Jeannette Chang, W’08, Chair, WCNY Special & Social Events Committee.
Jeannette Chang, W’08, organizes superb social events for New York alumni. She just forgets to take photos of them. In April, she arranged for 43 alumni to attend a Brooklyn Nets game, including a pre-game chat with NBA C-suite execs, owners of the Philadelphia 76ers, and the chairman of the Brooklyn Nets — all of whom are also alumni. Thirty-three alumni enjoyed a night of comedy on Broadway. Seventy-seven alumni attended a happy hour at Johnny Utah’s, and 21 gathered at a golf and brewery social at Chelsea Piers. This is impressive, considering her commitments as an associate at an asset management firm and as an Executive Board Member of PennPAC, a pro-bono alumni consulting program.
What is your role at the Wharton Club of New York?
I am the Chair for the WCNY Special & Social Events Committee. Our goal is to organize events where alumni can come together in a fun and social setting and meet new friends or reconnect with old ones. We have hosted several different kinds of events over the years, including various alcohol tastings (wine, beer, scotch, champagne, gin and, most recently, tequila), dinners, food and bike tours (but not at the same time!), sporting events, golf outings, chocolate tastings, happy hours … and the list goes on. We have a fantastic committee, with Amy Lan, WG’09; Pelli Wang, W’07; Michael Phillips, WG’10; Mayuko Hamazaki, WG’10; and June Lee, WG’03. We are constantly searching for fun ideas for our members and, of course, ways to incorporate alcohol, as that seems to be the best motivator to get great turnout for our events!
If alumni have an idea for an event, or want to get involved, what should they do?
Definitely contact us through the Wharton Club office! We are always looking for fun ideas whether it is a suggestion for a kind of event or a venue that you like. We would love to have anyone interested join our committee as well. The more people we have, the more events we can plan for our members!
What are your favorite events?
We try to keep our events diverse and look to appeal to as many members as possible, so it’s hard to choose, given how different they are. I would say that my favorite type of event is the alcohol tastings, as it’s a fun way to socialize.
You were President of Wharton Women, among other activities during college. Why do you like to stay involved?
I’ve always pursued extracurricular activities, and wanted to continue to be active post-graduation. This position is perfect, as it’s enjoyable and a great way to meet other alumni in the area.