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

Staying current without drowning

With the proliferation of information bombarding us each day, how does one stay on top of things without drowning in the glut of news, tips, updates, insights and advertising bombarding us 24/7.

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

Strategic Thinking

How to align and focus on the big picture; best practices in strategy formulation and implementation.

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Early childhood education+ leadership

more and more research points to skills learned in childhood as indicators of future success.

 

what sorts of skills/ education/ etc. should our 2-3-4-5-6-7 year olds be gaining so that one day THEY can become the sort of leaders that Wharton is striving to create?

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Managing upwards

What strategies are most effective for managing upwards? How do you compel higher-ups within your company, or your client, to do things when you have little formal authority to compel them

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Innovation Process

What online tools are the best practices for gathering innovation ideas from a large team (e.g., 4000+ member), assigning those ideas to SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) to determine if they should be implemented, and then implementing them? What is the best practice for designing a process that does not die under its own weight?

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

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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Managerial courage

Developing the capacity to: not hold back anything that needs to be said but to remain collegial; providing current, direct, complete, and “actionable” positive and corrective feedback to others; letting people know where they stand; facing up to people problems on any person or situation (not including direct reports) quickly and directly; willingness to take negative action when necessary.

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Food trucks: what was your absolute worst experience?

Usually they are great, but when a Chestnut St food truck has an off day, you're in trouble. Tell your story or that of a friend not in attendance, and feel free to use names.

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Education of the Masses

Alumni could work together to convince state legislators that failing kids who can't perform at an appropriate grade level is good for the kids and society -- the parents be damned!

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Luxury brand management / Marketing

Effective marketing tools and brand management for luxury goods and services

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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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