Wharton Stories: Community

Founded in 1975, Black Wharton Undergraduate Association is an undergraduate student club at Wharton with more than 150 active members from all four class years and Penn’s four undergraduate schools.

Black Wharton: Empowering Excellence at Penn

“I honestly created some of the best memories I’ve had at Penn, and the program helped me realize that leadership comes in so many different contexts, not just in classrooms and clubs, but in everyday life too.” — Bonnie Li, W’25

Navigating Wharton with the Leadership Compass

“These are people with families, jobs, and lives, and they’re doing this program for the right reasons. They take the course content and immediately weave it into their professional and even personal lives – that’s what it’s all about.” – Professor Peter Fader

Why Prof. Peter Fader Loves Teaching Executive MBA Students

“I applied to Wharton as an international student, so I understand that it’s always more helpful talking to someone that’s been in your shoes. I think having this programming is a great way for prospective students from Africa or of African descent to engage with other Africans at Wharton and ask specific questions about our MBA experience.” — Aramide Akinkugbe, WG24

Celebrating 30 Years of the Wharton Africa Business Forum

“I realized how extraordinary the past several months have been. The people I’ve interacted with, the insights I’ve gained, and the places I’ve visited are simply remarkable.” – Julian Fields-Jackson, W’27

A Wharton First-Year’s Reflection

“It’s been incredible to watch Sindi and Maryem working together on this app, which has not been an easy project. It requires a lot of collaboration and a lot of humility…Sindi and Maryem don’t give up. They are intellectually curious, and they really are role models for other students – especially young women.” – Gillian Bazelon, Senior Associate Director of the Stevens Center

How Friendship, Finance Blooms at Wharton’s Stevens Center

“Most people on the venture had never been onboard a tall ship, much less navigated one. I wanted to challenge myself to work with a new group of people under conditions I have never encountered before.” – Claudia Olsson, WG’24

Navigating Tall Ships, Entrepreneurship in Wharton’s EMBA Program

“These are great times to travel, building meaningful relationships and deeper connections away from the hustle and bustle of school. These trips have really accelerated bonding and I’ve left every single one closer with at least 2-3 people who I then regularly engage with back at Wharton.” — Max Kneis, WG’24

How Five Wharton MBA Students Spend Opportunity Weeks

“I’ve seen students evolve and gain so much confidence throughout their two years with us. It’s more than just the coursework at Wharton; students gain a huge professional network, a group of lifelong friends, and exposure to many different types of industries and professionals.” – Jennifer Craig, Philadelphia Class Manager

Meet Wharton EMBA Class Manager Jennifer Craig

“The diversity of experiences and viewpoints within the class has been a driving point in my personal growth. Even beyond work, this is the most diverse environment I’ve been in.” – Kyle McGrory, WG’24

DEI Leadership: Results from Wharton’s EMBA Program