Wharton Global Forums Engage from the Get-Go

TokyoForum2013-450x300The Wharton Global Forum Paris 2013 will be here almost as soon as your summer will be over. Scheduled for Oct. 10-11, the Lifelong Learning event will feature keynote speakers, master classes and dynamic conversations with industry specialists, Wharton faculty and alumni. What placed this forum top of mind for me was the feedback I have gotten from attendees of last month’s Wharton Global Forum in Tokyo. Take what I heard from Jewel Huijnen, WG’03.

As enthusiastic as Huijnen was about her experiences at her 10-year Wharton MBA Reunion—and she was enthusiastic—she all but gushed about the Wharton Global Forum in Tokyo.

She was first impressed by the overall size of the event; it was oversubscribed with at least 720 attendees.

“It didn’t feel that large … it felt intimate enough,” she added, largely because the event was well organized and scheduled with many small-group settings and sessions.

One of Huijnen’s favorite sessions was the panel titled “Risk, Challenges and Opportunities: Lessons Learned From 3/11.” Moderated by Eric W. Orts, the Guardsmark Professor and director of the Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, the panel featured a who’s who of executives who stared down the massive Tohoku earthquake and its terrifying aftereffects: Hiroaki Fujii, executive deputy president and director of SB Energy Corporation; Hiroshi Hosoi, executive officer and senior vice president of JX Nippon Oil and Energy; Satoshi Kitahama, representative director of Kizuna Foundation; and Kenichi Shimomura, former deputy director general for public relations of the Office of the Cabinet Secretary.

What impressed Huijnen was how the speakers were able to describe the scale of what happened and discuss what went wrong, what they learned from it and how they’ve already implemented changes based on these lessons.

Originally Published July 1st, 2013 by Wharton Magazine

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