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Non Profit Leadership and Management

An overview of the challenges, opportunities and cultural patterns that are inherent in not-for profit organizations, and strategies for navigating successful careers shifts into those organizations and roles.

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Reciprocity event

Participants come to the event with an something they would like help with. Could be an introduction, advice on topic, etc. Participants divide themselves into groups ~15 and each person shares what they are doing and what they would like help with. Anyone in the group who can help then gives the individual a post-it note with their contact info so that they may follow up afterwards.

 

Right before the end, whoever wants can quickly make their request to the other groups. All requests for help are written on a blackboard and when the event ends participants go around the blackboard adding their contact info post-it note under the requests for which they can help.

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Historical Perspective on the Long View

Arguably the most pressing societal challenge today is the threat to the natural environment. Humans have been on the planet for a blink of the eye, and we aren't likely to last much longer at the rate we are destroying our ecosystems and consuming our resources. Here's the question: Is there any historical precedent for a society marshalling the will to take actions that will hurt the current generation but benefit future generations? I'm not optimistic...but I'd be very interested in some historical perspective.

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Incorporating Design into Business Strategy

I would like to learn more on how to incorporate design into business strategy and product development. I think the business world can learn to think more creatively and smarter when employing a design-based thinking.

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Learning to Network

Development of the personal skills and cultural sensitivities required for successful and productive networking,

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Social media and the enterprise

What's hype and what's important for my company in using Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn. Who's had real success using these sites to connect with customers, build their brand, or implement a strategy.

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Putting the H Back into HR

Helping businesses to thrive by encouraging HR executives to focus more on talent searches. Shift emphasis away from resume gaps and minutiae-mania and instead focus on the bigger picture of: seek, find and recruit individuals who demonstrate the building blocks of business growth: creativity, resourcefulness, intelligence and enthusiasm.

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Collaborating across Boundaries

How to encourage and support collaborative efforts that span across organizaitonal functions. Breaking down silos; managing expectations, roles, resources; motivating around shared goals and commitments.

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Building the Wharton entrepreneurial brand

Entrepreneurship is back in vogue. Almost 10% of the WG '11 class decided to start their own company after Wharton. Although Wharton has a strong legacy and track record in entrepreneurship, it is not something that we publicize well and the resources for Wharton entrepreneurs are not in place as efficiently and they should. We need to find ways to help alumni entrepreneurs connect, promote our companies, provide resources and mentoring to alumni and student entrepreneurs, etc, in order to continue to build our brand and help our alumni that decide to venture on their own.

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Becoming a Successful Director (Board of Company or Non-Profit)

How does one transition to become a successful Director on an organization's Board? Defining legal responsibilities, current best practices, case studies on working through challenging issues and suggestions as what to make board vs. shareholder issues in documentation could be a useful topic that will apply to many current and future Wharton alumni.

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Share your Doubt

A Wharton Alumnus can learn or study “technical” skills (like finance, statistics, languages, products, advertising, etc) but very often that’s not what he needs to learn to solve critical problems or take fundamental decisions. At a certain point in the career, one needs other skills that go beyond problem solving and that have a lot to do with experience and knowledge.

Wharton owns a wealth of experience and knowledge through Faculty, Alumni and Students.

The idea then would be to use this distributed experience and knowledge to focus on a specific “Doubt”: a critical problem or a fundamental decision.

Once a problem or decision is identified:

- The proponent could frame the Doubt and the context as necessary pre-work,

- Wharton could help in the choice of the team members (based on industry experience, similarities, background, volunteers, etc),

- The team members accept to prepare and participate to this unique “Board Meeting” (a “Sounding board Meeting”…), with the aim to contribute and candidly express their opinions and questions

- A working session (Sounding Board Meeting) takes place, with presentation, debate, conclusions and possibly short term follow-up.

- Once the main objective is accomplished, the working session can also broaden the discussion to other related themes or… Doubts

- The Faculty can of course decide to use the case in the courses

- The Faculty can also define the Frame or general Theme, within which proponents can add their Doubt

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For Profit to Social Impact or vice versa

How to transition between sectors - either to the nonprofit space or from it.

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