Wharton Club of Dallas-Fort Worth: Newsletter



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Monday, September 18, 2023 - 9:30 AM and 1 PM - Wharton's New Academic Virtual Environment (WAVE)

As a valued member of the Wharton Club of Dallas, The Wharton School is excited to invite you and your fellow club members to an exclusive virtual learning
experience about ChatGPT with Professor Christian Terwiesch on Monday, September 18, 2023. This 90-minute interactive class utilizes Wharton’s newest technology - the WAVE Classroom – to bring faculty and alumni together for a more dynamic virtual class. You will have a chance to ask questions as well as participate in group activities and discussions. 

Cost is $25

The class will be offered at two times on September 18th:

Session 1:  9:30am – 11:00 am (CT)

Session 2:  1:00pm- 2:30 pm (CT)

Space is limited; please register by September 11 deadline and choose one session when registering. 

DO NOT USE OUR RSVP FOR THIS EVENT - Please use this link to register:  Register Today

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 - 5:30 PM - Building World Class Consumer Brands

Join the Wharton Club for an Extraordinary opportunity to engage with Mandy Ginsberg, WG‘01, a distinguished Wharton alumna, and renowned industry leader.

As the former CEO of Match Group (including brands like Tinder, Hinge, Match.com, OKCupid and Plenty of Fish), she took the company from $1B in value to over $20B, while acquiring brands, incubating apps, and growing all brands while investing in over $200M of marketing a year. 

During this fireside chat, Mandy will take you through her career journey and provide insight into her success and how to build world-class consumer brands. This a must-attend event for senior marketers and brand managers.

Mandy Ginsberg, WG'01, is currently an Operating Officer at Advent International, a private equity firm with an impressive track record of $70 billion in investments across 405 private equity ventures spanning 42 countries. In addition, she is a board of director at Uber and thredUP and previously served on the boards of JC Penney and Care.com. She also served as CEO of The Princeton Review, the largest test prep company in the US.

Don’t miss this exceptional event featuring the illustrious Mandy Ginsberg. Join us to gain insights and forge meaningful connections within the Wharton alumni community.


Cheer on the Rangers as they push for the playoffs!

It looks like the Texas Rangers need a strong and loud fan push at the end of the season, and there are 3 open seats at First State Bank’s Home Field Suite on Sunday, 9/24, for a 1:35p First Pitch versus Seattle. 

It’s going to be a tight late-season push for playoffs, with Seattle in the running with Texas for a wildcard spot.  FSB has not only have front-row seats, but the Home Field suites at Globe Life are actually the closest seats to the batter in all of Major League Baseball. You can hear the umpire & catcher talking, and are just 15 feet from the visitor on-deck circle if you would like to try to rattle the opposing batters 😉.

Thanks to Ryan Morris, CEO of First State Bank for this generous and exclusive offer to Wharton DFW members. First come first serve.

Friday, September 29, 2023 - Join the Wharton Club for an Exclusive, Small Group lunch with Kevin Hochman, W’95, for the next in the series of Wharton Boardroom Lunches for Presidents and CEOs.

These micro-events will be limited to 15 alumni within that functional area. Each small lunch will also be sponsored by a company and held in its executive boardroom where the sponsor will share a short overview of the company and topics relevant to the C-Suite. The purpose of the micro-lunches is to provide an intimate setting in which our alumni can meet and engage their peer group in a protected, informative and effective way. 

This event is hosted by Kevin Hochman, W’95, Chief Executive Officer of Brinker International.  Kevin serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of Brinker International, Inc., one of the world’s leading casual dining companies and home of Chili’s® Grill & Bar, Maggiano’s Little Italy® and two virtual brands: It’s Just Wings® and Maggiano’s Italian Classics™. He is also President of Chili’s and a member of Brinker’s Board of Directors.

Kevin has more than 25 years of experience working in leading global companies. Prior to joining Brinker in 2022, he held multiple leadership positions at Yum! Brands from 2014 to 2022 most recently serving as U.S. KFC President for more than five years while concurrently leading the Pizza Hut Brand as President from 2020 to 2022.

Kevin has received several awards in recognition of his brand building leadership and innovative thinking, including being named to Nation’s Restaurant News Power List and PR Week’s Power List for several years. He was also named the Forbes No. 2 most influential CMO in the world when he was the KFC Chief Marketing Officer

**Please respect the spirit of the event and your fellow Wharton alumni, only register if you are a named President or CEO of an organization.


Saturday, October 7th - 4:30 PM - Join the Wharton Club of DFW for an Oktoberfest Get Together

Oak Highlands BreweryJoin us to taste German-style beers, and say Prost to the coming of Fall. 

Catch up with your friends and fellow Wharton alum, and enjoy a game of Pickleball on their indoor court as you kick off your Saturday evening.  Stop by on your way to your next evening destination or event, or hang out to sample the great selection of beers from OHB co-founder and brewer Brad Mueller. See you there for some beers, fun cocktails and networking.

Families – including your four-legged ones - also welcome to enjoy the fun!

Date: Saturday, October 7, 2023

Oak Highlands Brewery, 10484 Brockwood Rd, Dallas, TX 75238
Parking: There is a free parking lot on site.

See you there! 

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Cheer on the Mavericks this fall!

Join us for a group venture to the American Airlines center on Friday the 27th of October to see the Dallas take on the Brooklyn Nets!  We will secure a block of tickets in the Upper Deck to enjoy the game together as a group.  Attendance is capped at the first 20 to RSVP to the attached Google forms link, children and families welcome!  

Event Host: Wharton Club of Dallas Fort-Worth
 Friday October 27th
Time: Tip-off at 7:30 PM CT
Cost: ~$110+/ticket (cost of ticket, final price to be determined based on attendance, parking not included)

Click this Google doc link to reserve your spot (final billing to be completed later):


BOARDROOM LUNCHES ARE BACK!  After a brief holiday hiatus, the WCDFW is looking to schedule our fifth year of "Boardroom Lunches," a quarterly series of exclusive lunches, each one focused on a very specific professional function. 

The purpose of the micro-lunches is to provide an intimate setting for 10-15 attendees in which our alumni can meet and engage their peer group in a protected, informative, and effective way.  Our next executive lunch will be hosted by Orman Anderson, CFO of Glazer's Beer and Beverage. We are finalizing the date for late February, so check our website soon for the registration link and details, and RSVP early since attendance is limited!

To keep the momentum going in 2023, we are looking for an additional 3-4 Wharton alumni Presidents/CEOs/CFOs/CMOs to host one of the next few quarterly meetings.  All that is needed of the host is a provide lunch for the group and have a conference room large enough to hold up to 15 attendees.  The WCDFW will handle website publication and marketing for the event. These lunches are a great way to not only network, but to develop more connected relationships with Wharton peers. Please email [email protected] (WG01) if you are available to host and she can finalize meeting logistics with you.

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