Back in Business

Denver, USA
The tracks at Union Station in Denver, Colorado.

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After several years on hiatus, the Wharton Club of Colorado relaunched in February. The club hosted its first networking event of the year in Denver and introduced a new board of directors, including club co-presidents Linda Bernier WG93 and Bill Keener WG05, to a sold-out crowd.


Last Call

São Paulo, Brazil
Cityscape of São Paulo, Brazil.

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It’s almost time for the 56th Wharton Global Forum. The long-anticipated 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. Speakers will include forum chair Roberto Sallouti W94, construction CEO Antonio Carrillo WG93, and venture capitalist Alice Lepique G22 WG22. Registration is still open on the Global Forum website.


Breaking the Silence

Milan, Italy
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Italy.

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In two candid talks in-person and online in February, Leslie Morgan Steiner WG92 shared her personal story as a domestic violence survivor. The intimate conversations, hosted by the Wharton Club of Italy, debunked myths and misconceptions about gender violence and shed light on a taboo topic. Steiner is a New York Times best-selling author, Washington Post columnist, and women’s empowerment speaker.


From Wall Street to Hong Kong

New York, USA
Skyline of New York City with One World Trade Center towering over other buildings.

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Dean Erika James led the latest stops of the Wharton Impact Tour in two global capitals of finance. February’s event in New York City featured lessons on investing from legendary professor emeritus Jeremy Siegel at a historic banking venue. March’s program in Hong Kong included illuminating insights from Joao Gomes, professor of economics, Howard Butcher III Professor of Finance, professor of economics, and senior vice dean of research, centers, and academic initiatives. Take a look back at previous stops on the Impact Tour website.


Developing a Taste

Paris, France
Pont Alexandre III bridge in Paris, France.

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At a turning point in his career, Luc Morand WG94 deviated from a more traditional path to purchase the Art Nouveau-style restaurant Bouillon Racine in 2002. Today, he owns four establishments in Paris’s Sixth Arrondissement, including one formerly frequented by Ernest Hemingway and Arthur Rimbaud. Read more about a cross-section of alumni restaurateurs finding success and thrilling foodies in “A Culinary Calling.”


Ben’s Birthday Bash

Tokyo, Japan
The top of Tokyo Tower, with cherry blossoms in the foreground.

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As part of a distinctively Penn tradition, alumni gathered in Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills to celebrate Benjamin Franklin’s 318th birthday. The fete included a mix of nearly 40 undergraduate and MBA alumni, ranging in class years but united in enthusiasm and good spirits. Former Wharton Club of Japan chairman Ernie Higa W74 delivered a heartwarming speech reflecting on the value of community. The Wharton Club of Hong Kong hosted a similar event, also in February.


Accelerating Careers

Sydney, Australia
The Sydney Opera House with a sailboat in the foreground.

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Career coach Jeremy Gartner WG22 led webinars for Wharton club members in cities from Boston to Sydney. Job seekers practiced Gartner’s “7 Proven Steps to Land Interviews and Unlock the Hidden Job Market” through interactive activities, focusing on communicating employment histories effectively and utilizing practical tools for career progression. Gartner’s executive career coaching firm, Career Propulsion, boasts an 88 percent hiring success rate and an average 65 percent increase in salary.


Entrepreneurial Mindset

Edina, USA
Cityscape of Edina, Minnesota.

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The Wharton Club of Minnesota and the Harvard Club co-hosted a “Launch Your Venture” event in November, inspiring budding entrepreneurs and established business owners alike. The expert panel included Minneapolis resident Dan Oppedisano WG13, founder and owner of Bedrock Restoration & Bedrock Plumbing, which focuses on interior disaster restoration. The event included networking over drinks and swapping business strategies.


Published as “Wharton’s Global Impact” in the Spring/Summer 2024 issue of Wharton Magazine.