Investing in Yourself: Lifelong Learning As the New Normal

Tuesday December 7, 2021
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM EST


Event Organizer - Wharton Executive MBA Program



“The best investment you can make is in yourself” – Warren Buffett.

Technology’s transformation of nearly every facet of our economy means that we all must learn new skills and acquire knowledge at a pace—and on a scale—never before seen. Companies are looking for intellectual & leadership dexterity just as much as technical expertise in the face of increased automation in the future of work.  

But which skills are most critical for today’s business leaders — and where should executives turn to develop themselves?

Join us for a special virtual discussion, featuring Wharton alumnae Kelly Brown, founder of BSD Strategy Group, and Abby Greensfelder, founder and CEO of Everywoman Studios, to hear their journeys in pursuit of lifelong learning and leadership development. This event will be moderated by Alex Baranpuria, Co-Founder of Ivy Exec, and will touch upon the following topics (alongside questions from the live audience):

  • Why is a lifelong learning mindset essential for leaders today?
  • How to measure “ROI” from one’s investment in themselves?
  • The importance of DEI in lifelong learning.
  • Motivations for pursuing an Executive MBA at Wharton.
  • Launching mission driven ventures: Why and How?


Kelly M. Brown

Kelly M. Brown is founder of BSD Strategy Group, a people interaction design firm that helps law firms and other organizations implement strategies that bring people to embrace diversity, equity, and build inclusive workplace communities.

As a lawyer and former law firm executive, many times Kelly was the only person of color at the decision-making table. At the same time, she has experienced the power of inclusion and working together across differences to realize the benefits of diversity. As a person of mixed race, she had to learn to navigate the complexities of building bridges across differences, not only on business, but also on a personal level.

Kelly served as CofS to the Chair of a top 50 global law firm, launched and led that firm’s key client team program, and led DEI strategy efforts across multiple areas. She holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a research fellow with the Mack Institute for Innovation Management. She also holds a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law, a B.A. in Ethnics Studies from UC Berkeley, and often says she feels that she is built to do the work she does.

Abby Greensfelder

Abby Greensfelder is the founder and CEO of Everywoman Studios, a full-service media company with a mission to tell female-focused, female-driven stories creating positive cultural impact. The company’s first feature documentary, LFG, chronicles the U.S. Women National Soccer Team’s fight for equal pay, and will premiere in 2021 at Tribeca Film Festival. 

She is the co-founder of Half Yard Productions, an award-winning production company specializing in non-fiction series and documentaries, including the global hit franchise Say Yes to the Dress (TLC), fan favorite How the States Got Their Shapes (History) and the critically acclaimed The Last Alaskans (Discovery). Under her direction, Discovery launched many of the network’s signature programs, including Deadliest Catch, Dirty Jobs, MythBusters, and the award-winning Planet Earth. While at Discovery, she was named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s ‘Next Generation: 35 under 35’. Apart from this, Greensfelder and the Everywoman have other features including premium cult docuseries Apostate, directed by Academy Award-winner Eva Orner. 

Greensfelder holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She serves on the board of the Alliance for Women in Media and is a limited partner at Rethink Impact.


Event Organizer - Wharton Executive MBA Program