What business topics or issues are most challenging to you right now?

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The New Business Plan? Real Ideas Into Opportunities

One of the most important lessons learned in my undergraduate entrepreneurship studies at Wharton was: "Not every idea is an opportunity, but every opportunity started as a great idea." Times and business models have changed. What are some of the new ways to farm ideas and cultivate opportunities for new businesses? Is there a new way to present a business plan? How do we identify ideas that can be real opportunities reflective of today's economy and times?

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What do you most need to learn to be an even more effective leader?

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knowledge presented in formats which allow immediate action

To this end we need concise and structured texts. Simple graphics can facilitate comprehension.

I use checklists and means-ends diagrams but can easily imagine digital guides, etc.

Checklists and means-ends diagrams are effective (they lead to the desired result) and efficient (the desired result is approached on a direct way, step by step).

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Got Mentor? Will Succeed!

Either in a corporate structure or in entrepreneurship, mentoring can be an essential tool for which many have not had the benefit of its gifts. Career or new business advice, sourcing help, investment opportunities, counselor or just a soundboard. How does one seek, build and retain a business mentorship today? How can the Wharton alumni network foster these important relationships?

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Design Thinking - Huh?

A current media trend in the business press is to tout "design thinking." Best I can tell, that refers to "all good things that are done by creative people who don't wear suits," including observational market research, creative product concept generation, and visual thinking. It would be great to have some thoughtful presentation on design thinking in business and in what ways that label is useful in describing effective practices.

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What societal challenges could be improved by the Wharton alumni network?

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Education and Poverty

What can we, as well educated executives, do to help those young people growing up in poverty to get out of the cycle of poverty? My wife and I recently spent 7 years mentoring a young African American woman in the inner city of Dallas. We are thrilled that she is the first in her family to graduate from high school but she is not prepared for college. Our mentor relationship was not enough.

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A Philadelphia economic renaissance sparked by Wharton

Wharton can spark and support an economic renaissance in Philadelphia by helping inner city-based businesses flourish and by improving employment opportunities for inner city residents. Philadelphia has many strengths to capitalize on and needs to establish a sustainable economic base/strategy and with it employment opportunities, wealth creation, role models, and improved local infrastructure (inc. schools). Wharton can play a crucial role and its students, brand, and faculty have a lot to gain.

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Digital Divide

No matter what each Alumnus think, he or she is at serious risk of “Digital Obsolescence”. As time goes by, the networked society changes, and so are habits, work habits, markets, clients etc.

Even Wharton has concentrated on this theme, and is constantly adapting programs and offering to keep the pace.

It is therefore not enough to have an account on facebook or to have a smartphone: your company, or maybe your entire industry might be missing the point or going digital the wrong way.

Can Wharton look at some industries, show the evolution, draw a trend line and indicate the digital “reading key” to have the existing CEOs and Key Managers understand the world their companies is in?

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