Speaking at Wharton

Wharton Business School

Hi everyone! Today I’m very, *very* excited to share a piece of news which just came to my inbox this week. Come November 11, 2011, I’ll be speaking at Wharton, for the Wharton Marketing Conference 2011!

What is the Wharton Marketing Conference? It’s an annual marketing conference organized by Wharton that showcases the latest trends in the field of marketing. It serves as an integral forum for the marketing community within and beyond Wharton, as well as an opportunity to build personal and professional networks.

Now in the eighth year running, the conference has been established as a highly esteemed event to be a part of, with delegates from top firms and agencies proactively pitching to speak there and a highly rigorous selection process in place for speakers and presenters. From what I understand, the speakers are top CEOs / Presidents / VPs / Directors in Fortune 100 companies, all extremely influential in their fields.

For me, it is an incredible, incredible honor to be invited to speak there. Wharton is the business school of University of Pennsylvania, which is one of the Ivy Leagues - a prestigious circle of the top universities in US including Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, Brown and Yale. Ivy League has strong connotations of excellence, exclusivity, and even elitism. Mention Wharton/UPenn or any of the universities in the Ivy League to someone, and you’ll get a knowing nod of recognition, look of awe, along with an accompanied “wow” from those inside and outside of the circle.

Hence, to have been invited to speak by the committee is what I regard as an extremely high mark of affirmation for my work and what I’ve achieved with my blog/business to date. So, here’s a big shout out to the universe for sending this my way, and to all of you for your ongoing support. :D

I’ll be in a panel of 4 experts (the rest are corporates who manage the social media arms in their companies), speaking about social media and the implications of marketing to the end consumer today. Given my background in blog development and success in creating a top blog in the personal development niche, I look forward to contributing unique value at the event. There will be an estimated 250-300 attendees, comprising of Wharton MBA students, faculty members, alumni and leaders in the industry.

I’m not sure if there will be any recording during the conference – probably not. In any case, I’ll surely be sharing pictures and updates on the event after it’s over, so you guys get to see the ins and outs at the conference.

I first broke the news on my Facebook page 2 days ago, right after I got the invitation, and have since received a *huge* flood of congratulatory statements and well wishes from those of you on my page! Thank you so much for your kind words – I really appreciate it guys!! (If you’re not on my Facebook yet, connect with me by clicking “like” on the page!)

So what does it mean for you guys?? Since Wharton is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that means … *drumroll* I’ll be flying over to US in November!! :D Here’s a huge hello to all US and Philadephia readers!! :D This will be my first time in US, so I’m pretty excited!

I’m planning to make the best out of this trip, so I might be organizing a Philadelphia Personal Excellence readers meet-up while I’m in Philly – assuming we have enough attendees. This will likely be in the weekend of Nov 12-13. I’ll announce details in due course, so stay tuned! If you are a reader from Philadelphia, give me a holler in the comments section below!

Update Nov 12, ’11: The Philly meet-up has been cancelled due to poor response. Read more: Philadelphia Meet-Up? [Cancelled]


That’s it for the announcement – I thought to share the happy news with all of you here. If you can’t already tell, I’m uber excited – I think it’s going to be a lot of fun and a great learning opportunity for myself. Here’s to pursuing our goals and dreams and reaching to greater heights in life!

Update Nov 2 ’11: The website for Wharton Marketing Conference 2011 is up! If you’d like to check out the panel I’d be speaking at, click “Panels”, then look for the panel “Social Media: Fad or the Future of Marketing?” – you’ll find my bio listed there. Look forward to meeting the people there! :D

  • Jason

    I live about 3 hours west of Philadelphia but I would love to make the trip to the city if at all possible. Let me know the details when you have a date and time that works.

    • http://personalexcellence.co/blog/ Celes

      Thanks Jason – will do that when details are firmed up (if we’re even proceeding with the meet-up – will need to ensure there are enough attendees first!). I’ll announce here at the blog sometime in Oct, so keep a look out for it! :)

  • http://www.CoachingWithChristina.com Christina

    Hi Celes,

    I’m so excited for you and will definately come if you do a Philadelphia meet-up! I can’t wait to meet you in person! :)

    • http://personalexcellence.co/blog/ Celes

      Thank you so much Christina! :D I’m sure we’ll be seeing each other in person – just a matter of when. Look forward to meeting you in Nov! :D

  • Jim

    Hi Celes,

    Congratulations on the speaking engagement at Wharton! I would definitely be interested in a Philly meet-up. Look forward to the details.

    • http://personalexcellence.co/blog/ Celes

      Thank you Jim!! :) I appreciate your kind wishes! Hopefully the Philly meet-up goes ahead – stay tuned for more details in Oct.

  • Richard

    Wharton is NOT a university. The Ivy League school is University of Pennsylvania, Wharton is a school at the University. You may want to correct your announcements prior to arriving at Penn.

    • http://personalexcellence.co/blog/ Celes

      Hi Richard! You’re right – Wharton is the business arm of UPenn – it’s not a university in itself. That said, as part of UPenn, it’s synonymous with the same academic excellence and rigor that UPenn and the Ivy Leagues are known for (it’s one of the top business schools in the world, along with the likes of Harvard and Northwestern), and I’m very excited to be a part of the upcoming conference.

  • Jodi

    Dearest Celes, I live in Queens, NYC (a couple of hours from Philadelphia) and would love to meet you on whatever day you set up in Philly! I do believe that meeting you is on my own bucket list :)

    • http://personalexcellence.co/blog/ Celes

      Aww, thanks a lot Jodi! :D I look forward to meeting you and the other readers in Philly too! This is going to be extremely exciting. Will post a new post to rally for participants/attendees for the meet-up in a few weeks’ time, during mid-Oct!

  • http://www.travellers-fruits.blogspot.com Charu

    Congratulations Celes! Even I’ll add a big thanks to the universe for helping you fulfil your dreams; and through opportunities you couldn’t have imagined! I i wish you best of luck for the main event and for the meet up. I hope you’ll do well and like you said, contribute unique value to the conference. :clap:

    • http://personalexcellence.co/blog/ Celes

      Thanks so much Charu! I really appreciate it. :D Will post updates of the conference after it’s over! Same for the meet-up too – will post pictures after the meet-up like for the London one. :D

  • Nina

    I’m from Israel, but I’ll be in Princeton in November, so I’d love to attend a Philly meet up! :) And I’m really happy for you, I think I’ve never posted here but I love your blog and think you’re such an inspiring person :)

    • http://personalexcellence.co/blog/ Celes

      Thank you Nina – you’re an absolute sweetheart. It would be great if you could come to the Philly meet-up then! I’m confirming the flight dates this week, so once my flights are booked, I can share more details at the blog.

  • http://coachingwithjoe.com Joe Lee

    Congratulation! It shows your effort had paid off! And you are at the same league as those big boys!

    • http://personalexcellence.co/blog/ Celes

      Thank you Joe! :D It’s truly my honor and pleasure to have been invited and to be part of the conference.

  • Dule

    I wish you a wonderful speech and wonderful time at the Wharton University Celes! And much much more successful journey :sweat: :dance: :D

    To your prosperity,
    Dule ;)

    • http://personalexcellence.co/blog/ Celes

      Thank you so much Dule! :) I really appreciate that. *hugs*

  • http://- Arunagiri

    Hi. congrats for the invitation. Do your best there. Pray for your huge success.Anxious to read about the trip etc . Arunagiri

    • http://personalexcellence.co/blog/ Celes

      Thank you Arunagiri. :)