On Saturday afternoon, September 13, we hosted our first event of the year — the 9th Annual Freshmen Luncheon which featured the Chief Marketing Officer of PepsiCo, Inc. Frank Cooper III on the 8th floor of Huntsman Hall. Freshman Liaison Anthony Perry introduced Mr. Cooper to an audience of over 50 students.
The successful event was filled with wise words from Mr. Cooper on finding your passions while staying strategically competitive. Inquisitive minds from freshmen to seniors asked questions about several topics from the obstacles Mr. Cooper faced as a Black man in corporate America to what industries he envisioned potential growth in. After his speech, attendants met and talked with Mr. Cooper and his wife Nina.
Anthony directed some words of advice to the freshman class. He encouraged them to take advantage of their upperclassmen network and reminded them not to fear failure — but rather to take it easy on themselves as they navigate their first year of college.
Lunch was provided by Brulée Catering.
As the weather cools down and the semester gets into full swing, BWUA took a moment to reflect on summer 2014 in our September GBM. This month, we put together a panel of six upperclassmen who interned across different industries, to find out how they got those internships.
Our panelists included:
Wharton senior Jordan Jett (Consulting: Bain & Company)
Wharton senior Kamar Saint-Louis (Sales & Trading: Citigroup)
Wharton senior Gelila Haile (Consulting: Accenture)
College senior Christiane Johnson (Asset Management: BlackRock)
Wharton junior Faith Dawson (Retail: Under Armour)
College junior Soraya Hebron (Non-profit: Fresh Air Fund)
The panelists each shed some insight on what they spent the summer doing and walked club members through a typical day in their respective offices.
They discussed the importance of preparing ahead, networking and taking advantage of the resources available. Some panelists suggested looking into diversity recruitment organizations such as SEO, INROADS, and MLT for more access to internship opportunities. Students were advised to have several eyes look at their resumes and practice interviewing skills with friends, alumni or career services. When asked about how to prepare for technical questions in an interview, panelists stressed early preparation. Using company websites as references, studying Vault guides, and having as much relevant background knowledge as possible were just a few things panelists listed.
The panelists eased the well-known underclassman fear of 'not having enough experience' by reminding them that it's more about how they are adding value to the clubs and organizations they are involved in.
All members were encouraged to read the BWUA newsletter and visit the website often for news on internship opportunities as well.
We had a great turn out at our first GBM of the semester and were very excited to welcome the Class of 2018 to both Penn and the Black Wharton Undergraduate Association.
Our last GBM of the semester was called "What Would You Do: A Guide to Navigating Your Summer Job." It focused on how to make the best of a summer internship and handle difficult situations that might arise.
Members were broken up into teams and asked to act out different scenarios that could possibly occur while on the job. Some scenarios included managing your workload, going out to dinner with the boss, dealing with chatty co-workers and arriving late.
Some advice offered included: not ordering the most expensive meal when out to dinner with the boss; being careful but honest when arriving late; properly asking for time extensions with an excessive workload or proactively asking for more work if necessary; and finding the balance between friendliness and discipline with talkative co-workers.
Tuesday was also the senior send-off. Throwback pictures of former board members and current seniors were shown. The seniors were also given in a small gift in honor of their contributions to the Black Wharton Undergraduate Association.
Federal Doughnuts was served.
There are numerous untapped resources and opportunities at Penn. Black Wharton Undergraduate Association wants to make sure that you know what these are so that you can utilize them to make the most out of your undergraduate years at Penn.
Our March GBM focused on social, academic, and professional resources available to you on campus, many of which require little to no money. Amidst free candy, Shake Shack, t-shirts and Starbucks gift cards, the GBM was interactive and discussion-based with feedback and insight from several club members.
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First, we took a look at business fraternities on campus that are provide a little bit of everything. While there are three on campus — Delta Sigma Pi, and Alpha Kappa Psi, and Phi Gamma Nu— we focused on DSP and AKPsi. Kenge Blue and member of AKPsi talked about the benefits of being in a business fraternity and her experience within it. Anyone can join a business fraternity, so even if you're an English major that's interested in learning more about business, you are more than welcome to give it a try.
Next, we looked at Wharton Leadership Ventures. These ventures are an opportunity for students to challenge themselves mentally and physically by participating in team-building and critical thinking activities. Whether you'd prefer a class-room based workshop or a rigorous mountain climbing trek, there are various experiences that will allow you to open your mind and expand your horizons. Ann Okhupe spoke about her participation in a venture and how much fun she had in it.
Research is a great way to learn more about a topic you may be interested in and the skills you gain are transferrable to any field of work. We talked about how to get involved in research, who to talk to, and even where you can find grants to support your endeavors. You could even get published because, who doesn't want to see their name in print?
Courses are difficult, most will be. But there are some hidden gems that you can register for when you just need that GPA boost. Often, these classes tend to be engaging and exciting and can be a great change-up from your usual course load. We offered a list of interesting courses and courses with great ratings on PennCourseReview. Global Modular Courses are fun short Wharton term classes taught abroad and Academically Based Community Service Courses allow you learn and serve the West Philadelphia community while you do.
Next, we looked at the Wharton International Program which gives students the opportunity to earn 0.5 CU
travel abroad for a short term to fulfill their business breadth requirement. Students get to tour cities, meet exciting Wharton alums and hear lectures at other universities. Mahu Attenoukon and Alex Wiggins both spoke about their experiences with WIP.
Penn Abroad offers all students the opportunity to travel and study abroad in the summer, semesterly or even for a full academic year. With a wide range of countries and programs, there's sure to be one for you. Financial aid is available to students who are eligible and if your program of choice isn't offered at Penn, you're more than welcome to petition for it.
The Senior Capstone Event allows Wharton seniors to gain 0.5 CU in an event that brings together everything they've learned in their years at Wharton.
Penn offers a variety of free workshops ranging from Intro to Excel and Intro to Photoshop to Bloomberg 101. These workshops are often held in the Weigle Information Commons or Lippincott Library —both of which are found in Van Pelt Library. Check out their websites for a calendar with lists of workshops.
Case competitions and business plan competitions are a way for you to meet new people, learn more about a particular industry or company, and use your skills to solve a problem as a team. There are usually monetary prizes that make the journey all the more exciting. Makini Hughes and Kendall Finlay, teammates on a case competition in Indiana spoke about how much they learned and grew from the experience. There is currently a BWUA sign up sheet for those who are interested in participating in a case competition but are looking for teammates.
Lastly we reminded our members that while they maximize their time at Penn, they should take care of themselves both physically and mentally.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 7:30 pm
As the first general body meeting of the spring 2014 semester, the new board was introduced to the general body. You can check out the bios of the new board on the BWUA website.
Interviewing season is well under way, so we found it fitting that our first GBM focus on recruiting and interviewing tips. BWUA members participated in a heated game of family feud with several questions related to campus resources, interviewing skills, and follow-up advice. The top answers were based on information provided by Career Services.
Members were also given the opportunity join different committees to increase their involvement within Black Wharton. Various committees can be found within marketing, community service, HEMM conference planning and with the freshman liaison.
Seniors who have already secured work opportunities upon graduation attended the GBM to offer more insight on interview tips and tricks.
Baltimore Crab & Seafood catered Tuesday's event.
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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!
Over a meal from Hummus, students had the opportunity to listen to the Roche's advice on professional dress, the art of properly entering a conversation, and most importantly, how to correctly answer the question, "Tell me about yourself." Students broke apart into teams of 6 and practiced their response to this question, receiving feedback from their teammates, and then choosing the best presenter to present themselves to the BWUA student body. After difficult deliberation between the 6 contestants, our winner for the best pitch was Casey Bridgeford (W'17) who won a copy of "Give and Take" by Adam Grant.
For those of you would like to learn more about Barbara Roche's presentation, please visit her website
Also, be sure to check out pictures from this week's GBM here!
Mark your calendars for HEMM Conference from December 5th, 2013 to December 6th, 2013.
After great dialogue about building a personal brand, interacting with other students delivering elevator pitches, and enjoying a great meal from Pattaya, the BWUA Director of Community Service, Kerubo Mokaya spoke about the U.S. Dream Academy, featured at our first GBM, and encouraged students to become more involved with their mentorship program for children in Philadelphia.
If you wish to become more involved with the U.S. Dream Academy, please feel free to reach out to Kerubo (email@example.com)
Thank you all for coming! We hope to see you at the next GBM in November!
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:
Marketing - BET, ABC, Verizon
Consulting - Bain and Company
Finance - Morgan Stanley
Tech - Google
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!
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
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
SPOC - Society for Pre- Law Students of Color
NSBE - National Society for Black Engineers
MAPS -Minority Association of Pre-Health Students
MNO - Minorities in Nursing Organization
This year, America has witnessed many tragic acts in childhood education. The events of Sandy Hook Elementary School have taken a way the opportunity for innocent children to live their dreams through education. As this devastating event has captured the heart of our nation, elementary school students in our own backyard of Philadelphia also struggle to receive an education. It is our time to give back to the community.
The Philadelphia Learning Center, located in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has helped elementary school students of G.W. Childs Elementary School develop useful skills, positive characters, and attainable dreams, despite negative circumstances. This year, the Black Wharton Undergraduate Association will be honoring the US Dream Academy Program. The Dream Academy Program is
a six-week summer program that offers golf lessons, photography, dance, and music programming in addition to Dream Academy program standards: skill, character, and dream-building activities.
This year, join us at the 2013 GALA - Galvanizing Adolescents Towards a Legacy of Achievement, on Friday April 5th at 7pm at the Inn at Penn on 36th and Walnut. Help us recognize the US Dream Academy Program. Together we can make a difference.
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Nonetheless, the conversation between the panelist and the audience led to 3 powerful statements. The first from Enwereuzor who said, "Roll where you are planted." This lesson meant that if you ever feel like you are just a number or no one is helping you become succeed, you are more likely to leave that environment. The second quote was from White who said, "You can't build a sandcastle without wondering where the tides come in." White was inferring to the fact that no idea is unique and therefore you should be vocal and execute your idea to the best of your abilities. The final quote, which was repeated multiple times by our panelists, was, "Pursue your passion." They then explained that your passion was your commitment to your goals. You should not be afraid to test your abilities or seek out mentors to give you guidance. Also, its never a good idea to do what everyone else is doing: do what pushes you. The session ended with members asking panelists question over pizza from Allegro's Pizza.
If you have an interest in entrepreneurship, or any additional questions, please feel free to contact our panelists and moderator by email.
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.
As our members indulged in Chipotle, they listened attentively to advice from our panelists. First, students learned how to present themselves both physically and online as companies are actively looking for well-presented and responsible employees. Members also became actively involved in our discussion of discrimination in the workforce. Our panelist unfortunately and unanimously agreed that there was racism in the workforce; however, they also provided the audience of students with ways to combat it. Hill supported that simply putting one's head down and working harder than one's coworkers allows one to produce a greater product and later gain superiority. Meanwhile, Chernosky supported that today's generation is now competing against people all across the world, and that minority students must take advantage of the opportunities that await them in African countries. In addition, both Hill and Chernosky believed that one should look to friend people who are similar to them, whether its height or skin tone; however, one cannot forget that though they are an ally, they are also your competition. Furthermore, Jean-Baptiste eluded to confronting those who were disrespectful by asking them to elaborate when they question your work, or wishing that they had not disrupted you during a speech as their question would have been answered later in the presentation.
Ramsey then brought the discussion to a close as our members applauded the panelists and waited to ask them further questions individually. BWUA Freshman member, Rachel Palmer, said, "It was great! The moderator was quirky and the panelists were interesting and insightful." Our members left the GBM feeling educated about the hidden truths of the business world. Nonetheless, the panelists inspired the students to continue working hard in school, and sparked the confidence to overcome all barriers in the work force.
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