Types of Events


Social events can be a good way for alumni to get to know one another in a relaxed setting. These events may be easier to plan and execute than other types of activities, and may appeal to young alumni or those new to a region. Ideas include:

• Cultural events - guided museum tour, theater tickets in conjunction with a talk by the producer, director, actors, etc. 

• Sporting Events - baseball games, golf outing, tailgates

• Family Events - summer BBQ, picnics

• Annual holiday party

• Community service events

• Wine tasting or brewery tour

• Accepted and current student welcome receptions

• Young alumni welcome receptions (POP - Pub Outside of Penn)


Sample Social Events

Wharton Club of Northern California - Annual Bocce Ball Tournament

Penn & Wharton Club of Arizona - Annual Phoenix Art Museum Tour

Wharton Club of Japan - Family BBQ Outing

Wharton Club of the UK - Annual July 4th Party

Wharton Club of New York - Baseball Game

Wharton Club of Atlanta - The Business of Microbrewing

Educational and Networking

Alumni often join Wharton clubs for networking and educational programming. It is important to provide your members with content that they would not be able to find elsewhere. What industries are common in your area? Is there a certain newsworthy topic? Your staff liaison can work with your club and the offices of Undergraduate Career Services and MBA Career Management to tailor specific career programming to your region or affinity. Ideas include:

• Industry panels relevant to the location

• Investment/retirement planning seminars

• Monthly or quarterly career speaker series 

• Monthly leads council

• Industry-specific networking events

• Events specifically for alumnae

• Peer coaching or mentoring programs

• Evening networking/speed networking reception with cocktails


Sample Educational and Networking Events

Wharton Club of Chicago - Career Optimization Series

Wharton Club of Hong Kong - Wharton Alumni Live!

Wharton Club of New Jersey - Leads Council

Wharton Club of Brazil - Panel on Blockchain

Wharton Club of Dallas/Ft. Worth - Boardroom Lunch

Faculty and Alumni Speakers

Events with faculty and alumni speakers are usually very popular and can drive membership. In addition to faculty, alumni often want to hear from other alumni. Utilize your regional contacts and network. Locally, who do you know that would make a good speaker? Another alternative is to build an event around viewing a live or prerecorded presentation from the Wharton Webinar Series. If you are interested in scheduling a Wharton professor to speak, please fill out the Faculty Request Form before reaching out on your own. Given the extensive commitments of Wharton faculty, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to meet all speaker requests, but we will work with you to best accommodate the request. Contact your staff liaison for special requests and to discuss alternatives to having a faculty speaker.


Sample Speaker Events

Wharton Club of Paris - Luxury Wine and Spirits Event

Wharton Club of Philadelphia - Stuart Diamond Event

Wharton Club of Boston - Experience the Brain Science Behind Investing

Wharton Club of the Middle East - Barbara Kahn and Mina Fader

Wharton Club of Portland - Multi Business School Event with HBS


Penn and Peer School Partnership


Wharton clubs are encouraged to make contact with their respective Penn club should one exist in the region or affinity. Clubs may also want to foster relationships and exchange information with the leaders of peer business school clubs, All-Ivy groups, Ivy Plus groups, or local professional development organizations. The power of the combined club membership provides substantial leverage in attracting sponsorship and procuring speakers. Your staff liaison can help connect you with the other alumni groups in your region or affinity.


Sample Peer School Partnership Events

Penn & Wharton Club of the Netherlands - Sustainable Talent Workshop with Kellog Business School

Wharton Club of Chicago - Harvard and Wharton Young Alumni Happy Hour

Wharton Club of Australia & New Zealand - Wharton/INSEAD Joint Happy Hour

Wharton Club of Minnesota - Joint Business School Speed Networking Event

Wharton Club of Seattle - Seattle Business School Alliance Conference