2021 Wharton Graduate Emeritus Society Crandall Challenge

The Wharton Graduate Emeritus Society announces The 2021 Crandall Challenge

The 2021 Crandall Challenge is here. We can all agree that 2020 was quite a year. Wharton students were taking classes online, from their hometowns the world over. There were virtually no students on campus. The School is trying to bring back some normalcy for the spring but it is touch and go, day to day. We will hope for the best.
You will recall we had after class refreshments at Smokey Joe’s or dinners at Father Divine’s at 36th and Chestnut or hoagies on the way home to Grad Towers. Little of that on campus camaraderie for the spring semester can be planned, yet. But the work of organizing and doing good works by Wharton MBA Emeritus alumni continues as does their recognition by the Crandall Challenge program.  The Crandall Challenge is named in honor of Bob Crandall, WG’60, former president and chairman of American Airlines.

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There are 7500 Emeritus Society members, i.e. Wharton MBA graduates who are now at least 45 years past graduation. We know there are many hundreds who continue to be active making their communities a better place to work and live.  Bob is a strong believer that Wharton MBAs should give back and do good after their “working years” through both large and small activities that better the lives of others. We agree and have established the Crandall Challenge to celebrate those Wharton MBA alums who share Bob’s beliefs and have acted on them. Whatever your good works are, or are about to be, large or small, international or national, they deserve attention and recognition. We want to hear them.
Many of your submissions will be recognized on the Crandall Challenge Honor Roll and made available as a source of inspiration for other Wharton MBAs. By perusing thru the Honor Roll online, other MBA’s may well be inspired to carry out a similar project in their community. That’s the power of Wharton! Certain Crandall Challenge submissions will also be recognized at Reunion 2021 in Philadelphia with a Crandall Citation.

To make it easier to tell your story, our user-friendly submission form supplies all the details. Remember, submissions will fall into two citation categories — “community-regional” and “national-international” — to cover all good work candidates. If you are just starting out, the document below provides valuable pointers to help get things going.

Please do not be shy about what you are doing. Share it with us by using the online submission form. Remember, this yearly event is not a competition — it’s a celebration of what you, our fellow alumni, do. We are gratified that more of you are doing more every year. Come on board!
Please send your submission to us by April 1, 2021.
Tom Hadlock, WG’66
Chair, Wharton Graduate Emeritus Society



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A message from Bob Crandall:


“Most of us retired some years ago and we have had time to indulge our own personal interests. Now we've got a new challenge — we need to lead the way back to what we have been and can be again — a great and prosperous country that can offer our kids and grandkids the same wonderful chances we had.”

Robert Crandall, May 2010