WhartonConnect: Taking Our Online Global Community to New Heights!

By Tama L. Smith, WG’90

Dear Alumni,

It is my pleasure to announce the launch of our new online community—WhartonConnect!

A Tool Designed by and for Wharton Alumni

Designed exclusively for Wharton alumni, this initiative is the result of a successful partnership between the School and our Wharton Alumni Association Board and Alumni Clubs network — to build a stronger sense of community and connection amongst our 84,000 alumni. This exciting tool serves to increase information access and learning to enhance your ability to communicate and network with fellow alumni. Some of the key features include:

  • Single sign-on for access to all alumni resources
  • Extensive and easy-to-search alumni directory
  • Easier personal profile management
  • Dynamic network linking alumni across the globe
  • Enhanced access to Wharton’s online resources
  • Global events calendar Continuing Our Tradition of Building a World-Class Board

In addition to the announcement of WhartonConnect, we are pleased to introduce to you seven new members who have joined our Board in July 2008. These alumni have pledged to lend their spirit and expertise to furthering our mission to enhance alumni engagement worldwide. They are:

Fadi Abou-Arbid, WG’03,
Partner, Amwall-Alkhaleej
Commercial Investment Co.;
President, Wharton Club of the
Middle East (Saudi Arabia)

Evan Betzer, WG’99, Principal,
Stoneworth Financial; President,
Wharton Club of Houston (Texas)

Aidan Collins, WG’07
(WEMBA), Partner, Bain & Company (California)

Karen Meador, WG’02,
Vice President, Children’s Medical Center; President,
Wharton Club of Dallas (Texas)

Khadir Richie, WG’02,
Investment Banker, RBC Capital Markets (California)

Elli Steit, WG’65,
Managing Director of PRM International Access (Israel)

Ajit Surana, WG’86,
Managing Director, Dimensional Securities;
President, Wharton Club of India

Next Steps for You…

Log onto www.whartonconnect.com to review and update your profile.

You will also be able to locate and reconnect with fellow Wharton alumni. If you need assistance, contact Alumni Affairs at alumni.affairs@wharton.upenn.edu or call +1.215.898.8478. Spend some time on WhartonConnect.

This site is version 1.0 and there are more improvements to come — so consider ways that we can make WhartonConnect a most dynamic online community—and email your suggestions to me.

Enjoy !


Tama L. Smith, WG’90
Board Chairwoman, Wharton
Alumni Association
President, Tama Smith & Associates, Inc.
E-mail: tsmith@tsassociates.com