Reunited (And It Feels So Good)
Attention all “1s and 6s” and “0s and 5s”: You are cordially invited to attend this year’s virtual MBA Reunion on May 14 and 15 for opportunities to connect socially, engage with faculty, and network with classmates. Wharton is also delighted to welcome you back to campus for an in-person Reunion Reimagined event on November 5, 2022.
Los Angeles, USA
Chances for recent MBA graduates to get together continued this year with a virtual adaptation of Young Alumni Coast to Coast. Hour-long events in early March gave alumni in Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., opportunities to informally meet and network online.
Welcome to the Club
Panama City, Panama
In a year made challenging by isolation, Wharton added three new alumni clubs to help graduates foster closer connections. Joining the Wharton Global Clubs Network in 2020, the Penn and Wharton Club of Panama and the Wharton Club of Geneva offer regional opportunities; the new Wharton Executive Education Alumni Club is open to graduates of Executive Education programs that grant alumni status, including Advanced Management, General Management, and Advanced Finance.
In an example of opportunity amid difficulty, the Wharton Clubs of Dallas-Fort Worth, Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, and the National Capital Region took advantage of today’s virtual environment to jointly host one of Wall Street’s buzziest businesses: Bumble. Priti Joshi WG14, vice president of strategy and operations for the dating platform, joined the clubs online in March following Bumble’s February IPO. During a talk moderated by BetterHealthcare COO Bryan Bloom WG14, Joshi discussed Bumble’s journey so far and its impact on dating during the pandemic.
Exploring AI’s Impact
The Wharton UK AI Studio — an initiative of the Wharton Club of the United Kingdom that aims to strengthen connections between alumni and experts in the field of artificial intelligence — hosted a three-part AI series this fall. Mary Purk, executive director of both Wharton Customer Analytics and the School’s AI for Business program, joined the studio for its first event on October 1.
Alexander Piutti G96 WG96 is working toward a world without food waste. See our Watchlist to learn how his startup, SPRK, is using artificial intelligence to redistribute and repurpose food that would otherwise be thrown away.
Looking to the Future
Even in pandemic times, the Penn Wharton China Center has been keeping busy. Among its many recent initiatives, the center hosted the Penn Club of Beijing for a discussion on the American presidential election’s impact on U.S.-China relations with Andy Mok WG02 and alumnus Sichen Huang. PWCC also kicked off a new speaker series in February titled Penn at Work — Making Your Future: 2021 and Beyond. The inaugural event, hosted with the Penn Blockchain Club, featured Litecoin founder Charlie Lee in an examination of what’s ahead for blockchain and cryptocurrencies.
In Celebration of Women Worldwide
Taking place on International Women’s Day, the More Than Ever Tour held a virtual event titled “The Transformative Power of Women’s Leadership: Lessons From Rwanda.” In Rwanda, women occupy more than 60 percent of the country’s parliamentary seats, and their leadership is felt well beyond government. Opened by Wharton Dean Erika James, the session was moderated by Katherine Klein, vice dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, and featured Agnes Binagwaho, vice chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity; Diane Karusisi, CEO of the Bank of Kigali; and Kampeta Sayinzoga, CEO of the Development Bank of Rwanda.
Published as “Wharton’s Global Impact” in the Spring/Summer 2021 issue of Wharton Magazine.