Merck Drexel University


About Drexel: Founded in 1891. It is a Global Research University, Experiential Learning Leader with approximately 24,000 students. Drexel is one of America’s 15 largest private universities and ranked among the top 100 in the nation. Drexel has built its global reputation on core achievements that include: Leadership in experiential learning through Drexel Co-op, and custom programs with industry partners for emerging, established, and executive Leaders.

Benefits & Purpose: To elevate supplier development to a different new level by providing an innovative experiential and learning program to the entire diverse supplier community, inclusive of DA4S members that are certified by NMDSC, WBENC, USPAAC, NGLCC, Disability: IN, NVBDC and USHCC. The program delivers:

  • An intensive curriculum designed to expand your capacity, skill level and growth potential in critical areas in both classroom and online forums.
  • Practical experience focused on enhancing critical thinking and decision-making with experiential learning approach embedded throughout.
  • The opportunity to join peers in a mutually supportive and lasting network.

Where is Drexel University? Drexel University is in University City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Can I apply to be part of this program? Yes, each DA4S member certified by organizations listed above are encouraged to apply. Applications will be opening soon. For additional info contact us at:

Will this be an online course and how long is this program? (Pending COVID-19 Restrictions) It will be a combination of classroom and virtual classes. The program launched in 2021 and we will provide information as it becomes available for 2022. At this time we are not accepting applications.

What is an Experiential Teaching Method?

  • Action-Based Learning Project
  • Custom Assessment
  • Case Studies
  • Challenges and Competitions

What is the price of the program? Should you be selected and accept the offer to attend, the tuition will be fully sponsored by Merck. The only costs that you will incur are logistics as needed.

What topics will be covered?

  • Leadership, Communication and Teams
  • Building Personal Brand and Storytelling
  • Strategic Networking
  • Digital Presence and Strategy
  • Customer Digital Journey
  • Digital Media Metrics and Measurement
  • Financial Reporting, Planning and Budgeting
  • Intersecting Finance and Operations
  • Operations and Production Planning
  • Purchasing and Contract Management
  • Drexel and Merck Request for Proposal Culminating Capstone Challenge

Further information about the Merck Drexel ALP program and online application can be found here:

To be considered for this unique learning opportunity, suppliers must submit an online application and be able to commit fully to the program dates as provided. There are limited seats available. Applications will be reviewed by the Drexel and Merck program team, and selected participants are notified in the end of January.

The application process includes:

  • Online application submission
  • Video submission (under 90 seconds)
    • Introducing program applicant(s)
    • Mission, vision, and values of the organization
    • How the CMP will benefit the future of the organization
  • Corporate Biography submission
    • Mission, vision, values of the organization
    • Overview of products and services offered
    • Date of when the organization was founded
    • Quick facts or general organization information

The Merck Drexel Advanced Leadership Program for Diverse Suppliers – 2021 Schedule for reference purpose only,

ONE: LEADERSHIP INTENSIVE March 4-5, 2021 9:00 am to
6:00 pm EST
Virtual Live (synchronous)
TWO: DIGITAL MARKETING April 16 & 30, 2021 10:00 am to
12:00 pm EST
Virtual Live (synchronous)

With online asynchronous content during entire month.

THREE: FINANCE May 3 & 27, 2021 9:00 am to
11:00 am EST
Virtual Live (synchronous)

With online asynchronous content during entire month.

FOUR: BUSINESS INTENSIVE & RFP TBD: June 14-15, 2021 8:00 am to
6:00 pm EST
In-person Live @ Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

(COVID-19 permitting)

For additional information please contact