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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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Self-Sponsored Doctor Uses Degree to Make Impact on Emergency Medicine
September 9, 2012

When Dr. Craig Gronczewski applied to Wharton’s EMBA program, he was a clinical physician caring for patients in emergency departments. While seeing patients every day was fulfilling, he was becoming increasingly interested in working on the business side of healthcare.

“Traditional physician training doesn’t prepare doctors to manage the business side of medicine, which has become much more complicated in this era of managed care. On top of that, healthcare is probably one of the most regulated industries in the world. The only way to survive is to be efficient in your practice, and to have effective operational and managerial skills,” he explains.

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Wharton EMBA Alumnus Alex Gorsky Named CEO of Johnson & Johnson
July 15, 2012

Congratulations to alumnus Alex Gorsky for being named CEO of Johnson & Johnson. Alex, who graduated from Wharton’s East Coast EMBA program in 1996, has worked for J&J for almost 15 years, starting his career as a sales representative and advancing through several sales, marketing and management positions until his recent appointment.  He assumed the role of CEO in April 2012.

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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 Alumnus Talks about Value of the GMAT
May 10, 2012

When Mark Espinola had his admissions interview for Wharton’s San Francisco MBA Program for Executives, a memorable moment was when he tried to negotiate his way out of taking the GMAT. But after taking the test and graduating in 2007, Espinola, who is now the CEO of Ballard & Tighe Publishers in Orange County, Calif., came to appreciate the importance of the GMAT. We asked him to share his thoughts on the test and here is what he said:

“When I first realized that the GMAT was a required part of the admissions process at Wharton, I thought this rule must not apply to me. I had been a senior manager at PriceWaterhouse as well as worked in a CFO position so I had plenty of finance and accounting under my belt. I thought my experience would be sufficient to be exempt from the GMAT, but found during the interview that this was not the case. There is no exception for the GMAT – all applicants have to take it.

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Prof. Cappelli Discusses Career Trends and Value of MBA
March 13, 2012

When Prof. Peter Cappelli says that times have changed in terms of careers, he isn’t exaggerating. At a recent online live webcast from Wharton | San Francisco, Prof. Cappelli spoke to prospective applicants about why it’s more important than ever to take charge of your own career.

While it was once common to expect employment at the same company for your entire career, that is clearly not the case anymore. The same can be said of succession plans and workforce planning. Companies are more likely to replace talent from the outside and spend fewer resources grooming employees for long-term employment.

As for employees, they are changing jobs on a much more frequent basis. But at the same time, people are staying in the same function longer. This raises the issue of how do you get out of your silo? And if you stay at your company, how do you continue to add value when the company can’t be sure it will need your particular skillset down the road?

An MBA degree, he said, is a good avenue to consider. “It’s up to the employee to get the skills needed and keep those skills up to date. Employees have to manage their own careers and that is a difficult thing to do. It’s something that requires initiative, but often the opportunities are in front of you and you just have to figure out how to negotiate for them.”

This may mean spending time thinking about how to ask for sponsorship since companies in today’s economy may not have tuition reimbursement programs in place. “But if you can figure out what skills will be hot then you can make the case for going back to school. And if you can get those skills into your tool belt then you’ll be in a great position to take better control of your career,” he said.

Watch the replay of the webcast, which includes a tour of Wharton’s new facility in San Francisco and a Q&A session with alumni from both the East and West Coast EMBA programs.

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Work-Life Balance, Sponsorship and Value: Online Women’s Chat Covers Wide Range of Topics
March 7, 2012

For those who might have missed it, we covered a lot of ground during our online women’s chat on Jan. 4th. Participants discussed everything from work-life-school balance to the value of an MBA for women to asking for sponsorship.

Adjunct Professor of Management Monica McGrath kicked off the talk with some encouraging numbers. Pointing out that 40% of the global workforce is comprised of women; she also noted that women are earning professional degrees in record numbers and starting businesses at faster rates than men.

The downside, she said, is that women don’t tend to have as robust networks as men. However, a significant benefit of Wharton’s MBA Program for Executives is that it is a great opportunity to really broaden your network, she said.

As for the decision to spend two years while working to earn an MBA, McGrath acknowledged that it can seem like a long commitment. “But when you look back over the course of your entire career, it will have been a meaningful degree for over 40 years so it’s really a short period of time to invest.”

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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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Wharton | San Francisco COO Shares Highlights of Move to New Facility
January 20, 2012

Having recently overseen the move of Wharton’s West Coast facility into the Hills Brother Building on San Francisco’s Embarcadero, we asked COO of Wharton | San Francisco Bernadette Birt to tell us about the move and the new campus.

Q. Students experienced the new facility for the first time in early January. How have they reacted?

There have been a lot of ‘Wows!’ which are exactly what we want to hear.  They are thrilled with the quality of the classroom experience, the number of group study rooms, and having places to connect with each other during the day. For example, we have an incredible dining space with stunning views of the San Francisco Bay where our students love to gather with their laptops and iPads to collaborate and relax as the sun sets.

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Jan. 23 Live Webcast Features Prof. Peter Cappelli on the Future of Jobs
January 12, 2012

Get insights on the future of jobs from a top Wharton professor, learn more about our EMBA program from Philadelphia and San Francisco alumni, and see what our new campus looks like in San Francisco, then make sure to join us for a virtual reception on Mon., January 23 from 9:00pm-10:00pm EST / 6:00pm-7:00pm PST.

Hosted by Vice Dean Anjani Jain, the event will feature a presentation by renowned labor expert Prof. Peter Cappelli on how the global economy is impacting careers and what this means for the future of employee development. Prof. Cappelli, who teaches negotiations, also will share tips that may help you secure support for your MBA studies and career development.

Afterward, a panel of alumni from our Philadelphia and San Francisco EMBA programs will discuss how the Wharton MBA and network have shaped their careers.  You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions of both Prof. Cappelli and the panelists via your computer or mobile device.

In addition, West Coast COO Bernadette Birt will take participants on a virtual tour of our beautiful new San Francisco campus.  A 21st century learning environment, you’ll see how our technologically advanced facility was designed to provide the most cutting-edge and connected classrooms possible.

To register for this live webcast on Jan. 23, click here.

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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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Wharton MBA Alumnus Reflects on Impact of Education on his Career
November 3, 2011

After working for the government for 12 years, including positions at the White House and the National Security Council, Frank Lavin wanted to transition into the business world and saw an MBA from Wharton as the key to accomplishing that goal.

It didn’t take long, as he joined Citibank in Hong Kong immediately after graduating in 1996 from Wharton’s EMBA program. “Wharton’s MBA Exec program helped enormously because I wasn’t just changing jobs, but careers. I needed a new skillset to move into banking and Wharton provided those tools.”

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Wharton MBA Alumnus Sumat Ramachandra Named on Most Inspiring People List
October 4, 2011

Congratulations to Sumant Ramachandra, WG’09, who was recently named one of the 100 most inspiring people by Pharma Voice. With an MD and PhD already under his belt, he entered Wharton’s EMBA program to gain a business education and transition from technologist to business leader. We asked Sumant, who is now the chief scientific officer of Hospira Inc. in Lake Forest, Ill., to tell us more about how his Wharton education has impacted his career. Here’s what he had to say:

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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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Wharton | San Francisco Student Reflects on China Trek
July 28, 2011

Each year, second-year Wharton EMBA students spend a week abroad examining how businesses develop and implement strategy in a competitive global context. While that trip is the culmination of their International Seminar, it’s not uncommon for students to organize additional treks to gain further insight into the economic, political, social and cultural factors that influence business in other regions.

Last month, a group of 21 students from Wharton | San Francisco participated in a trek to Beijing and  Shanghai. We asked second-year student Hari Kannan, a technologist at VCE in the Silicon Valley, to share some highlights from the trip. Here’s what he had to say:

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Wharton Leadership Venture to Chilean Desert Provides Unique Learning Experience
July 22, 2011

Before coming to Wharton’s EMBA program, Hanson Wong, a principal consultant at Risk Management Solutions in New Jersey, had never swum in the waters of Antarctica, hiked across a desert or summited a volcano. In fact, he had never even gone camping much less rappelled down mountains or zip lined Hanson Wong Original   across steep chasms. However, during his two years at Wharton, he did all of these things through the Wharton Leadership Ventures Program.

“My first venture was to Antarctica, which most people only ever see from a cruise. We not only camped there, but a few of us also decided to jump in the water twice. How many people can say they did that?” says Wong, noting that he added on a week of hiking in Patagonia after that venture.

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Wharton MBA Alumnus Reflects on Value of Independent Studies
June 22, 2011

Jimmy Smith When Jim Smith entered Wharton’s executive MBA program in 2005, he also launched the Digital Network Group, an IT and management consulting firm with a mission to create economic and social value for local communities. Wanting to work with professors on his particular interests outside of the core classes, he sought out independent study projects that would help him develop his business. 

As a first-year EMBA student, his initial project was with Prof. Terry LaPier on leading social change through the application of information technology. “That experience provided me with an opportunity to develop a framework that effectively leverages the business, government, nonprofit and academic sectors in a cohesive, systematic and repeatable fashion,” he says. “Through that study, I came up with an idea to build a computer assisted mentoring system for students, as well as a platform to help nonprofits improve their own capacity to provide services – both of which are key elements of my business today.”

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