50th Annual Gala Joseph Wharton Award Dinner Honors Leading Wharton & Penn Alums, Celebrates Club's 53rd Anniversary! 

  • the_skoll_foundation_marla_blow_headshotMarla J. Blow, W’93; President & Chief Operating Officer, Skoll Foundation 

  • 1589852323425Edmund Green, CPA, EMTM’01; Managing Director, KPMG LLP

  • administrator-guzman-official-photo_final-2021_15mbHonorable Isabella Casillas Guzman, W'92, 27th Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration 


  • rosenbaum-photo-by-ushmm-photog-miriam-lomaskin-april-2014--1-Eli M. Rosenbaum, Esq. W’76, WG’77; Director, Human Rights Enforcement Strategy & Policy, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice


  • kathrynstewart-copy-299x299Kathryn Kithas Stewart, WG'88, Founder & Managing Director, Cranbrook Capital

  • wade-tetsuka--1-Wade Tetsuka, CPA, W’85; Founder & President, U.S. Transactions Corporation
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• 5:45-6:30 pm:  VIP Reception for Honorees with past Award Recipients, Lifetime Members, Table Purchasers, and Everyone in Sustainer, Benefactor, Supporter & Friend Categories

• 6:30-7:30 pm:  Reception for All Attendees

• 7:30-8:30 pm:  Welcome, followed by dinner with the outstanding cuisine of the popular Blue Duck Tavern, one of Washington's premier fine dining landmarks.

• 8:30-9:30 pm: Program:  

  • Brief Report: State of the Club
  • Presentation of Joseph Wharton Awards to all Honorees

(To learn more about our outstanding Honorees - CLICK HERE. to be added soon!):

  • Register now for what is one of the most popular events in the Club's calendar, and one of the DC Area's top business events as well. 
    • This year, especially with our Club's 53rd Anniversary, the 50th Annual Joseph Wharton Awards Gala Dinner, promises to be no exception with our exceptional, highly accomplished Honorees.  We are expecting many of the past Honorees to attend and bring their colleagues and friends.
  • Anywhere from 150 to 200 or more Club members and guests, including prominent Washingtonians and diplomats typically attend for the reception and dinner. With this year's honorees, we expect that this year will be at the upper end of that range, and maybe even higher, as we expect tickets to sell quickly. 

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  • If you have any questions not answered on this webpage or have any trouble registering online, please call our Club at 301-365-8999.  Vegetarian, Kosher and Gluten-free dinner options can be noted in your online registration.
  • We are again at our favorite venue for this gala event, the Park Hyatt Washington. Besides honoring six outstanding alumni while giving Members an opportunity to get together, the dinner generates funds to support our Club's exceptional programming - the most extensive of any B-School Club in our region - and attendance at some of our major events, such as our Summit and the Dinner.
    • Special guests / Dignitaries: We are expecting as honored guests dignitaries, such some of the Ambassadors and other diplomats who have hosted our Club in recent years, at our reception and dinner.
  • Tables: Rounds of 10.
    • Sponsorship opportunities: Please call us directly if your company would like to consider becoming a sponsor with one or more tables. You will have a listing in the program and many other potential benefits, depending on the category you choose, to increase your exposure to and contact with the high caliber audience we attract.  Just call Alan Schlaifer, our Club's President, at 301-365-8999, to discuss the benefits and options.



​​​​colleen-murphy588The Blue Duck team led by renowned Chef de Cuisine, Tomas Ortiz, and Pastry Chef Colleen Murphy, will create our dinner in the same Michelin-starred kitchen used for all meals at the Park Hyatt, whether for Gala Dinners, such as ours, or fine dining in the restaurant itself. Their team, including Chef de Cuisine Tomas Ortiz, created the fabulous selections on this year's Gala menu.

  • The Blue Duck Tavern has received rave reviews underlining its theme of "serving creative American cuisine from the region's best seasonal Best Purveyors.. These are a few of many "tastes" of what awaits you - just a sample of many positive reviews and awards - how apt for an award gala - since the restaurant opened, and more recent ones have simply confirmed the earlier praise:

Every “outstandingly original” dish is “a winner” declare fans of this “wonderful addition” set in the Park Hyatt hotel that showcases regional New American cuisine; the “chic” Tony Chi-designed space boasts a “stunning” open kitchen with a cobalt-blue, state-of-the-art, wood-burning Molteni range....”

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  • * Michelin recognized, as one of DC's top 100 restaurants (2020 Michelin Washington, DC Dining Guide)
    • "On the surface, the Blue Duck Tavern is an oasis of up-to-the-moment sophistication...at heart though, [it] is a tribute to local farmers and growers...the food is at once straightforward and elegant...the Blue Duck gives fresh meaning to the word tavern." - Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post
  • 2019, U.S. News & World Report, Best Hotels in Washington, D.C.
  • 2018, Condé Nast Traveler, Gold List, Best Hotels in Washington, D.C.

Click here to reserve your place(s) (or make your donations)!!! (Earlier signups and premium seats (500+ up) get better seating)

Please note any non-standard dietary preference on your online registration.

  • Here is this year's menu, with four delicious courses
    • With vegan, vegetarian, kosher, non-seafood and gluten-free options available as needed; please indicate in response to questions when you register.
    • Also indicate whether you prefer the fresh chicken or fish entrée; both are delicious:


    Roasted Earth & Eats Farm Root Vegetable Salad, Beet Purée, Goat Cheese,

Baby Sorrel, Candied Pecans


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Roasted Squash Soup, Spiced Pepitas, Arugula Pesto, Micro Arugula

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Entrée - Choice of One (Please indicate when you reserve):

Pan-Seared Free Range Organic Chicken Breast, Pomme Purée, Roasted Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Rosemary Jus


Organic Striped Bass, Roasted Celery Root Purée, Parsnips, Carrots,

Carrot Top Pistou

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Vegetarian/Vegan Option:

Squash Risotto with Arugula Pesto & Parmesan

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    Valrhona Flourless Chocolate Cake with Fresh Raspberries

Plura Region of Northern Peru


    Compass Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee, Cellar Teas

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Wines with Dinner:

    Hayes Ranch Chardonnay, California

Le Charmel Pinot Noir, France


  • Important: When you register, please respond to the survey questions so that we can respond to your dietary preferences and other needs. This must be done in advance, so that we can serve your own and your guests' dietary needs. Thank you.
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Directions: see the map below
658If you have any questions, please call the Park Hyatt at 202-789-1234. Parking & Metro: Foggy Bottom (Blue, Orange, Silver Lines)

Parking: Valet parking is available (included only for each Honoree and VIP Sponsors @ 500+ per reservation)

Questions: Please call us at 301-365-8999. The best way to reserve is online by clicking below through our secure website; you may then print out your receipt. You may also fax your reservation to the Club at 866-283-0900. No refunds after December 6, 2021. 

Tax deductibility: To the extent permitted by law (please check with your tax advisor):
--Business: Full amount may be deductible as a business expense; consult your tax advisor
--Individual: Full amount of Scholarship Fund contributions plus the amount in excess of $125 per person for the dinner (for anyone who attends the dinner) as a charitable contribution (as the Club is a Section 501(c)(3)) nonprofit organization). (Full amount may be deductible as a charitable contribution if you do not attend. For best seating, reserve early, whichever method you choose for reservations - online, mail, fax, or phone.


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    Thank you for your support!

Event Details:

Day & Date: Friday, December 10, 2021

Place: Park Hyatt Hotel, 24th & M Sts., NW (see map below), with the cuisine of Michelin-honored Blue Duck Tavern
Parking, Metro: Valet parking (additional); limited on-street after 6:30 pm. Metro: Foggy Bottom

Attire: Business Attire

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All rates, inclusive, including regular reception, dinner with wine, program, and terrific networking

Members prices start at just 195/person, and Non-Member at 295/person, inclusive.

BONUS: If you sign up for the VIP tickets (500/person and above) online or a table, you can attend the Private VIP Reception (and be listed in the program, if you'd like), in recognition of your added support for the Club's programming, which is greatly appreciated.


5:45PM - 9:30PM Fri 10 Dec 2021, Eastern timezone


Park Hyatt Washington - 24th & M Sts., NW
1201 - 24th Street, NW Ballroom
Washington, DC 20037 USA

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Look Who's Coming:

Marya Pickering
Jean-Francois Orsini
Marilyn Carlson
Edward Dosik
Wade Tetsuka
Jen Eubanks
  CPA Dept
Suresh Gursaheny
Sharon Virts
  Virts Miller Family Foundation
Scott Miller
  Virts Miller Family Foundation
Kristina Bouweiri
  Reston Limo
Kristi Huber
  Stone Tower Winery
Natalya Tetsuka
  Christie Adam Salon
Mike Huber
  Stone Tower Winery
Julie Duncan
Ije Okeke
Alan Schlaifer
  Wharton Club of DC
Larry French
Jim Grapek, CEO
  The Pavilion
Brock Schaffner
Ruwan Salgado, CEO
  Strat8gy Intl.
Justine Schaffner
  Campus Consulting
Jason Stern
  Braddock Communications
Andrea Essex
  Wharton Club
Jeff Krasney
Carrington Davis
  Breaking Barriers Project Institute
Anita Bhattacharjee
Pradeep Belur
Eliot Shatzman
  Wells Fargo Advisors
Ilana Esterrich
  American Coatings Association
Sandy Fernandez
Lara James
Aaron James
Ksenia Yudina
Guest of Ksenia Yudina
Sheila Marcelo
Mark Baldino
Guest of Mark Baldino
Angelina Jao, CEO
  Van De Beq Holdings
Hon. Isabella Casillas Guzman, 27th Administrator
  U.S. Small Business Administration
Eli M. Rosenbaum, Esq., Corp.
  Litigator; U.S. Dept. of Justice
Gulhan Alexander
  Associated Producers
Robert A. Devaney, Editor
  The Georgetowner Newspaper
Victor McCrary, VP for Research
  University of District of Columbia
Mercedes McCrary, Captain
  U.S. Public Health Service
Arlene Marie Lorica, MD, CEO
   Global Wellness Initiative
Victor Lorica, MD
  Virginia Necrology Group
Alissa Rosenbaum
  (honoree's daughter)
Cynthia Barvin
  (honoree's wife)
Susan Masling
  US Dept. of Justice
Naomi Adaniya
  US Dept. of Justice
Jenni Glaze
  U.S. Transactions Corp.
Jane-Scott Cantus
  ILEX Group / Vistage Chair
Aaron Nadler
Danielle Nadler
  Loudoun Education Fourndation
Libby Fritsche
  Tart Lumber
Craig Fritsche
  Tart Lumber
Joely Mauck
  LPL Financial
Trey Mauck
  Integrated Insurance Solutions
Daphne Mustafa
  Be Fit Technologies LLC
Bernard Mustafa
  Be Fit Technologies LLC
Wade Tetsuka
Ed Pratt
Marilyn Pratt
Edmund Green, CPA, Managing Director
Kristine Anderson
  Booz Allen Hamilton
Kathryn Stewart, Founder, Man. Partner
  Cranbrook Capital
Madelaine Weiss
Strick Hellman, Board Member
  Loudoun Cty. Habitat for Humanity
Mary McCall, Board Member
  100 Women Strong
Charles Schilke, AM, JD, CRE, & CEO
  Intergreen Real Estate Dev. & Investment
Randall Reade, Vice President
  Washington DC Archangels
Meg Lambke, Owner & Principal
  Consultant, Meg Lambke Nutrition Solutions
Melissa Koide
Don Graves
  U.S. Dept. of Commerce
Bikram Bakshi
Dimpy Bakshi
Manpreet Singh
Marla J. Blow, President, & Chief
  Operating Officer, Skoll Foundation
David Morey
  DMG Global
Zheng Xie Morey
  DMG Global
Inez Saki-Tay
Kirsten Bartok Touw
  New Vista Capital
Mia Pittman
  HUD, Federal Housing Administration
Daniel Barker
Joshua Wright
Alfredo Mycue
Zen Chu
  Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Vernon Lee
Sandra Baer
Ron Blatman
  Saving the Cities
Sally Sappenfield
Linda Meliti
Anna Coburn
Philip Alphonse
Shin Lee
  Square Financial Services, Inc.
Jackie Volk
... a total of 136 guests.
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