Wharton Women in Business Conference Explores Diversity of Paths to Success with Keynotes by SAP’s Marge Breya and Pfizer’s Amy Schulman

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The Wharton Women in Business (WWIB) Conference announces that it will celebrate its 12th anniversary Friday, October 15, 2010 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia. The student-run conference will feature highly accomplished women including keynote speakers Marge Breya, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SAP and Amy Schulman, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Pfizer. This year’s Conference, entitled “Perspectives on Success: Visionary Leadership in a Changing World” gives insight into how women from all walks of life have found their path in an evolving business environment. These prominent women will share their professional and personal journeys with the conference attendees, providing a diversity of thoughts and opinions on what defines success and how women today can achieve success in their own way. 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://www.whartonwomen.org/conf2010/.

Perspectives on Success: Visionary Leadership in a Changing World

The Wharton Women in Business Conference announces that it will celebrate its 12th anniversary Friday, October 15, 2010 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia. The student-run conference will feature highly accomplished women including keynote speakers Marge Breya, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SAP and Amy Schulman, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Pfizer. This year’s Conference, entitled “Perspectives on Success: Visionary Leadership in a Changing World” gives insight into how women from all walks of life have found their path in an evolving business environment. These prominent women will share their professional and personal journeys with the conference attendees, providing a diversity of thoughts and opinions on what defines success and how women today can achieve success in their own way. 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://www.whartonwomen.org/conf2010/.

WWIB is especially proud of the variety of speakers at this year’s Conference, ranging from small business entrepreneurs to managers at established corporations. The impressive array of speakers covers a wide variety of professions and industries, including finance, marketing, human resources, general management, and consulting. Panel discussions will range from topics such as networking and negotiating, diversity in the workplace, entrepreneurship, effective leadership, social service and responsibility, and leveraging social media. 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 one’s voice heard as a junior employee.

Speakers scheduled to appear at the WWIB Conference include:

Diane Bartlett - Partner, FSS Strategy and Transformation Lead, IBM

Gay Warren Gaddis - CEO, The Think Tank (T3)

Delia Garced - Director of Market Activation, GE Energy

Lisa Klauser - VP, Consumer and Customer Solutions, Unilever

Gwen Marcus - EVP and General Counsel, Showtime

Mary Stutts - SVP of Corporate Relations, Elan Pharmaceuticals

Geraldine McManus - Managing Director, Investment Management, Goldman Sachs

Antje Danielson - Co-Founder, Zipcar

Jeniffer Harper-Taylor - President, Siemens Foundation

Dr. Marcia Lyles - Superintendent, Christina School District of Delaware

Nancy Mahon - Global Executive Director, MAC AIDS Fund; Senior Vice President, MAC Cosmetics

Erin Pettigrew - Director of Marketing, Gawker Media

In addition, this year the Conference will bestow its Kathleen McDonald Distinguished Alumna Award on Ms. Janet Clark, EVP and CFO of Marathon Oil Corporation. 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. Ms. Clark's extraordinary history of professional excellence, commitment to service, and firm position as a role model to women in business, exemplify the qualities that are represented by this award.

Please visit http://www.whartonwomen.org/conf2010/ for a complete list of the conference speakers, panels and more information, as well as to register for the conference online.

About Wharton Women in Business

WWIB is committed to supporting women in the successful start and pursue their career after MBA and serves as the primary point of contact among employers, alumnae, successful businesswomen, and current women students at Wharton. WWIB works with employers seeking to recruit Wharton women across a broad range of industries and professional functions, and works to introduce the full breadth of career opportunities available to women at Wharton, from traditional and popular positions, from banking and consulting firms to marketing or leadership development programs by industry companies. Today Wharton's outreach and support of women includes:

-Forté Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to developing women business leaders

-WWIB Career Fair, connecting Wharton women with career opportunities and Wharton MBA Admissions presentations in major cities targeted specifically to women vast alumni

-Networking sessions within Wharton and via the Trustees Council of Penn Women -Academic Partnership

-"10,000 Women," a Goldman Sachs initiative aimed at affording women entrepreneurs in emerging global markets management education

Wharton has long attracted women from a variety of professional and personal backgrounds to advance their knowledge of business issues and thereby make a difference in both their professional careers and the communities around them. 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.

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 4,900 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,000 annual participants in executive education programs; and an alumni network of 86,000 graduates.

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