Tepper Alumni Chapter Roundup

The Tepper School of Business has alumni groups around the United States and abroad to provide social, networking and professional development opportunities for current and future alumni. A few chapter leaders are sharing the latest happenings in their area of the Tepper School Network.

Visit the alumni map to see a global representation of the entire community.

Annual Giving Update

Congratulations to the Tepper School alumni chapters in Chicago and Charlotte for leading all chapters in the percentage of alumni giving to the annual fund in fiscal year 2016 with 32 percent! A shout-out also goes to our alumni in New York, at 30 percent.

We also want to congratulate our alumni at Union Pacific, which set a new record for alumni participation with an 89 percent rate for fiscal year 2016! It ranked first among all corporations for the second year in a row. 

The Tepper School’s Annual Fund is a vital stream of support for the areas of greatest need at the school and the necessary resources to execute the school’s strategic plan.



Chicago continues to be a leading city for new graduates from the Tepper School. As the chapter numbers have continued to increase, so has alumni activity. Our largest-ever summer welcome reception was hosted at the home of Aurobind Satpathy, MSIA ’96, AB. Alumnus John Dischner, MSIA ’94, again hosted the annual reception for the Tepper Consulting Club on their trek to Chicago. Special events included an economic update with Tepper School alumnus and Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Evans, Ph.D. ’89; a breakfast with Tepper School economist Marvin Goodfriend, hosted by Marshall Blake, MSIA ’78; and a reception and tour at Goose Island Brewery. We are eager to have alumni volunteers join our team and bring more ideas for alumni engagement.

Submitted by Lonnie Hatcher, MBA ’13, and Dan Wolff, MBA ’11



The vibrant Seattle chapter continues to thrive with an active annual schedule of flagship events ranging from the summer welcome reception at the Seattle Yacht Club, the summer picnic at Gas Works Park and the October student trek dinner on Bainbridge Island hosted by Geoff Entress, MSIA ’88, to networking happy hours in Seattle and its holiday party in December. In addition, the chapter welcomed Tepper School faculty speakers, including Marvin Goodfriend, who spoke on monetary policy and economic conditions in the United States and abroad, and Tim Derdenger, who spoke on celebrity marketing. The chapter also launched an outreach to alumni in Portland, Oregon, holding happy hours and networking dinners to engage their Tepper School cousins. The chapter has its own newsletter, which features alumni news, chapter activities and alumni spotlights.

Submitted by Brittany (Williams) Mithra, MBA ’13, and Brigid Johnson, MBA ’14



The Tepper School alumni community in Philadelphia has been rekindled and is becoming more active. Ben Cowen, MSIA ’97, hosted the summer welcome reception for Tepper School interns at his home in Blue Bell. Carrie Kmetzo, BSBA ’08, hosted a special event on sports scheduling and business analytics with Senior Associate Dean Michael Trick at the 76ers front office. Five Tepper School MBA alumni shared their insights and experiences with current students in the Part-Time Online Hybrid program during their Access Weekend. Thanks go to Max Egan, MBA ’12, DC ’06; Sashenie Hayman, MBA ’11; Alissa Thomas Marushak, MBA ’10, AB; Courtney McCullough, MBA ’13; and Tanmay Sinha, MBA ’14, CS ’06, for volunteering their time. Tepper School alumni at Merck gathered for a lunch, and the chapter also organized a summer happy hour.

Submitted by Ariel Emmett Lichtenstein, MBA ’09, and Sachin Padmawar, MBA ’11