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.
Ethics and trust are the foundation of authentic leadership. How do we promote this key value across the enterprise and find future leaders that embody this important behavior.
Effective marketing tools and brand management for luxury goods and services
When and how to best utilize various communication methods, and ways to craft messages effectively. Special attention should be given to the benefits and challenges of different methods - i.e.: txt v. email v. Facebook. When to use paper and snail mail v. electronic communication...
how is the current crisis in Europe and the US will play out over the next 5 years
An alien observing human life from afar might be puzzled by these weird financial institutions called "universities" that have inexplicable educational operations attached to them. What does it mean that Penn and the other Ivies amass huge fortunes and spend only 4 percent of them each year. One explanation is that they need big reserves to buffer business cycles. That might explain a billion or so. But, why do they need 10s of Billions. Doesn't hoarding cash imply that the institutions can not productively invest that cash? Stakeholders would take a very hard view on a company that hoarded so much cash and did not invest it productively. It is time for some clear economic reasoning to be applied to philanthropic capital and the financing of higher education.
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)
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.
How to develop negotiation skills, with sensitivity to gender and cultural issues, as well as industry norms.
How to create and lead teams that work collaborately towards achieving results. Setting expectations, getting buy-in, leading without direct authority, navigating interpersonal challenges.
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?
It would be great to have access to Wharton branded market research, economic data, and analyst data as part of the alumni program. This would help increase engagement among Alums and give the school increased touchpoints with graduates.