Wharton Asia Exchange

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The Wharton Asia Exchange (WAX) serves as a pre-professional community for students who have an interest in the Asia business landscape and are looking to develop their skills in business. WAX aims to fulfill the aspirations of students interested in learning more about Asian culture, markets, and professional opportunities. This bond will allow for the exchange of knowledge, the development of trust, and the foundation of a more fully integrated global business environment.

Our Values

Membership Development: In WAX, our first priority is to be a developmental resource for our members. Rather than hosting general body meetings (GBMs) out of obligation, we strive to make every meeting purposeful and to design events so that members leave having learned something new. Many of our GBMs also serve as workshops. Last spring, we invited 2 student founders to speak about their startups and how to get involved in entrepreneurship at Penn. In addition, we run biweekly investment workshops to teach students about finance through our Wharton Asia Investments arm.

Diversity (People & Careers): We have hosted Wharton Diversity and Inclusion events and invited Asian speakers to offer advice on issues that are very pertinent to Asian people. In addition, at Penn, there is pressure to conform to a relatively narrow career path. In order to broaden the scope of our students, we work to invite speakers from non-traditional backgrounds including retail, entertainment, hospitality, and start-ups.

Community & Support: It's easy to feel lost in a large club. As a result, WAX organizes family groups and smaller social events to make people feel connected. In our GBM: WAX Around the World, we had committee members cook a dish from their culture to share with the club. We ended with a spread of Malaysian Laksa, Thai omelets, and Lebanese yogurt. People were able to share and appreciate each other's backgrounds. Though WAX is a large club, we do our best to make our members feel part of a tight-knit family.

Points of Contact

Michael Huang
Sejin Park


Most Recent
Question: Is it too late for sophomores to apply during the spring semester? - Anonymous

No, it is not too late. WAX is open to all class years, and we recruit during both spring and fall semester. 

- Isabelle Lin
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Question: Is it a social club, a professional club, a hobby club? I'm not sure what its position is - Anonymous

WAX is a professional club with five committees, an investment arm (Wharton Asia Investments), and a consulting arm. For example, our Professional committee organizes professional development speaker events and our Corporate & Alumni Relations committee manages student-alumni programming.

We do emphasize the social nature of our organization as we are also an affinity group! Our Communications committee manages internal social events, and we will also host events related to the Asian experience and Asian identity.

- Miranda Gong
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Question: Is the interview for the Global Strategy committee a case interview? - Anonymous
No, the questions will be mainly behavioral since we do not expect members to have consulting background prior to joining
- Emily Fu
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Basic Info

0 Registered (> 100 Members)

Currently Accepting Members

Application Required

Both Semesters


How to Get Involved

Apply on this page by February 2nd at 11:59 PM

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