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

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Financial Literacy

Is it too utopian to suggest there's merit in a business plan or a non-profit pursuing a good housekeeping seal of approval-like business for consumer-oriented finance vendors (banks, credit cards, mortgages, etc). The seal being an indication that finance products are clear and easy to understand.

 

Second idea - can we create a nation wide financial literacy volunteer program? Occupy Wall Street has highlighted some of the gaps in understanding of basic tenets of finance? i.e., How a loan works, What is a loan, Why a budget is important

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

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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?

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Exit strategies for professionals and business owners

Selling a professional practice or business may not always be feasible but strategic planning for suggestions and alternatives could be very helpful. Possibly even the focus of a Wharton business market resource site. In addition to the financial issues, planning for transition into retirement life styles and activities could be useful.

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