Wharton Women Business Conference 2019

WWBC aims to educate our members on a variety of issues around choosing a career and how to thrive in them. This year, we want to to empower female students at Wharton to achieve their goals through upperclassmen mentorship, inspirational speakers, and practical skills like negotiations, hence this year's conference theme, EmpowHER.

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Event Information


February 1st, 2019 12-4 PM


8th Floor Conference Center in Jon M. Huntsman Hall (3730 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104)

Dress Code

Business casual (no jeans)


$10 - early bird (by 1/28); $18 - regular (after 1/28)

Purchase form can be found here. Find our Facebook event here.


Tenative Schedule

Lunch & Learn

12:00- 1:00 PM

Underclassmen will have the opportunity to learn about different industries from their senior peers who have interned and/or are entering careers in banking, consulting, tech, retail and marketing. This is a low stress environment where underclassmen can find mentors and ask questions they have about recruiting, day-to-day work, and general advice over a delicious catered lunch!


Fireside Chat with Lori Tauber Marcus (W’84) + Q&A

1:00- 1:45 PM


Lori Tauber Marcus

Founder, Courtyard Connections

As founder of Courtyard Connections, LLC, Lori Marcus provides strategic direction, marketing and business leadership to corporate, private equity and venture capital-backed entities. Currently, she chairs the Kraft Precision Medicine Accelerator’s Direct-to-Patient Initiative at Harvard Business School, where she is charged with bringing best in class direct-to-consumer practices to the direct-to-patient arena.

Prior to her work at HBS, Ms. Marcus was the interim Global CMO for Peloton, an early stage, technology-driven fitness innovator. Prior, Lori was EVP, Chief Global Brand and Product Officer at Keurig Green Mountain. Earlier, Ms. Marcus was the SVP, Chief Marketing Officer of The Children’s Place Retail Stores. Prior to that, she spent 24 years with PepsiCo in marketing & general management positions, including Senior Vice President, Marketing Activation.

Ms. Marcus serves as Chairman of the Board for DDC (DNA Diagnostics Center), a leader in private DNA testing services. Additionally, she is a Board Director for Talalay Global, (a manufacturer of premium bedding) and Golub Corporation (owner/operator of Price Chopper chain of grocery stores). She is also a board member for SHARE Cancer Support and Vice Chairman of the Board for the MMRF (Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation). In addition to her board director work, Ms. Marcus serves as a board advisor to early stage company, working closely with founders of digitally native companies.

She earned her BS degree in Marketing from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.


1:45- 2:00 PM


Keynote Speech with Jane Sadowsky (C’83 and WG’89) + Q&A

2:00- 2:45 PM

Jane Sadowsky

Senior Advisor, Moelis & Company

Jane Sadowsky is a Senior Advisor at Moelis & Company (NYSE:MC), where she advises on talent initiatives including coaching, training and mentoring for women and other underrepresented groups. She joined the Firm in 2018 as the first head of Diversity & Inclusion. Ms. Sadowsky has extensive experience in the finance industry, having spent 25 years as an investment banker on Wall Street advising power and utility companies, and most recently worked as a leadership coach to C-suite and partner level professional services executives.

Ms. Sadowsky retired from Evercore Partners (NYSE: EVR) in 2011 where she was a Senior Managing Director and ran Evercore’s Power & Utility advisory M&A practice. At Evercore, in addition to her core banking and management responsibilities, she was a standing member of Fairness Committee, served as Chief Compliance Officer for one year and was involved in the firm’s diversity and recruiting efforts. Largely for her efforts in mentoring professional women, Ms. Sadowsky was the 2006 recipient of the Wharton Women in Business Award.

She joined Evercore in 2006 after six years at Citigroup’s Investment Bank (C) where she was a Managing Director and Co-Head of the North America Power & Utility group. There she also served on numerous firm-wide Compensation, Strategic Planning, Diversity and Recruiting Committees, and was selected as a Young Leader to be mentored by Citigroup’s CEO.

Prior to joining Citigroup, Ms. Sadowsky worked as an investment banker at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, which she joined as a post-MBA Associate and earned promotions to Managing Director. In addition to expertise in equity and debt products for both the private and public markets, mergers & acquisitions and complementary corporate advisory work, and complex balance sheet solutions (including debt restructurings and bankruptcy alternatives), Ms. Sadowsky has ample experience in strategic planning, commodities and valuation. She has provided expert testimony in front of several state utility commissions and at the World Court at The Hague.

Ms. Sadowsky currently serves as an independent director on the Board and Audit Committee and Chairs the Governance Committee of Yamana Gold, Inc. (AUY) and serves on the Board and Audit Committee of Nexa Resources, (NEXA). She also sits on the Wharton Women’s Leadership Council. Ms. Sadowsky holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a B.A. in East Asian Studies and International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2014, she earned her leadership coaching qualifications from Columbia University.


2:45- 3:00 PM


Negotiations Workshop with Dr. Nazli Bhatia

3:00- 4:00 PM

Dr. Nazli Bhatia is a senior research fellow at the Psychology Department and a lecturer at the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. The overarching goal of her research is to better understand the powerful role words can play in a variety of interpersonal contexts. The main domain she explores this question is negotiation, where she studies rhetorical strategies, that is, the different ways in which proposals, offers and concessions can be presented to influence the negotiation process and outcome.

Though past research has mostly treated the bargaining process as an exchange of numbers, Dr. Bhatia's work finds that the way in which offers are communicated critically influence interpersonal and economic outcomes in negotiation. In a related and more recent line of research, she explores the divergent effects of the same communication strategies when enacted by women as opposed to men. She examines this question as it relates to assertive bargaining strategies as well as the provision of apologies in organizational life.

Currently at Penn, Dr. Bhatia teaches two different courses on negotiation at the undergraduate and master’s levels in addition to a course on power and influence. In the past, she has taught organizational behavior, cross-cultural management and managing teams at the undergraduate, master’s, MBA and executive levels.

Dr. Bhatia received her PhD in Organizational Behavior and Theory at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University in 2014. Prior to her appointment at Penn, she worked as an assistant professor in Portugal and in Qatar, thus having had the pleasure of teaching a diverse array of students.

Dessert Reception + Goodie Bag Distribution

4:00 PM



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