Arguably, the recent financial crisis was fundamentally the result of a collossal failure of corporate governance, particularly amongst the investment banks, asset managers, mortgage lenders, bond insurers and credit rating agencies that facilitated the proliferation of easy credit and toxic debt securities. Notwithstanding the lessons learned from recent corporate scandals involving Enron and WorldCom and the advent of Sarbanes-Oxley, the state of corporate governance today leaves much to be desired. What more can be done to force companies to further advance shareholder rights, improve financial transparency, enhance Board effectiveness, and remove the perverse incentives caused by executive compensation structures and the focus on quarterly results?
Professional services businesses live and die by client service, but that approach can also "burn out" some of the firm's best people quickly. Firms struggle with how to make the job "sustainable" and make sure the current selection and rewards systems select for those who are best suited for the job.
Either in a corporate structure or in entrepreneurship, mentoring can be an essential tool for which many have not had the benefit of its gifts. Career or new business advice, sourcing help, investment opportunities, counselor or just a soundboard. How does one seek, build and retain a business mentorship today? How can the Wharton alumni network foster these important relationships?
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)
Beyond mission, vision & values and for those of us without the gift of magnetic charisma, what specific actions should we take to become leaders who inspire our followers who dream more, learn more, do more and become more?
Sustainability goes hand in hand with food and energy.
Many if not all multinational companies have their own think-tank or foundation to “discuss” the issue of sustainability. Especially with food or energy, many efforts are made, at least they are communicated. A lot of it has to do with marketing, but it is admirable that attention is being paid. But what are the effects? For example, after all food is a regional, very local, matter: Can we find out the result and effectiveness of these initiatives for the company and for society? And for which society, I mean, where?
What should a company really do to contribute and to increase its value?
Assemble peers across industries for high-level dialog in a safe and confidential circle of peers
How to put capital to work in an idea economy. How to value a "concept", structure a deal and the current state of term sheets including dilution protection for founding, early and mid stage investors.
Healthcare costs are pretty much going to bankrupt the U.S. economy if they stay on their current trajectory. Wharton alumni could take a non-partisan, business-oriented approach to this challenge. At least it would be interesting to get the discussion going among alumni and to have some of our experts on health economics weigh in with the relevant facts.
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.
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.
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.