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Black Wharton Presents: The 28th Annual Howard E. Mitchell Memorial (HEMM) Conference

The 28th Annual Howard E. Mitchell Memorial Conference was held from December 5th-6th, 2013, and it was truly a great and well attended event! Before we review the HEMM Week, we would like to thank our corporate sponsors for their support in organizing the HEMM Conference. BWUA would also like to issue a special thank you to our HEMM Committee, and the main HEMM Organizers, VP of Corporate Development, Jordan Jett, and HEMM Co-Chair, Erica Charles.

On Thursday Evening, the Alumni Reception was held in Harker Hall on the 8th floor of John M. Huntsman Hall. This was a greatly attended event by our Alumni and incoming members in the class of 2017. After presentation by the Penn Jazz Club, our 2010 Black Wharton President, Triston Francis, gave a speech addressing his HEMM Experiences, advising all those in attendance to meet as many people as possible, and hoping everyone enjoys the conference.

The following morning, students had the opportunity to interact with our recruiters from our BWUA Corporate Sponsors at the HEMM Conference Career Fair. Dressed in business formal, our students truly impressed the recruiters in attendance, networking with multiple firms, and gaining invaluable internship and networking experience.

Afterwards, BWUA hosted it Panel featuring Lieutenant Colonel Rogers - US Marine Corps, John Barfield - Bain & Company, Malcolm Evans - AdviceShare, Triston Francis - Morgan Stanley, and Stanley Greene - PowerThinking Group, all of which moderated by 2013 Penn Graduate and BWUA Haywood Perry. Though the Panel was extremely insightful and inspiring, some key take aways from our panelists were to prepare for the unexpected, to be resilient, continue working hard, and to take advantage of any opportunity that is presented.

The final event of the HEMM Conference was the BWUA Luncheon hosted in Harker Hall. Students enjoyed a nice 3 course meal while sitting along side corporate recruiters at their own tables. Our two $1,000 scholarships were presented by Vice Dean Lori Rosenkopf to Kendall Findlay and Chase Williams. Congratulations to our two recipients, you are truly deserving of this scholarship. Following, we were grateful to hear the inspiring words of our keynote speaker, Anthony P. Carter of Johnson & Johnson. Instead of speaking about his career, his downfalls and struggles, he did a reversal. In focusing on us, he told us not to judge an individual as our image is not a true representation of our story. He inspired each of us to be the Nelson Mandela of our own generation, and to embrace the opportunity that we have been given to attend such a great institution. Our members continued eating their meals while enjoying our BWUA giveaways of computer bags, and t-shirts.

On behalf of BWUA, we would like to thank everyone who came out and made the 28th Annual HEMM Conference such a great event! We look forward to seeing each of you next year!

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BWUA Presents: The 8th Annual Road to Success Freshman Luncheon

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BWUA Presents: The 8th Annual Road to Success Freshman Luncheon

On the 8th floor of John M. Huntsman Hall on a sunny Saturday afternoon in September, 45 students gathered for the first Black Wharton Undergraduate Association event of the 2013-2014 academic year, the Freshman Luncheon. This event, organized by Black Wharton Freshmen Liaison, Lena Hairadin, allowed the upperclassmen BWUA members to interact with the newest members of the Penn community in the class of 2017. 

This event also featured two key speakers. The first being Ms. Georgette Phillips, former Vice Dean of the Wharton School, who reminded students to be thankful of where they are and to consistently give back to the community. She also told students to take advantage presented to all students not only at Wharton but Penn itself, and to shape these 4 years to be as great as they can imagine. The second speaker was Mr. J. Hyatt Mondesire, NAACP Philadelphia branch and state president, NAACP national board member, and owner of the Philadelphia Sun. Hyatt continued on the theme of giving back to the community, informing us that we are the brightest minds in the African community, a community which is often faced with much adversity. He commented on the racial structure of Philadelphia as well as the United States, referencing multiple events including Martin Luther King's speech and even this history of the University of Pennsylvania. He concluded his presentation in saying, "You have an outstanding chance to make a difference in this country. Don't waste it."

The Luncheon event then concluded with the kind of words of Lena Hairadin. She advised these our newest class to use these 4 years as a time for self-discovery and failure as even the most successful people have failed. They were also encouraged to come to Penn with an open mind and to leave as an even stronger person. After wishing everyone a successful year, those in attendance stayed around to socialize and enjoyed remaining food.

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UMOJA PRESENTS UNITY HOUR: Each One, Teach One: The Black Pre Professional Mixer

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UMOJA PRESENTS UNITY HOUR: Each One, Teach One: The Black Pre Professional Mixer

On September 8th, 2013, in the Multipurpose Room of W.E.B. Du Bois College House, six minority-focused preprofessional groups at the University of Pennsylvania united to promote their respective organizations and illustrate what opportunities these programs have for undergraduates. In addition to the Black Wharton Undergraduate Association, "UNITY HOUR: Each One, Teach One: The Black Pre Professional Mixer," presented by UMOJA, featured the following groups: Onyx Senior Honor Society, National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Pre-Law Students of Color, Minority Association of Pre-Health Students, and Minorities in Nursing Organizations. Our club president, Paul Ampofo, spoke to a group of 60 students about the history of our organization, our corporate sponsors, events we host, and highlighted our upcoming events such as the

Freshmen Luncheon

 on September 14th, and our first GBM on the September 24th.

Following each club's presentations, those in attendance enjoyed food courtesy of Chipotle while socializing. Afterwards, Makini Hughes, BWUA Director of Professional Development, divided everyone into groups to play Jeopardy. The categories for Jeopardy focused on the theme of minority professional development and included categories such as resources at Penn, famous Black alumni, and Black corporate America. Those in attendance left the event feeling eager to become involved with Penn's preprofessional programs for undergraduate minorities.

We hope to see everyone at our next BWUA Event, the Freshmen Luncheon, on Saturday, September 14th, 2013 from 12-2pm on the 8th Floor of Huntsman Hall.

If you inquire about other preprofessional groups at Penn, please follow the links below:

ONYX - Onyx Senior Honor Society

www.dolphin.upenn.edu/onyxhs/about.html

SPOC - Society for Pre- Law Students of Color

www.spocatpenn.weebly.com/

NSBE - National Society for Black Engineers

www.dolphin.upenn.edu/nsbe/

MAPS -Minority Association of Pre-Health Students

www.dolphin.upenn.edu/maps/

MNO - Minorities in Nursing Organization

http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/mno/Pages/default.aspx

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Lincoln Financial Group Case Competition

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Lincoln Financial Group Case Competition

On March 27th, 2013, Wharton Women, Wharton Latino, and the Black Wharton Undergraduate Association hosted a case competition with the Lincoln Financial Group. After a brief presentation from Lincoln Financial's campus recruiting team, a managing director in their life insurance business department spoke to students about his career at Lincoln Financial Group and why he felt the industry was a great place for young students to begin their careers. The students were then broken up into 7 groups of 4 for the case problem in which the students worked together to come up to with recruiting strategies to attract more undergraduate students, a strategy for retaining young employees, and a model in which they should be compensated. Lincoln Financial Group employees walked around to assist the students as they came up with their solutions. After being given an hour to prepare, each team then had 7 minutes to present their solutions. Following the presentations the Lincoln Financial Group representatives led a question and answer session to address any remaning concerns. Finally, the judges deliberated and offered prizes to the top 3 groups, the top group containing BWUA members Makini Hughes & Paul Ampofo! In the end, it was a great collaboration event between Wharton Women, Wharton Latino, and Black Wharton. We would like to give a special thank you to the Lincoln Financial Group for sponsoring the event, and to all our members that came out. 

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Coach Avery Johnson: The Business of Basketball

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Coach Avery Johnson: The Business of Basketball

Excitement was in the air as a classroom in John M. Huntsman Hall reached capacity as more than 150 students gathered to hear the words of NBA Coach and former ESPN Analyst, Avery Johnson. The discussion began with Penn Sophomore, Christianne Johnson introducing her father to the audience. Avery Johnson then took the stage and gave the students background information on his own career and his progression from a 14th man on a 14 person team, a collegiate record holder, an award-winning NBA star, and ultimately an NBA Coach. Unfortunately, as many of us know, Avery Johnson's involvement with the NBA this season was not as he anticipated; however, he is optimistic that his participation with the NBA and basketball is far from over. Furthermore, Johnson continues to give back to the community with his organization, Just Say Yes, which gives inspirational presentations to high school and middle school students throughout the United States.

Austin Josiah then led the interview with Avery Johnson for the remainder of the session. Through the interviews, we learned more about Johnson's transition as a coach, his opinion on contract negotiations, the strenuous schedule of an NBA coach, and his views on basketball operations. The part of the discussion that students have taken away from the most was Johnson's three pieces of advice that concluded the session. Firstly, be competent about the field in which you are interested. He encourages students to study their field and develop a depth knowledge about their interests. Secondly, know the different levels of communication. Johnson believes that there are multiple forms of communication that each person must understand, such as their angry voice, disciplined voice, motivated voice, angry voice, and loving voice. Lastly, as a leader, it is more important to demonstrate a care for the people you are working with, then the end result of your work. He believes that if you show affection and respect for those that are collaborating with you, the ultimate result of your project will be greater. The session then concluded, and students took the time to ask individual questions and take pictures.

The Black Wharton Undergraduate Association would like to thank the Undergraduate Sports Business Club for hosting the event.


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BWUA Goes to Goldman Sachs

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BWUA Goes to Goldman Sachs


At 5:45 in the morning a group of energetic students gathered in the lobby of Dubois College House. In dapper business formal and resumes in tow, the group made its way towards 30th street station. Headed by Director of Corporate Relations Marcus Hawkins Dungy, the students were on their way to Goldman Sachs as per BWUA’s annual externship visit. On the train, it became apparent that the members were travelling to Goldman for a variety of reasons. “As a junior, this is an invaluable opportunity,” stated Vice President of Internal Relations Paul Ampofo. Eastern Languages and Cultures major Christianne Johnson, however, was en route to Goldman for a different reason. “I am not necessarily into finance but I think that it’s a great opportunity that we have.” Upon arriving at Goldman BWUA members were greeted by Dede, one of Goldman's campus recruiters. “Pay attention today,” Dede told students, “because there is a lot of information that would be incredibly beneficial for you.” From there, Goldman Sachs put on a panel of early career analysts from a variety of different divisions. Among the divisions represented were investment banking, investment management, and sales and trading. Students were encouraged to ask questions, and the members were quite active in their participation. Given the range of ages in the room, the questions ranged from being general to rather technical. From there, the members took to their feet as they were given a tour of the building. Among the tour’s highlights were Goldman’s LEED certified features, such as their automatically adjustable blinds and in-floor AC units. The climax of the tour was the visit to the trading floor, where students were able to interact briefly with real traders. From there, the day went on with a few more speakers. Following the speakers was a networking lunch in which BWUA members were encouraged to ask the crucial questions that they would be expected to grasp in interviews. In all, BWUA ‘s Goldman Sachs Externship was a smashing success. The member who went learned invaluable information about Goldman Sachs as a firm as well gained a deeper understanding of the financial services industry as a whole. BWUA hopes that this served as an excellent way to jumpstart careers. 

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Freshman Luncheon is a Hit

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Freshman Luncheon is a Hit


BWUA kicked off the year with its annual Freshman Luncheon with a smashing success. Freshman Liaison Alex Wiggins arrived well before any of the guests to put the finishing touches on the room and greet the incoming freshman. As the freshman trickled in, the board divided itself among the many tables and invited the newcomers to sit down and get acquainted. Everyone mingled happily for the next twenty minutes until the first guest Vice Dean Georgette Phillips took the stage. In a concise and poignant speech, Mrs. Phillips encouraged students to be proud of themselves for making it to The University of Pennsylvania and reminded them that there was a far larger number of individuals who are unable to say that, especially those of color. The Vice Dean added to her comments that it was important that the students incorporate a priority for helping others into their schedules.  “We talk so much about mentoring and finding a mentor,” said Mrs. Phillips “but at every point in your life you should also have someone below you who you are mentoring and who you are helping.” The membership gave a hearty applause following the speech and then waited eagerly to be released for the food. Freshman Liaison Wiggins had wisely hired Baby Blues Barbeque to do the catering and the freshman praised her accordingly. With everyone’s plates replete with corn bread, chicken, sweet potatoes the upperclassmen and freshmen bonded over a delicious meal as they awaited keynote speaker Ron Phillips.  Mr. Phillips, the Senior Vice President of Comcast captivated the crowd with not only his strong public speaking skills but also the details of his personal story.  As the son of lower-middle income parents, Mr. Phillips had to fully support himself through college by holding down between two and three jobs. Mr. Phillips encouraged the students to thoroughly enjoy their undergraduate years as well as to discover and nurture personal talents that could parlay into profitable career opportunities. Mr. Phillips shared a story from his own undergraduate years in which he discovered his own talents. Though he had always wanted to be a finance major, he realized soon that the numbers were not his strong suit. As such, he changed paths and found success in focusing his efforts on law. In addition to his academic experiences, he shared the personal experiences that made his college experience worthwhile namely meeting his wife and joining Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc. Following his speech, he opened the floor to questions. Students inquired about his personal life and his experience as an African American in the corporate world. In addition to inquiries were requests for general advice. Following Phillips speech, Alex Wiggins closed the event to hearty applause upon which she called the board forward for a picture.

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