Education, events and innovation around the world
Mile High Alumni
Each year, the Wharton Club of Colorado hosts a long weekend on the slopes near Denver. This past February’s event included a cocktail reception, dinner at a floating restaurant on the Blue River, and two full days on the slopes. Check the club’s website for updates on next year’s trip.
(Way, Way) South of the Border
This past winter marked the first time undergraduates joined the MBA Leadership Venture to Antarctica. For one student’s essay on the transformative experience, see Postcards from the South Pole.
Business Strategies for World Health
A winning team of Wharton MBA students in Health Care Management—Eason Hahm WG18, Vikram Srinivasan WG18, and Quingan Zhou WG18—tackled neonatal mortality in this year’s Kellogg Biotech and Healthcare Case Competition. With a theoretical budget of $10 million, the team proposed targeted community education and radio advertising focused on life-saving umbilical cord hygiene in three Nigerian localities. One of the judges, an advisor for USAID, planned to share these ideas with the Nigerian Ministry of Health, for real-world impact.
The Wharton-INSEAD Alliance combines the strengths of two global leaders in business education by nurturing networks and collaboration between the schools’ alumni. At February’s alumni meeting near Paris, INSEAD professor of global technology and innovation Serguei Netessine shared how just tweaking your business model can create transformational growth.
A New Year and a Major Event
At its 30th anniversary celebration this January, the Wharton Club of Shanghai rang in the Lunar New Year and pre-launched the milestone 50th Wharton Global Forum, which will take place in Hong Kong on June 22–24. Stellar alumni keynote speakers will include Nicolas Aguzin W90, Kenny Lam W96, Goodwin Gaw W91 ENG91, and Christophe Lee ENG91. With a focus on leading disruptive innovation, the forum will explore global investment, big data and analytics, and the rapidly changing geopolitical landscape. Registration is open.
At this March’s alumni dinner, Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship honored Dr. Gang Yu GRW90 with the Penn Wharton China Entrepreneur Award, which recognized his contributions to enterprise in China and worldwide. The co-founder and executive chairman of New Peak Group, Dr. Yu also co-founded online grocery market Yihaodian. Karl Ulrich, vice dean of entrepreneurship and innovation, spoke at the event, celebrating entrepreneurial alumni in Beijing and beyond.
The Wharton-Penn Club of the Philippines this past fall hosted Dean Geoffrey Garrett’s first trip to Manila, where he met with alumni and discussed the future of globalization with Manuel Pangilinan WG68 and Lance Gokongwei ENG88 W88.