The Wharton Graduate Emeritus Society announces
The 2022 Crandall Challenge
The 2022 Crandall Challenge is here. Wasn't 2021 quite a year? On-campus learning and living for Wharton MBA students have returned to the University of Pennsylvania campus. Huntsman Hall is again buzzing with MBA activities. The number of students taking classes online is much reduced but still available, particularly for international students who had difficulty returning to the United States. Faculty offerings of seminars, book reviews, and other valuable programming online offered to graduates accelerated during the pandemic. I encourage you to take advantage of this interesting and thought provoking lifelong learning programming available to you as a Wharton MBA graduate.
The work of organizing and doing good works for our communities by Wharton MBA Emeritus alumni has continued regardless of the difficulties presented by COVID-19. This resilience and determination to serve and make this world a better place is recognized by the Crandall Challenge Citation program.
The Crandall Challenge is named in honor of Bob Crandall, WG’60, former president and chairman of American Airlines.
>> Please follow the link to hear Bob Crandall speaking — listen here.
There are 7,500 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 was 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, national or local, 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 online 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 2022 in Philadelphia with a Crandall Citation.
To make it easier to tell your story, our user-friendly submission form supplies all the instructions. Remember, submissions will be put into two citation categories — “community-regional” and “national-international” — to cover all good works candidates. If you are just starting out, the form 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. It is also an exercise in compiling that information in one place so that your fellow classmates are aware of what you are doing. We are gratified that more of you are doing more every year. Come on board!
Please send your submission to us by March 30, 2022.
Tom Hadlock, WG’66
Chair, Wharton Graduate Emeritus Society