Wharton Graduation Speakers

Visionary business leaders providing guidance and encouragement as our graduates take the next step on their path

Wharton San Francisco MBA for Executives Graduation Ceremony

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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.

Wharton Philadelphia MBA for Executives Graduation Ceremony

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DAVID M. RUBENSTEIN, CO-FOUNDER AND CO-EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF 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.

Wharton Undergraduate Graduation Ceremony

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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.

Wharton MBA Graduation Ceremony

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JONATHAN (“JON”) GRAY, 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.

Past Graduation Speakers

2018

MBA

Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Chobani, LLC

MBA Program for Executives West

Safra Catz, W’83, L’86, Chief Executive Officer of Oracle Corporation

MBA Program for Executives East

F. William McNabb III, WG’83, Chairman of Vanguard

Undergraduate

Jeff Weiner, W’92, Chief Executive Officer of LinkedIn

2017

MBA

Yuri Milner, Founder of DST Global

MBA Program for Executives West

K. Robert “Bobby” Turner, W’84, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Turner Impact Capital

MBA Program for Executives East

Adam Grant, Saul P. Steinberg Professor of Management at the Wharton School and Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania

Undergraduate

Nathaniel “Nat” Snead Turner V, W’08, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Flatiron Health

2016

MBA

Ruth Porat, WG’87, Chief Financial Officer of Alphabet

MBA Program for Executives West

Jacqueline Reses, W’92, Capital Lead of Square

MBA Program for Executives East

Anthony Noto, WG’99 (WEMBA 23), Chief Financial Officer of Twitter

2015

MBA

Neil Blumenthal, WG’10, and Dave Gilboa, WG’10, Co-Founders and Co-Chief Executive Officers of Warby Parker

MBA Program for Executives West

Josh Kopelman, W’93, Founder of First Round Capital

MBA Program for Executives East

David Pottruck, C’70, WG’72, Chairman of High Tower Advisors

2014

MBA

David Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of The Carlyle Group

MBA Program for Executives West

Neel Kashkari, WG’02, Former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department

MBA Program for Executives East

Dan Tangherlini, WG’01, Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration

2013

MBA

Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News

MBA Program for Executives West

Inder Sidhu, WG’91, Senior Vice President of Strategy for Worldwide Operations at Cisco Systems

MBA Program for Executives East

Alex Gorsky, WG’96, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson & Johnson

2012

MBA

Dr. Mehmet Oz, M’86, WG’86, talk show host and Director of Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital

MBA Program for Executives

Carol Bartz, Former President and Chief Executive Officer of Yahoo! and Autodesk

2011

MBA

Vikram Pandit, Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup

MBA Program for Executives

Laurence M. Baer, President and Chief Operations Officer of San Francisco Giants

2010

MBA

Robert Kapito, W’79, Co-Founder and President of BlackRock

MBA Program for Executives

Paul Otellini, President and Chief Executive Officer of Intel Corporation

2009

MBA

Muhammad Yunus, Founder of Grameen Bank and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

MBA Program for Executives

Peter Robertson, WG’71, Chevron Corporation

2008

MBA

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., Governor of Utah

MBA Program for Executives

Art Bilger, Managing Director of Shelter Capital Partners, LLC

2007

MBA

Lakshmi N. Mittal, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Arcelor Mittal and Founder of Mittal Steel

MBA Program for Executives

Patrick T. Harker, Dean of The Wharton School

2006

MBA

Leonard Lauder, W’54, Chairman of Estee Lauder Companies

MBA Program for Executives

Kenneth Moelis, W’80, WG’81, President and Joint Global Head of Investment Banking for UBS Investment Bank

2005

MBA

Alan Greenspan, Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Federal Reserve System

MBA Program for Executives

David Pottruck, C’70, WG’72, President and Chief Executive Officer of Charles Schwab

“You came here to realize your wildest aspirations, and those aspirations invariably mean making a big impact on the world. I think our job at the school is to help you not only while you’re here but for the rest of your lives too.”


DEAN GEOFF GARRETT