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Lauder Institute: 25 Years of Global Business Education
March 24, 2009, Volume 55, No. 26

In commemoration of its 25th anniversary, the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania announced the creation of a Senior Roundtable Advisory Board. This new Board will be comprised exclusively of Lauder alumni who have transformed their unique business education into successful international business careers. The Lauder Institute couples a Wharton MBA with a master’s degree in international studies from the School of Arts & Sciences, focusing heavily on foreign language and foreign business cultural training, all within a two-year timeframe. Approximately 64 students are selected each year to participate in this exclusive and rigorous international business education program.

“It gives me great pride to see how far the Lauder Institute has come since we created it two and a half decades ago,” said Leonard Lauder, chairman of Estee Lauder Companies, who founded the Institute with his brother, Ronald Lauder, chairman of Clinique Laboratories, in honor of their father, Joseph H. Lauder. “The global business climate has changed drastically since then and we see now more than ever just how international business training and foreign language experience has enhanced our graduates’ success both in the US and abroad. I’m pleased this group of highly accomplished alumni have joined us in shaping the Lauder Institute’s future.”

“Since 1983, students of the Lauder Institute have mastered a rigorous and globally oriented business curriculum complemented by intense language study and in-country immersion experiences,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann. “Not surprisingly, graduates of the Lauder Institute become exceptional global business leaders and embody our Penn Compact principles of integrating knowledge and engaging globally. They are a priceless Penn resource and I am delighted that they have agreed to share their perspectives and offer wise counsel.”

“Our 25 graduating classes understand better than anyone exactly what is needed to compete in today’s complex global economy,” said Dr. Mauro Guillen, director of the Lauder Institute. “The Senior Roundtable members have the regional expertise and first-hand experience to help keep Lauder ahead of the curve.”

The Board’s co-chairs are Janifer M. Burns, Lauder Class of 1986 and David Trachtenberg, Lauder Class of 1988. Ms. Burns is former managing director of Debt Capital Markets at BBVA Securities, Inc. and founder and principal of HWB Inc. Mr. Trachtenberg is president of The Hartland Group. Both are also members of Lauder’s Board of Governors.

Founding Senior Roundtable Members include:

Ms. Rosalind Copisarow, G’88, WG’88, CEO, International Development Enterprises

Mr. Tony Davis, G’97, WG’97, CEO, Anchorage Capital

Mr. Bruno Ducharme, G’85, WG’86, Founder, TIW Telecom

Mr. René Kern, G’90, WG’90, Managing Director, General Atlantic

Mr. Allan Kwan, G’87, WG’87, Venture Partner, Oak Investment Partners

Ms. Eileen Naughton, C’79, WG’87, Director, Sales, Google, Inc.

Mr. Norm Savoie, C’86, G’91, WG’91, Financial Advisor, Smith Barney

Almanac - March 24, 2009, Volume 55, No. 26