July 2020 Newsletter - The Monthly ROR (Return on Relationship)

Welcome to the July ROR Summary!

Welcome to the July ROR (Return on Relationship)! Summer is well and truly here, and while this year is a little unconventional, we hope that you are still finding ways to recharge and stay safe, healthy and cool.

This month, we would like to turn to you, our Wharton community, and shine a spotlight on alumni entrepreneurs and small business owners to share their experiences navigating the Covid-19 pandemic. If you would like to share your story or nominate another member of our community, please reach out to [email protected]. We will feature a couple of stories in our next newsletter.

We are also delighted to welcome the latest cohort of Wharton alumni to the region! On July 23rd, we are hosting a Special Event in collaboration with Wharton Career Management to introduce Wharton’s lifelong alumni career resources, learn best practices for an effective job search and hear about the latest hiring trends. This will be followed by a virtual alumni meet and greet. We encourage you to join us whether you are a recent alum or in the midst of a career transition.

In the meantime, please keep your notes and feedback coming to us. We love hearing from you, and respond to each and every email.

WCNCR Board of Directors and Advisory Committee 


Upcoming Events

Thurs., July 16 - Strategic Career Management

Practical insights for stronger advancement, job satisfaction, and compensation in an uncertain world

There has never been a time when proactive, strategic and actionable career management has been more important. Yet, an estimated 75% of executives “under-manage” their careers. Career “under-management” in today’s uncertain environment marked by massive, ongoing disruption threatens even the healthiest of careers. In many instances, the painful consequences and resulting career deceleration are felt for multiple years. This webinar is designed to assist alumni by providing actionable career management perspectives, insights, and actions allowing them to avoid missteps and realize swifter advancement, greater job satisfaction, and enhanced lifetime earnings in a swiftly changing landscape.

The Wharton Global Clubs Team is pleased to offer this special program developed by the Wharton Club of Chicago. Chicago developed this program in response to alumni requests for assistance in navigating their careers through previously unseen levels of disruption and uncertainty brought about by the economic impact of Covid-19, geo-politics, ongoing advances in technology such as AI, and constant merger and acquisition activity redefining competitive landscapes. The 45-minute content-packed virtual presentation will be followed by a 15-minute Q&A.

The webinar will:
1.) Tangibly and materially highlight the importance of proactive, strategic career management;
2.) Provide an insightful, proven and actionable framework for conducting effective career management;
3.) Share valuable insights related to 6 career-building skills that are critical to achieving professional success.

Chris Nadherny has agreed to lead this program for Wharton Clubs. He is a Board member for the Chicago Club and a former 30-year C-Suite search consultant and Senior Partner from Spencer Stuart, the leading global executive search firm.

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Thurs., July 23 - SPECIAL EVENT: Career Services & Welcome New Alumni

The WCNCR is grateful to welcome over 100 new alumni to the Nation’s Capital Region. Please join us to provide our strongest welcome and show of support.

COVID-19 has posed unprecedented challenges to alumni. Wharton alumni have access to career management resources throughout their professional lives. Learn whether as a new alumni or in the midst of a career transition, you can take advantage of all of Wharton alumni services available:

• Discover key Wharton alumni career resources available
• Learn best practices for an effective job search and successful career progression
• Hear the latest industry and company hiring trends
• Plenty of time for Q&A

This informative program will be led by Cara Costello, Director, Alumni Services, Wharton MBA Career Management and David Ross, Senior Associate Director,
Penn Career Services, who have extensive experience supporting the career needs of Wharton students and alumni.

Session 1: Career Management Resources for Wharton Alumni
This informative program will be led by Cara Costello, Director, Alumni Services, Wharton MBA Career Management and David Ross, Senior Associate Director,
Penn Career Services, who have extensive experience supporting the career needs of Wharton students and alumni.

Session 2: New Alumni Meet and Greet 
Please join us to welcome our new alumni and share the benefits of club membership. Including networking, affinity groups, and committee membership to build strong relationships and supportive networks during these unprecedented times.

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Wed., August 5 - WCNCR Mentor Initiative Zoom Meet-Ups: Support in the Age of Pandemic

Managing Change and Uncertainty in Extraordinary Times

We all have expertise that is of tremendous value to those who are seeking to advance their careers, looking for new jobs, launching a start-up, striving to increase their productivity at work, or better manage the stresses of modern life.

As a community, we can help each other. We have a shared experience.  #WeAreWharton

When we were in School, first we were helped by those ahead of us.  Then later we helped those following behind us.  This is true whether we graduated in 2019 or 1979.

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Tues., August 11 - Business Owners and CEOs

Exclusively for Wharton Alumni Business Owners and CEOs

Are you a Wharton alum CEO, Business Owner or Executive Director in the National Capital Region? It’s lonely at the top--especially when working virtually! Come build relationships with other alumni who are running their own businesses and delve into business issues, share resources, and learn best practices.

No business is too small or large to participate. First timers are welcome!

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Spotlight on the Investment Affinity Group’s Inaugural Event - “Implications of COVID-19 on our Economic Recovery”

On June 23rd, the WCNCR Investment Affinity Group hosted Wharton alum Mark Zandi W’81 for a webinar discussion on "Implications of COVID-19 on our Economic Recovery”.

Mark is one of the nation’s leading economists and Chief Economist at Moody’s Analytics. He has been featured on "Meet the Press", "Face the Nation", “CNN", "Erin Burnett Out Front", and “MSNBC” among others.

Mark walked the 60-plus attendees through a stimulating analysis of the economic impact of Covid-19 and the implications for a recovery. The event was moderated by Kevin Dowdell (WG’85), and supported by Affinity Group leaders Raphael Eskinazi (WG’05) and David Hinson (WG’87). A copy of Mark’s analysis is available upon request.

Please join the Investment Affinity Group and network with fellow alumni in the fields of capital acquisition, international finance, private equity, venture capital, real estate institutional investment management and private wealth management. We look forward to your participation!

Membership Renewal

It’s hard to believe that we launched WCNCR just over a year ago! You may have received messages in your inbox reminding you to

Renew Your Membership!

Please continue to support our awesome new club by choosing the auto-renewal option on your membership. If you have any questions about the Club, programming, financial status, or other issues, please send a message to [email protected].

Get Involved

YOU are what make our club programming successful, whether it’s your attendance or your ideas and help in coordinating the events. Please check out our Volunteer page here to see how you can get involved.

If you have access to a centrally located space that we can use for a nominal fee, email [email protected].

If you are interested in putting together an event or a series, please click here to our volunteer page to submit your ideas.