Types of Events



Social events, including happy hours, 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

• Wine tasting or brewery tour

• Prospective student, accepted/current student, and young alumni welcome receptions (POP- Pub outside of Penn)

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? Ideas include:

• Industry panels relevant to location

• Investment/retirement planning seminars

• Economic outlook

• Quarterly speaker held over breakfast or lunch

• Monthly leads council

• Networking event for entrepreneurs

• Events specifically for alumnae

• Mentoring programs

• Evening networking/speed networking reception with cocktails

Faculty and Alumni Speakers

Faculty_and_Alumni_Speakers.jpgEvents with faculty and alumni speakers are usually very popular and can drive membership. 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. 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. Contact your staff liaison for special requests and to discuss alternatives to having a faculty speaker.

Career Management Services

Career_Management_Services_.JPGMany clubs find that career management and development are a major area of interest for members. Whether actively searching for a job, thinking strategically about long-term career goals, or pursuing mentoring and support networks, many Wharton alumni recognize the value of educational and training opportunities as their professional careers evolve. 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 for this type of programming include:

  • Career guides, with regional or industry-oriented resources
  • Peer counseling or mentoring groups
  • Job boards—often a members-only password protected section on the club website
  • Half- or full-day career management seminars
  • Industry-specific networking events
  • Job seekers meetings

Penn and Peer School Partnership

Penn_and_Peer_School_Partnership.jpgWharton 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.