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The Wharton Fellows is a lifelong network of thought leaders, senior executives, Wharton faculty, and leading experts that provides continuous critical knowledge, challenges to the status quo, and unparalleled decision support. The program’s unique format — short, global master classes and a continuously linked community of experts — helps senior leaders to meet the current and future business challenges of accelerated, disruptive change.
Who can attend This Program
Senior executives with more than 15 years of management experience. All candidates must submit an application for acceptance into the Fellows program prior to registering for any Master Classes.
The Next Big Thing
May 7–10, 2017 – Los Angeles, California, US
September 10–13, 2017 – Shanghai, China
October 3-7, 2016 – Manila, Philippines & Singapore
May 1 – 4, 2016 – San Francisco / Silicon Valley
September 29 – October 2, 2015 – “The Next Big Thing – Philadelphia Perspective”
The fellows looked at designing a new and different learning experience then what they had done in days past in Philadelphia. After all, it was the “Next Big Thing,” right? They from companies and organizations driving radical innovations in health care, robotics and artificial intelligence and that were leveraging the power of the network. Ventures as well as very cool incubators with a close look and hands-on experience with 3D printing and other distributive, network based businesses. It was an opportunity to meet with Penn Students and experience some reverse mentoring and learn from their perspectives on campus to see how the Millennials were thinking about their networks as sources of value using today’s technologies. Finally, we want to explore the changing role of the Board of Directors from compliance to leadership to network orchestration.
May 17 – 20, 2015 – “The Next Big Thing – Israel”
In May, 2015 Israel Master Class was essentially a rescheduling of the same itinerary that Wharton planned for August, 2014 with the addition of a new speaker, who served as the mind behind the Iron Dome – and how Israel was using the power of the network to generate extraordinary value from a tiny country. They spent an afternoon site visiting the Google Campus TLV, a hub for entrepreneurs and tech developers in Israel. Then from Academia to R&D to Game Changing Internet Investment, which included visits to IDC Herzliya, the first private institution of higher education in Israel; Carmel Ventures, a venture capital firm; Netafim, Sosa TLV, and Microsoft’s R&D Accelerator. The fellows visited the Weizmann Institute of Science, Har Hotzvim Industrial Park and to JVP Media Labs, an early-stage investment firm. And finally they took a look at Disruptive Technologies from the Start Up Nation to include visits to various Israeli tech companies that aimed to change the way we shop and consume information online. Companies included: The Gifts Project, Wibbitz and IBM’s Alpha Zone Accelerator.
February 15 – 18, 2015 – “The Next Big Thing – Austin”
In this next city, the fellows continued to develop the next stage of value creation strategies in the network age. To support this foundation, they were also in early stages of discussion with numerous high profile incubators and accelerators. They were considering visiting Capital Factory: one of the largest entrepreneur co-location spaces and 3-Day Startup (this is the Friday to Sunday overnight crash course in creating a startup). Austin is also an example of Smart Grids and the leading the way in next generation of energy and utilities, where companies are using technologies to create the next car through crowdsourcing (www.localmotors.com). They looked to organize a visit to IBM’s Design Studios to study design thinking, possibly with Watson, along with some other large multinationals to include Bazaar Voice, Whole Foods and Austin Ventures – the venture capital firm behind many of today’s newest, and most valuable $1 Billion startups. We also looked at the University of Texas Research Showcase to see the future of Wireless, 3D printing and batteries. Of course, they couldn’t have gone to Austin without visiting Music, Video and Film companies as well.
October 29 – 31, 2014 – “The Next Big Thing – Boston”
Wharton Senior Fellow and Open Matters CEO, Barry Libert set the stage by sharing research that was conducted in partnership with Deloitte and demonstrated that Technology Creators (like SalesForce.com and DropBox.com) and Network Orchestrators (like LinkedIn and Visa) create higher valuations than traditional manufacturers, retailers, distributors and service companies. They also laid the groundwork for helping the fellows create networks in their own organization. Our target corporate visits list included such exciting companies as Kayak, Acquia, (an open source company preparing to go public) and WayFair (the next big retailer after Amazon and Alibaba). Each of these companies mastered the “Next Big Thing” in creating extraordinary value using networks.
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