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Hettie Simmons Love WG’47 is one of the first African Americans to earn an MBA from The Wharton School. While at Wharton, she was the only Black student and one of only two women in her class. Hettie was awarded a special Penn Pioneer certificate from Dean James in May 2021.

Telling the Story of a Wharton Pioneer


Editor’s note: A previous version of this identified Hettie Simmons Love as Wharton’s first African-American MBA alumnus. Although she had at least one predecessor, her legacy as a trailblazer endures.