The Wharton undergraduate program is a unique combination of business and liberal arts courses to give students a strong foundation in critical thinking and reasoning. Wharton has 20 concentrations across 11 different academic departments, including a secondary concentration in retail.

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Wharton International Program (WIP)

This short-term international business course provides undergraduate students with an amazing global opportunity to visit retailers, listen to lectures at our partner schools, participate in cultural excursions and network with business leaders from the destination countries.

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Student Clubs

The Baker Center staff works closely with two undergraduate and one MBA student-run retail clubs. We facilitate networking and connections between industry leaders and the Wharton Retail Club, the Penn Fashion Collective, and the Wharton Graduate Retail Club.

Retail Career Treks

Career Treks offer students a valuable opportunity to meet with retail executives at their corporate offices to gain firsthand knowledge about retail strategies and operations. In addition, C-level executives visit campus regularly to participate in Center activities, such as the Lunchtime and Executive Speaker Series programs. With these events, students learn about the retail business and career pathing while industry leaders have direct access to a pool of talented students, who are also interested in retail-related careers.

Notable Penn Alums In The Retail Industry

  • Laura Alber (C’90), President, Chief Executive Officer, Williams-Sonoma
  • Jay Baker (W’56), Former President of Kohl’s Corporation
  • Stacey Bendet (C99), CEO, Creative Director, Alice + Olivia
  • Neil Blumenthal (WG10), Co-Founder, Co-CEO, Warby Parker
  • Tory Burch (C88), Founder, Executive Chairman, Chief Creative Officer, Tory Burch LLC
  • Craig Elbert (WG09), Co-Founder, CEO, Care/of
  • Amy Errett (WG88), Founder, CEO, Madison Reed, Inc.
  • Dave Gilboa (WG10), Co-Founder, Co-CEO, Warby Parker
  • Brendan Hoffman (C’90, WG’97), President, Wolverine Worldwide
  • Denise Incandela (WG92), Head of Fashion Group, Walmart eCommerce U.S.
  • Adam Ross (WG06), Co-Founder, CEO, Heyday
  • William P. Lauder (W’83), Executive Chairman, Director The Estée Lauder Companies
  • Steven Silverstein (WG85), President, CEO, Spencer Spirit Holdings, Inc.
  • Davis Smith (G11, WG11), Founder, CEO, Cotopaxi
  • Nicolas Topiol (WG91) CEO, Christian Lacroix SNC
  • Ken Worzel (WG92), COO, Nordstrom, Inc.
  • Joey Zwillinger (WG10), Co-Founder, Co-CEO, Allbirds Inc.