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Business Roundtable on Leadership
September 12, 2006, Volume 53, No. 3

Wharton's 125th Anniversary

Wharton has planned a campus-wide forum to be held on Friday, September 15in honor of the 125th anniversary of the first day of classes at Wharton. The concept of a roundtable was presented by the Dean’s Undergraduate Advisory Board as a new way of gaining knowledge—a crossroads between academia and the business world. The Roundtable will take place at the Annenberg Center’s, Zellerbach Theatre, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., followed by a 2-4 p.m., post-event reception in Huntsman Hall.

The event is open to all students, faculty, staff and alumni. Seating is first-come, first-serve. It will also be webcast for those who cannot attend. Webcast coverage of the proceedings from the Zellerbach Theatre will begin at 11 a.m. EST on Friday, September 15. The links to the webcast will be activated on the day of the event. If you miss the live webcast, or are unable to connect, the broadcast will be available for archived viewing on demand at http://125th.wharton.upenn.edu/ beginning September 16.

Dr. Patrick Harker, Wharton dean, and Reliance Professor Management and Private Enterprise,  will open the session with The Leadership Mandate: Business Schools in Global Society, followed by a roundtable discussion on Leadership Through Innovation moderated by Dr. Michael Useem, The William and Jacalyn Egan Professor, Professor of Management, Wharton, Director, Center for Leadership and Change Management.

Panelists include:

Connie Duckworth, WG ’79, President and Chairman of the Board, Arzu, Inc., Member, the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council, Member, the Wharton Board of Overseers, Retired Partner and Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, Inc. where she was named the first woman sales and trading partner in the firm’s history during her twenty year career.

Alex Gorsky, WG ’96, Head of Pharma North America and Chief Executive Officer, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, instrumental in developing NPC’s Medicare strategy and oversaw a realignment of the company’s sales force; a champion of diversity in the workplace, he created NPC’s CEO Diversity & Inclusion Award.

C. Robert Henrikson, C ’69, WAM ’90, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, MetLife, Inc., architect of an aggressive growth strategy that included double-digit organic growth, the divestiture of non-core businesses, and an M&A strategy which resulted in market leadership in all of MetLife’s core product lines.

Jeffrey Katz, WG ’71, Chief Executive Officer and Principal Owner, Sherwood Equities, Inc., Developer of One Times Square, Two Times Square, and 1600 Broadway on the Square, Developer of The Coronado, The Saratoga, 130 Barrow Street, which garnered numerous design and building awards, and 330 West End Avenue.

Peter Linneman, Albert Sussman Professor of Real Estate, Professor of Finance and Business and Public Policy, Wharton, Principal, Linneman Associates.

Seth H. Waugh, Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Bank  Americas, Chairman, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.,  Chairman and President, Deutsche Bank Trust Corporation.

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