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Q&A with the Winners of the Penn Design Challenge

Q&A with the Winners of the Penn Design Challenge

What is the premise of the Penn Design Challenge and what was this year’s challenge? The Penn Design Challenge is a competition that brings together students across Wharton, Penn Design and Penn Engineering to apply design thinking toward real world problems. The Wharton Innovation & Design Club (ID) partnered with American Express and innovation accelerator


Staff Spotlight: Stephanie Kim

Why was the Wharton Social Impact Conference $95 and held on a Thursday?(1) Hear from Stephanie Kim, Associate Director of Community Strategy for the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, as she addresses the struggles with balancing altruism and business, inspiring Wharton students to owning their impact on the world, and her views on the “is a hot

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Working towards an #OpenWharton

Last week, while sitting in New Jersey next to a shiny lake, witnessing the emergence of autumn leaves, having just completed my annual 30-minute meditation session, I began to reflect on what’s to come at Wharton these next few months. Whether you’re a 1Y who is now 1/8 into your Wharton experience after being smacked

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What Type of Boss Will You Be?

I was never quite the activist type. Growing up as an immigrant in a single-parent household, I faced challenges that required all of my attention if I was to achieve something greater than my circumstances—or at least something more. It wasn’t until college that I found the spark that would lead me to dedicate my

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Staff Spotlight: Eric Bradlow

At this year’s convocation, Eric Bradlow—Vice Dean of Doctoral Programs and co-director of the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative—started a movement called #WhartonProud. In this conversation, we explore what it means to be a Wharton student, how we compare with other MBA programs, and the controversy over the lack of female speaker representation at the WCAI


Meet Your Cluster Presidents

Earning trust and support from your classmates – especially when you’ve just met them 2 months ago – is definitely not an easy thing. Last week, the presidents of the four clusters were announced after a very competitive election. President of Cluster 1 is Abby Stewart, who grew up on the South-side of Chicago and

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Stay Calm, Lead On

The first year of business school flies by in a flurry of emotions—it’s altogether exhilarating, stressful, social, lonely, stimulating, and exhausting. You undergo a landslide of personal development during those ten months. And then, in the blink of an eye, you’re done with finals and moving on to summer internships. The lessons we learn both

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Brian Rikuda’s Guide to Success

One of a Kind Brian Rikuda is, to be perfectly literal, one of a kind. Half-Japanese, half-black. Stanford drop-out. Hip hop entrepreneur. Winner of BET’s Ultimate Hustler competition, Wharton MBA. Even his name, fashioned by his mother to be a kind of hybrid moniker—a combination of Riley (his father’s last name) and Ikeda (his mother’s)—has