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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 …

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 …

WWBC 2018: Blazing Trails

Wharton Women is blazing a new trail as we head into 2018, with higher goals and ambitions than ever before. The year is already off to a great start as the 2018 Annual Wharton Women Business Conference on January 26th was an inspiration-filled day. We gathered on the 8th floor of Huntsman Hall to hear from entrepreneurs, MBAs, and female pioneers in male-dominated industries. The day started off with an amazing keynote address by Amanda Bradford, the Founder and CEO of The League. Amanda has amazing academic credentials with an undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon, an MBA from Stanford, and previous experience in technical roles at Salesforce and Google. Now she is making her mark on the world as an enthusiastic entrepreneur, and her energy certainly was contagious. Amanda started her company, The League, as a dating app that targets the well-educated and serious professionals. Her unique platform will screen users’ Facebook and LinkedIn profiles so that they can both receive privacy from co-workers as well as be exposed to a pool of equally driven …

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 …

Etiquette Dinner 2017

“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.

WWBC 2017: Breaking Barriers

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.