Philadelphia is an ideal location for business school, and one of the nation's most LGBT friendly communities! Small-scale and historic, but with all the resources, culture, and activities of a major East Coast city, Philadelphia is also a short train ride from New York City and Washington, D.C.
Because most Wharton students come from outside of the area, we form a close-knit community that lends itself to fast and meaningful friendships.
Wharton strongly believes that LGBT visibility is an important part of creating a diverse community of MBAs. To that end, Out4Business works hard to build and support its network of straight allies. Beginning with our annual White Party (a social event that is sold out annually and attended by close to 75% of the student population) Wharton's ally network permeates all levels of the student body.
Our Co-VPs of Ally Engagement promote education and support for Wharton's LGBT students within the Penn Community, in professional environments, and globally. Simply put, our allies are the most important part of the Out4Biz community.
In addition to regular Out4Business events, women in Out4Business are additionally supported by special events and programming, including regular dinners and women's outings. Past classes have created their own FAPs (Field Application Projects) to support local non-profits like the Philly Roller Girls (a roller derby league).
The Out4Business Community
Gay life is centered in the "Gayboorhood", a charming area with narrow, tree-lined, cobblestone streets only a short walk from where most Wharton students live. The neighborhood is active day and night with a variety of acclaimed restaurants, boutiques, coffees shops, bars and clubs. You will often find a group of Wharton students at Woody's any night of the week or at Bob & Barbara's, Bump, Tavern on Camac, Sister's or one of the other favorite nightspots in the area after Wharton Pub each Thursday!