The first-ever Wharton Global Forum in New York was a huge success! More than 700 attendees enjoyed an intellectually stimulating and horizon-expanding event in New York City. One of the hallmarks of any Wharton Global Forum is the auspicious nature of the conversations. In New York, though the keynotes and fireside chats were long-planned, speakers seized the moment and took on the timeliest issues and headlines in business, geopolitics, and economics. Some of the key takeaways included:
- panelists holding a wide-ranging discussion on diversity that explored the advances and areas in need of improvement throughout corporate culture
- a lively discussion that explored the ups and downs of how technology is disrupting the fundamentals of information access and decision making
- and, a masterclass on blockchain and cryptocurrency.
More than 400 attendees enjoyed an intellectually stimulating and horizon-expanding event in Sydney. At this Forum, the Honourable Paul Keating’s keynote address attracted headlines for his surprising affirmation of President Donald Trump’s policy on U.S. and China diplomatic relations. Legendary global shopping center developer Sir Frank Lowy, who retired following the acquisition of his Australian-based Westfield Corporation by France’s Unibail in a $32.8 billion deal, said he believes the future for retailing remains bright. And Senator for New South Wales Kristina Keneally said it would be “disastrous” if Australia had to make a choice between China and America.
For nearly two decades, the Wharton Global Forum has brought leaders of industry and finance together with eminent faculty and alumni of the Wharton School in locations around the world. Alumni gather to network, collaborate, and share insights in a dynamic global business environment. This year, the School celebrates a milestone — its 50th Wharton Global Forum, held in Hong Kong, a vibrant financial hub with one of Wharton’s most robust alumni networks in the world.
Leading disruptive innovation is a key theme of the milestone Forum, at which more than 600 guests are expected. New York Times columnist and bestselling author Thomas Friedman kicks off the event with his keynote speech, addressing geopolitical uncertainties
and disruptive innovation in a flat world. Eight keynote speakers, including Friedman, will share insights on all aspects of the Forum’s theme. Panel sessions include presentations and discussions on topics that range from regionally focused issues to industry-specific outlooks to the global investment landscape.
Forum participants have the unique opportunity to explore with prominent regional business leaders the implications of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, an ambitious economic development program intended to bolster trade with approximately 60 countries in Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. Leaders from the public and private sectors examine the roles of development banks, governments, and private sector financial institutions and firms in financing Belt and Road infrastructure. Some issues to be addressed are lessons learned from the implementation of public-private partnerships in other countries and the role of Hong Kong in the project.
Innovation and Technology Driven Job Creation
Sun, sand and an A-list lineup of speakers await at the 49th Wharton Global Forum from March 9 – 11. The program kicks off with a welcome reception featuring a keynote conversation with Alberto Ibarguen, L’74, and Noah Horowitz, on the role of art and civic engagement in global business communities. Keynotes and panels throughout the weekend will cover everything from disruptive innovation and big data to entrepreneurship, public policy, real estate, telecom and more, with insights and master classes from favorite faculty (Eric Bradlow, Peter Conti-Brown, Pete Fader, Mauro Guillen, Laura Huang, Dave Reibstein and Tom Robertson) and keynote speakers including Alexander Emmanuel “Alex” Rodriguez, Joshua Harris, W’86, Gabriela Ramos, K. Robert Turner, W’84 and Richard Fain, WG’72.
Economic Growth for the Long Run: Creating the Economic Conditions for Sustainable Development
In a world of increasing complexity and interconnectedness, economically sustainable development is both a responsible business practice and in the best interest of industries across the global spectrum. By providing stability and positive growth, we can cultivate new business models that encourage social, financial, and environmental health and well-being of communities, countries, and continents.
Join experts in government, business, and academia, along with Wharton alumni and members of the international business community, to collaboratively consider approaches to sustainable economic development and leave with a new framework for how to put these theories into practice.
Through inspiring talks, interactive group sessions, and in-depth discussions with one another, participants will gain and share valuable knowledge, make new connections, and experience the powerful force that is the Wharton Global Forum Amsterdam.
Mobilizing ASEAN: Building the Future through Partnership
The promise of a prosperous ASEAN community will be realized through the innovative partnership of business and government; entrepreneurs and venture capital; and the maximization of ASEAN’s powerful pool of talent.
Join the Wharton community in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for this extraordinary opportunity to make new connections and learn from innovators and thought leaders who are mobilizing ASEAN through their dynamic partnerships.
Through panels, keynotes, and intimate discussions, attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the context in which ASEAN is developing, and insight into some of the world’s most innovative and impactful businesses. Personal strategies and organizational tactics will be the focus of sessions, where Wharton faculty, alumni, and the business community will learn from each other and build relationships that will launch the future businesses of ASEAN.
In March 2015, Wharton faculty, alumni and business leaders from around the world gathered in Bangkok to debate ideas and explore new pathways for exploiting the possibilities and mitigating the pitfalls of today’s borderless world, and Asia’s central role in this rapidly changing business environment. The opportunities in Asia—from infrastructure to manufacturing to cutting-edge technological innovation to middle class consumption—have the potential to create better lives for hundreds of millions of people as well as to drive economic growth worldwide. The aim of the Bangkok Forum is to enhance your and Wharton’s ability to help realize the opportunities that lie ahead.
In June 2014, Wharton faculty, alumni and business leaders from around the world gathered in Beijing to discuss the challenges and solutions surrounding the theme “Growth Through Innovation.”Drawing upon the expertise of internationally recognized scholars and business leaders, the Wharton Global Forum Beijing featured master classes, panel and roundtable discussions, and keynote speeches exploring the ways in which innovations across industries and contexts can impact economic growth.The Forum examined, in part, how innovative practices within organizations promote corporate growth and may play a role in the development of a sustainable global economy.
Inspired by the Panama Canal’s 100th anniversary, and given the interrelated nature of current business models, the Wharton Global Forum Panama featured a rich program of keynotes, panels and master classes exploring the theme “Connectivity.” Attendees discussed topics relating to Panama, Latin America and the broader business community, while examining strategies for better business practices and personal professional development.
Wharton faculty, alumni and business leaders from around the world gathered in Paris to examine the theme “Talent.” In partnership with Wharton Alumni Relations and Lifelong Learning, the Forum’s Organizing Committee shaped content that focused on the ways in which organizations across industries cultivate, motivate and maximize talent. Taking into consideration the context in which we live and work, the Forum’s sessions examined such topics as negotiation strategies, creating a culture of innovation, managing up the chain of command, and leveraging creativity in the workplace.
The Wharton School experienced significant growth since the Forum last visited Tokyo in 2002. Under the theme of “Vitalization,” Forum Chairman Keisuke Muratsu, WG’75, established a program of interest to Wharton students, alumni, and business leaders worldwide. Wharton was also honored to have had Yotaro Kobayashi, WG’58, serve as Honorary Chairman.
Wharton enhanced its global presence by hosting its 2012 Forum in Jakarta. With the world’s preeminent business leaders having served as panelists and keynote speakers, the Jakarta Forum continued Wharton’s long-established tradition of global outreach and broad dissemination of information. The Jakarta Forum featured pioneering and rewarding discourse, as well as unmatched opportunities to network with alumni and business leaders from around the world.
The first Wharton Global Alumni Forum 2012 was held in Milan, one of the world’s most beautiful and historic cities. As an important center of European business and finance, Milan is home to a large and growing population of Wharton alumni, and with its unparalleled culture and history, is a unique and inviting travel destination for business leaders from around the world. The Forum in Milan was the 41st in the series, which started in 1993. The Forum’s theme was “Switching Gears.”
In 2011, the Wharton School brought its global events to the United States, through the Wharton Global Forum San Francisco. Although this marked the first time the School has held a Forum in the U.S., the event was truly global in its scope, scale and audience, exploring the theme “Creative Solutions for Global Challenges.” The San Francisco Forum was held in conjunction with the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of Wharton | San Francisco, the School’s West Coast campus.
The theme of the 2010 Forums, “A Whole New World: Where Do We Go From Here?,” focused on the nature of the ever-evolving financial climate, examining fresh opportunities for growth and the emergence of exciting economies and business ideas from around the world. Participants shared personal insights and financial perspectives—lending a unique exchange of thought leadership to all who attended.
“AT THE CROSSROADS OF GLOBAL ECONOMIC CHANGE”
The Dubai Global Forum was one of three Forums held in 2009 to celebrate and strengthen the global business community. All Wharton alumni and business constituents worldwide were welcome and encouraged to attend any or all of the three Forums, which were hosted in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Bogotá, Colombia, and Beijing, China.
“LATIN AMERICA: CROSSROADS FOR CHANGE”
The Bogotá Global Forum was one of three Forums held in 2009 to celebrate and strengthen the global business community. All Wharton alumni and business constituents worldwide were welcome and encouraged to attend any or all of the three Forums in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Bogotá, Colombia, and Beijing, China.
“GLOBAL CROSSROADS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY”
The Beijing Global Forum was one of three Forums held in 2009 to celebrate and strengthen the global business community. All Wharton alumni and business constituents worldwide were welcome and encouraged to attend any or all of the three Forums in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Bogotá, Colombia, and Beijing, China.
“AFRICA EMERGENT: TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP”
The Cape Town Global Forum, was one of three Forums held in 2008 to celebrate and strengthen the global business community. All Wharton alumni and business constituents worldwide were welcome and encouraged to attend any or all of the three Forums in Cape Town, South Africa, Lima, Peru, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
“VIETNAM: STAR ON THE RISE”
The Ho Chi Minh City Global Forum was one of three Forums held in 2008 to celebrate and strengthen the global business community. All Wharton alumni and business constituents worldwide were welcome and encouraged to attend any or all of the three Forums in Cape Town, South Africa, Lima, Peru, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
“NEW DIRECTIONS FOR LATIN AMERICA”
The Lima Global Forum was one of three Forums held in 2008 to celebrate and strengthen the global business community. All Wharton alumni and business constituents worldwide were welcome and encouraged to attend any or all of the three Forums in Cape Town, South Africa; Lima, Peru; and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.