discussions with prominent executives. The program runs the weekend prior to CERAWeek, beginning on Friday with a Welcome reception and dinner, followed by a two-day immersive career development experience. The curriculum examines energy from global perspectives including geopolitics, economics, energy transition, and operational excellence. Led by Harvard Business School Professor Forest Reinhardt, participants engage in a series of deep-dive case studies and lectures designed to build leadership skills and strategic thinking. 

The PDP is available to a limited number of eligible candidates with approximately ten years of experience. Applicants must submit a brief biography detailing their professional affiliation, areas of expertise, accomplishments and education to the CERAWeek Special Programs team for acceptance. 

PDP Program highlights: 

  • Friday, March 6: Reception with IHS Markit senior executives 
  • Saturday-Sunday: 2 days of sessions led by HBS Professor Forest Reinhardt
  • IHS Markit Expert presentations 
  • HBS case studies and readings 
  • Printed program book 
  • Certificate of Completion 

PDP participants are included in all Future Energy Leader programming during CERAWeek: 

  • Sunday, March 8: Welcome reception for FEL candidates 
  • Monday, March 9: Opening presentation breakfast 
  • Tuesday & Thursday evening receptions with leading speakers 
  • Friday, March 13: Closing luncheon recapping key learnings 
Full access to all CERAWeek programming 
Full access to the CERAWeek Agora 

For more information on the Professional Development Program, including pricing and application process, please email us at