Esme Learning and MIT Launch Online Executive Education Courses in AI Leadership, Leading Health Tech Innovation

New online courses from the MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT School of Architecture and Planning will prepare learners for the future of work through a blend of video instruction, AI coaching, and small-group collaborative learning

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#AILeadership–The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Esme Learning have announced two six-week online courses in AI Leadership and Leading Health Tech Innovation that will deliver essential knowledge to help prepare business leaders and burgeoning health tech professionals for the future of work. The courses are the first of an executive education series in collaboration between the Institute and the AI-powered digital learning platform.

Successful AI Leadership course participants will receive a certificate co-issued by the MIT School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) and the MIT Sloan School of Management. Leading Health Tech Innovation course participants will receive a certificate issued by the MIT SA+P.

The first presentation of the AI Leadership course begins July 7, 2021. The first presentation of the Leading Health Tech Innovation course begins June 16, 2021. Registration for both courses will close one week after the courses commence.

“The future of work will require massive career upskilling across industries, as the pandemic has accelerated digital transformation by years, and in some cases, decades,” said Beth Porter, co-founder and managing director at Esme Learning. “MIT is uniquely positioned to teach learners how to leverage AI to become better leaders, as well as the necessary skills to launch the next startup that will transform the health industry. We’ve thoughtfully created these two online courses with MIT to ensure working professionals have superior education opportunities that are truly engaging, collaborative, and directly applicable to the job they have, or the job they want to have.”


IDC expects global revenue for the AI market to hit $328 billion in 2021, and grow over 1.5 times to $554 billion by 2024. There is a growing need for business leaders to understand how AI can transform leadership, and to view AI as not a disruptor, but an enhancer in solving organizational issues.

The AI Leadership course aims to help business leaders achieve this goal. By the end of the course, learners will be able to explain basic AI concepts, recognize misconceptions, identify leadership capabilities that AI can support, and evaluate and assess management gaps within their own organizations.

Faculty directors include Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland, Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program Director, and Deborah Ancona, Founder of the MIT Leadership Center.


The worldwide digital health market is projected to hit $639.4 billion by 2026 with continued innovation in areas such as data interoperability, mental health and personalized care. In light of this opportunity, the Leading Health Tech Innovation course from MIT SA+P will provide a comprehensive guide to understanding innovation within the industry and how to structure a successful health tech product, service, or venture.

The course has a broad range of applications for:

  • Health tech startup leaders
  • Entrepreneurs interested in creating their own health tech product or service
  • Business leaders of medium-to-large healthcare companies looking to embrace the transformative power of AI wearables and machine learning

Concepts learned during the course will accelerate business impact, learning, improvement, and validation for corporate innovation groups, internal venture teams, and R&D Scientists.

Professor Rosalind W. Picard, Sc.D., FIEEE, will lead the course as faculty director. Picard is founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the MIT Media Lab and founding faculty chair of MIT’s Mind+Hand+Heart Initiative.


Both courses, produced by Esme Learning in collaboration with MIT faculty and staff, will feature high-quality video instruction from esteemed MIT faculty; interactive, timely media such as podcasts and articles; and correlating formative assessments that test knowledge retention.

Courses on Esme Learning are thoughtfully crafted with learning design principles that emphasize measurement and feedback. Learners have numerous opportunities to immediately apply course knowledge via live simulations and small group exercises that emulate work scenarios. Esme Learning’s AI coach leverages 15 years of cognitive science research to intelligently analyze small group peer interactions and suggest individual feedback per learner to ensure productive and rewarding group collaboration.

To register and learn more, visit MIT’s AI Leadership and Leading Health Tech Innovation course sites, powered by Esme Learning.

About Esme Learning

Esme Learning is transforming the future of digital learning through AI. Leveraging over 15 years of research on group collaboration, Esme Learning courses deliver an immersive and collaborative executive learning experience with some of the best universities in the world. Each course blends high-quality video, live simulations, interactive media, and small group exercises with top learning design principles. Through Esme Learning‘s rapidly growing portfolio of courses, executives gain technical skills and learn business best practices from experts across a wide range of frontier fields such as fintech, cybersecurity, AI leadership, and health tech. Esme Learning is backed by Adit Ventures. For more information, visit our website at:

About MIT School of Architecture + Planning

The MIT School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) believes that humanity’s toughest problems and their solutions exist within the space between people and their environment. From its inception in 1868 as the Department of Architecture, MIT SA+P has encouraged the exploration of the human landscape as the vehicle for delivering better futures. These online short courses reflect that goal, encompassing an interdisciplinary exploration and the drive for meaningful progress that is central to the MIT ethos.

About MIT Sloan School of Management

The MIT Sloan School of Management is where smart, independent leaders come together to solve problems, create new organizations, and improve the world. Learn more at


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