The 52nd Wharton Global Forum:
A 25-year history, a New York City first

Join Wharton for the first Wharton Global Forum ever in New York City, home to Wharton’s largest alumni population. New York City is the quintessential location to showcase Wharton’s greatest strengths and bring together alumni leaders in business, government, academia, and philanthropy to make a lasting impact on a world that needs Wharton more than ever.

From Wharton Dean Geoff Garrett

“We look forward to celebrating Wharton, Penn, and the first Wharton Global Forum in New York City with you this June! The organizing committee for this Forum is a deep and impressive bench of executives and entrepreneurs, influencers and innovators. They have created a stellar program which will prove educational, inspiring, and transformative.”
Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise

Wharton Global Forums bring you up to speed on the latest business challenges and opportunities.



The powerful Wharton brand is a magnet for the most influential people in global business. No other business school draws world leaders and the highest-level executives to share their perspectives and vision exclusively with alumni.


Cutting-Edge Research

Our top-ranked faculty teach budding entrepreneurs and the next generation of investors, and they partner with major companies to solve fundamental business problems. Their expertise has immediate real-world application. Wharton Global Forums put their best work on display.



The best leaders never stop learning. Step into the classroom and absorb the latest knowledge from Wharton’s expert faculty for a refresher on topics from modern finance, analytics, technology, business innovation, and more.  


Networking Opportunities

More than 60 percent of Global Forum attendees are high-level decision makers, and two-thirds are Wharton graduates. Reunite with friends and classmates and make a connection that can jumpstart your next business deal or venture.

Wharton Global Forums bring you up to speed on the latest business challenges and opportunities.

Featured Speakers

A-list speakers — leaders in business, government, media, academia, and the nonprofit world — share their deep expertise and elite insider perspectives with the Forum audience. Visit this site frequently for a growing list of speakers who reflect the global nature and influence of the Wharton network.

Organizing Committee

Members of the Forum’s Organizing Committee play a key role in shaping the Forum’s format and content, wielding the power of Wharton’s alumni network to create an experience like none other.

Honorary Chairs

HBC William Mack 2013

Bill Mack, W'61

Co-Founder and Chairman,
Mack Real Estate Group

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Marc Rowan, W’84, WG’85

Co-Founder, Senior Managing Director, and Director
Apollo Global Management

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Executive Committee

The Venues

The 52nd Wharton Global Forum is taking place at some of New York’s most famous destinations, old and new. Attend the Forum and then experience New York’s 24-hour energy.

Faculty Speakers

Wharton’s powerhouse faculty tops business school research rankings year after year, and its professors leave a profound impact on scholarly journals and industry board rooms alike.

Please check this site frequently for updated faculty.

Hotel Information

Lock in great rates now for your stay in New York. Both hotels are located a short walk from the main Forum venue.

Mandarin Oriental

80 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10023

Rates available:
June 13 and 14, 2018
For phone reservations, call +1.212.805.8800 and refer to group code 16G2P3

JW Marriott Essex House

160 Central Park South
New York, NY 10019

Rates available:
June 12-16, 2018
For phone reservations, call +

Forum Schedule

 Please check this site frequently as our schedule is continually being updated.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Kick Off Reception

Oculus at the World Trade Center

Thursday, June 14, 2018

8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Wharton Global Forum

Day 1
Jazz at Lincoln Center

8 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Check-in and Registration

9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Opening Plenary and Keynote

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Speaker Program

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.


1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Joe Talks

2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Speaker Programs

7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Celebration of Wharton
New York Public Library

Friday, June 15, 2018

8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Wharton Global Forum

Day 2
Jazz at Lincoln Center

8 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Check-in and Registration

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Keynotes and Joe Talks

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.


1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Afternoon Keynote and Closing Remarks

2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Closing Reception


Wharton and Penn Alumni

Full Forum and Evening Events


Friends of Wharton and Penn

Full Forum and Evening Events


Recent Graduates of Wharton and Penn

MBA and Undergraduate
Classes of 2013 – 2017
Full Forum and Evening Events


Enrolled Wharton and Penn Students

MBA Classes of 2018 – 2020
Undergraduate Classes
of 2018 – 2021

Full Forum and Evening Events


Evening Events Only

Kick Off Reception and
Celebration of Wharton