A Flagship Program Returns

Singapore cityscape.

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Following a pandemic-era hiatus, Wharton Global Forums are back! Currently open for registration, the next Global Forum will take place in Singapore on March 10 and 11. Among the event’s featured speakers are Lawrence Wong, Singapore’s deputy prime minister and minister for finance; Wharton Dean Erika James; and Jon Huntsman Jr. C87 HON10, former Utah governor and previous U.S. ambassador to China, Russia, and Singapore. Also save the date for the upcoming Beijing Global Forum, which is currently scheduled for June 14 and 15, 2024.


All Around the World

Tokyo, Japan
Wharton professor Witold Henisz and Dean Erika James at a Wharton Impact Tour event in June.

Witold Henisz, vice dean and faculty director of the ESG Initiative, and Dean Erika James at a Wharton Impact Tour event in London in June

The Wharton Impact Tour continued to make its way across the globe in recent months following its March kickoff in San Francisco. Events in New York, London, and Dallas have since provided additional opportunities for alumni to engage in person with faculty and each other in their home cities. A virtual Asia-focused event also brought graduates together in June for a conversation on women leaders in tech. The Impact Tour makes its next stops in Tokyo on November 8, Tel Aviv on December 6, and Dubai on December 8, with registration for all events now open.


Lessons in Finance

Minneapolis, USA

View of Minneapolis's skyline.

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Neel Kashkari WG02, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, joined the Wharton Club of Minnesota in August for a conversation about his work. Kashkari oversees the bank’s operations serving the Ninth Federal Reserve District — including Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and parts of Wisconsin and Michigan — and brings perspectives from the region to Washington, DC, to inform national monetary policy.


Going Global

Conceptual illustration of connections being made across the globe.

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Wharton’s MBA Program for Executives is expanding with the launch of its first-ever global cohort. Starting in May, the new format is designed to virtually reach rising leaders around the world who will complete their MBAs through blended online and in-person instruction. The 22-month program, says Wharton senior vice dean of teaching and learning Brian Bushee, aims to bring together “business professionals whose locations, work, or personal situations preclude them from extensive travel but who share a passion for learning from Wharton faculty and each other.”


The Power of Cross-Border Connections

Kyiv, Ukraine
View of the Kyiv cityscape.

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An effort to provide Ukrainians with opportunities for English practice has taken on new significance in the face of COVID-19 and Russia’s invasion. See “Preparing for a Brighter Future” to learn how Katerina Manoff C09 W09 is helping young Ukrainians prepare for the future by pairing them with English speakers worldwide through her nonprofit, ENGin.


Back to Where It All Began

San Francisco, USA
Attendees gathered for a group photo at the Wharton San Francisco campus 20th anniversary celebration.

Attendees at the 20th anniversary celebration for Wharton’s San Francisco campus in October

Alumni of Wharton’s West Coast executive MBA program returned to San Francisco in October for long-awaited in-person festivities. The MBA for Executives San Francisco Reunion included an update on Venture Lab by Lori Rosenkopf, vice dean of entrepreneurship, in the afternoon as well as an evening celebration of Wharton’s 20th anniversary in the city. The event followed two Philadelphia-campus Reunions in May for full-time MBA alumni. Next up: MBA Reunion Reimagined on November 5, back in Philadelphia, for full-time classes ending in 0, 1, 5, and 6, the class of 2019, and Executive MBA East alumni.


An Innovative Approach To Learning

London, UK
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The Wharton Club of the United Kingdom hosted Wharton Interactive co-founders Ethan Mollick and Sarah Toms virtually in June for a discussion about their games-based education initiative and its potential to transform schooling. (Learn more about Wharton Interactive’s mission and online offerings in “Level Up Your Learning”.)


E-Commerce Evolution

Panama City, Panama
A view of buildings and coastline in Panama City.

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Jose Varela C13 W13 and Jorge García ENG12 shared their entrepreneurial story with the Penn and Wharton Club of Panama during a fireside chat in June. As two of the founders of Cuanto, the Penn alumni are making it easier for merchants in Latin America to accept payments online. The event was part of a new series for the Panama club featuring alumni speakers.


Published as “Wharton’s Global Impact” in the Fall/Winter 2022 issue of Wharton Magazine.