Announcing the 2019 Wharton Graduation Speakers

Our 2019 Graduation speakers bring a diverse range of business acumen and embody the values we strive to uphold each day — innovative thinking, resilient leadership, and global collaboration. We are delighted to welcome them to the stage as we send our new graduates into the world.

  • Wharton MBA alumnus Anthony Noto, WG’99, Chief Executive Officer, SoFi
  • Philanthropist and Bloomberg TV host David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman, Carlyle Group
  • Wharton undergraduate alumna Stacy Brown-Philpot, W’97, Chief Executive Officer, TaskRabbit
  • Wharton undergrad alumnus Jonathan (“Jon”) Gray, C’92, W’92, President and Chief Operating Officer, Blackstone

Wharton San Francisco MBA for Executives Graduation Ceremony

Sunday, May 5, 2019 — 10AM

Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA

Anthony Noto, WG’99, Chief Executive Officer, SoFi

A financial leader with over a decade of experience in the C-Suite, Mr. Noto was previously CFO of Twitter and CFO and Executive Vice President of the National Football League. He spent many years prior at Goldman Sachs as co-head of global TMT investment banking and was a top-ranked analyst while heading communication media and internet equity research. He was Twitter’s COO for two years before becoming CEO of SoFi in 2018 and joining its board of directors, where he currently works to help over half a million SoFi members achieve financial independence.

“Through his journey from U.S. Army captain to a revered internet analyst and executive, Anthony Noto has forged a career of honor and distinction,” said Geoffrey Garrett, Dean of the Wharton School. “He has proven himself a multifaceted leader and will impart valuable insights to our West Coast MBA for Executive graduates as they embark on their careers.”

Wharton Philadelphia MBA for Executives Graduation Ceremony

Saturday, May 18, 2019 — 2:30 PM

Annenberg Center for Performing Arts
3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman, The Carlyle Group

David M. Rubenstein is a Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest and most successful investment firms. In 1987, he co-founded the firm which has since grown to manage $212 billion from 31 offices around the world.

As a philanthropic leader, Mr. Rubenstein is Chairman of the Boards of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Council on Foreign Relations; a Fellow of the Harvard Corporation; a Trustee of the National Gallery of Art, the University of Chicago, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Brookings Institution, and the World Economic Forum; and President of the Economic Club of Washington.

He is also the host of The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations on Bloomberg TV and PBS.

“The rise and rise of the Carlyle Group is a testament to David Rubenstein’s incredible skills, energy, and charisma. But his decades-long leadership of many of the world’s most important non-profit organizations shines just as bright,” said Dean Garrett. “We’re honored to welcome this extraordinary leader to address our MBA for Executives in Philadelphia.”

Wharton Undergraduate Graduation Ceremony

Sunday, May 19, 2019 — 9 AM

The Palestra, 33rd and South Streets
Philadelphia, PA

Stacy Brown-Philpot, W’97, Chief Executive Officer, TaskRabbit

As a prominent leader in the digital economy, Ms. Brown-Philpot has led the growth and scale of enterprises both large and small for over 15 years. Since 2012, she’s grown TaskRabbit — an on-demand task management network — from startup to global business, and in 2017 led its acquisition by the IKEA Group. TaskRabbit is now a core driver of the ecommerce and services strategy for the world’s largest furniture retailer. That same year, TaskRabbit was named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies.

Prior to her role at TaskRabbit, Ms. Brown-Philpot spent nearly 10 years with Google leading global operations and is on the board of directors for HP Inc., Nordstrom, and Black Girls Code. A frequent speaker on the advancement of women and minorities in tech, she founded Black Googler Network, a seminal diversity initiative in the industry.

“Stacy Brown-Philpot has navigated the ever-evolving technology industry with uncanny skill and is now a recognized leader in her field,” said Dean Garrett. “At the same time, she is a remarkable role model who, throughout her career, has advocated for diversity and driven change. We are fortunate to have her speak to our undergraduate class.”

Wharton MBA Graduation Ceremony

Sunday, May 19, 2019 — 1 PM

The Palestra, 33rd and South Streets
Philadelphia, PA

Jonathan (“Jon”) Gray, C’92, W’92, President and COO, Blackstone

Jonathan (“Jon”) Gray is President and Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone and is a member of Blackstone’s Board of Directors. As the firm’s former Global Head of Real Estate, Mr. Gray helped build the largest real estate platform in the world.

In addition to his roles at Blackstone, Mr. Gray currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Hilton Worldwide and on the board of Harlem Village Academies and Trinity School. Along with his wife, Mindy, he established the Basser Center for BRCA at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Gray Foundation, an organization committed to maximizing access to education, healthcare, and opportunity for low-income children in New York, as well as funding BRCA-related research.

“Jon Gray has built a remarkable nexus between private equity and real estate in an extraordinary career at Blackstone. But he is so much more than one of the world’s leading executives. He is also a compassionate leader and visionary philanthropist, changing the world from giving low-income students the opportunity to thrive in college to supporting cutting-edge cancer research,” said Dean Garrett. “Jon’s life exemplifies excellence, commitment, and integrity, and we are thrilled he will join us at this year’s MBA graduation.”

More than 1,500 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees will be conferred at The Wharton School’s four graduation ceremonies this year. For ceremony details, Graduation stories, highlights from last year, and a list of past speakers visit, graduation.wharton.upenn.edu.