Wharton Alumni Feel the Wharton Effect

Wharton alumni everywhere seem eager to share their stories about how the School transformed their careers and their lives. Career trajectories inflected. Lives pivoted into new, wide-open opportunities. Call it the “Wharton Effect.”

Wharton Magazine has started to collect these tales and to share them across the wider Wharton alumni community. The goal is to keep these stories coming and continue to share them—whether in future articles in the print edition, on the magazine’s digital platforms or across other venues around the School.

And that’s exactly what this page is: a venue to share some of these videos, essays, profiles and more. Please enjoy!

Wharton Alumni Feel the Wharton Effect

Enter to Be Our Wharton Effect Winners

Share how you’ve felt the Wharton Effect, and be entered to win free Wharton gear and consideration for publication.

Read how here.


A partnership among Wharton grads started after a tragedy has led to another company launched in Wharton’s legacy of business simulation training.

Building on Wharton’s Legacy of Business Simulation

A partnership among Wharton grads started after a tragedy has led to another company launched in Wharton’s legacy of business simulation training.

Read their story here.

Match Group North America CEO Mandy Ginsberg WG01 shared her Wharton Effect with us

Matching Mandy Ginsberg With Lifelong Friends

Match Group North America CEO Mandy Ginsberg WG01 shared her Wharton Effect with us—in fact, two.

Let her explain in her own words. Watch her video testimonial here.

Wharton Alumni, Submit Your Wharton Effect Story

Wharton Magazine is still collecting tales of the School’s profound impact on alumni’s lives. Have a story to share? Want to have it appear here or in the pages of the magazine? We are looking for people willing to be interviewed, share their story in first person or even submit a video of themselves explaining Wharton’s transformational power in their lives. Submit it here.

In our latest Wharton Effect installment, we find an international Internet company with a small but growing cluster of alumni in its ranks.

Wharton Alumni Traveling to Agoda

In our latest Wharton Effect installment, we find an international Internet company with a small but growing cluster of alumni in its ranks.

Agoda’s vice president of people and organizational development, Peter Allen WG00, explains why in “Wharton Alumni Traveling to Agoda.” Read it here.

The Wharton Effect for Social Impact

The Wharton Effect for Social Impact

Philip Wilson WG94 forged a partnership between his social enterprise and Microsoft, only to discover a key decision-maker was a fellow Wharton grad. Even sweeter.

Watch Wilson share his Wharton Effect story and and share additional detail about the mission of his for-purpose firm, Ecofiltro, which brings clean drinking water to Guatemalans in need.

Wharton entrepreneur Lalit Kalani

The Wharton Effect for Entrepreneurs

When Lalit Kalani talks about the Wharton Effect, it’s all about how the entrepreneur and his co-founder managed to get their food business off the ground.

Watch Lalit Kalani WG11 share his Wharton Effect story.

Wharton MBA alum Gus Roessler shares the three ways he's felt the Wharton Effect

Wharton Effect: Gus Roessler

You would be hard-pressed to better express the three primary ways Wharton alumni feel the School’s impact than how this MBA grad did.

Watch Gus Roessler WG80 share his Wharton Effect story.

Wharton Effect stories needed from Wharton alumni

Wharton Effect Powering Private Equity

Data Science Powering Private Equity

A group of alumni apply research by Peter Fader and Eric Bradlow to bring data science to investing.

Read about Sajjad Jaffer and Ian Picache (both WG01) and their firm, Two Six Capital, in thelatest installment of our Wharton Effect series.

Female entrepreneur Victoria Taylor shares what it takes to have business staying power, and what it means to feel the Wharton Effect

6 Ingredients for Business Staying Power

We talk with spice empire entrepreneur Victoria Taylor WG86 about her six-plus ingredients of business staying power, including market knowledge, mindset and fun.

Read about Victoria and learn how we heard about her … another Wharton alumna sharing a Wharton Effect story.

Two Wharton alumni are trying to revolutionize US healthcare with a venture capital fund dedicated to digital healthtech startups

Dynamic Duo of Digital Health Care Deals

Two alumnae launch into rarefied air with their own female-led venture capital fund for startups healing heath care with digital technology.

Read about Enmi Kendall and Anya Schiess  (both WG05) and their HealthTech-focused VC fund here.

Veteran Jim Lincoln discusses the Wharton Effect that soldiers feel as they prepare for the business world

Business Lessons for Soldiers and Startups

Wharton alum Jim Lincoln WG69 wrote to us after one Wharton Effect story, about business lessons for soldiers and startups, resonated with him.

Read Jim’s explanation why here.

If a Wharton graduate were dropped on a desert island, would he or she be able to survive? Jennifer Leonard G00 WG00 got this opportunity in a figurative way—and she did survive. In fact, she became a CFO.

Business Skills for the Desert Island

If a Wharton graduate were dropped on a desert island, would he or she be able to survive? Jennifer Leonard G00 WG00 got this opportunity in a figurative way—and she did survive. In fact, she became a CFO.

Read our profile of Jennifer here to learn how.

Wharton alumni Michael Paranal feels the Wharton Effect in finance

Password Wharton

Getting funny looks in a foreign central bank? Just mention what business school you went to. That’s what Robert Bosch Fellow Michael Paranal L13 WG13 did.

Read Michael’s first-person Wharton Effect account.

Wharton Alumni, Submit Your Wharton Effect Story

Wharton Magazine is still collecting tales of the School’s profound impact on alumni’s lives. Have a story to share? Want to have it appear here or in the pages of the magazine? We are looking for people willing to be interviewed, share their story in first person or even submit a video of themselves explaining Wharton’s transformational power in their lives. Here’s how to submit:

 

Wharton woman Rita Strough uses her Wharton degree as a toolkit to change the world and brandishes it as a badge of honor, especially after how hard she fought for it.

An 11-Year Journey to Become a Wharton Woman

Wharton woman Rita Strough CGS93 WEV05 uses her Wharton degree as a toolkit to change the world and brandishes it as a badge of honor, especially after how hard she fought for it.

Read Rita’s first-person Wharton Effect account.

Watch Wharton School alum Gerardo Hamilton share the very personal way in which the Wharton Effect changed his life.

Without Wharton School, Without Family

When asked about the Wharton Effect, most Wharton alumni look at their careers and point to connections made and positions earned in part thanks to the Wharton network. However, Gerardo Hamilton WG80 sees the Wharton Effect when he looks at his two children.

Watch Gerardo share the very personal way in which the Wharton Effect changed his life.

How Wharton Business School alum David Irwin has felt the Wharton Effect as he builds his technology career

Wharton Alumni Build a Technology Business Together

A fortuitous business connection with a fellow Wharton alum enriched the technology career of David Irwin WG95 and his personal connections beyond measure.

Watch David explain his Wharton Effect Story in his own words.

Wharton Effect stories needed from Wharton alumni

Wharton alum Rod Robinson recounts the power of the Wharton Effect

Sourcing a Wharton Entrepreneur’s Ambition

Rod Robinson WG95, CEO and founder of ConnXus Inc., explains how his sense of ambition and the possible increased by orders of magnitude after attending Wharton.

Watch Rod share his Wharton Effect story.

Wharton alum Catherine Grossman feels the Wharton Effect

Wharton Alumna Cherishes Rich, Global Life

“Without Wharton I would have stayed in Paris, worked in some economics office, and not have the reach and international life that I have had career-wise and personally,” Catherine Grossman WG80 tells us.

Watch “this Wharton alumna explain in just enough detail to make you want more.”

Wharton Alumni, Submit Your Wharton Effect Story

Wharton Magazine is still collecting tales of the School’s profound impact on alumni’s lives. Have a story to share? Want to have it appear here or in the pages of the magazine? We are looking for people willing to be interviewed, share their story in first person or even submit a video of themselves explaining Wharton’s transformational power in their lives. Here’s how to submit:

 

When Wharton alumni meet, inspiration happens, like with Julio Leung

A Business Career Driven by Curiosity

Julio Leung recalls his encounter with a Wharton alum who was driven by “curiosity about what’s coming to him as opportunities.”

Watch “Wharton Effect: Julio Leung.”

Wharton alum student Ken Cardoza is captured in this 1950 newspaper photo., in his earliest days of feeling the Wharton Effect

From Summers in Cuba to a Lifetime of Wharton Effect

Wharton alum Ken Cardoza W52 recalls moments from his undergrad career—summers at the University of Havana—and how they steered his life’s course.

Read “Wharton Alum’s Cuba Adventures Shape Life.”

How the Wharton Effect transformed the life of Wharton alumni Caren SInclair-Kay

Wharton Grad Gains Confidence to Plunge Into Entrepreneurship

Technology entrepreneur, executive and advisor Caren Sinclair-Kay WG95 shares her story of how Wharton transformed her life: a course in Israel that required her to devise a market-entry strategy for a then-innovative communications technology.

Watch “Wharton Effect: Caren Sinclair-Kay.”

Wharton alumni Learn Investing From Jeremy Siegel

Invest Like Jeremy Siegel, Wharton Women

A Wharton grad recalls how a course taught by Russell E. Palmer Professor of Finance Jeremy Siegel changed her life, and inspired her to help other women change their lives.

Read “Invest Like Jeremy Siegel, Wharton Women.”

Wharton Alumni Ellen Wolf shares her Wharton Effect story

Thriving in the ‘Wharton Effect’

The power of Wharton. It gives graduates the ability to thrive in the spotlight. A place alumni such as Ellen Wolf WG79 tend to boldly seek out. Read Wolf’s story and those of numerous other Wharton alumni in the article that got it all started in the Spring 2015 Wharton Magazine.
Read “Thriving in the ‘Wharton Effect.’”

 

Wharton Effect stories needed from Wharton alumni

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