We had a blast this weekend hosting the first ever Wharton Mother-Daughter Weekend! Close to 90 mothers and daughters gathered in Philly for a jam-packed schedule of speakers and activities that led to lots of laughter, deep conversation, and fun. Moms came from as far as the UK, California, Oregon, Ottawa and Atlanta to be there with their daughters and for many, it was their first time on Penn campus. It was beautiful to see women from different cultures and backgrounds all coming together to celebrate their special mother-daughter bonds.

The event started with lunch and an opportunity to take photos in a Wharton photo booth.  Below is a picture of the amazing women we planned the event with – we couldn’t have done it without them!

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Maryellen Lamb, Deputy Vice Dean, Admissions, Financial Aid & Career Management at The Wharton School kicked off the event and shared her own career story and the choices she made to balance work and family. Maryellen even brought her own mother and young daughters to the event!

Maryellen Lamb

Next, we invited three Philly-based mother-daughter pairs – Joan Shepp, Brown Betty Dessert Boutique, and Urban Front Pilates – to share their stories about how they got started and their perspectives on the joys and challenges of working together. We heard that the moms loved watching their daughters grow in their roles and appreciated the trust they shared.  The daughters enjoyed learning from their moms and expressed their dedication to the family business.

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Michelle Nemirovsky, co-founder and CEO of Mumsy, introduced the mother-daughter app that she created with two partners to bridge the bonds between generations and transform the way mothers and daughters connect.  She also facilitated a fun “How Well Do You Know…” activity where mothers and daughters tested their knowledge about each other. There were lots of laughs!

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We also shared our mother-daughter story and summarized the things we learned about our relationship in the two years since we’ve been blogging. Afterwards, we had open dialogue about the challenges mothers and daughters face related to technology, different cultures/generations, and communication.

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Saturday evening, we mixed and mingled at a Happy Hour sponsored by Wharton Women in Business (WWIB) and then scattered in groups of eight to different restaurants in Center City to enjoy dinner together.

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We were back together again Sunday morning for brunch downtown at a lovely gathering hosted by Wharton mom Susan Jacobson at her place of business. There were lots of hugs and kisses as we said good-bye and wished each other well.  We came together from different places with different life experiences, but we bonded in a special way that only mothers and daughters can!

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A huge thanks to all the mothers and daughters who came far and wide for this special weekend. We are so inspired by your stories and hope we can keep the conversation going!

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