CMO School

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From brand to demand, the CMO helps inform everything from go-to-market to long-term growth strategies – arguably one of the most critical functions on the executive team.

During this 10-week comprehensive program, you will learn from some of the top CMOs in the U.S. about strategies, tactics, and approaches that will help you strengthen all of the dimensions needed to be a successful CMO today and always. You’ll discuss topics like how to build a world-class team, budgeting, scaling, attribution, demand gen, forecasting, brand building, and much more.

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2023 Dean

Andrea Kayal is currently CMO at Electric where she serves the Marketing, Sales Development, Business Development, and Partnerships teams. She has over two decades of experience overseeing GTM strategy, demand generation, brand message and design, product, content and customer marketing, customer retention and more. Prior to Electric, Andrea served as CMO at Upserve, Signpost, and Sailthru. She is an active advocate for the advancement of women in tech and LGBTQ rights.



During this 10-week course, you will discuss strategies, tactics, and approaches to building and selling a budget, learn how to structure and leverage the different areas of marketing to drive growth and revenue, calculate ROI on marketing campaigns, and drive sales and marketing alignment.

Who Should Enroll

This school is designed for marketing leaders seeking advancement into the C-Suite, first-time CMOs looking to learn the ropes, and established CMOs seeking to expand their skills.


By the end of this course, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to:

  • Use benchmarking data to build your budget and sell it internally
  • Build out and structure demand generation, product marketing, customer marketing, and content to better drive customer acquisition and revenue growth
  • Calculate the ROI on marketing efforts using the 7 keys, including asking for organizational goals upfront and getting sales buy-in first
  • Drive sales and marketing alignment by creating joint responsibilities and defining joint KPIs

Why Enroll

Marketers today are struggling to keep up with new demands, including the ever-evolving way customers want to be sold. This course will give you different perspectives and tactics on how to navigate the evolution of marketing and your customers’ needs.


Session #1

By the end of this class, you will be able to:

  • Balance the C and M in your title
  • Develop a bi-directionally fulfilling relationship with the CEO
  • Set yourself up for success from the start by establishing foundations with your team and the executive team, as well as asking the important questions before you accept a job

Session #2
Planning for Success:
Budgeting, Attribution, and Demand Gen

By the end of this class, you will be able to:

  • Sell your budget internally
  • Use benchmarking data to build your budget
  • Using budgeting structure (modeling) to build a good budget
  • Re-budget and re-forecast

Session #3
The Art of Fundraising Through IPO

By the end of this class, you will be able to:

  • Build a brand from the top down or bottom up, as building a great brand means better outcomes by ten to twenty times
  • Create an attention-grabbing board pitch
  • Hire and build the right people early on, including investing in product marketing, operations, and design
  • Use the Net Dollar Retention model to raise money

Session #4
Marketing Tech and Operations

By the end of this class, you will be able to:

  • Select different KPIs to measure the effectiveness of inbound vs. outbound
  • Use ABM for improving sales and marketing alignment, as a joint focus is key
  • Establish a regular cadence for stakeholders and check-ins on leading indicators
  • Create a buying council for technology that includes involving some people early, and some toward the end

Session #5
How Building an Iconic Brand Boosts Demand Generation (Ask Me Anything)

By the end of this class, you will be able to:

  • Define your demand gen outcomes such as revenue growth, target account efficiency, and opportunity cost
  • Calculate the ROI on your efforts using the 7 keys to a great marketing budget, including asking for organizational goals upfront and getting sales buy-in first
  • Create a reporting structure based on the customer’s stage in the buying process

Session #6
Customer and Retention Marketing

By the end of this class, you will be able to:

  • Involve customer marketing at every level of the buyer and customer journey
  • Have customer marketing live in both product marketing and demand generation
  • Use Net Dollar Retention as the top success metric for customer marketing and high growth

Session #7
Why Every Company is Becoming a Media Company (and How You Can Too)

By the end of this class, you will be able to:

  • Recentralize content to easily find and update branded content as your brand and messaging evolves
  • Avoid using cookies to place a renewed importance on collecting and engaging first-party data in order to impact business outcomes
  • Build trust with your community by handling their data and privacy with integrity and by providing valuable content in exchange for their contact information
  • Turn your organization into a media brand using the 5 tactics such as evolving your content team into an editorial team, and more

Session #8
Product Marketing

By the end of this class, you will be able to:

  • Use product marketing to create consistency, clarity, and momentum for product and feature launches
  • Improve your product launches by developing a messaging house, building an end-to-end project plan, creating an internal communication playbook, and more

Session #9
Sales and Marketing Alignment

By the end of this class, you will be able to:

  • Complete a customer journey map with sales
  • Get aligned on joint KPIs including your north star metric and by building a centered marketing/sales dashboard
  • Present together at board and executive meetings, including having one section that you both speak to
  • Learn that proximity is everything, whether it is sitting together in the office or finding an excuse to be in person with the Sales Leadership whenever possible

Session #10
How to Prepare for a Board Meeting

By the end of this class, you will be able to:

  • Better focus yourself and your priorities as Chief Marketing Officer
  • Adapt your board deck based on the stage of your organization
  • Anticipate and learn what your board wants to see from you

Frequently Asked Questions

This course is included in the cost of a Pavilion Membership.

At this time, this course is open to Pavilion Members only. Apply to join Pavilion to enroll.

This school starts on September 12, 2023, and runs through November 14, 2023.

Applications are currently closed

Live, virtual sessions occur weekly on Tuesdays from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm ET.

Yes, there will be cohorts for this school. Cohorts meet once per week at a selected day/time during the duration of the program.

Due to the peer element of Pavilion University, we see increased engagement from students which strengthens your ability to recall and apply learnings.

Yes, there is a final exam at the end of this school. A passing score of 80% must be attained in order to receive your certificate.

Yes, 80% attendance is required. We recommend that participants attend the live sessions for the optimal learning experience, but watching session recordings count toward attendance for those who have scheduling conflicts or are in time zones where live attendance is a challenge.

After successfully meeting attendance requirements and passing the final exam, you will receive a certificate that you can add to your Licenses and Certification Section on LinkedIn.

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