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  • The View From the Summit

    The 2007 Wharton Economic Summit marked the close of the anniversary celebration by addressing global economic issues for the next 125 years.

  • Regulation’s Hidden Perils

    Government plays a crucial role in ensuring successful markets, says Wharton’s Gerald Faulhaber. Online and elsewhere, that’s easier said than done.


  • Wharton Now

    Thomas S. Robertson to Become Wharton Dean Former Wharton marketing professor Thomas S. Robertson returns August 1 to become the 13th Dean of the Wharton School. Robertson is executive faculty director of the Institute for Developing Nations at Emory University and former dean of Emory’s Goizueta Business School. Robertson, the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Marketing at Goizueta, is an expert in marketing strategy and innovation with extensive international experience in higher education and the business community. As dean of Goizueta from 1998 to 2004, he was widely credited with building it into one of the strongest schools at Emory, positioning it as a leading international business school. Under his leadership,the school increased the size of its faculty 73 percent, doubled revenues, nearly doubled the school’s endowment, developed new international alliances, spurred major growth in executive-education programs, added a major new building, and launched a new PhD program. Subsequently, as chair of international strategy for the university’s president, Robertson developed and implemented a universitywide strategy for internationalization and substantial new strategic alliances with universities in China, Korea, and Ethiopia. From 1971 to 1994, Robertson was a faculty member at Wharton, where he was the Pomerantz Professor of Marketing and chair of the Marketing Department. He also served as associate dean for executive education and led the effort that built the Steinberg Conference Center, designed an innovative set of new senior-management programs, and substantially increased financial contributions. He joined the London Business School in 1994 as Sainsbury Professor, Chair of Marketing, and served as deputy dean there from 1995 to 1998. A native of Scotland, he earned his PhD and MA in marketing from Northwestern University in 1966, after completing his BA at Wayne State University in 1963. He has three children with his wife, Diana, a professor of organization and […]

  • Reunion 2007

    Firsts, Lasts, and Anniversaries at Festive Reunion Weekend

  • Knowledge at Wharton

    Workplace Loyalties Change, but the Value of Mentoring Doesn’t

  • An Exemplar of Volunteerism: Meesh Pierce, W’93, WG’98

    Wharton Club President of Southern California, Michelle “Meesh” Joslyn Pierce, W’93, WG’98, was recently announced as the recipient of the University of Pennsylvania’s 2007 Young Alumni Award. Meesh will be formally honored for her outstanding service to Penn at the Alumni Award of Merit Gala on Saturday, April 5, 2008 in the Annenberg Center.Meesh has served as the President of Wharton Club of Southern California since 2004 and on our Wharton Alumni Association Board for the past two years as a special Chair appointment. In her Club President role, she has revolutionized the information technology platform that many of our global Alumni Clubs use, as well as her Club’s outreach events, membership, and Board infrastructure. Meesh created the brainchild that many Clubs refer to as the “Alumni Magnet” technology tool. This website/portal tool is currently used by 13 of our largest and most active clubs, including those in New York, South Florida, and Paris. What was her volunteer track? •In 2000, she joined the Wharton Club of Southern California and began volunteering on the Programming Committee. •In 2001, she became the Club’s Vice President of Technology & Programming. •In 2004, she became the Club President of the Wharton Club of Southern California. •In 2005, she joined the Wharton Alumni Association Board in a special IT capacity.

  • Alumni Club Update

    Expanding the Wharton Brand in Israel The Wharton Club of Israel, with its 150-plus alumni, has grown significantly during the past 10 years, not only in its member numbers but also in its number of organized events bringing together local alumni and friends of the School. From organizing the 2001 Global Alumni Conference that attracted more than 300 guests from around the world to smaller annual and quarterly events, the Club has been successful in significantly strengthening and expanding the Wharton brand in Israel. One of the results has been a dramatic increase in the number of Israeli applicants to the MBA program, which is a clear indication of the reputation the School is enjoying in Israel. The Club’s main annual event, the Gala Dinner, was held for the fifth consecutive time in December. More than 130 people gathered and enjoyed a full program of networking, lectures, and good food. This year’s keynote speaker was Efraim Halevi, former head of the Israeli intelligence organization, Mossad, and he shared fascinating insights into the complex situation in the Middle East. In the tradition of the Gala Dinner, the Club selects a recipient for the “Leadership Formation Award.” It is the Club’s philosophy that excellence in various fields brings leadership in changing existing conditions for better social and economic conditions. This year’s recipient was the MASA-Israel program, pioneered by the Prime Minister’s Office and the Jewish Agency. MASA enables thousands of Jewish young adults to spend a semester or a year in Israel in one of over 100 approved academic programs by providing scholarships, information, and support. MASA’s aim is to help young Jews from around the world build a lifelong relationship with Israel and the Jewish world. In addition to the annual Gala Dinner, the Club hosts a number of quarterly events […]

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