Ko Takahashi WG94, head of Google Cloud Consulting in Japan; Julian Lai-Hung WG99, Japan lead for Apple TV; and Kaz Watanabe WAM15, an executive at insurance group Sompo Holdings, shared career stories and advice during a Wharton Club of Japan event in July. More than 40 attendees, including 11 current Wharton students, attended the Q&A session, which was followed by networking.
The Wharton Impact Tour continues to bring fresh insights from academic, industry, and government leaders to alumni in cities across the globe. (See the dean’s letter, “At the Forefront of an AI-Powered Future,” for more on her Asia appearances.) Here in the U.S., a stop in Seattle on November 29 will feature T-Mobile president and CEO Mike Sievert W91 in conversation with Dean Erika James. The dean will then make her way to New York on February 21 for an Impact Tour discussion with emeritus finance professor Jeremy Siegel. Information on a March stop in Hong Kong will also be available soon on the Impact Tour website.
Meeting of the Minds
The inaugural Penn Wharton Beijing Summit at the Penn Wharton China Center convened leaders from across disciplines for remarks on everything from consumer business to artificial intelligence in June. Co-sponsored by the Wharton Club of Beijing, the event featured nearly two dozen presenters, including Dean Erika James; Penn Engineering Dean Vijay Kumar; Michelle Liu WG97, the Beijing alumni club’s president; and Robert Zou WG94, the club’s founder.
Innovative Approach to International Business
For Jill Le Grand G96 WG96, attending the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies was a vital step toward achieving an accomplished world-spanning career followed by continuing success with her own consulting business in Paris. See “Four Decades of the Lauder Institute’s Global Impact” for a history of the Institute and the unique opportunities it has offered aspiring global business leaders over its 40-year history.
Mark Your Calendars
São Paulo, Brazil
The 56th Wharton Global Forum is just around the corner. The momentous two-day event will bring together faculty, alumni, and business and government leaders on June 7 and 8 in São Paulo to explore issues facing global business. Registration for the event will open in January 2024.
Up Close With Industry Experts
Recent Wharton Club of Switzerland luncheons have given alumni opportunities to learn from speakers such as Paul Arni WAM06, CEO of Liechtenstein-based VP Bank; Rami Habib, senior vice president and general manager of Salesforce Switzerland; and Matteo Gianini, head of J.P. Morgan Private Bank for Switzerland.
Perspectives for Prospective Students
Local Toronto alumni offered inside looks at the full-time MBA experience during an admissions recruitment event hosted by Wharton MBA Admissions in August. Panelists Tania Steyn G16 WG16, Peter Hucal G22 WG22, Alex Carbone WG22, Bob Reish WG15, and Christian Kellett G09 WG09 talked about student clubs, life in Philadelphia, lessons that helped shape their careers, and the transition back to Canada post-graduation. The event, part of the admissions team’s annual summer recruitment event series, also provided potential applicants with chances to ask questions about the admissions process and connect informally with the speakers.
Beyond the Classroom
Gabriella Gibson W25’s studies at Wharton have led her from the wilderness in Maryland to a performance of Riverdance in Dublin. In “A (Very) Off-Campus Education,” she reflects on how immersive trips far from Philadelphia have enriched her learning experience.
Published as “Wharton’s Global Impact” in the Fall/Winter 2023 issue of Wharton Magazine.