What Makes Alibaba and Facebook Innovative is Leadership

By Geoffrey Garrett, Dean of the Wharton School

I’ve represented the Wharton School at three big international events so far in 2016 — the World Government Summit in Dubai, the Wharton Global Forum in Kuala Lumpur, and now the China Development Forum in Beijing. “Innovation and Entrepreneurship” has been at the top of every agenda because countries world over are desperately seeking productivity-enhancing innovation, and because startups seem better at generating it than big established organizations. Nowhere was this more clear than in Beijing last week. Amid a star-studded program of political, business, and academic leaders from China and around the world, there were two rockstars — Alibaba founder Jack Ma and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

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Welcome to New Wharton SBDC Director Celeste Corrado

By Clare Leinweber WMP’05/GR’14, Managing Director, Wharton Entrepreneurship

I am delighted today to welcome Celeste Corrado as the new Director of the Wharton Small Business Development Center (SBDC)! Celeste was appointed after an extensive search by a committee of leaders from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Entrepreneurship, and the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center. She brings to her new role over 20 years of professional experience in consulting, innovation, strategy, and education.

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Respect & Inspiration: The Legacy of Therese Flaherty

By Nadine Kavanaugh, Associate Director, Wharton Entrepreneurship

“We’re not the experts.” That’s what Therese Flaherty told entrepreneurs over and over again in her 14 years as Director of the Wharton Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Therese believed in the power of entrepreneurs to transform their businesses, and she created a consulting framework based on asking thoughtful questions and challenging assumptions—with the entrepreneurs themselves making decisions, because they’re the experts in their businesses.

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Therese Flaherty, Director of the Wharton Small Business Development Center

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Cancer Doesn’t Get A Winter Break

By Erica Sokol SPP16, Founder of StudentsCare

Holiday season is officially among us! While most of us are making plans for New Years or worrying about what to get for the class/office White Elephant gift exchange, there are over 40,000 children fighting cancer, whose parents are worrying their child might not make it to Christmas. Unfortunately, cancer doesn’t get a Winter Break.

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The Wharton Warriors & Intrepid INSEAD in China

By Manisha Gupta WG’16

Manisha Gupta recently participated in a MBA Program for Executives Global Business week trip to China, along with students from INSEAD. Here she recounts her many experiences which influenced her mind, body and soul.

China: a country of beliefs, where an army of life size terracotta warriors accompanied Emperor Qin into immortality. A country of creative courage, where once dividing inter-province walls were united as the “Great Wall” to shield against Mongolia. From the forbidden city of the past to the pearl tower of the present, a trip to China offers nourishment to the mind, body and the soul.

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Wharton and INSEAD students in China.

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The Wharton Network At Its Best

By Clare Leinweber, Managing Director of Wharton Entrepreneurship

In early January 2005, Josh Kopelman W’93, Founder of half.com and First Round, was spending the day as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Wharton Entrepreneurship, meeting one-on-one with Penn student entrepreneurs for 30 minutes each.

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Josh Kopelman W’93 with his Wharton Entrepreneurship Alumni Achievement Award.

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