Month: October 2017

Venture Capital Series #1: A Snapshot

In this series, Wharton Women sheds light on a less-explored but fascinating industry and career path. This is the first article of a three-part series on Venture Capital. As Penn students, we oftentimes feel overwhelmed with opportunities in the banking and consulting sectors. There is an indirect push to follow in the steps of recent graduates by earning the highest possible starting salaries and living in New York. The adventurous few might even consider marketing, government or technology jobs, but we often overlook the possibilities that lie outside these traditional career paths. Venture Capital firms are dedicated to providing a form of financing to small, early-stage firms with high growth potential. In other words, it is a form of private equity. Their processes are focused on conducting due diligences, creating accelerator programs, sourcing investors, and selecting the right firms to invest in. However, beyond the technical aspects of VC, it is particularly interesting to consider the culture of innovation and creativity that reigns in the industry. Since VCs are generally quite small and often focused …

Annual Dinner 2017

Wharton Women’s 2017 Annual Dinner was a huge success! This event takes place every year in the fall, and the 2017 event theme was Explore. On September 13, Wharton Women members gathered at the Inn at Penn for a Career Fair and a three-course meal. The highlight of the event was Michelle Peluso’s keynote speech during the dinner portion of the event. Michelle Peluso attended Wharton as an undergrad and was very proud to be a Wharton Woman. She has had an amazing career—she started out at BCG, launched her own company, and now serves as the CMO of IBM. In addition to being an amazing woman in top business leadership positions, she also prioritizes family and loves being the mom of her two kids. Michelle was an absolute inspiration and gave us four ways we can “Explore” as we launch our careers and go through different situations in life. Here are some key takeaways from her talk: Explore Learning: It’s great to step outside our comfort zones and learn from uncomfortable situations. We will only grow …

Summer Recap 2017

Wharton Women have been up to incredible things during the summer of 2017! Keep reading to find out, in their own words, what they accomplished in their time away from Penn: Class of 2018 Business Analytics (The Hershey Company): Carson Miller, Hershey, PA This summer I was lucky enough to be able to intern at the sweetest place on earth, The Hershey Company. At Hershey I worked on the business intelligence and analytics team where I was able to learn a tremendous amount about how data can be used to drive business decisions. It was a great hands on experience where I was able to develop a new set of technical skills in building an application for my team to use. Being at a CPG company was an amazing experience and I loved being able to work with such tangible and lovable products. Having the opportunity to learn more about how technology can intersect with businesses gave me a lot to think about in how I can approach future situations when in the workplace. Sports Business …