Admissions

Admissions Committee for the EMBA

All complete applications received by the admissions deadline are thoroughly reviewed by members of the Wharton Executive MBA Admissions Committee. Applications from both the Philadelphia and San Francisco programs are evaluated equally ensuring the same high standards for both campuses. You will meet in person with a member of the Admissions Committee during your admissions interview. Please contact us with any questions.

Peggy Bishop Lane is Vice Dean of the MBA Program for Executives. Professor Lane oversees both the Philadelphia and San Francisco programs. Before joining the MBA Program for Executives, she directed the academic experience for the full-time MBA Program as Deputy Vice Dean of Academic Affairs for 11 years. She is based in Philadelphia. 

Professor Lane is an Adjunct Professor of Accounting and teaches Financial Accounting to first-year MBA and Executive MBA students. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including “Tough, but we’ll thank you in five years.” Previously, Professor Lane was a member of the faculty at New York University’s Stern School of Business, where she was awarded the Eli Kushel Accounting Education Award for Excellence in Teaching. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Graduate Management Admissions Council.

Catherine Molony
 is Director of the MBA Program for Executives in Philadelphia, and Director of Admissions for the MBA Program for Executives.

Catherine has been with the program since 1989. She also advises students and assists with their activities, including the management of the International Seminar and Executive Speaker Series Committees. Closely involved in the start-up of and the launch of Wharton's MBA Program for Executives in San Francisco, Cathy's extensive background in admissions work includes serving as associate director of Graduate Admissions at Wharton from 1984 to 1988. She has served two terms on the Board of the Trustees for the Executive MBA Council. In 2005, she was awarded the Executive MBA Council’s highest honor – “The Fackler Award” for service to the EMBA industry by the Executive MBA Council. Cathy received her BFA in Art Education from The Maryland Institute, College of Art. She is based in Philadelphia.

Bernadette Birt
 is Executive Director of the Wharton MBA Program for Executives, San Francisco, and Chief Operating Officer of Wharton | San Francisco. 

Bernadette has been with the program since September 2010. Bernadette’s responsibilities include admissions, operations, student affairs, budget & finance, and alumni affairs. Prior to joining Wharton, Bernadette spent 20 years at Northwestern University, 16 of those years with the Kellogg School Executive MBA Program in which her last role was as Director, Domestic Executive MBA Programs. Bernadette graduated from Northwestern University with a BS in General Studies and a major in Organization Behavior and did graduate coursework in Learning and Organizational Change through the School of Education & Social Policy at Northwestern University. She is based in San Francisco.

Katherine Lilygren
 is the Director of Admissions for the Wharton MBA Program for Executives in San Francisco.

Katherine joined Wharton in 2011 and is responsible for marketing and admissions of the San Francisco program. Katherine has extensive experience working in Executive MBA programs. Prior to joining Wharton, she was the Executive Director of the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program from 2009-2011, and she spent five years as the Director of the Executive MBA Program at UCLA Anderson School of Management. Katherine graduated from UCLA Anderson with a Master’s in Business Administration and has her BS in Business Administration from University of Southern California. She is based in San Francisco.

Diane Sharp
 is the Director of Admissions for the Wharton MBA Program for Executives in Philadelphia.

Diane has been with Wharton's MBA Program for Executives since September 1998, serving in both admissions and marketing roles. She began her career in human resources and recruiting in the insurance industry. She transitioned to education and worked in Admissions for Wharton's full-time MBA Program from 1989 to 1991. Diane received a BA in French and Economics from the University of Nebraska and a Master of International Business degree in Human Resources from the University of South Carolina. Diane is based in Philadelphia.

Barbara Nelles Craft is Marketing and Admissions Associate for the Wharton MBA Program for Executives in San Francisco.

Barbara joined the Admissions Committee in January 2002. She has served as Director of Admissions and Marketing at the Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine and Director of the Executive MBA Program at the Erivan K. Haub School of Business, Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Barbara holds a BS degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MS degree from Saint Joseph's University. Barbara is based in Southern California and does marketing and admissions work for the MBA Program for Executives in San Francisco.

Laura Nash is Marketing and Admissions Associate for the Wharton MBA Program for Executives.

Laura joined the Admissions Committee in Spring 2009. She received her BS in Nursing from The University of Texas at Austin. She has worked as both a staff nurse and a case manager in neonatal intensive care, working with complex cardiac and surgical patients. While at Primary Children's Medical Center, she served on the interviewing committee.

Sherry Kim is Admissions Counselor for the Wharton MBA Program for Executives.

Sherry joined the Admissions Committee in fall 2011. Prior to joining Wharton, Sherry spent five years working at one of the Big Four accounting firms in both the Audit and Advisory practices. She also spent two years as a Finance Manager at a Top 5 television broadcasting network in Los Angeles. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and is a licensed CPA in the State of California. Sherry is based in Philadelphia.

Maia Hughes is Admissions Counselor for the Wharton MBA Program for Executives.

Maia joined the Admissions Committee in fall 2011. She worked as a Project Manager for an insurance software supplier and later as a Risk Management and Insurance Technology Consultant. She holds the CPCU and ARM designations from the Insurance Institute of America. She received her BA in Government/International Relations from the College of William & Mary and a Master of International Business degree from the University of South Carolina. Maia is based in Philadelphia.

Anna Skender is Admissions Counselor for the Wharton MBA Program for Executives.

Anna joined the Admissions Committee in fall 2012. Prior to joining Wharton, Anna spent six years in international recruitment working at a leading global foundation, an international aid government agency, and an executive search firm. She received her AB in Psychology and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Anna is based in San Francisco.

Christina Westbrooks is Admissions Counselor for the Wharton MBA Program for Executives.

Christina joined the Admissions Committee in Spring 2013. Prior to joining Wharton, Christina spent six years abroad working on international development projects in Lebanon and around the Middle East region. She received her MBA from Instituto de Empresa (IE) Business School in Madrid, Spain and her B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Christina is based in Philadelphia.

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