By Vige Barrie, CW’74, WG’76


Living in somewhat rural upstate New York, I always welcome the opportunity to travel, especially if it means expanding my horizons and meeting Wharton alumni from all over the U.S. and the world. In this, Wharton’s 125th anniversary year, such opportunities abound. Throughout the year, Wharton will be gathering alumni in cities around the world and in the U.S. to strengthen our shared sense of community as our worldwide network continues to expand.

It all started with the January global forum in Mumbai, India, which served as the kick-off event for the school’s anniversary celebration. Alumni who attended were treated to unique and energizing sessions with business leaders engaged in endeavors throughout the region. But that was only the start, because we soon will be holding forums in Istanbul, Turkey and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Each of these events promises to be one-of-a kind, providing an incredible opportunity to meet alumni and business leaders from these very different parts of the world.

There has been much talk in the press lately about globalization and its impact on the way we do business and live our lives. Wharton, with its global alumni network, gives each of us connections to increase our understanding of this phenomenon. I hope that you will consider attending at least one of our 125th anniversary events to expand your own horizons and leverage the unique access that your Wharton network provides. If you are unable to attend the events outside the U.S., there are also several forums that will be held in various U.S. cities.

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I hope to see you at one of the upcoming events, but in the meantime, I always welcome your comments and suggestions.

Vige Barrie, CW’74, WG’76 Chair,
Wharton Alumni Association
Business: 315-859-4623