Leadership Fellows Class of 2021

William P. Lauder Wharton Leadership Fellows (LFs) are second-year MBA students who mentor, support, and facilitate the Learning Team formation process and serve as personal and leadership development resources throughout your first year. Each team is assigned an LF who facilitates and guides teams through the Retreat and the Big Idea, an intensive learning experience designed to build transferable skills that promote effective personal and team performance. LFs also support Learning Teams during the first core course of the MBA Program, Management 610: Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership. Beyond Pre-Term, LFs provide first-year students the opportunity to enhance their leadership potential through the development of practical tools and concrete strategies applicable in every area of their lives.

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Alec Miller

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania
Career Before Wharton: Bain & Company, Vector Capital
Summer Internship: Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Clubs & Activities:
Out4Biz Board, MBA Mentor for Prof. Adam Grant’s undergraduate students, Food Club, Storytellers

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Jacob Morello

Hometown: Tampa, FL
Undergraduate: Harvard University
Career Before Wharton: Oliver Wyman Management Consulting
Summer Internship: DoorDash
After Wharton: Corporate Strategy in the Travel and Hospitality space
Clubs & Activities:
Wharton Travel and Hospitality Club, Marketing Club, Wharton Hockey League, Wine Club, Real Estate Club, Ski and Snowboarding Club

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Mansi Gupta

Hometown: Dubai, UAE
Undergraduate: Northwestern University
Career Before Wharton: Deloitte
Summer Internship: Startup
After Wharton: Consulting 
Clubs & Activities:
Technology Club, Social Impact Club, Sustainable Business Club, Art Club, India Club, WWIB, Communications Fellow

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Vi Tran

Hometown: Anaheim, CA
Undergraduate: UC Berkeley
Career Before Wharton: Uber
Summer Internship: Bain & Co.
After Wharton: Management consulting in SF
Clubs & Activities:
Leadership Fellow, Co-president of WAAAM, Member of Wharton Food Club, Dance Studio, and Entrepreneurship Club

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Alice Damonte

Hometown:Milan, Italy
Undergraduate: ESCP Europe
Career Before Wharton: McKinsey & Company
Summer Internship: Five Four Ventures
After Wharton: Entrepreneurship
Clubs & Activities:
The Italian Club; Wharton Women in Business

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Bisi Orisamolu

Hometown: South Windsor, CT
Undergraduate: Georgetown University
Career Before Wharton: Lake Partners Strategy Consultants
Summer Internship: Google
After Wharton: Tech
Clubs & Activities:
WASA, Scotch & Whiskey, Tech Club, Cluster Council

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Eliza Erle

Hometown: New York City
Undergraduate: Harvard University
Career Before Wharton: BlackRock
Summer Internship: BCG
After Wharton: Consulting 
Clubs & Activities:
Sustainable Business Coalition, Wildmen Hockey, Dance Studio, Consulting Club, GUIDE Mentorship Program, Ski & Snowboard Club

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Paul Pesek

Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Undergraduate: Wheaton College
Career Before Wharton: Insight Equity
Summer Internship: First Round (Founder)
After Wharton: Insight Equity
Clubs & Activities:
Founders Club, Yoga & Wellness Club, Storytellers Club, Food Club,India Club, PEVC Club, Wharton Public Speaking Club

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Anna Blatz

Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Undergraduate: MIT
Career Before Wharton: The Brattle Group
Summer Internship: Nike
After Wharton: Tech
Clubs & Activities:
Tech Club, Analytics Club, Cocktail Club, Food Club, Pub

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Kartik Kacholia

Hometown: Mumbai, India
Undergraduate: Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
Career Before Wharton: Clinton Health Access Initiative
Summer Internship: Strategy&
After Wharton: Management Consulting
Clubs & Activities:
Storytellers (Co-President), Consulting Club, India Club, Dance Studio, Badminton

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Nick Knise

Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Undergraduate: Northwestern University
Career Before Wharton: Deloitte Consulting
Summer Internship: Cale Street Partners
After Wharton: Real Estate & Urban Development
Clubs & Activities:
Wharton Real Estate Club, Future of Cities Conference Team, Wharton Hockey League, Food Club, Basketball Club

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Vivian Guo

Hometown: Lexington, MA
Undergraduate: Middlebury College
Career Before Wharton: Franklin Templeton
Summer Internship: Gramercy Funds Management
Clubs & Activities:
Lauder Student Advisory Board, WAAAM, Investment Management Club, Wharton Africa Business Forum, GUIDE Mentor, TA Marketing 611

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Archith Murali

Hometown: Niskayuna, NY / Delhi, India
Undergraduate: The University of Chicago
Career Before Wharton: Serent Capital (PE / growth equity); Bain & Company (consulting)
Summer Internship: Ironclad (startup in SF)
After Wharton: Startups
Clubs & Activities: Wildmen Hockey, Food Club, India Club, Dance Studio, GUIDE

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Dean Itani

Hometown: Dallas, TX
Undergraduate: Harvard University
Career Before Wharton:
BCG
Summer Internship:
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After Wharton:
BCG
Clubs & Activities:
Wharton FC Soccer Club, PE/VC Club, Wharton People Analytics Conference

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Flannery (Siyu) Zhou

Hometown: Shanghai, China
Undergraduate: Duke University
Career Before Wharton: BofA Merrill Lynch – Investment Banking, Expedia Group – Corporate M&A and Strategy
Summer Internship: McKinsey & Company
After Wharton: McKinsey & Company
Clubs & Activities:
Co-president of Wharton Art Club, Wharton Wine Club, Wharton Women in Business (WWIB), Greater China Club (GCC), Tech Club, Coffee Club

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Kitty Cook

Hometown: New York, NY
Undergraduate: Princeton University
Career Before Wharton: Barclays
Summer Internship: Boston Consulting Group
After Wharton: Consulting
Clubs & Activities:
People Analytics Conference, Deans’ MBA Advisory Council, Consulting Club, Retail Club, Tennis Club

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Chao Xu

Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Undergraduate: Northwestern University
Career Before Wharton: Tricon Capital (Real Estate PE)
Summer Internship: Real Estate Tech VC
After Wharton: Real Estate Tech
Clubs & Activities:
Real Estate Club, PE/VC Club, Tech Club, Entrepreneurship Club, Antarctica Leadership Venture

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Karl Fisher

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa
Undergraduate: Villanova University
Career Before Wharton: Marine Corps helicopter pilot
Summer Internship: Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator
After Wharton: Consulting
Clubs & Activities: Vets Club, Tech Club, Consulting Club, Future Mobility Club, Innovation and Design Club

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Madeleine Vanstone

Hometown: Toronto
Undergraduate: McGill University
Career Before Wharton: Department of Education in Australia
Summer Internship: Oporto
Clubs & Activities:
Storytellers, Consulting, Yoga and Wellness

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Monica Adibe

Hometown: East Lansing, Michigan
Undergraduate: Stanford University
Career Before Wharton: Doximity
Summer Internship: Facebook
After Wharton: Technology/Healthcare
Clubs & Activities:
Healthcare Club (Board), Digital Health Club, Healthcare Conference, Flare Capital Partners Scholar, InSITE Fellow, GUIDE Mentor, Communications Fellow, Healthcare Management TA, Wharton African Students’ Association (WASA), African American Students’ Association (AAMBAA)

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Braeden Mayer

Hometown: Flower Mound, TX
Undergraduate: The University of Texas at Dallas
Career Before Wharton: Crisis and financial communications at Brunswick Group in Washington, D.C.
Summer Internship: McKinsey in Denver, CO
After Wharton: McKinsey in Denver, CO
Clubs & Activities:
Lauder Student Advisory Board (President), Out for Business, Cannabis Business Club, Agribusiness & Food Security Club, Dance Studio, Communications Fellow

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Danielle Finnerty

Hometown: Reading, PA
Undergraduate: The Pennsylvania State University
Career Before Wharton: CURO Wealth Management
Summer Internship: EY-Parthenon Growth Strategy
After Wharton: Management Consulting
Clubs & Activities:
WGA VP of Alumni Affairs, Wharton Women in Business (WWIB)

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Kamna Kathuria

Hometown: McLean, Virginia
Undergraduate: Brown University
Career Before Wharton: Teach for India, Bain & Company
Summer Internship: Duolingo
After Wharton: Management consulting
Clubs & Activities:
Wharton Graduate Association, Coffee Club, Yoga & Wellness Club, led India Trek

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Peter Zhang

Hometown: Novi, MI
Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Career Before Wharton: Airbnb
Summer Internship: Data Scientist at Facebook
After Wharton: Working in tech
Clubs & Activities:
Entrepreneurship Club, WAAAM, Boxing Club, Analytics Club, Tech Club

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Georgia Swee

Hometown: New York City
Undergraduate: Duke University
Career Before Wharton: Deloitte Consulting
Summer Internship: Wayfair
Clubs & Activities:
Wharton People Analytics, Technology, Media & Entertainment, Social Impact, Women in Business, Return on Equality, Ice Hockey, Dance Studio

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Hiroki Maehara

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Undergraduate: University of Tokyo
Career Before Wharton: Bank of Japan
After Wharton: Returning to the Bank of Japan
Clubs & Activities:
Japan Club (Co-President), Penn Wharton Education Club, Consulting Club, Coffee Club, Basketball Club, Ski Club

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Isa Oporto

Hometown: Clarksville, MD
Undergraduate: University of Maryland, College Park
Career Before Wharton: Deloitte Consulting
Summer Internship: Apple
After Wharton: Tech industry
Clubs & Activities:
WHALASA, WHAMBAA, Wharton FC, Boxing Club, Storytellers, Tech Club

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Sachin Amrute

Hometown: Princeton, New Jersey
Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania
Career Before Wharton: Private Equity / Hedge Funds
Summer Internship: Pango (Tech Startup)
After Wharton: Tech
Clubs & Activities:
Tech Club (Board), India Club (Board), PE/VC Club, Dance Studio, Wine Club

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Juan Jose Ballarin

Hometown: Santiago, Chile
Undergraduate: P. Universidad Catolica de Chile
Career Before Wharton: ILC – Corporate Strategy and Business Development
Summer Internship: BCG – New York
After Wharton: Consulting
Clubs & Activities:
Consulting Club (Board Member 2019), Food Club, Coffee Club, WHALASA, Japan Club

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Nick Brayer

Hometown: Miami, Florida
Undergraduate: University of Virginia
Career Before Wharton: Deloitte Consulting
Summer Internship: Lyft (Sustainability Strategy)
After Wharton: Consulting
Clubs & Activities:
Co-President of Sustainable Business Coalition, Dance Studio Choreographer, Lauder Institute

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Rachel Weil

Hometown: New York City
Undergraduate: Yale University
Career Before Wharton: Goldman Sachs
Summer Internship: American Express
After Wharton: Strategy / Technology
Clubs & Activities: 
Wharton People Analytics Applied Insights Lab, Deans MBA Advisory Council, Wildmen Hockey

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Valerie Chia

Hometown: Portland, OR
Undergraduate: MIT
Career Before Wharton: Apartment List, NFL, Bain & Company
Summer Internship: RapidSOS
After Wharton: People Operations at a startup
Clubs & Activities: 
Dance Studio, Food Club, Tech Club, Yoga & Wellness Club

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Alan Wang

Hometown: Vancouver, Canada
Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania
Career Before Wharton: BCG
Summer Internship: Rivian
After Wharton: BCG
Clubs & Activities:
Leadership Fellows, Storytellers, Wharton Wildmen Hockey, Jacobs Fellow

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Jamie Goldberg

Hometown: New City, NY
Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania
Career Before Wharton: Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group; New York City Economic Development Corporation
Summer Internship: BCG
After Wharton: BCG
Clubs & Activities:
Leadership Fellows, Future of Cities Conference, Real Estate Club, Consulting Club, Tennis Club, Dance Studio

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Sam Tucker

Hometown: Scarsdale, NY
Undergraduate: WashU in St. Louis
Career Before Wharton: Deloitte Consulting
Summer Internship: DaVita Health Care
After Wharton: Health care strategy 
Clubs & Activities:
Wharton Impact Investing Partners, Applied Insights People Analytics Lab, Undergrad MGMT101 TA, Wildmen Ice Hockey, Health Care Club, Digital Health Care Club, Storytellers, WWIB, Dance Studio

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Sonia Shah

Hometown: Princeton Junction, New Jersey
Undergraduate: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Career Before Wharton: Accenture
Summer Internship: Consumer Insights at Curology
Clubs & Activities:
Admissions Fellow, Wharton Women in Business (VP of Leadership), WGA (VP of Careers), Consulting Club, GUIDE (Guiding Undergraduates in their Development and Education), Cluster Council, Boxing Club, Food Club, Wine Club

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Abby Cooner

Hometown: Fair Haven, NJ
Undergraduate: Georgetown University
Career Before Wharton: Bain & Company
Summer Internship: Zearn
After Wharton: Bain & Company
Clubs & Activities:
Education Club Co-President, MBA Mentor for MGMT 238, Return on Equality, Wharton Women in Business, India Club, Social Impact Club, GUIDE

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Agrima Mahajan

Hometown: Singapore
Undergraduate: Cornell University
Career Before Wharton: Singapore Government
Summer Internship: BCG
After Wharton: Consulting
Clubs & Activities:
Wharton Women In Business (Board), Wharton Male Allies, GUIDE undergraduate mentorship, Communications Fellow, Southeast Asia club, India club

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Jack Zhang

Hometown: Carmel, IN
Undergraduate: Dartmouth College
Career Before Wharton: Finance
Summer Internship: Finance (Columbus) and Consulting (NYC)
After Wharton: Finance/Consulting
Clubs & Activities: 
Boxing Club Co-President, Asia Club Board

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Parker Reynolds

Hometown: Tacoma, WA
Undergraduate: Colgate University
Career Before Wharton: Deloitte Consulting
Summer Internship: NeuroFlow
After Wharton: HealthCare
Clubs & Activities:
Digital Health Club, Health Care Club, Ski Board, Wildmen Hockey, Wine Club

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Christopher Coelho

Hometown: Chester, NJ
Undergraduate: The College of William & Mary
Career Before Wharton: Deloitte Consulting
Summer Internship: Facebook
After Wharton: Consulting/Tech
Clubs & Activities:
Admissions Fellow, People Analytics Conference, Tech Club, Marketing Club, Boxing Club, MBA Pub, Storytellers, New Zealand Leadership Venture (2019)

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Haley Fitzpatrick

Hometown: Millburn, New Jersey
Undergraduate: Stanford University
Career Before Wharton: Health Advances (life sciences strategy consulting firm)
Summer Internship: Genentech
After Wharton: Pharma/biotech
Clubs & Activities:
Health Care Club, Digital Health Club, Wharton Women in Business, Food Club, Wine Club, Career Fellow, Communications Fellow

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Nikhita Prasanna

Hometown: Holmdel, NJ
Undergraduate: Princeton University
Career Before Wharton: Consulting, Education nonprofit
Summer Internship: American Express
After Wharton: Marketing, Social impact
Clubs & Activities:
Out 4 Business VP of Ally Engagement, Wharton Follies cast member, MGMT 238 TA/Mentor, GUIDE mentor, WWIB, Wharton Marketing Club

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Prakkhar Gupta

Hometown: Mumbai
Undergraduate: Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
Career Before Wharton: PwC
Summer Internship: Apple
After Wharton: Technology
Clubs & Activities:
Technology Club, Consulting Club, India Club, Tennis Club, GUIDE Mentor, Strategy & Board Games Club, Storytellers

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Elizabeth Carls

Hometown: Austin, TX
Undergraduate: Stanford University
Career Before Wharton: Bain & Company
Summer Internship: G2VP
After Wharton: Bain & Company
Clubs & Activities:
Dance Studio, Energy Club, DMAC

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Eric Sun

Hometown: Cypress, TX
Undergraduate: Penn!
Career Before Wharton: BCG
Summer Internship: Penn Office of Investments
Clubs & Activities:
Leadership Fellows, Wildmen Hockey, GUIDE

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Ludmila Oliveira

Hometown: Juiz de Fora – MG, Brazil
Undergraduate: UFJF – Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora
Career Before Wharton: CBA – Companhia Brasileira de Aluminio
Summer Internship: NOABrands
After Wharton: Consulting
Clubs & Activities:
WHALASA

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Tommy Keyes

Hometown: Parsippany, NJ
Undergraduate: United States Military Academy
Career Before Wharton: US Army
Summer Internship: New Forest Capital
After Wharton: Search Fund
Clubs & Activities:
Veterans Club Vice President, Entrepreneurship Thru Acquisition Club