The cover story of the of the Spring 2010 Wharton Magazine features Brian Murphy, WG'08, and the story of how his career has gone from energy trading to cake baking. The article, Baking Up a Miracle, explains the challenges Murphy faces doing business on a an island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay.
The "Smith Island cake" is described as "the densest, most luxurious, most perfectly made layer cake you’ve ever tasted". But the small population (estimated at 300) living on this island year-round is grateful for more than just delicious treats. The Smith Island Baking Company has brought employment opportunities to many who were hard hit by the decline in the fishing industry.
Wharton Leader: Roger Crandall, WG'02, features alumnus Roger Crandall, who was named CEO of MassMutual in December 2009. Crandall shares his business philosophy that focuses on demographics and ethics, and why he feels it has contributed to the success of the company. He reflects on conversations he had with Prof. Michael Useem about how to operate with a sense of integrity.
An important step Crandall took to get where he is today was earning his Wharton MBA degree. He was "intrigued by the School’s famously rigorous executive MBA program". One of the very important things that drew me to
Wharton was that not only did it have a fabulous reputation and faculty
… but that I had the same core requirements as a full-time MBA student,
and I had to have the same number of credits to graduate," he says.
The entire issue of the Wharton Magazine is available online with links to these articles on Wharton MBA Program for Executives alumni and more.