Wharton Alumni Fellows

Empowering students for lifelong engagement with Wharton

Hear what 2021 Alumni Fellows have to say about their student experience and why they support Wharton.

2021 Class Gift

It is a tradition for graduating students to make a class gift to The Wharton Fund, honoring our student experience. Our gift will fund Wharton’s future initiatives and help ensure Wharton has the resources to offer a world-class business education, support experiential learning and student life programming, and attract a vibrant and diverse student body.

Our class gift is an opportunity to commemorate what we’ve gained personally and professionally here, and give back so that future students continue to have an amazing Wharton experience. Join Today!

About the Fellows

The Alumni Fellows are 25 second-year MBA student leaders within the Wharton Community. Alumni Fellows:

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Educate their classmates on the importance of philanthropy and establishing lifelong engagement with Wharton.

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Collaborate with Student Life and External Affairs through a year-long program

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Organize and execute their Class Gift Campaign during their final spring semester

Meet the 2021 Alumni Fellows

Danielle Finnerty, Co-Chair

Danielle Finnerty, Co-Chair
Previous Academic Institution:
Penn State University
Previous Employer:
CURO Wealth Management

John Sonsalla, Co-Chair

John Sonsalla, Co-Chair
Previous Academic Institution:
American University
Previous Employer:
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Shreya Bhargava

Shreya Bhargava
Previous Academic Institution:
Brown University
Previous Employer:
Charles River Associates

Dhanawat (Warren) Darakanada

Dhanawat (Warren) Darakanada
Previous Academic Institution:
University of California, Los Angeles
Previous Employer:
Cornerstone Research

Chukwuemeka (Mike) Ejoh

Chukwuemeka (Mike) Ejoh
Previous Academic Institution:
St. Petersburg Electro-Technical University
Previous Employer:
Worley

Chengyan (Clarisse) Feng

Chengyan (Clarisse) Feng
Previous Academic Institution:
National University of Singapore
Previous Employer:
Temasek

Arushi Gupta

Arushi Gupta
Previous Academic Institution:
Indian Institute of Technology
Previous Employer:
Goldman Sachs and Co.

Yoojin Jang

Yoojin Jang
Previous Academic Institution:
University of California, Berkeley
Previous Employer:
PwC

Shuni Liu

Shuni Liu
Previous Academic Institution:
Cornell University
Previous Employer:
Accenture

Jennifer Million

Jennifer Million
Previous Academic Institution:
United States Military Academy
Previous Employer:
United States Army

Aishwarya Mohapatra

Aishwarya Mohapatra
Previous Academic Institution:
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Previous Employer:
Flipkart India Pvt. Ltd.

Dhruv Parikh

Dhruv Parikh
Previous Academic Institution:
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
Previous Employer:
Social Alpha

Leslie Peng

Leslie Peng
Previous Academic Institution:
University of Southern California
Previous Employer:
The Boeing Company

James Rex

James Rex
Previous Academic Institution:
Wake Forest University
Previous Employer:
Goldman Sachs and Co.

Kaustubh (Kos) Singhal

Kaustubh (Kos) Singhal
Previous Academic Institution:
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
Previous Employer:
Kearney

Sakshi Soorma

Sakshi Soorma
Previous Academic Institution:
Harcourt Butler Technological Institute (HBTI)
Previous Employer:
Mark Anthony Brands

Neha Srivastava

Neha Srivastava
Previous Academic Institution:
Yale University
Previous Employer:
L.E.K. Consulting

Liren Truong

Liren Truong
Previous Academic Institution:
Harvard University
Previous Employer:
Garnett Station, Cambridge Franchise Holdings

Stephen Varghese

Stephen Varghese
Previous Academic Institution:
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Previous Employer:
True North Managers LLP

Erica Williams

Erica Williams
Previous Academic Institution:
Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
Previous Employer:
Accenture

Oscar Wong

Oscar Wong
Previous Academic Institution:
Stanford University
Previous Employer:
Google

Audrey Yong

Audrey Yong
Previous Academic Institution:
University of Virginia
Previous Employer:
China Life Investment Holding Co.

Amy Yuan

Amy Yuan
Previous Academic Institution:
Carnegie Mellon University
Previous Employer:
S’well

Become a Fellow

MBAs are eligible to apply to become an Alumni Fellow in the spring of their first year.

Benefits of Being an Alumni Fellow:

• Hands on experience running a philanthropic campaign

• Board Mentorship Program: opportunity to be matched with a member of Wharton’s Executive Board for one-on-one mentorship and networking

• Networking opportunities with notable Wharton staff and alumni faculty, including a Dean’s Reception

• Access to Wharton External Affairs that continues into alumni status

• Opportunity to meet new people and build long-term relationships with your peers

• Represent Wharton in branding and marketing materials

Apply Now to Become an Alumni Fellow

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Frequently Asked Questions

▼ How does the work of the Alumni Fellows help current students?

Funds raised by the Alumni Fellows for the MBA Class Gift support The Wharton Fund. The Wharton Fund provides a valuable, consistent stream of resources that alleviate operating costs and the transferring of those costs to current students. The Wharton Fund helps the School respond to immediate needs, unexpected opportunities, and plan for the future.

▼ When can I apply to be an Alumni Fellow?

Full Time MBAs are eligible to apply to be an Alumni Fellow in the spring semester of their first year. Applications can be submitted on this site only during recruiting season. The program takes place during the entirety of the second year. Contact Laurie Rothenberg, details below, for additional information.

▼ Can I apply to be an Alumni Fellow in my second year?

No. Applications will not be accepted as Alumni Fellows are already working on their MBA Class Gift campaign by early fall of their second year.

▼ Can I still become an Alumni Fellow if I’m traveling in my second year?

In order to serve as an Alumni Fellow, students must be on campus the spring semester of their second year. Participating in Semester in San Francisco or another off-campus activity is permitted during the fall semester. Alumni Fellows who travel during the fall semester are asked to remain engaged by calling into meetings and participating in ongoing MBA Class Gift efforts.

▼ Are Alumni Fellows paid positions?

No. Alumni Fellows are unpaid positions that work towards building philanthropic engagement between current MBA students and the School.

▼ Do I need prior fundraising experience?

No. Alumni Fellows attend an orientation and other meetings that explain the importance of philanthropy and provide them with strategies to help build confidence and a solid foundation for fundraising.

▼ What’s the Board Mentor Program?

The Board Mentor Program is a 1:1 mentoring relationship that pairs every Alumni Fellow with a current Wharton Executive Board Member. The mentoring relationship can be personal or professional-focused. The Board Member will share their passion for Wharton and giving back to the School with their assigned Fellow. This is an excellent and exclusive networking opportunity.

Contact

Laurie Rothenberg

Laurie Rothenberg

Associate Director
+1.215.779.7330

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Ways to Give

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Contact The Wharton Fund at +1.215.898.7868 or whartonfund@wharton.upenn.edu

The University's fiscal year is July 1 - June 30.

▼ Phone

Call The Wharton Fund at +1.215.898.7868

▼ Mail

Make checks payable to “The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania”
Include your name and your spouse’s name (if applicable), affiliation, and The Wharton Fund

Mail by USPS
University of Pennsylvania
Office of the Treasurer
PO BOX 71332
Philadelphia, PA 19176-9913

Mail by FedEx, UPS, DHL
University of Pennsylvania
Wharton External Affairs
Suite 300 FMC Tower
2929 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

▼ Giving from Outside U.S.

If you live outside the United States, visit Penn’s Giving from Outside the U.S. website before making a gift. Your contribution may qualify for tax benefits in your home country, especially if you are a taxpayer in Mexico, Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, or the United Kingdom.

▼ Matching Gifts

Increase the impact of your giving through a matching gift program. To find out if you or your spouse’s employer participates, visit Penn’s matching gifts database.

▼ Donor-Advised Funds or Private Foundations

Recommend or direct gifts through donor-advised funds or private foundations.
Penn’s Tax ID/EIN is 23-1352685
Make donations payable to “The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania
Designate gift to The Wharton Fund.

▼ Bank Wires

Send your gift via a bank wire to:

Wells Fargo Bank N.A.
420 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94104

Account Name: The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania – Gifts Accounting
Account# 2000030009956
Reference: Name and Affiliation (example: Susan Lee, WG’99)

For Domestic Wires and ACH’s
ABA Routing #: 121-000-248

For International Wires Only
SWIFT CODE: WFBIUS6S
CHIPS: 0407

▼ Securities

To make a gift of appreciated securities, either you or your broker should contact:
Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management
Attention: Kristine Hankins
+1.610-260-8531
DTC: 0015
Customer Name: University of Pennsylvania
Penn’s Tax ID/EIN is 23-1352685
Account Number: 858-010018

 To contact the University’s Securities Office contact:
Contact: Jean Suta
+1.215.898.7254
stockgifts@lists.upenn.edu
University of Pennsylvania
2929 Walnut Street, Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19104-5099

▼ Planned Giving

The Office of Gift Planning can help you:

  • Donate appreciated securities
  • Structure gifts of stock
  • Use real estate to make a gift
  • Set-up a Penn Donor Advised Fund
  • Designate retirement plan assets or life insurance
  • Use charitable gift annuities
  • Give with IRA charitable rollovers
  • Tailor a bequest from your living trust or will

Learn more or contact the Office of Gift Planning at +1.215.898.6171.