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125 Influential People and Ideas  January 20, 2023 – 08:05 am
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IT ALL STARTED RIGHT HERE. We invite you to celebrate 125 years of management education through the stories of 125 influential alumni and faculty in this special Wharton Alumni Magazine.

Wharton was the first collegiate business school when it was founded in 1881. That innovation was the spark that ignited a succession of innovations — the first business textbooks, the first research center, the first MBA in health care. Today more than a thousand colleges and universities around the world offer business majors. One-quarter of all undergraduate degrees in the U.S. are awarded in business. And Wharton continues to introduce new programs and new learning approaches, and to disseminate new knowledge.

In the past 125 years, business has become the engine that drives economic growth, improves quality of life, fosters global exchange, and creates opportunity. And Wharton fuels that engine.

Thus the true story of Wharton isn’t just what happens on campus — it’s the story of how our alumni and faculty influence the world through their actions and ideas. It’s the story of how they have created value and advanced knowledge, withstanding the ups and downs of markets, careers, and lives.

Since its founding, the School has graduated nearly 100, 000 business leaders.

If we told each success story, we would fill 850 of these magazines. Our 200-plus current Wharton faculty alone would require more than one issue.

We are proud of the impact of the Wharton alumni and faculty — individuals who have elevated disciplines, developed economic models, influenced capital markets, spread prosperity, and built companies. Together, these stories create a picture of the diversity, sweep, impact, and influence of Wharton over the past 125 years. Go to Index ›

To select the profiles included in this magazine, Wharton Alumni Magazine solicited nominations from students, alumni, faculty, and administrators through the magazine, e-mail, and the Wharton 125 portal. From this list, an editorial committee researched, reviewed, and selected individual stories to show a sampling of Wharton’s influence over the past 125 years.

Because these profiles are showcasing documented influence, the stories and anecdotes were compiled largely from the public record — the business press, biographies, daily newspapers, and Wharton publications and archives. Every effort was made to ensure that these stories were accurate as of press time, but business does not stand still, nor is it subject to a single interpretation.

Kelly J. Andrews

Michael Baltes, Director of Communications
Karuna Krishna, Director of Publications
Steven Oliveira, Associate Dean, External Affairs

Nancy Moffitt
Donald Scott, Sr.
Scott Shrake
Robert Strauss

Joanne Spigonardo

Brandon Dunn
Christopher Gannon
James Yu

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Lauren Anderson, Associate Director, Donor Relations
Nicole Berlucchi, Director, Special Events, External Affairs
Sherrie Madia, Director of Donor Relations
Emily Robin, Senior Associate Director, External Affairs
Susan Scerbo, Associate Director of Publications
Jeffrey Sheehan, Associate Dean, International Relations


Is a college education advantageous to a business man?: Address delivered before the Wharton school association, University of Pennsylvania, February 20, 1890
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