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

Navigating the financial regulations maze

Regulators' efforts to de-risk the financial industry, while being well intended. have generated confusion in the market place by the sheer number and complexity of rules proposed.

What new regulations have been set in place up to now and what can be expected in the near future?

What will the financial industry of 2015 look like?

How successful at de-risking the industry will these rules be?

Are they creating new danger points? (Such as risk concentration in clearing houses)

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How to transition from Operations into Strategy?

How the best performing Operations Executives transition into C-level Corporate Strategy jobs - levers they use, path they take, opportunities they seize, network they build.

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Pension/Retirement strategies for mature markets

What might we develop as strategies for countries facing challenges around aging populations and poorly funded retirements/pensions? What can the combination of academic excellence at Wharton combined with the market expertise of alumni do to move the needle on this significant global issue?

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Career Trajectory Assessment

Identifying

• why are we facing the challenges we face?

• are we on the right path?

• what are our own goals?

• are we getting in our own way?

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Competitive Advantage, Business Models & Venture Capital

Scott Lenet WG '97 has recently authored a book on competitive advantage in the venture capital industry, with a focus on helping entrepreneurs design strategy and implement tactics for creating sustainable advantage by changing elements of their business models. In a one-hour presentation, Scott will highlight the methods described in the book, based on successes and failures from his 20 year career as a venture capitalist and entrepreneur.

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Business in Africa

I have the general sense that business is booming in Africa. It's a big continent with lots of people. We have some Africa experts at Wharton. Can they give a master class on what's happening in Africa?

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Investing in Europe - lost cause or major opportunity?

With Eurozone undergoing a major crisis and European companies struggling to find competitive niches vs Asian competitors, should a smart investor look elsewhere or keep faith that Europe will find its way? This discussion should include both public and private equity investors, but also debt providers.

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Crumbling Nations and Lessons for Business

Historically sound, low risk countries are more unstable than at any time in modern history. How will this lack of stability impact businesses? What are the risks to manage? What are the opportunities it may actually create? What are the lessons to learn?

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Seizing time sensitive opportunities

Strategies for quickly building mission-specific networks to respond to time sensitive opportunities

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Spiritual intelligence

A lot has been written on IQ, EQ, etc. as they relate to leadership. One new area of intelligence is spiritual intelligence. Spiritual intelligence (distinct from both spirituality and religion) is defined by Cindy Wigglesworth as "the innate human need to be connected to something larger than ourselves, something we consider to be divine or of exceptional nobility." It would be interesting to see this concept influences leadership.

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Let's fix the public school system in New York City

For those of us working in New York and raising young families, the sad state of the public school system is clear. While we can send our kids to private schools and look the other way, it seems like some entrepreneurial thinking is in order. Is the charter school movement the answer, or something else?

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