Jeff Sheehan, the associate dean for international relations at The Wharton School, is helping to host Wharton’s Global Alumni Forum, which runs Wednesday through Friday at the Westin St. Francis. It is the first time the event, featuring top business speakers, is being held in the U.S.
Why choose this location for your conference? San Francisco is home to our West Coast campus and was a natural choice. In addition, 2011 is the 10th anniversary of the establishment of Wharton San Francisco, so the timing was perfect.
What is The City’s real place in the international business landscape? Our experience in holding forums 39 times all around the world has convinced us that each major global city has a different role to play in the increasingly complex and mutually supportive living organism known as the global economy.
Does San Francisco match up well with any one country in particular? It all depends on what you compare. In terms of physical beauty, San Francisco matches up well with Sydney. In terms of high-tech, San Francisco matches up well with Hsin Chu. In terms of cuisine, well, that’s a tough one. Take your pick.