Our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) enable members to meet other area Alums in a small group - topic focused setting. Check out our SIG's and join one or even start one.
Members of The Wharton Club of New Jersey (WCNJ) are dynamic individuals whose pursuits span the business landscape and whose interests go well beyond the business world. If you have ever been asked the questions: What things interest you? What do you do in your spare time? What are your hobbies? - the answer is never just a simple word like “SPORTS.” More than likely, you are involved in a myriad of activities and sometimes wonder how you accomplish it all!
WCNJ offers Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to further enhance the value of membership in the Club. The Club’s primary objective continues to be business focused, as are most SIGs. But SIGs bring additional elements to the group that addresses the varied and specific interests of the membership at large. SIGs allow members to interact more often and coordinate and participate in smaller, more intimate events, as well as develop and encourage more networking among members.
Join one of the specific SIGs listed below, or start a SIG focused on a specific industry or function. Additionally, SIGs may be centered on such hobbies as wine-tasting, reading (a book club), theater, or cooking. The options abound and are limited only by the interests, needs, and desires of the WCNJ members.
Business Leads Council - the club currently has seven such groups, each with about 10 - 15 non-competing members meeting monthly at various New Jersey locations to share business ideas, leads, and learn about each other’s business interests. Additional Leads Councils can be established in other geographic areas of NJ if there is sufficient demand; please let us know if you would like to help establish another Leads Council in your area.
Wharton NJ Women SIG is a group of female Club members and guests that meets on the third Monday night of select months. We discuss issues of interest to the group and bond over networking and camaraderie in a friendly environment. Past topics/speakers have included “Why Women Don’t Ask”; “The Power of Networking”; “Celebrity Chefs of New Jersey” (featuring the Star Ledger’s Teresa Politano) and “Future of Telecom.” We have visited the NJIT Business Incubator, and Alcatel-Lucent headquarters. We are open to new members and interesting speakers.
iFRG - Personal Finance Resource Group
iFRG is a forum for collaborating professionals who work with individuals and families on their personal finance and wealth management issues. Our objective is to share knowledge from our specialist vantage point with each other. This will help each group member to stay at the top of their game by being more informed and hence perform more effectively.
We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:15p at various locations around Short Hills, NJ.
Currently inviting Specialties: Individual Tax CPA, T&E, Law, Divorce Law, Employment law, Family Law, Outplacement Firm, Life Insurance (life, Disability, Long-term care), P&C Insurance – Personal (Auto, Home, Umbrella, Health), Pension Consultant, Mortgage specialist, Private Banker, Real-estate.
iFRG Chair: Dushyant Pandit
If you are interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Entrepreneurs Circles There are currently two Entrepreneurs Circles (EC), each of which has 7 or 8 members. All members are owners of entrepreneurial companies who meet monthly to discuss critical issues in their businesses on a confidential basis. The EC serves as an informal board of advisors for its members, allowing each participant to learn from the experiences of the other members. Meetings typically occur at a standard day and time (e.g., 7:30 – 10:30 am on the first Wednesday of each month). While openings occur occasionally in the current EC’s, there is ample opportunity to form a new EC as entrepreneurial owners who are WCNJ members express interest in doing so.
Joining a SIG
If you are interested in joining a SIG, email the Club (see link at the bottom of the page) and we will get you connected.
Starting a SIG
To start a new SIG, email us (see link at the bottom of the page) to share your idea. A Club officer or Director will meet with you to help hone the intent/purpose of the SIG, and communicate it to the Club’s membership to evaluate interest. In order for an idea to become an official SIG, we expect five or more members to show interest. We then encourage a planning meeting amongst the interested members to select a group facilitator who will then liaise with a Club Officer or Director who will provide guidance in establishing the SIG. The Club will also help to communicate the SIG’s events to the general membership. Continued operation of the SIG is the responsibility of the group’s members.
If you are ready to start a SIG or get involved with an existing one – Click here to send a message to the SIG coordinator.