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Wharton EMBA Alumna Uses Degree to Impact Education in Jamaica
February 14, 2013

Deika Morrison has a unique perspective about Wharton given that she earneDeika 3d a dual undergraduate degree in business and engineering from Wharton and Penn, and then earned a Wharton MBA through the executive program in Philadelphia. Now, the founder of several businesses and a charity in Jamaica, we asked her to talk about how her Wharton education has impacted her career. Here’s what she said:

“After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994, I went home to Jamaica where I worked for the government before deciding in 2001 to get an MBA in order to transition to the private sector. Based on how much I loved my four years as an undergraduate at Wharton, I knew I wanted to come back here for my MBA.

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Wharton EMBA Alumna Campaigns for Public Office in Phoenix
January 24, 2013

After graduating last May from Wharton | San Francisco’s EMBA program, Kate Gallego was focused on her role as a senior project manager at the Salt River Project in Phoenix, AZ. However, in December, she also began campaigning for a seat on Phoenix’s City Council. We asked her to tell Kate in front of Phoenix baseball stadiumus about how her Wharton education will be helpful if she wins the election. Here’s what she said:

“Being on the City Council would allow me to work on areas such as public safety, land use planning and basic city infrastructure, such as water and transportation. I also want to bring more jobs to our district, which has been hit hard by the Recession. We have a strong workforce with a lot of open space, especially near our airport, where businesses could really grow.

“I’m vice chair of Phoenix’s 10-year Plan, so I’ve had an opportunity to attend community meetings and hear what people want to see for our city. I was inspired that so many people share my passions for Phoenix, and I also saw that – because of my Wharton education -- I have the expertise and knowledge needed to run for office. There are currently no MBAs on the Council.

“In addition, I want to support our entrepreneurs in Phoenix. I majored in Entrepreneurial Management at Wharton, which helps me understand how young companies grow and how I can Kate Gallego Marla Bleavins and Monica Jan in Israelsupport that growth. I’ll also be able to use my real estate and finance education to make sure great projects can thrive in Phoenix.

“It was beneficial to go to school in San Francisco, which is so close to Silicon Valley and venture-backed startups. I’m excited to see if I can try to bring more of that to Phoenix.

“I’ll also be able to rely on my Wharton connections, which run broad and deep. It will be helpful to have so many resources available in so many different industries. And, of course, I’ve told all of my classmates that they should relocate their businesses to Phoenix!”

Kate says the election primary will be held in August of 2013 with the general election in November.

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News Anchor Gains New Perspective on Business Issues in Wharton’s EMBA Program
December 10, 2012

When journalist Aditi Roy, who anchors and reports for NBC 10 New in Philadelphia, decided to pursue an MBA, she had one school in mind: Wharton. While the School’s global reputation made Aditi On Airit her top pick, she admits to being anxious about its other reputation as a quant school. She also was a bit nervous about how she would juggle her demanding broadcast schedule, which already required her to wake up at 2:00am every day, with the rigors of school.

Having graduated last May from Wharton’s executive MBA program in Philadelphia, we asked Aditi to share her experiences in the program, including how she conquered her math fears and managed her schedule. Here’s what she said:

“Even though I’ve always performed better on standardized math tests than verbal -- and I actually do like math -- I’ve been away from the quant world for more than 15 years. My line of work is intrinsically creative because I marry words with pictures to tell stories so I was rather intimidated about the quant part of Wharton’s EMBA program. But I wasn’t going to let it stand in my way of getting a good education. I realized that I was going to have to do something challenging and hard.

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Zen Capitalism is Key to Success for Wharton EMBA Alum
November 28, 2012

A lot of business ideas for both new and existing companies are inspired in Wharton’s executive MBA program. It can lead to the solution of a problem, a collaboration, or in some instances the creation of a new business.

Karl-Eric Brière, who graduated from Wharton’s EMBA program in 2004, recalls that he had such an “aha” moment while talking to classmate Rick Blackshaw about a different type of entrepreneurship that focuses on compassion-centered value creation. Rick called it Zen Capitalism.

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Los Angeles Student Talks about Class Bonding for Commuters
October 10, 2012

While students in Wharton’s EMBA program commute from all over the world, a highlight of the program is its distinctly residential feel. In part this is due to the requirement for students to stay over on class weekends at either a designated hotel in San Francisco or the Steinberg Conference Center in Philadelphia, but it’s also because of the many social activities that facilitate class bonding.

We asked Wharton | San Francisco first-year student Vivi Lynch, senior production manager at Guess in Los Angeles, Calif., to tell us about how students in her class are making connections.  Here’s what she said:

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EMBA Student Finds Wharton’s Entrepreneurial Environment a Good Fit for Interests in Startups and Movie Making
September 27, 2012

When Raju Penmatcha entered Wharton’s EMBA program, he was intending to apply his new business education to growing his software business, SmartWorks. With an engineering background, he wanted to fill in knowledge gaps in areas like marketing and maybe even meet potential business partners.

While he’s currently fulfilling those goals in the EMBA program, he’s also finding the courses applicable to his other profession: movie making. His most recent project is the Bollywood film   Raju on set “Love, Lies & Seeta” for which he was executive producer, but he’s been working in the film industry for several years and has written, directed and produced the short films “Mohan and Maya” and “Occasional Smoker.”

Raju explains, “The challenges involved in small business and movie making are very similar so the business skills I’m developing in school are helpful for both areas. They are like a roller coaster ride because you start with an idea and don’t know if it will work or not. Things don’t always go as you planned, surprises come up once you start implementing your ideas, and you need to make new decisions almost every day. Having a good team makes a huge difference.”

He says the entrepreneurial environment at Wharton has been a great match for his interests in startups and movie making. “I haven’t taken advantage of all the programs here yet because I’ve been focused on my core courses, but there are a lot of resources, programs and electives here for entrepreneurs.”

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New Connections Made at Wharton EMBA Women’s Networking Event
August 15, 2012

With women still a minority on corporate boards and in upper management, second-year Wharton EMBA students Liz Armstrong and Emmelene Lee say it’s more important than ever for women in business to network and support each other as they progress through their careers. To facilitate those WEMBA 37 Women connections at Wharton, they recently organized a dinner for women students. We asked them to tell us more about that event and here is what they said:

Liz Armstrong (Toronto, ON): “At Wharton, our EMBA class is comprised of about 30% women. While we spend a lot of time together during class hours, we thought it would also be valuable to gather for a networking dinner.  This was a unique opportunity to get to know each other better.

“We had almost 100% participation at the dinner, which was partially sponsored by the EMBA office. The casual, unstructured dinner was successful and provided an opportunity to establish and deepen connections.

“The value for women at these types of events is huge because studies have shown that women don’t always have the same access to networks. But success in the business world is about more than just working hard.  Personal relationships are important as they provide insight, connections and diverse perspectives. I’m grateful that Wharton was supportive because the developing of networks is critically important.

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Welcome to our Incoming West and East Coast Classes!
June 1, 2012

Wharton | San Francisco has grown quite a lot since its first class of 65 students arrived in 2001. Eleven years later, the program is now located in the historic Hills Brother Plaza and is welcoming a record number of 102 students.

The West Coast incoming class is comprised of approximately a quarter women with almost 18% of the class commuting from outside California. Those students are based in locations such as Georgia, Minnesota, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Texas and even Mexico and Hong Kong.

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Congratulations to Wharton’s 2012 EMBA Graduates!
May 16, 2012

It’s an exciting and important achievement to graduate from Wharton’s MBA Program for Executives in San Francisco and Philadelphia and join Wharton’s 88,000-member alumni network.

During their two years at Wharton, students juggle demanding jobs and a rigorous curriculum as well as SF Graduation 2012family and community responsibilities. They commute from near and far – sometimes even internationally. And many of their families grow. In this year’s graduating West Coast class, we’ve celebrated four weddings and the birth of 14 babies. In our East Coast class, we’ve had 10 weddings and celebrated the birth of 18 babies.

The 83 students in the Wharton | San Francisco graduating class work in a diversity of industries, such as semiconductors, technology, consulting, energy, aerospace and entertainment. The majority commuted from Silicon Valley, San Francisco and the Bay Area, but others came from Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington.  After graduation, one student is planning to join the FBI, four are moving to China, and one is potentially moving to Africa.

The West Coast program’s graduation ceremonytook place May 6 at Herbst Memorial Theater in San Francisco and featured commencement speaker Carol Bartz, former CEO of Autodesk and Yahoo! Graduating student Dr. Howard Willson gave the student speech.

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Wharton EMBA Alumna Featured on NPR for Launching Women’s Accelerator
February 15, 2012

Starting her own software company and cofounding a nonprofit organization for women in wireless Veronika Sonsev headshothas kept Veronika Sonsev, a 2005 graduate of Wharton’s East Coast EMBA program, pretty busy in the past  few years. However, she really wanted to do more to help women founders and recently launched an accelerator to do just that.

Announced at the end of December, Women Innovate Mobile (WIM) is the first startup accelerator and mentorship-driven program designed for women-founded companies in mobile technology. Startups in the three-month accelerator will receive $18,000 in funding, free office space, product development and design support, mobile-marketing promotions, and access to mentors, funders and advisors. In exchange, WIM will receive a 6% equity stake in each company.

Already, the group has attracted significant press attention with recent interviews on NPR and articles in publications such as the Wall Street Journal and TechCrunch.

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Women and the MBA: The Value Proposition
January 4, 2012

Phone chat tonight for women considering the MBA degree.  Wed., 1/4/12 6pm EST / 3pm PST

To hear the discussion:   1-270-400-2000* Access code 433559#

To pose questions before or during the chat:  email them to dsharp@wharton.upenn.edu or send them via Twitter using #WhartonEMBAchat

As a woman making your way forward in your career, you face a unique set of issues that require consideration.  Get clarification from an expert whose research has focused on these issues and reassurance from two Wharton alumnae who will share how the MBA degree has impacted them professionally and personally.

Panelists:
Prof. Monica McGrath - Wharton Adjunct Professor of Management
Cori Johnson, WG'09 - Sr. Global Platform Manager at Covidien
Rachel Cervantes, WG'11 - Director, Business Development at Merck
Cathy Molony - Director of Admissions, Wharton MBA Program for Executives
Kathy Lilygren - Director of Admissions, Wharton | San Francisco

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New Orleans Based Wharton MBA Student Blogs about Balancing Work, Life and School
October 22, 2011

In case you haChristy Luquire Study Groupven’t seen it yet, Christy Luquire is blogging about being a first-year EMBA student in Wharton’s East Coast program for the Poets & Quants for Executives Website. So far, the resident of New Orleans has written about everything from trading in jambalaya for cheesesteaks to using iPads in class to ordering takeout seven nights in a row.

Blogging after every class weekend, the vice president of Federated Sample, a market research technology company, shares anecdotes about her life as a student working full-time who commutes to school from Louisiana. A recurring theme in many of her posts is what it’s like to juggle school, work, home and other activities. She wants readers to know that although students have to make some sacrifices, it is possible and worthwhile. 

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Wharton Alumna Anne Libby Reflects on Value of the MBA Program for Women
September 21, 2011

When Anne Libby entered Wharton’s East Coast executive MBA program in 1993, she knew she’d be in the minority as a female student. But what she wasn’t expecting was the supportive environment she found there. We asked Libby, who is now the owner of Anne Libby Management Consulting in New York City, to share her thoughts about her experiences at Wharton, her ongoing engagement with the School, and the value of the program for women. Here’s what she had to say:

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Differentiation was Key for Wharton MBA Exec Student in Los Angeles
September 6, 2011

Working in Los Angeles as the debt and treasury manager for LA World Airports, Marla Bleavins looked at several nearby business schools with EMBA programs when she decided it was time to pursue her MBA degree. However, in addition to wanting a high level of academic rigor, she also wanted to  differentiate   herself from others in the LA area so she set her sights on Wharton.

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Wharton’s EMBA Program Teams up with San Francisco Giants for Women’s Networking Reception
August 24, 2011

Wharton’s executive MBA program hosts a lot of events, but one of our recent panel discussions was particularly unique.  After all, it’s not every day that the School sponsors a women’s networking event  at a San Francisco Giants baseball game much less at a game against the Philadelphia Phillies.  

“The San Francisco Giants are a hot ticket in town,” explains Katherine Lilygren, who manages marketing and admissions at Wharton | San Francisco.  “This event was a great opportunity for us to raise awareness about Wharton’s EMBA program in San Francisco, particularly among professional women.  Diversity is very important in our classes so these types of events provide a wonderful venue for us to spread the word about our program to different audiences.”

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First-Year EMBA Classes are off and Running
July 15, 2011

Welcome to our newest students in Wharton’s EMBA Program! Both the East and West Coast classes are comprised of exceptional students from near and far.

At Wharton | San Francisco, most of the first-year class is based in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco area, however students are also commuting from Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, Oregon, Texas and Washington. The class of 96 students brings an average of 11 years of work experience to the program with nearly 50% holding advanced degrees.

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Congratulations to Wharton’s 2011 MBA Program for Executives Graduates!
May 19, 2011

We proudly congratulate our newest Wharton MBA alumni!

They’ve accomplished so much in the last two years, balancing work, family, and the rigors of school. They commuted from near and far, many have gotten married, even more have expanded their families, and everyone has made life-long connections.

Coming from a diversity of backgrounds, the 96 students in our Wharton | San Francisco graduating class include successful entrepreneurs as well as executives working in fields like healthcare, Wharton SF 2011 Gradtechnology, energy, consulting, and investment management.  During the program, four got married and 15 had babies with several more due this summer.

Most of these Wharton | San Francisco grads live in Silicon Valley, San Francisco and the greater Bay area, but many commuted from southern California as well as Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Nevada, Texas, and Washington.  And just under 40% of the class was comprised of international students.

Graduating in a May 8th ceremony at Herbst Memorial Theater in San Francisco, their featured commencement speaker was Larry Baer, President and COO of the San Francisco Giants.  29 of those graduates also attended the MBA graduation ceremony in Philadelphia, held on May 15th at the University of Pennsylvania’s historic Franklin Field, with many gathering at the Inn at Penn for a special celebratory breakfast with friends and family.  The East Coast ceremony featured keynote speaker Vikram Pandit, CEO of Citigroup.

The Philadelphia based East Coast class of 114 graduating students also represents a wide variety of industries including consulting, financial services, healthcare, aerospace, and real estate.  Similar to 2011 Graduation Cohort W the West Coast class, many students expanded their families during the EMBA program, with seven students who were married and nine babies born.

Most of the Philadelphia class came from Northeast Corridor – Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., but several commuted from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas and even Ontario, Canada.  International students represented more than 35% of the class.

Graduation is an exciting and important achievement and we wish everyone the best of luck!   Please stay in touch!

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The Value of an MBA at Any Age
April 15, 2011

Applicants often ask what the “age limit” is for the Wharton MBA Program for Executives.  Often, they’re the ones who tell us that they think they are “too old” to undertake it.  So is there an “ideal age” to obtain an MBA degree?  Following are the perspectives of two more experienced students -- Bruce Crocker, WG’11, and Tim Withers, WG’12 -- who can help illustrate the value of an MBA at any age.

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Student Story: What Social Impact Means to Me
April 4, 2011

As social responsibility becomes a priority for both large organizations and new startups, the Wharton Program for Social Impact is likewise growing in popularity with current and prospective students. Raghavan Anand is a first-year Wharton | San Francisco Executive MBA student who has extensive experience in education- and healthcare-related non-profits.  He spoke to us about what social impact means to him.

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Investing in Your Education: The Value of Wharton’s EMBA Program
March 10, 2011

What does it mean to be the world’s most expensive MBA program?   While it is a significant cost, students and their sponsors get tremendous value from our program.  Wharton EMBA students on both coasts receive the same education as our full-time MBA students.  They are taught the same classes by the same professors for the same number of hours. They also are held to the same standards of performance and intellectual rigor.  This is the full Wharton MBA program offered in a format to accommodate the schedules of busy executives.

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