Admissions Fellows

We have 55 current second year students across many backgrounds, careers, and interests that are available to speak with you about their experiences at Wharton. Please first browse the profiles of the Admissions Fellows below and then email admissionsfellows@wharton.upenn.edu letting us know which Admissions Fellow you are interested in connecting with.
Please note: We do not track demonstrated interest in Wharton and your outreach to Admissions Fellows will not have any impact on the selection process. Admissions Fellows are available as an additional resource to help answer questions not already addressed on our website.

2018-19 Fellows

Toby Arriaga

Previous Education: University of Pennsylvania
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Previous Career: Consulting
Wharton Major: Entrepreneurial Management
Clubs/Activities: Wharton F.C. Soccer Club (Board), Squash Club, Beer and Brewmaster’s Club, GUIDE Mentor
Summer Internship: Amazon (Seattle, WA)
Career Plans: Consulting
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Exploring West Philadelphia and Old City, concerts at the Electric Factory, outdoor beer gardens; Restaurants: Honest Tom’s, El Vez, Tampopo, Pizzeria Vetri

Roashan Ayene (Diversity Fellow)

Previous Education: University of Pennsylvania
Hometown: Newtown Square, PA
Previous Career: Consulting/Technology
Wharton Major: Management
Clubs/Activities: Out4Business (VP of Admissions), Leadership Fellow, Wildmen Ice Hockey Club, Storytellers, Technology Club, Politics and Public Policy Club
Summer Internship: VMWare (Palo Alto, CA)
Career Plans: Technology
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Running along the Schuylkill river trail, exploring Fishtown, watching Philly sports teams, small group dinners; Restaurants: Buddakan, Han Dynasty
As a Diversity Admissions Fellow, ask me about: Out4Business, Storytellers, Leadership Fellows, P3, joining the hockey club despite not knowing how to ice skate

Joshua Brenner

Previous Education: University of Pennsylvania
Hometown: Great Neck, NY
Previous Career: Consulting
Wharton Major: Management
Clubs/Activities: Wharton Dean’s MBA Advisory Council, Wharton Retail Club, Marketing 101 TA, Communications Fellow, Squash Club
Summer Internship: Wayfair (Boston, MA)
Career Plans: Consulting
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Visiting museums (Philadelphia Museum of Art, Penn Museum, Barnes Foundation); Restaurants: Double Knot, Famous 4th Street Deli, CoZara, Reading Terminal Market

Lyn Li Che

Previous Education: University of Pennsylvania
Hometown: Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Previous Career: Consulting
Wharton Major: Business Analytics
Clubs/Activities: W Social Impact Club (Co-President), Wharton Impact Investing Partners (VP Culture), Community Consultants (Project Leader), Technology Club, WAAAM, Southeast Asia Club, Yoga Club, Boxing Club, Food Club
Summer Internship: New York Times (New York, NY)
Career Plans: Technology
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Grabbing brunch in Fishtown, BYOs in Passyunk, Indie Night at the Fillmore, visiting the Barnes Foundation

Jason Chimchirian

Previous Education: United States Military Academy
Hometown: West Grove, PA
Previous Career: Military
Wharton Major: Business Analytics
Clubs/Activities: Veterans Club Board, Small Business Development Center Consultant, Technology Club, Energy Club, Scotch and Whiskey Club
Summer Internship: Activision Blizzard (Santa Monica, CA)
Career Plans: Technology
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Checking out parks with the family and dogs, zoo, museums, happy hours and beer gardens; Restaurants: Pumpkin, Bing Bing, Sidecar

Deborah Chu

Previous Education: Cornell University
Hometown: Berkeley Heights, NJ
Previous Career: Investment Management
Wharton Majors: Entrepreneurial Management; Finance
Clubs/Activities: Social Impact Club (Co-President), Investment Management Club, Private Equity & Venture Capital Club, WWIB, Boxing Club, Yoga Club, Dance Studio, WAAAM, Admissions Fellow, Social Impact Fellow, Venture Foragers
Summer Internship: Education Pioneers- Mass STEM Hub (Boston, MA) and Aquiline Technology Growth (New York, NY)
Career Plans: Investing, Social Impact
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Biking to the Museum of Art, visiting the Magic Gardens, karaoke at Lair KTV, board game nights with friends; Restaurants: Dan Dan, Fuji Mountain, Spread Bagelry, Parc

Alice Cruz (Diversity Fellow)

Previous Education: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Previous Career: Investment Management
Wharton Majors: Multinational Management; Lauder MA in International Studies
Clubs/Activities: General Management Club (Co-President), TA for Communications Course, WHAAMBAA, WHALASA, Brazil Club, Rugby Club, Fin Tech Club
Summer Internship: Vanguard Asset Management (Malvern, PA)
Career Plans: Investment Management
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: LOVE the Philadelphia Zoo (ask me about it!), I’ve done Yoga at every studio within a few miles of Rittenhouse Square; Restaurants: Harp & Crown, The Love, Audrey Claire
As a Diversity Admissions Fellow, ask me about: Fellowships! I did MLT (Prep) and am a Toigo Fellow.

Avi Daman

Previous Education: New York University
Hometown: Scarsdale, NY
Previous Career: Technology
Wharton Major: Entrepreneurial Management
Clubs/Activities: JAMBA (Board), Boxing, Dance Studio, Student Life Fellow, Storytellers, Israel Trek (Leader), Venture Foragers
Summer Internship: TBD
Career Plans: Private Equity/Venture Capital
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Small group dinners with classmates, dancing at Koresh; Restaurants: Charlie was a Sinner, Hey Hummus

Pratik Dixit

Previous Education: University of Maryland
Hometown: Clarksville, MD
Previous Career: Consulting
Wharton Major: Marketing
Clubs/Activities: Cluster Council (President), Sports Business Club (Co-President), Leadership Fellow, Welcome Committee, Dance Studio, Wine Club
Summer Internship: Viacom (New York, NY)
Career Plans: Media & Entertainment
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Walking to Old City, Wednesday night trivia with friends, “studying” at Capital One Café; Restaurants: Bocconcini, Dizengoff, Gran Caffe L’Aquila

Swati Ganeti

Previous Education: Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Hometown: New Delhi, India
Previous Career: Consulting
Wharton Major: Strategic Management
Clubs/Activities: Wharton India Economic Forum (Co-Chair), Non Profit Board Fellow, Member of Wharton India Club and Wharton Social Impact Club
Summer Internship: Central Square Foundation (New Delhi) and Pluralsight (USA)
Career Plans: Social Impact, Education, and Ed-tech
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Board games with fellow Wharton students; Restaurants: Bar Bombon

Jazmin Garcia

Previous Education: Rutgers University
Hometown: New York, NY
Previous Career: Investment Banking
Wharton Major: Entrepreneurial Management
Clubs/Activities: Welcome Committee, WHALASA (Board), WWIB (Board), Technology Club, Ski & Snowboard Club, and Walnut Walk Co-Host
Summer Internship: IBM (New York, NY)
Career Plans: Technology
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Running on the Schuylkill River and cycling; Restaurants: Harp & Crown brunch, Revolution Taco, and Bleu Sushi

Gabriel Garza

Previous Education: Georgia Institute of Technology
Hometown: Monterrey, Mexico
Previous Career: Consumer Products
Wharton Major: Management
Clubs/Activities: WHALASA (Board), General Management, Marketing, Human Capital, Squash Club, Kids Club
Summer Internship: Sigma Alimentos (Phoenix, AZ)
Career Plans: Consumer Products
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Sixers Games, Run along the Schuylkill, Please Touch Museum, playgrounds, parks and special events in Fairmount Park and City Hall
Restaurants: Double Knot, Talula’s Garden, 24 and Crazy Sushi

Lorelei Gaus

Previous Education: United States Naval Academy
Hometown: Garland, TX
Previous Career: Military
Wharton Major: Operations, Information and Decisions
Clubs/Activities: Politics and Public Policy Club, Wharton Follies writer, Veterans Club
Summer Internship: Boston Consulting Group (Philadelphia, PA)
Career Plans: Consulting
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Running along the Schuylkill River, Parks on Tap, pretending like I’m Nicholas Cage searching for National Treasure in Old City.

Melanie Gaynes (Diversity Fellow)

Previous Education: Bowdoin College
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Previous Career: Consulting
Wharton Major: Operations, Information and Decisions
Clubs/Activities: Dean’s MBA Advisory Council, Consulting Club, Southern Business Association, JAMBA, Food Club, Boxing Club, Dance Studio
Summer Internship: Bain & Company (Atlanta, GA)
Career Plans: Consulting
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Spruce Street Harbor Park, running by the Schuylkill River, Rittenhouse farmer’s market; Restaurants: Bar Bombon, Honey’s Sit ‘N Eat, Talula’s Garden
As a Diversity Admissions Fellow, ask me about: Wharton Women in Business, Cultural Competency Training, P3

Khushboo Goel

Previous Education: Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University
Hometown: New Delhi, India
Previous Career: Consulting
Wharton Majors: Business Analytics; Multinational Management
Clubs/Activities: WGA(VP), Wharton India Economic Forum (President), One for the World (VP), TA for Business Analytics, Alumni Fellow, Others: Energy club, Social Impact club, Consulting club, Wharton Global Impact Consulting, GUIDE, ECFP, Dance Studio, Cocktail club
Summer Internship: Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (Paris, France)
Career Plans: Energy
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Restaurants- Dan Dan, Vedge, La viola, Zahav, Res Ispa, Buddakan, Amada; Activities- Picnic on a sunny day in Rittenhouse park, hosting small group dinner potlucks and games night, ice-skating, karaoke, visiting the Philly art museum with visiting friends and family

Julie Grauel

Previous Education: Carnegie Mellon University
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Previous Career: Marketing and Public Relations
Wharton Majors: Marketing; Operations, Information, and Decisions
Clubs/Activities: Retail Club (VP of Conference, Operations), Wine Club, Boxing Club, MKTG 611 TA, Wharton Community Consultants
Summer Internship: McKinsey & Company (Seattle, WA)
Career Plans: Consulting
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Shopping the Rittenhouse Square farmer’s market, jogging along the Schuylkill, visiting different fitness studios around Center City; Restaurants: Audrey Clair, Talula’s Garden, V street and Vedge

Haifa Harb

Previous Education: American University of Beirut
Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon
Previous Career: Consulting
Wharton Major: Business Analytics
Clubs/Activities: MENA Club (Co-President), Coding Club (VP of Education), Venture Fellow (Quantico & FDNY), Communication Fellow, Wharton Global Impact Consultants Mentor, Dance Studio
Summer Internship: Udacity (San Francisco, CA)
Career Plans: Fintech
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Small group brunches and dinners, exploring new restaurants and coffee shops; Restaurants: Suraya Market, Audrey Claire

DanPing He (Diversity Fellow)

Previous Education: Wesleyan University
Hometown: New York, NY
Previous Career: Non-Profit/Social Enterprise
Wharton Major: Real Estate
Clubs/Activities: Wharton Real Estate Club; Boxing Club, Cluster 2 Diversity Representative, Return on Equality
Summer Internship: Pennrose Properties (Philadelphia, PA)
Career Plans: Real Estate
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Running and cycling along the Schuylkill River; Karaoke in Chinatown; Barnes Foundation Museum; Fawning over the plants sold at the Rittenhouse Square Farmers Market; Eating noodles in Chinatown; Hiking in Wissahickon Park; Discussing social justice issues!!
As a Diversity Admissions Fellow, ask me about: Career switching (non-profit/government); Real Estate; Affordable housing careers; Return on Equality; Being a first-generation college and graduate student; Social Justice

James Heywood-Lonsdale

Previous Education: University of Bristol
Hometown: London, UK
Previous Career: Professional Services
Wharton Major: Marketing
Clubs/Activities: One for the World (Marketing); Hockey (Treasurer); Rugby, Consulting club, Storytellers club, Dance Studio
Summer Internship: Boston Consulting Group (London, UK)
Career Plans: Consulting
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Playing sports at Penn Park (Soccer, Rugby); Searching for the best bagel in town; Small group dinners; Attending Wharton events by amazing classmates (Dance Studio, Follies, Storytellers, etc.)

Jennifer Ji

Previous Education: University of California Berkeley
Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
Previous Career: Technology
Wharton Major: Operations, Information, and Decisions
Clubs/Activities: Leadership Fellow, Communications Fellow, Art Club (Co-President), Return on Equality (VP Marketing), Leadership Venture (Quantico)
Summer Internship: L.E.K. Consulting (San Francisco, CA)
Career Plans: Consulting
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Exploring different fitness studios in Rittenhouse (Soul Cycle, Unite Fitness, RippedPHL) and running along Schuylkill River

Marcus Johnson (Diversity Fellow)

Previous Education: United States Naval Academy
Hometown: Lusby, MD
Previous Career: Military
Wharton Majors: Business Analytics; Operations, Information, and Decisions
Clubs/Activities: AAMBAA Sponsorship Co-Chair, Wharton Veterans Club, Welcome Committee, Admissions Fellow, Food Club
Summer Internship: JP Morgan Chase (New York, NY)
Career Plans: Diversified Financial Services
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Small Group Dinners, running along the Schuylkill River, Made in America festival; Restaurants: Marrakesh, Terakawa, Miss Tootsies
As a Diversity Admissions Fellow, ask me about: Wharton Storytellers, Wharton Veterans community, AAMBAA initiatives, Return on Equality, Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT)

Gayatri Karandikar (Diversity Fellow)

Previous Education: University of California Los Angeles
Hometown: Hong Kong
Previous Career: Consulting
Wharton Majors: Marketing and Operations; Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Clubs/Activities: Leadership Fellow, Diversity Admissions Fellow, Communications Fellow, Dance Studio, Marketing Club, Women In Business (WWIB), India Club, Yoga and Wellness, Tennis Club
Summer Internship: Global Strategy at PepsiCo (New York, NY)
Career Plans: Healthy Food Innovation
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Restaurants: Talula’s Garden, P.S. & Co., Zahav; Activities: RippedPHL, running along the Schuylkill River
As a Diversity Admissions Fellow, ask me about: Women In Business (WWIB), Forté Foundation, McNulty Leadership Program, “Third Culture Kids,” minorities at Wharton, international students at Wharton, career switching, entrepreneurship, marketing, general management, consulting, food-specific consumer products, nutrition

Laura Kim

Previous Education: Harvard
Hometown: Briarcliff Manor, NY
Previous Career: Consulting
Wharton Majors: Business Analytics; Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Clubs/Activities: Leadership Fellow, Tech Club, Wharton People Analytics Conference, Penn Figure Skating, Food Club
Summer Internship: Adobe (San Francisco, CA)
Career Plans: Technology
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Small group meals, finding new coffee shops, karaoke, figure skating; Restaurants: Talula’s Garden, Sabrina’s, Vedge, Double Knot, Friday Saturday Sunday, Han Dynasty, 1 Tippling

Jonathan Laguerre (Diversity Fellow)

Previous Education: Stony Brook University
Hometown: Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
Previous Career: Financial Services
Wharton Majors: Entrepreneurial Management; Finance; Dual MPA with Harvard Kennedy School
Clubs/Activities: Caribiz (Co-President), AAMBAA, Tech club, Ski & Snowboard Club
Summer Internship: PayPal (San Jose, CA)
Career Plans: Technology
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Brunch and dining, Small group dinners, bowling
As a Diversity Admissions Fellow, ask me about: AAMBAA, Caribiz, Explore Wharton, Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT)

Louise Li

Previous Education: University of Pennsylvania
Hometown: Fayetteville, AR
Previous Career: Pharmaceuticals/Biotechnology
Wharton Major: Health Care Management
Clubs/Activities: Wharton Follies, Digital Health Club, Dance Studio, Boxing Club, Storyteller’s, Food Club
Summer Internship: Deloitte (New York, NY)
Career Plans: Healthcare
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Brunching and dining in Philadelphia, visiting museums, shopping at the Farmer’s Market, attending musical performances

Aaron McGee (Diversity Fellow)

Previous Education: Dartmouth College
Hometown: Oakland, CA
Previous Career: Financial Services
Wharton Majors: Finance; Management
Clubs/Activities: Out4Business (Co-President), Wharton Graduate Association (Vice President of Diversity), AAMBAA, Finance Club, Wharton Rugby Football Club, Wharton 22s, Admissions Fellow, Communications Fellow, TA – Leading Diversity in Organizations
Summer Internship: Citigroup (New York, NY)
Career Plans: Investment Banking
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Rittenhouse Farmer’s Market, Small Group Dinners in Center City, SPiN Philadelphia; Restaurants: Honey’s Sit ‘N Eat, Zahav, Nom Wah Dim Sum, Machi Sushi
As a Diversity Admissions Fellow, ask me about: programming at Wharton delivered by clubs such as Out4Biz and AAMBAA, initiatives from WGA, Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), classes highlighting diversity and inclusion, and partnerships with the administration.

Margaux McGrath

Previous Education: Georgetown University
Hometown: Glenview, IL
Previous Career: Media
Wharton Major: Management
Clubs/Activities: Welcome Committee, Admissions Fellow, Communications Fellow, Wine Club, Food Club, Ski & Snowboard Club, Golf Club, General Management Club
Summer Internship: JP Morgan (New York, NY)
Career Plans: Diversified Financial Services
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Small group dinners with friends, exploring Fishtown, BYO restaurants, yoga at Focus, enjoying the outdoor tables at Butcher Bar, karaoke parties, catching up with friends at Pub every Thursday

Richard Merino (Diversity Fellow)

Previous Education: New York University
Hometown: New York, NY
Previous Career: Financial Services
Wharton Majors: Marketing; Dual MPA with Harvard Kennedy School
Clubs/Activities: WHAMBAA, Out 4 Biz, Wharton Rugby Football Club, Politics & Public Policy Club, Cannabis Business Club
Summer Internship: NYC Office of the Mayor (New York, NY)
Career Plans: Government
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Running along the Schuylkill, Little Spoon Cafe for brunch, El Rey for margaritas, Ranstead Room for cocktails, Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown for live music, Coda for house/techno music
As a Diversity Admissions Fellow, ask me about: WHAMBAA, AAMBAA, Out 4 Biz, Return on Equality, One Wharton Week, Cluster Diversity Rep, Explore Wharton, P3, FGLI – First Generation Low-Income, Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT)

Jenny Mi

Previous Education: University of California Berkeley
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Previous Career: Consulting
Wharton Major: Marketing and Operations Management
Clubs/Activities: Leadership Fellow, Wharton Marketing Club (Co-President), WAAAM (VP External), Authors@Wharton Advisory Board, Wharton Analytics Fellow, Food Club, Dance Studio, Return on Equality, Yoga Club
Summer Internship: Brand Management at General Mills (Minneapolis, MN)
Career Plans: Consumer Goods/Retail
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Yoga at Maha Yoga, workouts at Unite Fitness, eating and shopping at Reading Terminal, small group dinners; Restaurants: Dan Dan, Amis, The Love, Mission Taqueria, Parc Rittenhouse, Cheu Noodle Bar

Jelece Morris (Diversity Fellow)

Previous Education: University of Florida
Hometown: Coral Springs, FL
Previous Career: Consulting
Wharton Major: Entrepreneurial Management
Clubs/Activities: Admissions Fellow, Leadership Fellow, Omnicom Communications Fellow, Welcome Committee, Caribiz (CFO), AAMBAA, Return on Equality, Dance Studio, Boxing Club
Summer Internship: A.T. Kearney (Chicago, IL)
Career Plans: Entrepreneurship
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Biking along the Schuylkill River; Restaurants: Valanni, Cuba Libre, Russet
As a Diversity Admissions Fellow, ask me about: Pre-MBA recruiting, MLT MBA Prep and Professional Development, Jumpstart, Explore Wharton, Diversity Chats, One Wharton Week, Return on Equality, AAMBAA, Caribiz, Cultural Competency Training

Joshua Nguyen (Diversity Fellow)

Previous Education: University of California Berkeley
Hometown: Santa Ana, CA and Saigon, Vietnam
Previous Career: Consulting
Wharton Majors: Finance; Management
Clubs/Activities: Admissions Fellow, Alumni Fellow, Cluster Council, GUIDE Mentor, Finance Club, Private Equity & Venture Capital Club, Dealmakers Club, Boxing Club, Dance Studio, Southeast Asia Club
Summer Internship: Evercore Partners (Menlo Park, CA)
Career Plans: Investment Banking
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Small group dinners, running along the Schuylkill River; Restaurants: JJ Thai, Alma de Cuba, Viet Huong
As a Diversity Admissions Fellow, ask me about: Pre-MBA Recruiting, Consulting / Finance Careers, Southeast Asia Representation, Cluster Council, Global Immersion Program, Career Treks, Diversity Chats

Nduka Nwankwo (Diversity Fellow)

Previous Education: Pepperdine University
Hometown: San Francisco, CA and Lagos, Nigeria
Previous Career: Investment Banking/Brokerage
Wharton Major: Finance
Clubs/Activities: Wharton Africa Student Association (VP Prospectives), AAMBAA, Lipman Family Prize Fellow, Consumer Behavior TA, Wharton GUIDE Mentor, Penn Africa Student Association
Summer Internship: Bank of America Merrill Lynch (New York, NY)
Career Plans: Investment Banking
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Exploring Philadelphia restaurants, my favorite one being Kilimanjaro (Senegalese food, particularly fond of the grilled lamb); watching film showcases at the Philadelphia Film Society
As a Diversity Admissions Fellow, ask me about: Wharton Africa Student Association, Wharton Africa Business Forum, AAMBAA, Penn Africa Student Association

John Okenwa (Diversity Fellow)

Previous Education: University of Maryland
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Previous Career: Financial Services/FinTech
Wharton Majors: Strategic Management; Dual MPA with Harvard Kennedy School
Clubs/Activities: Wharton Africa Growth Partners (Sector Lead), West Africa Trek (Co-Lead), WABF (Director Prospectives), AAMBAA, WASA, Consulting, FinTech, Human Capital, Tennis Clubs
Summer Internship: McKinsey & Company (Sub-Saharan Africa)
Career Plans: Consulting
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Biking around Philly, Brunches at Green Eggs Cafe, Small Group Dinners, Helium Comedy Club; Restaurants: Veda, Pattaya, El Vez, JJ Thai
As a Diversity Admissions Fellow, ask me about: AAMBAA, Diversity Chats, Explore Wharton, International Student Life, Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), Wharton in Africa (careers, alum, etc), Wharton Africa Student Association

Nicolette Omoile Gangitano

Previous Education: University of Southern California
Hometown: Coppell, TX
Previous Career: Education
Wharton Major: Entrepreneurial Management
Clubs/Activities: VP, Student Life (WGA), Admissions Fellow, Alumni Fellow, Wharton Small Business Development Center (SBDC), #OurWharton Co-Host, African-American MBA Association (AAMBAA 100 Series Chair), Wharton African Student Association, VIP-C Entrepreneurship, Founders Club, Tech Club, eClub
Summer Internship: Google (New York, NY)
Career Plans: Entrepreneurship & Tech/Social Impact
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Random Walks to friends around Rittenhouse, playing basketball at Pottruck, Studio Classes (Flywheel, Kickboxing, etc.), Small Group Dinners, Freedom Church; Restaurants: After a Green Eggs brunch (Chocolate Chip Dough Stuffed French Toast), I stick to Real Food Eatery, HipCity Veg, Sampha, Dizengoff

Sonal Panda

Previous Education: Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute
Hometown: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Previous Career: Health Care
Wharton Major: Health Care Management; Finance
Clubs/Activities: India Club (President), Wharton India Economic Forum (Chair), Pets At Wharton Society (VP-Finance), Health Care, PE/VC, Entrepreneurship, Dance Studio, Theater Troupe, Battle of the Bands
Summer Internship: TBD
Career Plans: Private Equity/Venture Capital
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Attending musical concerts by the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra and at Wells Fargo Center; chilling by Penn’s landing; Restaurants: Zahav, Jane G’s, Estia, Franklin Fountain

Virginie Perraudin

Previous Education: Cornell University
Hometown: Fontainebleau, France
Previous Career: Consulting
Wharton Majors: Finance; Organizational Effectiveness
Clubs/Activities: French Club (President), Admissions Fellow, Student Life Fellow, Rugby Club, Ski Club, Storytellers, Whalasa, PUB
Summer Internship: Amazon, Retail Leadership Development Program (Seattle, WA)
Career Plans: Retail
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Exploring Philadelphia’s great restaurants, beer gardens and breweries, Karaoke, MBA Pub, Helium Comedy Club, Reading Terminal Market

Matt Perrotta

Previous Education: West Virginia University
Hometown: Morgantown, WV
Previous Career: Consulting
Wharton Major: Entrepreneurial Management
Clubs/Activities: Leadership Fellow, Admissions Fellow, Tech Club (VP Sponsorships & Treasury), Entrepreneurship Club, Founders Club, Rugby, Tennis, Food Club, PUB
Summer Internship: Activision Blizzard (Santa Monica, CA)
Career Plans: Technology/Entrepreneurship
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Exploring Philly breweries and speakeasies and trying new restaurants and coffee shops; Restaurants: Barbuzzo, Abe Fisher, Gran Caffe L’Aquila, and HipCityVeg

Jen Potvin

Previous Education: Williams College
Hometown: Sherborn, MA
Previous Career: Non-Profit/Social Enterprise
Wharton Major: Organizational Effectiveness
Clubs/Activities: Welcome Committee, Lipman Family Prize Fellow, Innovation & Design Club (Co-President), Beer Club (Co-President), GUIDE Mentor, Walnut Walk Co-Host
Summer Internship: Boston Consulting Group (Washington, D.C.)
Career Plans: Consulting
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Breweries and bars in Fishtown, live music at Morgan’s Pier, Science After Hours at the Franklin Institute; Restaurants: Harp & Crown brunch, Double Knot, Mission Taqueria

Jessica Pugh

Previous Education: California State University Long Beach
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
Previous Career: Insurance
Wharton Major: Organizational Effectiveness
Clubs/Activities: Student Life Fellow, Human Capital Club, AAMBAA and California Club
Summer Internship: Google (Mountain View, CA)
Career Plans: Technology
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Brunch at Aksum and Green Eggs, Philadelphia Improv Theater and Drake Night at the Fillmore

Liz Qian

Previous Education: University of Pennsylvania
Hometown: Princeton, NJ
Previous Career: Private Equity/Buyouts
Wharton Major: Finance
Clubs/Activities: Wharton Dean’s MBA Advisory Council, Communications Fellow, MGMT 101 Head TA, Wharton Women in Business (VP of Admissions), Asia Club (VP of Social)
Summer Internship: Amazon (Seattle, WA)
Career Plans: Private Equity/Venture Capital
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Running along the Schuylkill, trying new exercise classes, dim sum in Chinatown, and going to my favorite restaurants: Barbuzzo, Amis, and Little Fish

Kanishk Raghuvanshi

Previous Education: University of Waterloo
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Previous Career: Consulting
Wharton Majors: Finance; Lauder MA in International Studies
Clubs/Activities: Wharton Follies (Co-director), Canada Club (Treasurer), Boxing Club, Finance Club, GUIDE, Lauder Student Board
Summer Internship: JP Morgan (New York, NY)
Career Plans: Investment Banking
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Small group dinners, Karaoke in Chinatown Restaurants: IndeBlue, Jane G’s, La Viola

Brent Robinson

Previous Education: United States Naval Academy
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Previous Career: Military
Wharton Major: Finance
Clubs/Activities: Admissions Fellow, Investment Management Club (VP), Wine Club (VP), Veterans Club, Pub Club
Summer Internship: Causeway Capital Management (Los Angeles, CA)
Career Plans: Investment Management
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Schuylkill River Trail, Historic Buildings, Dog Park, Reading Terminal Market, Beer gardens; Restaurants: Abe Fisher, Ants Pants, Vernick

Buki Samuel (Diversity Fellow)

Previous Education: Duke University
Hometown: Nigeria and Bronx, NY
Previous Career: Education
Wharton Majors: Marketing and Operations; Strategic Management
Clubs/Activities: Admission Fellow, Welcome Committee, Student Life Fellow, Nonprofit Board Fellow, Dance Studio (Choreographer), African American MBA Association (AAMBAA), Wharton Africa Student Association (WASA), Wharton African Business Forum (WABF), GUIDE Mentorship Program
Summer Internship: Comcast (Philadelphia, PA)
Career Plans: Retail/Consulting
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, Philly Night Markets, Roots Picnic, Spruce Harbor Park and The Oval at Art Museum; Restaurants: Cafe La Maude, Sidecar, Figs, and Aksum
As a Diversity Admissions Fellow, ask me about: MLT Professional Development, Explore Wharton, AAMBAA 100 Series Programming, WASA Africa Week, WABF, Cultural Competency Training, ROE One Wharton Week, AAMBAA Storytellers, and Dance Studio

Sam Sargent

Previous Education: University of Pennsylvania
Hometown: Lighthouse Point, FL
Previous Career: Consulting
Wharton Major: Management
Clubs/Activities: Admissions Fellow, Cocktail Club Board, Pub Board, Travel and Hospitality Club – SVP Airlines, Wine Club, General Management Club, Return on Equality, GUIDE
Summer Internship: American Express- Enterprise Strategy and Execution (New York, NY)
Career Plans: Consulting
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Biking the Schuylkill River Trail, wandering around Society Hill and Old City, getting out of the city to golf; Restaurants: Audrey Claire, Vetri, Barbuzzo, Goldie

Kahini Shah

Previous Education: Carnegie Mellon University
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Previous Career: Technology/Consulting
Wharton Majors: Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Finance
Clubs/Activities: Coding Club (Founder and Co-President), Wharton Graduate Association (VP of Careers), Admissions Fellow, Tech Club, Y-Prize, Coffee Club
Summer Internship: Google Gradient Ventures (San Francisco, CA)
Career Plans: Technology
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Yoga at Thrive Studio, Running on the Schuylkill River, Small Group Dinners; Restaurants: Nook’s Bakery, Veda

Namir Shah

Previous Education: Stanford University
Hometown: Voorhees, NJ
Previous Career: Consulting
Wharton Major: Marketing
Clubs/Activities: Wine Club (Co-President), Travel & Hospitality Club (Co-President), Dance Studio (Choreographer), Wharton Africa Student Association (Kenya Trek Leader), Food Club
Summer Internship: Marriott International (Bethesda, MD)
Career Plans: Travel and Hospitality
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Bringing friends to other Philly neighborhoods for small group brunches and dinners! Philly Art Museum, walking down Boathouse Row; Restaurants: Pumpkin, Entree, Vintage Wine Bar, Double Knot Sushi

Daniel Shea (Diversity Fellow)

Previous Education: United States Naval Academy
Hometown: Lake Grove, NY
Previous Career: Military
Wharton Major: Finance
Clubs/Activities: Wharton Veterans Club, Ski and Snowboard Club, Private Equity & Venture Capital Club
Summer Internship: Bestige Holdings (Park City, UT)
Career Plans: Private Equity/Venture Capital
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Running and Biking the Schuylkill River Trail and Wissahickon State Park. Playing with my two dogs in the Schuylkill dog park; Restaurants: Kei Sushi, Audrey Claire, Twenty Manning Grill, Parc, Zahav, and Honey’s.
As a Diversity Admissions Fellow, ask me about: Career switching from government to private sector; Being a husband, father, and student.

Amee Shrimanker

Previous Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Hometown: Paramus, NJ
Previous Career: Consulting
Wharton Majors: Entrepreneurial Management; Marketing
Clubs/Activities: VP of Alumni Affairs for WGA, Communications Fellow, Admissions Fellow, Dance Studio, WWIB, Technology, PE / VC, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Wine, Boxing and Ski Clubs
Summer Internship: Rocksbox (San Francisco, CA)
Career Plans: Technology
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Small group brunches, workout classes, axe throwing, and beer gardens; Restaurants: Zahav, Goldie, Day by Day, and El Vez

Ankur Sisodia

Previous Education: Northwestern University
Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Previous Career: Internet Services
Wharton Majors: Entrepreneurial Management; Dual Degree with
Penn Engineering
Clubs/Activities: Storytellers Club (Co-President), Founders Club (Actively working on startup), Wharton FC, Wharton Impact Investing Partners, Tech Club Board, GUIDE Mentor
Summer Internship: Nike Digital Labs- Product Management (New York, NY)
Career Plans: Technology
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Running to the Philly Art Museum, First Fridays in Old City, Wednesday Sips in the Fall; Restaurants: Masala Kitchen, Zahav, Wawa’s, Audrey Claire, Honey’s, Tria, Alma de Cuba

Henry Tang

Previous Education: Stanford University
Hometown: Chevy Chase, MD
Previous Career: Consulting
Wharton Majors: Entrepreneurial Management; Lauder MA in International Studies
Clubs/Activities: Tech Club (Board, VP of Treks), Entrepreneurship Club (Board), Media & Entertainment Club, WAAAM, ECFP, Poker Club, Wharton Admissions Fellow, Lauder Program (Admissions Fellow)
Summer Internship: Electronic Arts (Redwood City, CA)
Career Plans: Technology
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Sixers games, karaoke bars, small group dinners; Restaurants: Amada, Friday Saturday Sunday, Village Whiskey, Barbuzzo, Dim Sum House, Franklin Fountain

Nicholas Weido

Previous Education: University of Notre Dame
Hometown: Houston, TX
Previous Career: Private Equity and Investment Banking
Wharton Major: Entrepreneurial Management
Clubs/Activities: Welcome Committee, PE/VC Club, Wharton Cluster Council, Out4Business, GUIDE Mentor, Ski & Snowboard Club, Wine Club, FinTechnology Club
Summer Internship: Cressey and Company (Chicago, IL)
Career Plans: Private Equity/Venture Capital
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Weightlifting at Pottruck, Ripped PHL, exploring Old City, the Rodin Museum and the Barnes Foundation; Restaurants: Morimoto, Walnut Street Cafe, Pub and Kitchen, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Lisa Wen

Previous Education: Washington University in St. Louis
Hometown: Weston, MA
Previous Career: Retail/Technology
Wharton Majors: Finance; Real Estate
Clubs/Activities: Welcome Committee, Real Estate Club (Board), Yoga Club, Ski & Snowboard Club, Penn Students Women in Real Estate Club (Board)
Summer Internship: Related Beal (Boston, MA)
Career Plans: Real Estate
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Cooking for friends, Dog park on the Schuylkill River, Boutique Fitness exercise; Restaurants: BYOB spots in Passyunk

Yolande Wilson (Diversity Fellow)

Previous Education: Yale University
Hometown: Accra, Ghana
Previous Career: Consulting
Wharton Major: Finance
Clubs/Activities: Wharton Women in Business (1Y Executive Board Member – Admissions, 2Y Executive Board Member – Thought Leadership), Wharton Women’s Summit 2017 (Operations Leadership Team), Forte Women’s Foundation Ambassador, Marketing TA, Finance Club, WASA, AAMBA, Yoga Club, Wharton Christian Fellowship
Summer Internship: Evercore Partners (New York, NY)
Career Plans: Investment Banking
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: small group brunches, yoga classes at local studios, watching Wharton shows across the city e.g. Dance Studio at the Annenberg Center, annual comedy show at the Helium Comedy Club and Battle of the Bands at Theatre of the Living Arts; Restaurants: eating at the culturally-diverse restaurants Philadelphia offers ranging from Indeblue to Sampan to Kilimanjaro (Senegalese).
As a Diversity Admissions Fellow, ask me about: Wharton Women in Business, Wharton Africa Student Association, Wharton Africa Business Forum, and AAMBAA

Seary Zhao (Diversity Fellow)

Previous Education: University of Hong Kong
Hometown: Beijing, China
Previous Career: Investment Management and Investment Banking
Wharton Majors: Entrepreneurial Management; Finance
Clubs/Activities: Wharton Admission Fellow, PE/VC Club, Wharton Women in Business, Storytellers Club, Tennis Club, Wine Club, Greater China Club
Summer Internship: BlackRock Private Equity Partners (Princeton, NJ)
Career Plans: Private Equity/Venture Capital
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Activities: Sixers games, walking/ jogging along the river to Fairmount Park, small group dinners; Restaurants: Tinto, Alma de Cuba, Emei Restaurant
As a Diversity Admissions Fellow, ask me about: Greater China Club, International student life at Wharton, Wharton Women in Business

Mandy Ziffer

Previous Education: Northwestern University
Hometown: Boca Raton, FL
Previous Career: Consulting
Wharton Majors: Business Analytics; Organizational Effectiveness
Clubs/Activities: Student Life Fellow, MBA Mentor, TA (Leading Diversity in Organizations), Wildmen Ice Hockey, JAMBA
Summer Internship: Teach for America- People Analytics (New York, NY)
Career Plans: Talent Strategy
Favorite Philadelphia Restaurant/Activity: Running on the Schuylkill River, MBA Pub, Going to BYO dinner with friends, Cocktails in Center City