Join us at to meet other Wharton Club & HBS Club Members.
We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of every other month to promote & build each other's businesses

What: The Wharton-Harvard B-School Club Leads Council of DC is a regular business networking forum designed to grow member businesses through direct leads, information, best practices and support.

Specifics on this session:

Discussion of Topic on Wednesday, February 15, 2017:

Outlook 2017: Gauging Market Milestones 
by Marshall Chawla | Owner, Marshall Chawla & Associates 

Join us and Financial Advisor Marshall Chawla as we find out what the economic landscape will look like in 2017. 

While markets are testing new directions, it’s easy to overemphasize change, putting a spotlight on uncertainty and playing up the worst case scenario. At the same time, how these milestones have come together is meaningful. The way to assess the new dynamic is not to ask, “What’s broken?” or “What’s fixed?”, but rather “How will businesses, markets, and the economy adapt?” 

Research expects the pace of U.S. economic growth to pick up in 2017, with an eye on the following key themes to potentially influence investment success:

  • Smoother path to policy changes. A Republican president working with a Republican Congress should smooth the path for implementing policy changes.
  • Return of earnings growth. Earnings growth may be supported by an accelerating U.S. economy, rebounding energy sector profits as oil prices stabilize, and steady profit margins.
  • Fed in play. Federal Reserve (Fed) policy is driven by the dual mandate of keeping inflation low and the economy near maximum employment, which may look different in 2017, as the labor market approaches full employment and inflationary pressures increase.

We'll meet from 12:00 to 1:30 at Optimal Networks in Rockville, MD to discuss over lunch! 


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When: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm on 3rd Wednesday of every other month - mark your calendar:

2017 Schedule - Mark Your Calendar - topics and speakers to be announced:

  • February 15
  • April 19
  • June 21
  • September 20
  • November 15
  • December 2 (Special Holiday Party)


MD: Meets this monthly at the offices of Optimal Networks, Inc. 15201 Diamondback Drive, Suite 220, Rockville, MD 20850 . Parking is available in lot in front and rear of the building. You need to get a pass in advance to avoid possible ticketing and towing.

Cost: Early Bird: Lunch costs $20 for MD inclusive of tax, tip and non-alcoholic beverage, for meal and non-alcoholic beverage selections, for current Wharton Club & HBS Club members, through the prior Friday.

After that, online or walk-in: 28/person for MD. You pay only for the meetings you attend (unlike some other groups where you pay each time, whether or not you attend).

In addition, non-members pay $39 and need advance approval to attend, unless it's an open session (no advance approval needed)

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Who: You! If you are a committed owner or leader of a business in the DC area who wishes to benefit from the support and exchange of like-minded leaders. Requirements for membership are simple:

  • You must be a Wharton alum and a current member of the Wharton Club or HBS alum and current member of HBS Club, or invited by a Member of one of those Clubs and approved by the Council.
  • You must be willing to regularly attend and participate in WHBSLC meetings
  • You may not have a competitive conflict with a current active WHBSLC member.
  • Contact Heinan Landa for more information or answers to any questions you may have: hlanda@optimalnetworks.com


1:00PM - 2:30PM Wed 15 Feb 2017 ( Timezone: Eastern )


Optimal Networks
15201 Diamondback Dr # 220
Rockville, MD 20850 USA

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About the DC Wharton-Harvard B-School Club Leads Council:

What It Is, Why It May Be Good for You

By Jeanne Rossomme, WG88, Roadmap Marketing

The Wharton Leads Council of DC founded by Heinan Landa has been a positive force for Wharton Club of DC members for well over a decade, and is still going strong. . As a successful entrepreneur of a growing IT company (Optimal Networks), Heinan was looking for opportunities to both gain and share new clients. Heinan's energy and commitment have set the tone for what is now a dynamic, supportive group of entrepreneurs and business leaders.

At the end of 2007, we surveyed current members on the value of belonging and actively participating in the Leads Council. Their comments were many but can be summarized in a few key areas, and in general, even at this time, the same points remain keystones of the Wharton Leads Council, now in its 6th successful year:

Sharing of direct business leads

The focus of the Wharton Leads Council continues to be on the passing of direct and indirect business leads. Each session, members report back on contacts given and received for new clients, potential inve

stors, employees and suppliers. Each member has a testimonial on how the WLC has helped grow his or her business.

  • The WLC has provided me with high quality business associates that have helped me take my business up several notches. The group has also provided me with a plethora of direct business leads and even one successful acquisition target. None of these things would have been possible without the tremendous friendship and support of all the group members.
  • I have received several direct client referrals (and each one was a surprise, sometimes even coming from people no longer active in the group).

Camaraderie and support

With the shared Wharton experience, WLC members provide support and energy to one another. The atmosphere of WLC meetings is relaxed and non-threatening, constructive and positive.

  • WLC is a secure, nonjudgmental audience for vetting ideas and business solutions.
  • Great caliber of folks to network with; everyone seems so willing to help you when you ask for it - whether it's on a issue you're facing in managing your business or a contact that you're looking to make.

Sharing of small business owner best practices

Each month a WLC meeting is dedicated to a “Member Spotlight”. (New members are invited to host one of these sessions after six months of active participation in the group.) The host member provides a business overview so that the entire group better understands the direction and needs of the business. In addition, the member share best practices in their area of expertise so that all in the group may benefit.

  • The group has been tremendously valuable in terms of providing a true group of "peers" with whom to exchange ideas and advice, and in terms of general networking. It is difficult for Wharton Alumni to find "peers" outside of the Wharton community!

Sharing of functional and industry expertise

At regular intervals throughout the year, the WLC dedicates certain meetings to “roundtable” discussions. Focused on a particular functional or industry discipline, these sessions allow members to discuss current dilemmas or goals and gain the feedback of their peers.

  • Extremely good value in getting sounding board to one's new business ideas and old problems from bright, capable and friendly members.

Jeanne Rossomme is President of RoadMap Marketing, providing marketing expertise and direction to small businesses.


To learn more about the Wharton Leads Council, email Heinan Landa at hlanda@optimalnetworks.com or call
at (240) 499-7900.
You can also go to
www.optnw.com/page/wharton for a list of current Council members and links to other useful Leads Council pages.

And mark your calendar to make your mark in your business, with the benefits being shared by members of the Leads Council!