Wharton Announces 2017 Graduation Speakers

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The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business has announced its 2017 graduation speakers for the EMBA and MBA programs on both the Philadelphia and San Francisco campuses.

As in the past, Wharton’s ceremony will feature an exemplary roster of graduate alumni along with renowned faculty.

Professor Adam Grant will headline the MBA for Executives ceremony on May 13, 2017. The youngest-tenured professor at Wharton, Grant is the author of two New York Times best-selling books on management theory and organizational psychology. His themes center upon how success evolves from the motivation to help others. He has received high praise from leaders across the entertainment industry, including J.J. Abrams and Oprah Winfrey.

Yuri Milner will speak to the MBA graduating class on May 13, 2017. Milner’s innovation travels over tech and finance. After attending Wharton in the early 1990’s, he founded an online investment company which would later yield such success stories as WhatsApp, Facebook, Alibaba and Airbnb.

Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett said of Milner’s accomplishments, “From cutting-edge technology to maximizing the potential of emerging markets to reinventing philanthropy, Yuri is a … leader.” Robert ‘Bobby’ Turner, 1984 undergrad alum, founded Los Angeles investment firm Turner Impact Capital LLC. Part of Turner LLCs mission is to assist development in under-served communities. “By combining the goals of profit and purpose, social impact [wins] compared to conventional investment strategies …” Turner will speak to the EMBA graduates of the Wharton San Francisco campus’ 2017 class on May 6, 2017.

Nathaniel ‘Nat’ Snead Turner will speak to the undergraduate class on May 14, 2017. He is the co-founder of Flatiron Health, an online hub for effective oncology care. Turner graduated from Wharton in 2008.


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Maggie Boccella, a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, is a freelance writer, artist and photographer. She has consulted on various film and multimedia projects, and she also serves as a juror for the city's annual LGBTQIA Film Festival.

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