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

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Investing in Europe - lost cause or major opportunity?

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.

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Attack Global Poverty

What if Wharton were to champion one or more of the Millennium Development Goals established by the United Nations?

 

If we set a long-view goal - say, 10 years - and bring the resources of our school and network to bear on the target, including classwork, volunteerism, GCP-related work, and general business development, meaningful positive, sustainable change can happen, and be a boon to the participants, the school's reputation, and of course the affected parties.

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Educating Women in Developing Economies

Poverty in underdeveloped and developing countries can be ameliorated and eventually eliminated through education. The most important contributor towards child education is the mother. If women are educated, the world will be a better place due to entrepreneurship, better employment opportunities, and fewer misguided kids gravitating towards terrorism.

 

As those economies improve, they become better markets for the world to serve. What a win-win situation.

 

Opportunities exist for entrepreneurs, and will also help future generations to come.

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Business Education

Despite some reforms to the curricula of leading business schools, it's pretty much same-old, same-old. We know that Mckinsey delivers a "mini MBA" to it's consultants without business education in about 6 weeks. We also know that executive MBA students can learn effectively the MBA curriculum at Wharton with a part-time investment of about 20 hours per week. So, are we missing an opportunity with the full-time MBA program to either dramatically increase its efficiency or to enhance its benefits?

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Education and Poverty

What can we, as well educated executives, do to help those young people growing up in poverty to get out of the cycle of poverty? My wife and I recently spent 7 years mentoring a young African American woman in the inner city of Dallas. We are thrilled that she is the first in her family to graduate from high school but she is not prepared for college. Our mentor relationship was not enough.

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The everlasting crisis and its impact on EU

In Europe, we are living challenging times and seem not to see the end. Greece has "gone down", as may Italy, and other countries. As a global world, what happens in Europe impacts the rest of the world. To what extent? What are potential solutions? How can businesses and entrepreneurs survive in these times?

Also related... the 99% or indignado movements that are now global... will they make a change? Are banks reacting? How is this all shaping banks, crisis, and the idea that things can no longer go as they have before.

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re-urbanization of america.

america's problems - cultural and financial - in large part stem from america's problematic infrastructure. americans drive long distances, causing environmental harm and - most importantly - further depleting resources. rising gas prices will only exacerbate the problem, increasing prices for consumer-commodities including food. meanwhile, investors continue to build new homes and businesses further from the epicenter of communities, especially in mid-america. any progress to build mixed-using or urban housing has been met w/ limited or mixed success. So, how can we incentivize citizens and - importantly for wharton - industry to contribute to the rejuvenattion of america through re-urbanization? how can we reverse the "white flight" of the 50s, making america a more live-able, sustainable, resource-efficient society?

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