Forging Essential Connections
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October marked the first Wharton Industry Exploration Program course in New York City, as a group of 40 sophomores and juniors interested in the tech sector visited Shazam and Reelio, attended lectures, and networked with alumni in the industry. Students earn a half credit, and all courses are held during school breaks. Coming in early 2017: a Los Angeles program focused on arts, entertainment and media; a tech-sector session in San Francisco; and public policy in Washington, D.C.
Lifelong Learning, South Beach-Style
Sun, sand and an A-list lineup of speakers await at the 49th Wharton Global Forum from March 9 to 11. The program kicks off with a welcome reception hosted by honorary chairman Carlos de la Cruz W62 WG63 and a keynote conversation on the role of art and civic engagement in global business communities with Alberto Ibarguen L74, president/CEO of Knight Foundation, and Art Basel Americas director Noah Horowitz. Talks and panels 9th to 11th will cover everything from finance and big data to entrepreneurship, public policy, real estate, telecom and more, with insights from favorite faculty (Eric Bradlow, Peter Conti-Brown, Pete Fader, Mauro Guillén, Laura Huang, Dave Reibstein and Tom Robertson).
A Sweet Deal
Read about the Wharton grad behind the first high-end chocolatier in Haiti in the Watchlist.
If you’re among the business leaders from around the globe headed to the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting from January 17th to 20th, join Dean Geoffrey Garrett, members of the Wharton faculty and fellow alumni for conversations throughout the week.
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Three Wharton alumni to watch in West Africa: Wole Faroun WG08 was named a finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year in the All Africa Business Leaders Awards, in partnership with CNBC Africa; FirstBank, the largest bank in Nigeria, named Patrick Iyamabo WG05 its new chief financial officer; and LEAP Africa founder Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli W96 has published Social Innovation in Africa, a guide to scaling impactful social enterprises.
Building the Road to Recovery
“Challenges for Recovery” was the title of the third annual Conference of Greek Entrepreneurs (EENE), held this past spring and co-organized by the Wharton Alumni Club of Greece. More than 200 executives, academics and leaders from across the political and economic spectrums gathered for conversation and keynotes from speakers, including club president and EENE vice president Christian Hadjiminas WG83. Next up for a group of brave club members: the Athens Authentic Marathon in November.
Collaboration Across the Globe
The Leonard Davis Institute’s Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, led by Penn professor of medicine Kevin Volpp GRW98, has partnered with the National University of Singapore for a series of behavioral economics studies. Scientists from CHIBE and NUS—named the top university in Asia by QS World University Rankings—met in Singapore in August to finalize the project. Among the topics to be examined: diabetes management, via a study led by Wharton professor Maurice Schweitzer GRW93.
Focusing on the Economic Might of South Asia
The annual Wharton India Economic Forums—student-run conferences featuring industry-leading speakers and a startup competition—holds two events in ’17 (Mumbai in January, Philadelphia in March).