Wharton Club Events October

Date and Time
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
6:00pm— 9:00pm
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As a participating Penn & WHARTON alumni club, all our members have access to a variety of virtual events hosted by other clubs around the world.  Check out some of what's available . . .

Thursday, October 1st,  8 am- 9 am EDT
Wharton Club of Argentina & Wharton Club of Spain
Dialogue with Wharton Professor Mauro GuillenProgram will be in Spanish

Mauro Guillen will present on research from his new book, 2030 – a Wall Street Journal instant bestseller! The world is changing drastically before our eyes—will you be prepared for what comes next?  Learn more about the coming changes and an exercise in the power of “lateral thinking,” thereby revolutionizing the way you think about cataclysmic change and its consequences. Please note, this program will be offered in Spanish only.


Monday, October 5th, 7 pm- 8 pm PDT

Wharton Club of Southern California

Marketing Mondays

Dan Zola (Penn '95) and Kerry Thompson join us from SWAY UX. Dan and Kerry are experts in helping businesses improve their performance through customer insights and surveys. They are user Experience (UX) experts who will teach you how to ask exactly the right questions to get the actionable data you need to improve your business and drive profitability.


Tuesday, October 6th, 6:30 pm- 7:30 pm CEST

Wharton Club of Germany

Cracking Food Waste Through Tech & AI

Hear from Alexander Piutti (WG 96) on his experience as an impact entrepreneur and his latest venture SPRK.global. SPRK.global's mission is to eliminate food waste in the global supply chain through state-of-the-art technology. SPRK recently made global 1st place the 'Smart Cities’ category in the prestigious XTC's Extreme Tech Challenge competition. 


Wednesday, October 7th, 12:15 pm- 1 pm PDT

Wharton Club of Southern California

Lunch & Learn Speaker Series with WG’98 Kelly Breslin Wright

Hear insights on building and managing a successful sales team, managing growth and more. Kelly has extensive experience with building and leading a sales team and how companies can better navigate through multiple stages of growth, IPOs and financings, global expansion, CEO and leadership transitions and strategy development. Kelly joined Tableau as the company’s first salesperson and tenth employee in 2005 and helped grow Tableau into a multi-billion dollar public company as a key member of the executive team. She grew Tableau’s revenue and field operations from zero to $850m in revenues and managed over half of Tableau’s global team as the company grew to 3,300 employees. Kelly will be interviewed by Alissa Finerman (WG '98), an Executive Coach and Wharton MBA.


Thursday, October 8th, 11 am- 12 pm MNL

Penn & Wharton Club of the Philippines

Decoding Data: Utilizing Data Science to Create Business Value and Economic Uncertainty

Join Derek Chang, Founding Partner, Stratus Data and Charles Pensig, W’07, Founding Partner, Stratus Data on how to make sense of data science and create business value amid economic uncertainty.


Thursday, October 8th, 12 pm- 1 pm PDT

Wharton Alumnae Founders & Funders Association

An introduction to government contracting and government financing

Join us to explore ways that government and emerging and small businesses can work together and benefit each other, in a fireside chat with two leading experts who have worked in the conjunction of government and small and emerging businesses: Stan Soloway and Katie Bilek.


Tuesday, October 13th, 12 pm- 1 pm EDT

Wharton Club of New York

Design To Value: What It Is And What It Means To Your Business

Design Thinking has been one of those buzz-word terms and business aspirations in recent years. Yet, few companies successfully monetize the value from design and capture the tangible value in their bank accounts. They fail to employ smart design for their products, services and business models. In this session, Rob Mann, (W’89, C’89, WG’96), management consultant and former Wharton faculty, will introduce you to Actionable Design-to-Value (ADTV) and provide examples of successes and failures in converting design into dollars. He will introduce techniques that you can readily adopt in your business for tangible $ impact in B2C, B2B and service environments. Participants will be able to submit their questions and share their relevant experiences.


Wednesday, October 14th, 12 pm- 1 pm PDT

Wharton Club of Southern California

Current trends in Public Market investing: How Alternative Investments help shape a Portfolio

Ray Schleinkofer, W ’95, who is a senior member of the UCLA Endowment Investment Team, and Head of Marketable Securities, will be interviewed by Jason Breemen, WG ’02.  Among other topics, Ray will share his views on the current state of the public markets, which types of investments he favors and why, and what fund managers need to consider when speaking with university endowments.


Monday, October 19th, 12 pm- 1 pm PDT

Wharton Alumnae Founders & Funders Association

Meet Ashley Bittner, Founding Partner at Firework Ventures, on the future of work

In this fireside chat session, Ashley Bittner, a Wharton alumnae, and a Founding Partner at Firework Ventures, will share her perspective on the future of work through the human-centered lens. She and her firm have invested in a number of early-stage startups, including Learn In, Stride Funding, Hone, Podium Education, Catch, BrainTrust, The Prelude Institute, and Edvo. We will get a chance to hear why she invested in these companies, her thesis, her outlook for the future of work, as well as her hobbies. We will make sure we have adequate time for live Q and As!


Wednesday, October 21st, 5:30 pm- 8 pm EDT

Wharton Club of New York

Wharton Club of New York's 2020 Joseph Wharton Awards

Join WCNY virtually on Wednesday, October 21st for the Wharton Club of New York's 2020 Joseph Wharton Awards. The evening's program will include valuable pre-event networking opportunities, an interactive simulations on negotiations, exciting career insights during the awards ceremony, and access to panel discussions with current and prior award recipients who will share their unique industry expertise. Wharton professors, including Peter Fader, Mike Useem, and David Musto, will be moderating the networking and panel discussions. The event will be hosted by CNBC Anchor, Bill Griffeth. Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to expand your business network and gain actionable insights! This year's outstanding winners are: David S. Pottruck, C’70, WG’72, Chairman & CEO, Red Eagle Ventures, Inc. & Former President & CEO, Charles Schwab; Dawn Fitzpatrick, W’92, Chief Investment Officer, Soros Fund Management; Jeff Raider, WG’10, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Harry’s Inc; and Keiko Honda, WG’89, Adjunct Professor, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs & Former CEO of MIGA, World Bank Group. Early registration pricing of $25 is available until October 10th, after which tickets will increase to $50 - so purchase your tickets now for this important event! Those alumni who are not currently in the WCNY database can be added and then register for the event.


Thursday, October 22nd, 12 pm- 12:50 pm EDT

Wharton Club of Charlotte

Fireside chat with the Federal Reserve of Richmond

Please join us for a fireside chat with Tom Barkin, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The Richmond Fed is one of 12 regional reserve banks in the Federal Reserve System. This will be a unique opportunity to hear from an expert with a front-row seat to the state of the American economy.



Wharton School Events:


Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship 2020 Alumni Achievement Award honoring John Legend

Thursday, October 1st, 5 pm- 6 pm PDT

Join us for a live conversation with John Legend, C'99, HON'14, moderated by Erika H. James, Dean, The Wharton School. Introductions by Amy Gutmann, President of the University of Pennsylvania, and an update on Venture Lab from Karl Ulrich, Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.


Penn Wharton Budget Model’s Biden Policy Analysis

Wednesday, October 7th, 7 pm- 8 pm ET

Professor Kent Smetters and Richard Prisinzano, Penn Wharton Budget Model’s Director of Policy Analysis, willshare PWBM’s comprehensive analysis of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s fiscal policies related to taxes, immigration, public investment, healthcare, and housing. The model was recently developed and published in partnership with the Wall Street Journal.


Leading towards the future of the Greater Bay Area of China

Wednesday, October 14th, 9 am- 10 am ET

Join Bernard Chan, Convener of the Non-Official Members of the Executive Council, Hong Kong’s highest policy making body, for this regionally focused but globally significant conversation with Kenny Lam, W’96, CEO, Two Sigma Asia Pacific and Erika H. James, Dean of the Wharton School.


Analytics at Wharton Webinar Series

  • Friday, October 9th, 12 pm- 1 pm ET: Professor Hamsa Bastani on “Reopening Greece with Data-Driven COVID-19 Testing”
  • Thursday, October 15th, 12 pm- 1 pm ET: Professor Corinne Low on “A New Tool to Eliminate Bias in Hiring”
  • Wednesday, October 21st, 12 pm- 1 pm ET: Professor Maisy Wong on “Opportunities and Challenges for Real Estate and Non-Real Estate Firms”
  • Friday, October 30th, 12 pm- 1 pm ET: Professor Ken Moon on “Understanding Worker Burnout and Turnover Using Big Data”


University Events:


Penn’s Antiracist Education & Action Events

  • September 30th, 5:30 pm ET: Africana Studies Presents featuring Keisha-Khan Y. Perry
  • October 1st, 7:30 pm ET: Call to Action (for young alumni)
  • October 6th, 12:30 pm ET: The COVID 19 Crisis Response in Education: Confronting Widening Disparities
  • October 8th, 12 pm ET: Behind the Book with Penn Press featuring Kellie Carter Jackson- Force and Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence
  • October 13th, 7 pm ET: Behind the Book with Penn Press featuring Jean Reith Schroedel- Voting in Indian Country: The View from the Trenches
  • October 23rd, 12 pm ET: Diversity Lecture Series - The Shadow Book: Tracing Black Fantastic Imagination from Endarkened Pasts to (Afro) Futures


Penn’s Global Discovery Faculty Lecture Series

  • October 14th, 12 pm ET: The Bluest Eye at 50: Reading Toni Morrison in the Age of Trump with Professor Herman Beavers
  • October 21st, 12 pm ET: Where Everything is Alive – Mind and Body in the Southwest with Professor Lucy Fowler Williams

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