Leadership Fellows Class of 2020

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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Peter Jankovsky

Hometown: Stamford, CT
Undergraduate: Dartmouth College
Career Before Wharton: Oliver Wyman
Summer Internship: CommonBond
Clubs & Activities:
Wharton FinTech (Co-President), Wharton FC, Wildmen Ice Hockey, Tech Club, Entrepreneurship Club

Joanna Melnick

Hometown: Great Neck, NY
Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania
Career Before Wharton: Goldman Sachs
Summer Internship: Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
After Wharton: Law
Clubs & Activities:
Dean’s MBA Advisory Council, Wharton Women in Business, New Zealand Southern Lakes Leadership Venture, Accounting 101 TA, Ski Club

Nida Noorani

Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Undergraduate:Queen’s University
Career Before Wharton: Deloitte
Summer Internship: Consulting at McKinsey & Company
After Wharton:Consulting at McKinsey & Company
Clubs & Activities:
Leadership Fellow, Wharton Women in Business, Admissions Fellow, Marketing 101 Teaching Assistant, India Club, Wharton Global Impact Consultants, and Dance Studio

Neal Stewart

Hometown: Stratford, CT
Undergraduate: University of Connecticut
Career Before Wharton: Google
Summer Internship: Accenture Strategy in New York
After Wharton:Consulting
Clubs & Activities:
Co-President of AAMBAA, Admissions Fellow, Dance Studio, Wharton 22s, Boxing Club, Consulting Club, GUIDE Mentor, CariBiz, Wharton Africa Student Association, Return on Equality, Korea Club

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Annie Fox

Hometown: Boston, MA
Undergraduate: Amherst College
Career Before Wharton: Global Health Corps
Summer Internship: Manatt Health
After Wharton: Healthcare Consulting
Clubs & Activities:
Clubs: Healthcare, Digital Health, Social Impact, WWIB, Consulting
Activities: Authors@Wharton Student Committee; Healthcare Conference Planning Committee

Misha Nasrollahzadeh

Hometown: Detroit, MI
Undergraduate: Stanford University
Career Before Wharton: Castlight Health, Palantir Technologies
Summer Internship: Walmart Healthcare
After Wharton: Healthcare
Clubs & Activities:
Middle East and North Africa Club, Healthcare Club, Digital Health Club, Wharton Venture Partners

Karthik Ramachandran

Hometown: Plano, Texas
Undergraduate: The University of Texas at Austin
Career Before Wharton: BCG
Summer Internship: Facebook
After Wharton: Consulting at BCG
Clubs & Activities:
Wharton Consulting Club Co-President, Mentor for MGMT 238, TA for Operations Strategy

Yuri Takeuchi

Hometown: Tokyo
Undergraduate: The University of Tokyo
Career Before Wharton: Mitsubishi Corporation
Clubs & Activities:
Cluster Council (External Relations/GAPSA), People Analytics Conference, Wharton Women in Business, Tech Club, Analytics Club, Whartonomous Vehicles Club

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Georgina Blackett

Hometown:
New York City / Manila
Undergraduate:
Stanford University
Career Before Wharton:
Teach for the Philippines
Summer Internship:
BCG San Francisco
Clubs & Activities:
Wharton People Analytics Conference, Return on Equality, Southeast Asia Club, WAAAM

Marcayla Hester

Hometown:
Jefferson, GA
Undergraduate:
Duke University
Career Before Wharton:
Censeo Consulting Group, Capco
Summer Internship:
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Clubs & Activities:
Wharton Social Impact Club, African American MBA Association, Christian Fellowship, Storytellers, Whitney M. Young Conference

Ronak Mehta

Hometown:
Mumbai, India
Undergraduate:
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
Career Before Wharton:
Saif Partners (Venture Capital)
Summer Internship:
Warburg Pincus, Mumbai Office
After Wharton:
PE/VC
Clubs & Activities:
Ethics Committee, India Club, Alumni Fellow, PE/VC Club

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James Tighe

Hometown:
Poughkeepsie, NY
Undergraduate:
Villanova University
Career Before Wharton:
Bella Private Markets
Summer Internship:
BCG – Boston
After Wharton:
Consulting
Clubs & Activities:
Wharton Impact Investing Partners (Co-President), Student-Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia (Board Member), Out4Business, Consulting Club, Wharton Social Impact Club, Storytellers, Boxing Club

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Richa Gupta

Hometown:
Cleveland, Ohio
Undergraduate:
University of Pennsylvania
Career Before Wharton:
Facebook, BloomReach, Deloitte Consulting
Summer Internship:
Grove Collaborative
After Wharton:
Back to a tech start-up on the west coast
Clubs & Activities:
Leadership Fellows, Wharton Wildmen Hockey, Wharton Commitment Project, MBA Mentor for Prof. Adam Grant’s undergraduate students, Dean’s MBA Advisory Council

Jordan Marzouk

Hometown:
Great Neck, NY
Undergraduate:
Cornell University
Career Before Wharton:
BCG (Boston Consulting Group)
Summer Internship:
Ruggable
After Wharton:
BCG (Boston Consulting Group)
Clubs & Activities:
Volleyball Club, Cluster Council, GUIDE (Guiding Undergraduates in their Development and Education), JAMBA, Wine Club

Jason Ockey

Hometown:
Sandy, UT
Undergraduate:
Brigham Young University
Career Before Wharton:
Kickstart Seed Fund
Summer Internship:
Starting a Company
After Wharton:
Entrepreneurship
Clubs & Activities:
Founders Club, Entrepreneurship Club, Digital Health Club, Food Club, Tennis Club, Latter-day Saint Student Association (LDSSA)

Laura Varela

Hometown:
Buenos Aires
Undergraduate:
Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA)
Career Before Wharton:
Bain & Company
Summer Internship:
Uber (JUMP), Portugal
Clubs & Activities:
Food Club (Treasurer), WHALASA (Board), Storytellers, Sport Business, WWIB, MENA Club, Field Hockey UPenn Club

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Stacey Hahn

Hometown:
Charlottesville, VA
Undergraduate:
University of Virginia
Career Before Wharton:
Bain & Company
Summer Internship:
Cruise Automation
After Wharton:
Bain & Company
Clubs & Activities:
Follies, WAAAM, Wharton Korea Club, GUIDE

Nishit Jain

Hometown:
Mumbai, India
Undergraduate:
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
Career Before Wharton:
Central Square Foundation
Summer Internship:
Aspen Ridge Recovery
Clubs & Activities:
Penn Wharton Education Club, Storyteller’s Club, Wharton Impact Investing Partners

Naeemah Philippeaux

Hometown:
Baldwin, NY
Undergraduate:
University of Pennsylvania
Career Before Wharton:
Google
Summer Internship:
McKinsey
After Wharton:
Consulting/entertainment
Clubs & Activities:
Wharton Follies, African American MBA Association, Leadership Fellow

Will Smith

Hometown:
St. Louis, MO
Undergraduate:
Georgia Tech
Career Before Wharton:
Bain & Company
Summer Internship:
Chicago with Related & Co
After Wharton:
Real Estate Private Equity
Clubs & Activities:
Real Estate Club, Food Club, Boxing Club, Ski & Snowboard Club, Andes Leadership Venture, GUIDE Undergraduate Mentorship

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Danilo Fronha

Hometown:
São Paulo, Brazil
Undergraduate:
Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV-EAESP)
Career Before Wharton:
Nubank; McKinsey & Company
Summer Internship:
Google
After Wharton:
Tech or going back to McKinsey
Clubs & Activities:
Wharton American Latin American Association, Wharton Latin American Conference, Technology Club, Admissions Fellow, Wine Club, Entrepreneurship Club, FinTech Club, Storytellers

Jacob Levey

Hometown:
Milwaukee, WI
Undergraduate:
University of Michigan
Career Before Wharton:
Stifel – Investment Banking, Colony S2K (fka S2K Partners) – Priavte Equity and Corporate Development, Aaptiv – Pre MBA Strategy Intern
Summer Internship:
Disney – Corporate Strategy and Business Development
After Wharton:
Operating Role in Media/Entertainment and/or Consumer, or VC
Clubs & Activities:
Affinity: ROE, Storytellers, CommonCents
Sports: Wildmen Hockey, Wharton FC, Wharton Boxing Club, Who Tryna Eat Lunch Club
Career: Wharton Impact Investing Partners, Media and Ent Club (Board Applicant 2020), Sports Business Club, Tech Club, Entrepreneurship Club (Board Member 2020), PE/VC Club

Lora Rosenblum

Hometown:
Sharon, Massachusetts
Undergraduate:
University of Pennsylvania
Career Before Wharton:
Flatiron Health, Oscar Insurance
Summer Internship:
Cedar
After Wharton:
Healthcare technology
Clubs & Activities:
Contrary Capital, Digital Health Club, Entrepreneurship Club, Wharton Healthcare Business Conference, Healthcare Management TA, Communications Fellow, Wine Club

Natalia Eileen Villarmán

Hometown:
Brooklyn, NY
Undergraduate:
New York University
Career Before Wharton:
Facebook
Summer Internship:
Deloitte
After Wharton:
Human Capital Consulting
Clubs & Activities:
Wharton Human Capital Club; Wharton People Analytics Conference; Student Admissions Program; Wharton People Analytics Applied Insights Lab; Diversity Speaker Series; Wharton Community Consultants

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Matthew Diephuis

Hometown:
Pasadena, CA
Undergraduate:
Dartmouth College
Career Before Wharton:
Bain & Company
Summer Internship:
NFL
After Wharton:
Returning to Bain
Clubs & Activities:
Wharton Sports Business Club, Wharton Wildmen Hockey, Wharton Football (Soccer) Club, Dance Studio, Applied Insights Lab (Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace research)

Sheena Garg

Hometown:
Cincinnati, OH
Undergraduate:
University of Virginia
Career Before Wharton:
Oliver Wyman
Summer Internship:
Procter & Gamble
Clubs & Activities:
Marketing Club (Co-President), Dance Studio, Tech Club, Wharton Impact Investing Partners, Deans MBA Advisory Council, Wildmen Hockey

Timka Lockheart

Hometown: 
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Undergraduate:
Alabama A&M University
Career Before Wharton:
Brunswick Group – PR/Crisis Mgmt Firm
Summer Internship:
American Express
After Wharton:
Human Resources Strategy
Clubs & Activities:
Co-chair of the Whitney M. Young Conference, Admissions Fellow, Communications Fellow, AAMBAA, ROE, Human Capital Club

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Leticia Viedma

Hometown:
Alicante, Spain
Undergraduate:
ESADE Law School
Career Before Wharton:
European Investment Fund
Summer Internship:
Uber
After Wharton:
Exploring opportunities in tech
Clubs & Activities:
Tech Club, Retail Club, Yoga Club

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Isaiah Berg

Hometown:
Starkweather, ND
Undergraduate:
Dartmouth College
Career Before Wharton:
United States Marine Corps
Summer Internship:
Lazard
After Wharton:
Investment Banking / Search Fund
Clubs & Activities:
Wharton Veterans Club, Wharton Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition (ETA) Club, Wharton Catholic Club, Wharton FC

Shannon Campbell

Hometown:
Thornbury, Canada
Undergraduate:
Williams College
Career Before Wharton:
Deloitte – Global Strategy
Summer Internship:
Flow (fintech startup)
Clubs & Activities:
Canada Club, Wildmen Hockey, Ski & Snowboard Club

Dipika Suresh

Hometown:
Bangalore, India
Undergraduate:
National University of Singapore
Career Before Wharton:
Goldman Sachs
Summer Internship:
Google
After Wharton:
Tech industry
Clubs & Activities:
Tech Club, FinTech Club, India Club, Badminton Club, Wharton Women in Business Summit, Wharton India Economic Forum, Dance Studio

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Peter Chen

Hometown:
Mason, Ohio
Undergraduate:
Harvard University
Career Before Wharton:
Bain & Company / Blink Fitness
Summer Internship:
NYC – Fitness
After Wharton:
Bain & Company
Clubs & Activities:
Wharton Asian-American Association of MBAs (WAAAM)

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Christopher Fallone

Hometown:
San Diego, CA
Undergraduate:
UC Berkeley
Career Before Wharton:
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Summer Internship:
Applied Ventures
After Wharton:
Technology Investing
Clubs & Activities:
Restructuring & Distressed Investing, PE/VC, Technology, 22s, Basketball, Boxing, and Scotch & Whiskey

Elizabeth Morse

Hometown:
Potomac, MD
Undergraduate:
Dartmouth College
Career Before Wharton:
ClearView Healthcare Partners
Summer Internship:
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
After Wharton:
Biotech
Clubs & Activities:
Health Care Club Co-President, Ski and Snowboard Club Board, Communications Fellow, Wharton Healthcare Business Conference Content Committee, Wharton Women in Business, Jewish Association of MBAs, Dance Studio, Food Club

Sephiat Oniyangi

Hometown:
Abuja, Nigeria
Undergraduate:
Amherst College
Career Before Wharton:
McKinsey & Co
Summer Internship:
Quona Capital (Venture Capital)
After Wharton:
Impact Investing
Clubs & Activities:
Wharton Africa Growth Partners (co-President), Dance Studio, Wharton Africa Students Association, Cluster Council, African American MBA Association

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Haley Fuller

Hometown:
Holland, MA
Undergraduate:
Harvard University
Career Before Wharton:
Bain & Company
Summer Internship:
Teach for America – People Analytics
After Wharton:
Bain & Company
Clubs & Activities:
Dance Studio, India Club, Human Capital Club, Cluster Council, Admissions Fellow

Kate Goldenberg

Hometown:
Philadelphia, PA
Undergraduate:
University of Pennsylvania
Career Before Wharton:
Deloitte Consulting – Human Capital Practice
Summer Internship:
Microsoft – Workplace Analytics
After Wharton:
Human Capital / People Analytics
Clubs & Activities:
Human Capital Club Board, Dean’s MBA Advisory Council, Communication Fellow, Technology Club, Food Club, Boxing Club

Jono McCrostie

Hometown:
London, UK
Undergraduate:
University of Oxford
Career Before Wharton:
Bain & Company
Summer Internship:
Search Fund
After Wharton:
Bain & Company
Clubs & Activities:
Australia & New Zealand Club, Private Equity & Venture Capital Club, Retail Club, Communications Fellow, GUIDE Mentor

Guilherme Oshiro

Hometown:
São José dos Campos, Brazil
Undergraduate:
Military Institute of Engineering
Career Before Wharton:
Boston Consulting Group
Summer Internship:
Croni
After Wharton:
Boston Consulting Group
Clubs & Activities:
Veterans Club, Wharton Latin American Student Association, Adam Smith Society

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Akshay Almelkar

Hometown:
Kansas City
Undergraduate:
University of Pennsylvania
Career Before Wharton:
Boston Consulting Group
Summer Internship:
SoFi
After Wharton:
Returning to BCG
Clubs & Activities:
Wharton People Analytics Conference, Venture Initiation Program Fellows, Wharton FC, Badminton Club, MKTG101 TA

Russell Hay

Hometown:
London, England
Undergraduate:
Yale University
Career Before Wharton:
Bain & Company
Summer Internship:
Tesla
After Wharton:
Bain & Company
Clubs & Activities:
Wildmen Hockey, Canada Club, Food Club, GUIDE undergraduate mentor

Aditi Jain

Hometown:
Jaipur, India
Undergraduate:
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
Career Before Wharton:
Schlumberger
Summer Internship:
McKinsey & Co., Houston
After Wharton:
Venture Capital or Consulting
Clubs & Activities:
1. India Club – Co-President, 2. Wharton Global Impact Consultants – Member,
3. Return on Equity – Member, 4. Food Club – Member, 5. Cocktails Club – Member, 6. Wine Club – Member, 7. MENA Club – Member, 8. WAAAM – Member, 9. Strategy & Board Games Club – Member, 10. Dance Studio – Member

Sophia Jih

Hometown:
Troy, Michigan
Undergraduate:
Princeton University
Career Before Wharton:
Tibi (High-end fashion in New York City)
Summer Internship:
Apple
After Wharton:
Career in technology
Clubs & Activities:
Wharton Asian American Association of MBAs, Storytellers, Authors@Wharton, Academic Fellows, Tech Club, Dance Studio, SBDC, WWIB, Food Club, Yoga Club

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Jenna Ackerman

Hometown:
Miami, FL
Undergraduate:
University of Pennsylvania
Career Before Wharton:
The Chartis Group
Summer Internship:
Walmart Health & Wellness
After Wharton:
Healthcare Services
Clubs & Activities:
Health Care Club, Digital Health Club, Dance Studio, GUIDE

Shompa Choudhury

Hometown:
Mumbai, India
Undergraduate:
Princeton University
Career Before Wharton:
Bain and Company
Summer Internship:
Dhanvikas
After Wharton:
Bain and Company
Clubs & Activities:
Wharton FinTech, Wharton India Club, InSITE Fellows, Food Club, Wine Club, Cocktail Club

Chip Lebovitz

Hometown:
Philadelphia, PA
Undergraduate:
Brown University
Career Before Wharton:
Private Credit
Summer Internship:
Bain & Company
After Wharton:
Consulting
Clubs & Activities:
Consulting Club (Co-President), GUIDE Mentor, Private Equity/Venture Capital Club

Ronak Parikh

Hometown:
Fort Lee, NJ
Undergraduate:
Georgetown University
Career Before Wharton:
TFA / Deloitte / LearnZillion
Summer Internship:
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
After Wharton:
Social Impact / Tech
Clubs & Activities:
Education Club, Dance Studio, Wildmen Hockey, Tech Club, GUIDE