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Student Activities

The Wharton MBA for Executives community in San Francisco is close-knit and collaborative

The living/learning environment created by the program’s residency requirement ensures that you have time to focus on your studies while also getting to know your classmates and faculty. You stay in provided accommodations on Friday night of program weekends (and some Thursday nights too), even if you are commuting locally. This way, you have time to focus on your studies while also building networks of interest that will serve you throughout your career.

Wharton | San Francisco staff work hard to take care of program details and to host speakers, events, and clubs for MBA students and West Coast alumni throughout the year.

Program Events

Lunchtime Speakers

  • John C. Cushman, III, Co-Chairman of the Board of Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., encouraged first-year MBA students to take big risks during a talk at Wharton | San Francisco.   
  • Fred Reid, founding CEO of Virgin America, relayed lessons learned in leadership, corporate culture, values and ethics to current students and alumni of Wharton | San Francisco.

Pub Night

  • Each Friday of a class weekend, students meet at the "Wharton Pub" on the 3rd floor of Le Meridien Hotel. On the first Thursday of the month, Wharton alumni converge in the same location.

International Trip

  • The second-year students recently returned from their visit to China during the International Trip seminar. Students visited companies in both Beijing and Shanghai as part of their coursework for their Global Strategic Management class.

Event Highlights

  • Ninety-three students from the Class of 2013 graduated in May at the Marines' Memorial Theatre in San Francisco. Senior Vice President of Strategy for Worldwide Operations at Cisco Inder Sidhu, WG'91, delivered the keynote address. More than 600 guests were in attendance to celebrate the new alumni.
  • Three of Napa Valley's most highly regarded family-owned wineries -- Bill Phelps, of Joseph Phelps Vineyards; Davie Piña, of Piña Napa Valley; and Claude Blankiet, of Blankiet Estate -- described their backgrounds, their business, and their Bordeaux-style blends and cabernet sauvignons. Alumni, students, and guests were also treated to tastes of spectacular red wines. View event photos »  
  • Chief Information Officer for the San Francisco Giants Bill Shlough, WG’98, addressed first-year students, discussing “How the World Series Win Changed the San Francisco Giants.”
  • Goldman Sachs Executive and Wall Street Prodigy Ryan Limaye, WG’93, visited campus for an open Q&A session with the second-year students, fielding day-in-the-life inquiries and exploring industry trends.
San Francisco MBA for Executives
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