Author: thewalnutstreetjournal

Applications Now Live for the Ideal Penn Experience

When I first entered the University of Pennsylvania as a naive and hopeful freshman, I quickly noticed the sheer amount of talent that I was surrounded by. Penn students are academically oriented and high performing, but they are no less successful in their endeavors outside of the classroom. In high school, Penn students held several club leadership positions, sang in the best acapella groups, or participated in athletics at the highest level— more commonly all three of these involvements. It is only natural for the excitement surrounding and emphasis on extracurricular involvement at Penn to be as strong as it is. It can be intimidating to join organizations, especially those with rigorous recruitment processes, and understandably so; however, it is important to remember that most, if not all, incoming students share these feelings and there are ways to navigate the club process. One of my friends described her club recruitment experience during her fall semester, mentioning that she came in with a deep and genuine interest to explore a professionally oriented club alongside one that …

Senior Spotlight: Cecilia Heard

Cecilia Heard is a senior studying Finance and Management while minoring Hispanic Studies. She is from Mississippi and is excited to live in NYC after graduation to work for Perella Weinberg Partners. When did you get involved with Wharton Women and what has been the best part about the experience? I got involved with Wharton Women my freshman fall. I began by just attending all the events and getting to know the leaders in the club. As I experienced and witnessed the degree of community and support that clearly existed in the club, I knew that I wanted to become more heavily involved so I applied to a committee position. I would say that the best part of my experience in the club has been witnessing women coming together to support each other and mentor those who are younger. A few weeks ago, I attended the conference as a senior mentor, and it was amazing to look around and see my peers, the young women who I remember coming to the conference with my freshman …

A Day In The Life: Uswah Shabbir, 2018 Wharton Women President

The Walnut Street Journal is excited to share with you what a day in the life of our outgoing president Uswah Shabbir looks like. Uswah is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, born in Philly and from Los Angeles. She is studying in Wharton, concentrating in Finance and Behavioral Economics. In addition to Wharton Women, Uswah is involved with Wharton Ambassadors, a student organization where she gives information sessions and coffee chats to prospective students; the Financial Literacy Community Project, where she teaches financial literacy to students in West Philadelphia; and Penn Social Entrepreneurship Project, where she has helped run a social impact incubator. Uswah has done an awesome job leading Wharton Women, and one of the coolest memories she has from the organization is when she got to meet Janet Yellen after she came to speak at Wharton. Get ready to learn about a day in Uswah’s life! 8:15 AM Uswah wakes up and gets ready for the day; she has 9 AM classes every Monday- Thursday! She typically makes a cup of …

Senior Advice Series #1: Traveling Beyond Tourism

Lydia Chen is a senior studying Business Analytics, Management, and Finance. She is originally from New Milford, NJ and looks forward to moving to Boston this fall. As a graduating senior, my number one piece of advice to all underclassmen is to take advantage of as many global opportunities in college as possible. Whether that’s going to Antarctica with the Wharton Leadership Ventures (freezing but worth it, in case you’re wondering), exploring innovation in San Francisco through WIEP, or participating in a WIP trip to Beijing, my Penn experience has been immensely enriched by the chance to learn outside of the classroom. Looking back on the past four years, another highlight was my semester of language immersion spent studying abroad in the south of Spain. For students who decide to go abroad, the next piece of advice I’d give is “Don’t be a tourist!”. Wherever you’re studying, aim to integrate yourself into the local culture and get off the beaten path. When I arrived in Sevilla last January, I knew that I didn’t want to …

Annual Dinner 2018

On September 17th, 2018, dozens of women and a few supportive men gathered in the Ballroom of the Inn at Penn to celebrate this year’s theme at the Wharton Women Annual Dinner: A.I. or Advance, Inspire. After a very successful career fair where students could network with representatives from various companies ranging from consulting to investment banking to retail, all advanced to the Ballroom for the dinner portion of the evening. All attendees were eager to spend the evening exchanging with fellow students as well as company representatives about the importance of Advancing and Inspiring. This year’s Keynote Speaker, Athena Karp, was the perfect example of a business woman that was advancing her industry and inspiring others. Athena Karp is the founder and CEO of HiredScore, a software company based in New York City and dedicated to the use of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence to improve HR activities, with 43 employees, 35 of which are data scientists. Athena was motivated to start her company because she noticed that financial services and many other professional …

Summer Recap 2018

Wharton Women have been up to incredible things during the summer of 2018! Keep reading to find out, in their own words, what they accomplished in their time away from Penn: Class of 2019 Mergers & Acquisitions (Evercore Partners): Lydia Chen, New York, NY This summer (and my last before graduating!), I had the opportunity to work in investment banking at Evercore, a boutique advisory firm. Over the course of 10 weeks, I was staffed on many interesting deals across the tech, media, insurance, and Asian Alliances industries. For example, my favorite deal involved sourcing potential acquisition targets in Southeast Asia for a large Mexican cinema chain. In addition, being part of a small class of 50 interns made all of our organized summer activities even more fun—we had a softball tournament, participated in Habitat for Humanity, and even went to a country club in Long Island! Finally, I lived in the East Village in Manhattan which was the perfect location for good food, friends, and fun nightlife. Happy to talk about my experience, so feel …

Recap: Janet Yellen Lecture

On March 19th, 2018, hundreds of students and faculty members gathered in Zellerbach Theater of the Annenberg Center to attend a conversation between Janet L. Yellen, former chair of the Federal Reserve, and Jeremy Siegel, a Finance professor from the Wharton School. This conversation belonged to the Howard Crawley Memorial Lecture Series and was, in part, sponsored by Wharton Women. As students and faculty were settling in, throwing their arms in the air to signal their presence to their friends and grabbing their phones to takes pictures, they were also excitedly preparing to listen to the wise words of Janet L. Yellen. Prior to Dr. Yellen’s lecture with Dr. Siegel in the Zellerbach Theatre, she met with a small group of students and faculty for a short Meet & Greet. Everyone gathered in the Dean’s Conference Room in Steinberg-Dietrich Hall for an informal chat with Dr. Yellen  before the lecture. Attendees included student club leaders, senior faculty, and members of the Wharton administration. After settling in, everyone gathered around a conference table where faculty and …

Senior Spotlight: Rachel Walter

Rachel Walter is a senior studying Marketing and Management. She is originally from Claysburg, PA and she looks forward to working for DICK’S Sporting Goods next year.      When did you get involved with Wharton Women and what has been the best part about the experience? I got involved with Wharton Women my freshman fall by just attending events and being a member of the club, but I really got involved freshman spring when I decided to apply for committee positions. I had such a great experience with the club that I knew I needed to get involved in other ways beyond just attending the events. That being said, the best part about my Wharton Women experience has been watching members interact at the events. Knowing that my work on the committees and Exec Board has allowed them to interact with each other and with our amazing guest speakers makes me feel that my time in the club has been well spent. Biggest challenge as VP? The biggest challenge as VP of Philanthropy was …