Back on the Road

San Francisco, USA
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All-alumni events have returned to cities across the globe with the kickoff of the Wharton Impact Tour. The inaugural event this March featured Dean Erika James and operations, information, and decisions professor Kartik Hosanagar on the West Coast in a conversation about how business leaders can leverage creative communities and technological advancements to spur innovation. Dean James will also attend Impact Tour events with Penn Integrates Knowledge professor Michael Platt this May in New York and with management professor Witold Henisz this June in London.


Supply Chain Studies

Mexico City, Mexico
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As part of a slate of Global Modular Courses offered by Wharton this spring, students traveled to Mexico in March with operations, information, and decisions professor Santiago Gallino for a course on supply chain management. The five-day experience included two chances to meet with Wharton alumni at evening receptions in Mexico City and Monterrey.


At the Helm

Phoenix, USA
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Even in less challenging times, leading the fifth largest city in the U.S. would be no small feat. Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego WG12 joined the Penn and Wharton Club of Arizona in February for an in-person event at which she spoke with fellow alumni about the city’s pandemic response and economic resilience.


Getting Down to Business

Paris, France
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What are the most important skills business schools should be teaching today? The Wharton Club of France, in partnership with the INSEAD Alumni Association France, tackled this question and more during an online conversation on the future of business education. Participants at the December event also touched on topics such as the pressing issues tomorrow’s leaders will need to confront. Panelists included Serguei Netessine, senior vice dean for innovation and global initiatives at Wharton, and business executive and former Geneva club president Jacqueline Curzon WG93.


Paying It Forward

Vaito’omuli, Samoa
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Informed partly by his own Peace Corps experience in Samoa, F. Chapman Taylor WG88 has created the Taylor Family MBA Fellowship at Wharton for students who have volunteered in the Peace Corps or have similar public-service backgrounds. To learn more about Taylor and the fellowship, see “A Global Citizen Gives Back.”


Asian Celebration

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Dia is a new online marketplace started by Malaysian friends Kylie Francis WG18, Alia Farouk, and Aisha Hassan to promote Southeast Asian artisanal brands and culture. For more on their startup and other alumni-founded businesses, see our Watchlist.


Innovate to Improve

London, UK
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A virtual collaboration between the Wharton clubs of the U.K., Greece, and Geneva brought together Penn alumni in February to discuss environmental and social issues — specifically, the roles of public and private organizations in tackling those problems. Speakers at the event included Marisa Drew WG92, chief sustainability officer of Credit Suisse, and Bernd Wendeln WG04, chairman of impact investor WEGA.


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