Tarnopol Dean’s Lecture Series

Lecture series featuring high-level business influencers and executives and hosted by Wharton Dean Geoff Garrett.

This exclusive series honors Michael L. Tarnopol, W’58

A global business leader, Mr. Tarnopol served as Vice Chairman of the International Banking Division of Bear, Stearns & Co. Mr. Tarnopol was well known in the Wharton community as a long-time member of the Board of Overseers, and as Vice Chair of Penn’s Board of Trustees.  He earned the Distinguished Service Award from the Wharton Alumni Association in 1997, and the Dean’s Medal in 2003 for his work as co-chair of Campaign for Sustained Leadership.  Mr. Tarnopol founded the Penn Club of New York, along with his wife, Lynne, CW’60.  He passed away in 2005.

Brian Sheth, W’97, Co-Founder and President, Vista Equity Partners; Co-Founder & Chairman, Global Wildlife Conservation

Brian Sheth, W’97 discussed his career, leadership and time as a Wharton Undergraduate with Dean Geoff Garrett.  April 2019. 

Wendell Pritchett, Provost, University of Pennsylvania

Dean Geoffrey Garrett and Provost Wendell Pritchett discuss the changing face of diversity and leadership. February 2019. 

Watch the lecture on the Wharton YouTube Page

The Future of Finance: 10 Years After the Financial Crisis

Dean Garrett moderates a panel discussion, featuring: James G. Dinan, W’81, Founder, Chairman & Co-CEO, York Capital Management; Ruth Porat, WG’87, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Alphabet and Google; Marc Rowan, W’84, WG’85, Co-Founder & Senior Managing Director, Apollo Global Management; Robert Wolf, W’84,  CEO, 32 Advisors. September 2018

What did we learn from the 2008 crash and what’s next for financial services and technology? Leaders in finance talk with Wharton Dean Geoff Garrett about the transformation that lies ahead.

Read more on Knowledge@Wharton; watch the video on the Wharton YouTube page.


Edith Cooper, Global Head, Human Capital Management, Goldman Sachs

Professor Nancy Rothbard and Edith Cooper discuss workplace diversity. November 2017.

“It’s important that we have an environment where everyone can perform to their ability. If you don’t have diversity, you don’t have the ideas to be a thought leader. If you have one of the same thing over and over, you don’t add to collective knowledge.” — Edith Cooper
Read more on Levo.

Kerwin Charles, Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy

Dean Geoffrey Garrett and Professor Kerwin Charles discuss “The Economics of Race in America.” October 2017.

“I can be hyper-sensitive to how a slip of mine, a failure to achieve something, a screwing up, could affect somebody behind me. To carry that burden as an assistant professor or a graduate student is just a terrible thing. I’d like to assure them … there’s this thing down the line that will have big payoffs for other people that you don’t even know well.” — Prof. Kerwin Charles
Read more and view the the video on Wharton Stories.

Trump Administration and the Economy

Dean Geoffrey Garrett and faculty predict how the new administration’s policies will affect the economy. January 2017.

“Given a scenario in which 10 percent of the undocumented population is deported annually, the assumption is that those jobs would be picked up by native-born workers and that’s just simply not empirically true. When you deport undocumented workers, those [typically low-skilled] jobs aren’t replaced by native-born workers” but by automation. — Prof. Kent Smetters, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury
Read more on Wharton Stories.

Kenneth Chenault, Chief Operating Officer, American Express

Dean Geoffrey Garret and Kenneth Chenault discuss FinTech-enabled commerce and values-based leadership. September 2016. 

“Leadership takes many forms, but one thing that is most important is to realize that change is inevitable, especially in the age we live in now, and that you always have to be adaptable to change.” — Kenneth Chenault
Read more on Medium.

Tom Wheeler, Chairman, United States Federal Communications Commission

Tom Wheeler discusses Net Neutrality and digital regulation. February 2016.

“I’m a capitalist with a capital ‘C.’  I am a business person first.” — Tom Wheeler
Read more on Knowledge @ Wharton.

Ron Dermer, W’96, Israeli Ambassador to the United States

Ambassador Ron Dermer joins Dean Geoffrey Garrett for a talk on Israel’s Economy. October 2015. 

“I see right now a window of opportunity that didn’t exist before…. Many countries that formerly saw Israel as an enemy now see Israel as a potential partner in addressing their primary security challenges.” — Ambassador Ron Dermer
Read more on Politico.

Douglas Peterson, WG’85, President and CEO, McGraw Hill Financial

Douglas Peterson shares why he takes on difficult jobs. April 2014. 

Read more on Wharton Magazine.

Robert Moritz, Chairman and Senior Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Moritz speaks about the experiences that have shaped him as a leader and the importance of financial literacy in nurturing the next generation of leaders. December 2013. 

“[The] only way you are going to have the best talent is to have the most diverse talent.”  — Robert Moritz
Read more and view the video on Knowledge @ Wharton.

Vikram Pandit, CEO, Citigroup

Professor Michael Useem and Vikram Pandit discuss the 2008 financial crisis and pursuing one’s passion. October 2008.

“Find your passion and go after it. And if you don’t know what it is, find a place that will help you find your passion.” — Vikram Pandit.
Read more on Knowledge @ Wharton.