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Wharton Latin America Conference (“WLAC”) is a student-led conference held every year at The Wharton School with the purpose of bringing together students, faculty, and business leaders interested in Latin America. The outcome is a rich discussion on the region’s opportunities and challenges, looked upon from a variety of lenses from the private and public sectors.

After a six-year interruption, WLAC opened its doors once again in 2011, renamed as Wharton Latin America Weekend (WLAW), and has been growing and evolving ever since. 

Wharton’s Latin America Weekend was a great opportunity to do a deep-dive on exploring private equity investment opportunities in Latin America. Along the way I developed great friendships with my team at Harvard in preparing the pitch and also got to meet several like-minded MBA students across the nation, which also share a passion for investing in Latin America.
— Eduardo Arguello, Harvard Business School

The Wharton School & the Organizing Team

The Wharton School

Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. With a broad global community and one of the most published business school faculties, Wharton creates economic and social value around the world. The School has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,000 participants in executive education programs annually and a powerful alumni network of 93,000 graduates. It’s MBA program is consistently ranked among the top 3 MBAs in the world.

WLAC is organized by members of WHALASA and supported by several other university-wide organizations.

Wharton Latin American Student Association (“WHALASA”)

As the largest international club at Wharton, and the largest Latin American club from all top MBAs, WHALASA has over 300 members from 18 Latin American countries, the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Asia. It counts with an alumni network of +1,500 members, well positioned in the most prominent local and multinational organizations.

Private Equity & Venture Capital Club

The PEVC Club is also one of the largest clubs at Wharton. It brings together over 600 members interested in the Private Equity and Venture Capital industries.

DCC – Pen Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism

Since 2007, DCC has fostered interdisciplinary scholarship on the related and globally pressing topics of democratic participation, the rights of citizens, and formal frameworks of governance. Each year, the program hosts faculty workshops and a conference devoted to an annual theme, culminating in a published volume on that theme. On September 12th, 2014, DCC brought Carlos Mesa – former President of Bolivia, to speak about the future of Latin America.