Wharton Women in Business Conference Celebrates Watershed Year in Women's Admissions

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Wharton Women in Business (WWIB) Conference Celebrates Watershed Year in Women's Admissions with Keynotes by Bank of America's Sallie L. Krawcheck and Ogilvy & Mather's Shelly Lazarus. This year's conference occurs at a time when Wharton has reached a new milestone: the largest percentage of female incoming MBA students in the school's history-- 40 percent. The Wharton Women in Business (WWIB) club, one of Wharton's most active and largest student organizations, supports Wharton's large and diverse female population by providing numerous programs that enhance the experience for all women enrolled in the MBA program.

The Wharton Women in Business Conference announces that it will celebrate its 11th anniversary Friday, October 9, 2009 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia. The student-run conference will feature highly accomplished women including keynote speakers Sallie L. Krawcheck, President, Global Wealth & Investment Management, Bank of America and Shelly Lazarus, Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide. The Conference will also feature mentoring sessions and recognition of this year's Kathleen McDonald Distinguished Alumna Award. Registration is available to the public at http://whartonwomen.org/conf2009/.

As a recent CNN.com report recently noted, the percentage of business school female students who has remained flat for roughly two decades at about 30%. Yet this year's conference occurs at a time when Wharton has reached a new milestone: the largest percentage of female incoming MBA students in the school's history-- 40 percent. The Wharton Women in Business (WWIB) club, one of Wharton's most active student organizations, supports Wharton's large and diverse female population by providing numerous programs that enhance the experience for all women enrolled in the MBA program.    

Women have long come to Wharton to advance knowledge of business issues and thereby make a difference in the world. Notable Wharton alumnae include Goldman Sachs' first female trading partner Connie K. Duckworth, former Travelocity CEO, Michelle Peluso and legendary U.S. Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins, who was appointed by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, becoming the first female presidential cabinet member and the longest-serving Labor Dept. chief ever. Today Wharton's outreach and support of women includes:

  •     Founding member of the Forté Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to developing women business leaders
  •     WWIB Career Fair connecting Wharton women with career opportunities
  •     Wharton MBA Admissions presentations in major cities targeted specifically to women
  •     Vast alumni network, within Wharton and via the Trustees Council of Penn Women
  •     Academic Partner, "10,000 Women," a Goldman Sachs initiative aimed at affording women entrepreneurs in emerging global markets management education

This year's WWIB Conference will feature a range of panel discussions on such topics as entrepreneurship, global careers and work/life balance. In addition, a career "Speed-Dating" session will match current students with young alumnae who will offer candid advice on everything from career opportunities, graduating in a down economy and getting your voice heard as a junior employee.

Speakers scheduled to appear at the WWIB Conference include:

  •     Janet Hanson, CEO and Founder, 85 Broads
  •     Lucinda Holt, co-founder, TurnTide; CEO, ClickEquations
  •     Emily Cieri, Managing Director, Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs
  •     Helen Boudreau, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Novartis Oncology
  •     Jacqueline D. Reses, Partner, US Head of Media Group, Apax Partners
  •     Mariska Morse, Director of Corporate Relations and Programs, Forté Foundation

Also this year the Conference will bestow its Kathleen McDonald Distinguished Alumna Award, on Marisa Drew, Managing Director, Credit Suisse. Recipients of the Award serve as role models for Wharton Women by creating a supportive environment for women in business and demonstrating a commitment to a balanced career.

Please visit http://whartonwomen.org/conf2009/ for a complete list of the conference speakers, panels and more information, as well as to register for the conference online.

About the Wharton School
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania -- founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school -- is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. The most comprehensive source of business knowledge in the world, Wharton bridges research and practice through its broad engagement with the global business community. The school has more than 4,700 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 12,000 annual participants in executive education programs; and an alumni network of 85,000 graduates.

For more information contact:
Peter Winicov
Wharton Communications
Phone: +1 215.746.6471

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