At long last, BWUA held its first General Body Meeting of the 2013-2014 academic school year called, "Internship Panel - What Did We Do Last Summer?" On September 24th, 2013, 80 students gathered in John M. Huntsman Hall for this meeting, led by the two sophomores of the BWUA Appointed Board, Lena Hairadin and Chad Payne.

Wharton Vice Dean Rosenkopf gave a warm welcome to those in attendance on behalf of the Wharton School. She encouraged all students to take advantage of Wharton opportunities, and spoke about how excited she was for this new year. Following her presentation, Scott Romeika, Director of Academic Advising at the Wharton School, gave an an in-depth presentation of Wharton and Penn's academic advising. He then encouraged the freshmen to be ambitious, hoped the sophomores and juniors enjoy Wharton's core classes, and encouraged seniors to come by G95, and, most importantly, to enjoy their final year at Penn.

The presenters then moved away from the Wharton School as we heard Naaila Gray speak on behalf of the U.S. Dream Academy. Last year, at the Black Wharton Gala event, we honored the U.S. Dream Academy, and now we hoped to continue that partnership throughout the year. Naaila introduced a new mentorship program with Penn for elementary school students in Philadelphia, and highly encouraged BWUA members to participate in this rewarding experience.

Lena and Chad then began to speak more about BWUA, introducing the executive and appointed board while speaking about events that we provide during the year. Those in attendance then enjoyed a meal catered by Baltimore Crab as they learned how to become involved with BWUA through the Marketing, Alumni Relations, and HEMM Committees.

Afterwards, a panel presentation began featuring the following individuals:

Amanda Langhorne
Marketing - BET, ABC, Verizon

Danielle Davis
Consulting - Bain and Company

Oyinda Adefioye
Finance - Morgan Stanley

Kelsey Slaughter
Tech - Google

Lucas O’Connor
Non-Profit/Social Impact - Interpol

They were asked about their internship as a whole, what role they, how they came about acquiring it, as well as their greatest and worst moments during the internship. Following the panel, BWUA members stuck around to ask our panelist and Board members questions. The event as a whole was a great success and showing! We hope to see you at our next GBM on October 22nd, 2013!