Welcome to Penn Global Alumni and Alumni Clubs
With over 25,000 alumni living outside the United States, the University of Pennsylvania truly has a global presence in just about any community in the world. Moreover, Penn Alumni can be found leading organizations of every type all over the globe ranging from large corporations, to government offices, and small local associations. Penn alumni are using their education and experience to make a difference in their home country and beyond. Penn’s alumni pride also can be found around the world as exhibited by the many volunteer leaders who work diligently to serve Penn as alumni interviewers, club leaders, and local ambassadors.
In Penn’s diverse community of engaged citizens, Penn’s Regional Clubs include over 120 clubs around the world offering alumni the chance to reconnect, to attend lively events and to get involved in collaborative initiatives that impact people and communities. Club activities range in size and topics, from discussions featuring Penn Integrates Knowledge faculty members at Engaging Minds programs to intimate salon-style conversations, from celebratory happy hours to Penn sports viewing parties and from community and neighborhood service projects to group trips in the great outdoors. Penn Alumni Regional Clubs are charged with providing alumni with a variety of ways to connect to Penn from their own backyard. Events are sponsored and organized in large part by Penn Alumni volunteers and leaders.
For a listing of current Penn Clubs and School specific clubs around the world, please visit the Alumni and Alumni Club section of the Global Activity Map
Alumni Making a Global Impact
Q & A
What books would you recommend to others?
- Erich Hackl, "Sara und Simón”, “Aurora's Motive”, “The Wedding in Auschwitz”: Based on documentary origins like most of the author’s works these stories move on a fine line between literature and literary-historical journalism. Committed to truth and facts, yet tender and empathetic at the same time, these quietly moving books agitate all the more.
What is your fondest memory of Penn?
- When my friends from Austria and Philadelphia gathered together to celebrate my graduation.
What is the one thing that all visitors in your city must do, or see?
- Take a tram ride around the city center (nonstop with the „Ring Tram“), watch the Strudel show in Schönbrunn Castle, walk through the terrific rose garden in Volksgarten, try to get a glimpse from above (e.g. from the rooftop café in the Justice Palace, which is open to the public - not a lot of people know about it, or have dinner in the restaurant on the 57th floor of the DC Tower).
Looking back, what advice would you now want to give to yourself while you were at Penn?
- Although not really an advice - since I was lucky to get the opportunity to live it like that: Engage at the Law School, make friends there, but look beyond campus: Philly is a beautiful city with great people!
What have you done or are doing now that you believe have the most impact?
- Somehow I seem to have a natural talent to bring people together, be it to bring them together for reconciliation after their argument, or to bring together stakeholders and experts, funds and people in need, future partners, friends etc.
Who inspires you?
- There is not ONE person but many; children, husband, friends, colleagues, clients, there is a lot I could and can learn from a wide range of individual strengths of others.
What is your favorite Penn tradition?
- The Goat at Penn Law school.
What were your favorite classes and/or professors?
- Legal Writing/Joseph Hetrick; Mediation Clinic/Douglas Frenkel; Matt Parker Associate Dean for Graduate Programs.
What student groups did you participate in when you were at Penn?
- LL.M. group of International Lawyers On Human Rights –co-founder and vice-chair
Where did you hangout off campus?
- With friends at their homes, learning what the American way of living looks like; besides that: El Vez – delicious food and gorgeous drinks!
When you travel do you prefer window or aisle?