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 book would you recommend to others?
- The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself" by Michael A. Singer.
What is your fondest memory of Penn?
- Study nights at Van Pelt Library.
What is the one thing that all visitors in your city must do, or see?
- Doing the "technical tour" of the Itaipu Dam is amazing. This dam is the largest operating hydroelectric facility in terms of annual energy generation. Fun facts: The volume of excavation of earth and rock in Itaipu is 8.5 times greater than that of the Channel Tunnel and the volume of concrete is 15 times greater. The iron and steel used would allow for the construction of 380 Eiffel Towers. Although not in Paraguayan territory, being in Paraguay you really don't want to miss the Iguazu falls which is about 40 miles away from the Itaipu Dam.
Looking back, what advice would you now want to give to yourself while you were at Penn?
- Spend more time getting to know more people.
What have you done or are doing now that you believe have the most impact?
- I organize trade missions and help individual U.S. companies do business in Paraguay. There are so many opportunities in this relatively unexplored country that with just a little help, U.S. companies and the people that represent them have been doing very well. I am also on the board of an organization that provides overseas scholarships for mid-level managers. The impact of these programs may not be as dramatic but one can feel a greater impact on a personal level.
Who inspires you?
- Lee Iacocca
What is your favorite Penn tradition?
- Alumni Weekend
What was your favorite class and/or professor?
- Monica McGrath
What student groups did you participate in when you were at Penn?
- Wharton Latin American Student Association (WHALASA).
Where did you hangout off campus?
When you travel do you prefer window or aisle?