Houston. The New Student Send-off Party for new and returning students (parents welcome) will be held at Taco Milagro on Sat., Aug. 10 at 4pm, Please register at www.pennhouston.org. Hope to see you there.

Lehigh Valley.  On Sat., July 13, please join the Club for our Summer Get-Together/Welcome to New Students, at the home of our past president, Shawn Kent Hayashi. For more details about this event, please check our website, www.alumniconnections.com or our Facebook page.

Northern California. Join Bay Area alumni at our summer events, including community-service opportunities, happy hours, wine-tasting, and events with our Ivy League friends. If you are thinking of heading back for an MBA, the Club will again be hosting the MBA admissions panel on July 29, with representatives from the top schools and sponsored by Kaplan Test Prep. We are also planning our First September celebration welcoming the Class of 2013 to San Francisco. Let us know if you would like to help with events, volunteers are always welcome! To receive invitations to our events, register on our website www.ncpenclub.com

Minnesota.  The Club is extremely active and would love to see you at our monthly events. Please notify Dan at dan_rutman@alumni.upenn.edu to get our event list.
Northeastern Pennsylvania. Please join us for a reception honoring Northeastern Pennsylvania’s contributions to Penn’s Class of 2017. Our reception will be held on Thurs., July 25, at 6pm at the East Mountain Inn in Wilkes-Barre. The reception will give you an opportunity to meet the local members of Penn’s incoming freshman class and to mingle with your fellow Penn alumni.  (The inn is just off Exit 170-A of I-81; directions and information is at www.eastmountaininn.com/maps.htm.) Casual attire for the evening, which should conclude by 8pm. Dinner will be served (cash bar), and the price is $30 per person. Please RSVP no later than Thurs., July 19, by calling me at (570) 762-4358 or by emailing me at AndrewPasonick@penneastern.com. Please mail your check (payable to “Penn Club of NEPA”) to Brent Snowdon at 20 Wedgewood Way, Dallas, PA 18612.

Portland, Ore. The Club’s annual Summer Lawn Party and Class of 2017 Send-off Event will be held in late July-early August at the home of one of our alumni members. Please check our website (www.pennclubofportland.org) for exact date, time, and details. Last month we once again presented book awards to deserving students, moving into their senior year at four high schools: it is Penn Professor Richard Beeman’s great new book, Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor: The Forging of American Independence, 1774-1776. Presentation photos are on our website.

San Antonio, Tex. Here are the Penn Alumni luncheons for July and August: Fri., July 26, at Sapore’s Pizza, 2715 Hillcrest Road, near Babcock, (210) 733-5503, on the NW side inside Loop 410. Fri., Aug. 30, Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden at The Pearl, (210) 354-4644. RSVP and any questions to eayala@express-news.net. We will also hold our annual Freshman Sendoff in late July or early August. Tentative hosts will be Bob and Cathy Weidman. For updates and other news keep an eye on our blog, pennalumnisa.blogspot.com, and make sure we have your current email address for our listserv.

San Diego. Please join the Penn, Wharton, and all of the Ivy League clubs for an amazing Ivy Mixer at the VIP Tent at the San Diego Polo Club for the Fernando Gutierrez Memorial Cup Finals on Sun., July 21. Information for discounted tickets to the VIP section is sent out to the listserv and is posted on our Facebook page, Penn Club of San Diego. For more information on the event, please email pennclubsd@gmail.com. August Join us and Ivy Plus! The Penn Club of San Diego joins our friends at the Columbia Alumni Association of San Diego for an Ivy+ Padres event on Aug. 17, to watch them play the New York Mets; seats—which are limited—will be on a terrace overlooking beautiful Petco Park. Please contact pennclubsd@gmail.com on how to reserve tickets.

Seattle. Upcoming club events in the works include our Freshmen Send Off in July, a Young Alumni Happy Hour in August, and our annual Family Picnic the second Sunday in September. Hope to see you at one of our events. Stay in the loop by visiting our website, www.pennclubofseattle.com, by joining our Facebook and LinkedIn groups (Penn Alumni in Seattle), or subscribing to our Listserv via our website. Contact club co-presidents for more information or to volunteer for the club: Kristine Tan Wright EAS’94 at kristine@pennclubofseattle.com or Belinda Bentzin Buscher C’92 at belinda@pennclubofseattle.com.

Washington. Join the DC Penn Club for our July and August summer events. For more details, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/5691757420, or at our website, www.alumni.upenn.edu/club/dc.html. The Club welcomes inquiries about membership, and offers volunteer opportunities for members. For further information, please email us at pennclubofdc@gmail.com.

Westchester/Rockland Counties. On the evening of Sat., Aug. 3, we will head to Caramoor Center for the Arts and Music to see the extraordinary five-time Tony winner and twice Grammy winner Audra McDonald perform favorite show tunes, classic songs from the movies, and original pieces written expressly for her, outside in the beautiful Venetian Theater. Please see the Club website, www.pennclubwestrock.org, for additional details and to RSVP for this and other events. The Club also welcomes inquiries about membership and volunteer opportunities. For further information, please email the Club at president@pennclubwestrock.org.

Wilmington, N.C. Steve Morris GMt’72, Johanna Stanley Murrell C’06, and Paul Sternlieb EAS’94 W’94 WG’01 have formed an All Ivy Club in Wilmington.  If you are interested, please join their Facebook Page www.facebook.com/WilmingtonIvyClub  or contact Alumni Relations Office at (215) 746-2505.


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Penn Women in Chicago:
Navigating Diverse Career Paths
Wed., July 31, 6-8pm

Please join the Trustees Council of Penn Women for this topical panel discussion. The panel will be moderated by Sarah Doherty EAS’10 (co-founder and CTO of TeleHealthNow) and will feature Penn alumnae from a carefully selected mix of industries, at various stages of their careers, and with a variety of life experiences. These women include middle managers and senior executives, those who have made career changes, and also working mothers. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from the experiences and advice of others, get your own career, life, and balance questions answered, and network with other fascinating Penn women!

Location: Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Blvd.
Light dinner and drinks will be served.
Panelists: Meredith Daw GEd’03, assistant vice president for enrollment and student advancement and executive director of career advancement at the University of Chicago; Gina Fechheimer W’00, an associate broker, @properties; Ginny Fitzgerald G’90, director of visitor and member services, Chicago History Museum; Nancy Rothstein CW’75, a sleep-wellness consultant, The Sleep Ambassador; Dr. Elissa Tenney GrEd’07, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

For more information: email Terri Welsh at welsh@upenn.edu

And the Nominees Are …
Penn Alumni has nominated three candidates to fill three alumni trustee positions for five–year terms starting January 1, 2014.
Connie K. Duckworth WG’79 founded ARZU, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, in 2004 and serves pro bono as chair and chief executive officer. She is a retired partner and managing director of Goldman Sachs, where she was named the first woman sales and trading partner in the firm’s history during her 20-year career from 1981 to 2001.

Ms. Duckworth is currently a trustee of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company and a director of the Russell Investment Group, and of Steelcase Inc. In her philanthropic work, Ms. Duckworth serves on the Board of Overseers for the Wharton School and the board of the Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago and NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Ill., where she was the first woman to be named chair of the board. She is a member of the US-Afghan Women’s Council, a public-private partnership aligned with the US State Department, and past Chair of the Committee of 200, the organization of leading women entrepreneurs and corporate business executives in the US. She also co-authored a primer on entrepreneurship entitled The Old Girls Network: Insider Advice for Women Building Businesses in a Man’s World (Basic Books 2003).

The recipient of numerous awards for leadership, advocacy, social impact, innovation, and global presence, Ms. Duckworth was honored as the 2012 Woman Extraordinaire by the Chicago International Women Associates. In 2011, she was awarded the Wharton School Dean’s Medal, its highest honor, and was named a 2008 Skoll Foundation honoree for Social Entrepreneurship. She holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA from the University of Texas.

James C. Johnson C’74 L’77 has served, since November 2010, as general counsel of Loop Capital Markets LLC, an investment banking firm in Chicago. Prior to that he served as vice president, corporate secretary, and assistant general counsel of the Boeing Company from 1998 until March 2009. Boeing is the world’s leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. As a major service provider to NASA, Boeing operates the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. The company also provides numerous military and commercial airline-support services.

Mr. Johnson holds his BA and JD from Penn. He has participated in the College Alumni Mentoring Series on campus; this program is structured to expose a small group of undergraduates in the College to an alumnus in a field that matches their interests. Johnson is also a proud supporter of Penn’s Margaret and James Johnson Endowed Scholarship Fund, which provides financial support to undergraduate students in the College. He is also member of the board of directors of Ameren Corporation and Hanesbrands Inc.

Ramanan Raghavendran EAS’89 W’89 LPS’13 has made over 30 investments in the US, Canada, Western Europe, India, and the Philippines. He is currently the managing partner of Kubera Partners, a firm formed to manage cross-border private equity investments. Ramanan has focused on such investments for the last 12 years.

Prior to founding Kubera, Ramanan was responsible for leading the cross-border investing efforts at TH Lee Putnam Ventures (THLPV), the growth capital affiliate of the Thomas H. Lee buyout firm.

Ramanan co-founded and co-managed Impact Partners, the first venture philanthropy fund in India. Impact provided seed and expansion funds to nine non-profit organizations in India that today impact 1.5 million lives (primarily underprivileged children). He has served on several non-profit boards in India and the U.S. over the last 20 years.
Ramanan serves on the Board of Overseers of the School of Arts and Sciences. Within SAS, he serves on the executive committee of Penn’s Center for the Advanced Study of India and on the governing council of CASI’s sister entity in India, the University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India. He also serves as the regional coordinator of alumni interviews in India on behalf of Penn Admissions, with a focus on diversity and outreach. He is the co-founder of the Penn Club of Mumbai.

Ramanan earned his bachelor of science degree in computer science in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and his bachelor of science degree in finance from the Wharton School, both in 1989. He is currently enrolled in Penn’s Master of Liberal Arts program within the College of Liberal and Professional Studies.

Alumni may file other nominations until August 31, 2013; these nominations must be accompanied by a petition signed by no less than 1,500 degree-holding alumni. For Alumni Trustee nominations and any additional details write to Trina L. Middleton, Director of Penn Alumni Board Services, E. Craig Sweeten Alumni House, 3533 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6226 or email her at trinalm@upenn.edu.



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