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

Educating Women in Developing Economies

Poverty in underdeveloped and developing countries can be ameliorated and eventually eliminated through education. The most important contributor towards child education is the mother. If women are educated, the world will be a better place due to entrepreneurship, better employment opportunities, and fewer misguided kids gravitating towards terrorism.

 

As those economies improve, they become better markets for the world to serve. What a win-win situation.

 

Opportunities exist for entrepreneurs, and will also help future generations to come.

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

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

Risk Management Value Proposition

Concepts like enterprise risk management and integrated risk management are starting to catch on; however, before corporate leadership is willing to sink resources into implementing any kind of risk management solution, they want to know how a formalized risk management program is going to add to the bottom line.

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

Ethics - Still worth teaching?

Over the last five years, CEOs and senior executives across the business landscape (many with MBAs from top schools)have shown an almost total disregard for ethics and integrity in their business behavior. Is teaching ethics at B-School a waste of time and should we acknowledge that ethical values have already been shaped by the time people go to business school?

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