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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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Wharton EMBA Alumna Shares Tips for Juggling Work, School and Young Kids
October 25, 2012

If you are a parent considering Wharton’s EMBA program, you know that you’ll have some additional balls to juggle in addition to work and school. But it’s “completely doable,” says Priya Chidambaram, who graduated last May in Philadelphia and whose kids are now 6 and 3. We asked the senior financial analyst at IBM in New York to talk about how she managed to balance work, school, home (and a career switch) while in the program. Here’s what she said:

“Being a parent, I knew that going to school would mean sacrificing time away from home so it had to be worthwhile. As a result, I had specific criteria for evaluating EMBA programs. It couldn’t be Priya Graduation - Family picwatered down or MBA-lite; it had to offer the same intensity as a regular MBA. For that same reason, I wanted a program that required the GMAT. And I wanted a residential program because I didn’t want to be able to rush home early after class, which I knew would be tempting if I were closer to home. I wanted the full school experience. Wharton was really the only school that fit all of my criteria.

“Once I was accepted, I started working out my support network for my kids. In the first year, my husband took care of mostly everything, but this meant he had to talk to his company about working from home every other Friday and adjusting his work hours. It turned out that coming to Wharton meant a lot more than just me talking to my boss. It was a family endeavor.

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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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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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Women’s Event at Wharton | San Francisco Features Alumna Connie Duckworth
April 9, 2012

Wharton students and alumnae in San Francisco recently had an opportunity to network as well as hear from Connie Duckworth, who earned her Wharton MBA in 1979 and was the first woman sales and trading Duckworthpartner in Goldman Sachs history.

After retiring as partner and managing director, Duckworth founded the nonprofit organization ARZU to help women weavers and their families in Afghanistan break the poverty cycle by sourcing and selling their rugs.

“Connie is very successful so the chance to hear her story in her own words as well as to network with other women in the Wharton community was great,” says second-year Wharton | San Francisco EMBA student Lan Luan, a senior product manager at Microsoft in Bellevue, Wash.

Duckworth’s talk was “inspiring,” as she explained how a Wharton MBA helped her transition from secretary to a career at Goldman Sachs to helping other women as a VC to her work at the nonprofit in Afghanistan, explains Luan. “She gave a fantastic talk about what she learned from each of life’s steps and how she used the business frameworks from Wharton at each stage.”

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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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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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At the Head of the Classrooms of the Future
October 12, 2011

We’re all excited about Wharton | San Francisco’s move in January to the Hills Plaza Building on the San Francisco Embarcadero. Not only will it provide us more space, but the facility will also feature “a 21st century learning environment.” To learn more about the technology going into the new space as well as other technology initiatives in Wharton’s MBA Exec program, check out Wharton CIO Deirdre Wood’s latest blog on the Wharton Magazine site:

“Kicking off a new academic year is always an exciting time, but that is particularly the case this year as we’re immersed in designing and building classrooms of the future. Wharton’s upcoming move to a new San Francisco facility has provided us an opportunity not only to design the most cutting-edge and connected classrooms possible, but also to bring that technology back to our campus in Philadelphia. As a top business school, our constituents expect a 21st-century learning environment, and we are providing that on both coasts.” more...

 

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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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Student’s Field Application Project Makes an Impact at Microsoft
March 16, 2011

Before Lan Luan even began the MBA for Executives Program at Wharton | San Francisco, she knew what topic she wanted to pursue in the first-year Field Application Project (FAP).  A senior product manager at Microsoft in Bellevue, WA, Lan wanted her education to make a real impact on her company and saw the FAP as an ideal vehicle for making that happen.  We asked Lan to tell us more about the FAP and how her team’s findings are benefitting Microsoft.

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Thurs., 1/20/11, Live Webcast: Meet Faculty, Alumni, Students & Staff
January 19, 2011

Meet and interact with Wharton MBA for Executives professors, alumni, students and admissions staff during our first-ever webcast event, streaming live from both Philadelphia & San Francisco.

Thursday, January 20, 2011
7:00-8:00pm EST / 4:00-5:00pm PST
REGSITER FOR THE WEBCAST

Get a Taste of the Classroom Experience
Live from Philadelphia: Vice Dean Anjani Jain asks faculty about their experience teaching in the program, including current topics from recent classes. 

David Bell, Professor of Marketing
Peggy Bishop Lane, Professor of Accounting
Witold Henisz, Professor of Management 

Meet Admissions Staff
Live from San Francisco:  Vice Dean Anjani Jain introduces members of the Admissions Committee, including Bernadette Birt, COO of Wharton | San Francisco and Cathy Molony, Director of Admissions, Wharton MBA Program for Executives.

Interact with Students and Alumni
Live from both Philadelphia & San Francisco:  Alumni and students share their stories about the benefits, both personal and professional, of the Wharton MBA degree.

The webcast will include forums for posting questions as you watch.

We hope you'll join us!

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Journalist at Wharton|San Francisco Finds Plenty to Write about from Classmates and Curriculum
January 12, 2011

Whether it’s the legality of having your favorite clothes copied in China or the ins and outs of mortgage refinancing, second-year Wharton | San Francisco executive MBA student Jennifer Saranow Schultz covers it all as the lead writer for the Bucks Blog of the New York Times.  Writing three or four posts a day, Schultz provides tips and tricks to help consumers better manage their bucks.

While coming up with that many topics to write about every day might sound challenging, Schultz, who has been writing for the New York Times for a little over a year and was previously a journalist for the Wall Street Journal, says that Wharton has turned out to be a great source for blog ideas. “I find topics to write about from a lot of places, but being in school with 90 other people who are dealing with a range of issues like student loans and taxes has been great. Now that my classmates know that I write the blog, they’ll come to me with ideas and are really supportive,” she says.

Schultz has based several blogs on classroom discussions too. “We touched on IRAs in macroeconomics, which led to blog ideas,” says Schultz. “And my Negotiations class with Prof. Maurice Schweitzer has provided a wealth of ideas for posts including how we tested out what we learned in class about negotiating prices during our recent international seminar in China. Another topic that originated in class was whether it is legal to get clothes copied in Asia.”

As for balancing the deadlines with school, the San Francisco resident says that her East Coast hours have turned out to work very well with Wharton’s EMBA program. “I have to get my first post in by 7:30 a.m. Pacific Time so I can write before I leave for school. And on other days, it’s like a normal job, but on East Coast time which gives me a few extra hours to focus on school before the West Coast work day ends.”

If you have a personal finance question you’re wondering about, email it to Schultz at: Jennifer.saranowschultz@nytimes.com

Jennifer Saranow Shultz 

Jim Wilson/The New York Times
 

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Managing Brand Experiences with Patti Williams
November 24, 2010

We invite women in Southern California to join us for an evening with Professor Patti Williams as she speaks about the growing importance of managing and delivering consumer experiences.  She will offer examples of successful and unsuccessful attempts to create them and frameworks for strategically designing such experiences.  Prof. Williams will also discuss how these insights can be applied to thinking about developing your personal brand.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
6:00 pm until 9:00 pm
The LONDON West Hollywood

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Patti Williams is Associate Professor of Marketing at the Wharton School currently teaching in both Philadelphia and San Francisco. She is the recipient of multiple Wharton Excellence in Teaching Awards and the "Goes Above and Beyond the Call of Duty" MBA Core Teaching Award.

Her academic research focuses on the role of emotions in persuasion and consumer decision-making, in particular on when and why consumers feel mixed or conflicting emotions and how consumers manage their emotional experiences.

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