Publicist and Speaker Information


Thank you for your interest in the Authors@Wharton Speaker Series.

To facilitate planning for the event, we’ve compiled an overview of the process on this page, along with additional media and speaking opportunities in Philadelphia that may be of interest.

We look forward to working with you!

Event Planning Timeline

At least one month in advance:

  • Review and electronically sign the University’s release, available here
  • Confirm preferred event format and timing
  • Confirm travel arrangements (if applicable)
  • Confirm interest and/or availability for additional opportunities (see below)

At least two weeks in advance:

  • Confirm all details and event logistics, including audio/visual and detailed day-of-event schedule

Additional Opportunities at the University of Pennsylvania

While visiting campus, we’re more than happy to arrange any of the following for our guest speakers if/when possible and as schedules permit.

Media Opportunities


Knowledge@Wharton | | 30-minute commitment

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is committed to sharing its intellectual capital through Knowledge@Wharton, the school’s online business analysis journal with more than 1.8 million subscribers. Launched in 1999, Knowledge@Wharton has grown into a network of sites that includes a global edition in English and regional editions in Spanish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese, as well as a site for high school students and educators.

Example: Watch a past interview with Malcolm Gladwell here:

SiriusXM Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School

Sirius XM | | 30-minute commitment

Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School is an exclusive 24/7 channel featuring easily accessible information on a wide range of business topics. Business Radio airs via satellite on SiriusXM channel 111, and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at Business Radio features world-renowned and distinguished professors and alumni as regular weekly hosts, plus executives, entrepreneurs, innovators and other experts as special hosts and guests. Broadcasting from Wharton’s Ivy League campus and Silicon Valley, Business Radio covers every aspect of business in an informative, entertaining and approachable manner — from the biggest headlines of the day to the nuts and bolts of how to build a business from the ground up — with some shows offered via live, call-in format. SiriusXM currently has over 25 million subscribers, and approximately 3 million listeners of the Business Radio channel.

Example: Listen to segments from the best of Leadership In Action:

Student and Faculty Engagement

Wharton Students

Wharton Students | time commitment varies

Whether it be through a book-signing or lunch-time lecture or small group dinner, our students greatly appreciate the opportunity to interact with our guest speakers outside of their talk. With hundreds of clubs at Wharton and the University, we can also facilitate events targeted towards specific groups, such as Wharton Women in Business or the Wharton Social Impact Initiative.

Wharton Faculty

Wharton Faculty | | time commitment varies

While we can’t guarantee availability, we’re happy to help facilitate communication between our guest speakers and our world-class faculty members and researchers.

Additional Speaking Opportunities in Philadelphia

We’ve partnered with the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Arts & Business Council to refer our guest speakers to these other local speaking opportunities. With no overlap between audiences and event timing, many of our speakers have worked with these groups in the past during their time in Philadelphia.

Free Library of Philadelphia

Free Library of Philadelphia | | ~1 hour commitment

The Author Events program at the Free Library of Philadelphia offers the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue with today’s most celebrated voices in the humanities and sciences. Called “the region’s preeminent forum for writers and ideas” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Free Library’s Author Events program presents more than 130 authors each year to an audience of 32,000 attendees. The series podcasts are downloaded more than half a million times annually and many authors are featured in the local media. Presentation generally last 30 minutes followed by 30 minutes of Q&A and a book signing. The bookseller reports sales to BookScan and NYTBR among other outlets.

Contact: Andy Kahan, Director, Author Events

Arts & Business Council of Philadelphia

Arts & Business Council of Philadelphia | | ~2+ hours commitment

As a leader in the fields of creativity, innovation, and the ever-changing world of work, the Arts + Business Council attracts nationally renowned talent to inform their constituency about cutting-edge developments in these areas. These events feature a keynote address or interview with a globally recognized speaker followed by a panel discussion and attendee Q & A; encouraging thoughtful conversations about what it means to work and think more creatively. Events are typically held in the morning.

Contact: Karin Copeland, Executive Director

Contact Us

For more information, please email Kaitlyn PhillipsEvents Manager.