“Trust your gut. Don’t do anything that doesn’t feel right” – Kelly Meerbott On April 6th, 2017, one hundred undergraduates gathered in Center City at Estia Restaurant for the annual Wharton Women Etiquette Dinner. As the tables filled and conversation buzzed, a feeling of excitement was in the air. Everyone was eager to learn more about this year’s theme: Unspoken Rules in Business. While enjoying a three-course Greek meal, attendees had the opportunity to hear from executive leadership coach and special keynote speaker, Kelly Meerbott.
“It’s a simple thing: when we put on clothes we like, we feel good… When we put on an outfit we love, we feel empowered” Allyson Ahlstrom, a senior in Wharton studying Real Estate and Finance, is far from being just another college student. Not only does she juggle classes, extracurriculars, and social activities like the rest of us, she also devotes a significant amount of her time to developing Threads for Teens, a non-profit organization that she founded seven years ago. At age 14, a time when most teenagers are busy navigating the beginning of high school, Allyson was inspired to help her community after reading the book Generation Change. A few days later, a full idea came together with a logo and a name: Threads for Teens would provide deserving girls in need with brand-new head-to-toe outfits.
Wharton Women powerfully entered the new year with the annual Wharton Women Business Conference on January 24, 2017. This conference was held on the 8th floor of Huntsman Hall and centered around the theme of “Breaking Barriers.” At the conference, keynote speakers Kat Cole and Erika Karp told personal stories and lessons and empowered us to be bold in launching our careers. We also enjoyed hearing an inspiring panel session with Wharton Professor Katherine Milkman, Johnson & Johnson professional Aileen Stockburger, and young entrepreneur Caroline Beckman.
We spoke with Leigh Silver, a 2012 Penn graduate and English major who has since started her own independent consulting company. Leigh shared with us insights into the digital media and editorial space, as well as why she decided to leave the traditional corporate workforce.
Samantha Messer is a current senior from Randolph, New Jersey studying Finance and Management. She shared with us some takeaways from her time at Penn!