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Wharton Club Events:

Wharton Club of Italy

Tuesday, April 19th, 6 pm- 7 pm CET

Energy Dominance Versus Energy Collaboration: Between Transition and Weaponization

We are pleased to invite you to a webinar with Marco Alberti, Italian Ambassador to Kazakhstan and Kirghizistan. Mr. Alberti is a diplomat with more than 20 years of professional experience within the public and private sector. From September 2012 to August 2021 he worked for ENEL, the largest European utility and the second largest worldwide, as Senior International Institutional Affairs Officer. In 2021, Mr. Alberti was appointed as Italy’s Ambassador to Kazakhstan and Kirghizistan. He authored the book Open Diplomacy, edited in 2021 by Rubbettino. The event will be in English and is organized jointly with the V&A Vento e Associati. The Wharton Club Moderator will be Paolo G. Alberoni, Co-Founder and General Partner of Outside View Capital Partners, and the V&A Moderator will be Andrea Vento, Founder of V&A Vento e Associati.

Wharton Alumnae Founders & Funders Association

Friday, April 22nd, 12 pm- 1:15 pm ET

Reconsidering Sustainability by Bridging Ecology & Economy

Ecology and Economy appear to be on parallel paths - paths that extend forward but never meet. As we search to find solutions that can affect the course of our climate crisis, it’s never been more important to understand the trends in conservation finance and explore new models of sustainability. Lucy Xu, W’13, Founder and CEO of The Port Global and Nicolas Picat Saridaki, lead partner in the Global Portal, believe there is an alternative business model where these two forces of Ecology and Economy can meet to unlock a new way to develop powerful and effective sustainability initiatives. In this presentation, The Port Global will unveil an alternative paradigm. Inspired by the ancient trade routes that made up the Silk Road, they are developing a model that will enable transnational exchanges that incur the lowest possible negative environmental effect while yielding the highest positive ecological and societal outcomes.

Wharton Club of Philadelphia

Thursday, April 28th, 6 pm- 7 pm ET

A Peek Behind the Curtain: An Insider’s Report on the Wharton School

Have you ever wondered if it helps an applicant’s chances for an alumnus to write a letter on his or her behalf to Wharton Admissions? Are you interested in knowing what Wharton resources are available to alumni who decide to make a career change? Are you curious how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how Wharton operates, and which of those changes will become permanent after the pandemic subsides? Would you like to hear the latest news from your alma mater? Get all of these answered at a very special Wharton Town Hall meeting featuring Shannon Connelly, Wharton’s Executive Director of Alumni Relations!

Wharton Club of Southern California

Thursday, April 28th, 5:30 pm- 6:30 pm PT

Wharton Women: Catalysts, Tama Smith, WG’90

This month, Catalysts spotlights Board Member and former CEO of the Tyra Banks Company, Tama Smith who among her long list of accomplishments launched a variety of innovative businesses to empower women. Join us to hear her insights and advice!

Wharton Alumnae Founders & Funders Association

Tuesday, May 10th, 12 pm- 1:30 pm ET

If you build it, will they buy it?

Join us for a webinar with Orly Zeewy, author, speaker, educator, and brand architect. Her book “Ready, Launch, Brand: The Lean Marketing Guide for Startups” was one of Amazon's top business book releases last year. This webinar will cover brand building essentials to help you clarify your brand’s why - what is the problem you’re solving, and who needs it and is willing to pay for it. You'll get a chance to practice your elevator pitch and some will get real-time feedback on how to improve/switch it.

Wharton Health Care Management Alumni Association

Tuesday, May 24th, 12 pm- 1 pm ET

Chasing My Cure: Lessons about Life, Business, and Medicine from Chasing Cures for Castleman, COVID, and Beyond

David Fajgenbaum, MD, MBA, MSc, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, co-Founder & President of the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network (CDCN), and national bestselling author of “Chasing My Cure: A Doctor's Race to Turn Hope Into Action”, will share his groundbreaking work to advance precision medicine for Castleman disease, a condition that he is battling as a physician, researcher, advocate, and patient. He is currently in his longest remission thanks to a precision medicine that he discovered and began testing on himself. Dr. Fajgenbaum co-founded the CDCN in 2012 to accelerate research and treatments for Castleman disease through a 'Collaborative Network Approach,' a business-inspired approach to biomedical research, which has become a blueprint for advancing rare disease research and is being spread through a partnership with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. He continues to spread this business-inspired approach to other diseases such as COVID19 and is leading the CORONA project to identify and track treatments for COVID-19. Today, CORONA is the world’s largest database of COVID-19 treatments, including 400+ medications that have been administered to 300,000+ patients, and a go-to resource for FDA, NIH, HHS, Google Health, and others. During this talk Dr. Fajgenbaum will share lessons he learned about life, hope, and resilience from nearly dying.

Wharton School Events:

Economics of Blockchain and Digital Assets

Cohorts beginning April 25th

Join thousands of professionals in the program touted as “blockchain for Wall Street.” Led by Wharton’s Professor, Kevin Werbach and Prysm Group’s Dr. Cathy Barrera, this 6-week asynchronous online Wharton certification program highlights 80+ lecture videos, 10 industry guest speakers, 7 industry case studies, and 3 crypto valuation models. All alumni receive a 25% discount on this course! Please email info@blockchain.wharton.upenn.edu for more information.

Wharton Webinar: Private Renegotiation and Government Interventions in Debt Networks

Wednesday, April 27th, 12 pm- 1 pm ET

Government interventions in private debt negotiations can be more effective in preventing default waves if they account for the connections between lenders and borrowers across the whole financial network. In this session, we will discuss how impact of government subsidies, mandated debt reductions, and incentives for early debt renegotiations all target different types of default waves. Led By: Vincent Glode, Pasi M. Hamalainen Associate Professor, Associate Professor of Finance.

University Events:

Inspiring Impact Faculty Series

Join fellow alumni, parents, and friends for a virtual exploration of the cutting-edge research and scientific exploration happening every day at Penn. Log in to the Inspiring Impact virtual event series to hear from renowned faculty from Penn Medicine, Penn Vet, the School of Social Policy and Practice, the Graduate School of Education, and more—leaders whose innovative work is moving the needle of knowledge, at home and across the globe.

  • April 22nd, 12 pm ET: Morris Arboretum: How Trees Speak to Us: The Human-Tree Connection

Penn’s Global Discovery Faculty Lecture Series

  • May 3rd, 12 pm ET: Puzzled about Pronouns? With Erin Cross, Director, Penn LGBT Center

Pictures from Wharton Talk March 2017


updated Jan 2021